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  1. So I am looking to raise both my alkalinity and calcium. I tested them both yesterday and my alk was 6.1 and my calcium was at 274. I have seen people use kalkwasser to do through their ATO but i know this can lead to unsteady dosing and I really am not looking to add dosing pumps to my 32 gallon biocube. Are there any products that I can manually dose straight into the tank that anyone has experience with?
  2. 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.
  3. 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:
  4. 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
  5. Hello nano-reef friends! I wanted to write up an intro post and get into the community. I've been lurkin' for a few weeks now and thought it was time to start partaking in the discussion. 🙂 For a quick intro, I've been keeping freshwater tanks on and off for about 10 years now. I was always intimidated by the saltwater side of the hobby because of the startup/ongoing costs and perceived "complicated-ness" of it. I always thought that for a successful reef tank you need a really big aquarium (like, 100+ gallons) with a sump and multiple other products that I'd never even heard of when setting up my freshwater tanks. But then I found this forum and was totally inspired and given hope by the countless beautiful and flourishing AIO tanks that you guys have shared! I loved the idea of having one tank with a section in the back (or side, for peninsula styles!) as a place to keep everything you need. Turns out you don't actually NEED a protein skimmer, reactors, and a separate sump! Anyway, now that I'm a few weeks into my research phase, I've learned a TON and have come to a few decisions about what I'd like for my first little reef: 1. I know I want to have a system with softies and LPS corals. Some that I've really been drawn to are zoas, acans, and gorgonians. I only want non-aggressive species because I hate the idea of my corals hurting each other! 2. I want an AIO system that isn't too big, to make maintenance/water changes as simple as possible (for some reason the idea of making my own saltwater is super intimidating!). The two I have my eye on and am still having trouble deciding between are the Fluval Evo 13.5 gallon and the Biocube 16 gallon. I want something that comes with a lid/lighting built in to reduce evaporation and keep costs down on needing to buy separate LEDs. 3. I really like macroalgae - probably from the fact that all my freshwater tanks are planted and the aquascaping is my favourite part of them. Not sure if I'll include any in my first reef tank, but I'll probably want some down the line for their beautiful colours and added benefits for water quality. 4. I want to keep the filtration as natural as possible (spent a lot of time on Algae Barn's website/blog). I'd prefer to rely more on a refugium instead of a host of chemical media. 5. I freaking love tailspot blennies. Anyway - that's probably enough rambling for now (thank you for reading this far!). Would appreciate thoughts/advice on deciding between the Evo and the Biocube, or any other general advice for a newbie reefer. 🙂
  6. Tank Specs 32Gal Bio-Cube 150Watt heater Steves LED light upgrade (110 Watt LED) hurricane x controller 2x jebao wave maker 1x hydor koralia nano powerhead 1x stock return pump 20 lb dry rock 10lb cured live rock 10lb Fiji pink sand Filtration In-tank media basket w/ filter floss, marine pure bio balls, purigen in-tank refugium w/ chateo Corals Torch frogspawn Split purple/green hammer purple hammer Zoas (purple hornet, Rasta, belladonna, fire and ice, others unknown) ricordian orange pulsing Xenia gsp Acans montipora plating montipore digitata Everglades Favia Devils fingers leather duncan purple palythoa Inhabitants 5x hermit 2x cerith snail 2x “mocha domino” clown (what it was sold to me as. I’m told it’s a cross between, well, a mocha clown and a domino clown) named Newt and Theseus 🤷🏻‍♂️ yellow clown goby named Tina Six line wrasse named Queenie ——————————————————————————— Where to start? 🤔 I’m excited! Picked up a 32 gal biocube locally from a guy for what I consider a good deal (if not a steal). I got the tank, stand, media and refugium baskets for the back, wave maker, heater, attached grow light in back for macro and best of all, upgraded light system. It’s upgraded with the Steve’s LED turbo system with the hurricane x controller and iridescent booster. He also sent me home with about 10lbs of rock to seed the new tank with. this isn’t technically my first reef tank, I ventured in about a year ago with a 13 evo. It went great for about 6 months until I had a crash. Soon after I ended up moving across the country. The. Covid happened and just, I stepped back for a while. However this is really only my second go at it, but I’m really excited about it! I’ll take any advise offered and any input, I’m still learning so much. I’m most excited about the upgraded tank size and lights. It seems as though the sky is the limit as far as the light are concerned. I have a specific love for torches and rics. But I want to try maybe a monti, some sps in time, in addition to many softies and lps. I also intend to do another nem. I had a turquoise bubble tip in my 13 before it crashed and I enjoyed it very much. I have spent the day moving the tank around the apartment trying to decide on a location. Atm it’s in its forever location, I believe. It’s right next to my desk for optimum viewing, but also there is a fantastic side view from the couch right next to it. Hoping to create a diverse enough scape that I can enjoy it from either angle. I’ve got the tank and some supplies, waiting for an order to come in with 25 lb of dry rock (in addition to the 10 or so lb I already have). Sand, epoxy, salt. I’ve already got a second wave maker from my evo, test kits and prime. I’ve also ordered an RO/di unit that is supposed to come in the same day as everything else. Fingers crossed. My goal is to do this as right as possible this time around. at the moment trying to decide what to run filtration wise. I feel like this is such a widely debated topic with everyone having such diverse opinions. Filter floss is a given. I’ve got a chamber and grow light for macro so I feel that’s also a given. Anything beyond that is undecided. I know purigen is a popular choice. As for right now I’m also undecided on inhabitants. The only thing I know for certain is a canary wrasse (one of my all time fave) and likely a pair of clowns (how original an idea is that? 😅). Beyond that I’m unsure. I know many will recommend a Goby/pistol shrimp combo, but I’ve done that before and would like something different. I’m not rushing it. I’ll find something I like. anyways. Here’s a more organized rundown. Feel free to chime in with whatever... comments, suggestions, etc.
  7. The Next Generation: September 2021 Start: January 2018 Started this tank in January 2017. Shut it down in March 2018 as I was packing up to move to California. Finally settled in here and in January 2019 began cycling The Next Generation. Tank: Biocube 16LED Lights: Steve's LED upgrade 42W with incandescent booster https://www.stevesleds.com/Biocube-16-LED-Turbo-Upgrade-System-Plug-and-Play_p_346.html Pump: Syncra Silent 1.0 Pump (251 GPH) - Sicce and modified plumbing Y-splitter and Loc-Line to distribute flow across entire tank Circulation: Tunze 6015 Heater: Tetra Constant Temp Chiller: ChillSolutions Chiller Marineland Phosphate-free Carbon (4 Tablespoons every two months) Seachem Alkalinity Buffer (1/4 Teaspoon every 3-4 days during water change and top-off) Instant Ocean Reef Crystals Salt (1.026) RODI: LiquaGen at home RODI https://www.amazon.com/LiquaGen-Reverse-Osmosis-Deionization-Portable/dp/B00LKF09IW/ Wal-Mart Polyester cloth as filter floss Removed false floor chamber 1 for heater Trimmed transition from chamber 1 to chamber 2 to increase flow Installed "deflector" to direct flow to center of chamber 2 Water Change every 6-7 days Stock as of September 2021: Cody the Clownfish Sebastian the d!ck Coral-banded Shrimp 2-3x Turbo 2-3x Nerites 1x red-legged hermit Coral: 1. Yellow-Green Leptastrea from the Thanksgiving Mistake of 2019 has finally filled back in - pretty impressed he just kept truckin'. 2. Rainbow Ring Acan still a single head - probably need to feed him more 3. Blue Petals Monti won't grow but also won't die - I probably need to have cleaner water or better light somehow. 4. Blue War Coral - Good growth and the most impressive of my purchases from AquaSD. 5. Nuclear Eyes Blasto - slow growing but finally has started to sprout some new heads when the shrimp isn't throwing them around 6. Green Rhodactis Mushroom - Literally the only out of control expansion in my tank. At this point I don't even care - as long as I get full tank coverage of color. I can weed them out later 7. Pulsing Xenia - Trying to seed on the far right of my tank for some nice movement 8. Leather - Slow growing - doesn't really do much 9. Random Zoa - for some reason can't grow Zoas. ________________________________________________________ Hello all - This is my first salt tank. We kept a 55 freshwater in college with Balas, Angelfish, Cories, Danios, and the like, but I wanted to start something myself. With the help of a friend in Seattle who has kept a 40 gallon since college, I set out to try my hand at it. I am currently on Day 3 of the initial cycle. With the dry rock inside I ended up putting a little under 12 gallons in the tank. With the my refractometer reading right at 1.025, 100W heater at 78, and water pump getting good circular flow in the tank, I put in my biomatter and now begin the wait to test ammonia levels. I plan on taking things really slow beginning with a cleanup crew and perhaps a single fish. I also plan on buying some small soft or LPS corals at the LFS that are in the $5-10 range. Rushing can be expensive and I'm in this to go slow, learn, and enjoy. Enjoying reading the community posts. I'll keep things updated on progress. Thanks, Wiggles.
  8. froodyzoa

    Light for Biocube 14g

    I found a very old biocube 14g at a goodwill a few weeks ago and saw that the consensus was to replace the lights/scrap the hood. Is this light reasonable? Any advice? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0727V8C5Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_KFDCKFPX05CXQW7T41H4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
  9. Question about stocking my 32 gallon Biocube. Planning on having easy corals like zoas, polyps, xenia, etc)Thinking about the following fish:-1 pink-streaked wrasse-1 royal gramma basslet-1 electric indigo dottyback-Pair of bonded clownfish-1 diamond watchman goby (part of CUC?)CUC: Hoping to add 1 emerald crab & 1 blood shrimp as part of CUC with some snails. I'm also not quite sure what snails to add to make my CUC complete. I'm planning on doing 10% water changes weekly.Any thoughts/advice appreciated!
  10. iMagen

    New BioCube Owner

    Hello! Newbie here! I just bought a BioCube 32 gallon and stand that was gently loved by someone else but was moving out of state and took the tank down. It came with a wave maker, protein skimmer, and a bunch of accessories I haven’t even delved into yet. Any tips on getting it started back up?
  11. Elitists

    Elitists biocube journal

    Hello all, I’ve been into saltwater nano tanks sense 2018 but due to living in a apartment I didn’t want to take the plunge. Well now I own a home and I’m very excited to start journey and document it. First I must give credit where it is due. Thank you @Jackal227for your very well documented and researched journal. It has paved the way for me. Tank: Biocube 16 gallon Saltbox: Red Sea coral pro salt Aquascape: 17lbs Caribsea life rock Sand: Caribsea Arag-Alive Fiji Lighting: Stock Powerhead: Hydros 425 Filtration: Intank media basket with Filter floss, Purigen and Seachem matrix. I plan to add chaeto when I add the CuC, hoping to get a stable copepod population. Heater: Eheim Hagar 75 watt with ITC 308 temp controller Tank mods: Removed false door in chamber #1, removed tab between chamber #1 and #2 Planned CuC: Spoke to John at reef cleaner and was suggested -10 dwarf ceriths -3 nassarius vibex -4 Florida ceriths -3 hermits -3 nerites Planned fish: -Pair of clowns -1 Neon blue goby if I can create a stable copepod population Planned coral: -Zoa’s -Primarily softies -Hammer, Frogspawn and Torch Longterm plan: I hope to use the knowledge and experience gained to set up and maintain a 80 to 100 gallon in the near future
  12. Help! I set up my 16-gallon Biocube yesterday and something is wrong with the pump that came with it. I currently have live rock, sand, a fluval fan, and saltwater in the tank. In the back I have media, a heater, and the pump the tank came with. I was expecting a hum noise from the pump but it is very loud. To the point we have to raise our voices to talk if we’re in the same room as the tank. It sounds like a very loud buzzing noise coming from the pump. I’ve tried moving it in the chamber and playing with the suction cups on the bottom of it and the noise still persists. Any advice on what to do or other pumps to try?
  13. Ocean_dreamer89

    Ocean_dreamer89’s BioCube 16

    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
  14. If anyone is currently using a coralife biocube 32 with the InTank media rack and the InTank floss could you please help me out.... I am having some odd issues that they have never encountered and I wanted to see if anything similar is happening to you guys... Must be the 32 biocube, InTank media rack and InTank (white and blue) floss.... this has me and them stumped... lol
  15. Covetous

    Best AIO nano tank?

    Hello, long time aquarist new Reefer. I’m really wanting to set up a Nano reef. I’ve kept Fish only salt water tanks, and plenty of freshwater. But never gotten into coral. I really want to ease into it. And figured one of the All in One systems where the way to go. Plus the esthetic of it is pleasing. I feel like I’m stuck between the Waterbox Mini Peninsula 25 and the Bio Cube 32. But I’m open to other suggestions I’d like to stay right around that 30 range. Is there any major differences between the smaller all in ones that could be game changers? I'm really just looking for suggestions comments or maybe even other all in one systems I haven’t looked at.
  16. Intro Hey everyone, I've done freshwater tanks for the past few years but this is my first foray into saltwater. My fiancée's father has a 120g that piqued my interest and the ongoing pandemic convinced me to pull the trigger on a new project. After considering my options, I went with the Biocube 16g for a few reasons: 1) I like the dimensions and I want to use the additional vertical space compared to other nano tanks; 2) I plan to use the stock LEDs and it seems the consensus on the forums is the presence of the hood minimizes evap so I don't need an ATO system, both of which helped me keep the cost of the tank down, and 3) it was slightly bigger than other nano options and I felt that would expand my livestock options. Just got everything set up and took a quick picture, planning to start cycling very soon. Specs Tank: Biocube 16 gallon Salt Mix: Fritz Reef Pro Mix Sand: Caribsea Aragamax Select Lighting: Stock LED hood Powerhead: Jebao OW-10 Wave Maker When I first put this into the tank it was definitely running louder than expected. I took it out, disassembled it, and just put it back together to see if that would help align things. Worth it, put it back it and it's been super quiet. Now I just have to get the right angle/power combo so it's not pushing the sand out of the corners! Heater: BRS 100w heater (chamber 1) Biological Filtration: ~1/2 liter Seachem Matrix (chamber 3) Chemical Filtration: Chemipure Blue (chamber 2) Mechanical Filtration: Poly Filter (chamber 2) Tank Modifications: removed false bottom in chamber 1; expanded chamber 1 overflow cutout I struggled with removing the false bottom, my recommendation would be to hook something like big curved scaping tweezers in the gap by the back-right corner; you can pop it out with some upward force, then pull it out with the tweezers. I first tried pulling the rails out, which not only did not release the false bottom but also scattered bits of plastic in the bottom of chamber 1, which I then had to pick out of the sand once I started filling the tank. Do not recommend. I also struggled to expand the overflow cutout without demolishing the whole thing. I ended up using wirecutters to make a vertical cut along the side, then a second horizontal cut toward the bottom to cleanly cut the piece off. While this worked better than I expected (after a few attempts), make sure your circulation isn't running when you do this, as I had the plastic go into the second chamber. Luckily it just landed on my filter floss so it was easy to remove. Livestock 2x Ocellaris Clowns (added 05/30/20) 1x Yellow Watchman Goby (added 9/19/20) 1x Pistol Shrimp (added 9/19/20) 1x Emerald Crab (added 3/04/21) Assorted snails (trochus, nassarius, bumblebee) Future Plans 1x Firefish Coral Hammer (added 06/13/20) Zoas (added 07/03/20) Red-Blue Acan (added 07/07/20) Blue Ricordea (added 08/20) Leng Sy Montipora Cap (added 09/16/20) Nirvana Zoas (added 09/16/20) Mandarin Orange Cloves (added 09/16/20) Future Plans Expand the zoa garden Fill out the underside of the right-hand overhang with low-light corals; suggestions? Photos January 2021 September 2020 August 2020 July 2020 May 2020
  17. Gravity

    Gravity’s Biocube 14G

    This is my first reef tank and is currently around 21 months old. Late into my first year I experienced some Dino and had really slowed my coral growth. It has taken many months to get things growing again. I initially started this tank as a softy and LPS build but it has now shifted to a softy tank. MY SETUP Tank: CoralLife Biocube 14 Heater: Cobalt Neotherm 50w Lighting: Stock Lighting - 24w Actinic - 24w 10K - 1x Blue LED Bar Filtration: Chamber 1: Heater/ False Bottom Removed Chamber 2: InTank Media Basket (4/29/19) - Top: Filter Floss - Middle: BRS Carbon ROX0.8 (5/14/2019) Chamber 3: Stock Pump/Temperature/ AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro Circulation: Hydor Koralia Nano 240 Sand: 20 lbs Caribsea AragAlive Special Grade Rock: BRS Reef Saver Water: BRS 6 Stage RODI System Salt: Red Sea (Blue Bucket) Dosing: None Testing: Refractometer Nyos Nitrate HI736 Ultra Low Phosphorus HI775 Alkalinity Salifert Calcium Salifert Magnesium Fish: - ORA Gladiator Clownfish “Pennywise” A. ocellaris (LA 4/18/2019) - Randalli Prawn Goby (AA 6/8/2019) “Timon” Invertebrates: - Blue Legged Hermit (AA 6/8/2019) “Jack” - Red Banded Pistol Shrimp (BTR 6/15/2019) “Pumbaa” - 1x Nassarius Snails - 1x Cerith Snail - 1x Trochus Snail - Dwarf Cerith Snails Corals: Soft Fire and Ice Zoanthid (WWC 5/24/2019) Green Star Polyp (WWC 5/24/2019) Weeping Willow Toadstool (BLC 6/8/2019) WWC AOI Zoanthid (CC 1/15/2020) OG Pink Zipper Palythoa (CC 1/15/2020) Orange Ricordia Yuma (MSR 1/2/2020) LPS WWC Blue Dragon Favities (5/24/2019) * Recovering from Blackout Frag Tank: Pink/Purple Blasto (AA 6/15/2019) WWC Red Comet Lord (5/24/2019) Green Acan Lord Green Ricordia Yuma (CC 1/15/2020) The Dearly Departed: - WWC Grapevine Lord (WWC 5/24/2019) *Shortly After Received - 1x Scarlet Hermit (AA 6/8/2019-6/21/2019) *Jack - Misbar Clownfish (BLC 6/8/2019-7/9/2019) *Clownfish aggression - Purple Monster Zoanthid (BLC 10/12/2019- *Single Head disappear - Black Ice Clownfish “Columbus” A. ocellaris (BLC 10/12/2019) *Disappeared, likely clown aggression - WWC Lavender Duncan (5/24/2019) *Blackout - Duncan (AA 6/15/2018) *Blackout - Purple & Pink Acan Lord (BLC 10/12/2019) *Blackout - WWC Candy Striped Lord (5/24/2019) *Blackout - Orange Acan Lord *Blackout - Hot Hawaiian Palythoa (CC 1/15/2020) - WWC Purple Monster Palythoa (CC 1/15/2020) Startup 3/16/2019 5/21/2019 9/25/2019 12/04/2019 2/04/2020 3/16/2020 One Year! 5/24/2020 Post Blackout 1 12/9/2020
  18. Hi everyone, I decided to start an aquarium journal to log my progress. I've never had an aquarium before, and I'm about as beginner as they come. Feel free to make suggestions. So far I've learned there's about a hundred ways to accomplish the same thing and twice as many opinions about it. Thanks for reading Start date: October 1, 2017 Tank: Coralife LED Biocube 32 Heater: Aqueon Pro Heater 150W Circulation: Hydor Koralia Nano 565 Back Chamber Filtration: Boyd ChemiPure Elite 11.74oz, Seachem Purigen 250ml, Acurel Filter Fiber Rock/Sand: Caribsea Liferock 12 lbs, 8lbs live rock, 6 lbs base rock, mix of Nature's Ocean No.0 Bio-Activ Live and Caribsea Arag-alive Fiji-pink live sand (20lbs) Salt: Instant Ocean Just got my first ammonia reading yesterday at 0.25 ppm and today 0.5 ppm, nitrite and nitrate still zero. pH 7.9 and Sp.G 1.024 Will likely adjust rockscape at end of cycle for slightly more room near the glass. Wish list: Blue banded coral shrimp Longnose Hawkfish Blue chromis Midas blenny Clownfish pair Red mandarin Valentini puffer Hammer coral Frogspawn Mushrooms Brain corals Will keep updating! Ashley
  19. Hi all, I have some questions about lighting. I started my 32 G Biocube in October and everything has gone decently well so far. I've never had any aquarium before. I feel that I've grasped most concepts regarding reef keeping, however lighting is an area I can't seem to wrap my head around. Recently our brain coral has been pretty closed (ever since my husband decreased the # of hours the lights are on). It got me thinking the light schedule must be wrong. I've read to keep all 3 lights on for about 10 hours/day with a ramp up/down of the LC2 (sunrise/sunset) channel and ending with the LC3 (blue) for a few more hours before total darkness. This is not what I've been doing. I had my 2 white lights on for about 8-10hr/day then blue on for another 5 or so at night. If anyone has personal experience with their 32 gallon Biocube, which has the 3 different light stages (blue/moonlight, bright white, and color enhancing) LEDs, please share your light schedule if you feel you've had success with coral growth and survival. It would be nice to have a few opinions. I've been scanning the web for hours and can't seem to find any useful information. Thanks! Ashley
  20. Salty Acres

    Recommended AIO 20g

    Hello - I’m in the market for a 20g tank. I’ve come across a lot of article but no real consensus. im closely looking at the Waterbox cube. Cube style is the best for my setup. It sounds like Red Sea is the gold standard but it’s about twice as much (?). I would appreciate recommendations on what brand of AIO tank to go with. Thanks!
  21. 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!
  22. Difrano

    Biocube 32 + upgrades

    For sale my Biocube 32 loaded with upgrades: Replaced all lighting with a led array w wifi control with schedule and fitted it inside the canopy. Upgraded return pump to Syncra 2.0 568 gph, super silent. Intank media basket and fuge basket. 2 Koralia nano powerheads. Hydor smart level ATO. ATO pump and reservoir. Digital thermometer and magnetic scrapper. All in perfect working conditions, tank was up and running until 2 weeks ago when I bought a new RSR 250 and transferred all over. I ran this tank for 5 years not a single fish lost and coralline grow was impressive.Tank and equipment was only rinsed with water and tried to scrap most of the coralline, you can do a citric acid wash and everything will look brand new.Perfect for first tank or QT AIO tank.All for $350 obo
  23. 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!
  24. undertheseaquarium

    Coral Beauty Angel Fish options?

    So... a local buyer was having a deal on a Coral Beauty angelfish. I have a 30G cube tank but now I'm hearing that it might be too small. I did do my research and many people advicated on allowing a baby coral beutty to be in there but I just want to make sure I didn't make a mistake. I'm planning on purchasing a larger reef tank (70-80G) in the next few months. I only have 1x Clown, 1x Sleeper goby & 1 Cleaner shrimp... The coral beauty I got is approx. 1in in length. There is enough rockwork to hide behind. I do have some LPS & zoas. Will she be ok in my current tank util I get my bigger one? Should I just keep her in the 20-30G long QT tank? or Should I sell her?
  25. 👋🏻 hello! This is my first saltwater tank, and with not much of an aquarium culture in my little mountain town, I’m hoping to share and learn with some other obsessed aquarists! I’ve got a nice 55 gal South American freshwater planted tank that’s been going great for about 2 years. I got this biocube 29 used with all of the stock equipment, but have upgraded to the following -eheim 100 watt heater -inkbird temp controller -duetto ATO -IM wavelink wave maker -stock skimmer -dry rock from Bulk Reef Supply -inTank media basket with filter floss and bio media plate pieces -stock lighting (for now) I’m just now cycling, entering week 2, so feeding and testing for ammonia/nitrites. I seeded with seachem stability. Running with lights off. I will run a small Refugium with chaeto in the back sump when I get some nitrates and phosphates going. Would love to hear advice or encouragement! Thanks for letting me join the forum 👍🏻 Ps follow me on Twitter @JulieReefer
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