Lubeck’s 32 gal Biocube mixed reef build

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The dc pump is quiet. The video doesn’t have the cheap skimmer running which is fairly loud in comparison. Going to get a piece a piece Of live rock from the lfs. Marco rock comes Friday.
 

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Got more toys today! Tank is clearing up nicely. I picked up some cheato And pods and converted the center chamber to a fuge. I got the IM fuge light. No one had live rock so I guess I wait till the Marco rock gets here on Friday
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Apex installed ! Still need to install the ato but have some time.
 

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Unfortunately I still don’t have my dry rock from brs So I feel like my cycle has stalled.
I did get some toys today test kits and my Mp10.
my parameters are all over the place
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I did install my actinic 21 led the other day. I need to get a pic but ended up ordering another one so I have 1 on each side if the stock lighting.


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Installed my other 21 led to the hood. Turned out pretty good. Very happy with it.

the first pic is the stock lighting. Second pic is the 21 leds and stock lighting and the third pic is just the 21 leds. Last pic is the mount
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Did a Water test today and also calibrated my salinity and ph probes which worked Out well. Ph Still not where I need it But better.
my sand is starting to get brown stuff all over. Live rock won’t come till next week.

im not sure why the nitrites are so high?

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Tank is coming along well! We've taken some similar routes as far as equipment goes! I have an apex on mine and have a tunze 3152 for a top off. I did end up ditching the hood and went for a keesil a360x. A popular upgrade people do is adding tunze's 9001 skimmer with the intank media baskets. I had one and enjoyed but ended switching to the Aquamaxx hob 1.5 skimmer. The intank baskets work great and make switching media out painless. Also if you do want to give it a shot I have that skimmer still! But if you have any questions feel free to ask ive definitely pushed my tank pretty far!
 
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Tank is coming along well! We've taken some similar routes as far as equipment goes! I have an apex on mine and have a tunze 3152 for a top off. I did end up ditching the hood and went for a keesil a360x. A popular upgrade people do is adding tunze's 9001 skimmer with the intank media baskets. I had one and enjoyed but ended switching to the Aquamaxx hob 1.5 skimmer. The intank baskets work great and make switching media out painless. Also if you do want to give it a shot I have that skimmer still! But if you have any questions feel free to ask ive definitely pushed my tank pretty far!
Thanks im holding out for the skimmer upgrade and lights for now. I want to see how my export goes with the cheato and Floss. I’ve got the cheap coralife Skimmer but can’t tune it to get the bubbles out of the tank.

I’m going to need to replace all my sand, it’s too fine and blows all around. I got 20lbs of special grade. should I rinse or not?

once I get my live rock Im going to rent a Par meter to test my different points around the tank.
 

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Thanks im holding out for the skimmer upgrade and lights for now. I want to see how my export goes with the cheato and Floss. I’ve got the cheap coralife Skimmer but can’t tune it to get the bubbles out of the tank.

I’m going to need to replace all my sand, it’s too fine and blows all around. I got 20lbs of special grade. should I rinse or not?

once I get my live rock Im going to rent a Par meter to test my different points around the tank.
Forsure! I switched skimmers for a refugium crazy enough lol haven't set mine up just because of how kickass the aquamaxx has been. I would rinse it but you could also just mix it in with the existing sand as well. Pm me i think we have very similar equipment and goals for our tanks!
 
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Live rock came In today. It’s amazing. Not sold on the aquascape yet but my tank can finally start to cycle. Tons of live critters on the rocks I forgot how addicting It is to change the scape I’ve changed it five times already still not happy with it yet
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Did you use any bacteria? Or are you slow rolling with live rock?
I put a bottle of Tims in when I added the live rock. I also added 3 bio balls from my LFS which they took from one of their sumps. This was added when I put water in.

My guess is the tank will be cycled hopefully by next weekend.

It’s had water in it for 14 days.
 
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