So I recently set up a 2.5g pico to store extra coral in. Well, you know how that goes...
Now I decided to go all out and move up to a 7.5g Mr Aqua cube. Lighting is going to be all LEDs!
Thought I would kinda document this for others to follow as well as to get tips along the way. My 20g is getting ratty with all the scratches. This is to look sleek! And a Mr Aqua rimless glass cube is sleek!
Details for the light:
8 CREE 3W XR-E leds to cover a 12in cube.
4-CREE 3W XR-E cool white Q5
4-CREE 3W XR-E RB
These will be mounted without optics (tank is only 12in deep before adding a sandbed) on an 8in by 2.375in aluminum heatsink. Driven by one Meanwell 30-27D driver.
The other stuff to go into this tank is a 50W RENA Smart Heater, a Koralia Nano powerhead, and an AquaClear 20 HOB
filter (for running chemicals and some extra flow).
I plan to paint the back of the tank black. Any suggestions of a good paint to use?
I am not decided on the sandbed yet. Should I go deep or shallow? Im set on it being dry aragonite sand.
I will be adding 10lbs of dry florida reef rock from reefcleaners.org as well as live rock from my 20g to get things going much quicker.
I plan to load this down with coral such as Acans, chalice, and zoanthids. I also plan for Acroporas and other SPS
. (All from the 20g tank). All the stuff from the 2.5g pico will be moved over. Live rocks, sexy shrimp, snails, and my yellow watchman goby. (Looks retarded in a 2.5g tank).
No other fish will go into this tank due to size, unless someone here wants to talk me into a clown goby or such.
Most the stuff is ordered and on its way. Pics to come as things come in!
And yes, I was inspired by ZER0!