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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 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 P.S. I love hearing other people’s opinions and suggestions! Please comment all you want!!! Edited: 9/17/19 Livestock: Royal Gramma (8/19/19) 2x Clownfish (9/16/19) CUC: 1x Turbo Snail 1x Hermit Crab 1x Trochus snail 4x Nassarius snails 1x Blood Fire Shrimp Corals: Duncan Hammer 2x Ricordea Florida (orange and green) Day 3 FTS
Xanthine posted a topic in Aquarium JournalsHello! 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 June 16 2019 Equipment: Tank: Coralife LED biocube 16 Substrate: Tropic Eden Aragonite Falkes ~2.7mm Mesoflake 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), Polyfilter, Purigen, Chemi-Pure Elite, Chemi Pure Blue, Matrix (Unwashed bag of chemipure elite started tank crash Feb 2019) Return pump (Chamber 3): MJ 900 Powerhead: Hydor Koralina 425 Nano Fish: 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 Ocellaris Clownfish, snowflake cross, local Captive-Bred Amphiprion ocellaris Six-line Wrasse Pseudocheilinus hexataenia Just died out of nowhere one day, not sure what happened Starry Blenny Salarias ramosus Inverts: Dwarf Blue Leg Hermit Crab x3 Nerite Snails (Caribbean) x4 Cerith Snails x6 Margarita Turbo Snail x2 Astraea Turbo Snail x1 Nassarius Vibex Snails x4 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.... Banded Trochus Snail x1 BTA Bulb Anemone, Green Coral: Caulastrea Coral, Candy Cane RIP tank crash Feb '19 Trumpet Coral - as of June still hanging in there after tank crash, barely Green Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral 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 Green Rhodactis mushrooms RIP tank crash Feb '19 Green hairy mushrooms RIP tank crash Feb '19 Ricordea Grape Coral, Purple Tip RIP tank crash Feb '19 Purple tip hammer coral RIP tank crash Feb '19 Green Devil's Hand leather coral Duncanopsammia Coral Micronesian Torch Coral, Green Micronesian Torch Coral, Purple 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 Melonberry Montipora Coral, Aquacultured, ORA 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 -
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!