NUVO EXT MICRO 30

NUVO EXT Micro 30

The Aquarium

The NUVO EXT 30 gallon long aquarium gives you lots of room for swimming and interesting aquascaping all with the modern, rimless design that is popular today. The built-in silent overflow drain system allows you to easily install a sump in the included anodized aluminum stand and have all your equipment hidden away, leaving just the tank to display its full beauty.

This silent Reef-Ready aquarium is perfect for building and customizing your dream reef. The options are endless on how you could set this up to be the focal point of your home.

The dimensions of the aquarium are:
36in L x 15in W x 13in T

Included In The Kit:

External Glass Herbie Overflow Box
All Plumbing
Rubber Levelling Mat
Series Matching Anodized Aluminum Stand

Around $850.00
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Extras Needed:

Sump

Trigger Systems Crystal Cube 18″ Sump
This compact ‘Cube Style’ 20 gallon sump is perfect for installing in the stand of the NUVO EXT 30. Its compact design gives you lots of space to install additional equipment like an ATO Reservoir.

This sump comes integrated with a Removable Filter Sock & Holder, Skimmer and Return Sections with Bubble Trap and a Refugium section for increased bio-Diversity in your system.

Around $275.00
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Lighting

AI Prime HD LED
The Prime HD is a great little light to give your tank a great pop in color but provide the intense PAR required from some of the light hungry SPS coral. Don’t let its size fool you, the 80 degree optics and 55 years of history behind this light will provide you with a very affordable but powerful optic.

The built-in Wi-fi controllability can link these lights together to work as one while having the convenience to control them from any connected device.

2 AI Prime HD’s will be required to illuminate this aquarium.

Around $210.00ea x 2
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AI Prime LED Light

AI Prime HD Mount
The Prime HD has 3 mounting options:
1. Flexible Goose Neck
2. Wire Hanging Kit
3. Solid Mounting Arm

Each kit comes complete with all the hardware to neatly install your LED optic to give you the sleek look you desire.

2 mounting kits will be required.

From $25.00ea x 2


Protein Skimmer

Tunze Comline DOC 9004
This is a great protein skimmer for your NUVO 30. From the legendary makers of Tunze, this skimmer is designed to take up less space but provide incredible filtration for up to 60 gallons. Large collection cup to reduce the frequency of emptying, a magnetic locking system to keep it installed perfectly & DC control to ensure it stays dialed in.

Around $200.00
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Return Pump

Eheim 1250
The 1250 from Eheim is a super silent, energy-efficient return pump that will take up minimal space in your sump, but yet provide 160GPH at 4.5ft.

This pump will perfectly match your Protein Skimmer to ensure maximum water turnover for efficient cleaning.

Around $110.00
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Eheim-Return-Pump
Eheim-Return-Pump


Heater

Eheim Jager 150W Thermostat Heater
The Jager range of heaters from Eheim are in my opinion the best heater you can buy. I have been using them for years and it is the only heater I will buy.

The 150W version is perfect for this size tank and sump.

Around $28.00
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Ehiem Jager Heater

Filter Media

Chemi-Pure Elite
This fantastic product is perfect for use in small aquariums. By combining Premium Activated Carbon, Ion exchanging Resin and Granular Ferric Oxide into one packet of media.

This will keep your water clear from pollutants and help to keep phosphates low.

1 Unit is expected to last 6 months.

Around $10.00
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Chemi-Pure Elite

Purigen
This is another fantastic product perfect for use in small aquariums. This works along with the Chemi-Pure to help remove organic pollutants, proteins, nitrates, nitrites, and ammonia.

100ml bag is expected to last 6 months.

Around $9.50
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Purigen

Substrate

CaribSea Arag-Alive Sand Substrates
Live sand forms the perfect base for your new aquarium. I have always used and recommended the CaribSea Arag-Alive range of substrates as they are packed with Beneficial Bacteria.
My aquarium uses the Fiji Pink Live Sand but everyone has there own preference.

For this aquarium, 40lbs will cover your base by approx 1.5″.
See the range by clicking below.

From $23.00
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CaribSea Arag-Alive Fiji Pink Sand

Rock

Dry Rock/Live Rock/Life Rock
Rock forms the basis for not only your aquascape but also a place for your Beneficial Bacteria to colonize and form your Bio-Filter.
Creating a habitat for your livestock and a place for your corals to grow on is a fun part of setting up your new aquarium

For this aquarium, a 30lb mix will give you an open swimming space, whereas 40lbs will give you more to play with.
You do not have to use it all!
See the range of types and shapes by clicking below.

From $25.00
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Life Rock

Salt

Instant Ocean Sea Salt Mix
To have a saltwater aquarium you need to have salt mix to turn freshwater into saltwater. There are many, many excellent brands of salt on the market but I have been using Instant Ocean & its Reef Crystals brand for many years and I love it.

I like to recommend Instant Ocean because it comes in a range of sizes to suit every aquarium, it mixes well, it’s very consistent and the pricing is reasonable

For this aquarium you will need 1 cup of salt for every 2 gallons, so around 25-26 cups will be perfect for your initial fill, then you will need more for regular water changes.

Remember you have a 20 gallon sump as well as the 30 gallon aquarium!

From $16.00
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Instant Ocean Salt Bucket

Basic Setup Total: Approx $2200.00

Cost Break Down:

Aquarium with Stand: $850.00
Sump: $275.00
LED Lights x2: $420.00
Light Brackets x2: $50.00
Protein Skimmer: $200.00
Return Pump: $110.00
Heater: $28.00
Filter Media: $20.00
Substrate: $80.00
Rock: $133.00
Salt: $54.00

These are just the basic costs to get this aquarium started. Different rock or salt will adjust these prices slightly.
Taxes will also need to be added depending on your location.


Upgrades:

ATO – Automatic Top-Off System

Tunze Osmolator
Keeping the water level at a constant height in your aquarium is paramount for maintaining correct salinity in your water. Because your aquarium is small it does not take much evaporation to increase your salinity.

Manually topping off your water every day gets old, quick, then there are the times you go on vacation!

I would never own an aquarium without an ATO. They are super easy to install and run this has been the benchmark ATO for years!

Around $199.00
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Tunze Osmolator

Wavemaker

IceCap Gyre 1K Flow Pump
This is a great water mover for this 30 Long aquarium. The laminar flow created by this Gyre pump will ensure there are no dead spots within your tank and keep every coral and fish strong and healthy.

5 various operating modes, adjustable flow, and a 24 hour timers will ensure you can dial this in perfectly to suit whatever corals you add.

Around $130.00
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IceCap 3K Gyre Wave Maker

Thermometer

Coralife Digital Thermometer
Monitoring your aquarium water temperature is very important.

This small device can sit discretely behind the aquarium and give you an accurate reading each time you walk past the tank.

This one has no alarms to alert you of High or Low Temperature, but is a great addition to help you keep your tank parameters stable.

From $8.00
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Coralife Digital Thermometer

Equipment Options

The above selection of equipment is purely my recommendations for how I would set up the above aquarium. There are many options to chose from in each item category.

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Further Reading:

To help you gather all the information you need about setting up your aquarium, maintaining it and your first few months, be sure to click on any of the links below:

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