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Offline ghurlag

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Returning to Hobby after 5-year hiatus
« on: February 09, 2019, 13:19:28 »
Hi everyone!  Some of you may remember me from the 2010-2014 era when I had a couple nano tanks (29g, then 40g breeder).  Life came along and I got out of the hobby for a bit.  I'm now looking to get back in, and have a lot of lessons learned from back then.

Currently, I'm looking to set up a pico/nano between 10 and 30 gallons.  I'm scouring sites looking for pricing to set a budget so I can set aside the right amount.  I've determined not to put water in a tank until I have everything at hand and am ready to go.

Coral-wise, I think I'll be shooting for softies/LPS mainly.  I had some luck with SPS back in the day, but I need to maintain a healthy life balance. 

I'm also interested to see how the hobby has changed and grown in the last 5 years since I've been active.  I'm looking forward to the new adventure!

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Re: Returning to Hobby after 5-year hiatus
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2019, 15:09:04 »
So I can either piece together a shallow reef in a 20L I have in the basement, or I can try my hand at the following:



https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/10-nuvo-fusion-aquarium-innovative-marine.html

I'd really like the 20-nuvo fusion, but I think that's going to be outside the budget for now. 

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Re: Returning to Hobby after 5-year hiatus
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2019, 16:18:46 »
Welcome back!! I've also recently jumped back into the hobby after a hiatus.

Offline ghurlag

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Re: Returning to Hobby after 5-year hiatus
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2019, 16:42:58 »
@ohioreef - yeah, I think you were already on hiatus when I joined up in 2010.  Welcome back to "the life", yourself!

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Re: Returning to Hobby after 5-year hiatus
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2019, 17:55:12 »
@ohioreef - yeah, I think you were already on hiatus when I joined up in 2010.  Welcome back to "the life", yourself!

I was still in ďthe lifestyleĒ in 2010. I left when my son went into the army a few years later, 2014, maybe.

Offline ghurlag

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Re: Returning to Hobby after 5-year hiatus
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2019, 18:43:52 »
Ah, gotcha!

Offline Steve

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Re: Returning to Hobby after 5-year hiatus
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2019, 20:00:26 »
Welcome back.

Offline Trini 2D Bone

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Re: Returning to Hobby after 5-year hiatus
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2019, 21:10:28 »
Welcome back man.

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Re: Returning to Hobby after 5-year hiatus
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2019, 23:58:54 »
Welcome back YouTube inappropriate reefer he built a nano tank for 260$ 10 gallons Iím going to fallow the same model when I build my sons this summer

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Re: Returning to Hobby after 5-year hiatus
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2019, 23:59:37 »
Correction $160

Offline ghurlag

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Re: Returning to Hobby after 5-year hiatus
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2019, 11:26:00 »
Thanks, Warhawk937,  I'll check it out!

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Re: Returning to Hobby after 5-year hiatus
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2019, 09:28:07 »
Welcome Back :)

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Re: Returning to Hobby after 5-year hiatus
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2019, 09:56:40 »
So as Iím studying up, I think my pico will be based on at least the following:

NUVO Fusion 10
Kessil a80

Iíve been seeing some mentions of upgrading the return pump.  Not sure that will be necessary if Iím only doing LPS and softies.

Pretty excited to be getting back in the game, and looking forward to maxing out the possibilities on a small scale here in the coming months!


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Re: Returning to Hobby after 5-year hiatus
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2019, 14:42:59 »
The purchases have started.  I've decided to go with a NUVO 10g with Kessil a80 for my first pico/nano reef.  Today I ordered everything other than the light and tank:

10 lbs MarcoRocks Key Largo Dry Rock
ViaAqua 50-Watt Quartz Glass Submersible
Century Heavy Duty Mechanical Timer Dual Outlet (for light)
Hydor Koralia Nano Pump/Powerhead - 240 GPH
Boyd Chemi-Pure Blue Nano Aquarium (5 Pack)
Carib Sea Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand for Aquarium, 5-Pound
DrTim's Aquatics One & Only Live Nitrifying Bacteria

I have a sale pending on some networking equipment that will fund the next couple of phases: tank, light; livestock

I'll start posting pics, because we all know pics are king, as soon as things start arriving.

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Re: Returning to Hobby after 5-year hiatus
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2019, 17:33:33 »
Congrats for jumping down the rabbit hole. The addiction is worse than the addicts will tell you!

Nice list of goodies there!

 

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