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Just placed an order for a Waterbox Cube 20 with the white cabinet, along with a Sicce Syncra Silent 1.0 to use as the return pump. I plan to gather the rest of the equipment over the next couple months and get the tank wet in early 2023. I have to thank my wife for letting expand my aquarium collection and get back into reefing again.

Equipment List:
Aquarium: Waterbox Aquariums Cube 20
Cabinet: Waterbox Aquariums PW1818 in white
Lighting: Noo-Psyche K7 Mini
Return Pump: Sicce Syncra Silent 1.0
Intank Media Basket
VCA Random Flow Generator
Heater: Aquael 100-Watt Ultra Heater
Heater Controller: Inkbird WiFi Aquarium Heater Controller
Skimmer: Bubble Magus Mini Q (on for 12 hours a day)
Wavemaker: AI Nero 3 x2
ATO: Tunze 3152
Caribsea Liferock
Caribsea Special Grade
Salt: Fritz Aquatics Reef Pro Mix Complete

Livestock List:


Fruit Loops Zoas
Pandora Zoas
AOI Zoas
Fire & Ice Zoas
Johnny Pumpkinseed Zoas
WWC Tasers Zoas
Bam Bam Zoas
Electric Hornet Zoas
Laser Lemon Zoas
Fizzy Lizzy Zoas
Grim Reaper Zoas
Helter Skelter mushroom
Buyon mushroom
Unnamed mushroom
Blue sympodium

Long Tentacle Neon GSP

Kryptonite Candy Cane
Red dragon goni
Several unnamed goni
SBB Carebears goni
SBB Blueberry Kush goni
SBB Red Dragon goni
SBB Grasshopper goni
UC Glitter Tip goni
BigR Valentines goni
UC Crusader goni
SBB Strawberry Banana goni
Foxey goni
Ultra Warpaint Scoly


Neon Poccilopora
Birds of Paradise
SBB Sun God
SBB Tiger
Green monti digitata
Purple monti digitata
Sunset monti
Monti spongodes
Forest fire monti digitata
Numerous acros from SBB Corals

Blue legged hermit crabs
Cerith snails
Bumblebee snails
Turbo snails
Nassarius snails
 
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Take a look at the Bubble Magus mini q skimmer. I have one on WB 20 cube and it is amazing. $50 and started skimming in a matter of minutes. Fits in center chamber with ease. I did have to shift my light mount slightly
Thanks @ohioreefer, I’ll take a look at that skimmer. How long have you been running it on your Cube 20?
 
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The Waterbox Cube 20, cabinet, return pump and refractometer were shipped yesterday and are currently scheduled for delivery on Friday. The XR15, mount, diffuser and skimmer were shipped from BRS yesterday as well and are currently scheduled to arrive on Saturday.

Starting to feel like a kid on Christmas Eve!!
 
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Cube 20 arrived today but the cabinet has a delivery exception. I hope it arrives tomorrow. I’ve been taking advantage of the Black Friday sales at BRS to start purchasing some equipment.
 
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The cabinet finally arrived yesterday. So far, I have received the Cube 20, the cabinet, refractometer and Sicce Syncra Silent 1.0. The heater is our for delivery today. More goodies should arrive on Thursday. I'll post pictures once the cabinet is assembled.
 

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The cabinet finally arrived yesterday. So far, I have received the Cube 20, the cabinet, refractometer and Sicce Syncra Silent 1.0. The heater is our for delivery today. More goodies should arrive on Thursday. I'll post pictures once the cabinet is assembled.
looking forward to seeing this build! I have the same tank and struggled with nutrients as I was doing 20% waterchanges and using a skimmer. Since pulling the skimmer I've had much more stability so I imagine you have to balance either skimming or a reduced waterchange. I'm following along :)
 
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looking forward to seeing this build! I have the same tank and struggled with nutrients as I was doing 20% waterchanges and using a skimmer. Since pulling the skimmer I've had much more stability so I imagine you have to balance either skimming or a reduced waterchange. I'm following along :)
Were your nutrients too low?
 

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Were your nutrients too low?
yes, nutrients were low, I since added more fish (3nr) and feed aminos every other day. I did make the mistake of overdosing reefroids during my 1 feeding a week, so currently getting my p03 down from 0.16 just with waterchanges and controlled feeding.
 

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I have a cube 20 myself. Very cool little tank. I needed a second tank to allow the kids to put what they want in there, and stop crying about not having any say in my sps tank.
I would suggest holding off on the skimmer for a while. We are up to 2 small clowns, a dottyback, a randals Goby, 6 snails, 3 crabs, and the pistol shrimp, and nutrients are still stable. I contribute a bit of that to my light cycle still being at 6 hours a day, but that has been my best trick for starting new tanks.
Here's a video of "Shrimpy" doing work:
 
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It’s like Christmas morning. Wave maker and sand ordered this evening. Hoping to open the box of life rock tomorrow and designing the rock scape.
 

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Front, top and back wall view of the aquascape. I’ll also make an island for the front left area. Should be enough open space for circulation and plenty of hiding spaces for fish and other critters.
 

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Started the cycle yesterday after adding bacter 7 and ammonia.

Today’s parameters:
pH - 8.2
Ammonia - 2 ppm
Nitrite - 0 ppm
Nitrate - 0 ppm

Let the good times roll.

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