Schrauf’s Waterbox Peninsula Mini 25

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Hey, I'm new here. I have some freshwater tanks and I decided to take the plunge into saltwater since I think reef tanks look awesome! I have a Waterbox Peninsula Mini 25 that will go on my desk. I have also listed my planned equipment and livestock.

My inspiration for what style tank I’m looking for is based on Tigahboy’s macro algae tanks and Coral_Fish_Zoa’s open ocean style tank. The back area will be macros with SPS on top of the rock. The front area will be a peninsula rock and an island housing the rest of the corals. A few corals will be on the sand bed alongside the feather dusters on the rock's edge.

Light: AI Prime 16HD
Controller: Coralvue Hydros 2 and Hydros XS with leak sensor and a water level sensor to prevent equipment from running drying
Heater: Eheim Jager 100W heater (with a backup) with Hydros Temperature Sensor
ATO: Hydros ATO and 10 gallon reservoir
Wavemaker: AI Nero 3
Protein Skimmer: Likely won't need one due to all of the macro algae
Auto Dosing: Might need some for Alk, Calc, Nirtate, Phosphate, and coral food. It largely depends on how much the macro algae consumes.
Media: inTank Media Basket and some ChemiPure Blue to start
Return Pump: Sicce Syncra 1.0 (with the stock pump as backup)
Rock: 40lbs CaribSea Life Rock (so I can choose what rock looks the best for the aquascape, and keep the rest for an upgrade later)
Sand: 40lbs CaribSea Arag-Alive sand

Livestock Plan
- 2 Clownfish
- 1 Clown Goby
- 1 Banggai Cardinalfish
- 1 Blenny (not sure which one yet)
- Clean up crew
- 4 to 6 Feather Dusters
- 1 Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
- 1 Peppermint Shrimp
- 2 Mangroves

Macro Algae
- Caulerpa Green Grape and fern/palm Caulerpa
- Red Gracilaria
- Branching Coralline Thick and Fine
- Codium
- 2 Shaving Brushes
- 2 Christmas Trees (Pine Cones)
- Either Carpeting or Money Halimeda
- Mermaid's Fan
- Golden Feather Photosynthetic Gorgonian
- Maybes: Blue Nypnea, Dragon's Breath

Corals
- An island containing Xenia and GSP
- Mix of Devil's Hand, Toadstool, Sinularia, and Kenya Tree leathers
- Ricordea and Rhodactis mushrooms
- Tubinaria (scroll)
- Hammer and/or Frogspawn
- Acans and a Lobophyllia or Trachyphyllia
- Candy Cane
- Duncan
- Stylophora
- Pavona


I'm excited to get started! Feel free to drop your favorite places to purchase corals and other livestock!
 
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I would suggest a stronger wattage heater, and 1 that is more thin to fit better in the back considering its an aio. Try the neotherm 100w.
For your wavemaker, the nero 3 is fine, but check on here sometimes you can get good deals on mp10s and neros. Just letting you know before you buy it.
 
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I would suggest a stronger wattage heater, and 1 that is more thin to fit better in the back considering its an aio. Try the neotherm 100w.
For your wavemaker, the nero 3 is fine, but check on here sometimes you can get good deals on mp10s and neros. Just letting you know before you buy it.
I’ll def check out the Nero therm heaters! Thanks for the input :)
 
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My tanks arrived last Friday! I’ll start designing, building, and dry fitting my new desk over the next 2 months before I move. The plan is to have this reef tank on the far left and have 2 freshwater tanks on the far right (a betta, and a shrimp tank).
 

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Also, I replaced my coffee table tank with a Waterbox Clear Mini 10. Looks much nicer than the Top Fin tank. I had a die off from some unknown disease with no ammonia spike, so I’ll be adding new fish later today. Can’t wait to get into saltwater soon!! This tank has 4 mollies and 6 dwarf cory catfish.

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I’m going to start cycling my rock and sand so that I can have a fully cycled tank right when I move. I've ordered everything that I'll need to complete the bacteria cycle. I plan to do this in my 32 gallon trash can so that it's easier to move in a month. The tank will be reach for fish and coral right away.
 
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I have started my cycle. The sand and rock are in the bucket. I’m using Red Sea Coral Pro salt and Dr Tims One and Only. It’s still settling, so the water is a bit cloudy.
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I also setup my Hydros 2 controller. The app is easy to use, albeit a little finicky, but overall a good product. I have a Hydros XS in the mail. I’ll be using this to expand to more sensors once I transfer everything to my tank in early June.
 
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The water is still cloudy and it looks as though there are free floating particles still floating around. For reference, I mixed the salt yesterday for 2 hours to 34ppt. I had calibrated my refractometer prior to that. I then added the two bags of sand and the caribsea life rock. After about an hour, I added my Dr. Tims One and Only and some ammonia chloride. It’s been about 17 hours and it is still cloudy. There’s an AI Nero 3 set to 1600 gph currently, and I have a Hydor 425gph on the way. I plan to put that power head lower in the trash bin so it provides better flow. Should I be concerned that it’s still like this?

EDIT: The water has cleared up. I guess it just needed another day
 
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I'm on Day 5 of my cycle.
Ammonia: 8 ppm
Nitrite: 2-5 ppm (the colors are so similar on the API test kit)
Nitrate: 20-40 ppm (these colors also look so close)

I also ordered another 2 oz bottle of Dr. Tim's that I'll use to pour into the 20 gallon QT in June. The sponge for it is currently in the trash can with the live rock, but I figure I'll be safe and add some bacteria as well once it's setup.
 
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Day 7
Ammonia: 8 ppm
Nitrite: 5 ppm
Nitrate: 40 ppm

Finished the heavy part of ammonia chloride dosing. So now it's just waiting for the Ammonia and Nitrite to level off and then a water change.
 
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Day 14
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 5 ppm
Nitrate: 20 ppm

I did a 5 gallon water change and retested about an hour after. All of the tests remained unchanged. I'll check again over the next few days. If needed, I'll do another 5 gallon water change later this week.
 
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I recently tried to move my Hydros Control 2 to a collective. That resulted in the controller becoming unresponsive over the cloud. It was pulsing every color and beeping about once a minute. I then attempted the following steps to fix that.

- Deleted the collective and the device
- Reset up the device
- Attempted to wipe the WiFi settings with a magnet (per their suggestion)

In the system properties, it says it is still connected to the collective. And sometimes it retains the SSID after deleting the device. It now has one LED pulsing white, and 3 pulsing blue. I am only able to connect via bluetooth. It is also on firmware 165. I tried to install 180, but the app acts as if the button wasn't even clicked. I'm stuck and have no idea what to do (which is sad, since I work in IT).

I'm amazed that I can't find an option for a full system reset. Just reset options for WiFi and pump configurations. I submitted a ticket to Coralvue Hydros though. Does anyone have any suggestions?
 
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