Well, I just set up my new 8 Gallon Biocube. Here are some pics of it. Nothing too exciting but I want to start recording it from day 1 - setup all the way until when I'm done stocking my tank. Expect many photos from here on. I haven't filled it with water yet, because I still need salt mix.
And we're off:
Just the setup from the outside with flash.
A picture of the stock lighting. 1 18-watt 10000k Daylight, and 1 18-watt True Actinic Blue. It also came with two .75 watt Lunar Blue Moon Glow LEDs. There are also 2 50mm cooling fans in the hood.
The stock filtration system. Here's one of my questions: should I keep the stock media (plenty of bio-balls), or convert the large compartment to a refugium (in which case I'd need to makeshift some sort of lighting)? I think for now I'll need to stick to the bio-balls because I don't see how I could modify the hood to fit a palmlight in it. I'll definitely be stuffing crazy media into the first compartment which is large enough to fit all kinds of stuff in there. I think that in conjunction with the natural filtration my idea will work just fine. Opinions needed though, please. Thanks. edit - actually upon further investigation, I've discovered that the light encompasses even the filtration system! I suppose I will combine the two then. I will put plenty of bioballs and media in the first compartment, and then convert the second compartment into a refugium! Awesome! :D :D :D
Just a shot of the uncleaned tank with the lights on (mighty bright!), and of the pump. The flow rate is 106 gph, will this be enough for my tank, or should I consider purchasing a submersible pump in the future? I dp fear dead spots, particularly in the far right corner.
Just an overall shot of the tank. I'm VERY excited about this and can't wait to begin stocking the live sand and live rock. I'll be posting more pics within the next little while. In the meantime, research, research, and more research will follow.
Also, another focus of this thread is to get feedback on the livestock I plan on putting in the tank. I'm not sure which species of coral to put in here yet, however I have had my eye on Zoanthids, Pulsing Xenia (although my lfs says they spread like wildfire), and the beginner's choice: mushrooms. I'd appreciate any suggestions that are suitable for my tank.
Regarding fish, I've decided to go with an Ocellaris, and a Firefish Goby. My CUC will consist of several snails (species recommendation needed please), and possibly 1 Cleaner Shrimp or a
Blood Shrimp. Again, any suggestions regarding livestock are needed and much appreciated.
Opinions, ideas, and advice are very valuable to me at this time, seeing as I haven't started anything yet. Thanks!!
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