To start I have been told the Oceanic Biocube 8 is excellent, as long as some mandatory mods are made. I am more than willing to make the mods as Im a pretty DIY guy, and I like to learn the way this stuff works. Here are a list of Mods I have been told to make already (im no electrition so there is an extent to my capability)
T H E - M O D S
1: Make a mod to the jet output (return nozel that makes the current) (Unfortunatly no specifics were mentioned so input on this is greatly appreciated.
2: Remove the bioballs and replace with LR and remove the sponge
3: Replace the return pump (recomened a brand you used on your OBC8 that worked well
4: Switch the lights around to assist in temperature control ( I heard switching the lights helps keep it cooler)
Please give more Mod ideas if you know any good ones
T H E - P L A N
We plan to do some small astreas and a small hermit for clean-up crew, and 2 false percula clowns as the only fish in the tank. Rather than having a long cycle we will be jumping in fast, as Im going to use water from our well (as the quality is better than btld water), and my established tank to speed the cycle (which is almost flawless aside from a minor algae problem I cant shake for the life of me).
I will be using putty (please recommend a specific brand that is safe and works well) and also will be using gel type super glue to make 2 custom Live Rock pillars for coral placement by glueing difference pieces together.
10lbs of live sand for substrate
T H E - C O R A L
I have been told too not atempt any type of lps or sps with the stock lights IF THIS IS WRONG PLEASE ADVISE AS THIS NEWS IS HEARBREAKING. (as i mentioned im no electrician so I wont be doing any light work that is above a rather easy difficulty). Provided if it isnt rocket science and is taht much of a benefit I may breakdown and try it.
Im thinking Ill frag off some of my Pom-Pom Xenia, as well as some of my leather coral (the purple and white kind). I will glue the frags to the custom LR formation, as Im not a fan of plugs ( Look tacky IMO)
Small ricordia beds at the bases of each pillar, along with some green star pollys randomly scattered.
I F - & - O N L Y - I F - hard coral can be done I would L O V E 1 or 2 orange plating montipora on the pillars as they add so much character to a tanks appearance IMO.
Some mushrooms randomly scattered, and what ever anemone has the best chance of being hosted by a false percula ( Please Advise a Good Kind).
Well, thats it for now. Let the wallet eating process begin, and by all means share all of your expertise, advice,and ideas as it is most welcome, and desired.