Well everyone, I've upgraded my tank today.
Since Christmas, I had the idea of upgrading my reef due to space constrictions inside the display tank. I also wanted to experiment with a large HOB refugium hooked up to the rear of the tank.
I completely ditched the Biocube 8, it is now a useful but unused piece of equipment. I'd like to sell it, but don't know anyone interested. I suppose this calls for storage. My dad suggests to hang onto it for future use.
By the way, I spent an additional $200.00 (roughly) on the items to upgrade. The items were a massive Aquaclear 110 (a perfectly suitable filter with a huge storage capacity, enough for a gallon or so of water to be added), and a Coralife 20" light fixture (same model as Aquatic_Fan's) and the mounting legs.
The transition went well, and the tank seems to be doing fine. I will be paying attention closely over the next few days:
The ten gallon used for my tank:
The large AC110. A HoB filter with a huge storage capacity, allowing me to transfer my old refugium, and even has space to include more rock in the near future. My chaeto will also have more room to tumble. :D
The coralife lighting unit. 20" long with one Actinic bulb and one 10k daylight bulb:
The tank being broken down. Bye BC8 :(. Took me roughly two hours to complete.
There was a small problem during transportation of my inverts. I accounted for all but my GEC (which could possibly be inside the large rock it lives in), and 1 blue-legged hermit. I'm betting the hermit is either dead or inside the rock, or both. I tried my best to hunt them down, but didn't want the rock outside of water for long:
The complete roster, my live rock, my inverts, my coral, and roughly 6.5 gallons of water. I monitored the buckets' temps closely with m trust red thermometer (the one from the bakery, repic lol).
The refugium after being set up. After some time of deliberation, I decided to keep the basket it comes with to hold the media. I sliced the large sponge it came with horizontally about 1/3 of the size it was. This would act as mechanical filtration and provide a comfy bed for my live rock:
The tank, after completion. The tank temperature was 25C. It is as if the temperature didn't even change. By the way, I now use a thermometer, I had the Coralife Digital Thermometer which began to be off by a degree. Thermometer has always been accurate in the past, it will be again. :)
As far as my corals go, my gsp opened slightly, my zoos opened all the way, and my torch is still good to go still. I will be monitoring the tank all morning tomorrow. I'm really stoked about this, now I have room on the sand and an open swimming space. Oops did I say swimming? :D