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After 15 years out of the hobby, my wife surprised me with a 32 gallon biocube for my birthday. The long term goal is a mixed reef that grows into the need for a larger tank.
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Steve's LED with Iridescence Booster and solid glass cover: https://www.stevesleds.com/Biocube-32-LED-Turbo-Upgrade-System-Plug-and-Play_p_332.html
In Tank media: https://intankaquatics.com/intank-media-basket-for-coralife-led-biocube-32/
In Tank fuge basket: https://intankaquatics.com/intank-fuge-basket-for-coralife-led-biocube-32/
Fuge light: https://intankaquatics.com/led-full-spectrum-aquarium-refugium-light/
Coralife Biocube Protein Skimmer V2: AI Nero 3 powerheads: UV Sterilizer: Two fans in the back of the hood for cooling: ATO:ATO container: Powerstrip: Temperature controller: Heater: Pump just for water changes, should have done this years ago:
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Water added 2/26/21
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First fish 3/30/21 (one orange and one black storm clowns)
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The ugly stage
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The tank is finally settling in 6/20/21
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Have a major amphipod problem. Had to move all zoas back to frag rack to let them recover
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The 4 chambers in the back, note the cooling fans work well and allow me to keep the hood on
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Congratulations, I can see you are really going first class! The only thing I have doubts about is a UV sterilizer that small. I just responded to a thread where someone and I kicked around whether the small IM UVs we each have in our AIOs are anything more than a useless toy. But I can see that your tank is destined for greatness! :)
 
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Appreciate the confidence! The UV sterilizer is small, but helped me through the early algae bloom. I'll look to upgrade it when the bulb goes out in a few months.
 

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Just my two cents, the InTank media and refugium chambers are garbage. If you want both, it won't work out. The refugium chamber is too open and when you go to change media in the other chamber, it all goes down hill quickly.

The media chamber has some benefit, but it's a constant struggle between the extra space and open ends of the refugium chamber and removing and reinserting the media chamber and the refugium side caving in. I had a huge Chaeto issue as a result. It went everywhere and then died off. Note, I am also using Marine Pure 2" Cubes. In theory, those should be more stable than rubble since they stack up. Not the case, so I imagine it is worse with true refugium rubble.

I have the Biocube 32 now and had a 29 in the past. For the 29, just a refugium with rubble, chaeto and a light was perfect. I own both InTank items and debating on going back the 29 setup as a result or switching to the original biocube media chamber setup.
 
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I took the two plastic sides from the factory media tray and glued them to the sides of the open fuge chamber. It does a nice job of keeping the chaeto in place above the marine pure cubes. I agree, its a little tight getting the media basket in and out.
 
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Yes, those little USB fans do a great job at cooling, especially when I leave the food door open. The fans have 3 power settings so you can either slowly or quickly drop the temps using the inkbird controller. Here in Phoenix, when it was 118 outside the ac can't keep up inside, but the tank never rose above 77.
 

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Yes, those little USB fans do a great job at cooling, especially when I leave the food door open. The fans have 3 power settings so you can either slowly or quickly drop the temps using the inkbird controller. Here in Phoenix, when it was 118 outside the ac can't keep up inside, but the tank never rose above 77.
Awesome! Dumb question, the fans do come with the led kit? I do like the idea of the sleek look of the lid. My eyes wander though to those Kessil lights and that shimmer. LOL

Here in Reno, very dry and we’ve been seeing some triple digits. House keeps around 75.
 
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Just my two cents, the InTank media and refugium chambers are garbage. If you want both, it won't work out. The refugium chamber is too open and when you go to change media in the other chamber, it all goes down hill quickly.

The media chamber has some benefit, but it's a constant struggle between the extra space and open ends of the refugium chamber and removing and reinserting the media chamber and the refugium side caving in. I had a huge Chaeto issue as a result. It went everywhere and then died off. Note, I am also using Marine Pure 2" Cubes. In theory, those should be more stable than rubble since they stack up. Not the case, so I imagine it is worse with true refugium rubble.

I have the Biocube 32 now and had a 29 in the past. For the 29, just a refugium with rubble, chaeto and a light was perfect. I own both InTank items and debating on going back the 29 setup as a result or switching to the original biocube media chamber setup.
My sentiments. My Chaeto melted from clean water before I could get it going but the bit I had didn't stay in the open chamber. It gummed up the sponge between 2 and 3. Going to try the hack he talks about.
 

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Yes, those little USB fans do a great job at cooling, especially when I leave the food door open. The fans have 3 power settings so you can either slowly or quickly drop the temps using the inkbird controller. Here in Phoenix, when it was 118 outside the ac can't keep up inside, but the tank never rose above 77.
I have fans on mine as well. Not quite Phoenix 118, but the humidity makes it feel hotter. I kept a piece from my hood cutting and put it on a small pivot screw in the front so that I can open the front, pivot and it stays open just a crack, not enough for my Wrasses to think about jumping.
 
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My sentiments. My Chaeto melted from clean water before I could get it going but the bit I had didn't stay in the open chamber. It gummed up the sponge between 2 and 3. Going to try the hack he talks about.
If you look closely at the photo above of the chambers, you'll see the black perforated sides from the biocube factory tray on the side of fuge tray. Note the tabs from the factory tray will need to go inside the InTank fuge. Its a snug fit, only need a little glue to keep them mounted to the sides.
 
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Awesome! Dumb question, the fans do come with the led kit? I do like the idea of the sleek look of the lid. My eyes wander though to those Kessil lights and that shimmer. LOL

Here in Reno, very dry and we’ve been seeing some triple digits. House keeps around 75.
The Steve's LEDs do have a constant built in fan that cools the LED lights from within the aluminum housing, while the USB fans cools the water when the inkbird controller kicks them on. The USB fans and inkbird were purchased separately from the Steve's kit.
 

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The Steve's LEDs do have a constant built in fan that cools the LED lights from within the aluminum housing, while the USB fans cools the water when the inkbird controller kicks them on. The USB fans and inkbird were purchased separately from the Steve's kit.
Gotcha! It looks like from the pics you had to modify the lid to install the usb fans. Hopefully an easy task!
 
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I've been tempted to order the Steve's upgrade for my tank, really want to keep the lid on . The stock light works okay..but would like more control
 

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I've been tempted to order the Steve's upgrade for my tank, really want to keep the lid on . The stock light works okay..but would like more control
I'd say get them! I have had mine on for a few weeks now, and LOVE them!! totally able to control all of it. You can add storms and clouds, lightning effects all of that. I posted a manual for how to set them up, and if I can do it, ANYONE can...seriously! if you have a bio cube, it's totally worth it to upgrade to them!!
 
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Got some updates for you all after receiving a shipment from AquaSD which is awesome by the way.
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Pink with green tips Hammer:
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UFO scoly. I moved it to a lower flow area since it wasn't happy in front.
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