Waterbox 70.2 The evolution of my tank.

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I started back in the hobby after a 7 year hiatus with a bio cube 32. After a month of it being up and adding my second round of fish I made a rookie mistake. Although I have 20 years of SW experience and even more aquarium experience of you count fresh water, I did the unthinkable, I walked away while acclimating fish. Before I did my drip acclimation I decided to float the bags to make sure the temp was the same after a very long trip with them. The bag floated in from of the filter intake and blacked the flow. The water keep filling the main display and overflowed onto the floor. Needless to say my wife was in happy with this. She wanted to make sure this would never happen again and wanted an actual fish tank stand. We had the bio cube on our nice high end, end table.

The next day I was out buying a larger aquarium. The Waterbox 70.2. I had to transfer things fast and had some set backs. I knew better but did it anyway to try and make my wife less stressed. Because it did not look good for a few weeks the first pics I have are of a month or two later. That is where I will start by build thread.

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One of many reasons I love the water box that would never happen. If you notice the overflow wall is lower than the actual dt if the overflow gets clogged the water is just gonna overflow to the back over the wier
 
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By July and August 2019 I was starting to have some algae issues and mysterious fish and coral deaths. These are photos I took only to share with my LFSs and BRS to get help. I was reading everything I could and looking for help with any and every expert.

I added a Klir filter roller to help with nutrient export in the tank. It never did work right on my aquarium and was only on for 6 or 8 weeks before I went back to socks.

I’m that time I also added a T5 retrofit light kit to my AI Hydra 26 lights. One thought was the corals were not getting the right light or not enough and I had no par meter nor access to one. I got these lights in trade for the Klir.

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After a lot of talking with experts and not coming up with a good solution I sent in a ICP test and the results showed high levels of aluminum and copper. I never dosed either to the tank, why would I? After a week of running down the source of these issues I found a magnet had broken open and rusted causing some issues, and a bio brick that was linked to heavy aluminum in aquariums. I stated using some of the coper and aluminum absorbing medias. After a month they were back to normal levels.

since that time I do and icp test every month as no one had come up with either of these as potential problems.

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Now that I had the coper and aluminum issues fixed a new problem arose. The dreaded GHA. I did everything. My Refugium was not stopping it so I did what was suggested to me. I got some Vibrant. I followed the directions to the “T” and it was not working. It killed my macro and took it the small bubble algae I had but the GHA was now out of control! I made dozens of calls to BRS and the company that makes vibrant and was told to stay the course and then to add more. It made it worse each time. I was told to remove the gfo. I was told to add gfo. I was told more gfo. I was told less gfo. I was told gfo mixed with carbon. I was told to remove the GHA by hand and I was told not to touch it. I was not getting any consistent information from anyone. Even when I spoke to the different companies I was getting different info each time


My wife was upset and wanted me to get rid of the tank. I didn’t blame her. She was/is new to this and wants the tank to look good out the gate as it’s in our living room and the holidays were fast approaching.

I took it upon myself to come up with a solution I stopped the vibrant, I was told to not do that or it would get much worse, and got a ATS. It worked, it worked well and it worked fast. To help with that I also did multiple 5 gallon water changes each week with a small/thin hose and sucked out any GHA I saw. Within a month the GHA was gone from the display and growing the the ATS where it belongs.

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January 2020 rolled around and I got the opportunity to get a SW mixing station, and I took the opportunity. Here is the build of it. It took about 5 days to complete.

I also made the switch from RC to TMP and could not be happier with the results.
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April 2020 and my Waterbox is 1 year old and past the ugly first year tank issues (I hope ).

These are some random pics from April. Also a few of my Scollys eating. The scollys are doing absolutely awesome in my aquarium now. The one that is mostly orange lived through the coper issues, receding and almost dying, but has come back so well.

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In June 2020 I added an UV sterilizer to my tank. I plan to re-plumb it as soon as I get my apex added. That will be a future post.

Now July 2020 I added a skimmer neck cleaner that I picked up used and have been very impressed with the results so far. It is producing 3x as much skimmate as before. I know I will need to clean the neck cleaner often but for me it is about getting the best results from my skimmer and I think I am now.

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I am currently having a separate cabinet built, that will match our furniture, to hose my new Apex and all the other controller equipment. It will be several more weeks until I get it but I have a sketch of what I sent to the builder of what I am sort of looking for. This may or may not be the final design of the inside. I have time before he needs that info.

This is a top down view and an in front view.

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My clearview custom lid with oversized feed door.

I love the low profile look to it. It does not detract from the look of the tank and does not look cheap or homemade.

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Aquarium equipment list:
Waterbox 70.2 aquarium and sump
AI Hydra 26 HD lights
Aquatic Life T5 retrofit light kit
Icecap ATO
Icecap ATS
Bubble magus curve 5 skimmer
Bubble magus neck cleaner
Aqua ultraviolet 15 watt sterilizer
MP40 qdw x2
Clearview custom tank lid
Reef octopuse return pump Varios 5 (It will be replaced in a few weeks with a NeptuCor15)
X1 dosing pump - (it will be replaced in a few weeks with the Neptune dos)
Brightwell Aquatics xport brick
VorTech battery backup

more to come, I can’t remember the rest off hand.
 
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Bubble Magus ACS120 Cleaning Head for the Curve 5 - Review

I wanted to share my thoughts on the BM neck cleaner after a week of use. Some of the things I have noticed. 1. My skimmer cup fills much quicker with a thicker skim-mate than before. 2. The neck stays, mostly, clean. Duh. 3. I need to clean/empty the collection cup more often. 4. My phosphates have dropped. (This is anecdotal, as its only been a week).

Because the collection cup fills faster it needs to be empties more. This requires more basic maintenance. If you are the kind of reef keeper that wants a simple, less work set up, this may not be the equipment you want to add. Now, I do not mind maintenance, I rather enjoy it, but to be honest adding work for works sake is not something I want to do either. However, since the neck cleaner, at this time, seems to be adding to the overall quality of the water by producing more skim-mate, I am all for it.

It will take time to tell if the neck cleaner is the cause, or a cause, of lower phosphates, but that would be welcome icing on the cake, but not a deal breaker either way. My ATS does a great job of keeping phosphates low so i will need to keep a close eye and make sure it does not drop too low.

The only "con"s I can see with the neck cleaner is; 1. The initial cost. 2. it is not a necessary piece of equipment. If I had not gotten it for $10 I am unsure if I would have ever dropped the coin on one, and I am a gadget guy. 3. More maintenance, again not a bother for me, but for some reading this maybe. 4. Potentially pulling too much from the water, but that would be a fairly simple fix.

Other skimmer companies make neck cleaners. If you have the desire to try one and the extra cash, I will encourage you to give one a try. Just my .02.

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I just ordered the same tank. Looks like a high quality system.
I absolutely love it. The only issues I have is I wish I could have gone bigger. The room I had to put it in only allowed for this size. I think this thank is one of the highest quality tanks I have ever seen.
 
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I should be picking up my new aquarium controller cabinet this week. It was finished but there was a miscommunication in the color scheme so it is being re painted. Here is the concept art and the mostly completed cabinet.

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I started the adding of my Neptune Apex yesterday, but ran into a few problems. I had to call support and it took 2 hrs to hook the NA to WiFi. Then trying to program an outlet was more difficulty. I had to stop because I needed to order some short extension cords with low profile plugs. I hope to do more today. (More pics as I get more done.)

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