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Old 07-18-2013, 10:59 PM   #1
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First Marine Tank 27 Gallon FOWLR

Converted my 27G cube over to a marine tank after wanting to start one for months.

This is what I have so far for equipment

27 Cube tank (20"W x 18"D x 20"H)
Stand
20" Finnex FugeRay 7000k (Going to upgrade to 24" Finnex Ray2 Aquarium Day/Actinic once I fill comfortable going reef)
Marineland C-220 Canister Filter (220 GPH) (all tray loaded with filter floss at first then will change media.
Fluval Sea CP1(265 GPH)
Hydor Koralia Nano 240 (240 GPH) (Just for initial salt mixture since I mixed in tank)
Aquatic Life 115 Mini Protein Skimmer
35 pounds of Carib Sea South Sea Base Rock
40 pounds of Carib Sea Aragonite Reef Sand

Been going at it for about 9 hours today.

Removed fish and traded in for store credit and transfer remanding plants to other planted tank. After that gave the tank and canister a good cleaning with water and vinegar. Once that was done I spray painted the rear of the tank with a flat black paint. While that was drying I washed the Aragonite Reef sand and the base rock to get ride most of the milkyness. Lastly I arranged the base rock to my liking and added the RO water and salt mix.

Before


Base rock


Sand


Arrangement



Added salt



Finish product after an hour



Going to add the protein skimmer and starting my cycle tomorrow with Instant Ocean BIO-Spira (Marine) since I had such good luck with the fresh water version.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:01 PM   #2
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Looks great! I love cube tanks! So many viewing angles.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:30 PM   #3
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Looks great! I love cube tanks! So many viewing angles.
Yeah, I had to get this tank when I saw it. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:37 PM   #4
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Could someone chime in and let me know if 2 circulation pump @240, @265 and a canister filter @220 to much flow for my tank? Keep in my its a cube. Also in what order should I added the other fish if I am adding the 2 Ocellaris Clownfish first.


2X Tank Bred Ocellaris Clownfish
1x Royal Gramma Basslet
1x Firefish Goby
1x Blue/ Green Chromis
25x CUC
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Will it be fish only or a reef? I believe you can never have too much flow but if it looks like a tornado and fish are struggling then its too much
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I think that would be the minimum flow with those powerheads. If it is going to be a reef then flow is your friend. There's always a way to manage the flow you have so it doesnt blow sand around, just a matter of placement and trial and error.
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Will it be fish only or a reef? I believe you can never have too much flow but if it looks like a tornado and fish are struggling then its too much
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I think that would be the minimum flow with those powerheads. If it is going to be a reef then flow is your friend. There's always a way to manage the flow you have so it doesnt blow sand around, just a matter of placement and trial and error.
I think I will be going reef. But just wanted to make sure it wasn't too much. But I guess I won't know until I add the fish.
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Old 08-03-2013, 07:15 PM   #8
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Update: 3 August 2013

Since starting I had added
x2 Ocellaris Clownfish
x1 Firefish Goby
x1 Blue/ Green Chromis
x1 Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
CUC
Some Pulsing Xenia

Parameters (Checked about 4 times within 2 weeks)
pH: 8.0
Ammonia:0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 5 -10 ppm (hard to tell, I would say more of a 5)


Started to develop diatom algae which I believe to be normal, should take care of itself. Been doing about 10% water changes weekly.

Still getting a bit of micro bubbles from skimmer



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Great pictures, wish my camera took that good of a shot. lol But thank looks great.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:09 AM   #10
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Yes, beautiful tank & pics!! I have a similar stock list. Aren't Chromis schoolers?? I could be wrong. I was thiiiiiiinnnnnnking bout getting some. We'll see.
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