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Old 03-21-2012, 02:23 AM   #1
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Tim's 29gal Biocube Reef / Angler Fish tank build

Tomorrow morning I am picking up a 29 gallon Biocube. My end game with this tank is to base it around the needs of a White / Maroon Wartskin Angler.

The tank is going to be a "biocube friendly" reef, with corals that can be sustained within the confines of the set-up.

I am completely new to the Biocube system, so any and all comments, feedback, guidance, advice, or help with certainly be appreciated. I, of course, will also be searching and learning things as I go.

This is not however my first Reef, as I already have a 54 gallon corner tank, which I have had running for nearly one year, and successful for about 4-5 months. I have a good understanding of saltwater and reef basics.

As stated, this tank is going to be build around one fish ~ the angler. I would love to hear experiences, advice, etc. from people to have owned or do own an angler / frogfish.

As far as I know, this tank is completely stock, so any help with modifications and such to help my get this running better would be great.

I'm planning to house a small refugium with chaeto in the back as I've heard it done, but not sure how yet.

As I continue on, I will keep the updates, and be sure to include LOTS of pics.

Thanks for all your help / advice, and thanks for following along!
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Old 03-21-2012, 02:28 AM   #2
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This is the centerpiece fish of this reef.
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Old 03-21-2012, 05:24 AM   #3
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So sexy. I just want to follow this thread. If I could keep multiple tanks the frog fish would definately be in one.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:56 AM   #4
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Cool I'll be following . Just don't get your angler before I get mine lol.
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:41 AM   #5
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A great place to start is here IMO

http://shop.mediabaskets.com/

I have the media rack with filter floss, purigen then chaeto. Also I'm running the Tunze 9002 skimmer with the upgraded cup and did the air line mode. I upgraded the stock pump to the MJ 1200.

Here's my video



Here's the video for the air hose mod on the Tunze 9002

http://s443.photobucket.com/albums/q...n.mp4&newest=1

Chamber 1 houses my chemi pure elite and phosguard and heater. Chamber 2 has the inTank media rack and skimmer. Chamber 3 has the MaxiJet 1200. Hope this helps. Also I cut the tab where the stock bio filter went to allow for more water flow.

Hope this helps a little. I also did an LED mod using the AI SOL BLUE LED system. I cut the the hood to fit it and was able to keep the stock splash guard.



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Here's the air hose mod. It make for better skimming and you don't have to remove the cup to tune it.



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Here is the media rack by inTank



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And here is a FTS



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That is fantastic information and exactly what I was looking for! Thanks!
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That is fantastic information and exactly what I was looking for! Thanks!
No problem, have fun!!!
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Picked up the tank today. Pics will follow in next post. Easier to upload directly from iPhone than to email, upload, attach, etc.

Anyway, here is what I have found by giving it a once over:
  1. The sand included looks SUPER CLEAN, like its never been used. Its really nice feeling, and other than a few dead snails and hermits in it, it is spotless. Can I reuse it?
  2. The back of the tank is covered in a nice layer of coralline, so no complaints there.
  3. The pump has been changed to a Maxi-jet 1200.
  4. The "light" that was broken, appears to me now to be a bad ballast. The white bulb was working and the fan is very LOUD. The blue bulb nor fan was working. I swapped the ballasts and the blue bulb came on, but no fan, but when I turned on the white side, the fan came on, but no bulb... Does this sound like a bad ballast and bad fans?
  5. Over all the tank looks decently clean for having been sitting in the garage. The glass appears to be nice and clear.
  6. There are no other mods done that I can see.
  7. The moon lights were working also.
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Here are the pics:
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My plan is to add 10lbs of Tonga branch rock and another 35lbs of BRS Pukani or Eco dry rock to the tank.

I'm hoping the group buy will yeild some nice discounts.

Also where is the best place to buy purigen, chemipure, and phosguard?

Do I need all three? Never used anything like this before. How about carbon?

Where can I get the media bags from?

Thanks!

Also, I took apart the hood of the tank today and cleaned it up, got all the dust out. Found one broken fan and fixed the noisy one. I'm going to buy two just to be sure, and also I need to replace one ballast.

For flow, I have a few Koralia 750's laying around that I planned to use, at least one of them - In the end I'll probably upgrade to an MP10es, and also do the AI sol mod, like convict. I don't want to see two huge PH's in this small of a tank, plus I think the frog fish likes lower flow if I'm not mistaken.
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