Waterbox 230.6 Conversion to reef

lpsouth1978

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This will be my official build thread for my Waterbox 230.6. I purchased the tank earlier this year and decided to make it an Amazon biotope featuring Discus. What I did not realize at the time was how demanding Discus are. I have been keeping fish for 20+ years and reefing for about 12 of those, and Discus are more work than any other tank or fish I have previously had. After lots of thought and research, I have decided to make the switch to a reef.

This will likely be a fairly slow build, partly because the tank still has all of the discus and FW things in it, but also because there is a good amount of equipment that I still need. The plan so far is:

Waterbox 230.6 tank, sump, ATO - Have
2 x Finnex 500W titanium heaters - Have
Inkbird temp controller - Have
2 x Vortech MP40WQD - Have 1
2 x MaxSpec Gyre 350 pumps
4 x AI Hydra 52 HD
2 x 8"x4" Marinepure blocks - Have
200lbs Aragonite Sand
160lbs Dry rock
Jebao DCP-13000 return pump - Have
JBJ ATO controller - Have
Undecided Skimmer

This is going to be a mixed reef with primarily LPS, nems, zoas, and softies, though I may throw in some SPS down the road.

Let me know what you think of the plan so far, and feel free to make suggestions as you see fit.
 

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Where are you located I think I have the live sand for you. Brand new in box.
 

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O and everything else looks really good start.
 
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I'm in NY. The shipping would be a killer.
Thanks anyway!

I have started working on my stocking list and would like opinions. The list is likely to change, but I think this is a pretty solid list. Let me know if there is anything I should consider adding to, or removing from, the list. Also ideas on order of addition would be great.

Powder brown (or maybe blue) tang
Yellow tang
Kole Eye Tang
Leopard Wrasse pair
4-5 fairy Wrasse
4-5 Flasher Wrasse
Melanurus Wrasse
Bicolor Blenny
Spotcinctus Clownfish pair
Target Mandarin Goby (way down the road!)

I also really want a Naso tang, but I know my tank is at the lower limit recommended for them. They are one of my favorite fish! I had one years ago and he was amazing. I will have to really think on this one.
 
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I was thinking that I might keep my 40b running and set the Waterbox up as a brand new system, but after some more thought I have decided that I will be moving the contents of the 40b into the Waterbox and keeping only one system. This way I can use the Hydra's and MP40 and not have to get as much equipment. here are some shots of both tanks as they sit today.


40b mixed reef
2019-08-07_11-18-38 by Lyle Southard, on Flickr


Waterbox 230.6 Discus setup
2019-08-13_09-08-47 by Lyle Southard, on Flickr
 

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