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Old 12-16-2009, 09:30 PM   #21
 
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this looks amazing, i love all the caves! when you get fish they are going to dart all around these caves. i had a yellow watchmen goby in a tank similar to this and he loved any cave that was in the tank.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:53 PM   #22
 
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thanks =D i look forward to putting fish in the tank
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:17 AM   #23
 
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Wow, its really coming along, very nice!
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:58 PM   #24
 
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will have pics in a few days -- just stocked with 9 hermits and 1 emerald crab, no fish until water is done.

crabs are helping the cleanup =)
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:32 PM   #25
 
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well here's an update:

I got some hermit crabs, which are doing well- but a lot and I mean a LOT is dying off right now. more than I expected -- a lot of the rocks have lost their green and white luster and a brown coating is happening -- but at the same time, I'm seeing patches of red come on the whiter live rocks.

Here are some pics:
Browning




Coraline Algae looks like it's starting to come in (this was all white previously)


More Die off


More brownish stuff



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Old 12-21-2009, 09:53 PM   #26
 
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Here are my current tests from the master reef test kit from API
Calcium: 500ppm
Nitrate: 0-5ppm
Alkalinity/Carbinated Hardness: 12dKH or 214.8KH
Phosphate: 0ppm
Gravity: 1.022
Temp: 79
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:50 PM   #27
 
Tank looks great good job. Love the star polyps, will be interested in how fast they spread.
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Old 12-26-2009, 11:53 AM   #28
 
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Test Results this week:
Calcium: 460ppm
Nitrate: 0-5ppm
Alkalinity/Carbinated Hardness: 12dKH or 214.8KH
Phosphate: 0ppm
Gravity: 1.023
Temp: 78
PH: 8.0

I've been keeping an excel sheet with my test results along with a graph to visually track results
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:11 PM   #29
 
Dude this is cool. I just got a 29 Gal Biocube from my wife for Xmas. I have been researching them for a while (1+ years) but still feel so lost because never really looked at one in person.

Now that I have one I am excited, but have some questions for you. I am waiting for a stand to be built should have by end of week/early next week.

So some questions for you:
- Did you modify anything? Lighting, chambers, etc?
- Did you buy any thing additional such as powerheads or protein skimmers?
- What kind of live rock did you buy and where? (sorry if you already posted this)

- Did you fin out what was going on with the live rock (color disappearing, other presenting corraline algae)

Is this normal, to be expected? Should this happen prior to adding cleaner crew?

I love the exce;/graph idea...i will use that!

Thanks,
Erik
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:38 PM   #30
 
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Dude this is cool. I just got a 29 Gal Biocube from my wife for Xmas. I have been researching them for a while (1+ years) but still feel so lost because never really looked at one in person.

Now that I have one I am excited, but have some questions for you. I am waiting for a stand to be built should have by end of week/early next week.

So some questions for you:
- Did you modify anything? Lighting, chambers, etc?
- Did you buy any thing additional such as powerheads or protein skimmers?
- What kind of live rock did you buy and where? (sorry if you already posted this)

- Did you fin out what was going on with the live rock (color disappearing, other presenting corraline algae)

Is this normal, to be expected? Should this happen prior to adding cleaner crew?

I love the exce;/graph idea...i will use that!

Thanks,
Erik
1. No real mods (though i'm going to do the mod this weekend)
- I did remove all the bio balls and took the filter pad and ripped them out, then exchanged it with a filter sponge

2. I purchased an additional powerhead (koralia 1), but there was no real need there was way too much flow in a compact space like that. I also have a skimmer in the 2nd chamber.

3. Live rock was just fuji live rock -- and some other lower quality rock, though they look great now as the diatom bloom is fading away, coralline algae is steadily growing. The color will fade due to the cyling. I suggest you read through the thread I had, plenty of stuff on it -- and now that I know more than I did, I can only suggest patience.

4. be prepared to do a lot of work on the live rocks -- I re-cured it in the tank since I did not have any other container for them and no saltwater at the time. I suggest getting 15- 20 gallon drum, and then put the live rock in there with a heater and recure it after you bring it home. Once that's done put it in your tank for another 4 weeks before you introduce anything.

live sand + rock in my tank, i never bought base rock -- I got a good deal.

2.99/lbs of live rock (8 lbs)
8.99/lbs of premium live rock (20 lbs)

I don't have much problems with Aiptasia I have 1 that I have to zap with joe juice, but that's about it.

1 advice, patience -- patience patience patience. took me 3 weeks before introducing inverts in the tank.
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