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Tank Specs 32Gal Bio-Cube 150Watt heater Steves LED light upgrade (110 Watt LED) hurricane x controller 2x jebao wave maker 1x hydor koralia nano powerhead 1x stock return pump 20 lb dry rock 10lb cured live rock 10lb Fiji pink sand Filtration In-tank media basket w/ filter floss, marine pure bio balls, purigen in-tank refugium w/ chateo Inhabitants 5x hermit 2x cerith snail 2x “mocha domino” clown (what it was sold to me as. I’m told it’s a cross between, well, a mocha clown and a domino clown) named Newt and Theseus 🤷🏻♂️ torch frogspawn Zoas (purple hornet, Rasta, other unknown) ricordian pulsing Xenia gsp Hammer Acan (unknown) montipora plating montipore digitata Everglades Favia ——————————————————————————— Where to start? 🤔 I’m excited! Picked up a 32 gal biocube locally from a guy for what I consider a good deal (if not a steal). I got the tank, stand, media and refugium baskets for the back, wave maker, heater, attached grow light in back for macro and best of all, upgraded light system. It’s upgraded with the Steve’s LED turbo system with the hurricane x controller and iridescent booster. He also sent me home with about 10lbs of rock to seed the new tank with. this isn’t technically my first reef tank, I ventured in about a year ago with a 13 evo. It went great for about 6 months until I had a crash. Soon after I ended up moving across the country. The. Covid happened and just, I stepped back for a while. However this is really only my second go at it, but I’m really excited about it! I’ll take any advise offered and any input, I’m still learning so much. I’m most excited about the upgraded tank size and lights. It seems as though the sky is the limit as far as the light are concerned. I have a specific love for torches and rics. But I want to try maybe a monti, some sps in time, in addition to many softies and lps. I also intend to do another nem. I had a turquoise bubble tip in my 13 before it crashed and I enjoyed it very much. I have spent the day moving the tank around the apartment trying to decide on a location. Atm it’s in its forever location, I believe. It’s right next to my desk for optimum viewing, but also there is a fantastic side view from the couch right next to it. Hoping to create a diverse enough scape that I can enjoy it from either angle. I’ve got the tank and some supplies, waiting for an order to come in with 25 lb of dry rock (in addition to the 10 or so lb I already have). Sand, epoxy, salt. I’ve already got a second wave maker from my evo, test kits and prime. I’ve also ordered an RO/di unit that is supposed to come in the same day as everything else. Fingers crossed. My goal is to do this as right as possible this time around. at the moment trying to decide what to run filtration wise. I feel like this is such a widely debated topic with everyone having such diverse opinions. Filter floss is a given. I’ve got a chamber and grow light for macro so I feel that’s also a given. Anything beyond that is undecided. I know purigen is a popular choice. As for right now I’m also undecided on inhabitants. The only thing I know for certain is a canary wrasse (one of my all time fave) and likely a pair of clowns (how original an idea is that? 😅). Beyond that I’m unsure. I know many will recommend a Goby/pistol shrimp combo, but I’ve done that before and would like something different. I’m not rushing it. I’ll find something I like. anyways. Here’s a more organized rundown. Feel free to chime in with whatever... comments, suggestions, etc.
Cpl_Wiggles posted a topic in Nano Reef JournalsThe 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.
As I slowly shut down my tank and transfer my stock to a friend's 7 gallon, I'm looking forward to settling down again in California and use lessons learned to start my new tank. But problem statement! My job will keep me on the road for up to three weeks at a time this summer - while the temperatures at home will get near 100. I plan on keeping my BioCube to cut down on evaporation...but what can I actually stock a tank with? Good news in August I will be home full time. I really will only be gone twice for three weeks. Thoughts?
My Steve's LED cooling fan is too loud (50-60 dB with all other equipment turned off). Does anyone know of a "how to" for replacing the fan with a quieter PC fan? Also, my stock lighting did not require a fan for the temperature to stay under 80 degrees, does Steve's LED run hotter than the stock PC bulbs? If not, does anyone know how to just turn off the power to the cooling fans? I am about ready to go back to the stock lighting if I can't resolved this. Thanks!