Benny the blenny says what's up!
Well, I've been into freshwater for a few years and finally took the plunge into saltwater. Since I have to move around every few years, I really didn't want to deal with a big tank, so when I saw the biocube on clearance, I jumped at it.
Removed tab from chamber 1 and 2 to increase flow
Removed both false bottoms and sponge in chamber 3
InTank media basket has filter floss on top, purigen in the middle, and nothing in the bottom
Cut screens in front of fan to allow twice as much air to come in.
upgraded stock fans to these.
Two more fans added to feeder lid
Hydor Pico 1200
Koralia Nano 240
Hydor Flo Deflector
Steves Leds 14g biocube retrofit (9 royal blue luxeon leds, 5 neutral white LEDS)
B/W ocellaris clownfish
Tail spotted blenny
CUC (nassarius, cerite, florida cerith snails, trochus snail, 3 hermits)
1 cleaner shrimp
1 pom pom crab
2 random zoas
dragon's breath macro
red grape algae
I bought some live sand and Red Sea Coral Salt which came in today, so I mixed up the distilled water to the correct salinity and went and bought some live rock...just about 15 pounds. I figure I'll let this go for about a month to make sure things are going correctly and everything is establishing itself well, and then we'll move on to a clean up crew.
March 3, 2012
I've got a magnet cleaner coming in the mail soon, to get rid of all the cloudiness on the sides, and I think running the filters will help clear it out a bunch as well. I'm not completely sure if I'm going to keep the layout of the rocks as it is yet, but we'll see. I have some epoxy putty to set them together once I'm sure though.
I did notice this little guy though...any ideas?
That's it for the upgrades for now. I've got a digital thermometer coming also, so I'll remove that other thermometer to get it out of the way. The bulbs are good for six months, so I'm thinking I'll use them for at least that long and then *maybe* move to LED...not sure yet, though.
Now some questions!
What's everyone think of the placement of the LR? I've got it so there's at least an inch of clearance on each side of the tank.
I do have a test kit, so I'll start testing the parameters tomorrow and see how things are going with that.
As for lights. I turned them on for the pictures, but should I have them on a timer or anything like that for now or should I keep them off? It's the stock biocube, so I've got the 2 led's, the actinic bulbs, and the white's. I know I have to keep the LED for the chaeto on about a 12 hour cycle, so that will be good to go, but I wasn't sure about the others and for what times to keep them at.
I've also heard I should switch out the two sets of white and actinic bulbs so that the fans run on a reverse setting? Why would this be beneficial, is it recommended?
My ultimate plan is to get some frogspawn, zoos, mushrooms, 2 clownfish, and then other things are up for debate. I was thinking a yellow head jawfish, but I'm worried my arag alive aragonite might be too large of sand for him to use as burrowing? Not too sure yet. My wife saw a dragon face pipefish today when we were getting the LR and fell in love, but I told her we have to wait and see what will happen with the tank and what's best to go where.
Suggestions are always welcome!
edit: Also looks like we might have some aptasia. Is this the thing where I should go out tomorrow and get some aptasia X or will I be good with ordering it through amazon and getting it on Wednesday?
Edited by nwin, 18 August 2012 - 04:48 PM.