I got my BioCube on 10/1/11 and I have a few questions about getting my tank more into a better state than it is right now.
I have the biocube protein skimmer and a 100w heater from the LFS
with stock lighting. I have been changing the charcoal filters once every six weeks and am waiting to run out of them to change to a sock and charcoal to help water flow. My water has a pH of 8.3 and my ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites are all reading 0ppm.
I currently have:
Turbo Snail 1
Tongan Nassarius Snail 6
Peppermint Shrimp 2
Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab 3
Dwarf Red Leg Reef Hermit Crab 6
Wild Clowns 2
green block of Watermelon Polyps 1
Ultra Red Discosoma (Mushroom Coral Heads) 3
Emerald Crab 1
Red Zoauthids (Iodine) 6 heads
Candy Cane Coral (Alkalinity) 9 heads
Margarita Snail 3
Dwarf Red Tip Hermit Crab 6
Inside my tank.
These two creatures have died thus far; a Tongan Nassarius Snail and the
. I'm not sure why the Blenny died as I have long hair grass algae growing on four of my 10 live rocks and even the Emerald Crab will bite on it.
I think that is enough for the statistics on my tank
. Let me know if there is anything I forgot as I've never made a post like this.
Onto my questions:
1. I came home from being away for two day to find my houses temperature was at 60 degrees and my tank had gone south and went to 68 degrees. I have the 100w heater set at 80 in the first chamber with the plastic piece in the middle taken out, but would like your suggestions as I'm worried it didn't work. Should I get a 150w heater for when these situations occur to make sure it doesn't happen again? What would you guys recommend for a biocube that is small as possible? Can I put it in the wet/dry chamber or is it best to stay in the first chamber?
2. I'm interested in adding a frogspawn to my tank for the clowns to host and was curious what you guys think I need to do from here to make that happen. I've been reading and it seems like it would be a good idea to upgrade my stock lighting for that. Is this because I have the wrong light wave temperatures for the coral? Anything else I should change about my tank before getting a frogspawn? How will I attach him to the rock?
3. I'm interested in adding another blenny or goby. Do you guys know which ones I should go with?
4. My last fish for this tank will be a boxfish as well. Will he need anything I don't know of?
Sorry for the long post and thanks for your help