Elos 20g cube build

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Hi all,

Been around r2r for quite a while now but decided to start a build thread for the first time with my new(used) Elos 20g cube.

Equipment:
Elos 20g cube
Dimensions: 16.9 x 15.8 x 16.9"
Volume: 20gallons
Stand wrapped in black vinyl
(Not my picture as mine is currently soaking to get off the dried up Coralline Algae)
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Icecap 15 Reef Sump
Radion G4 Xr15 Pro (Anyone have recommendations on intensity for a 17x17x17 footprint?)
Jebao DCW-2500 return pump (660 gph) Overkill I know but its a DC pump so I'm going to be running it much lower.
Random Flow Generator
Aquamaxx NF-1 Protein Skimmer
I haven't decided on a wavemaker yet but leaning towards and MP10 even though it will again be overkill.

Still currently undecided on if I want to go zoas and shrooms or make a Euphyllia Garden. I also and possibly thinking about a tree style aquascape.

I will be doing all the plumbing this week and will update as I progress. Looking forward to adding more to this thread in my journey for tank #3!
 
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Tank cleaned up (for the most part) Ai prime dropped on top just so it wouldn't look empty until radion mount arrives.

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Plumbing is done. Slightly regret the use of vinyl tubing for the return as it is a bit a stiff but a trusty zip tie held it in place.

Was so close to dumping sand and aquascape in this morning but randomly decided to use a TDS meter on my ro water to find it in the 80s.

Sigh another delay. Ordered new cartridges for my RO unit and now the wait.
 
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So I was impatient and went to my LFS to get water. All running with rockwork in place and no leaks in plumbing woohoo.


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Added some live bacteria and rock from my established tank in the sump. Now to wait. Will take pictures of the rock work when lights come up tomorrow.
 
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I like the rock scape- I know you were thinking about Zoas and shrooms or a Euphyllia garden, but have you thought about acans on the “trunk” and euphylia on the top?

I like the Empire poster behind the tank too
Thats actually a great idea. I have always loved acans but my other display has always been too high flow for them. I may look into loading up the bottom with different acans. I was also thinking of making the bottom filled with different clove polyps to almost make a grass effect.
 
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So it's been creeping up on about a month now since I started this tank up. I went way overboard with the amount of coral currently in the tank but some of it is just a place to temporarily hold the coral.

I have 4 fish currently, 2 Chromis and 2 clowns (not sure the type and even the LFS didnt know what they were)

Coral Stock:
Orange Hammer
Rainbow Hammer
Green and purple Hammer
2 headed octospawn
7 frags of blastos (5 are not mine but I am about to start charging rent unless my buddy comes and picks them up)
Acan Colony (30ish heads)
Acan Frag 3-4 heads
Single Rainbow Acan
Toadstool
Florida Ricordea
Rhodactis of some form
Mini Maxi Carpet Nem (yeah I know new tank but you know what, he was floating around in my main display looking for a spot and wasn't happy, 5 minutes into this tank and he's happy full and eating like a champ)
2 Sunkist bounce
Rainbow Incinerator Zoa frag
Beauty and the Beast palys

I think that's it :)

Going to run some water tests today to see how everything is doing (I have already checked nitrates recently and were hovering around 4ppm)

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Numbers looking good so far, skimmer doing its job well just debating on refugium vs skimming.
Also going to try out Polyplab One dosing with this tank since I have a lot more LPS than anything else.

Rent a PAR meter and realized I was hitting that white shelf with close to 250 par... lower it so its a nice 125ish and 70-100 around the sand bed.


Salinity 1.025
Nitrates 9.4
Phosphates .02
Alk 7.9
Calc 430
Mag: 1390
 
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Tank has been coasting now for about 2 months.

Multiple new heads on Acans, growth from hammers and octospawn as well.

Using Polyplab One is still holding strong right around 8ish Alk with 2 ML dose a day
Also started dosing Aquavitro Fuel at 5ml twice a week for aminos + trace elements

Last Check
Alk 8.0
Phosphate .04
Nitrate: 11.3
Cal: Haven't felt the need to check since I've done a few water changes
Mag: Haven't checked this either.

Stock list:
2 saddleback clowns
2 Chromis
2 hermits
9 random snails (was 10 but nassarius seems to have lost a battle to the larger hermit)
1 tiger conch (small guy only about an 1 to 1 1/2 inches long)


Coral:
Acan Coloy
Rainbow Acan (3 babies already!)
Ponape Birds nest frag
Birds of Paradise frag
Beauty and the Beast mini colony (3-4 new polyps in the last month)
Orange Florida Ricordea
Mini Maxi (ate my firefish :()
1 green splatter hammer
1 green and purple hammer that broke off my colony from main display
2 headed Octospawn
Burning Banana Frag
1 WAY too big Toadstool
2 Sunkist Bounces
Green Fuzzy Mushroom Colony
Dragon Fruit Monti frag



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