I had a very busy fishy type weekend..I won't tell you just how much $$ I spent upgrading, creating and modifying things
I now have a 29 gallon percolating with liverock on its way to a small reef. I used roughly 30 pounds of Aragonite for the substrate and have about 30 pounds of liverock; Fiji and Solomon Island. Right now, I just have a powerhead at one end and a canister filter with nothing but filter floss currently running. I plan to swap over to a hang-on refugium once the liverock is cured.
I have also set up an 8 gallon BioCube. I modified the set-up, removing the upper "wall" between chambers 1 and 2. I added a 1/2 unit of Chemi Pure under the false floor in chamber 2, removed the bio balls and filled the middle seciton with filter floss and a bag of charcoal (filter bag plus loose charcoal..not a filter type pad). Chamber 3 now has a mini-jet 600 in place of the stock powerhead. It took some arguing but I finally got the water level in chamber 3 to where it was supposed to be and managed to do so without flooding the room
One issue I have, however, is the heater for the BioCube. I have a 50 watt, 8 inch heater which I intended to mount in chamber 1, however, the heater is too long. Does anyone have the heater in the actual display area of a similar tank?
Also, I haven't done any aquascaping as yet. Should I let the rock "cook" in individual pieces as I have it now, or do the aquascaping?