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Butchy21

Hi all,

So I set up a 26 gallon bowfront Nano reef tank about 6.5 years ago, making this tank a cheap reef tank, acquiring various upgrades as I learned more about reefing.  It is still up and running happily, coral growth has been very good but I will be moving in the next few months.  To take advantage of the move... I am going to be upgrading my tank to a waterbox 35.2 AIO!  Overall the bow front has worked out well and I got my money's worth since I picked up the tank and stand for super cheap during grad school.  The waterbox has a total size of 33 gallons with I think ~8 gallons in the rear compartment.

 

Current 26 gallon tank journal: 

 

And apparently the bowfront has hit some highlights over the past 6 years!  Super proud to have been nominated for TOTM.

 

There have been some challenges with that tank though - which is driving me to upgrade to the AIO type system:

1. Tank is rimmed, making it hard to properly place a lot of the equipment - Nanobox gooseneck was not really ideal...

2. Stand is pretty narrow, making it impossible to place a sump / overall storage is pretty low

3. The nature of the tank required me to have a HOB skimmer and HOB refugium, making it difficult to thoroughly clean the tank

4. Curved glass of the bowfront made photography difficult and cleaning off algae a chore

5. So much of the display is taken up by equipment and I have way too many corals at the moment!

6. Not an easy / cheap way to have a nice looking lid

7. Can't properly place an ATO magnet / float as high as I would like on the system

 

I have not purchased any equipment for the Water box yet but I will be buying a bunch of new stuff, while using some current items as well.

 

Potential equipment list:

1. Lighting: Reuse my Nanobox duo M - looking to change to a Radion XR15 Blue eventually

2. Skimmer: Tunze 9004 Dc with controller

3. ATO - Tunze 3155 Osmolator

4. Powerheads - will reuse up to (3) Hydor 425gph powerheads

5. In tank media baskets (In tank aquatics) - (1) Run filter floss, chemi pure, GFO, (2) Refugium compartment - have Chaeto actively growing in current tank - considering dropping in a few mangrove plants - Do these need additional light or will direct light from a window be sufficient?

6. Heater / controller - will reuse Cobalt 100W heater with Inkbird controller - may change to BRS titanium heater

7. ATO reservoir - IM Auqa 5 gallon reservoir

8. Sicce silent 1.5 return pump

9. Chaetomax refugium light - I may reuse my Acke grow light if I can mount to the back of the tank with mounting tape.  I am afraid there may be light bleed if the mounting tape doesnt work well though.

10. Dosing pumps - 2 BRS 1.1mL pumps - alkalinity, calcium

 

Apparently most tank / stand systems are all back ordered, as is a lot of reefing equipment, so who knows when I can get everything.  But hoping to set up the tank end of February!

 

Waterbox AIO systems:

https://waterboxaquariums.com/products/aio?variant=32761189073005

 

 

 

 

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Butchy21

Just officially placed the order for the tank and stand!  Unfortunately the LFS said that their last water box order took 8-10 weeks prior to arrival... I'm really hoping I can get the new tank set up in the new apartment for a week or two prior to moving all of the live rock / corals / fish from the 26 gallon bowfront.

 

If I were to add 10 pounds new sand to the new tank, take a few pounds of the old sand (to bring over some good biofiltration / bacteria) and save all of the live rock - I wouldn't think the new tank would have to cycle at all.

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