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I just picked up an 8g biocube today that currently was gutted and has freshwater led lighting in it. I would prefer to fight lighting that fits in the hood but I’m thinking about getting an abi Tuna blue, will the 12 watt tuna grow at least lps??
Well after months and months of looking at everyone’s neat ideas I decided to take the plunge! Equipment: Aqueon preset 50w heater Song Long 60gph pump from Amazon Live Rock 64oz jar from Hobby Lobby Crushed rock from bigger tank 450 actinic led strip from eBay (abi 12w tuna blue arriving tomorrow though) Prep: First I starting using a drill bit to screw holes in the top and cracked it, then I remembered I had a dremmel tool which cut a nice rectangle perfect for putting sockets through. Heat: one of the big issues I’ve learned from reading fellow post is heating and overheating. The 50w Aqueon seemed like an overkill, but on reading features it said it automatically shuts off at a specific temp, seems to be a strong consistent 79-80 for this tank. This is day three with no corals for testing, once complete the thermometer will be removed. The heater gets hot to the touch so I used the bumper to keep it from touching the rock. Flow: I hooked up a teeny 60gph pump and set it to the lowest setting. I’ve been playing with the idea of turning this into a micro external canister or sump type filter. A lot of drawing, google, and hardware store browsing is going on 🙂. Lighting: For now I’ve got a 12” 450 actinic strip from eBay, but it’s way more blue than I’d prefer and not a good shape to go on such a small jar. On advice from others here I’m going with the ABI 12w blue tuna, should be arriving literally tomorrow. I may end up using the eBay led to supplement my house 30gal.