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NEW BioCUBE 8 Setup - PICS, MODS, BEER!

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chill105
Nice set up, Love the elusive "Sparks" fish. I Too have a 8 gallon, I was trying to come up with some better filteration for that back compartment, I think you have given me some wicked ideas!!!! what did the water changer run you $$???

 

The Sparks fish is a wild one!

Really the only major component of the water changer system is the dosing pump, and that ran me around $130 (shipped) off ebay from the seller "tanksalot". You can also get the pump at innovativeaquatics.com (it's the same person, but it's less expensive on ebay).

 

UPDATE:

Chaeto arrived today. Ordered it from "pufferpoison" in the classified forums.

Here's how it arrived:

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I rinsed it in some old tank water, and threw it in my fuge in chamber 2:

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It's a perfect amount, and it's getting tons of light. Should be interesting to see how well it grows.

 

 

Will probably order my clean-up crew and skunk cleaner shrimp next week.

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drowsyfirefly

This looks awesome!

 

I'm thinking of the 14g, and this is a super awesome thing to see--all the mods you've done. It really does look amazing.

 

Any pictures of livestock or the like?

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jas0n

question....does the chaeto need to be fully submerged? i set my 14g biocube up like this and the water just drops on top of the chaeto which is lying on top of the live rock...

 

thx

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chill105
question....does the chaeto need to be fully submerged? i set my 14g biocube up like this and the water just drops on top of the chaeto which is lying on top of the live rock...

 

thx

 

That's a good questions. To be honest, I'm not sure. I would expect that as long as it stays WET it should be fine, but probably does better when submerged. I have my water level in the back chambers pretty high, so mine is completely under water. Hope that helps!

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mdbrit

So did you remove the drip tray completely from the top of the 2nd chamber?

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schwaz

Would you be able to tell us how you increased the flow from chamber 1 to 2?

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chill105

mdbrit: The drip tray is still there. I just have some filter floss on top to capture particulates and prevent light in the fuge from escaping into the main tank.

 

schwaz: The way the tank is designed, the opening from chamber 1 to 2 only extends halfway across the width of the chambers. If you're using the stock filter cartridge (which I'm not), this design prevents water from bypassing the cartridge. I just used a sharp knife to extend the opening to the full width of the chambers, and this allows for a lot more water flow. There are other threads on this topic which include pictures.

 

UPDATE

Added my cleanup crew, a few mushrooms and a frogspawn frag. Pics to come soon.

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mdbrit

Keep the pics coming!

I'm finally getting under way with my own. I've just scraped the back of the 2nd chamber and ordered a Galaxy light from drsfostersmith. I have one of these on my main tank 24x7 on an AC500 converted to a fuge. I really like fuges, I'm convinced they make maintenance so much easier and keep the water quality higher. I have to trim my cheato all the time, maybe I feed my guys too much :P

 

I'm going to take this tank to work. Can't decide whether to run it at home for a while or just take it in and start it from scratch there.

 

So how high's the water level in your return pump chamber? Do you keep it nearly full?

Did you switch the lights over also, so that the fan comes on with the Actinic? I think that means the Actinic is then at the front, do you think it will matter?

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grink dude

ok that water exchange thing looks really cool, but i don't understand it properly, are you basically syphoning out water and putting in new mixed saltwater. Do you top off??? im so confused lol!!

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mdbrit

I'm also wondering how you like your fuge light. It sounds like it's working well, although the color looks a little yellow in the photos. I guess it's not a problem if you're getting enough growth anyway!

What about the temperature?

I'm toying with getting a galaxy clip on or maybe even trying some LED's. I'm wondering if they'll run bright enough, they'll certainly be cooler.

 

Can't wait to see those pics, what's the delay? B)

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stallen

@ Chill105 (or whom ever might know the answer)

 

I'm a total noob with saltwater. Just ordered the BioCube 8. Thinking about doing some of your mods. To start with I think I'll switch the pump for sure. My silly question is... The water outlet that you show in your first pic you have it labeled as "hydro-flo". Looks like something to direct the flow. Where did you get the "hydro-flo"? Can't find it with a google search. I probably don't know the right keywords to use.

 

Thanks and keep the pics coming they are great!

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SaltyVT

Its a Hydor Flo :D you get them from the Doctors I found mine on ebay for cheap!

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stallen

Duh... See I told you I was a total noob. I actually saw that chill had it labeled as hydor-flo, but I thought it was a typo.

 

Thanks SaltyVT. I found them on ebay. ;)

 

chill105 needs to quit drinking beer and post some more pics :P

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chill105
chill105 needs to quit drinking beer and post some more pics :P

 

Haha, OK.

 

Here you go:

fts_1.jpg

 

 

From the side:

fts_side.jpg

 

 

mdbrit: The water level in my back chambers is all the way at the top of the little clear "level indicator" on the side of the 3rd chamber. High enough so that the chaeto in chamber 2 has plenty of water. The fuge is working extremely well. I've had to harvest the chaeto twice already! I never even had a diatom outbreak, and I think my snails and hermits are starving! Maybe I'll extend the daylight cycle a little.

 

grink dude: The water changer is slowly and constantly adding new saltwater to the tank and simultaneously removing the same amount of "old" water from the tank. It does not affect the water level in the tank at all, as it is always adding the exact same amount it is taking out. I am ALSO using an auto top-off that maintains the water level- float switch is in the 3rd chamber. (FYI, I've been using "Wet's battery powered air pump auto-top off". It's been working great.)

 

LIVESTOCK LIST:

 

Cleanup

2 unidentified small hermits (1 other one went missing- I think it may have crawled up the silicon in the corner of the tank and made it into chamber 1)

4 tiny sand-sifting brittle stars

2 baby conchs

2 trochus snails

 

Corals

Neon green mushrooms

Flame red mushrooms

Frogspawn

Green star polyps

Toadstool Leather

Green leather (not sure which type)

Pulsing Xenia

 

Fish

Baby ocellaris (so cute!)

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quy_nquyen

holy moly! i havent seen your tank for a while and now it's all stocked with life! the tank is looking really good!

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grink dude

how long does it take for you to fill up the bucket with old water, and use up all the new salt water???

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Johnny Deluxe

Hey there

 

Looks great!!!!!!!!! I am thinking of doing the same....Question...how long did you cycle, any chemical dosing or additives and did you use an adhesive to attach the frags if so what

 

thanks

 

JD

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chill105
how long does it take for you to fill up the bucket with old water, and use up all the new salt water???

 

I can set the pump to whatever speed I want. The two bins fill and empty at exactly the same rate. The last batch lasted a little over 2 weeks, meaning I was exchanging over 2 gallons a week. Now that the cycle is done, I'll be slowing that down to about half of that speed, so each batch should last a good 4 weeks. This is a prety "hands off" system.

 

Johnny D: I let my tank cycle for ~17 days before adding any livestock. The rock I received was fairly cured though, so that may have shortened my cycle time. Also, I added the Chaeto to my fuge about a week after the rock went in with 24hr light in the fuge.

 

The only dosing I'm doing is coming from my top-off water. Each liter of top-off water seems to last at least 2 weeks, so whatever I dose is going in pretty slowly. I was using Seachem's Reef Builder at first, and just switched over to a Kalkwasser solution to keep my calcium and alkalinity in balance. Gotta get that coralline going!

 

Hope that helps!

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Johnny Deluxe

Great!! STUFF!~

 

 

Also wanted to know what you are using to attach the frags

 

 

JD

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chill105
Great!! STUFF!~

Also wanted to know what you are using to attach the frags

JD

 

All of them are either balanced or wedged in place. The mushrooms, which came attached to gravel, have since become attached to the rock. My hermits/snails do occasionally knock things over though, so I may be looking to get some reef glue soon.

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rleon3003

very nice tank. i like all the colors in there.

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Johnny Deluxe

I really think the ket to sucess ins in the Cheato, I have had nanos before with Algae problems, and corals that didnt do well, I have tried to look up the member you got the Cheato from but could not find him, my local LFS doesnt carry it...any tips

 

Regards

 

JD

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mdbrit

I got my cheato on ebay. Once you have some you're golden, the stuff grows like crazy in a fuge. I think it's key to maintaining water quality. Ever since I started using a fuge, I have WAY fewer problems with algae plus useful pods and critters can live there.

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jasonf08

Hey guys, how does running a nano with chaeto vs a skimmer? in regards to water clairity & algae?

 

Thanks,

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mdbrit

On my 36, after I added a fuge, I still get the odd tuft of hair algae from time to time, but it never spreads and after I remove it, takes forever to reappear. This is bearing in mind that I probably seriously over-feed my tank, but I like well-fed corals and fat fish :D

The cheato grows like, well, weeds, so it stands to reason it takes away vast quantites of nutrients in the water that would otherwise grow algae. It does work well and I'm hoping that it'll work well on the 8g too. I'm waiting for a couple of LED lights to light my fuge, went with them in the end to try instead of a PC clip-on.

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