View Full Version : 60cube on a reasonable budget

08/12/2017, 01:29 PM
I thought I would start a Journal to keep track of my progress. I went with this size of tank because it is a reasonable size for ease of water conditions, but small enough that cost of maintenance is relatively inexpensive. I'll start with the list of equipment that I slowly bought

60 gallon marineland cube
Eshoppes medium cube sump
Sicce 2.0 rerurn
Reef octopus space saver
Clamp fuge light/ 6500k par 38 led
Finnex HMO heater
Aqua Illumination 52 HD Hydra
Tunze Adjustable powerheads (2)
Largo style rock
Aragonite sand
Tunze osmolator

I started my cycle in march using reef crystals and fritz turbo.

DOING MY BEST TO GET IMAGES TO WORK. If you have some tips please help me


08/12/2017, 02:38 PM
In July I fought some cyano.. I actually did use chemiclean and better husbandry. I haven't had any sign since. I have had minor algae blooms but nothing like previous tanks. Oddly enough, I do not have any coralline at all. I've bought frags with coralline but I don't have any to date.

My current livestock includes 3 hermits 2 margarita snails, 8 trochus, 3 nassasarious, a candy cane hogfish, 6 line wrasse, blue sapphire damsel, yellow clown goby, and a circus goby. I will only add clean up crew members from now on.

My corals include a handful of various zoas, hammer, Aussie war, 3 acans, trumpet, and sympodium.

My water perameters are
Ammonia- 0
Nitrite- 0
Nitrate- 2
Phosphate- 0
Magnesium- 1280
DKH- 9
Calcium- 440

These values vary slightly. I don't seem to be getting very aggressive coral growth and my chaeto seems to slowly die. I'm going to attempt to slightly increase my phosphate and nitrates so see if this helps. https://imgur.com/a/EcVcP