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  1. Raindog3030

    Raindog's 7g Waterbox

    Raindog's 7g Waterbox AIO!!! The current plan is to get through the cycle and probably stock with a RBTA in the coming months and a pair of Porcelain Anemone crabs to host in it. Strike that, found a Gonodactylus smithii! And Lord knows there will be some zoas too! Part List: Waterbox 7g AIO w/ ECO66 pump (included) Sicce MiMouse Pump (provided by Waterbox) Cobalt Mini-MJ 404 pumpHydor Koralia Nano 240 Cobalt Neo-Therm 25wKessil A80 w/ GooseneckMini Smart Plug (my $10 lighting controller, with wifi!) Mechanical Timer (also $10, and apparently smarter...since it actually works!) ~10 lbs Haitian Live Rock10+ lbs of Nature's Ocean No.0 Live SandTropic Marin Salt *Original Post: So...this happened! I got to see these in person at RAP, and I got sold! The absolute quality and attention to detail for the cost is mind blowing! I guess I can get past the logo being etched into the front panel Anyone else have one of these that has any suggestions/tips? Feel free to follow! Hoping to order the light soon :3 *EDIT: I got a call from Saltwateraquarium.com, there is/was an issue with the 4g. So, they are upgrading me to a 7g gallon for free...shipped out for a Friday delivery!!! I was really looking forward to the tiny 4g, but 7g is still pretty small and should work out for my desk
  2. PocaReef

    PocaReef 10G aio Build!

    Alright! after careful planning and research it now time to build my own 10 gallons AIO. This tank will be my testing ground to grow corals as I have been so hesitant to have corals previously within the 5 tanks that I have own which are now have been taken down. this tank will mainly house mostly Soft Corals and LPS and a few easy SPS. Custom Tank 16 x 12 x 12 Here is the rockscape that I made for the tank. I bought the rocks from The Aqua Culture, the most decent Reefing Store here in the Philippines!. I used Aquaforest StoneFix to bond the rocks together. It's like a cement though it dries quickly so you have to work on it fast, one more good thing about this product is that it doesn't contain harmful chemicals and doesn't leech out which means no need to cure!. One of the downsides I have seen on AIO tanks is that you can't see the sides of the back sump, So I asked the tank maker to make cut outs of the black sticker that will wrap the back sump so that the medias will be visible and to make it more easier to clean. One thing I have learn from my previous tanks is that 1. Plan everything ahead even future upgrades and 2. Make everything easier for you as Mike Paletta said "the easier it is for you to do, the more you will do it". Rio 600 for the return pump. I prefer a slightly powerful pump so that I won't be needing a wave maker which is an eyesore for a small thank like this. More to come! any recommendation for stocking list?
  3. Raindog3030

    Waterbox Nano Owner's Thread

    Howdy y'all! I believe I may be one of the first to adopt one of these gorgeous little Starfire beauties and I figured it would be a good time to start a thread for anyone else who may/has purchase(d) one! So far, Waterbox has been very responsive in dealing with the only issue I have run into so far [with the 7g model], the included return pump. They did so by sending me a free Sicce Mi Mouse return pump to replace the ECO66 pump, this may or may not be the case with other tank sizes in the series. I don't think any of us can argue that these AIO cubes are very attractive considering the quality of materials, construction, and included accessories! So, without further ado, please join in on the conversation! Is it just another AIO? Do you have one? What do you think? Are you some weird-o lizard person impersonating a reefer?!?!?! Here is the manufacturer page for reference: https://waterboxaquariums.com/cube/
  4. Established: October 2017 Disclaimer: It's a long one! (that's what she said?) Hello everyone! My name is André, and I'm from the Azores (a somewhat hidden piece of paradise). This is my second saltwater tank, but the first built on actual experience and purpose. The goal of this tank (yet to be achieved) was to house a small species of Mantis Shrimp. Sadly, Capitan Hook died prematurely during a shipping misstep. Sad times. Anyway, the tank is now an actual reef, and the mantis shrimp idea is on hold. One main idea with this tank (coming from a 50g) was to reduce the equipment and maintenance needed and increase the overall enjoyment of the actual tank. In my case because I collect my own NSW that meant that reducing the total volume of the tank would have a pretty significant impact on the time put into my weekly routine. Also, I wanted it to have a clean, minimalistic look and feel. Especially in a small tank that meant hiding the equipment, so an AIO became an obvious solution. Finally, it had to be cheap. Unhappy wife would mean soon-to-be-dismantled tank xD. Bought some glass, aquarium safe silicone and some acrylic sheets. As I had access to a laser cutter from a jewelry store, all the pieces were custom made to fit the tank. That being said, on to the original setup: Equipment Tank: DIY 10g AIO Lighting: Chinese Par 38 LED Bulb Circulation: Sicce Syncra Silent 1.5 Filtration: Filter floss, sponge and purigen Temp. Control: Small 50w heater ATO: Tunze Nano Osmolator Skimmer: Air stone diy water bottle skimmer Corals Utterchaos Zoas Scrambled egg Zoas Gorilla nipples Zoas Playboybunny Zoas Sunny D Zoas Rastas Zoas Orange Bam Bams Zoas Ring of Fire Zoas Blue Hornet Zoas Purple Bee Zoas Keds Reds Zoas Red Hornet Zoas Green Mushroom ————————–————————————— Below, a visual time-line of some of the phases the tank went through until reaching its current state: October 2017 It's safer than it looks... Back of the AIO Custom media basket Finished!! Acrilic top helped cut down evaporation and paved the way for the removal of the ATO. November / December 2017 Used some Frieda rock to seed new one, but it starts getting some bad air algae. Had no snails to counter it at the time. Ricordea Florida January - June 2018 - New rock structure made using reef glue added for a hair algae free start. This structure (or rather, part of it) would make it to present day! One of the "legs" broke and the structure had to be adapted. Tailspot Blenny, who sadly died a few days after coming in. Aiptasia eating monster! Tank born little trochus snail. New additions! Couple clownfish, torch, montipora, digitata and hydnophora corals. Top view Side view Simple "refugium" with some chaeto strands added to the back of the tank. July 2018 - changes to lighting and circulation AI Prime HD added! Spin Stream arrived! Unexpected hitchhiker... After light and flow adjustments August 18 Zoa island Current Equipment Tank: DIY 10g AIO Lighting: Ai Prime HD Circulation: Sicce Syncra Silent 1.5 + IM Spin Stream Filtration: Filter floss, sponge and purigen + Tunze 9001 Temp. Control: Small 50w heater Skimmer: Tunze 9001 Current stock - Occelaris Clownfish x 2 - Trochus Snails x 4 - Zoas (same as above) - Blue, orange and green ricordeas - Green and blue mushrooms - Torch Euphyllia - Red Montipora - Pink Digitata - Green Hydnophora - Purple and green Clavularia After a lot of changes and my fair share of challenges, I finally feel like it's on the right track. Feel free to offer insight or ask questions. Abraço, ffoott
  5. Hi, back at it again with a biocube this time! I still have my jbj 20gal frag tank set up with a fresh change of sand, but recently saw a post about someone selling their full setup. So I bought it and for $75 I got a 29gal biocube and stand, live rock, hermit crab, clownfish, and all the fish stuff the previous owner used with the tank. The tank had been set up for 2 years and before that, by the same person, for 5 years (2011!). Previously, I moved my clownfish into a 14gal cube with a small skimmer and reactor for the carbon, but now it’s time to upgrade. Heres the stock list. Fish: 2x ocellaris clownfish 1x Pygmy angelfish (when I get him moved from the jbj tank.... more on that later) Inverts: 1x bta 1x fire shrimp 3x hermit crabs (zebra, blue leg, ?) various stomatellas, small ‘pest’ snails, ceriths, nerites Coral: various mushrooms Macro: a lot of red macro that is anchored to the rock that looks like Halymenia floridana Wish list: 1x starry blenny 1x watchman goby and pistol shrimp combo To do: - light and hood(?) - scraping that coralline off the front glass 😞 purple up..... - vermitid snail crack down - purchase icecap gyre 1k Not sure what to do with the light/ hood. Still thinking about it. FTS (06/25/2018):
  6. tgore

    WaterBox 4g SPS Pico

    So with being out of the hobby for a year or two I finally decided to dive back in to give myself something to do in my down time. I began assembling equipment for a 60g cube but gathering everything I wanted for the build was taking to long and the itch was getting to me. When I came across these small AIO tanks from WaterBox I just couldn't resist. The main inspiration for this tank came from seeing a video of Battlebox corals and then when I saw the AutoAqua Smart AWC the idea popped into my head. Build Plan Equipment 4g WaterBox Cube AI Prime HD w/ Gooseneck 25w Neo-Therm Heater MP10QD AutoAqua Smart AWC Livestock: Clown Goby - Not sure which exact species I will go with. Citron is what I am really wanting, just depends on availability. CUC - One small blue leg hermit and a couple snails at max. Macro algae - Since having a refugium isn't really possible with this build I am going to look at getting some to have in the display. Corals - Various SPS nothing in stone so far. Going to try out a BattleBox and then get what I can from lfs around me. So no telling what I'll end up with at the moment. Rock - Purchased some dry reef saver rock for this build but also have some cured pukani in case I can't get a scape I like. To get things started with this tank I am going to give Fritz 9 NItrifying Bacteria a shot and maybe find the smallest bottle of pods I can find. Algae Barn will probably be my go to for the pods and macro once the tank gets water in it. The Automatic Water Changer from AutoAqua is the key to my plan for this tank. The only other filtration will be biological and some Chemi-pure blue. Excited to get this tank set up and running. I'm gonna have to play around with the AWC and find what I will be able to do, since the return chamber is so small I will have to either do extremely small amounts or set up a timer to turn shut the return pump off and allow the AWC to run. The goal will be to accomplish 100% water changes every week at the least. This should handle any nutrient issues with such a small bio-load and most likely keep major and minor elements in a decent range. I plan to test this and see how things go and if the water changes alone can't keep up I am considering using Kalkwasser or try Red Sea Coral Pro salt since it has elevated levels to begin with. If you made it this far. Thanks for reading all my thoughts and rambling. Let me know what you think and if you have any recommendations on adjustments. Also if you have any recommendations on corals or any good livestock ideas I would really appreciate it.
  7. Hi, We have a red sea max nano and would like to go a bit bigger. We quicky replaced the original skimmer and recirc pump with a tunze 9001 skimmer and a eheim compact 1000 which are much more quiet than the original stuff. the purpose is to keep a reef with lps and sps and some small fish plus cuc (which we have already btw). Would like to give the fish a bit more space, have some more room to work in. A sump underneath is handy to put in eg cheato reactor in and or a biopellet reactor (or frags and unidentified critters and mother in law and stuff). We want to keep the volumes of water changes small (daily alk mg ca dosing with dosing pump and weekly wc). Can a system of 170 or 250 liter (about 40 to 60 G) with a sump underneath run as quiet as a AIO? Having the reefer 170 and 250 vs max e 170 and 250 in mind from red sea for instance, but not needing the skimmer or pump from the e series (which is more expensive). A pretty silent system is important for us. Who has experience with both aio and smaller system with sump? Also looking for the sweet spot for low maintenance.
  8. This will be a tank thread for the IM Nuvo Fusion 25 I just setup on Saturday (10/8/16) This will be my third reef tank but my first time with a nano. Very happy with the quality of these IM tanks. My plan is to keep things simple on this bedroom apartment tank and reuse some stuff I have around from my old 60g cube. Going without sand or a skimmer for now. I want to stock clowns and BTAs probably with some softies like gsp or xenia. Equipment List: IM Nuvo 25 Jebao PP4 Radion Pro Cobalt Neotherm 100w heater Tunze Osmolator Using ESV salt and a Spectrapure 90gpd RODI Setup and week 1 pics: [/u [/url] [/url] [/url] [/url]
  9. So I have had my evo since they first came out back in the middle of 2016 and recently I noticed some of my lights went out. Contacted fluval and they sent me a new light under warranty. It appears to be slightly different and the led’s seem to be better protected...... problem was that the freaking new light wouldn’t even turn on 😒. Fluval is sending me another one that should arrive today so hopefully that one actually works. But wanted to share some pics of the new light. The old one is on the right, new one on the left. Also the connectors are better and have a tighter fit
  10. Goal of this build was to build a nano 9 gallon with an AIO and sump that houses a refugium all while maintaining a very clean look. I selected a pretty big pump to avoid any power heads in the tank. I'm unsure the functionality of a fuge in such a small tank. If anything its for fun! Tank: Aquamaxx 9.1 gallon low cuboid Lights: Marine Orbit LED 24" Refugium lighting: LED grow light strip Pump: Sicce Syncra Silent 1.5 357gph Skimmer: TBD Media Reactor: TBD Heater: Lifegard Aquatics Pre-Set Quartz Heater - 50 Watt AOI: DIY Acrylic SUMP: DIY Acrylic Livestock: TBD First renders of idea Basic plumbing diagram. First AIO is around 8.5"x10". It will be sitting on top of refugium that will be around 7"x15". The area where plumbing goes does not contain water and will house the air pump for possible future skimmer. Might T off the plumbing and run a reactor. Also will house power bricks for lights. Rough draft determining room and drain and return placement Aquascape Never too early to start the biological filtration on your tank. Adding dry sand in a couple days to also start growing bacteria. Used dry rock and dry sand and seeded with biospira. Next step is drilling the holes for plumbing. I have a 3/4 drain but might be upping that to a 1". My question is do i really need a bulkhead. If you look at the above the bulkhead wont actually support anything besides its own weight. It will just overflow into the AIO. The bulkhead requires a much larger hole than necessary since its not supporting plumbing. Ill be putting the drain 1/2 to 3/4' from the top. Does this sound okay since its 5mm glass and no hardline or even soft lines connected. Still required: - DIY acrylic aio and sump - Refugium light - Plumbing - Permanent oak stand Let me know questions, concerns and compliments
  11. dvs1986

    DVS 25 Lagoon

    Hi Everyone! I recently set up my 25 lagoon after tearing down my Fluval evo 13, and am thrilled to get it underway. I mistakenly posted it in the tank journal section, but would rather keep it updated in this section of the forum. So far my build goes like this. Right now all the corals in my tank are just jammed in there as it was getting late, and i just wanted to make sure things were alive. So far, so good, no losses. I thought i might have lost my Tailspot Blenny, but he showed up last night. I was really worried i may have smushed him under a rock. I'll post some pictures once things are glued down and looking good. Thanks for taking a look! You can see more of my build progress on instagram too if youre interested @dvs_evo13 is my user name. Also, if anyone else is interested in the 3D printed floss holders, i got the file here. They were built buy a user on Reef Central named twitchy. they fit awesome, and work great. i printed 2 holders for 10$ locally. Lots cheaper than the floss holders on amazon. Build List: IM Lagoon 25 100w Cobalt Neotherm Heater Sicce 1.5 Return Pump 3D Printed Floss Holders AI Prime HD BRS DIY Screen Top 20lbs Fiji Pink Sand Live Stock: Tail Spot Blenny Coral: Setosa Green Monti Cap Red Monti Cap Sunset Monti ORA Birdsnest Panope Birdsnest Miyagi Tort RMF Biohazard Red Robin Acro Red Mili Green Stag Red/Green Candy Canes Neon Green Candy Canes Blue Candy Canes Splatter Toxic Hammer Purple Octospawn Yellow Octospawn multicolor frogspawn Purple tip green frogspawn Green Pocilipora Blasto Wellsi BLasto Merletti Neon Green Toadstool Purple Gorgonia Utter Chaos Scrabled Eggs Sunny Ds Radioactive Dragon eyes Japanese Sunburst Zoas Red Chalice Miami Hurrican Chalice Green Duncans Blue Duncans Acan Lords (4) ASD War Coral Bowerbanki Superman rhodactis mushroom Green Fungia Plate ...i think i got it all.. Future Buys: 2-3 more fish (Clown, Royal Gramma, Not sure on the last one) Bubble Gum Digi Aussie Gold Torch Cali Tort Green Slimer Other lower end SPS 1 Trochus Snail (Planning to get 2 more) 5-6 Blue legged Hermits (trading in for small snails) Mangrove Pod
  12. Hello Everyone, New to the forum here!! And it looks like a very active forum. I've been a saltwater hobbyist for about 15 years on and off. Looking to get back in, and did some research about the all in ones out there today. Ideally the tank I'm looking for would be: - 8 to 12G - Upgradeable with internal nano skimmer, additional lighting etc - Looking to keep a few softies, and minimal fish after the tank cycles (1 fish... maybe 2) Looking online, it seems the aquariums below meet my size needs (not sure about upgradeability). Anyone has any advice on these (or other similar aquariums)? - Fluval Sea Evo XII (https://www.saltwateraquarium.com/evo-aquarium-kit-13-5-gallons-22-x-11-5-x-12-5-fluval) - Fusion Peninsula 14 gallon (http://www.innovative-marine.com/nuvo-aquarium/fusion-peninsula-14.html) - JBJ rimless desktop 10G Flat Panel (https://www.marineandreef.com/JBJ_Rimless_Desktop_10_Gallon_Flat_Panel_Aquarium_p/rjb20564.htm) Leaning towards the third one. But the filtration chamber there doesn't seem good. Anyone use this?
  13. Started this tank on March 30, 2017 with stock pump and filter sock, koralia nano from previous tank, and 5 lb of LR, and about 8.5 gallons of saltwater to start. The tank is almost a year old now and some upgrades have happened. (will take some better pics with the camera later) Equipment -IM Ti ATO (going to tunze nano ato) -Ran a kessil a80 for 11 months before going to a radion (diffusion kit/rm -Jbj 1/15 hp Chiller with 1.0 return -Sicce 0.5 return - inTank Media rack with 2 filer floss on top, seachem matrix, bottom two filter flosses -inTank universal media skimmer -was running a IM desktop Media Reactor with carbon but since the RMS mount is fairly big i had to remove the reactor (don't mind that because its freaking study!) So in turn I have a Fudge basket that I might run with more matrix in it if the tunze 9001 doesnt work out (coming) -MP10 wQD -inTank Frag rock (2) - 5 lb LR -3 lb Sand (going to take down to less lb's till its barley covered probably -Cobalt Aquatics Neotherm 100w heater - 6.5 chemipure Live Stock: - Rainbow Acans - Duncans - Walking Aussie Duncan - Purple Tipped Frogspawn - Young Maxima Clam - Rock anemone -3 nassarius snails -3 Trochus Snail -3 Aussie young scolymia/s? LOL -Side plant is one of 3 succulents I got at a baby shower and decided to try to grow it under the XR-15 instead of my bedroom window lol, so if they switch out ever that why. Let me know if you have any thoughts on the tank! Plan on upgrading to a Lagoon 25 at some point this year I hope!
  14. Disher

    Suggestions for pico AIO

    I had my heart set on the 3.7g Imagitarium from Petco but had bad luck getting them to arrive unbroken! Two of these tanks in a row arrived broken or shattered. Petco refused to ship a third, and wouldn’t ship to my local store either... Anyways, other tank suggestions?? I’m looking for <5g AIO under $100. Fluval Spec 3 Gallon - I don’t like the look Marineland Contour 3 Gallon - Back chambers are very small JBJ mini Cubey - haven’t seen many of these Ocean box designs 4.3 gallon - $150 price tag! 4 Gallon Starphire Ultra-Clear Glass Cube - Waterbox - AMAZING but Out of Stock DIY Mr. Aqua 3g Or a creative way to get my hands on the 3.7g tank I originally wanted? Thanks :-)
  15. Hey everyone, it's been a few years for me being out of the game and I want to get back in! I was wondering if anyone knew of someone who would do some custom acrylic work for me so that I can convert an ADA 60-F into an AIO. I need the AIO part made out of black 1/4 acrylic and I also need a media basket made. Any help is appreciated, thank you! 7 in tall x 3 inches wide x 9 inches long is the size of the AIO I need.
  16. Hey everyone, it's been a few years for me being out of the game and I want to get back in! I was wondering if anyone knew of someone who would do some custom acrylic work for me so that I can convert an ADA 60-F into an AIO. I need the AIO part made out of black 1/4 acrylic and I also need a media basket made. Any help is appreciated, thank you! 7 in tall x 3 inches wide x 9 inches long is the size of the AIO I need.
  17. Was planning on upgrading my tank to this 24 gal but decided to just wait until I can upgrade to something in the triple digits. Tank has been completely cleaned out and scrubbed real good, in great condition with absolutely no leaks. The person I bought it from also provided a stand but it’s in rough condition so I never used it, you’re more than welcome to take that as well. Comes with the pump and a spinning nozzle for random flow throughout the tank. Surface skimmer. Stock hood (missing the little door that you lift to feed the fish) has the stock light and works just fine. Does not come with any other filtration media in the chambers but I will be more than happy to provide box crate and zip ties for you to make your own filter media basket (which is way better than the original basket anyways.) I can also throw in some polyfill to get you started on the mechanical filtration. Bought it for $175 yours for $90 LOCAL PICK UP ONLY!!!!! San Fernando Valley, California
  18. Ladytank

    Filtration

    Hi everyone, do I need filtration while the tank is settling from adding sand and water the first time?
  19. My first tank! Excited to start the nano reef hobby. Goal is to be 100% Aquacultured/Captive Bred with zero impact on actual reefs. Tank: Waterbox AIO 20g http://waterboxaquariums.com/product/waterbox-20-cube/ Lighting: Kessil a80 tuna blue with mechanical timer (currently on for 6hrs/day in the setting of diatom bloom which has now resolved) Heat Source: Cobalt Neo Therm, with electric thermometer for confirmation (currently set at 77deg) Substrate & rocks: Live Aragonite sand, 12lbs of BRS ReefSaver, 6lbs Real Reef Rock http://realreefrock.com/ Water: "Real ocean water" from LFS, top off with distilled water Additives: Initially began cycle with BioSpira; StartSmart Complete recommended by LFS for water changes Fish: 1 DaVinci Clown Corals: 1 Galaxea Coral Anemone: ?Green BTA (This guy came from LFS attached to my Real Reef Rock). Hoping he survives and can one day host my DaVinci Feed: PE frozen mysis and calanus Water Changes: ~20% change every 1.5 weeks with "real ocean water" from LFS, daily top offs with distilled water Current parameters: T 77, Salinity 1.025-1.026, Using API kit: Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate ~15ppm Currently approaching 1month mark! Plan to get 2 fire shrimp next week if water parameters look good. Any tips, advice, feedback is appreciated.
  20. I guess I'll start with a little bit about myself. I started keeping fish back in 1963 or 64; I don't remember which, it was so long ago. Back in those days FW was the only option, especially for a little kid. I was quite the entrepreneur, selling livebearer fry to Woolworth's and the local fish store for pennies apiece. It was enough to keep me well supplied with candy I continued to keep a tank or two going off and on (mostly on) right up until the present. When I started seeing marine tanks appear on the scene, I knew that I would eventually set one up, but it took me a while. Life in the military and the constant moving, often with almost no notice, isn't exactly conducive to the marine hobby. When I made my final military move back in 2007, I decided to make the switch to salt water. I had planned on going fish only, but after seeing the display tanks at the LFS my wife had other ideas. In the past 10 years, I have had a number of reef tanks - a 30G (for 1 year), a 75G (for 6 years), a 3G (for 5 years), a DIY 10G AIO (for 2 years), a 120G (for 2 1/2 years) and now my latest - a CADLIGHTS 28G bowfront AIO that has been running for a month and a half or so. I started the tank using about 20lbs of well established LR that I took from the sump of the 120G. I also snagged about a litre of Siporax from the sump and placed it into one of the chambers of the 28G. I used mostly new sand, but added a few cups of sand from the other tank to help things along. The cycle was virtually non-existent. I have a number of sponges in the 120 sump that I rotate through the back chambers to help with the pod population. I picked up two used AI Primes for lighting (one older version and one HD) and am currently running the Saxby low power schedule. I have a Tunze 9001 skimmer in the back, a Jebao SW-4 for additional flow, and a DIY dual float ATO. I've decided to make this a zoa/paly/pipefish tank. Thanks to a local fellow reefer (Sharbuckle here on Nano-Reef) and a recent frag swap, I managed to add quite a few specimens to the meager collection that I moved over from the other tank. As far as fish go, I have a Rainford's Goby, a Wheeler's Goby, a m/f pair of bluestripe pipefish, 2 male dragonface pipefish, and as of yesterday a garden eel. I created a pretty deep sandbed on one side of the tank for the eel, but of course it wants to be front and centre in 1 1/2 inches of sand. Go figure. Yes, I know that I'm moving fast and nothing good happens quickly in this hobby, but what can I say? I'm 60 years old and who knows how much longer I'll be around, so I plan on enjoying things while I can. I've always fed my tanks a lot, and this one is no different - it gets live bbs daily as well as probably 4 or 5 other feedings of various frozen and bottled foods. They're not huge portions, but I figure that in the wild fish are generally eating, sleeping, pooping, and making whoopie, so I do my best to make them feel like they are in the wild. Except for the 1 1/2 heads of Rastas, I don't know the names of the zoas or palys. I just pick ones that look nice. I know that this thread is useless without pictures, so here are a few for you. I am probably the world's worst aquarium photographer, so please be prepared to use your imagination. Jerry
  21. Hello, I'm now to this hobby. Been lurking this site for a couple months and finally ready to make the plunge. I've been reading up on rocks, cycling, livestock, power heads and everything else. I've actually started to accumulate supplies for this like a RODI, refractometer, rock, containers, wave-makers and other supplies I feel confident I could apply to whatever tank I end up choosing. And that brings me to where I'm stuck at, the tank. I've had a Biocube 32 LED in my cart for a couple months but can't seem to pull the trigger. I really love the look, I like that as a newbie and can kind of jump in with few additions (to start). I read the arguments against the Biocubes but I also see the incredible things people have done with even stock lighting; even somehow keeping a healthy anemone in a stock tank where it shouldn't be possible. However, the arguments against starting with a Biocube seem valid but the problem I have is finding an alternative in the same price range. For $400 I have a stand and a tank that is *close* to ready to cycle and then stock coral and fish plus I also dig the look. People say you can build your own tank for the costs of a 32 but I'm having trouble finding the info I would need to do this. So thats why I wonder if there a resources available on this site for this? I tried searching and will continue to so but so far I haven't found quite what I'm looking for. I'm looking to start a coral tank 40g or under with LPS and softies. Haven't really been hooked on SPS but I would however like an anemone (I imagine some experienced users ask "why would you want one?"). Then just a few fish like clown pair, a watchman goby and when the tank is established and I have cultivated enough pods on a separate tank, a Green. Mandarin Finally a CUC made up of snails, a pom pom, hermits and micro brittles depending on tank requirement. Part of my reservation is you don't know what you don't know. Like type a glass seems like something that becomes import but I'm just building the foundation of my knowledge and while you can read and research a component of that is time and experience. But still, I'm afraid I'm going to find out the hard way why something is important and end up regretting my purchases. If you made it this far, thanks so much for reading and I appreciate any tips. ~Danny
  22. I am looking into setting up a frag tank- around 20-25 gallon size due to limited space. I was considering a fusion 20 or the lagoon 25 gallon, as these have similar footprints, however the lagoon may require two distinct lights due to it’s increased width. I am interested in hearing people's experiences with AIO tanks of this size and how well they would work as a frag tank- Advantages/ Disadvantages over other options? Please chime in with other suggestions as well! Some pros that are appealing for a tank of this size: 1. AIO offers a lot of features that would allow me to hide most of the equipment- heater, nano skimmer, filter media, thus eliminating HOB equipment 2. Comes with some circulation included, meaning I could get away with a single small power head in the tank 3. I can upgrade my main tank’s lights and reuse my Marine orbit LED’s (24” strip) Does anyone run a fuge with their tanks? I would not have the room to set up a sump with the AIO so I would consider making an aqua clear 50/70 fuge mod - I am guessing I could put it so it’s return goes into the main back chamber? My main goal is the lowest maintenance frag tank possible - with a small bioload (1 fish to feed the corals)- I could probably have great water conditions with filter media/ skimmer only though. Thanks for any input!
  23. So Currently I have a JBJ 28G NanoCube with LED Pro Lighting, it is a year old now. What I didn’t like about the NanoCube was the height of the tank, I hated having to clean anything or move anything down near the bottom. The other was the lack of controllability of the lights, I feel I have some corals that are not doing as well as they could be, they seem a bit bleached out like the lighting is almost too much. What I did like however was the “moonlighting” which was a great thing for being able to see the tank all the time. So this brings me to today… I got a really awesome deal on an Innovative Marine 25 Lagoon, almost too good to believe and I will have the tank on Thursday! Here are my plans, let me know what you think... Tank - IM 25 Lagoon Lights - AI Prime HD (seen others running this, @Clown79 or anyone else running these how High are you hanging it?) Pumps - Gonna try stock for now (if too noisy will probably do 2 Eheim 600s, or a single Sicce) Powerhead - Hydor Koralia Nano (Already have the 425gph, will that be enough flow?) Filtration Chambers - 3D printing a Floss Holder - Gonna try running with sock on other side and maybe an inTank refugium caddy Heater - Finnex HMA-S 100W heater ATO - Auto Aqua Smart ATO Stand - Going Custom - Debating between full build or buying a kitchen cabinet and finishing it up nicely - But I would really like 38-40 inches in height ( @flatlandreefer, how tall is your stand?) Can anyone give me edge to edge glass measurements, I want to make sure I don’t make top to small? Thinking about getting a DJ Powerstrip to make feedings and maintenance easier. Would this be sufficient? Rock - 20.5 lbs dry marco baserock, I am currently running the 20 pounds in a 10 Gallon Aquarium with an AC70 HOB to clean out the dust on the rock. Thinking this will be my scape (yes I made a Cardboard cutout of the dimensions as close as I could) - been playing around with it a bit still, what do you think? Looking from Front- Looking Downward from Front - Looking Directly down from the top- Looking from Right Side- Looking from Left Side- Debating on sand, either the Caribsea Arag-Alive Indo-Pacific Black or Special Grade Arag-Alive ~ 20lbs Let me know what you think and if I am missing anything? Thanks for putting up with all my pictures :-)
  24. Hello Fellow Nano-Reefers, So I came across an amazing deal today on both of these tanks, convinced my wife I can "Upgrade" from my JBJ Nanocube 28. I am seeking out opinions on both of these tanks. I currently have an IM Nuvo 20 in my classroom, so I am fairly familiar with how they work. Why am I "Upgrading," really it's a personal liking of a "shallower" tank, I have a hard time with Maintenance in my JBJ Nanocube 28 because of how deep it is. And I really want a little larger footprint, I really don't think I would feel good having larger than a 30 gallon in my house, we live in a house that is 125 years old and I'm not sure I trust the floor with that much concentrated weight on it :-) I am also probably going to need at some point some help on lighting, I have a few in mind already (I won't be doing much SPS except lower light things like Birdsnest and Stylaphora.) But I will cross that bridge when it comes. For now help me out... What do you like about both of these tanks if you have them, if you have had both even better! Dimensions: IM 25 Lagoon - 24in X 20in X 12in(H) IM 30L - 36in X 15in X 13in(H) I realize I will lose 4in in Depth on each one for the AIO filtration, but again I am used to that in the 20 in my classroom. Help me out! TIA!
  25. A_nano_me

    22 Gallon Long Aquamaxx

    Where do I start.. I’ve had a tank awhile back but due to time and work was never around so I gave it all away to a close friend. Fast forward nine years in my new place I’ve been looking to do something plus there is a hole where my kitchen is so I thought what better way then to stick a tank in. I was was initially interested in the IM20 peninsula tank and found one on Craig’s list for a great deal however the seller backed out for unknown reasons and I took the money to spend on other things. Sort of sucked but I was angry that I didn’t get the tank which in short made me go out to buy and replicate the same deal in which I spent more money. From the start I wanted to only pick up 2nd hand items as to make the build a little cheaper.... HAHAHA that did not work out so well. Right on black Friday I noticed the same (IM20) tank on sale from 250 down to 200 which was great and I almost pulled the trigger. The only reason I didn’t was the tank dimensions the counter I have for the kitchen hole in the wall was about 6 ft long by 12 in wide. so I thought the IM20 would not "fill" it out enough. So I didn’t purchase the tank, and started looking into finding a 4 ft x 12" tank (height I wanted was around 12-15") so it was going to be a shallow tank. The only place I found that would fill this kind of order was glass cages. The down side is their customer service sucks and that I would have to drive all the way to Tampa and pick up the tank, since they only ship to distribution hubs. Back to the drawing board I went and I’ve been lurking on bulkreefsupply as well as well as marineeepot for the perfect tank. On my odyssey I came across two tanks albeit it didn’t fit my length requirements I figure it was the only way to go: Mr Aqua 22 gallon or the aquamaxx 22 gallon both of which were rimless and both are low iron though the aquamaxx was 40 dollars cheaper. So aquamaxx was my choice due to price and the reviews were great on marine depot. As I’m sitting there late one night an email came in and flashed across my screen: marine depot sale aquamaxx 22 gallon low iron is on sale for 169.99... say no more shut up and take my money. From the the start since I was going to pick a 22 gallon long and that it will be in the kitchen , knew I would need an AIO setup in the tank since I have no where to put a sump etc, so oceanboxdesigns was a clear winner due to quality and worksmanship, so on top of purchasing the tank that night the 30 bucks I saved I picked up a Compatible pump for the AIO reef conversion and pulled the trigger and put the deposit on an oceanboxdesigns AIO. Total cost: $390.00 The tank came quick (though I had a processing mix up which was fixed by marine depot). The oceanbox on the other hand took close to 3.5 weeks to arrive(their website advertised 1-2 weeks max) though I would suspect the holidays for the delay. I received it shorty after the new years. With all items in hand I started out to start setting up the tank and sourcing out the other items needed. I purchased the following to start working on the tank all rough estimates as i tended to round up Home Depot $15: Command clips for wire management $10 1 tube of reef safe silicon $5 Walmart: $29 2 x 6gallon containers for water $24 (12 a piece) 1 roll of black vinyl ($5) Amazon: Total $80 (it was about 50 and change for the chemicals and supplies and 30 for the live sand) Chemi Pure Elite Purigen Filter floss Bio Spira Filter bags 40LB bag of live sand 2nd hand market: total $150 Current Orbit Marine 36-48" light (new) - found locally from someone who never used it $60 Dry Rock 50lbs worth for $30 Ghost Protein skimmer $40 Running Cost: $664 The only things i need to source after is a used WP10 and some live stock after it cycles. And now pics: Images: Tank the day i received it: Lighting: OceanBox AIO: Scape:
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