Mixed Reef Cube Build

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Hey guys and gals welcome to my build thread. I have been in this hobby, in one capacity or another, for nearly 20 years. After a short hiatus. It's time I get my hands wet again. Let's get to the build.

I decided I wanted to go small on the new build so after looking around I decided on the Waterbox 20.
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Next it was time to decide on lighting. After researching all the new options on the market I decided to go with AI Prime 16HD

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Next I decided to pick up some Marco Rocks and start aquascaping.

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After staring at the dry, dead rock for about a week I started thinking back to the last tank I had started with dry rock. Let's just say I wasn't all that pleased with how long it took the tank to mature. I battled every kind of nuisance algae that you can think of. Was this because of the dry rock? I can't say for sure but I hadn't dealt with so many issues early on in the past using live rock.

Anyway, I decided to ditch the Marco rock and order some premium live rock from KP Aquatics. I was so happy that I did. This was similar to the live rock I remembered early on in the hobby, It was filled with life! I found pistol shrimp, pods, starfish, urchins, mirthrax crabs, and things I'm still trying to identify. Yay!

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I like to take things slow. As they say, nothing good happens fast in this hobby. I let the tank cycle and mature over the next few months without coral (Ignore the anemone, he was in there for a weekend sleepover). I know that's a long time for some but as I said, I'm in no hurry.


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And that's where we are as of today. I will continue to post updates and thanks for following along.
 
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Sweet tank, and welcome back to the hobby!! :)
 
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Just a quick update on the tank. I've added a hammer coral, blue "xenia" (Cespitilaria), and ricordea. I also added two clownfish. One standard ocellaris and a mocha ocellaris. I have a shipment coming from Jason Fox next week and will update once the corals settle in.

I still have a little cyano hanging around but it has mostly cleared up.

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A few pics as promised.

JF Mango Coolers
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JF Enchanted Forest Birdsnest
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JF King Midas
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JF Fairy Sword Sinularia
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And my clowns
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Are you planning any other fish and inverts? Or keep it simple with the nice clowns?
I do have plans to add more fish as follows.
Pink Streaked Wrasse
Yellow Watchmen Goby

As for inverts, I currently have a (2) pistol shrimp (hitchhikers), red mirthrax crab (hitchhiker), 5 Cerith snails, 5 blue legged hermits, and several mini brittle starfish.
 
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A few new arrivals

Rainbow Goni, Magma Mountain Porites, JF Strawberry Cyphastrea, JF Boston Bean Digi, Afterburner Shroom, Bounce Shroom, War Coral.

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On my previous tanks, I have always run Phoenix 14K MH. So, I have been tweaking my AI Prime settings to get a similar look and I feel that I have come pretty close with this setting.

I started with a mix between Saxby and BRS AB+ and tweaked it from there. I may end up slowly adding just a little more CW. But for now, everything seems happy and I find it visually appealing.

I also included my settings for the Nero-3 as I have seen a few threads asking where people run them.
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Just a few updated pics with a full tank shot. The tank seems to be maturing well, the cyano has mostly cleared up other than the back wall and a small amount on one rock. The corals are all growing and have great polyp extension.

Mostly just updating this for my own records.
 

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Birdsnest is showing some good growth which is exciting for me as I have never had much luck with them. Even when other SPS would thrive my BN always seemed to either slowly die or just survive with little growth.

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