Pete's 40 cube 2.0

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Same tank, new house. After a couple of months in storage, my 40g cube is in the new house. If you'd like to see the old thread, it's here.

Plans for 2.0... I really like the corner style placement of this tank, I had it placed similar in the old house so I'm doing the same here. I plan on building a toy chest/cabinet for my daughter next to it so this works out best. An electrical outlet is conveniently located behind the tank so win win.

First order of business has already begun, scrubbing everything down with 100% vinegar. Then it's on to curing rock and leak testing everything with tap water.

I learned a lot from version 1 so I'll be applying that here. Quarantine, flow and rock placement are a few lessons learned! Bare bottom and rocks epoxied/cemented together. I'll be going for a central rock tower formation.

Small number of fish and LPS will live in this bad boy. Version 1 had gobbled up too much money and heartache with SPS for me.

As before, progress will be documented here so stay tuned!

Thanks!

Tank Equipment
• Innovative Marine Nuvo Black 40
• Eshopps Nano Cube Sump
• IceCap K2-50 skimmer
• Eshopps Eclipse S overflow
• Jebao DCW 2000 return
• Glassholes 3/4 return kit
• Heaters - Eheim 150W in display & 75W in sump
• Duetto ATO
• Vortech MP40wQD
• Radion XR15 G4 Pro & Aquatic Life T5 Hybrid. Running 2x B+ & C+
• Stand DIY

Livestock
• 2 Frostbite clowns

Coral
• UC Heatwave Rhodactis
• Scrambled Eggs Zoas
• Butt Munchers Zoas
• Mandarin Orange Zoas
• Blondies Zoas
• Rogue Zoas
• CC Smashing Pumpkins Psammocora


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Waiting for my RODI filters to come in, figured I’d put the rocks in. Used Nyos cement, easy application. Broke a few pieces with a hammer, stacked the rocks then made the cement soupy and poured it in between the connections. Dried hard as a ****. Can grab the whole thing with one hand.

Again, going for a minimal look with 2.0, I like!

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I have a 16-gallon Bio Cube at my office that is ‘semi’ bare bottom (I guess you’d say). Maybe a 1/2 mm of sand, just enough to ‘hide’ some bottom waste, and let the snails play around. I don’t really vacuum it. Anyway, it’s an idea if you find a strict BB gets looking too dirty. Best wishes!
 
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I have a 16-gallon Bio Cube at my office that is ‘semi’ bare bottom (I guess you’d say). Maybe a 1/2 mm of sand, just enough to ‘hide’ some bottom waste, and let the snails play around. I don’t really vacuum it. Anyway, it’s an idea if you find a strict BB gets looking too dirty. Best wishes!
I'm sticking to a pretty strict cleaning regime on 2.0 so poo and other debris shouldn't last too long. The lower flow placement is something I always wanted ;)
 
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Congrats on the new house. Scape turned out good, how did you like the Nyos cement? I’m really digging those clowns and that mushroom is sweet!
Thanks man. Yea I’m really happy with the scape. The cement was pretty easy to use once I figured out wetter is better. More time to work because it does set quick.

Fish are doing great and corals have adjusted nicely it seems. I’ll give them a few more days before moving them to the rock.
 
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Few corals mounted to the rock last night. Planning next batch coming from TSA this Friday.

my shroom has successfully split and seems to be doing good.Think I’m gonna get another rock for the front and make a shroom garden.

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