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  1. 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.
  2. Jackal227

    Jackal's Biocube 16 LED

    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: Reef Crystals Aquascape:. About 15 lbs Fiji Dryrock Sand: Caribsea Oolite 1" - 1.5" deep Lighting:. Stock LED's Powerhead: Hydor 425 gph Heater: Aquavia 100 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 2 -Trochus Snails x 2 -Astrea Snails x 4 -Cerith Snails x 4 -Fighting Conch -Scarlet hermit -Purple Spined Urchin -Ocellaris Clownfish x 2 -Royal Gramma Corals: -Zoas (Red Skirts, Orange Bam Bam's, King Midas, Sour Lemons) -Purple Blastomussa Wellsi -Red Mint Blastomussa Wellsi - Green Duncan -Ultra Branching Hammer -Sunny D Palys x 2 -Blue Sympodium x 2 -Green Star Polyps -Green Rock Flower Anemone -Orange/Green, Pink, and Teal Ricordea Florida Mushrooms -Candy Striped Red and Green Acans -Orange Leptastrea & John Deere Green Leptastrea - Purple and Green Montipora -Leng Sy Montipora Cap -Blue Montipora Digitata - Purple People Eater Cyphastrea & Meteor Shower Cyphastrea -Bali Green Slimer -Violet Cespitularia 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. 14 Months FTS: 1 Year FTS (started recovery): 10 Months (post tank crash): 7 Months: 4 Months: 6 Weeks:
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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/
  6. Krish87

    Krish's Nano Mixed Reef

    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 ⇨ Aquascape : 10 lb. of Live Rock ⇨ Sand : 10 lb. of CaribSea Fiji Pink Arag-Alive! Live Reef Sand ⇨ Heater : Cobalt Aquatics Neo-Therm Heater, 75 Watt ⇨ Lighting : Coralife Stock LED ⇨ Powerhead : 2 x Hydor Koralia Nano 240 GPH controlled by a Hydor Smart Wave Circulation Pump Controller (15 seconds interval) ⇨ 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) SUMP DETAILS Chamber 1 In the first chamber, I've the heater. I usually swap it with my skimmer as and when I need it. (Otherwise regular water changes and maintenance reduces the dire need for a 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 the lowest/bottom section has Chemipure Elite. Chamber 3 This just has the return pump. 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 ❃ 2 x Trochus Snail ❃ 2 x Astrea Snail ❃ 3 x Nassarius Snail CORALS LPS ◕ Metallic Green Wall Hammer ◕ Golden Branching Frogspawn ◕ Purple Tip Hammer ◕ Indo Peach Tip Torch ◕ Aussie Teal Duncan ◕ Neon Green Trumpet ◕ Brain Coral ◕ Rainbow Acans SOFT ◕ Green Star Polyps ◕ Green Tip Clove Polyps ◕ Armor of God Zoas ◕ Brownish Blue Zoanthids SPS ◕ Green Pocillopora ◕ Brown Pocillopora ◕ Purple Stylophora I'm close to 5 months in with my tank and its indeed been an amazing journey. Currently we have 4 tanks - 1 Saltwater and 3 Freshwater (Glofish tank and 2 Betta tanks w/ some live plants). Looking forward to share my experience and knowledge with everyone here. Thanks in advance! Cheers, Krish And here are some pictures. FIRST WEEK MONTH # 2 Progress... MONTH # 3 Progress... SPECIAL APPEARANCE A Recent Capture The log of live rock is almost covered with GSP now. Looks really beautiful when it sways with flow! A PHOTO clicked TODAY
  7. 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.
  8. Krish87

    Towards Dusk...

    A picture of my BioCube 16 LED setup as a mixed reef tank with 3 happy inhabitants - a Clownfish, a Purple Firefish Goby and a Red Blood Fire Shrimp :-) Captured this during the sunset mode.
  9. 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.
  10. Krish87

    Another sight at the mini ocean @ dusk!

    Clicked this today. New additions - 2 new SPS on the top. 1. Pocillopora 2. Stylophora Great color combination in the mixed reef tank now. Hoping to see this flourish.
  11. 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.
  12. 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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