SJ's 29 BioCube Build Thread

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I got a new-to-me BioCube 29 with no lights. I inherited live sand, live rock, the tank, and the stand.
After putting it in the spot of the 16 (after moving that tank catty corner) I put the Live Rock in, some new Special Grade aragonite and the water that was in the buckets with the LR. I then did a serious water change on the 16 and put that out water into the 29. Filled the rest with fresh new salt water.
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Automation attempts. I needed a way to shut down the return and the flow for feeding and return only for water changes. Previously I’d unplug things from the power strip. Then I got a splitter so I only had one unplug. This guy allows me to do that with an app from my phone without unplugging. It also has a feature that lets me schedule on/off at an outlet level. So I can remove the power head flow in the wee hours for an hour or two.

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Automation attempts. I previously had an Inkbird on my 16G tank, but because I wanted to leave that one up and running, I needed another Inkbird. I decided to get the WiFi enabled one and can monitor stuff from an app on my phone.

i even got crazy and mounted it with Velcro on the door:
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Inkbird WiFi ITC-308 Digital Temperature Controller Aquarium Thermostat for Aquarium Heater and Cooler, with Waterproof Sensor
 
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What’s a controller without a fan?
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works really well and is fairly quiet. I cut a hole and used small stainless screws on two corners with some silicon glue on the tips that poked through. Probably going to add a second one.

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Lights. It isn’t optimal height but I run the AI 16HD with Diffuser on the top of my tank in a hole I cut. I have the ability to go topless later to take it up to more optimal height.
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Automation attempts. I previously had an Inkbird on my 16G tank, but because I wanted to leave that one up and running, I needed another Inkbird. I decided to get the WiFi enabled one and can monitor stuff from an app on my phone.

i even got crazy and mounted it with Velcro on the door:
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Inkbird WiFi ITC-308 Digital Temperature Controller Aquarium Thermostat for Aquarium Heater and Cooler, with Waterproof Sensor
Apparently the front "skin" comes off a little too easily for my velcro mounts, so had to velcro the edges instead.
 
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Jebao OP-25 was too much flow even at the lowest setting. Acro was losing skin and Montis in the flow path looked like sandpaper. Swapped in the Hygger from the 16. If I decide to keep the 16 rolling, I will have to replace that. Now playing with some "rougher" settings on the Hygger than I had in the 16.
Had set the time back 5 hours already. so 1224-2040-3414-4413-5228 is what I'm working with right now.
 
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So, my InTank fuge section wasn’t doing much as anything I put in it would dump out when I would pull out either InTank piece. Because I purchased this tank secondhand, the original media basket was gone. I did have to one from my 16. I superglued the sides of that one to the sides of the fuge basket and now it is mostly enclosed but with still a lot of flow-through area.
 
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Looks great!
 
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Working on a pod hotel tonight. Home Depot part was $8 and change. I cut one 2.5” strip from the long way. I then cut 2.5” squares. Got exactly 11 squares.
I used this article : http://bostonreefers.org/forums/index.php?threads/diy-cheap-pod-hotel-project.168424/ as a template. Once I had the 11 squares 2.5” x 2.5”, I began trimming each side of 9 of them (alternating 3 grooves on one side and 2 grooves on the other) and one side of the other 2. (Top and bottom)
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Gluing them together. Looks like this:
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They are alternating.
 

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