First ever saltwater build Biocube 32

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I had and still have difficulty figuring out how much water I actually have. There's 40lbs of dry rock in my tank. I just guessed that I had 20 gal of water so dosed 80 drops. My ammonia was super high so I did a couple of water changes. I wasn't even keeping track. I just kept on doing water changes until the ammonia dropped to about 2ppm. If you notice in my pic, I have the temp set to 84 degrees. My salinity is also lower than normal. These are a couple of tricks when using Dr Tim's.
Gotcha. I was slightly above 2ppm at 2.4. Yesterday I just hit 2ppm with elevated Nitrites. I will prob hit it with another 2ppm per the instructions tomorrow. Then wait it out for a few days.

Accounting for rocks and substrate, I know I put in approx 25.6 gallons. So dosed 100 drops or 1 teaspoon.
 
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Gotcha. I was slightly above 2ppm at 2.4. Yesterday I just hit 2ppm with elevated Nitrites. I will prob hit it with another 2ppm per the instructions tomorrow. Then wait it out for a few days.

Accounting for rocks and substrate, I know I put in approx 25.6 gallons. So dosed 100 drops or 1 teaspoon.
How much rock do you have?
 

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How much rock do you have?
Roughly 15-20#. However, I know the water amount because I bought 6, 5 gal boxes of Imagtarium Pacific Water from Petco. I used 5 full boxes and about 1/2 gal from the sixth box to fill the tank. I almost have enough left for a water change. Debating to buy one more box so I can use up what I have for my first WC or just make it. Hate to throw away 4 gal of water.
 
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Roughly 15-20#. However, I know the water amount because I bought 6, 5 gal boxes of Imagtarium Pacific Water from Petco. I used 5 full boxes and about 1/2 gal from the sixth box to fill the tank. I almost have enough left for a water change. Debating to buy one more box so I can use up what I have for my first WC or just make it. Hate to throw away 4 gal of water.
Yeah I wish I had thought about keeping track of how much water I was putting in. At the time, I was just wondering what level to fill the tank to. I didn't know that the back chambers could be at different levels than the tank. lol I'm thinking that once I set up my doser, I might be able to figure out how much water I actually have by how much I have to dose to get to my parameters.
 

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Yeah I wish I had thought about keeping track of how much water I was putting in. At the time, I was just wondering what level to fill the tank to. I didn't know that the back chambers could be at different levels than the tank. lol I'm thinking that once I set up my doser, I might be able to figure out how much water I actually have by how much I have to dose to get to my parameters.

I went by the Intank video for the media basket. Put the hose hook in chamber 3 and filled it where the water came just to the bottom of where the filter fill would be.

what doser are you getting?
 
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I went by the Intank video for the media basket. Put the hose hook in chamber 3 and filled it where the water came just to the bottom of where the filter fill would be.

what doser are you getting?
I got the Kamoer X1. I also got the Tropic Marin All for Reef. All in one dosing solution.
 
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Got this today. Hopefully the tank cycles better it expires.
 

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Hows the All for Reef working out for you? I've been thinking about starting to dose my BioCube and that one seems like a great option.
Unfortunately I'm on week 3 of cycling my tank. Haven't even gotten to dosing yet. I just bought a bunch of stuff while waiting. This is the doser that I got. Can get more units to expand.

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I thought I told you not to waste money on the intank media basket
Read an article on best upgrades for Biocube and pretty much bought it all. So already had it before I even started this thread. :) Even have the fuge, uv sterilizer, and skimmer. I know a lot of people say those are a waste of money too.
 
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I did a little organizing in the cabinet. Double side taped my 2 KPS power bricks and bodies to the walls. Same for the Milwaukee PH monitor and Tunze ATO. Got a TP Link smart power strip. Makes turning everything off when doing water changes easy. 1 button.
 

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Also picked up an Ender 3 V2 3D printer to print aquarium parts. Looks like I'm getting into 2 hobbies at once. :) Tried 3D printing a few years ago but gave up on it.
 

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I thought I told you not to waste money on the intank media basket
I respectfully disagree that the Intank media basket is a waste of money.

Does the stock basket work? I’m sure it works well. Like any purchase, it depends on your needs.

I find the Intank basket very sturdy and like that it has shelves with a slide out enclosure. I carry 4 types of media in chamber 2. I can easily pull the basket for any maintenance. I also like that I don’t have to go fishing for any media at the bottom of the sump.

The above is just my setup. YMMV.
 
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I respectfully disagree that the Intank media basket is a waste of money.

Does the stock basket work? I’m sure it works well. Like any purchase, it depends on your needs.

I find the Intank basket very sturdy and like that it has shelves with a slide out enclosure. I carry 4 types of media in chamber 2. I can easily pull the basket for any maintenance. I also like that I don’t have to go fishing for any media at the bottom of the sump.

The above is just my setup. YMMV.
I also agree that the intank media basket is at the very least more stable and easier to take out. Maybe people just don't like the $62 price tag. My issue with it is that I can't hang the Biocube skimmer because the water director is in the way.
 

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Sorry for the typos. I’m typing with a baby in one hand.

we have a Jura coffee maker. I drilled it and attached a bulkhead fitting connected to a 5 gallon ATO behind it. It lasts about a week instead of needing a refil 2x a morning.
That is freaking brilliant!! Your statement about the "baby in your lap" reminded me of an old Roger Miller song. He should have added the line "You can't type a post with a kid in your lap". :) :)
 

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I respectfully disagree that the Intank media basket is a waste of money.

Does the stock basket work? I’m sure it works well. Like any purchase, it depends on your needs.

I find the Intank basket very sturdy and like that it has shelves with a slide out enclosure. I carry 4 types of media in chamber 2. I can easily pull the basket for any maintenance. I also like that I don’t have to go fishing for any media at the bottom of the sump.

The above is just my setup. YMMV.
I respectfully agree with your respectful disagreement. The inTank basket is one of the best things I bought when I set my 32 up a year and a half ago. Not only does it allow you to neatly stack your media, it also frees up space for other media in chamber #2 to serve as a mini refugium or whatever your heart and imagination desires.
 

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