Biocube 32, new to marine

chrislynn

Community Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 29, 2021
Messages
69
Reaction score
47
Location
oklahoma
Not sure exactly what all to include in a build thread, so I’ll start and you guys tell me what I’m missing!

Biocube 32, standard lighting so far, but drooling on Steve’s lighting mod.
slot one: heater
slot two: intank media basket
slot three: another heater (I like my house cool, this helps keep constant temp)
powerhead on the left pointing to center front

started with live rock
cycled
added livestock in this order with time in between each: two clowns, blue-legged hermit crabs, assorted snails, flame hawk fish (my favorite by far!), sad little anemone from local store because I felt sad for it, one little patch of zoas, and a cleaner shrimp.

parameters are staying very consistent, water changes bi-weekly, top off with rodi

Fish are are awesome and demanding little buggers of attention. I can’t look in the tank to count/find snails and hermits with having to look around fish faces. They bug me relentlessly when I‘m testing water by bumping the tubes as I’m filling them.
Zoas are open and pretty and growing.
Cleaner shrimp staked out a place under the rock and stalks all the fish who are still hesitant of him
Anemone is attached, eating and I’m hopeful for it.

future plans: another fish of some type and more zoas. I love the zoas! And I need to learn how to take better pics of my goodies.

open to thoughts, suggestions, and comments! Pics from along the way to now.

3388A3F0-CA48-420C-AE03-BCF069ED1A1C.jpeg CF3228DF-D09F-4DB1-94F6-9D05028CEA11.jpeg 02823E36-160A-4130-8C56-023D1C751FF5.jpeg 73CDA684-C61F-48AE-86E0-DCB1B0F87319.jpeg A134606F-2876-46B3-AD3C-2B069936D97D.jpeg D7DE2C5B-F7F7-492D-99EE-6222F961F23D.jpeg 1F277010-5363-4977-9E3B-3C2721D575E0.jpeg
 
Corals.com

Peace River

Thrive Master
View Badges
Joined
Apr 29, 2014
Messages
13,536
Reaction score
98,473
Location
Central Florida, USA
It looks like you are off to a great start on your build thread! Most people treat it as an online journal for their fish tanks. In addition to being able to share your system and where you're headed, it is great to be able to look back after six months or a year and see where you were!
 
OP
chrislynn

chrislynn

Community Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 29, 2021
Messages
69
Reaction score
47
Location
oklahoma
It looks like you are off to a great start on your build thread! Most people treat it as an online journal for their fish tanks. In addition to being able to share your system and where you're headed, it is great to be able to look back after six months or a year and see where you were!
Thank you!
 
Fritz
OP
chrislynn

chrislynn

Community Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 29, 2021
Messages
69
Reaction score
47
Location
oklahoma
Looks great!! How old is your tank in the pics ? What did you put in your media basket ?
Those pics are probably about month two or three.
intank media basket with chemipur, Purigen, and filter floss.
Now it has a torch, hammer coral, zoas and a mushroom rock. And a new tuxedo urchin!
 
OP
chrislynn

chrislynn

Community Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 29, 2021
Messages
69
Reaction score
47
Location
oklahoma
You don’t need two heaters. I keep a 150w in mine and my house stays 68 F. Tank stays a constant 78.
When I had just one (and more wattage than was needed for the size tank) it didn’t keep up and had temp swings at night. With the two it stays within one degree of 78 all the time.
 
Budmans

Mike H2020

Community Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 27, 2021
Messages
61
Reaction score
77
Location
georgina
Those pics are probably about month two or three.
intank media basket with chemipur, Purigen, and filter floss.
Now it has a torch, hammer coral, zoas and a mushroom rock. And a new tuxedo urchin!
Let’s see updated pic! How much algae you got ? I had an urchin.
 
OP
chrislynn

chrislynn

Community Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 29, 2021
Messages
69
Reaction score
47
Location
oklahoma
Here it is now. Excuse the anemone in a wineglass, he’s going to someone else and I got him to release by changing my flow and wanted to grab him while he was floating so I didn’t hurt his foot. A bit of an ugly stage right now because of feeding while I was on a trip.
 

Attachments

  • 7F0F6AA2-4229-4EF4-823C-43EFD9129988.jpeg
    7F0F6AA2-4229-4EF4-823C-43EFD9129988.jpeg
    286.3 KB · Views: 13

Mike H2020

Community Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 27, 2021
Messages
61
Reaction score
77
Location
georgina
Here it is now. Excuse the anemone in a wineglass, he’s going to someone else and I got him to release by changing my flow and wanted to grab him while he was floating so I didn’t hurt his foot. A bit of an ugly stage right now because of feeding while I was on a trip.
So nice and clean ! Looks awesome
 
Avast

jtp7004ft

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Feb 28, 2021
Messages
311
Reaction score
2,114
Location
Waterford, MI
Your tank looks great! I don't have a wine glass in the tank, just empty beer cans around it:D

When I had just one (and more wattage than was needed for the size tank) it didn’t keep up and had temp swings at night. With the two it stays within one degree of 78 all the time.
I have the same tank and had the same issues with the temperature. After installing this new heater, I only go between 78-79. My tank is in my basement against a poured concrete wall and I'm in Michigan.. Worth looking into. The 150W option.

 
OP
chrislynn

chrislynn

Community Member
View Badges
Joined
Jan 29, 2021
Messages
69
Reaction score
47
Location
oklahoma
Your tank looks great! I don't have a wine glass in the tank, just empty beer cans around it:D


I have the same tank and had the same issues with the temperature. After installing this new heater, I only go between 78-79. My tank is in my basement against a poured concrete wall and I'm in Michigan.. Worth looking into. The 150W option.

Thank you!! I was worried about the labels and etching on the beer glasses. Lol

thanks for the tip on the heater!
 

How long has your current return pump been running without issue?

  • Days

    Votes: 7 1.4%
  • Several Weeks

    Votes: 12 2.4%
  • Several Months

    Votes: 45 9.1%
  • Over 6 months

    Votes: 66 13.3%
  • 1 Year or more

    Votes: 104 20.9%
  • 2 Years or more

    Votes: 81 16.3%
  • 3+ Years

    Votes: 182 36.6%

Online statistics

Members online
2,185
Guests online
5,272
Total visitors
7,457
FnR
Top