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shaggydoo541
02/13/2017, 11:55 AM
Hello Everyone,

It has been a while since i had a tank, but I finally got back into the hobby this year and have decided to start with a 60G cube and make it all LPS. Here are the pictures so far. I started with a Versa series tank, stand and sump. I am using the Hydra 26 HDs and a Koralia in the back corner for extra water movement. Here are some pics so far:

First Day
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First Coral
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Favorite Coral
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Poor plate that was attacked by some unusually aggressive peppermint shrimp
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Frog that fell off into the sand one night which led to BJD killing off half of it. The remaining half is recovering nicely
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Most recent FTS from all three sides of the cube
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Ishmael's Dad
02/13/2017, 02:02 PM
Very nice so far. I'm in a similar boat - away from reefing for a while and starting up a 60gallon cube again very soon. I like the LPS theme and have been thinking of going in that direction.

Your aquascape is cool. I like the cave from the side view!

shaggydoo541
02/13/2017, 03:07 PM
Thank you very much. I like the cube because there is so much depth to work with from all sides. I tried to make as many caves/holes as I could in the rockwork, and the fish seem to appreciate it. Having an open top, I wanted to minimize the risk of a spooked fish which may jump so I created lots of hiding places.

Good luck on your setup :)

Mikee002
02/13/2017, 03:28 PM
Looking good. The aquascape works well. I've always liked the cubes... maybe I'll do a small one as coral/invert qt tank.

Darth_Tater
02/13/2017, 03:59 PM
A fellow Utah reefer! What part of Utah? Just curious where you're getting your corals from.

I also like that aquascape. Nice and open.

shaggydoo541
02/13/2017, 04:58 PM
Thank you both. The aquascape came out pretty well I think. I have over 50% of the sandbed open (lots of it under the rocks) and I know the fish/shrimp like the ability to swim in and out of all the rockwork.

I'm in Sandy, so I get most of my stuff from a new store called Rusty's Reefs. If you are ever down south a bit, you should check it out. The owner is awesome and helpful.

Darth_Tater
02/13/2017, 05:23 PM
Ah, ok. That's about an hour south of me (Ogden area) so I haven't ventured in yet. When I set up my new system I'll definitely be checking out stores in the SLC area.

shaggydoo541
10/03/2017, 07:15 AM
Here are my most recent photos (took them last week). I've had a few fish deaths and a couple corals died while I was in the hospital, but mostly things have been going well. My current fish list includes a yellow tang, 2 clowns, cleaner wrasse, leopard wrasse, ruby red dragonet, pajama cardinal, banghai cardinal, yellow goby, and a cling fish (so cool).

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4461/36620194163_ca65bcf654_c.jpg
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Things are growing well and I'm pretty happy with how things look especially at the top.
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4336/36620254483_3844372ee0_c.jpg
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Top down.
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4372/37033949770_8d60ec45e1_c.jpg
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Let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions.

cellingson
10/05/2017, 10:59 PM
Great tank! It sounds like you were in the hospital. I hope you are feeling better.
I am currently setting up a 60g rimless cube and was wondering what you are using for filtration? Sump? Skimmer?

shaggydoo541
10/09/2017, 10:00 PM
Thanks. I'm as good as can be after breaking both hips. I have a 20 gallonish sump where I run carbon and grow chaeto. I light it 24/7 and that's it for filtration. I harvest a lot of macro and replace some carbon every 2 weeks or so. I like to keep it simple and feed heavily. I love watching lps eat... more so than the fish.

cellingson
10/09/2017, 10:19 PM
Wow, one hip is hard, but both. That must have been some serious trauma.
Thanks for the help with the filtration. Hope you don't mind me picking your brain some more in the near future.

cellingson
10/09/2017, 10:20 PM
And good luck with the recovery.

shaggydoo541
10/09/2017, 11:17 PM
Yeah it was not fun. Still can't walk but will be able to in a few months. Fingers crossed. I'm always happy to help. Ask anything that comes up as you go