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  1. RedStang

    [Coralife Biocube 29] New and need some help

    Submersible. I use 2 50w.
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    msscha's 24 gallon office cube

    Tank is still looking good! Good luck with the LED's. I love the color of mine. The blue makes coral pop so much. That and with just blues my clowns look black and white which is what I originally wanted .
  3. Or months! I have a small grain size for my sand and I'm paying for it..... Sometimes it's the only way I know the blasted bugger is alive. It is cool to watch it and the YWG do their nature thing.
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    [Biocube 29] RedStang's Build Thread

    Been a couple of months since my last update. Added a bicolor blenny that's very cool. Similar personality as the tailspot. All inhabitants accepted him including the 6-line. Been battling some cyano. Finally resorted to chemiclean but it's starting to ease it's way back in so I may need to do a 2nd dose. Otherwise everything seems to be doing fine. Need to find a better solution for water changes though. Biggest PITA in this hobby!
  5. I used the early rapidled kit. Love it but want to eventually add more colors in as well as swapping a couple CW with NW. Wasn't hard to do if you take your time and trust yourself with a soldering iron.
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    [Coralife Biocube 29] New and need some help

    1. I use an Aquatic Life 115 skimmer and once I got it dialed in it did fine for me. 2. I use a media basket with filter floss on top and Blue Life Clear FX. Not impressed with the Blue life so far. I had far less algae when I used chemi-pure elite and purigen. 3. Don't use a heater. Use two! I use two hydor heaters that have worked well for me. 4. Go with some zoa's/paly's to start. Monti cap is an easy SPS that grows under even stock lighting. I'm also partial to Acan's. Ughh. How could I forget hammer coral and frogspawn. Both are hardy and add motion along with a wow factor for visitors. 5. Add the 6-line last. I did and mine has been a model citizen for a year. No guarantee though as they seem to be hit or miss. Don't add the mandarin unless it eats prepared foods and you're prepared to take care of it. Take a look at some blennies and gobies as well. Take it slow. Use at least some LR to seed any dry rock you have. IMO it's worth it to purchase some LR from a LFS that sells quality rock that they at least try to keep pest free. Soak any dry rock in some 5 gallon buckets and test for phosphates before adding to your tank. Make sure you have adequate flow. I eventually purchased an MP10 and love it. Be careful with heaters. I'd recommend a controller to be honest as I don't trust them.
  7. Do your best to get the rock situated on the bottom glass rather than the sand. All manners of critters tunnel and can cause the rocks to tip over. Get a good foundation and stack and you'll be good to go. You'll love the MP10. Also, try to keep the rock away from the glass. Glass is clean now but it WILL get dirty and you'll have to scrape it. Good luck!
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    All Biocube Owners

    I use a mag float. I use a tooth brush for around the sand.
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    msscha's 24 gallon office cube

    Been a while since I've been on so had a bunch of reading to do. Sorry about the skunk. I love mine and he pops all around the tank cleaning any fish that will let him. My yellow watchman goby even got far enough away from the pistol shrimp to get a cleaning.
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    [Biocube 29] RedStang's Build Thread

    Yep, sounds familiar. This one would take flakes from my hand, loved mysis shrimp, and frozen veggie stuff. I tried to mix it up for it. I did some digging and apparently they aren't long lived, at least in the aquarium.
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    [Biocube 29] RedStang's Build Thread

    Well, suffered my first loss. When we came back from vacation the tail spot blenny looked very thin. We had someone feeding every other day as normal so I don't think it was starvation. I fed every day for a week though just in case and it seemed to be ok. Last Thursday though in the morning it barely made an effort to feed and that was the last I saw of it. Sucks as it was a great fish that sometimes would swim to the glass to look back at me. Sunday I picked up a bicolor blenny as a replacement. Also a beautiful fish that is already comfortable in the tank and perching so it can watch us watch them. It ate within 30 minutes of being added to the tank. My daughter named it sunset.
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    [Biocube 29] RedStang's Build Thread

    Sorry for the late response as I was out on vacation. If my tank was an inspiration than thanks. I hope my posts have been of some help. My tank is purely in cruise control now. I'm trying to decide if I should go back to vodka dosing or possibly go with a nano bio pellet reactor instead. I get some film algae on the glass that I scrape for aesthetic reasons every 3-4 days. As for growth I have some polyps that grow like mad while others barely add a head now and then. I have 2 SPS frags that seem to be growing extremely well. One appears identical to a purple passion so I'm very happy with it as it was free. Monti cap and some chalice are also growing like crazy. My red acans have been consistently growing as well. My bird's nest has some kind of algae on it. I'll be hydrogen peroxide dipping it today or tomorrow. All fish and shrimp seem to be going strong. I'm a month and day away from having the clowns for a year. Progress on the 135 has stalled. I'm basically waiting on 2 MP40's, a return pump, overflow, and another tank for a sump. Too many other financial priorities right now. Might pick up some things for Christmas. In the mean time I need to pick up some cerium oxide and give a good polish to the tank.
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    Sponges in Biocube 29

    I had small sponges hitch hike on some rock. They've survived to date but they are not any kind of fancy sponge. Just small white ones.
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    msscha's 24 gallon office cube

    Gotta love chemical warfare.
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    Beans' 29g Biocube (updated 7-6)!

    Your ph is perfectly fine at 8.2 so I'd leave it. Alk level is a different beast. I've read so many conflicting reasons on where alk should be. Personally, I just use WC's and reef crystals. I would order an RODI unit and make my own water if I were you. It'll be much cheaper in the long run. As for the evap, it happens. An ATO is, relatively in this hobby, cheap. a JBJ can be had for under $100. If you prefer the best go with the Tunze osmolator.
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