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Old 09/20/2006, 05:32 PM   #1
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Talking 8 gallon Bio-Cube

Here is my Nano 8 gallon Bio cube. 5lbs of LR, 17lbs of LS. Four blue hermits, 2 turbo snails, 1 Coral Banded Shrimp, and a clown named Sushi!! Next step would be to re-do the stock internals on the filters. LR in place of the bio-balls, New pump, bag-o-carbon...... Need some corals too!!! Any other suggestions??????








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Old 09/20/2006, 06:58 PM   #2
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is live rock worth anything back there with no light??? wont it turn into dead rock?


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Old 09/20/2006, 08:11 PM   #3
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The reflector for the lights extends pretty far over the back compartment. I'd say there is a good bit of light spilling over into it.

Bacteriologically speaking, live rock is still "live" even in total darkness. I've read that most processes of the nitrogen cycle prefer the absence of light.

If it was my BC8, I'd flip the rock around to make it easier to place corals, and that way the overhang wouldn't block the light from above and it would create a bit of a cave for your fish to duck behind for security.

Raise the water level in the third compartment by pouring more water into the tank. Then put the heater into the third compartment.

Looks good so far.


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Old 09/20/2006, 09:56 PM   #4
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is live rock worth anything back there with no light??? wont it turn into dead rock?
no live rock will not turn dead without lights. It can do perfectly fine in pitch black. This is a very common missunderstanding it seems lately. Live rock does not need any light whatsoever. And neither does the coraline algae on it...that can grow in pitch black too...its been proven before.

Its the corals that are the only things that need light.


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Old 09/20/2006, 09:57 PM   #5
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and btw...cool lookin little tank you got there Will look really nice once you get some corals in there.


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Old 09/20/2006, 11:09 PM   #6
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Very nice!

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Old 09/21/2006, 07:32 AM   #7
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Looking good!!


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Old 09/21/2006, 04:00 PM   #8
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Nother rock added!!


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Old 09/21/2006, 04:01 PM   #9
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ohhh thanks for the clear up on the rock...salty coem check out the refugium mod i just did!


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Old 09/21/2006, 04:23 PM   #10
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finally working!!!



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Old 09/21/2006, 04:40 PM   #11
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Old 09/21/2006, 04:56 PM   #12
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Aha, didn't see that last part when I read it last so did you do that with the tank full of water???


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Old 09/21/2006, 07:01 PM   #13
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yes sir sure did it really didnt involve the inside of teh tank except sticking the micro algae in there


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Old 09/21/2006, 07:06 PM   #14
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nice ... start dosing calcium to get some coraline on that LR, which looks very promising and porous!


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Old 09/21/2006, 09:42 PM   #15
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nice ... start dosing calcium to get some coraline on that LR, which looks very promising and porous!
ya but never start dosing something before you actually know what the level is at now, because who knows...you could be at like 450 for you calc. right now which imo is fine. Should be 400-450 i believe. And what salt are you using? My io salt is low on calcium but when i had oceanic my calcium was in the upper 500's to 600's. So imo it wouldnt be good to add calcium if your ca is already good.
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Old 09/22/2006, 01:15 AM   #16
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That's a nice looking nano!


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Old 09/28/2006, 06:22 PM   #17
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Added some tonga, and replaced the bio-balls with tonga rubble. I have a total of 10 pounds total now...... heres some of the first pics more to come when the water clears up.....







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Old 09/28/2006, 08:09 PM   #18
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Oooo... neat layout. I could see an eel "slithering" between the pillars... if they slithered and if that wasn't an 8g


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Old 10/01/2006, 07:24 AM   #19
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A few quick pics, not the greatest pics ever but what the hell!!





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Old 10/07/2006, 03:27 PM   #20
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replaced the stock filter, and added a Hydor Flo!! Hooray GPH!!!!!!


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Old 10/08/2006, 05:01 PM   #21
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Just added some purgien, Next week will be some corals,


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Old 10/08/2006, 05:57 PM   #22
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Old 10/14/2006, 04:46 PM   #23
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Just added a colony of pipe organs, some zoa's and yellow polyps, and a conch.


Just a night shot...



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Old 10/15/2006, 05:28 PM   #24
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how did you add the hydorflo reflector in there? was it easy to do?


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Old 10/24/2006, 03:46 PM   #25
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The hydor Flo was added very easily, they come with adapters. I have since taken it off so many reasons.

i have added some pulsating xenias, and a toad stool. I ousted the coral banded shrimp for a peppermint. I took the canes out and put them back into 2.5 gallon. I have also completed a fuge in the back chamber. Everything is seeming to going well so far!!!!


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