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Old 01-02-2013, 09:51 PM   #21
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:38 PM   #22
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You just cut a piece to fit inside the inTank media rack. A little square. IMO a skimmer is useless in the bio cube 29. Just do your weekly water changes. Don't skimp on them and you'll be fine. I'm a little overboard so I change out my poly floss in the middle of the week also.

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When you say overboard, I just can't see me doing weekly water changes, that seems expensive or is it not? What does a skimmer do? If you think it is useless what or how long do water changes take? Your tank looks great.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:55 PM   #23
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When you say overboard, I just can't see me doing weekly water changes, that seems expensive or is it not? What does a skimmer do? If you think it is useless what or how long do water changes take? Your tank looks great.
If you can't commit to maintaining your tank then maybe take a step back and look at the big picture. Is a saltwater tank for you? You NEED to perform your water changes. Weekly water changes are pretty much the norm for most of us.

It doesn't take long at all, I buy my water pre mixed so I grab a 5 gallon bucket on Friday after work, put a power head and heater in it and let it sit over night. Saturday I do the water change.

It take me in total... I dunno maybe 15-20 minutes. I'll time it next time. It's really not that hard. And look at the results!

If you really want it you'll make it work.

All I can say is make sure your ready before going through with it.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:55 PM   #24
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When you say overboard, I just can't see me doing weekly water changes, that seems expensive or is it not? What does a skimmer do? If you think it is useless what or how long do water changes take? Your tank looks great.
Salt is cheap. Water is potentially free. As mentioned its not very time consuming especially for a tank that size. People get skimmers in larger tanks to avoid doing thirty gallon water changes
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Old 01-03-2013, 10:46 AM   #25
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If you can't commit to maintaining your tank then maybe take a step back and look at the big picture. Is a saltwater tank for you? You NEED to perform your water changes. Weekly water changes are pretty much the norm for most of us.

It doesn't take long at all, I buy my water pre mixed so I grab a 5 gallon bucket on Friday after work, put a power head and heater in it and let it sit over night. Saturday I do the water change.

It take me in total... I dunno maybe 15-20 minutes. I'll time it next time. It's really not that hard. And look at the results!

If you really want it you'll make it work.

All I can say is make sure your ready before going through with it.
I can commit, but am going off several opinions and wondering what is the best way to go about it, Dino's information has been very helpful, Thank you Dino. Water Changes are fine, but I do not have a local pet store anywhere close that will have pre-mixed water, that is the problem. Also what type of heater and powerhead for the bucket.
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Salt is cheap. Water is potentially free. As mentioned its not very time consuming especially for a tank that size. People get skimmers in larger tanks to avoid doing thirty gallon water changes
Ok great, so the skimmer is out of the question then, but doesn't the HQI come with one of these? Do you just not hook it up? Are there any YouTube videos of these tanks being installed or setup to guide me.
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I can commit, but am going off several opinions and wondering what is the best way to go about it, Dino's information has been very helpful, Thank you Dino. Water Changes are fine, but I do not have a local pet store anywhere close that will have pre-mixed water, that is the problem. Also what type of heater and powerhead for the bucket.
All you need is a small power head for a five gallon bucket. You can then cheap online. I use a koralia 750 and a AqueonPro 200 watt heater. I had them laying around that's why I use them in the bucket.

Mixing your own salt is easy (I don't do it often)

Just follow the measurements and add your RO or distilled water. And mix, let it mix over night and test the salinity with a refractometer a cheaper way is using a hydrometer which I've used for a while then graduated to the refractometer, honestly and this is just me... I don't see much of a difference between the both BUT the refractometer is cheap enough on amazon to invest in.

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Ok great, so the skimmer is out of the question then, but doesn't the HQI come with one of these? Do you just not hook it up? Are there any YouTube videos of these tanks being installed or setup to guide me.
The HQI does come with a skimmer but again IMO its not needed. If you wanna run it then by all means do so.

Most of the videos on YouTube are of modified cubes. People adding sumps etc. keep it simple for now until your comfortable with it.

If the store is too far maybe buy 2 buckets, that will give you 2 weeks worth and then go back, if you don't wanna mix your own. Up to you... It is nice to have your own salt and equipment ready to go of you have to do a change. My local guy I can literally walk to so its just laziness and convenience of just picking up a bucket every week.

Glad I could help. I've been toying with my cube for a year and I might me doing a sump in the near future
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Yea I have the tunze 9001 protein skimmer doesn't do very much sadly...was also contemplating a sump/fuge for my 29 biocube
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Yea I have the tunze 9001 protein skimmer doesn't do very much sadly...was also contemplating a sump/fuge for my 29 biocube
If you have the time I'd say go for it. There's a really good video on YouTube. Here's the link. I've been in phone contact with the guy and its pretty easy to do. Only thing he told me was sometimes there's a odor. I'm not familiar with sumps at all... So maybe others that have them will know if they do sometimes omit a odor.

http://youtu.be/QEjTkLcMfFE
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So what is the different between the Coralife Biocube 29 Gallon and the Oceanic HQI BIocube 29 Gallon? Price is $289 vs. $449 Is it worth it for $160 to do the HQI.
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