Cromag's Biocube 32g (Skull Island Edition)

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so i've been tinkering (stalling) with this tank for a while and i've finally decided it's time to start a build thread! yay....

first let's start with this incredible custom background. jestersix molded and fired this beast with direction from myself. it's very heavy but well worth it.
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i also plugged this annoying lower drain grate. just used a piece of acrylic and the appropriate type of silicone.
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and here it is finally filled with water (months after i started with the background, but don't tell anyone.) the rock cave is a cerameco vidarock.
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custom holders for ato pressure tube, ato refill tube and awc refill tube (on left), probes and awc drain (on right.)
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got the holder installed for the apex temp probe and the awc tube. i put a piece of filter media on top to kill the gushing water effect.
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i made the stand from red oak and stained it black, almost four years ago for my bc29.
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added my fish tonight: two clowns, ora orchid dottyback and a cleaner shrimp. my starry blenny won't come out of a rock in my old tank, so he'll have to wait.
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more fish shots. captured the blenny so he's now with his buddies. the dotty back has commandeered the skull as his home.





octo fff in full effect.



moving in....



just hangin' out.



put a small patch of gsp on the back wall.



we've got sand!



ghost hunters: aquarium edition



before:



after:




picked up a couple goodies from @BSA Corals last night: 10/13/18




creepy nightcam shot



newest addition: 10/21/18



morphing (10/29/18)



black torch from @AquaSD: added 11/2/2018



japanese deep water toadstool: added 11/2/18
weeping willow toadstool (uc): added 11/1/18
red blasto (aqua sd): added 11/2/18

yeah, my cleaner shrimp is riding my blenny around the tank.



all lights are now on and the toadstools have polyp extension.



gsp (uc) take two: added 11/1/18
it is currently going through what we normally refer to as an "ugly stage" but for my theme, i like it. i may regret adding the gsp later on. we'll see, lol.



full polyp extension (11/11/2018).



added three new babies: 11/14/18



updated photo of the asd black torch (11/15/18)



clown heaven (11/16/18)



a friend of mine surprised me with some new door handles today! so appropriate! (11/19/2018)



obtained this torch from a friend of mine. started to go downhill due to an alk spike, trying to get it to color back up: added 11/17/2018.



not prefect, but better! (11/22/2018)









small frag of jf beach bum: added 11/26/2018



aussie gold torch and tricolor valida: added 12/9/2018
anybody want a frag???
i just acquired this from a reefing buddy and he said it just started growing from the rock. 100% aquacultured!









12/15/2018


not everyone was willing to cooperate, but close (12/16/2018)



continued HERE.



current stats:

wet: 9/17/18
biocube 32g led
steve's leds light kit
neptune apex controller
spectrapure ato
spectrapure liter meter for awc
ecotech vortech mp10wqd
via aqua titanium heater
vca random flow generator (@Vivid Creative Aquatics)
cermedia marinepure block (in back middle chamber)
octo aquatics fuge with custom macro led
octo aquatics fff (frozen food feeder)
octo aquatics custom magnetic holders for various tubes

livestock:

snowflake clowns, pair (? and 11/30/18)
ora orchid dottyback
starry blenny
cleaner shrimp
chocolate chip sea star (10/21/18)
spaghetti worm


more progress to come....
 
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so i've been tinkering (stalling) with this tank for a while and i've finally decided it's time to start a build thread! yay....

first let's start with this incredible custom background. jestersix molded and fired this beast with direction from myself. it's very heavy but well worth it.
octo cube01.jpg
octo cube02.jpg
octo cube03.jpg
octo cube04.jpg
octo cube05.jpg
octo cube06.jpg
octo cube07.jpg
octo cube08.jpg



i also plugged this annoying lower drain grate. just used a piece of acrylic and the appropriate type of silicone.
octo cube09.jpg
octo cube10.jpg



and here it is finally filled with water (months after i started with the background, but don't tell anyone.) the rock cave is a cerameco vidarock.
octo cube11.jpg



custom holders for ato pressure tube, ato refill tube and awc refill tube (on left), probes and awc drain (on right.)
octo cube12.jpg
octo cube13.jpg



more progress to come....
That is awesome... totally looking forward to the grow out on that badboy...
 
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updated the first post - photos of the center chamber, my stand and fish.

tomorrow i might add sand. still deciding on what route to take for the lights, have seen some bc32s with hydra 26s shoved inside the hood. also looking at the radion x30.
 
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more fish shots. captured the blenny so he's now with his buddies. the dotty back has commandeered the skull as his home.


 
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