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Old 09/13/2008, 09:09 PM   #1
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My 14g Biocube Thread

After tearing down my established 75g RR Oceanic last fall due to a move that didn't happen, my wife found me a great deal on a 14gallon Oceanic Biocube. She knows that this is just fueling my addiction to get started again, but this will work for now!

I initially thought it would be difficult to get into a nano - my 75 had a 30g fuge, 100g sump, 500w metal halides w/260w PC's, and had been running 4 years. The nano is, well, small. And without the MH's, I won't be able to keep very many sps.

This tank is in our living room, and seems to be the right size for where it sits. It also goes with what she wanted before - a pair of clowns that will hopefully breed.

Equipment:
14 gallon Oceanic Biocube
Stock return pump (for now, have several MJ's around)
Stock lighting, may or may not upgrade
Heater (in return chamber)
Koralia Nano powerhead
Oceanic Nano skimmer
Bioballs
Existing stand (old TV stand)

24 hour leak test:







Stand and placement in living room:




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Old 09/13/2008, 09:34 PM   #2
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Towards the end of July, I made a trade with a local reefer - my 100g Rubbermaid stock tank (sump) for 15-20 lbs. of live rock.

The rock looked like it was from a sump as it had nothing growing on it, initially I wasn't thrilled but it's colored up nicely.

I kept it in a 5 gallon bucket with a heater and powerhead for a week or so with no spikes.

On August 1st, I added the rock and some fresh Southdown play sand to the tank along with a half cup of seeded sand from another local reefer.



There was some minimal algae:







And a hitchiking snail of some sort:












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Old 09/13/2008, 09:49 PM   #3
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I've decided to leave to bioballs in the middle chamber for now as I had good luck with them in the past.

I'm running Reef Crystals @ 1.024 salinity in RO/DI (1.026 before), decided to try dosing Purple Up (got it free), and ran the lights full time from day one. Running actinic from 7am to 10 pm, 10k from 1pm to 9pm.

I checked the parameters on Sunday, 2 days later, and nothing was detected.

I did a 2 gallon water change and added a clean up crew on Monday.

Crew consists of 6 astrea snails, 7 blue legged hermits, and a crab that my wife picked out (she actually went to the lfs and purchased the whole crew).

Pic of the crab that has been knocking things around:




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Old 09/13/2008, 09:59 PM   #4
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Nice! I like it so far. I really like your house too. I am 21 but when im old enough to have a house I can't wait to set a new tank up.

careful of the green hair algae!


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Old 09/13/2008, 10:15 PM   #5
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Nice start so far!


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Old 09/14/2008, 04:57 PM   #6
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IMO I wouldn't have it sitting next to the window. You might really consider moving it .


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Old 09/14/2008, 05:42 PM   #7
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IMO I wouldn't have it sitting next to the window. You might really consider moving it .
I did think of that, and would have never done it in the past.

But...I decided to give it a try as the tank would be easily moved if need be.

And, with all of the lighting that we typically put on our tanks - aren't we trying to mimic the sun and natural light? I also feel that if you have excess algae on that side, then you have excess nutrients in your tank to start with.

So far, I don't have any additional algae on the window side of the tank, but I do have substantially more coralline growth on that side.

I'll put some more pics up in a bit.



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Old 09/14/2008, 08:04 PM   #8
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I just got the same tank used and I'll be following your tank with great interest. I like the idea of the TV stand for a tank stand. The Oceanic stands are kind of dull and I hadn't thought about TV stands. My GF and I are more leaning toward the "couple of clowns and a crab or two" stock-list but I'm keen to see what you come up with and are able to keep.

Did your tank come with the bio-balls? I think the guy at the LFS store said he was going to throw in some established ceramic rings for me but I have been storing the tank dry till I move so I declined.

Anyway, keep us posted and add lotsa pics


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Old 09/14/2008, 09:18 PM   #9
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Best of luck with this. It looks pretty good so far... 500W Halides to Biocube PC... You'll still grow a lot - don't worry.


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Old 09/15/2008, 06:59 PM   #10
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Again the timeline:

August 1st, set up the tank with established rock.

August 4th, clean up crew.

August 7th, pair of false perculas.

August 10th, stocked it when I traded my halides for the following:

5 heads of pink/green frogspawn
2 frags of leather coral
4 polyps of Armor of God
2 frags green cap
1 frag orange/red cap
1 kenya tree
2 purple shrooms
3x3 mat of GSP (brown)
Small rock of green and orange centered zoos

Bad FTS






I was testing water and doing 2 gallon water changes every Sunday and Wednesday - never noticed a problem.

I kept this up until the first week in September - now I'm doing 2 gallon water changes every Sunday.


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Old 09/17/2008, 09:27 AM   #11
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very nice. I just getting started on my bio cube 14 gallon, I did throw some cheato in the bio ball area, but I have not removed all of the bio balls. I am thinking about waiting till I get some live rock cunks or lime stone.


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Old 09/17/2008, 09:45 AM   #12
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it's getting there! nice tank


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Old 09/17/2008, 09:12 PM   #13
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I just got the same tank used and I'll be following your tank with great interest. I like the idea of the TV stand for a tank stand. The Oceanic stands are kind of dull and I hadn't thought about TV stands. My GF and I are more leaning toward the "couple of clowns and a crab or two" stock-list but I'm keen to see what you come up with and are able to keep.

Did your tank come with the bio-balls? I think the guy at the LFS store said he was going to throw in some established ceramic rings for me but I have been storing the tank dry till I move so I declined.

Anyway, keep us posted and add lotsa pics
Tank did come with bio-balls and I left them in there. I've had good luck with them in the past in a trickle filter.

I'm interested in seeing what I can keep as well!


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Old 12/13/2008, 02:03 PM   #14
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Ended up moving the tank (sold/bought new house) in October.

Tank shot from December 5th:




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Old 03/22/2009, 09:30 PM   #15
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One of the last pics Jan 10th 2009 before I started fragging to pay for my 72g Bowfront.



72g Bowfront set up March 5th 2009 - Biocube was sold






Learned a lot from this forum - some great looking nanos!


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Old 08/16/2009, 12:25 PM   #16
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Everything in life seems to go round and round...I have a new 12g Nano cube for my wife to go along with the 72g.

I'll get some pics up of the new cube.

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Old 08/17/2009, 01:16 AM   #17
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Nice set up, im considering running a 14 in my bedroom...or perhaps on the kitchen counter.


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