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  1. 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 Live 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 ❃ 4 x Turbo Snails CORALS LPS ◕ Aussie Teal Duncan ◕ Australian Lobophyllia (Sunburst Orange) ◕ Australian Lobophyllia (Sunset Orange) ◕ Australian Ultra Trachyphyllia ◕ Branching Green Star Polyps ◕ Golden Eye Chalice ◕ Golden Branching Frogspawn ◕ Indo Peach Tip Torch ◕ Metallic Green Wall Hammer SOFT ◕ Armor of God Zoanthids ◕ Bam Bams Zoanthids ◕ Blueberry Field Zoanthids ◕ Branching Green Star Polyps ◕ Japanese Toadstool Leather ◕ Neon Green Tip Toadstool Leather ◕ White Polyp Toadstool Leather SPS ◕ Green Pocillopora ◕ Neon Green Hydnophora ◕ Purple Stylophora ◕ Birds of Paradise Seriatopora 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 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
  2. 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 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 -
  3. Gravity

    Gravity’s Biocube 14

    Just getting started on my first reef tank. I have had freshwater tanks in the past but it has been a couple of years. I have been researching how to setup a reef tank for over a year now. Just didn’t have the time or money to set something up, until now. MY SETUP Tank: CoralLife Biocube 14 Heater: Cobalt Neotherm 50w Lighting: Stock Lighting - 24w Actinic - 24w 10K - 1x Blue LED Bar Filtration: Chamber 1: False Bottom Removed/Heater Chamber 2: InTank Media Basket (4/29/19) - Top: Filter Floss - Middle: BRS Carbon ROX0.8 and GFO (5/14/2019) Chamber 3: Stock Pump/Temperature/ AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro Circulation: Hydor Koralia Nano 240 Salt: Red Sea (Blue Bucket) Sand: 20 lbs Caribsea AragAlive Special Grade Rock: BRS Reef Saver Water: BRS 6 Stage RODI System Testing: Refractometer API Saltwater Masters HI736 Ultra Low Phosphorus HI775 Alkalinity Salifert Calcium Salifert Magnesium Fish: - ORA Gladiator Clownfish A. ocellaris (LA 4/18/2019) - Randalli Prawn Goby (AA 6/8/2019) - Misbar Clownfish (BLC 6/8/2019) [QT] Invertebrates: - 2x Nassarius Snails (LA 4/18/2019) - 2x Cerith Snails (LA 4/18/2019) - 1x Trochus Snails (LA 4/18/2019) - 2x Blue Legged Hermit (AA 6/8/2019) - Red Banded Pistol Shrimp (BTR 6/15/2019) Corals: Soft Fire and Ice Zoanthid (WWC 5/24/2019) Green Star Polyp (WWC 5/24/2019) Weeping Willow Toadstool (BLC 6/8/2019) Blue/Green/Yellow Zoanthid (AA 6/15/2019) LPS WWC Candy Striped Lord (5/24/2019) WWC Red Comet Lord (5/24/2019) WWC Blue Dragon Favities (5/24/2019) WWC Swamp Thing Favia (5/24/2019) Lavender Duncan (WWC 5/24/2019) Duncan (AA 6/15/2018) Pink/Purple Blasto (AA 6/15/2019) The Dearly Departed: - 1x Trochus Snail (LA 4/18/2019-5/5/2019) -WWC Grapevine Lord (5/24/2019-5/30/2019) - 1x Scarlet Hermit (AA 6/8/2019-6/21/2019) *lost hermit fight Startup 3/16/2019
  4. I'm pretty new to all of this. I had freshwater tanks for a while, many years ago, but didn't really understand the hobby and I didn't take the time to learn. I've always wanted a salt water tank, but stayed away because I was afraid of the the time and money commitment. A friend of mine owns a pet store. For years he's been trying to get me into the hobby because I'm always hanging out at his shop looking at his saltwater stuff. In December he finally got me. He gave me a Coralife 29 biocube. Oh boy, I had no idea what I was in for. It's been just under 6 months and it has been a hell of roller coaster, both good and bad. There's a lot to recap in just 6 months, but I'll start with where I am now. Then I'll recap everything I can recall going through/doing along the way to this point. Hopefully others can make use of all of the things that have and have not worked well for me. Attached is what my tank looks like as of April 8, 2018. Hardware: Coralife biocube 29 Stock hood/lighting: CF daylight, Actinic Blue, Blue LED bar x2 Stock Pump Upgraded ultra quiet hood fans Hydor 425 & 240 powerheads EHEIM Jager 150W heater Filtration: stock bioballs, carbon filter cartidge, Chemipure Elite Blue biobag 2 digital electric outlet timers to control lights Livestock: 2-Picaso Clowns 1-Yellow Wrasse 1-Purple goby firefish 1-Redstripe cleaner shrimp 1-Sand sifting starfish 6-crabs (3-red, 3-blue) 2-Nessarius snails 3-Turbo snails 2-Trochus snails 4-Astrea snails 1-Zebra snail 1-Bumblebee snail Corals: Duncan Frogspawn Hammer Kenya tree Zoanthids Blue star polyps Hollywood stunner
  5. 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!
  6. Krish87

    Giant Hawaiian Feather Duster

    A beautiful feather duster with an amazing bluish base and a brownish orange tips.
  7. 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: 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 2 -Trochus Snails x 4 -Astrea Snails x 2 -Cerith Snails x 7 -Bumblebee Snail x 2 -Fighting Conch -Scarlet hermit -Purple Spined Urchin -Ocellaris Clownfish x 2 -Royal Gramma Corals: -Zoas (Eagle Eyes, Blondies, Orange Bam Bam's, King Midas, Sour Lemons) -Purple Blastomussa Wellsi -Green Duncan -Ultra Branching Hammer -Sunny D Palys x 2 -Blue Sympodium -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 -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 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. 19 Months: 15 Months: 14 Months FTS: 1 Year FTS (started recovery): 10 Months (post tank crash): 7 Months: 4 Months: 6 Weeks:
  8. MSunkin23

    Nittos Biocube 16 Tank Thread

    Biocube 16 LED Thread Specs: Biocube 16 LED ~16 lbs Aragalive Fiji Pink Sand (slightly rinsed with saltwater) ~14 lbs BRS Dry Reef Saver rock (used epoxy and coat hanger to stack) Koralia Nano 425gph (replaced) Aqamai KPS Cobalt 75W Neotherm Heater (back chamber 1 false bottom removed) Cycle between, Purigen, Chemi-pure blue, and Chemi-pure Elite Livestock Clownfish x2 Hermits x 3 Turban Snail x 2 Certith Snail x 1 Duncan Coral Torch coral Ricordea x 4 Toadstool Leather Hammer Coral Acan Green Star Polyp Fire Shrimp Maintenance: I do a ~5gal water change every ~2 weeks
  9. Krish87

    It's Feeding Time!

    These guys put up such a lovely show when feeding. I was lucky to get this shot :-)
  10. The Next Generation: 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: Hydor Nano 240 Heater: 100W Manual temp-set 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: Cody the Clownfish Sebastian the d!ck Coral-banded Shrimp 2x Turbo 2x Nassarius 6-ish Nerites 1x red-legged hermit Coral: Ricordea Leptastrea Blue Tubs Green Star Polyps Favia ________________________________________________________ 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.
  11. AshleyH

    Light schedule for Biocube 32

    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
  12. I have a Coralife Biocube 14 and its been working for the past 4 years. In the summer I have trouble with heat, so i reduce the lighting schedule and the fans are noisy. I am thinking of replacing the hood with the new BioCube 16 LED canopy. Does anyone know if the new LED canopy in the biocube 16 ($175) is less noisy and creates less heat? Also was looking at the NanoBox Retro Kit ($265). Does anyone have experience with this as well? Does it work well? How is the heat? I have a couple of clowns and xenia coral. Not thinking of going heavy on coral but might want to add a few more pieces. Finally was thinking of just getting a light and remove hood but am worried about too much evaporation and fish jumping so would go with a plastic clear lid but cant find anything like that. Thanks for any help.
  13. ZoroReef

    Old Oceanic BioCube 29

    I was wondering if anyone could give me some advise or anything actually that will help me with an old Oceanic Biocube. The tips I keep finding are very old so I just wanted to know if those are still acceptable or if there is new information I could use?
  14. Starting up a Waterbox 10 we got each other as a bedside tank. Not much to look at yet, just rock & water, but Jan. 1 is a great time to start a new adventure! HARDWARE Light : AI Prime HD Stock pump replaced with Cobalt MJ Mini 606 Cobalt Neotherm 75 w heater Hydor Koralia 240 gph powerhead InTank 2nd chamber media basket Tropic Eden Aragavive Live Reef Flakes IM screen top LIVESTOCK Hi Fin Red Banded Goby paired with A. Randall pistol shrimp Yellow Clown Goby 2 Sexy Shrimp CORALS Alien eye zoas Generic green zoas Small branching gsp
  15. JulieReefer

    JulieReefer’s salty adventure

    👋🏻 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
  16. Hi Nanoreef, this thread will be the history of my reef tank in my dorm. I purchased this biocube from a local reefer who sold me the entire setup. Equipment: -Biocube 14 -Custom Media Rack -Kessil A150W Sky Blue AI Prime HD -Maxijet 900 -Korelia Nano 240 -Chemipure Blue Current front tank shot:
  17. 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.
  18. KatieB

    Biocube 16

    Hi all! Let me begin by saying that I am relatively new to this hobby, but I have found this forum incredibly informative over the 100’s of hours I have spent researching! I started my journey several months ago with a nano reef tank (quite an undertaking for a beginner, I know). Thus far, I have had a fair amount of success, but I am concerned for the long-term well-being of my tank; thus, I am reaching out to you, fellow and experienced reefers, for some advice. I currently have a STOCK Biocube 16-gallon tank. I cycled completely before adding any CUC, fish, or corals. Over the past few months, I have slowly added a variety of species and everything has gone surprisingly well (I have only lost one Trochus Snail and a single Blue Legged Hermit). I have been running just the basic Biocube filter (replaced every few weeks) and my clean-up crew (1 Tuxedo Urchin, 2 Turbo Snails, 1 Margarita Snail, 1 Conch Snail, 4-5 hermits, 1 Emerald Crab, and 2-3 hitchhiker brittle starfish) to support a pair of clowns. . have also been doing 10-15% water changes every week. I have also noticed some unexpected copepods, worms, etc. that have made their appearance over the past few months. I have slowly added several species of “corals” including a hairy mushroom, RBTA, Pulsing Xenia, Plating Montipora, Zoas, and Acans. All of my parameters have been stable and within normal limits over the past few months (post-cycling). My question is: what preventative measures should I be taking at this point? I am in this for the long-haul and would like a fairly self-sustaining reef tank a few years down the road. Should I be dosing nutrients? Should I have some sort of media filter in my empty second chamber? Do I need to upgrade my lighting? What is my next step in working towards my long-term goal? I know this is a broad and novice question, but I appreciate all insights! Thank you!!!
  19. So I have a bio cube 14. I’ve been keeping up on water changes. Swapping out the filter floss four days before a water change. And everything is great. Water params are at all the right levels. I even got some coralline algae finally growing. BUTTT I haven’t changed the chemipure elite bag or the carbon bag in months. Should I swap them out or let it be?
  20. Tangina20

    Lighting for an 8g biocube

    I just picked up an 8g biocube today that currently was gutted and has freshwater led lighting in it. I would prefer to fight lighting that fits in the hood but I’m thinking about getting an abi Tuna blue, will the 12 watt tuna grow at least lps??
  21. 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
  22. Zane W

    Good stock list?

    I am currently in the midst of setting up an old 14-gallon bio-cube (still waiting on the pump and new aragonite to arrive). I already have a pair of oceallaris clowns that have been in an anemone basket for the past 8 months that will be ready for the tank once its setup but I would like other fish as well, my current ideas for a stock list are as follows: The pair of clowns Royal Gramma Basslet Hector(or Court Jester)Goby hire and Cleaner Shrimp THan assorted softies(hopefully rock flowers and mini maxis) and Zoas/Palys I am currently running a 50/50 pc and a blue actinic(I think) pc with plans to upgrade to a retrofit aqua sb, for flow a (Marineland) Mj900 with a rotating outflow head. (still waiting on 😞 )
  23. NanoRox

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  24. Hi all, I'm pretty new to reefing--have had a 14g biocube for a year or so. Decided to make a small 7 gallon sump and it's running great! Of course as soon as I did that I fell into a used 55 gallon aquarium with a pro clear sump. Good news is I have room for the new aquarium right to next to the biocube. Neither my DIY 7 gallon sump nor the pro clear will be big enough to run a combined ~95 gallon system.How can I connect the two systems? Each will be on its own stand and I don't think drilling my DIY 7 gallon sump is an option--I would have to tear it down and start over and then have pipes going through the two stands. Any ideas?
  25. Hey just wondering if anyone who has the biocube 32 and is also using the cobalt version of the MJ1200 as a return pump has heat issues in their tank.... my heater had never came on ever.... the tank stays at a constant 79-80 degrees.... (which is fine) stock LEDs.... no other equipment but the InTank tray with floss, purigen and chemipure elite... Other than 2 aqamai KPS wavemakers on all sorts of random flow patterns and they make no difference in temp (heater is located in chamber 1 and it’s a cobalt neotherm and also is indicating that the temp is around 79-80- by the flashing light) but everywhere in the tank is the same temp... the DT, and all 3 chambers... (my temp probe is in chamber 3 with the MJ) and it reads the same... I have even used an external thermometer and it reads the same like 78.9, 79.5.... always consistent (I know that’s what’s important I just want to make sure there’s nothing wrong with my MJ because I know they can shut off when they overheat (it has NOT done this yet).... only other thing Hong I can think of is that it’s very new and I keep everything very clean MJ included.... is is possible that its creating that much heat? I read others that very commonly use this upgrade but they always mention having a heater?? So I’m lost.... thanks for any help...
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