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  1. Krish87

    Do you dose your nano tanks?

    Dear Reefers, i'm interested to understand "dosing" for nano tanks, specifically if it is a mixed reef. Per my research and conversations with local reefers here, I learnt that regular water changes is good enough. But I still wanted to seek your thoughts around this topic. Any information / experiences is really appreciated.
  2. 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: Tropic Marin Pro 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 1 -Trochus Snails x 7 -Astrea Snails x 2 -Cerith Snails x 10 -Bumblebee Snails x 2 -Fighting Conch -Scarlet Hermit x 3 -Purple Pincushion Urchin -Ocellaris Clownfish x 2 -Royal Gramma -Green Mandarin Dragonet Corals: -Zoas (Eagle Eyes, Blondies, Orange Bam Bam's, King Midas, Sour Lemons, mixed) -Purple Blastomussa Wellsi -Green Duncan -Purple Tip Hammer -Green Tip Hammer -Sunny D Palys x 2 -Green Star Polyps -Green Rock Flower Anemone -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 -Purple and Green Platygyra -Bali Green Slimer Acropora 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. 27 Months: 2 Years: 19 Months: 15 Months: 1 Year FTS (started recovery): 10 Months (post tank crash): 7 Months: 4 Months: 6 Weeks:
  3. 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
  4. I started my Biocube in August 2018. I started on the hobby once before (in 2014), and my entire tank crashed when I went on a one week vacation which was heart wrenching. In my last tank, I had a green BTA, two Clownfish, Golden Head sleeper goby, and a hefty cleanup crew. I thought I had a hang on things, but it went south very quickly in that one week. The tank was 15g. Lessons learned: get everyone in the household involved; have as many things automated as you can; test, test, and test again.... and then keep testing. This Biocube, like I said, I began again in August of 2018, and I had a beautiful thing going until I took a two week vacation in July 2019. When I got back, my tank exploded with all of this green hair algae. My 3 BTA’s (2 split from the original) and my clown fish, were all at the top of the tank gasping for air - it looked like a jungle. I tried my best to remove all of the algae, but I just could not do it quick enough. By the time I cleaned the tank, put fresh SW in (50% water change), I had to move the team out into a quarantine tank while I did all this - the tank got so stressed, I lost my three beautiful BTA’s. (I still have my 2 clown’s which I am so thankful for) Currently I am dealing with mini cycles on and off - ammonia keeps spiking; last week, my ammonia went down, nitrates went up, then went to 0 - and my nitrates spiked. Thought things were good to go, and then this week my clowns started acting funny, swimming erratically and such - I tested the water, and ammonia went to .50 ppm again with nitrites and nitrates at 0. SMH So basically, I’m starting all over again. There’s nothing there... as of right now. I was always an anemone person, but I am going to be trying my hand at corals now. I am keeping this journal as a way to track progress, and in hopes that I can also give some nuggets of info that someone else can utilize on their journey. When will this end! Should I give up - I just love having a little piece of the ocean in my home. I just feel like every time I have things going well, it goes down hill in a big way. Thanks for reading!
  5. Hello everyone! Newbie here entering the 365 day challenge. This is going to be a 16g coralife biocube I just received from marineandreef. They had an amazing sell, and I just could not pass it up. I currently have a 54g corner tank in my living room, which was my first saltwater tank and was established 07/2019. I'm still a newbie and am hoping for the best. Even if I am not considered a finalist later, I'm hoping to meet some awesome people and gain some great advice! Reef on, my friends!
  6. colinadam

    Colin's Biocube 16

    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!
  7. My Biocube 16 has been running in the 80 - 84 F range since summer hit and I’ve been dealing with what seem to be more diatoms, algae, and unhappy corals, so I decided to get a chiller. Decided on this one from Chill Solutions, which came out to less than $300, including the installation kit, wall mounting bracket, and shipping. Very happy with the decision so far - great customer service via their chat feature when I ordered it, fairly easy to install with their kit that includes u-bend connectors, it’s compact, and seems to work well so far. Temp went from 81 to approximately 78, which is what I set it to. It’s only been up and running since last night... I hope it proves to work well and gets me through the summer with less tank temp anxiety!!! Here’s a link to their website, if you want to check it out. You can order it from Amazon too, but they didn’t have the install kit on Amazon when I checked. https://www.chillsolutions.com/
  8. 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
  9. Wyatt45

    Wyatt45 Biocube 16

    First off, thanks to those on here that have shared so much and forged the path. https://www.nano-reef.com/profile/94914-jackal227/ is amazing and extremely helpful. I’ll tag a couple more folks later as well that have contributed tons of info. So far it’s day 3 since I purchased and set up. I put in the link live sand by Nature’s Ocean aragonite. I placed in some cured live rock that was in a tub with filtration at my local LFS. I don’t love my aqua scale though. Kinda want a cave or swim through. Ive read so many threads on here, other sites and YouTube regarding builds and modifications. So far I’ve cut the tab between chamber 1 and 2. I noticed that the water wasn’t covering the filter floss in chamber too. That issue has been resolved with the removal. While I was in there I removed the false bottom from chamber 1. I already received and installed the intank media basket. Amazon prime! Arriving tomorrow are a cobalt neo-therm 75 watt heater and a Hydor Koralia 425 pump. For now I’ll leave the stock pump in chamber 3 unless wiser people suggest I change it. Fortunately I have a great budget and want to do this right. I have a 90 gallon tropical tank and have done freshwater for years. This is my first foray into marine tanks. I’m excited and anxious.
  10. Hello, This is my first reef tank, I have had freshwater aquariums in the past but never dove into saltwater. I can say that just researching and picking out equipment for "my little piece of the ocean" has been exciting. I think about this tank more than I probably should while at work lol. I look forward to sharing my progress and hopefully getting all the help possible to make this a successful and fun adventure. I read through Cpl_Wiggles and Jackal227's tank threads as well as many others and thought I should share my experience as well. The tank was setup on August 6th. I am just going to take it slow and not rush into anything. Up to this point I haven't used any filtration beside filter floss. I seeded the tank with some live rock rubble from my LFS (They were extremely helpful and even gave me the rubble). I started the cycle with the red sea reef mature cycling kit and after researching realized I shouldn't be using it with dry rock or without a protein skimmer. I stopped using it and just let the tank do its thing. I tested bi-weekly for ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates. When the tank started to show its first sign of algae I started my weekly 2g water changes. The first water change was on August 17th. I started reading 0 ammonia and nitrites yesterday the 26th. I was curious if you all would be able to identify the algae in the tank and also if I should start using my purigen and chemi-pure now of not? I believe it might be time for a small CUC but I wanted to get this thread going for tips and suggestions. Tank: Biocube 16 gallon Aquascape: Dry Rock from BRS Sand: CaribSea Arag-Alive Fiji Pink Salt: Red Sea Coral Pro Salt Lighting: Stock LED's Powerhead: Hydor Nano 240 Heater: 2x Cobalt Neo-Therm 75w Heater (Main set to 78 and backup at 76) in chamber one. UV Sterilizer: Coralife (Not used unless needed) Filtration: Seachem Purigen, Chemi-Pure Elite, Filter Floss Tank Modifications: Replaced media basket with the inTank media basket. Removed false bottom in chamber one. Replaced stock return pump with a Cobalt Mj1200. Added the Hydor rotating deflector. Tunze ATO with a 2.5g container. Future Stock: ATM I believe I will just get a pair of clowns. Day1 Day 22
  11. anniebanana267

    Steve’s LEDs ramp?

    Hey everyone, I’m getting a biocube 16 for my bedroom and I’ve been looking into Steve’s leds, because I want to put sps and I see that that light can grow them. My biggest concern is, to me it’s really important that it has a ramp, sunrise sunset etc. I can’t seem to find it anywhere online so I was wondering if anyone can tell me if it has a ramp timer or not? If not, is there anything I can attach or add to it to add a ramp timer? Thanks.
  12. jzp456

    JZP's Biocube 16

    Recently started a biocube 16 after a long long time out of the hobby. As of now I am using the stock LED lighting and fan. I did remove the baffle in the first chamber and have my heater located there. In chamber 2 I have the stock filter rack with floss and carbon on the top rack. I have the middle and lower racks removed and will grow cheato in the rest of the chamber. The 3rd chamber has the return pump and matrix media. The ideas for the setup of my tank are from Jackals biocube as well as others with similar setups. I used one piece of live rock ( about a 2 pound piece) to "seed" the tank. I also added Seachem stability as per the instructions to help with the cycle. Using Ace Hardware brand ammonia and stability, it took 3 weeks 2 days to cycle. 75w neotherm heater sicce syncra silent 1.0 return pump hydor koralia nano 425gph factory LED lights factory media basket about 12 pounds of caibsea flamingo reef dry sand 16 pounds of rock (14 pounds of dry and about 2 pounds of live rock) LED light strip for chamber 2 "refugium" BRS ROX .8 carbon 3/4 of a liter of Seachem Matrix media plain filter floss for mechanical filtration As of now clean up crew consists of: 3 small hermits 3 trochus snails 1 nassarius snail 1 emerald crab (he was a hitchhiker) 1 cerith snail 1 small nerite snail 1 conch Fish: 1 McCoskers Wrasse 2 phantom snowflake clowns Corals: zoanthids palys acans ducan xenia blasto hammer coral sympodiums green star polyps Tank cycling and settled on this scape. After the cycle ended I added CUC and first fish along with Palys and first colony of Zoas. That was the first time I glued frags to rocks and used a bit too much epoxy. The following pictures are from about 2 weeks ago. Some close ups with cell phone camera. The wrasse flashing at me. I could not get the shot timed right and this was the best pic I got with his fins out. He is eating mysis and new life marine pellets. Last week more corals were added. The pic was just taken after they were put in so they are not open fully. Ordered online from Unique Corals during their Memorial Day sale. The green algae growth really took off that week, so I reduced the lighting period from 8 hours to 6 hours and did a water change. After a day or so I decided to move the xenia and the duncan around. The water change reduced a lot of the green algae growth. Thankfully haven't really had much of a problem with diatoms yet. Maybe the conch and snails have helped along with weekly water changes. The green star polyps took about 2 days to start opening but everything is coming along smoothly. This picture is from late last week. I have started using BRS reef chili and pohl's coral vitalizer a couple times a week to start off with. For the wrasse I feed mysis and new life spectrum marine 1mm pellets. Wife wants to add a pair of clowns but, I am not sure with the wrasse in there, it is already small for him. Would like to add a shrimp to the tank, but haven't decided on which one yet. I had a skunk cleaner in my salt tank years ago and I enjoyed how he set up a "cleaning shelf" for the fish. With weekly water changes nitrates stay below 5ppm. I am using the API kit. Will be adding cheato hopefully in a few days to help with nutrients also.
  13. has anyone here deployed one of the new LED BioCube 16 or 32 tanks? what do you think of it so far? what do you like? what don't you like? what are the available upgrades for it? what did you change/upgrade? I've been AFK for a bit as I just got married and we're upgrading from my 330sqft bachelor suite to a nicer 800sqft 1 bedroom. means I will have room to actually have a tank...or three or four, so I'm thinking the 16 or 32. reading a bit, the lights are enough for a few softies, but in reality, the need to be upgraded. I know Steve has a kit, so will likely look into that. I've also read that InTank has made some better filter modules. I'm not planning on being too extravagant...probably something like a couple clowns, and then some shrimo; especially would love a pistol shrimp and symbiont goby and a smattering of simple corals. I don't want a sump, so I'm looking for pointers/suggestions for things I should buy and change/upgrade. I know I'll need an ATO, lighting will need an upgrade eventually, same with pump and nozzles and that going with the InTank modules would be wise. if location matters at all, I live in British Canuckistan. thanks all.
  14. Libra Vibora

    Beginner Tank Suggestions

    Hi, guys! I've lurked on this forum for a bit and finally found the courage to create an account, so I'm very glad to be here. I'm completely new to saltwater; I've always wanted a saltwater tank, but only had freshwater tanks due assuming that SW tanks need to be huge and require lots of maintenance. So, I was completely surprised and happy to learn SWtanks can be smaller and aren't as hard as people claim them to be. Cutting to the chase, I am seriously considering getting a nano tank and making it a reef tank, but I'm unsure which nano tanks would be good for someone like me, a beginner with no saltwater experience. So far, based on limited space, my choices have narrow down to the Coralife LED Biocube 16, the Fluval 13.5 IM Nuvo Fusion 10, IM Fusion Peninsula 20, and IM Nuvo Drop-Off 20. I intend to research long before (as in months) buying the tank and all the equipment I need to successfully start and maintain a SW reef tank. What are the pros and cons of each of these tanks? What are the equipment/upgrades I would need for each specific tank?
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