Rain24 Posted February 22, 2011 Share Posted February 22, 2011 (edited) Reef RainBioCube 14 Inception: February 17, 2011 Reboot: December 15, 2012"The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea." - Isak Dinesen Full Tank Shot December 27, 2012 Added acan frag and duncan frag Full Tank Shot with my first corals and CUC December 20, 2012 February 18, 2011 A Cube's Life - The BeginningI blame the Sea Monkeys. Looking for an air stone for them somehow led me here. Neither my husband nor I have any previous experience with aquariums. My dad has freshwater tanks, and yet they never inspired me to start one of my own. But I have a distinct love for the ocean. That little foray into an aquarium supply site reminded me of how I once toyed with the idea of having a coral reef tank. Once I got here on Nano-Reef, I read as much as I could and planned for a pico tank. Santa, however, decided that I had been good and got me a BioCube 14 instead. EquipmentTank: Oceanic BioCube 14Lighting: Stock PC lightsReturn Pump: Hydor Pico Evolution 1200Powerhead: Koralia Nano 425Heater: Hydor Theo 50wFiltration: Drip Tray with Filter FlossThermometers: Coralife Digital and alcohol thermometerGlass Cleaner: Two Little Fishies Nano-MagLive Rock: 12 pounds of Manado Cured Live RockSand: 10 pounds of CaribSea Fiji Pink ExtrasSybon Refractometer Extra Hydor Theo 50w for water changes Kept stock pump for water changes Ground Probe (3) Timers (2) 5 gallon buckets Measuring cup Turkey Baster API Saltwater Test Kit Salifert Magnesium Test Kit Salifert Phosphate Test Kit Salifert Alkalinity Test Kit Salifert Calcium Test Kit Siphon Forceps ModificationsRemoved false floor in Chamber 1 Cut tab between Chamber 1 and Chamber 2 Removed Bioballs, using Filter Floss with Drip Tray in Chamber 2 Upgraded return pump to Hydor Pico Evolution 1200 in Chamber 3 Removed elbow and used a 3/4" outer diameter and 5/8" inner diameter vinyl tubing for pump LivestockActual: 1 Scarlet Reef Hermit Crabs, Paguristes cadenati (Ruby and Meg, added 12/18/2012) 1 "Nassarius" snail, likely Ilyanassa obsoleta (Gonzalez, as in Speedy, added 12/20/2012) 2 small Nassarius snails, Nassarius sp. (Scarlett and Rhett, added 12/31/2012) 2 Cerith snails, Cerithium sp. (Frankie, added 12/20/2012; Perdita, added 12/31/2012) 1 Astrea snail, Astrea sp. (Tuttle, added 12/20/2012) 1 Pacific Nerite snail, Nerita sp. (Bonbon, added 12/31/2012) Stocking Plans: Hi-Fin Goby, Stonogobiops nematodes Candy Stripe Pistol Shrimp, Alpheus randalli Tail Spot Blenny, Ecsenius stigmatura or Dusky Yellow Streak Blenny, Ecsenius lividanalis Sexy Shrimp, Thor amboinensis (Possibly) Pom Pom Crab, Lybia tessellata Softies and LPS corals CoralsFrogspawn, Euphyllia divisa (added 12/20/2012) Zoanthids, Zoanthus sp. (added 12/20/2012) Acanthastrea, Acanthastrea sp. (added 12/24/2012) Duncan, Duncanopsammia axifuga (added 12/24/2012) Tank Journal EntriesRemoving False Floor in Chamber 1 and Hydor Pico vs. Stock Pump photosCutting Tab Between Chamber 1 and 2, Manado Rock photosRuby and Meg, scarlet reef hermit crab photosMy first corals...finally!!! Birthday corals and tank's first holiday photos - NEW 1/10/2013 Edited January 11, 2013 by Rain24 1 Quote Link to comment
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