Joby’s 60 gallon cube build

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Hello fellow reefers. I figured I’d post my cube build to help document my re-entry into the reef world. My first reef attempt was in the about 20 years ago. I ran it for about 5 years, but it was overrun with cyano and was eventually torn down when I moved houses. I consider it a failed reef that became a FOWLR.

I ended up buying my cousins custom cube that he tore down when he moved into his new house. It is a custom 3/8” thick Starfire glass cube with built in overflow. Custom sump with refugium, skimmer, gfo reactor and bio pellet reactor, ATO, original ApexJr and eb4.

I built 2 rock structures using a box of real reef ready mix mini and a box of Carib sea shapes. I put little feet on the structures so they could sit flat on the bottom of the glass.
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I did not have a large container so I mixed the water in the tank.
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Added Carib sea speacial grade live sand which completely clouded up the tank for a couple days. In hindsight, I should have rinsed it because I am sure it will cloud the tank everytime I clean it.

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I added microbacter7 for the next 7 days and then dosed it with Dr. Tims one and only so I could add fish.

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AquaSD was having their grand opening so I really only wanted to start with 2 clowns, but their special was buy 2 get 1 free so I ended up taking home a free flame hawk. In addition to buy one get one, they had a special goodie bag for the first 50 customers which contained a frag. I did not intend to turn on the lights or put any coral into my new tank, but it was a “gift.” I don’t even know what it is. Any ideas?

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Here is the tank witha gen3 xr30 pro. I don’t know how to take iPhone photos without it looking completely blued out.

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Currently have a gyre jump 2K in there because BRS had a super sale on them, but going with 2 MP40s because I don’t like the power cord in the tank. I hope to have a successful reef this time. “Trying” to take it slow. Please let me know what y’all think.
 
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Welcome to reef2reef, and great start!

To help you identify the coral, from that picture it will be nearly impossible.

Any chance you can get a better picture?
 
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Also finally found a way to take pictures of the tank without it being completely blued out. I ordered a new apex dos from fishandcoralstoredotcom and they sent a couple of free items like a stickers, measuring shot glass etc. One of the freebies was a pair of orange glasses that work amazing for the tank!!!

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So what happen was… I noticed that aquaSD had a couple of hammers that I wanted on eBay so I figured I bid on a couple and probably maybe win 1 or 2 items. I ended up winning 7 items . Patience is not my strong suit, but hopefully the tank is ready enough.
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Please help identify hitch hiker and how to remove. See video




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Nice torch. The picture and video are way to blurry to correctly identify it. Can you try to get a clearer video?
 
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Nice torch. The picture and video are way to blurry to correctly identify it. Can you try to get a clearer video?
I tried to get better images but it’s just way too small. Kind of looks like it’s playing peekaboo. What kind of hitch hiker does that?
 

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