Another day another saltwater noob stupidity dilemma
History- freshwater green spotted puffers from Walmart one death and one moody puffer later, one slightly rushed, but successful changeover to full marine, he is 4 inches now and it's been about a year, he was less than a half inch when I decided to step in and dive into saltwater, what I thought would be happily just a puffer FOWLR
(40g) and a separate, someday maybe to be connected as a refugium 10g nano start up.
I got a surprise from my husband- a 29g BioCube, good as new- Where would I put my seeding media and live rock rubble? Would it be where bioballs are? I know I'm dumb, I'm sorry. I just don't think I can use the bioballs provided by the former owner because he used it as a cichlid tank- input on this please, I have no clue.
I have a green spotted puffer 40g breeder salt water and a separate 10g nano start up that I just managed to balance to each other after 7 months. I plan on combining these 2 tanks into the cube and with the media, water, live sand and live rock I should be able to cycle pretty quickly (I am planning on a cycling of at least 2 weeks due to disturbing a deep sand bed- stirred by regular clams
. ) I want to use everything from my tanks to break them down and build a 40g with the 10g as an attached refugium and saltwater green spotted puffer researched biotope and maybe try my hand at corals. Any links to diy instructions on this set up would be greatly appreciated (linking a 10g refugium to a 40g breeder)- I'm an idiot but I take direction well.
If I haven't lost you yet, bless your patience. In the meantime, I need advice on whether I would have a problem housing my 4 inch saltwater puffer in a 29g BioCube for about 6-9 months while I build his biotope and learn more about saltwater chemistry (it makes planted freshwater feel like a walk in the park!!!)? Do I really need bioballs when I have a lot of spare live rock? Should I be able to move puffy into the BioCube in about 2 weeks? Links for any info on set up and cycle especially alternative filtration media (open viewing on side for bioballs?). Please help this confused freshy get on the right track. Thank you oh so very much in advance for any and all help you guys can give me!!!!