Waterbox Marine 30.2 - Office Build

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Well I don't know how I managed to do it, perhaps it was all the covid lockdowns... but I managed to convince my wife that I should be able to have a second tank, and place it in the my home office.

I searched for many different types / styles of tanks but eventually decided on a Waterbox AIO 30.2

Because I do have a full blown Red Sea Reefer 350 I decided that this tank would be much smaller in size and bio-load. The idea really is to try to build something that is low touch. My current thinking for stocking is a pair of clowns, a mandarin goby, and a fire shrimp... but this could well change.

Here is the overall equipment list that I will continue to add to when I add items.

Equipment List:

Almost all of this equipment will be coming from Love The Reef, in Wilmington MA. Great LFS!!



Tank, Sump, and Cabinet : Waterbox AIO 30.2 (Waterbox don't show their older tanks)

In-Cabinet Lighting : Luminoodle Click LED Strip

Controller : Neptune Apex EL

Auto Top Off : Neptune ATK w/ extra OS1 Optical Sensor and Low Profile Leak Detector

Tank Light : Aqua Illumination Prime 16 HD

Return Pump : Innovative Marine MightyJet DC Desktop

Power Heads : Ecotech Vortech MP10

Heater : 2 x Aquatop 100W

Auto Top Off Reservoir : Trigger Systems Crystal ATO 5 Gallon
 
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Spent the day setting up the tank and getting it cycling.

Looking good in it its new spot.
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Testing out the AI Prime 16 HD:
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Picked up some initial cave pieces to get the scape started. I never seem to be able to lay out the scape before going in the tank. I always start with a few pieces and then add to it as the tank matures.
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Heater and Return Pump installed in return chamber.
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How Noisy is Too Noisy?

I started up the tank and it ran great all Saturday night. On Sunday morning I noticed that the Sicce return pump was now making a noticeable hum. It was much louder than the day before so I checked to make sure it wasn't touching the glass or that it was on "restricted" flow.

Anyway, after trying many things the LFS agreed to return it to Sicce, and I decided to order a Innovative Marine MightyJet DC Desktop pump.

Upon installing that pump it's amazingly quiet and so for now.. the "cycle" continues.

As a side note, my LFS gave me some Ammonium Chloride to start the cycle... I've never used it before so it will be interesting to see how it works out.


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All About Control

Because my idea here is to build a almost full automated tank, a Neptune Apex was center to the automation. My larger tank already has a Neptune Apex, and even though I know I could run an Aquabus cable to that head unit, the location of the two tanks made that impossible. Therefore, I had to install a second Apex with EnergyBar.

In order to mount the EnergyBar to the back of the cabinet, I attached a 9 x 24" black shelf from Home Depot.

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No Cable clean up yet, just want to get the controller up and I can start programming automation.

The white box in the top of the picture if the controller for the LED strip mounted to the inside of the cabinet.
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The probes for pH and Temperature are mounted in the second chamber.
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Making Waves:

Today I installed the Ecotech MP10 powerhead to provide some water circulation around the back of the rock scape.
I'm a big fan of the Ecotech powerheads after installing 2 MP40s in my larger tank.

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Topping Off:

The APEX ATK - Auto Top Off Kit was installed with the Trigger Systems ATO Reservoir. Hopefully this will give me a week or so between needing to top off...

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An interesting issue I have come across. Because I have installed the ATK float switch in the AIO back sump, it can be seen through the glass as it is being lit by the tank light. I'm not sure how to solve this yet. Any suggestions are welcome.

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First in the Pool:

As I had mentioned in the beginning the intention of this tank was to have 2 clowns and some inverts in a fully automated tank. Today the clowns arrived!!

I ordered them from Cultivated Reef in Maine. They have a great selection of fish, are just up the road (ish), and offer overnight shipping. After ordering the fish I received good email communication; the fish were dispatched and arrived on time via fedex. After their acclimation period both fishes are now happily in their new home.

The fish I chose were the Onyx Black Percula Clowns.

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