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Old 08-12-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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29g BioCube?!?

Hey Friends,

This will be my first foray into the world of saltwater, and I CAN'T wait! But I'm scared! I'm planning on a 29 gallon Bio Cube that I will be trading for hopefully soon!

I'm wondering if you friends can help me plan stocking and whatever else I will need to keep the tank running healthy...

How long will my cycle take? I have an API Freshwater test kit, so what additional test equipment should I get?

This cube has a skimmer, heater, I believe some "live" rock. I just don't know what else I need...

Are these biocube's good for beginners? Everything I have read indicates that it does really well and is easy to care for with beginners....

So is the stocking 1 gallon per 1 inch of fish? and does coral count in this equation?

Help me stock this! Only must have is likely 2 clowns!

Thanks Friends,
Lessa
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:50 PM   #2
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Hey Friends,

This will be my first foray into the world of saltwater, and I CAN'T wait! But I'm scared! I'm planning on a 29 gallon Bio Cube that I will be trading for hopefully soon!

I'm wondering if you friends can help me plan stocking and whatever else I will need to keep the tank running healthy...

How long will my cycle take? I have an API Freshwater test kit, so what additional test equipment should I get?

This cube has a skimmer, heater, I believe some "live" rock. I just don't know what else I need...

Are these biocube's good for beginners? Everything I have read indicates that it does really well and is easy to care for with beginners....

So is the stocking 1 gallon per 1 inch of fish? and does coral count in this equation?

Help me stock this! Only must have is likely 2 clowns!

Thanks Friends,
Lessa
The freshwater test kit will work for salt but you need a saltwater testing card.

Cycle takes around 1 month

Biocubes re great for beginners and there really isnt any necessary equipment you need to run it

1" per gallon is not a good wayto stock a tank... Especially not a saltwater tank. You can probably have 4-5 nano fish. 2 clowns would be ok.

You can put as many corals as you want
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:55 PM   #3
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Do I need a Powerhead or 2? Or are they built in?

So just the nano fish listed on LiveAquaria? Nothing bigger? How bout this "Clean Up Crew?"
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I dont own the system, but yes you will need 2 powerheads. Hopefully someone with the system chimes in....

And ya the nano section is great. There are a few other sections that would be fine to look at such as gobies, blennies, chromis, dwarf angels, etc.

Clean up grew is just an assortment of hermit crabs and snails. Reef cleaners is a good place to get them
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Nice to meet you Lessa! I just posted this in a friends thread and thought this might help you as I own a 9 month old BC29 and love it.

I didn't pick apart the post. I just copied and pasted it. But it should help you.

Ok I'm by no means an expert as you know

Bigger is better in saltwater, there's more room for error. Smaller tank and things can go bad fast.

Now again what I can tell you is based on my own experience and knowledge, hopefully the more seasoned saltys will chime in.

I happen to like the all in one tanks like the BC29 or the JBJ's etc... Also just to add my friend has a very nice 10 gallon tank with a power head and a aquaclear 110. I'll post pics when he sends them. You won't believe it's a 10 gallon!

So back on track. You'll need a power head or power heads depending on flow. You can get power heads from Koralia, Tunze or even Aqueon or go with a really nice unit like the MP10 which is much more then a power head IMO.

You can use a 10 gallon and still have a nice set up IMO am use it to get your feet wet so to speak. And when your comfortably you can always upgrade. The choice is yours.

You'll need a RO/DI unit for making your salt water. I happen to get it pre mixed from a friend.

Your going to want a refractometer also so you can test your salinity.

Your gonna need a saltwater test kit. API or the more expensive BUT more reliable one Salifert kits.

Live rock also. Your gonna want some. You need all live rock but I believe some is good as it will help cycle and act as natural filtration for your tank. Live sand, you don't need it. I used it but I've read and have friends that haven't and I don't see a difference.

Lighting. I'd go with LED's. If you go small like a 10 gallon your options are still good and you can find some amazing LED's on eBay or Craigslist.

I hope this helps a little. Sorry I'm still new. My tank as you know is 9 months old.


Google can be a good friend here as well as the saltys on the forum.

I'm throw in some links you may find helpful.

PS glad your keeping your word! I'll be sure to start a planted build thread when I'm ready

http://www.thereeftank.com/blog/sett...ater-aquarium/



Power heads

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/fish-s...ps/c/3578/4586

MP10

http://www.aquacave.com/Vortech-MP10...P2821C789.aspx

RO/DI units

http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/bulk-r...s-systems.html

Refractometer

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...57&pcatid=9957

I hope this helps, again I know it's very basic as far as the information I gave. But I hope at least it gets the wheels turning. I wish I could be more help to ya.

I didn't add anything about a skimmer because if you choose something small that's under 30 gallons you really don't need one if your good with weekly water changes.

I won't get into corals and stock just yet.

Again hope this helped.

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Those are some great links Convict!

So how many GPH will my 2 powerheads need?

I do want to eventually have an anemone but will like just stick with mostly soft corals and maybe a couple of hard ones....

Since I can not afford an RO/DI unit how do I go about mixing my own salt water?
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Those are some great links Convict!

So how many GPH will my 2 powerheads need?

I do want to eventually have an anemone but will like just stick with mostly soft corals and maybe a couple of hard ones....

Since I can not afford an RO/DI unit how do I go about mixing my own salt water?
I get my saltwater pre mixed from my buddy who owns a mom and pop shop. If you can't afford a RO unit I would strongly suggest getting from your LFS if you can. Or you can get it in large jugs (5 gallons) from some supermarkets. You'd have to buy the salt of course. Put a power head in a bucket and a heater to temp match what your tank water is. Add salt and let mix over night. You'll need a refractometer to measure your salinity while mixing. I'm sorry I can't be of more help on that department as I haven't mixed my own as of yet.

As far as a nem goes. Is it the HQI? Or the compacts? Those compacts aren't enough for a nem and you don't wanna put one in early on anyway. You'd need to upgrade your lighting to expand your coral selection.

I had two Koralia 425's when I started. So that's about 900gph then you have to factor in the chamber pump upgraded to the MJ1200 which is 295gph. You could always just add 1 MP10 which is the route I went if your budget allows.

It really is an amazing unit to have and it much more then a power head IMO. It moves the entire body of water it's pretty sick. You can make waves in your tank and there are so many modes and options.

I've only been in the SW game for 9 months do hopefully others will chime in that have more experience but I can offer my experience so far and my journey to modding out my cube.

Here's a recent pic



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Here's my first vid of the modded tank. I'm gonna make a new one since I've change some corals and added a few along with adding the MP10. But this should give you an idea of what can be done.

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Would this LED lighting kit from ebay be a good buy with stronger light so that I could keep more types of coral or an anemone?

BIOCUBE 29 GALLON DIY WITH 18 LED LIGHT KIT W/BALLAST DIMMABLE 54W NANO LIGHTING | eBay
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