Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Nano Reefs
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-14-2013, 02:32 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 2
BluCrab's 29 Gallon Reefer Madness

just a quick question by a noob.

I recently purchased the new style CoralLife 29 gal Biocube.
* 13 lbs of Fuji Live rock
* 20 lbs of Caribsea Indo Pacific black reef live sand

It's been up and running about 4 weeks, cycle done over a two weeks ago.
added some buttons, a branching hammer , two damsels, a maroon clown and two shrimp (coral and pepermint).
Everything is up to par.

When I asked around about a protein skimmer I was told that the tank doesn't require it and after reading your thread here, I really don't want the hassel.

I recently was told to add a bag of Boyds ChemPure Elite. After reading up I've learned about the media tray and adding a fuge.

I was wondering for now until I can save up would it be ok to just sit the bag above the bio balls and still use the stock filter?

then once I save up and buy the media rack and fuge ,can I just gut the bioballs, insert the media rack and fuge ,add the bag of Chempure Elite to the media tray,line the top compartment with some floss and then some live rock to the fuge?
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Clown2.jpg
Views:	100
Size:	250.0 KB
ID:	144249  
__________________

__________________
BluCrab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2013, 11:49 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Convict2161's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Planet Earth
Posts: 14,818
You may find this helpful.


The Bio Cube 29 Information Thread
__________________

__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

"When creating an aqua scape, strive for the beauty of imperfection, as its art and there is no wrong or right, it's left open for interpretation" James Findley
Convict2161 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2013, 11:58 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ktomminello's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Southern Maine
Posts: 1,227
IMO before you do anything you should probably add add 20-25 more lbs of live rock- it makes a better filter than any additive you can get, like I said, it's just my opinion.
__________________
ktomminello is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 11:24 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Chicago
Posts: 10
May want to rethink the no skimmer

I have a relatively new 28gal Nano. Not a bio cube but similar. I hesitated doing the skimmer as well and since all my levels were very good (although a not yet heavily populated tank) and I thought the chemical filtration would also do the job. THe reality there is a lot of junk floating in the tank. I broke down and added a HOB skimmer and I was amazed how much junk this thing pulled out after 2 days of breaking in. I am just finished tweaking the level but I was pulling out 1/2 a cup of tea colored water every few days. My levels are zero and the water is very clear.
__________________
lumenart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 12:27 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ktomminello's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Southern Maine
Posts: 1,227
Quote:
Originally Posted by lumenart View Post
I have a relatively new 28gal Nano. Not a bio cube but similar. I hesitated doing the skimmer as well and since all my levels were very good (although a not yet heavily populated tank) and I thought the chemical filtration would also do the job. THe reality there is a lot of junk floating in the tank. I broke down and added a HOB skimmer and I was amazed how much junk this thing pulled out after 2 days of breaking in. I am just finished tweaking the level but I was pulling out 1/2 a cup of tea colored water every few days. My levels are zero and the water is very clear.
Thanks for mentioning HOB being helpful to nano tanks!! People don't realize what a truly great resource they are... Note of caution- I suggest using a screen or fine mesh cover on the intake tube to prevent burned out motors due to accumulated sand and debris...
ktomminello is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 01:50 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Convict2161's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Planet Earth
Posts: 14,818
Skimmer IMHO is pointless if your doing your weekly water changes. I haven't had a skimmer for a good 6+ months, no issues. It's a waste in that size tank. In the time I had the skimmer(Tunze9002) it did nothing but make noise and maybe... MAYBE skim a little on a good day. A piece of equipment that isn't needed in such a small tank. Yea it's a 28 gallon but after sand and rock your really not getting 28 gallons in it so....

Your water volume actually went down.

This of course is my opinion.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

"When creating an aqua scape, strive for the beauty of imperfection, as its art and there is no wrong or right, it's left open for interpretation" James Findley
Convict2161 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 02:03 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Chicago
Posts: 10
Totally agree IF you are doing weekly water changes. Per his comment not wanting the skimmer to be a pain, I use a skimmer so I am not a slave to water changes. True my tank is not totally stocked yet and I probably will see my values increase as I do but I may have to do PWC every two weeks.
__________________
lumenart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 02:05 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Chicago
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by ktomminello View Post
Thanks for mentioning HOB being helpful to nano tanks!! People don't realize what a truly great resource they are... Note of caution- I suggest using a screen or fine mesh cover on the intake tube to prevent burned out motors due to accumulated sand and debris...
Since my skimmer pump is in the rear chamber I am not as risk of picking up sand or debris. It is a tight fit with two pumps in one chamber but it works. I really wanted the Tunze nano but I would have had to sacrifice one of my return pumps.
__________________
lumenart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2013, 02:09 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Convict2161's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Planet Earth
Posts: 14,818
Quote:
Originally Posted by lumenart View Post

Since my skimmer pump is in the rear chamber I am not as risk of picking up sand or debris. It is a tight fit with two pumps in one chamber but it works. I really wanted the Tunze nano but I would have had to sacrifice one of my return pumps.
I didn't like the TUNZE9002 even after the airline mod. I threw it out the window.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

"When creating an aqua scape, strive for the beauty of imperfection, as its art and there is no wrong or right, it's left open for interpretation" James Findley
Convict2161 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2013, 02:06 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 2
Regarding the additional live rock.. I was planning on adding more which I have.

I added 2 1/2 pounds of Tonga Branch and 2 more pounds of Fuji live.

Thinking about adding another 2 lbs of Tonga in two weeks.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	tonga.jpg
Views:	63
Size:	259.7 KB
ID:	144743   Click image for larger version

Name:	Madness.jpg
Views:	78
Size:	142.6 KB
ID:	144744  

__________________

__________________
BluCrab is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
29 gallon, crab, gallon, reef

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:50 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.