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WATERBOX 130.4 ~ Trident is Here!

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I finally got my Waterbox 130.4 running and cycling.  I used my established rock from my old tank mixed with the dry rock from brs.  This is my first tank larger than 29 gallons and also my first sump.  I am still learning a ton about everything and it will take time for me to get used to all the moving parts.  I have 4 fish in my 45 gallon QT tank and 1 in my small QT tank that I will transfer over once the cycle is complete along with the rest of my livestock.  Right now I am just running 5 tablespoons of carbon and no gfo.  I will add gfo down the road when I need too.   The tank dimensions are 48x24x22".   I have about 100 gallons total water.  My lid from TOP Lids should be here anyday.  I am running what I think is the AB+ lighting schedule.  I need to take par measurements still and mess with the intensity.  

 

TANK

• Waterbox Platinum Reef 130.4

• Waterbox White Stand

 

LIGHTING

• 4 EcoTech Marine Radion XR15w G4 Pro LED

EcoTech Radion Diffusers 

• EcoTech RMS System

 

FILTRATION

• Reef Octopus Classic 150 INT Protein Skimmer

• BRS Dual Carbon/GFO Reactor 

• 2 200 Micron Felt Filter Socks

 

PUMPS

• 2 EcoTech Marine Vortech MP40wQD 

• Ecotech Marine Vectra S2 DC 

• Maxijet 1200 for Reactor  

 

CONTROLLERS

• Neptune Systems APEX Wi-Fi

• Ph Probe, Salinity Probe, Temp Probe, Orp Probe

• Neptunes Apex DOS

• Neptunes DOS Container

• Neptunes Apex Display

• Apex WXM

• Apex PMK Par Meter

• 2 300 Watt Eheim Jager TruTemp Heaters

• Tunze Osmolator 3155 ATO

 

 

TESTING

• Hanna Alk Checker

• Hanna UL Phosphorus Checker

• Hanna PH Probe

• Red Sea Calcium Test Kit

• Red Sea Nitrate Test kit

• Red Sea Magnesium Test kit

• Milwaukee Digital Refractometer

 

MISC

• 100lbs BRS Reef Saver Rock

• 90lbs Tropic Eden Miniflake Sand

• Red Sea Blue Bucket Salt

• BRS 75gpd 4 stage RODI

• BRS C02 Scrubber

• Neptunes Apex Probe Rack

• Ocean Box Dos Line Holder

• Flipper Magnet Glass Cleaner

• Reef Octopus Skimmer Stand

 

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TILTON

Here’s what the lid will look like.  

 

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Elizabeth94

Very very nice! What a nice collection of equipment. Any stocking plans?

 

How was your experience with Waterbox? Any quality concerns with the tank and stand so far?  Im in the planning stage for their Marine 70.3, seems like a great system for the price. 

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23 minutes ago, Elizabeth94 said:

Very very nice! What a nice collection of equipment. Any stocking plans?

 

How was your experience with Waterbox? Any quality concerns with the tank and stand so far?  Im in the planning stage for their Marine 70.3, seems like a great system for the price. 

My experience went well.  No issues with either tank or stand.  I received it about a month after ordering.  It’s a nice tank and stand.  

 

I already have the following fish that will go in it when it’s done cycling.

 

longnose Hawkfish, 4 line wrasse, orchid dottyback, Helfrichi Firefish, Black Storm Clownfish

 

I am going to get a Bartlett anthias and black onix chromis once the other fish are in the tank.  These 2 will stay in qt for a month or so.  After that I really want a Red Sea regal angelfish.  My tank is going to be mostly sps so I shouldn’t have too much trouble with the angel nipping at anything.  I’ll have to get rid of the acans I have already.  After that’s out of qt I think I am going to get a purple tang.  That might be the last fish depending on how my nutrients do.

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Elizabeth94

Well I'm definitely following this build. I adore angelfish but have never had a tank large enough to accommodate one, very jealous! 

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1 minute ago, Elizabeth94 said:

Well I'm definitely following this build. I adore angelfish but have never had a tank large enough to accommodate one, very jealous! 

Thanks!  This is my first tank where I am able to get something larger than 4 inches.  My tank is still not big enough for most angels though.  Most of the non dwarfs need a 6’ tank at least.

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Here’s my 45 gallon QT tank with most of my livestock I have from the 25g Lagoon.

 

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ReeferBray

Very nice and neat setups buddy can't wait to see the tank in action with the coral 4 xr15 pros your sps wil thank you

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3 minutes ago, ReeferBray said:

Very nice and neat setups buddy can't wait to see the tank in action with the coral 4 xr15 pros your sps wil thank you

Thanks!  I am going to see how the par numbers are this weekend.  Someday down the road I might add some T5s but I think the radions will do well.

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mitten_reef

👍🏼😮

 

look forward to this build!

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8 hours ago, mitten_reef said:

👍🏼😮

 

look forward to this build!

Thanks!  

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I have baby snails galore right now from the established rock I put in.

 

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Here’s my Par values with the 4 Radion XR15 G4Pros.  These have diffusers too.  The par values as shown are at 70% intensity on the AB+ color scheme and what I will be going with.  At 100% intensity par at the top of the rocks was 550. 

 

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My Trident is here!  BRS calling list hooked me up.  I also got a small cabinet to put beside my tank.  It would of been impossibly fitting all of this under the tank.  Doesn’t look too out of place.  I got my dos hooked up today and will setup the trident tomorrow.  

 

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1 minute ago, TILTON said:

My Trident is here!  BRS calling list hooked me up.  I also got a small cabinet to put beside my tank.  It would of been impossibly fitting all of this under the tank.  Doesn’t look too out of place.  I got my dos hooked up today and will setup the trident tomorrow.  

 

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Very clean look!!  This might be the only second Trident I saw on NR.  (Third, if we count Scorched's beta test run)  Looks forward to hear your thoughts on it.  It's a bit out of budget right now, but stable alkalinity is my biggest issue the last 18-24 months.  

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Just now, mitten_reef said:

Very clean look!!  This might be the only second Trident I saw on NR.  (Third, if we count Scorched's beta test run)  Looks forward to hear your thoughts on it.  It's a bit out of budget right now, but stable alkalinity is my biggest issue the last 18-24 months.  

Appreciate it!  I got on the calling list 3 hours after they announced it and just got the call Friday, I believe 2 months later?  Definitely hard to get.  

 

I will definitely update how it does.  I shouldn’t be dosing much since the tank is empty for now but we shall see how well it automates the doses down the road.  I’ll compare the trident to the manual test kits I have probably this weekend.  I think it takes a while to calibrate and start getting readings.

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Everything looks fantastic. I can see how something like this would be nice to have for people who have sps dominate tanks or anyone who needs help seeing their system sable. I think I am going to try out a calcium reactor once water changes aren't enough. Of course this is way down the line. My Waterbox is still backordered 😞 

 

Did your lid come in? I must have come across the same vendor you used. It looked quite similar to what you showed above. 

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16 minutes ago, Elizabeth94 said:

Everything looks fantastic. I can see how something like this would be nice to have for people who have sps dominate tanks or anyone who needs help seeing their system sable. I think I am going to try out a calcium reactor once water changes aren't enough. Of course this is way down the line. My Waterbox is still backordered 😞 

 

Did your lid come in? I must have come across the same vendor you used. It looked quite similar to what you showed above. 

Thank you!  SPS dominant is the route I want to go.  Hopefully it will be better this time with the bigger tank and more controlled stability.  

 

Its funny you ask about the lid.  I just talked to the guy from Top lids yesterday.  Unfortunately, he’s having major issues with his location.  Apparently wherever the equipment was to cut these, the guy got evicted from the building or something.  He’s not sure if he’s going to be able to find another place to have them cut or the equipment moved.  I don’t know, but he’s going to keep me updated.  I am super disappointed.  It’s been almost 3 months since I ordered and it’s going to be another 3 months probably if I have to order one through Clearview.  I was expecting to have a lid on the tank already.  Here’s the message.

 

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Sucks about the lid but tank is going to be epic!

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11 minutes ago, FISHnChix said:

Sucks about the lid but tank is going to be epic!

Thanks!  I have pretty high hopes for it.

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So now the dilemma is going to be, do I transfer the fish to my tank from the QT before I get a lid?  I really don’t want any to jump out but I don’t want to wait possibly months before I get a lid.  This sucks.

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Elizabeth94

Could you come up with a DIY lid for now? 

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9 hours ago, Elizabeth94 said:

Could you come up with a DIY lid for now? 

I just went ahead and bought this.  Probably going to be janky around my light mounts and overflow box but it should hold me over.  

 

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I got the DIY lid from BRS and that thing is junk, at least with an overflow box to go around.  Blowing on it makes it bend.  I tried for a couple hours today to get the netting on and no matter what, it bends.  Tight, loose doesn’t matter.  It’s going in the garbage.  

 

Good news though, TopLids should be making my top this month.  Fingers crossed on that.  I’ll believe it when I see it though.  My fish will stay in the QT until then.  

 

I bought some snails through LiveAquaria and they might be the smallest I have ever seen.  I think they deliberately gave me the smallest ones.  Haha.  My wife is going to pick up some more hopefully tomorrow from a LFS in the city.  

 

Oh and the tank is cycled.  Took 2 weeks.  The transfer/QT took 55 days.  Crazy how they were so different.  

 

I also setup the Trident today.  I’ll see tomorrow how the initial tests look like.

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Trident has been doing great.  The numbers are pretty spot on with my other test kits.  Alk with Hanna says 8.1, Calcium with Red Sea says 380.  I am going to get my numbers at 8/420 and set up up the dos/trident auto dosing and see if how close it keeps it to those numbers.  

 

 

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