60 Gallon Cube SetUp and Growth

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Hey, lovelies!

So, we came in to a 60 gallon Cube over the weekend. Figured why not share the setup and transformation of this beauty? :D

Got it cleaned, positioned, and filled with water and substrate yesterday morning. And the new skimmer for it arrived today. Woohoo!

As of right now, here's what we've got:
  • Oceanic 60 Gallon Cube Aquarium w/ Stand
  • 10 Gallon (I think?) DIY sump w/ refugium
  • Maxspect 20.5" Razor 120w 10K LED Light
  • Eshopps Overflow
  • Can't remember what the return pump is, but it's overkill for the tank. Have to dial it back to minimum and use a valve to mitigate the flow, but it's what came with the initial setup and why change something that works for the moment?
  • 60 lbs CaribSea Arag-Alive Hawaiian Black Substrate
  • IOAOI PS120 Protein Skimmer (arrived today, so it's being broken in)
  • Small powerhead that we had laying around. It's one of the backup powerheads for the 75 gallon that we have, but it works until I can get one specifically for this tank. Looking at getting another Jebao PP-8 for it. Undecided at the moment.
We've also got quiet a bit of rock to put in to the tank. It's currently laid out on a towel in front of both tanks while I try to figure out how I want to do the rockscape on it. :oops::eek:

Please note that what is currently residing in the BioCube 14 will eventually be moved in to this tank once it's cycled and ready to support life. This will be a gradual shift once everything's ready, too. No tank crashes allowed here! :eek: Currently includes the main rock that I want to use as a centerpiece for this tank, as well as:
  • Several mushrooms (basic brown and ricordia - yellow, blue, orange)
  • 1 small long tentacle leather
  • 1 small red acan frag (4 heads)
  • 1 small green button scolly
  • 1 rainbow trachy (can't remember the specific name for this trachy)
  • 1 frag of firework clove polyps (5 polyps)
  • 3 frags of Green Star Polyps (this will go on to the back wall of the 60 gallon when ready)
  • 1 small purple hiatian anemone
  • 1 small green bubble tip anemone
  • 1 blastomussa frag (2 heads)
  • 1 small Yellow Watchman Goby (2")
  • 1 small Pistol Shrimp (1.5")
  • 1 small Valentini Saddleblack Puffer (1.5")
  • 2 small Tomato Clownfish (1" each)
And, yes, I also have a post up about possibly turning this cube in to a predator-based reef tank, but that's a different topic. :p

Updates to come as things get added. Still got quiet a bit I want to get for this bad boy, including another refugium light like the one we have on the sump for the 75 and a new filter sock bracket since the one that came with it was super brittle. Didn't trust it not to crumble away.

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Transferred everything from the biocube over to the 60 cube over the weekend. Only issue we came across was the green bubble tip bleaching a little in the biocube. It’s being fed small amounts of a mysis/shrimp/krill mixture daily to help it recover.

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Did a small 5 gallon water change this morning. Got a lot of the substrate cleaned up (going through the ugly phase at the moment).

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Transferring the two cardinals from QT today. Yay! Temp matching right now and then I’ll gradually add tank water, dump half in a bucket, repeat, net and release.

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Looks good, nice upgrade. I have a 60 cube as well
Thank you! The two cardinals were a gift from my partner about two weeks ago since the three I originally had in our 75 didn’t survive a flukes outbreak that wiped all but two of those fishes out - they’re still in a different QT tank. Tank breed/raised.

I was originally wanting to go predator with this tank, but I think we’re gonna go predator in the 75. Considering maybe one more cardinal and a mixture of blue/green chromis or another small schooling fish.
 

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Thank you! The two cardinals were a gift from my partner about two weeks ago since the three I originally had in our 75 didn’t survive a flukes outbreak that wiped all but two of those fishes out - they’re still in a different QT tank. Tank breed/raised.

I was originally wanting to go predator with this tank, but I think we’re gonna go predator in the 75. Considering maybe one more cardinal and a mixture of blue/green chromis or another small schooling fish.
I love my blue green chromis, he's in my 60. So active and I love the color

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