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Biocube 14 boujee on a budget build

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Chamber 1

(false floor removed)

100w glass heater

Stock Biocube Protein Skimmer


Chamber 2


Chemipure Elite

Filter Floss

Custom 3d Printed filter ABS


Chamber 3

Cobalt MJ1200 (inline with chaeto reactor)

Zacro LCD Digital Aquarium



Main tank

Hydor Flo

Nature’s Oceans #0 Live sand 20lbs

Live rock 10lb

1 Astrea Snail

2 Blue Leg Hermits (small)

2 Turbo Snails

2 Torches Snails

4 Scarlet reef hermits

15 nassarius snails small

Tigriopus & Tisbe Copepods (also in the chaeto reactor)

1 Clownfish



Chaeto Reactor



AquaTop Media Reactor



Gutted and replaced with 30w led lights





I have a mixing station for weekly water changes.


Tub 1 (mixing tub)

RODI Water


Corner Filter

IO Reef Crystals

96gph pump (mixing the salt around)

2 barb spigots


Tub 2 (ummwhy version of live saltwater lol)

10lbs of live rock

5 pounds of live sand

Mangrove seedling

Free floating chaeto


Powerhead with air bubbles

1 Red Leg Cortez Hermit



1 Gallon Changes

Tub 1 —> Tub 2 —> Main Tank



Things I've found to be helpful... 


Harbor Freight Battery Operated Liquid Transfer Pump $10 dollars

Medical IV drip kits are cheap




Future Projects


  • Temp, ATO, and Lighting Automation (reefpi, z-wave, esp8266, etc)
  • Digital readouts Temp, salinity, on a LCD display




Hello everyone!


So I got this biocube for Christmas, took a month to realize anything under 30 gallons is a masochist’s wet dream no pun intended lol. I’ve been taking pictures, and keeping notes of mods just in case someone would like to do the same.


I did have some questions…


Lighting cycle, Whats the optimal time window, and length under 450nm. Does lighting affect ph? if so whats the best time to do water test?


I would like to get a green and purple frogspawn, can’t seem to get it local! I’m in central PA!. Hopefully I can get that clown to host it. Any coral recommendations for this size tank?



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Welcome to the community @Ummwhy! 👋


You're off to a great start with your BioCube nano reef, lots of cool mods already it sounds like. Great aquascape, you'll have lots of nice places for mounting coral.

2 hours ago, Ummwhy said:

Things I've found to be helpful... 


Harbor Freight Battery Operated Liquid Transfer Pump $10 dollars

This sounds interesting, I'll have to look that one up. What do you use it for most?


Looking forward to seeing your future projects!

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Thanks!! The transfer pumps is for water changes.  It’s battery-operated, quick, and portable. 10 bucks, use a super coupon lol! 

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Moved some LR around, added some monti’s and a frogspawn 


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