I decided to go with the BC29 as:
1. It looks really cool!
2. I love the cube design for a saltwater display.
3. I have a young cat that would surely go for a swim if I didn't have a tank with an all encompassing hood.
Stuff used on first day of setup:
>My BC29 started with approx 7gal of water mixed in from my Brother's tank which has been operational for a couple years or so.
>Substrate - 15lbs CaribSea Argonite-Aragamax Select.
>22lbs base rock - 5lbs LR scattered on top of base rock
>Hydor Koralia 1
>Stealth 250w heater. (I know that's huge for a BC29, but my brother wasn't using it, so he gave it to me...plus it keeps the temp very stable in the tank). The heater is in chamber 1 (false floor popped out obviously).
>Stock return pump
I started it with the bioballs in as similar media was "all the rage" years ago when I had my first saltwater tank....However, I quickly pulled them out thanks to the advise on many threads I have read on this site and michiganreefers.com.
Stuff added over last few weeks:
>Upgraded my stock pump to a maxijet 1200...huge difference in flow.
>Replaced all but 1 piece of my base rock with 2 nice rocks from my brother's tank and a couple nice pieces from my LFS. I wasn't happy with the base rock I bought originally as it didn't have any personality. The pieces I got from my brother and my LFS have tons of life on them. Most of the LR changes were made early in my tank's cycle, so I didn't have to look at the blaaaahhh rock for too long...lol.
>Bought a Tunze 9002 skimmer which is now having a good time blowing bubbles into an inTank collection cup in chamber 2. The stock collection cup is a monster and not shaped well for closed hood applications. StevieT's cup is a perfect alternative for closed-hood tanks.
>API Saltwater Master Test Kit
>inTank Fish Guard - haven't received, but I believe is in the shipping process.
>inTank Fuge Basket - I prob should have bought the Media Basket instead as this is a 2 sided fuge basket and my calupera escaped on the first night (which was last night) and found its way into my tunze pump and my return pump. So, I had some take apart and clean up to do this morning. I may order the media basket which will probably contain chaeto or calupera better as it is 4-sided.
This is how the tank looked after my 1st rescaping when I added the 2 pieces I got from my brother (the piece that looks like a skull in the top center came out of my brother's tank).
This is how the tank looks now after I pulled all but one piece of the original base rock out and I added a few pieces from my LFS. Also, I upgraded to the maxijet 1200, so notice the difference in flow at the top surface from the first pic to this one.
My parameters have been pretty solid for about a week and a half now, so I'm going to start slowly adding in my CUC soon.
This is a pic of the first frag I bought a few days ago.
I'll post more pics and info as I add to the tank. Thanks for reading!
Edited by mkregs, 29 June 2009 - 06:19 PM.