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~fiji cube 18.5 peninsula RFA build~

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long story short last BF I treated myself to a nice new RS750XXL...so what the heck I am doing in the nano forum? that build stalled out as shortly after gettiing in tank in, my GF bought a fixer upper house 30 min. from us and not knowing what is gonna happen in my future we decided not to set up the 750...months went by reno tanking alot longer than it was supposed to. you all know the story so.

so that brings me here and now I have always loved RFA and dreamed of a build to focus on them.
after a week or more of thinking about a small couch side nano I just placed my order for a Fijicube 18.5 gal AIO
I was between the Fluval evo 13.5
IM 14/20
and the little ATO that came with the Rs750

all had there advantages and disadvantages but in the end I went with the Fiji cube peninsula love the foot print @ 24x14x13 it was the most appealing.
https://www.fijicube.com/collections/glass-all-in-one-aquarium/products/18-5-gallon-rimless-aio-glass-nano-tank-fiji-cube

This build is gonna rock......with rock flowers nems that is!

I should have the tank in 4-7 days.

as of now here is the plan...

tank: fijicube 18.5 AIO

lighting: AI prime HD with 3D diffuser

heater: 100W finexx ( already have )

controller: keeping it simple just use a inkbird temp controller. but could use my Apex if it ends up being some what close to the bigger tank.

flow: I am between upgrading the stock pump to a DC one with more flow and a RFG OR go with a reefbreders reef power 260 GPH wave maker.

rock: i will use real reef rock I have a 40br wet and live that I can use. prob. use 10#

stocking: lots of inverts

I hope to have 30+ RFA as the main focus, a few mini max nems as well.
~2x pom pom crab
~fire shrimp
~2X hermit crab
~porcelain crab
~4-6 sexy shrimp ( or more if I can find a good deal)
a few feather dusters
maybe a staghorn crab?
nem. clown shrimp? these guys look cool too


fish:
yellow clown Goby
purple fire fish

maybe a green mandarin will train to frozen but will sub. with hatch BBS with a modded Paul B feeder.


Let me know what you guys think so far. not sure 3 fish is a good idea or not but I see more in ppl evo 13.5.

pics of the tank to come when I get it in.

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Subbing to this. 

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43 minutes ago, zoafan627 said:

Subbing to this. 

 

hopefully i will not disappoint! 

 

 

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just got confirmation from fiji cube the tank shipped today! they even FB messaged we to confirm the address. so far there CS has been top notch!

 

also order 20# of real reef rock from premium aquatics. I have 40+ # live and happy in a holding tank (40br) for the 750 so I will have 60# to choose from. if I cant get a scape i like I am firing myself...lol

prob. only use 12-16# but hey it's all about the scape and not the # of LR anyway.

 

updates coming soon!

 

     

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not much to update. tank is on its way! It's was in Omaha NB this AM.    UPS  said it  was only gonna take 2 days. I was a bit doubtful about that tracked it again today now it says end of day Friday. that still pretty fast  tho.

 

the real reef rock got shipped out yesterday. ordered form premium aquatics thought it would ship from CA but its coming from IL. so that's not scheduled till mon. guess I should have ordered it a few days before. oh well no rush.

 

in the mean time I can figure out my final fish and CUC  list. all tho I think I am pretty much got that down.

 

       

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Well look what arrived today!
Kitty making sure it's safe.

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No unboxing video but here is a photo series. Not much info out there on these tanks so I thought I should document this build so others looking at the Fiji cubes Aio tanks have more to to go on.

Let the photo dump began...

not what you want to see...a nice gash in the box right though the fragile sticker 😮
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but the tank was OK!
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here is the mat. was hoping it was already attached like the red sea tanks. oh well another project.

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the goodies it comes with.
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Here is a few more pics:

Media basket. I think this will work great for filter floss. we shall see.
 
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15W -800LPH pump. I wonder how it will do??
 
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quite small @ 4"
 
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filter sock. don't think I will use this.
 
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plumbing...
 
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1ST FTS with all the goodies that comes with the tank.
 
 
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update time!

 

I ordered  the AI prime with 12" flex arm and the 3D diffuser. the other day should be here in a few days.  I felt the diffuser was a must to keep light spill in the room down.  

 

also ordered 20# of real reef rock nanao size it should be here today sometime. excited to start the scape.

i'll post pics of the rock when it comes in! things are moving forward.   

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Looking good! Following along.

Love me some RFAs! Have a bunch and need more! 

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13 hours ago, SeaFurn said:

Looking good! Following along.

Love me some RFAs! Have a bunch and need more! 

yeah I really love some RFA I hope to have 20+

any good deals on bulk RFA out there? I found saltcritters and soflow any other vendor I should know about?

 

I'll have to  check out your 45 shallow soon!    

got the 20# of real reef rock in today here is some quick shoots:

 
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even got a few small shelf pieces and some branch!

 
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Getting rock already purple will make the RFAs really pop. I’ve been super happy with my order from Saltcritters. 

 

I would advise you purchase WYSIWG vs random purchases. I’ve done both and the latter was quite disappointing. However, it was only $8 so....you get what you pay for. 

 

I bought a pack pack of them once and received nearly identical flowers, so that was another lesson learned. No worries, as I just separated them between 2 tanks. 

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6 hours ago, devaji108 said:

yeah I really love some RFA I hope to have 20+

any good deals on bulk RFA out there? I found saltcritters and soflow any other vendor I should know about?

 

I'll have to  check out your 45 shallow soon!    

got the 20# of real reef rock in today here is some quick shoots:

 
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even got a few small shelf pieces and some branch!

 
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Nice looking rock!  They are a great size for the nems to wedge themselves next to.  That's what most of mine seem to do.

I got most of mine from VIP reef at first.  They stopped selling them and I now get mine from @Got Corals They always have bunches of them and offer deals at times.  Sandy always gets me a good variety if I buy a pack of them.

 

You'll have to sneak over to instagram to see the 45.  Same username as here.  I had intended to start a tank thread here when I was transitioning out of my IM14 but never did. 

I've got the tank set-up for breeding them. I've lost count how many I have.  Probably  80-100 adults and juveniles.  I have tons of babies right now - probably close to a 100 of those too.

It's definitely an addiction.

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2 hours ago, SeaFurn said:

Nice looking rock!  They are a great size for the nems to wedge themselves next to.  That's what most of mine seem to do.

I got most of mine from VIP reef at first.  They stopped selling them and I now get mine from @Got Corals They always have bunches of them and offer deals at times.  Sandy always gets me a good variety if I buy a pack of them.

 

You'll have to sneak over to instagram to see the 45.  Same username as here.  I had intended to start a tank thread here when I was transitioning out of my IM14 but never did. 

I've got the tank set-up for breeding them. I've lost count how many I have.  Probably  80-100 adults and juveniles.  I have tons of babies right now - probably close to a 100 of those too.

It's definitely an addiction.

 

oh my that sounds like an amazing tank I for sure have to check that out over on IG!  oh and if some of those baby nems need a home PM maybe we can work something out haha.

 

i'll also check out got corals. this build is going to be so much fun!   

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3 hours ago, TatorTaco said:

Getting rock already purple will make the RFAs really pop. I’ve been super happy with my order from Saltcritters. 

 

I would advise you purchase WYSIWG vs random purchases. I’ve done both and the latter was quite disappointing. However, it was only $8 so....you get what you pay for. 

 

I bought a pack pack of them once and received nearly identical flowers, so that was another lesson learned. No worries, as I just separated them between 2 tanks. 

yeah I have been really happy with real reef rocks this is my 2nd or 3rd order of the stuff. a bit pricey  but  IMHO worth  it especially for a nano tank I prob. could have gotten away with 10-15#  but it's always nice to have more when scaping.

 

well there 'we' pick are $20 per nem  where if I pick its $25 per...hmmm    would be so nice to find a nice big pack at once. 

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so the stand I had will not work as the "BOSS" said no ATO res. out side stand. so I spend more time than I care to admit on searching for stand ideas. searched high and low. inside the box and out...

 

In the end I am gonna do a nice DIY build. the mood  is modern and the goal is  to match with the RS 750.

more to come in the next few days. 

 

I might hold off on getting it wet until the stand is build. we shell see...

 

in other tank news. my 3D reefing diffuser got sent back as he did not add the box # to the pkg. 😞 so another one is getting shipped out on Friday. 

as this boys and girls is why we order stuff before we need it.  HA          

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