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Old 08-06-2013, 12:23 AM   #1
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Just bought a bio 29g, I'm new and oblivious

Hello, I just recently purchased a 29g used biocube. I am new to the Saltwater hobby. This is my first saltwater set up.

This is what I bought on craigslist
Biocube 29g
a Circulation pump
red coral salt

and then 30 lbs of live rock from the same person that I bought the biocube from.


I've read guides for the past few weeks but with the actual biocube, I am feeling very overwhelmed and confused on what I need to do.



With that being said, do I place the live rock right away in the biocube with the water and then begin the cycling for a month?

Are there any great saltwater books I should check out or read online? Or any guides that you could link me to?


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Old 08-06-2013, 12:26 AM   #2
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What so you need to do to the tank before starting? I would put the rock in the tank with a heater and a powerhead if you can, with water of course!
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What so you need to do to the tank before starting? I would put the rock in the tank with a heater and a powerhead if you can, with water of course!
I updated my original post so people can understand a bit better...
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I updated my original post so people can understand a bit better...
Mix your salt water to the correct salinity. Fill your bio cube. Adding sand first saves from so much cloudy water. Then add your rock with a powerhead and heater. Last step is the hardest lol BE PATIENT. Let the tank cycle completey
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You should add your rock first, so you can do a nice aquaskape, after you add sand it will be very cloudy for a day and your rock will shift and cause an Avalanche if not set on a base. Add rock cause you want to cycle all the dead stuff in there, that's going to cause ammonia than nitrate. Sand is clean, doesn't affect you water perimeters.
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When do I need to consider adding a protein skimmer? Is this when I start adding livestock a month later? With a biocube, is it necessary?

And i've heard about people taking out the bioballs from the back and replacing it with something else (some mesh or something).. is this something I do before I add the liverock or can this be done after the tank has cycled.
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When do I need to consider adding a protein skimmer? Is this when I start adding livestock a month later? With a biocube, is it necessary?

And i've heard about people taking out the bioballs from the back and replacing it with something else (some mesh or something).. is this something I do before I add the liverock or can this be done after the tank has cycled.
A nano protean skimmer is very recommended, and yes after you add your live stock!
You should get nitra-guard bio-cubes by orca.
They put floss filter sheets in witch are easy to clean, but should be cleaned at least every 3td day as they hold on to a lot of poop (nitrates)
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how can i keep my live rock alive and safe for a few hours while I go about to clean the tank and get it ready with the water?
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how can i keep my live rock alive and safe for a few hours while I go about to clean the tank and get it ready with the water?
Just mix up a bit of saltwater and put ur rocks in a bucket with and air stone. If u don't hand an air stone u will be fine. Also you will want a bit of die off on the rocks anyway. This will cut your cycling time down. it seems like a big thing doing saltwater but it will come to you. A bio cube is an all in one system so it makes saltwater almost as easy as fesh water. If you go to YouTube and look up Bulkreefsupplycom <--- he has a playlist of saltwater basics that might also five u a little insight.
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I threw in the water with SG around 1.023ish.

I added the sand and everything became super cloudy. I don't think I can add the live rock tonight but I have that sitting in another bin with saltwater.

Do I needto run the system while the sand settles? As in the filter and stuff of the biocube? Or do I leave it as it is.

is there something I can do to speed up the process of getting rid of the cloudiness? I made a huge mistake not adding the sand first and covering it up
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