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I’ve always been attracted to nano’s. Historically, I have moved every 2-5 years so the thought of moving a large setup discouraged me from ever going big. I purchased the Oceanic Biocube 29 gallon roughly 10 years ago. Once I was bored with it (months later) I bought a Halide upgrade lid kit. The lighting upgrade was pretty significant. I cut the back of the factory lid and installed an overflow box and added an acrylic sump. The halide light was awesome but heated the water too much so I decided to buy a chiller. This setup lasted perfectly for six plus years. Fish and corals were thriving! About five years ago I moved again. This time I decided to place the tank in my bedroom. There wasn’t another ideal spot in our new home. Having the tank next to my side of the bed was pretty cool. I adjusted the returns for the perfect amount of water noise which made a tranquil sleeping environment. Unfortunately the HQ / Chiller combo made my bedroom too warm for comfort and the wife started to complain. It was time to ditch the chiller and halide. I was once again looking to upgrade. At the time the Radion xr30 g4 Pro was about the best lighting option I could find. With the Radion addition, I had to lose the Biocube lid. I decided to have a cabinet built so I went to a local custom cabinet place and gave them my drawing. In order for a perfect fit, they needed the actual tank. Fortunately I found one used for $75. After my cabinet was built, I decided to use the second Biocube tank as a sump. I removed the plastic rim and the rear chamber. I pretty much left it glass only. Once again, I'm looking to upgrade. I recently added an ATO. Next, I’m thinking of cleaning up the sump configuration, reorganizing the wires and plumbing, and adding a shelf to build a nice dosing system. I’m interested in hearing and seeing your ideas. Please post pictures of any cool Biocube mods. I’m willing to “invest” additional funds but would like to keep costs within reason. I welcome any and all comments, feedback and suggestions. Thank you! Darrell - Orlando, FL
The plans and measurements are done. Almost ready to go to the laser cutter. Going to make one change and that is to not include a back panel. I am going to keep the back side open so I can add a light on the back for some chaeto if I decide later. This tank is a standard 10 gallon I am converting to an AIO (less actual volume for corals and fish once converted) and will be used as a display tank for my NanoRox at a local store. Im excited because the entire tank will just be NanoRox so instead of having a rock display in the center like you always see it will be all rock ledges around the sides leaving the center open.