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Old 08-30-2011, 10:25 PM   #1
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questions about/ your thoughts on the biocube

So Im seriously considering buying a biocube. Is there any reason why I should not? I was wondering from people that have or know about them what they like/ dislike about them.

And are the lights it comes with powerful enough to support an anemone?
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:37 PM   #2
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I have a 29 cube. I like it alot. It's cheap, all in one, easy to setup and pretty easy on maintaining it.

What isnt so great, low fish stock, and foot print, you have to be creative with your rock. The bioballs are also pretty useless. I switched to a media basket and fuge in place of the bioballs.

I would not put a nem under stock regular biocube lights. If you get the HQI model then sure, but you won't be ready for a nem for quite a few months anyway. other than intense light they need an established tank with stable pristine water.
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:44 PM   #3
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Yeah I was thinking about the 29.
And I've heard that about the bioballs. In order to switch it over did you have to change or alter any of the parts it came with?

How long does a tank have to be established before adding corals?
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Old 08-30-2011, 11:01 PM   #4
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I added these aftermarket mods

BioCube 29 Package Deal - Aquarium Filtration Upgrades & Supplies

JBJ Nano-Glo

You can start to add corals after you cycle and your water is good. The stokc lighting will let you keep alot of different corals. Zooa's, mushrooms, candycanes, and a bunch of others...No clams or nems though :-(

The only other things to buy is a powerhead and a heater if you live where it gets cold.

I personally like the media trays and the fuge was a must for me as i keep a scooter and a mandarin who need pods.

As long as you do your weekly water change theres no need for a skimmer either.

I actually bought a used biocube skimmer to see if all the bad reviews were true, and they are. it's terrible lol
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Old 08-30-2011, 11:27 PM   #5
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Idk about upgrading the lights ...that could be prettty expensive right? I mean I don't have to have a nem I could probly be content with corals. I just think itd be really cool to have clowns and have them host an anemone. But of course there's a good chance they wont host it, and there are plenty of anemone like corals they could host.
Thanks for the link!

Edit: is that light better than the stock lighting? That's not that expensive at all
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Old 08-30-2011, 11:30 PM   #6
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Oh nvm its for the fuge. Haha my bad
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I use that light for the fuge in back of the cube. It's not for the cube itslef but for the macro algae i grow in the back. Pods like tolive in it and it helps your nitrate levels.

Light upgrades are like this and it;s pretty much DIY

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Woahhh $400? There's no way I could pay that on top of the biocube, live sand, live rock, and eventually fish and coral.
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I know, thats why i didnt do it. LOL Some people are very obsessive with their cubes. Mine is kinda just a lark for me as I sit about 6 inches from it all day so I get to watch the fish close up lieka thousand times a day. All my other tanks are a bit aways from me. hehe
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Well I'm seriously considering getting one. It'd be my first saltwater tank. I have a good amount of freshwater experience and want to get into saltwater. Its a whole different world of fishkeeping.
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