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  1. Check out my early thread. Faucet adapter as above. Take it out when u need it? Attach to sink. Remove and stow away. No need to do major plumbing. GL. SH
  2. Thanks. Believe it or not, I am still nano'ing. Although my tank is not as stellar as it was due to work and time commitments, I still have a very old surviving clownfish. He was the first addition and he is still kicking after 7 years. The hobby has advanced immensely in this time. Christopher was a pioneer and nano'ers were 'quacks' so to speak. Certain principles don't change. Rapidity is deadly. Patience is golden. Have fun with it. SH
  3. I'm not very familiar with the Tunze skimmer. I used a Remora Aqua C external but only on a 'needs' basis (eg, something died in the tank). If you have great water quality, you may not generate a large skimmate. However, I would check with someone who runs the Tunze. My clownfish is still alive after more than 7 years and I never skim. FYI. SH
  4. Initially they do fine but they are not easy to keep. Someone had posted that when they die, if large, they can nuke a tank and when my went, I DID have water quality issues. I would still feed it though besides relying on photosynthesis. SH :-)
  5. Hey Rich. Change is good. The tank has had a good run. It's seven years old. The hood is just aging and the new technology is making THIS model of the tank a little obsolete. I haven't had time to peruse the latest JBJ Nano Cube but I know that the tank has been upgraded including glass thickness. This thread SHOULDN'T come to an end since the tank is a VERY viable system. In addition, I still love the prismatic appearance of the corners and the view of the tank. SH
  6. Yep. I am in the process of doing similar. Larger volume, is ALWAYS better. Although very small tanks are kept here, the larger the volume the greater it is able to tolerate 'insults', the easier it is to stock and aquascape, the more it mimics the natural environment that the animals are found in: the ocean. SH
  7. After 7 years, it's time for a change. Although an initial fan of the Nano Cube, obviously, over time, there are issues. Most know that cracking was an issue way back when which appears to have been resolved. The hood system on my JBJ really didn't do much to protect the inner electronics from moisture, salt creep, etc. There was space between the back chambers and the hood which allowed for jumping fish to get lost, etc. Replacing the hood on the older JBJ was/is a true PITA and with the potential for glass fracture, changing it up was never an option. So, after: a glass crack two fan replacements three ballast replacements multiple DIY upgrades numerous tube replacements I think it's time for a change (not that owning a JBJ Nano Cube is bad for a newcomer to the hobby). My original clown is still alive, OVER 7 YEARS OLD. Believe it or not, I still have a hermit crab nearly 4 years old. So, I'm thinking maybe a basic 20 gallon long. Other consideratin, technology has improved and whereas nano reefs were not really 'accepted' when Chris first started this website, the general community now openly accepts nano 'reefery' in the world of marine aquarism (geez, they even have products labeled with 'nano' in them). Hey, any good threads out there for ME to read???? LOL. SH
  8. If you leave some links, I will try and see if I can update a bit. SH
  9. Glad to hear lilj. WTG Kestral. Take your time. Let all the instability settle before starting your reef. SH
  10. The main issue occurred during the 2005/6 era. Others here would know better re: checking dates. They redesigned the tank shortly after so I think the cracking issue has been put to rest. SH
  11. If you mean change now that you have it up and running, sure, why not?? The pump provides circulation. It's not quite the same eg if you wanted to put in a new piece of uncured LR. SH
  12. Personally, I don't think that LR rubble in the back chamber hurts anything. However, it DOES add more biofilter, the pieces are ugly and adding it in the main chamber would only take up more room. Bottom line: water management, no overstocking, compatibility, etc. As for media bags, I use what comes with the product in general. ChemiPure comes with it's own bag. The others are a fine mesh type that closes with a plastic tie. The SeaGel was in a plastic type mesh bag. Any powerhead, IMO, that adds motion and changes direction is of benefit, IMO. Anything that mimics wave motion, I think, is of benefit. Are there scientific papers out there supporting it, no. I think, the phrase in medicine is: 'evidence-based' results. 12/2005 is crack period. As for fuge: green leafy vegetable (uh, chaeto). A highly photosynthesizing piece of green stuff is worth it's weight in gold. SH To Wicked...de nada. SH
  13. Multiple answers for this but the blue light is 'actinic'. Blue light penetrates deepest hence the deeper you go when you scuga dive, the more blue the water appears (yes, I was a diver). The zooxanthellae in the corals use light to produce food energy for the corals (photosynthesis). The light range is in the 10,000K range. The blue light penetrates deeper, adds color, photosynthesis, etc. I have always kept my lights on a 12 hour off/on schedule. When you first start up, you want to start slowly. Also, FYI, when you change bulbs after a year, reduce your lighting intervial for a bit. The new stronger lighting can bleach your corals. Welcome to the world of marine aquariums. They ARE the best. SH
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