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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
Back in December (2016) I started my first reef tank and I always intended to create a thread for it, but I was very busy after Christmas. I did however take pictures and document the last few months. Tank: 32G LED Biocube Lightning: Stock Filter: Intank Basket /w Floss/Carbon/Purigen Rock: Caribsea Primo Reef Rock Sand: Fiji Pink Salt: Red Sea Coral Pro Flow: Duo Jebao SW-4s I started with a fishless cycle by adding Shrimp pellets periodically to the tank. The cycle lasted under 1 month. I used some local fish store RO/DI for the initial fill up but mainly RO (drinking water). My LFS water had pretty high TDS so I opted for the RO water instead since I had it free and it had much less TDS. Upon opening the box of rocks purchased from Pets and Ponds (Canada), I was a bit disappointed. Because I felt the tank was already getting expensive, I opted for the least costly rock option they offered (Carib Sea Primo Reef Rock). This being my first tank and rock purchase, I have no point of reference, but in hindsight I'm actually very pleased with Carib Sea Primo Reef Rock. I bought 40 lbs and I was determined to use it all. Fiji Pink sand is extremely popular for a reason and I'll probably always use this sand going forward. The aquascape happened by accident. I looked at the pieces and started attempting to make pillars by stacking rocks (had 6 pieces). Naturally I made three pillars and I wanted a low, a medium and a high back pillar with space in between and around. I was willing to sacrifice aesthetic appeal for fish happiness giving them move hiding places and the ability to go behind he rock work. This proved to be great as when I later got fish, this was their "safe" area for at least a month. At first I was not pleased with the aquascape at all, but in time I changed it around very slightly and added an additional rock (update to come). I love my tank and the hobby! I must say I'm rather pleased with the LED Biocube series, especially as a beginner tank. (Again, no point of reference.) Thanks for reading, SelectedByNature