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Cpl_Wiggles posted a topic in Aquarium 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!