chill105 Posted September 11, 2006 Share Posted September 11, 2006 After over 4 years of being away from the reef hobby (bringing a 46 gallon bow-front to college isn't so easy), I started to realize how much I truly missed having my own aquarium. I've been planning to do a softie/LPS nano-reef now for over 6 months, and have been trolling these forums for a while trying to learn as much as possible about this relatively new and intriguing facet of the hobby. I had several criteria that had to be met in order for me to be able to move forward with this project: 1) Under 10 gallons (landlord's mandate, not mine!) 2) Relatively easy to move 3) Self-maintaining for at least 3 weeks at a time (more on that later) Initially I was settled on an NC6 2.18, but once the new Oceanic BioCUBEs came out, I realized that overall the BC8 would suit my purposes much better. For anyone who is interested in or considering purchasing a BioCUBE, I would highly recommend you read this thread over on reefcentral, as it's extremely informative: http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthre...threadid=915714 I ordered my BC8 off of ebay from the seller "coralsplus." I paid $158 shipped, (less than I would have for a nanocustoms 2.18 NC6). Packaging was excellent, and it arrived in under 2 days. Overall, I am initially very impressed with the tank. Fit and finish is excellent, the electrical work is solid, and the tank simply looks great. It is clear that Oceanic spent some time planning this out. Here she is! (It just looked so sad and empty sitting there- we had to feed it!) Lights on: Moon lights: Now, I know what you're all thinking: "where are the MODS???" Here's how the chambers come set up from the factory: ...and here's my master plan (more info on the "Auto Water Changer" later... hehe) WHAT I'VE DONE SO FAR: -Bio-balls and Filter Cartridge...GONE! -Expanded flow from chamber 1 to 2 (see previous threads on this topic) -Replaced stock pump with Mini-Jet 606 (more reliable, more flow) ...onto THE FUGE!!! Link to comment
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