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Just another Salt noob with a biocube I haven't had an aquarium for 10+ years, but I'm ready to get back in the game. Had plenty of freshwater setups, so I want to give salt a go this time. I decided to start with a biocube 32, with the hope of some day starting a 150 G + tank. I have been reading forums and watching YouTube for weeks, and I finally got my cube started on Monday night (June 29 2020). I may have bought more than I needed right away, but I figure why not start with a few extra bells and whistles. I live about 3.5 hours from any salt shop, so I am pretty much figuring all this out online. I started the cycle with API quick start and a couple small pieces of Argentina Red shrimp (it's what I had in the freezer). The ammonia is starting to rise and I can see some small white hairs growing on the live rock piece. No immediate questions at this moment, but I am sure to come up with some here soon. For now I will post my set up and a few pics. Let me know if you see any problems here. Biocube 32 LED Home built stand - Walnut with Koa stain. (I have a young child, so I needed something extra sturdy - not the stock junk) Aquatic Life twist in RO/DI system CaribSea Alive Special grade sand 20# Natures Own 40# coral base rock (amazon stuff) - Two huge chucks, broke one up into smaller pieces. I swapped a few pounds of the dry with one live rock hunk from a shop to help seed the rest. Instant Ocean sea salt Jebao OW-25 Wavemaker w/controller (currently running at about half power on wave setting 2) RFG random flow generator InTank Media basket - Only running some filter floss at the moment, but I have chemi blue for later, as well as a small LED light/timer - with chaeto coming once the cycle is complete. Tunze 9001 skimmer - It's in the tank next to the media basket but not running yet, waiting until the cycle finishes Eheim Jager 100w heater, running through a inkbird digital thermostat w/ sensor AutoAqua Smart ATO - hooked up to a 4g portable water container Salinity refractometer API saltwater test kit API reef test kit Python vacuum Biocube algae magnet and some other random things.... 7/1 - Day 2 stats Ammonia between .5 and 1 Nitrite - 0 Nitrate - 0 PH - 8.0 Salinity 1.022 Temp 79
Hey this is my first time setting up a saltwater tank. I've done freshwater previously. I'm a student / intern right now. I am hoping to keep my tank relatively low maintenance (hopefully). My tank has been running for about 7 weeks. I try to do biweekly 5g water changes with premixed store bought saltwater or distilled water with seachem vibrant sea salt. Equipment: Coralife Biocube 32g LED Stock Biocube LED Lighting Stock Return Pump Hydor Theo 150W Heater Hydor Koralia 425 Circ Pump Coralife Protein Skimmer Magfloat curved glass cleaner Refractometee from Amazon Cheap glass thermometer Aquascape: 20 lb Caribsea Coarse 5 lb Caribsea Oolite ~20 lb dry rock Chamber 1: Heater Protein Skimmer Chamber 2: Stock biocube filter cartridge Stock biocube media basket Seachem Matrix Carbon Seachem Purigen Seachem Matrix Biomedia Stick Sponge between Chamber 2&3 Chamber 3: Stock Coralife Return Pump Livestock: 2 small oscellaris clownfish 2 small firefish gobies 1 small cleaner shrimp 3 astrea snails 1 Mexican turbo snail 1 Tongan Nassarius Snail Detritus, lots of it Coral: 1 Green Duncan frag 2 Zoanthid colony frags 1 large green mushroom frag 1 small purple mushroom frag 1 pulsing Xenia frag 1 green star polyp frag Any constructive comments / advice would be much appreciated.