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  1. I 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.
  2. My first tank! Excited to start the nano reef hobby. Goal is to be 100% Aquacultured/Captive Bred with zero impact on actual reefs. Tank: Waterbox AIO 20g http://waterboxaquariums.com/product/waterbox-20-cube/ Lighting: Kessil a80 tuna blue with mechanical timer (currently on for 6hrs/day in the setting of diatom bloom which has now resolved) Heat Source: Cobalt Neo Therm, with electric thermometer for confirmation (currently set at 77deg) Substrate & rocks: Live Aragonite sand, 12lbs of BRS ReefSaver, 6lbs Real Reef Rock http://realreefrock.com/ Water: "Real ocean water" from LFS, top off with distilled water Additives: Initially began cycle with BioSpira; StartSmart Complete recommended by LFS for water changes Fish: 1 DaVinci Clown Corals: 1 Galaxea Coral Anemone: ?Green BTA (This guy came from LFS attached to my Real Reef Rock). Hoping he survives and can one day host my DaVinci Feed: PE frozen mysis and calanus Water Changes: ~20% change every 1.5 weeks with "real ocean water" from LFS, daily top offs with distilled water Current parameters: T 77, Salinity 1.025-1.026, Using API kit: Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate ~15ppm Currently approaching 1month mark! Plan to get 2 fire shrimp next week if water parameters look good. Any tips, advice, feedback is appreciated.
  3. Hello guys, This is my first reef tank and it is almost completed the cycle. I will first add my few fish I have picked out and then slowly start to add coral. I want to map out my coral placements instead of just buying and throwing them in there. That way I can research the corals and know how to take care of them and all of that. I will be adding the SPS and Lobo way later, at least 6 months down the road but the others I will add after fish are in there and everything is stable. What I need from you guys is to tell me if I have everything mapped out correctly or are things in the wrong place to where I will have problems. As it relates to flow Koralia 425 & Sicce 1.0 return pump, lighting (AI Prime HD) and coral warfare (will something be stinging something else if it's too close etc...) This is a 20G waterbox for size reference. Thanks!
  4. Howdy y'all! I believe I may be one of the first to adopt one of these gorgeous little Starfire beauties and I figured it would be a good time to start a thread for anyone else who may/has purchase(d) one! So far, Waterbox has been very responsive in dealing with the only issue I have run into so far [with the 7g model], the included return pump. They did so by sending me a free Sicce Mi Mouse return pump to replace the ECO66 pump, this may or may not be the case with other tank sizes in the series. I don't think any of us can argue that these AIO cubes are very attractive considering the quality of materials, construction, and included accessories! So, without further ado, please join in on the conversation! Is it just another AIO? Do you have one? What do you think? Are you some weird-o lizard person impersonating a reefer?!?!?! Here is the manufacturer page for reference: https://waterboxaquariums.com/cube/
  5. Review - The product itself is amazing. The stand is sturdy, UV coated, sturdy hinges, great cutouts and just looks super modern. The tank itself also looks very sleek and very well built. Also for a great price. A few cons would be I wish they provided the white AI prime light with the plus version since their stands are white. Also, the stands do not come with directions and they don't have specific directions for the cube 20 stand so someone that isn't handy like me it took a long time. Also customer service are hard to get a hold of, for me both email and voicemail took days to get a reply and you can't get anyone to answer. With that being said I don't regret my purchase I love the product and can't wait to start filling it up with goodies. Build Thread/Stocking Ideas - This is my first fish tank ever, never even owned a beta lol. So i may have a bunch of failures. Rocks - 20lbs life rock shapes (aquascaped with marco cement) Return pump - stock pump (may upgrade to sicce 1.0 to try and get it very quiet) Flow - Koralia 425 Heater - 2 x 50 watt eheim jager inTank media basket (filter floss, seachem matrix, chemipure blue) Tunzee 3155 ATO (5G jug) DJ switch that is labeled. Big Temp monitor that will alert me if temp gets off. BRS 5 stage RODI Unit Stocking 1 clown fish 1 yellow spotted goby/candy pistol shrimp pair 1 purple fire fish Lots of rock flower Anemones Mixed reef Sexy shrimp/Porcelain crab and other cuc Tank has been cycling 1 week, hopefully can add a fish in a week or two. I'm probably in the wrong hobby since I don't have patience lol.
  6. So with being out of the hobby for a year or two I finally decided to dive back in to give myself something to do in my down time. I began assembling equipment for a 60g cube but gathering everything I wanted for the build was taking to long and the itch was getting to me. When I came across these small AIO tanks from WaterBox I just couldn't resist. The main inspiration for this tank came from seeing a video of Battlebox corals and then when I saw the AutoAqua Smart AWC the idea popped into my head. Build Plan Equipment 4g WaterBox Cube AI Prime HD w/ Gooseneck (Great option for this tank just like the NanoBox Coloring more) NanoBox Mini Tide w/ Storm controller 25w Neo-Therm Heater MP10QD AutoAqua Smart AWC (Hard to implement with the rear chamber size restrictions) Xp Aqua Duetto ATO Livestock: Citron Clown Goby - For some reason had bad luck with these guys, lost two of them to brook. Juvenile Signal Blenny - Really interesting fish (impulse buy lol) CUC - One small blue leg hermit and a couple of snails at max. Macroalgae - Since having a refugium isn't really possible with this build I am going to look at getting some to have in the display. Corals - Various SPS nothing in stone so far. Going to try out a BattleBox and then get what I can from lfs around me. So no telling what I'll end up with at the moment. Rock - Purchased some dry reef saver rock for this build. To get things started with this tank I am going to give Fritz 9 NItrifying Bacteria a shot and maybe find the smallest bottle of pods I can find. Algae Barn will probably be my go-to for the pods and macro once the tank gets water in it. The Automatic Water Changer from AutoAqua is the key to my plan for this tank. The only other filtration will be biological and some Chemi-pure blue. Excited to get this tank set up and running. I'm gonna have to play around with the AWC and find what I will be able to do since the return chamber is so small I will have to either do extremely small amounts or set up a timer to turn shut the return pump off and allow the AWC to run. The goal will be to accomplish 100% water changes every week at the least. This should handle any nutrient issues with such a small bio-load and most likely keep major and minor elements in a decent range. I plan to test this and see how things go and if the water changes alone can't keep up I am considering using Kalkwasser or try Red Sea Coral Pro salt since it has elevated levels, to begin with. If you made it this far. Thanks for reading all my thoughts and rambling. Let me know what you think and if you have any recommendations on adjustments. Also if you have any recommendations on corals or any good livestock ideas I would really appreciate it.
  7. Starting up a Waterbox 10 we got each other as a bedside tank. Not much to look at yet, just rock & water, but Jan. 1 is a great time to start a new adventure! Light : AI Prime HD Stock pump for now Cobalt Neotherm 75 w heater Hydor Koralia 240 gph powerhead InTank 2nd chamber media basket Tropic Eden Aragavive Live Reef Flakes
  8. Hello everyone, I recently joined the forum to educate myself on nano reef keeping as I venture on my own adventure. I am a college student at Penn State and I understand that a small tank will require much more care than the larger tanks, but I figured given my situation, a nano tank would be the best choice. So, after weeks of careful planning I finally got myself a 10 gallon Waterbox cube along a AI Prime HD from Saltwateraquarium.com. I went to a local fish store and got about 10 pounds of Caribsea Life Rock Shapes, saltwater and off I go to set up my tank. Current equipment in this tank is the following: Tank: Waterbox cube 10 gallon Lights: AI Prime HD Heater: Cobalt Neo-Therm Heater 50w Return pump: Stock pump Skimmer: Hydor Slim-Skim Nano Protein Skimmer (Fits like a glove!) Refugium light: Innovative Marine ChaetoMax 2-n-1 Refugium LED Circulation pump: IceCap 1K Gyre Generating Flow Pump ATO/AWC: AutoAqua Smart AWC Touch The first chamber of the back will house filter floss media for mechanical filtration and a small refugion with chaeto and ceramic media for bilogical filtration. The second chamber will hold the skimmer and some more ceramic media. The third chamber holds the heater and return pump. There is no sand in this tank since I intend to have strong water movement and will make it easier to clean. As of the time writing this post, the tank is in the third fourth day of cycling with no lights. Livestock that requires feeding will be added next year, until then, some input on the livestock would be awesome. What would you guys put in it? The plans for this tank is to eventually incorporate some sps corals. I am some time away from that, so in the meantime I am learning as much as I can. I am not an expert on reef keeping, but I am determined to experience and learn, hopefully not the hard way. I do not expect this to be an easy adventure, but surely will be fun.
  9. Raindog's 7g Waterbox AIO!!! The current plan is to get through the cycle and probably stock with a RBTA in the coming months and a pair of Porcelain Anemone crabs to host in it. Strike that, found a Gonodactylus smithii! And Lord knows there will be some zoas too! Part List: Waterbox 7g AIO w/ ECO66 pump (included) Sicce MiMouse Pump (provided by Waterbox) Cobalt Mini-MJ 404 pumpHydor Koralia Nano 240 Cobalt Neo-Therm 25wKessil A80 w/ GooseneckMini Smart Plug (my $10 lighting controller, with wifi!) Mechanical Timer (also $10, and apparently smarter...since it actually works!) ~10 lbs Haitian Live Rock10+ lbs of Nature's Ocean No.0 Live SandTropic Marin Salt *Original Post: So...this happened! I got to see these in person at RAP, and I got sold! The absolute quality and attention to detail for the cost is mind blowing! I guess I can get past the logo being etched into the front panel Anyone else have one of these that has any suggestions/tips? Feel free to follow! Hoping to order the light soon :3 *EDIT: I got a call from Saltwateraquarium.com, there is/was an issue with the 4g. So, they are upgrading me to a 7g gallon for free...shipped out for a Friday delivery!!! I was really looking forward to the tiny 4g, but 7g is still pretty small and should work out for my desk
  10. So I finally started my second reef tank and I’m pretty dissatisfied with tanks overall build and process. I’d like to upgrade from my 7g Lifegard full-view to something a little more high quality within the 10g area and these are the two tanks I’ve found. I’ve heard both have transparent back walls allowing lights from ATO’s and heater to be visible in the display. Is this true? Also, what do you guys think of either? Is it worth it to get either and are there any other options out there for a 10g-ish nano? (Besides the nuvo 10)
  11. Hey guys, this will be my first saltwater tank so I figured I'd document everything as I go. So far I've only kept planted freshwater tanks, so this is going to be a bit of a journey for me. Equipment so far: >Waterbox Nano Cube 7 >10 lbs Nature's Ocean Aragonite Sand >8 lbs Aquacultured Rock >50 watt Elive Heater >Fluval Marine Nano Bluetooth LED >Chemi-Pure Blue Nano >Glass cover for display area of tank (I'm going with glass because I have 4 cats that seem to think screens are for chewing/scratching apart. I'm also going to get two pieces of glass I can swap out for easy cleaning) > H̶y̶d̶o̶r̶ ̶P̶i̶c̶o̶ ̶E̶v̶o̶ ̶̶M̶a̶g̶ Cobalt MJ400 as powerhead Planned equipment: >DIY controller using Reef-Pi for ATO, temperature control, and possibly as a wavemaker for the H̶y̶d̶o̶r̶ Cobalt pump For now the tank is cycling, and I'm just patiently waiting for my ammonia and nitrites to disappear. I was planning on buying pre-mixed saltwater from a LFS I've previously used for freshwater stuff. I finally got in my refractometer calibration solution, however, and it looks like their water has pretty low salinity. They said it was around 1.023, but I've just tested it at 1.021! For now I'm topping off with saltwater to slowly raise my salinity, but I'm going to check out a saltwater-only store that's just 5 minutes away and hopefully I can get better pre-mixed water. If not, it looks like I'll be mixing my own. I'm not worried about having to mix it, but I was hoping to avoid it because my tank is so small. EDIT: Current stocking >Yellow Clown Goby >Collonista snails that came in on my rocks >2 nassarius snails >Candy Cane Coral >Unknown zoanthid >Superman Mushroom >GSP >Hairy Mushrooms
  12. I’m seriously considering upgrading my current Red Sea Reefer Nano(18x18x18, 21 gal display). the two replacement options are the Reefer 250 (35x21x20, 54 GAL display) and the waterbox 70 (24x24x22; 47 gal display). The demensions of the waterbox would allow me to use my currrent NanoBox Duo light without any supplementation and would allow more depth for aquascaping. The Reefer would allow for increased length and increased sump space, but would require an additional light purchase. All other equipment from my current aquarium could be used on either tank for the short term at least.
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  16. Hi everyone, here's a few first pics of my tank-swapped 20 gallon Waterbox next to my 5 gallon "floating" no-named nano tank. I'll be updating and posting new tank pics as I can on this thread, along with more info on the system as time goes on. Thanks for looking!
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