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SkiCatTX posted a topic in Nano Reef JournalsI recently set up my smallest tank yet, a Waterbox CUBE 10. It was a bit of a forced situation, as I needed a place to house my purpleback pseudochromis while I am in the early stages of my 180 dream tank build. (FTS Updated March 8, 2019) Some may say this is too small a tank for him, but "Pinky", as my daughter calls him (he's not pink, go figure, maybe pinky finger sized?), is a mean and hardy little bastard. He has been the sole fish in my JBJ 29 cube for 4 years, as he killed any other fish that I have tried to pair with him in that tank. He even bites at me when I have to work in the tank! But I need that tank to house other fish so he had to go somewhere... He has been in the WB10 now for about 2 weeks and seems to be doing fine. He is eating well, doesn't seem to be fretting or swimming along the tank sides, but just hangs out in his sand hole or hovers around staring menacingly at anyone he can see and begs for food…quite a character! I probably could have just grabbed a cheap tank and set it up for him, but I rarely do things halfway, so I figured I'd try my hand a smaller nano reef tank with (most) all of the trimmings of a larger tank. I am certainly interested in constructive thoughts and opinions. Please let me know if you have specific questions, or suggestions for improvements. Update July, 2019: Pinky passed away a while back, this tank was fallow for a couple months while I decided what to do with it. Turns out, after I put a Naked Clown and Lighting Clown in my JBJ28 with a Rainbow Anemone, they never really got along. The Naked Clown kept chasing the Lighting around and just generally being a pain. So, when I got back from a recent trip and the Anemone had split, I figured it was a perfect time to move both of them over to the WB10. Thus, now this is Storm's private tank, and the saga continues.
FTS 14 June 2020 FTS 04 June 2020 Tank Established: 26 May 2020 Equipment List Tank - WaterBox Cube 10 Return Pump - Eheim CompactOn 600 (turned down to around 2/3) Heater - 50W Ehiem ThermoControl Fan/Cooler - TBD Temp Controller - InkBird ITC-308 with plastic probe Lighting - AI Prime 16 HD on 12" flex arm Flow Pump - Jebao OW-10. Sine Wave, 4/8 power. Dosing Pump - TBD ATO - Tunze Nano 3152 Mechanical Filtration - Filter floss in 3D printed holder Chemical Filtration - Purigen Biological Filtration - bag of Seachem Matrix Substrate - CaribSea Aragonite Reef Sand Hardscape - CaribSea South Seas Base Rock Lid - TBD (custom lid would be nice, but the shipping cost from the US is almost as much as the lid for me.) Livestock List Fish 2x Ocellaris Clownfish (Carl and Ellie). Long term I might move these to a larger tank and get a smaller goby or blenny. We're fairly limited in the nano fish range here. Inverts 2x banded trochus snails 2x astrea snails (Mufasa and Scar) Small hitchhiker feather worm in blastos Coral Several Varieties of zoas. Green Hammer Blue frogspawn/octospawn Purple + Orange Lobophyllia Purple + Green Blastomussa (I think merletti, very small polyps) Elegance Coral Long term Coral wish list Due to the limited room in the tank, I went in with a fairly clear idea of exactly what I wanted to stock the tank with. There is a little bit of wiggle room of course but this is 90% of what I want. Gold Hammer Pink Hammer or Frogspawn 2-3 acan lord varieties Yellow Leather Red Monti Cap 1-2 stick sps, still undecided on exactly what I want. There are a few nice millipora around but I'm not sure if I trust myself with them in a Nano. More Zoas? If there's room, Ricordea florida. But I think I would rather have acans over these.
So the pump that was shipped out with my Cube10 didn't fit (zzz). And was looking at picking up either an eheim compactON 300 or 600. Specs of the pumps are as follows: Eheim compactON 300 Pump power per hour at 50 Hz of 170L (45g) Pump power per hour at 50 Hz to 300L (79g) Eheim compactON 600 Pump power per hour at 50 Hz of 250L (66g) Pump power per hour at 50 Hz to 600L (158g) The main differences I can think of is the bigger pump would draw more water through chemical/biological filtration, whereas the smaller would allow more random flow from a wave maker. So is more water through the chemical/mechanical filtration worth having slightly less random flow within the tank? Or is it just preference.