TikiBird's first SW tank (BioCube 29)

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  1. TikiBird

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    So thrilled to finally be creating a thread to document my BioCube 29 project!

    Today I received my aquacultured "premium" live rocks from ARC Reef. They were well packaged, wrapped in multiple plastic bags and bundled up with a wet towel. Unwrapping then was exciting and kind of gross and stinky. But also pretty cool. So far I've seen some worms and some tiny urchin-looking creatures.

    Here is a peek at the rock. The company said its colors would be faded (the rocks had to come from Florida to California), but I'm already pleased with the colors! Amazing to think they'll color up even more.

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    More later as I get them in the tank!
     
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    Congrats! Im looking forward to see what you put together. These cubes are pretty awesome systems. I almost had a 29G BC as my first reef tank but the deal fell through.
     
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    Congrats! I will be following your journey!!!!
     
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    Thanks you guys! Here is my sand! I'm really happy with the texture and colors in it. It's CaribSea Arag-Alive Bimini Pink
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    I used the one on the left for my BC too! You rinsing it?
     
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    I don't think so... I watched a Bulk Reef Supply YouTube video about it and they said not to rinse because it's live? Is that right?
     
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    You don't have to rinse ... that is preference ... but I did rinse.

    So details on the BC, you keeping it stock?
     
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    For now, totally stock. I am not what you would call "mechanically inclined" or prone to tinkering, so the thought of doing any modifications is totally intimidating to me.
     
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    Awesome! Look forward to the build!
     
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    Will have to keep me posted on your thoughts in keeping it stock, I have never ran mine stock. :rolleyes:
     
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    Hopefully it's not awful running stock!

    I seriously need a local fish friend to help me with this stuff...like set up a RO/DI system for me and modify my tank for me
     
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    Most modifications are simple.
    I got the spectrapure RO/DI was pretty easy to install!
     
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    That is intriguing!

    I just realized my above post sounded terrible. Lol I swear I'm trying to learn, but dang it would be a lot easier if I had someone in person who could show me everything! I guess that is what YouTube is for....
     
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    Don't be scared, you can do it!
     
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    I am running the following ...

    Chamber One: AquaticLife Internal Mini Protein Skimmer 115
    Chamber Two: InTank Media Rack (top - filter floss, bottom - 2 in Biospheres)
    Chamber Two: InTank Fuge Basket
    Chamber Three: Upgraded Pump
     
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    Thank you, Helen!! That's super super helpful!

    Thanks, stevo01!!

    Everyone is SO nice here. Thank you so much. It is much appreciated by this newbie!!
     
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    Following along, don't be scared to try something beyond what you think you are capable of, that's what feeding is all about!!
     
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    Thank you, @reefcollie! That makes me feel a lot better. I will remember that.
     
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    Got to learn from your mistakes
     
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    Congrats on the BC 29, I have had the 14 for over a year and still love it.
     
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