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Hi all, I've started a nano saltwater tank, specifically a Biocube 16 gallon. This is my first tank and after lots of research I decided to make the plunge. I found lots of information about the Biocube 14, but not much on the 16 gallon with the LED lighting. It is because of this that I've decided to document my journey so that other's can learn from my experiences. I chose this tank because of size restrictions where it's going and the ability to program a lighting schedule out of the box. Tank:. Biocube 16 gallon Saltmix: Reef Crystals Aquascape:. About 15 lbs Fiji Dryrock Sand: Caribsea Oolite 1" - 1.5" deep Lighting:. Stock LED's Powerhead: Aquamai KPS Heater: Eheim Jager 75 watt Biological Filtration:. 1 litre of Seachem's Matrix in addition to the rock Chemical Filtration: Matrix Carbon & Purigen Mechanical Filtration: Poly Filter Tank Modifiations: Removed the false bottom in chamber #1 to allow space for the heater (Details), Added Refugium into chamber #2 (Details), added ITC-308 temperature controller for heater, removed tab between chamber 1 & 2 to increase flow (Details). Livestock: -Nassarius Snails x 2 -Trochus Snails x 4 -Astrea Snails x 2 -Cerith Snails x 7 -Bumblebee Snail x 2 -Fighting Conch -Scarlet hermit -Purple Spined Urchin -Ocellaris Clownfish x 2 -Royal Gramma Corals: -Zoas (Eagle Eyes, Blondies, Orange Bam Bam's, King Midas, Sour Lemons) -Purple Blastomussa Wellsi -Green Duncan -Ultra Branching Hammer -Sunny D Palys x 2 -Blue Sympodium -Green Star Polyps -Green Rock Flower Anemone -Orange/Green, Pink, and Teal Ricordea Florida Mushrooms -Candy Striped Red and Green Acans -Orange Leptastrea & John Deere Green Leptastrea -Montipora Stellata -Leng Sy Montipora Cap -Blue Montipora Digitata -Purple People Eater Cyphastrea & Meteor Shower Cyphastrea -Violet Cespitularia -GARF Bonsai Acropora -Neon Green Trumpet -Bird of Paradise -Favias (War Coral, Purple Virus, Lemon Lime, and Blueberry) -Jack O Lantern Leptoseris Plans for the tank: The long term goals for the tank is to have a mixed reef with 3 fish and a mix of inverts. 19 Months: 15 Months: 14 Months FTS: 1 Year FTS (started recovery): 10 Months (post tank crash): 7 Months: 4 Months: 6 Weeks:
Dear Fellow-Reefers, Greetings to all! Hope this post finds everyone well. First and foremost, I would like to give a shout out to @Jackal227, whose post on the BioCube 16 was tremendously helpful as I went through it before I setup mine. On the same lines, I also thank @Cpl_Wiggles for sharing valuable information on his tank and experience with the BioCube. Thank you so much! And I very well agree - "There are many posts regarding the BioCube 14 but very less information related to the Coralife BioCube 16 LED." That being said, I would also be sharing my journey with all of you and thanks to this platform, it will help me with my continual learning in the Magical World of Reefing! I've kept aquariums from the past 6 years but all of them were freshwater only. It is very recently I got hands-on with saltwater tanks. I've friends who have kept saltwater tanks for a long time and that helped with the familiarity around operations, but it took some time for me to convince myself that I can pull it through with full dedication and give my best to help thrive a healthy reef aquarium. Since this was my debut with saltwater, I wanted to keep it compact, space saving and easy to care for. That was when I started researching and reading a lot about Nano-Reefs. It was indeed very intriguing and thus a BioCube. I fortunately stumbled upon a great deal for this AIO aquarium + add-ons, that I couldn't resist and it was a no-brainer after some of my reefer friends told me to grab it without hesitations. TANK HIGH LEVEL CHARACTERISTICS (Updated as on 03/14/2019) ⇨ Aquascape : 12.5 lb. of CaribSea Life Rock ⇨ Sand : 10 lb. of CaribSea Fiji Pink Arag-Alive! Live Reef Sand ⇨ Heater : Cobalt Aquatics Neo-Therm Heater, 75 Watt ⇨ Lighting : AI Prime HD+ ⇨ Powerhead : Nero 5 Submersible Powerhead ⇨ Pump : Coralife S-700 Stock Return Pump / Cobalt MJ900 (I swap them during my 60 days full tank maintenance) ⇨ Skimmer : Coralife BioCube Protein Skimmer (was bundled with the BioCube package) // I had to replace the stock air pump as it turned out faulty // SUMP DETAILS Chamber 1 In the first chamber, I've my skimmer. Chamber 2 I upgraded the stock media rack with the InTank Media Basket which was worth all the $. The InTank filtration basket is really well built and does the job very well. In the top section, I have a double-bonded filter floss (by InTank). The second section has Seachem Purigen and PhosGuard, and the lowest/bottom section has Chemipure Elite. Chamber 3 This has the return pump and the heater. As mentioned above, its the stock pump Coralife S-700 (185 GPH) or Cobalt MJ900 (215 GPH). LIVESTOCK ❃ 1 x Ocellaris Clownfish ❃ 1 x Purple Firefish Goby ❃ 1 x Red Blood Fire Shrimp ❃ 1 x Pink & White Coco Worm ❃ 4 x Turbo Snails ❃ 2 x Astrea Snails CORALS LPS ◕ Acan Lords x 2 ◕ Aussie Teal Duncan ◕ Australian Lobophyllia (Sunburst Orange) ◕ Australian Lobophyllia (Sunset Orange) ◕ Australian Ultra Trachyphyllia (Neon Teal Core) ◕ Golden Branching Frogspawn ◕ Purple Tip Hammerspawn (Hammer + Frogspawn Hybrid) ◕ Indo Peach Tip Torch ◕ Metallic Green Hammer SOFT ◕ Blueberry Field Zoanthids ◕ Branching Green Star Polyps (Long) ◕ Branching Green Star Polyps (Mini) ◕ Japanese Toadstool Leather x 2 ◕ Red Planets Zoanthids ◕ White Polyp Toadstool Leather ◕ Weeping Willow Toadstool (Biota) SPS ◕ Green Pocillopora ◕ Neon Green Hydnophora ◕ Purple Stylophora ◕ Neon Green Cats-paw ◕ Green Stylophora I'm a year and 4 months in with my tank and its indeed been an amazing journey. I have two tanks - a BioCube 16G and a Waterbox 7G (both are mixed reef setups). Looking forward to share my experience and knowledge with everyone here. Thanks in advance! Cheers, Krish Following are the pictures of my tank's progression. MAY 2018 JUNE 2018 JULY 2018 AUG 2018 OCT 2018 DEC 2018 JUNE 2019 JULY 2019 AUG 2019
Hello! I recently decided to start my very first saltwater tank. Growing up I had a few freshwater tanks, but they were your “average joe let’s go to PetsMart and get a tank” tank. I grew up on the water and have always had a deep love for the ocean. So much so that I have it tattoo’d on my entire left arm 🤗. Since I’ve never cared for a saltwater mini ecosystem before! I dove into the internet and a few few books to learn as much as I can. It is through that process that I found this site and learned the most. I realized that experience is the best way to learn, but maybe my experience with this can help someone else kickstart their adventure. I ended up going with the BioCube 16 because I love the all in one package and the programmable lights. I would’ve preferred the 32, but weight restrictions with my stand kept me at 16......for now. 😬 Tank:. Biocube 16 gallon Saltwater: Bought from LFS Aquascape: About 5 lbs live rock and 10 lbs dry rock from LFS Sand: 16 lbs Nature’s Ocean Bio-Activ Aragonite Live Sand (about 1 inch deep) Lighting:. Stock LED's Powerhead: Hydor Koralia 425 Heater: Hygger Titanium 50 W w/ Thermometer Biological Filtration: Live Rock (added Dr. Tim’s Nitrifying Bacteria) Chemical Filtration: Activated charcoal 6 tsp Purigen, 1/3 cup PhosGuard Mechanical Filtration: Duel Density Filter Pad Tank Modifiations: Removed the false bottom in chamber #1 to allow space for the heater P.S. I love hearing other people’s opinions and suggestions! Please comment all you want!!! Edited: 8/19/19 Livestock: Royal Gramma (8/19/19) CUC: 1x Turbo Snail 1x Hermit Crab Day 3 FTS
Hi Everyone, Good day, I'm fairly new to the site and I am trying to learn as much as I can and am enjoying a lot. I am planning on setting up a 15.9 gallon nano tank with the following specs: L = 19.75 inches W = 15.5 inches H = 12 inches I already have the tank and the following equipment Dymax Vortex Cooling Fan W-8 (Given that I am at a tropical place) Refractometer I am planning on getting the following equipment Tidal 55 for my filter Chihiros A601 for my lighting with the ff specs 39 watts Around 8000k Color Temp and 5800lm Any available 240gph circulation pump (Sadly Hydor Koralia isn't available in my country) 10 - 15 pounds dry rock Live sand For the bio media, I am planning on using either of the following (Can you suggest which of which should i get?) Phosban Polifilter Purigen Active Carbon I am wondering whether I can keep the seachem matrix bio-media and bottom foam filter (spoonge) that comes with the seachem tidal. I am also getting my salt water test kit and salt as well. Since we don't have Bio-Spira in our country, can I use API Quick Start? Do they do the same thing? I won't be adding faunas and corals until a month or so but do you have any suggestions on what I can keep on my nano tank? Thank you very much everyone! And I apologize for the inconvenience my post will cause you.