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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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ramona

Did you get the tank yet?

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On 3/14/2021 at 11:45 AM, ramona said:

Did you get the tank yet?

Unfortunately not!  I have been checking with the local reef store often and I am running out of time...

I have to be out of my old apartment by the end of the month and right now the only thing at the old place is my reef tank.  The good thing is that I have all of the new equipment ready for the waterbox arrival.  They said 8-10 weeks for shipment and we are approaching week 8 soon.

 

I have a Tunze skimmer, a few in-tank caddies, ATO, water reservoir, new refugium light, new surge protector with designated on/off buttons per outlet

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I am looking at the same skimmer for same WB tank. Do you think this Tunze 9004 Dc with controller will fit in the back sump chamber?

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So overall a really frustrating experience - ordered the tank / stand Janurary 21 - finally came at the LFS around mid June!  Since then it has basically been in a box since I've been swamped with other things.  Finally took the time to put the stand together, get the tank on, start unboxing some new gear, etc.

 

 A few things I'm having issues with figuring out - bought a new light for the 35.2 AIO: XR15 blue ecotech marine - super excited.  I originally planned to have the Tunze auto top off in the middle back chamber but the mount seems to be taking up the same real estate spot - so not sure where the ATO will fit in the back.  I also got a new refugium light that I envisioned would stick onto the back of the AIO compartment to be used for my cheato - but the back of the tank is all black and doesnt let any light in there....  hmmm maybe I can do a small light clamp facing down into one of the back compartments.

 

Got two mangrove trees that I plan to stick in the back as well but as of now the tank is DRY because Im going on vacation soon and dont have the time to move over the old tank / get it going.... 

 

My little helper Oscar was trying to get into the large box holding the tank for days haha

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Just got a few new expensive toys in for the tank...XR15 Blue ecotech marine and its designated mount.  Not sure how I like the mount since there seems to be a ton of light bleed at their pre-determined height.  I will have to see how it looks when I finally get the tank wet.

 

Now working on some ideas of maximizing the storage space below the tank.  Considering a two shelf wooden setup so I can mount certain electronics / equipment, keep wires out of sight, etc.

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Had a delivery of some red mangrove trees delivered via algae barn (purchased from BRS).  One of the trees had the top broken off so Algae barn sent out a replacement.  I purchased two originally, one was broken and somehow they sent two new shipments - so now I have 5 healthy ones ha.  I don't even think 4 will fit into the back chamber of the waterbox.... we shall see.

 

Ordered a submersible tunze refugium light since the first one I purchased will not work correctly.  Also grabbed a small 2 shelf bookcase to try and fit into the tank stand - I'm looking to drill some holes in it, attach dosing pumps, other electrical items and run lines through the shelves to try and make everything tidy from the start.  Grabbed a cheap clip-on LED light as well that will be on a timer for the mangrove trees.

 

Still a good month away until I can get it set up since I will be out of the country for 10 days this month but cant wait!

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Getting some more equipment - finally got the tank wet too!!!

 

Two new Nero 3 power heads / different refugium light that is submersible - fits nicely in second compartment in the back. 

 

Will try and figure out best way to mount dosing pumps, electrical board, power head controller, Tunze ATO controller, etc. Looks like I will quickly run out of room within the tank stand but at least it will have more room than current bow front stand. 

 

 

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