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  1. Hello all, I have had my 29G Oceanic BioCube since 2009 and let me tell you.. it has seen a lot throughout my time learning how to take care of a saltwater aquarium and to be honest.. I HAVEN'T DONE A GREAT JOB! I can admit that this tank needs some serious attention that I just have not been giving it for a long time. I started it in high school, and it has been with me through college and several moves. I am lazy when it comes to water changes and testing my parameters, and was lucky enough to keep a pretty nice tank for most of the years... These past couple of weeks my Duncan corals which had been perfectly healthy for months just started to detach from their skeletons.. I started coming online to read forums again and thought.. why haven't I been taking care of my tank and keeping up to date with what's going on?? I felt horrible that I couldn't even keep a Duncan alive anymore. So I decided that I AM DONE LEAVING THINGS TO CHANCE! I decided that I want to buckle down, learn way more about water chemistry, keep a schedule of my maintenance routines and get this tank into the best shape possible! I owe it to the critters whom have lived in this tank and put up with my bologna for too long. I wanted to start this thread so that I can get the advice I need, hopefully show some rewarding progress and maybe inspire someone else who feels overwhelmed and lazy, when it comes to the water testing and maintenance that these aquariums need to thrive, that they can get into it as well! 🙂 SO my current setup: 29G ( 109.77 L) 24 X 22.2 X 20.5 Lighting: Compact Fluorescent + Moonlight LED's (stock lighting) Filtration: 2 stage filtration (Stock filtration, filter pad + bio balls) Not sure how many lbs of LR + 2" of sand/crushed coral Livestock: Pair of ocellaris clowns (one is same age as tank, the other replaced her partner this year) Skunk cleaner shrimp x1 Nassarius snails x4 GSP coral 2 heads of Duncans (which are currently very unhappy) Recent params: Temp: 26C (78.8F) PH: 8.0 Ammonia: 0.15 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 20 SG: 1.024 (Doing a retest tonight) I don't currently have the equipment to test other params but they are on their way in the mail. I plan to do a DIY filter in the back and finally get rid of the 11yr old stock filtration system! I have done an 80% water change a week and a half ago (Hadn't been done in probably 7 months) Did another 25% change this morning.. corals are looking happier already.. but I am worried the Duncans will not recover. I am also dealing with red slime algae and green hair algae, but have managed to get rid of most of it during the two water changes. SORRY FOR THE LONG READ, AND TIA FOR ANY ADVICE 😁 Prepare your eyes for these photos.. I am embarrassed for what my tank has become 🙈 Oldest photo of tank Second oldest photo of tank Third oldest photo of tank And then everything went downhill as I began to neglect it more as I got busy with school and work Current photos Anyone know what this macro algae is? There are several of these (Jewel Anemones??) in my tank.. are they an issue?
  2. undertheseaquarium

    Look . Sea . Discover. - Biocube29 - Mixed Reef

    I used to be REALLY into fish when I was younger, but once I hit HS I switched to larger more emotive pets. I'm currently in university studying to be a marine biologist and suddenly got the itch again. But this time I wanted a marine tank, now that I can not only drive by myself but also have my own finances. This tank started back in January of this year. She fully cycled in 1 month through a mix of patience and some added bacteria. Shes had only 1 ammonia spike, which led to a few zoa losses, and my first pair of clowns passed due to unknown circumstances (I believe bad quarantine from the store, I heard from an employee that they only QT for 1 week). My new clown (different store) is doing well. I've got a new batch of zoas and some GORGEOUS LPS. I'm ADDICTED to color and movement (title *teehee) and am already planning on expanding. I should probably start at the beginning though for anyone who might be interested. Day 1: Jan 22 - Bought used for $200 + $20 (delivery) Week 2: Started the ammonia cycle on day 1 using frozen brine shrimp cubes. Added Fritz zyme 9 on day 14
  3. undertheseaquarium

    SCAquarium 66G or 83G Red Sea Reefer XL

    I don't want to make this topic long, so I'll just say and list the main points. 🙂 Current Tank: Oceanic Biocube29 Inhabitants: 1 Clown, 1 Sleeper goby, 8-9 zoas, 4 LPS, 3 Snails, 1 Crab (whenever he decides to come out) Rock: 30lbs Live Rock + 30 Lbs Live Sand Age: 3 months Situation: I'm looking to upgrade my current set up to a more established one, that will last me a few good years before I ever need to upsize. When I started, I always wanted a sump/ refugium but I had no prior knowledge on how to care for one. I was able to scrump together enough to make this purchase. I'm moving in 3 months but I feel that will be fine. I don't have to set the tank up right away but I can always start the nitrogen cycle, so that its an easy set up for moving day (condo). My choices are, with included cons: SCA 66 Gallon Starfire Rimless Aquariums Pnp System 32x24x20" 10mm with Built-in Overflow for $1980 (I'll have to upgrade the plumping) Res Sea Reefer 425 XL (47") - $1800 (this is a great deal but I dont know how much space I will have and I would like a more cube like tank) Red Sea reefer 350 white (36") - $2200 (this was my first dream tank) Advice for choosing would be grateful
  4. 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
  5. This will be my third foray into the saltwater reef keeping world. My tried and true Oceanic Biocube 29 has been sitting quietly in storage for 3 years now, patiently waiting for this day to arrive. The first two revisions (1 & 2) of this tank have taught me so much about this hobby. It's so interesting to read back over my past tank journals with the successes, the awe and fascination, the failures. I spent so much time researching these forums and watching the technology, trends and attitudes change as the years went by. Now, it feels like putting on a well worn pair of gloves as I once again go through the motions. I am ready for more amazement. I want to try and do a better job documenting my progress like I did during revision1. A lot of things occurred during revision2 that never were reported; oddities, new ideas, concerns with my method, wonderment. Each phase of the build, cycle, and growth deserves to be logged! Specifications and Equipment: Oceanic Biocube 29 (2010ed) w/stand DIY Phillips Rebel ES LED array: CH1: 4 x 4,000K Warm White, 4 x Lime, 4 x Cool Blue, 2 x Royal Blue CH2: 14 x Royal Blue CH3 (fuge): 4 x Deep Red, 1 x Royal Blue Ecotech MP10 ES Wave Maker ReefKeeper Lite Aquarium Controller & Moon Light Controller Smart ATO Micro Chamber Specifications and Equipment: Chamber 1: Aquaticlife 115 Skimmer or JUP-02 5W UV Sterilizer (as need basis) Chamber 2: inTank Media Rack, 3 stage: Filter floss Seachem Purigen BRS rox 0.8 & GFO inTank Fuge Rack: Chaetomorpha Chamber 3: Hydor Centrifical 300 return pump Cobalt Aquatics NeoTherm 100w heater RKL temperature probe, ATO supply line & sensor Environment Specification: CaribSea Argonite Seaflor Special Grade Dry Rock ~ 13lbs Instant Ocean Reef Crystals + RO/DI Please join me as I undertake the next chapter in my reef keeping book. I welcome all feedback from this community and any questions you may have.
  6. 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?
  7. Looking to add fish to my 29 gallon biocube reef tank and wanting to hear what fish stocking others have successfully kept long term in this tank, or one of similar size? Please share your fish stocking list if you have had good long term success with your setup.
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