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Old 01-15-2013, 09:18 PM   #1
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45 Gallon Bio Cube

Well here we go. Decided to upgrade to a 40 breeder from my biocube just want more space but not a huge tank and I like the foot print of the 40 breeder. Plus I got it for 35 bucks at Petco during there dollar sale. I am going sump less and keeping it simple. I have a reef octopus bh2000 skimmer. Thing is a beast and rated for 125 gallons so it won't have a problem handling things. Then I will go with either a hob filter with some carbon for water polish or go with a reactor with carbon and GFO. Haven't decided. Open to suggestions. I am getting a custom built stand on Saturday and hoping to do the move Sunday or Monday. Painted the back of the tank blue and did a test fit of the skimmer today. Only thing I am worried about is the move. I am using the 35 lbs or so of my established live rock and will use 20 gallons of the water and use 20 new mixed. Going with black sand and will seed with sand from my current tank. Here are some pics to get this going.


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Old 01-15-2013, 09:22 PM   #2
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That's going to look awesome when it's all done. What about a biopellet reactor instead? The GFO and carbon reactors would be more efficient than a filter. Black sand will really make the corals pop.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:30 PM   #3
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I'm in for this ride. Just my opinion. I like the natural look. Although I like black sand in my cichlid tank I don't like it in a reef tank. Just me though. To each there own.

I agree a reactor would be better suited. You have the power heads and heater etc.. So your almost there!

Are you planning on just the 1 AI fixture?

Can't wait to see this thread grow!

See what I started lol!!


Oh and I'm feeling the blue background and IMO all the more reason to go with white sand.
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This pic is a shot from a guy near me on Boston reefers that gave me the liking to it. Still have until Sunday to change my mind lol. Yes I believe I will get a bulk reef supply reactor. I already have a pump so it won't be much.

Honesty convict I have been kicking the **** light thing back and forth for weeks. I can't swing for another sol and one def won't cover the spread. I have someone that wants my cube as is. Well empty but with the light. Plus it is silicones into the hood. I might go with a t5 for now till I can swing for some a pair of vega's or another LED.
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Such strong LEDs though. What is the max light coverage? You couldn't put it higher up than usual and increase the intensity?
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This pic is a shot from a guy near me on Boston reefers that gave me the liking to it. Still have until Sunday to change my mind lol. Yes I believe I will get a bulk reef supply reactor. I already have a pump so it won't be much.

Honesty convict I have been kicking the **** light thing back and forth for weeks. I can't swing for another sol and one def won't cover the spread. I have someone that wants my cube as is. Well empty but with the light. Plus it is silicones into the hood. I might go with a t5 for now till I can swing for some a pair of vega's or another LED.
I hear ya, ya gotta do what ya gotta do. It's bitter sweet, seeing the cube go...
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I hear ya, ya gotta do what ya gotta do. It's bitter sweet, seeing the cube go...
It is def is. If I could keep both I would. Wife wouldn't be so happy about it.
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It is def is. If I could keep both I would. Wife wouldn't be so happy about it.
I know what ya mean. The 40 gB will I'm sure me sweet!!

Can't wait.
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Here is that pic I forgot. He as a 4 bulb t5 and obv the black sand

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Beautiful tank. IMO it needs more red or orange instead of just green and yellow. Very cool though.
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