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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 and Hydor Koralia 240 w/ wavemaker (alternate every 15 min) 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, Chaeto Mechanical Filtration: Duel Density Filter Pad Tank Modifiations: Removed the false bottom in chamber #1 to allow space for the heater; extra biomedia in chamber 1 for QT/hospital tank P.S. I love hearing other people’s opinions and suggestions! Please comment all you want!!! Edited: 3/2/2021 Livestock: Royal Gramma (8/19/19-7/24/2020) 2x Clownfish (9/16/19) 1x Blood Fire Shrimp Corals: Duncan 1x Green/Purple Hammer 1x Toxic Green Hammer 2x Ricordea Florida (orange and green) Ultra Orange Rhodactis Mushroom Blastomussa merletti (I believe, could be wellsi) Green star polyp Frogspawn Candy Cane Plating red Montipora Solid pink Scoly Meteor Shower Cyphastrea JF Burning Banana Stylocoeniella Encrusting white/green Montipora Neon Green Cabbage Leather Rainbow Trachyphyllia Day 3 FTS Year 1 FTS
Hello! After reading through here for a few months, wanted to jump in with my own journal to help document my progress. I started this tank Jan 2018. This forum has already been so helpful in learning the basics, suggestions, and modifications!! Updated Nov 27 2019 Equipment: Tank: Coralife LED biocube 16 Lighting: Stock Biocube LEDs Substrate: Tropic Eden Aragonite Flakes ~2.7mm Mesoflake / Nature's Ocean Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Saltwater Aquarium Sand, Natural White #0, 10-lb bag / Nature's Ocean Bio Activ Live Aragonite Aquarium Sand- Pink Reef Sand / Samoa Pink Heater (Chamber 1): Eheim 75W (ended up rusting out and running too hot) Cobalt Aquatics Flat Neo-Therm 75W Media (Chamber 2): inTank poly filter floss,Poly Fill (walmart sewing section cheap stuff), Polyfilter, Matrix Carbon, Purigen, little bit of Phos Gard, Chemi Pure Blue, Matrix (Unwashed bag of chemipure elite started tank crash Feb 2019, so don't use that anymore) Return pump (Chamber 3): Cobalt Aquatics MJ-900 Powerhead: Hydor Koralina 425 Nano Jebao OW 132-1056 GPH Fish: Ocellaris Clownfish, snowflake cross, local Captive-Bred Amphiprion ocellaris Inverts: Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp Dwarf Blue Leg Hermit Crab x2 Dwarf Red Leg Hermit Crab x1 Nerite Snails (Caribbean) x4 Cerith Snails x6 Astraea Turbo Snail x2 Nassarius Vibex Snails x4 Banded Trochus Snail x1 Feather Duster x3 Coral: Green Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral Green Devil's Hand leather coral Duncanopsammia Coral x2 Micronesian Torch Coral, Green Micronesian Torch Coral, Purple Trumpet Coral - as of June still hanging in there after tank crash, barely Melonberry Montipora Coral, Aquacultured, ORA Caulastrea Coral, Candy Cane Frogspawn Xenia Sinularia Blue Cespitularia Rainbow Montipora Blood Orange Leptoseris 24K Leptoseris RIP: Caribbean Sailfin Blenny Emblemaria pandionis Black & White Ocellaris Clownfish, Captive-Bred ORA, Misbar Amphiprion ocellaris Ocellaris Clownfish RIP found caught in poly in chamber 2 through those large horizontal slats Royal Gramma Basslet Gramma loreto Got ich Six-line Wrasse Pseudocheilinus hexataenia Just died out of nowhere one day, not sure what happened Starry Blenny Salarias ramosus Midas Blenny Firefish, Purple (disappeared soon after adding, never to be found) Peppermint Shrimp x6 RIP Blenny ate one as it was released...second went MIA.. presumed dead. Bought a few every couple of months to help with aptasia, but all disappeared within a day or two.... BTA Bulb Anemone, Green Green Rhodactis mushrooms RIP tank crash Feb '19 Green hairy mushrooms RIP tank crash Feb '19 Grape Coral, Purple Tip RIP tank crash Feb '19 Purple tip hammer coral RIP tank crash Feb '19 Green Tip Pink Birdsnest RIP tank crash Feb '19 Pink Peony Pocillopora RIP tank crash Feb '19 Purple Stylophora Coral RIP tank crash Feb '19 Caulastrea Coral, Candy Cane RIP tank crash Feb '19 Zoanthus - Orange Delight, Blue Ice ,Miami Hurricane, Orange Eye, Eagle Eye, Radioactive Dragon Eye - all have closed up since tank crash, but not totally dead yet Ricordea January 29 2018 April 26 2018 May 17 2018 August 25 2018 Oct 10 2018 -I dont have any pics during/immediate after the big CRASH of Feb 2019. It was too upsetting. May 22 2019 (sorry so crooked and bad. I'm embarrassed of it) June 16 2019 June 22 2019 July 13 2019 - Aug 25 2019 Oct 26 2019 Nov 24 2019
After being out of the hobby for the last 10 years I got the itch to get a tank up and going again. I've always been into the AOI Nan's and love the KISS method so I went with a Biocube 16. Added the Intank media chamber and a Koralia powerhead and got it rocking and rolling. Added 10# of dry rock, 5# of live rock from the LFS, 10# of Caribsea sand and a bottle of Bio-Spira. Added the Clown the next day and flew through the cycle. There is a Chicago area frag swap in a couple weeks, plan to do some heavy coral stocking at that time, mainly Hammers, Paly's and Acans. Can't wait to see it grow!