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Blue's Ecoxotic Cube

Discussion in 'General Marine / Newbie' started by blue2fyre, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. blue2fyre

    blue2fyre Blue Fish

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    This is the upgrade from my BC 14. I finally got it all set up. Everything went pretty well but I've already lost 2 fish to jumping through a hole in the glass top. I'll be working on a screen top soon but for now it's just my little springeri damsel. He gets to stay because he eats flatworms and evidently has not found a reason to commit suicide.

    ANYWAY pictures!
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    And some corals. Some of them were unhappy because I had been moving things around 10 minutes before.
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    froggie.jpg
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    And the Specs for those that are interested.

    Ecoxotic 18" cube
    Removed Bioballs
    Purigen
    Carbon
    Cheato growing in chamber 2

    Equipment

    Stock Skimmer (currently not running)
    Koralia 245
    2 12k/445 mn Panorama pro LED strips
    1 445nm/Magenta Panorama Pro LED strip
    1 453nm Blue Stunner
    1 403nm Ultraviolet Stunner


    20 lbs mixed Fiji Pink sand and Reef Grade sand
    20lbs of LR

    Stocking

    Fish

    Springeri Damsel

    Inverts

    1 Emerald Crab
    Blue Leg Hermits
    1 White hermit
    1 Red Serpent Starfish
    1 Blue tuxedo Urchin
    Nassarius snails
    Dwarf Ceriths
    Florida Ceriths
    Zig Zag Periwinkle snails


    Corals

    LPS

    Pink Tipped Hammer
    Bicolor Frog Spawn
    Duncan Coral
    Hitch Hiker Plate Coral
    Softies

    Red Mushrooms
    Blue Mushroom
    Orange Ric with Green Mouth
    Blue Snowflake Polyps
    GSP
    Xenia
    Green Bay Packer Zoas (Go Pack Go!!)
    Eagle Eye Zoas
    Blue Zoas
    Bam Bams
    Radioactive Dragon Eyes
    UnIDed red/pink Zoas
    Teal RIngs
    UnID Green Zoas
    Blue Ice Zoas
    Armor of the Gods
    Green Palys
    Blue Palys
    Purple Death

    NPS

    Sun Coral

    Future Stocking

    Yellow Headed Jawfish
    Either another purple firefish or a Helfrichi Firefish
    Black clownfish
     
  2. the wizard

    the wizard Is it really Niko's fault?

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    Sorry about your losses, the tank looks good though
     
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    It does look wonderful! Did you find the transition from FW to saltwater difficult? I can't believe I've been in the hobby for about 10 years now and still haven't tried SW.
     
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    ^its really not bad and the availability of things like AIO reef tanks really makes it easy to get into the hobby (financially and mentally). Just do your reading like you would in the freshwater section, and ask us any specific questions you may have and we can get you moving along in the wonderful world of salt tanks!


    OP, the tank looks wonderful! Sorry about your carpet surfers :( I know losing fish can be rough.
     
  5. Fishfriend1

    Fishfriend1 Fishlover Extraordinaire

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    Platy: It wasn't that hard for me, I was lucky enough to have a 20 long available. The trick is not getting so angry at the pests that you leave ;)

    Blue: Awesome tank! Sad that your fish decided they didn't like it though, at least the corals don't seem unhappy.
     
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    looks incredible, I doubt I will ever do SW as it just looks so much hard work and far too technical. Very impressive looking tank however!
     
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    Love it, great job! Sorry about the fish losses. Lots of links out there for screen tops and BRS sells the 1/4" screen material if you need it. Greta choice with the substrate and the future stock list looks good too!
     
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    blue2fyre Blue Fish

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    Thanks all :)

    I'm very happy with the tank. I was bummed at first with the loses but we have a saying in my fish club" Fish Die, Glass Breaks, in the end it's more tank space!"

    The transition to saltwater wasn't that bad. Once I finally made the move I found it to be pretty simple. The biggest thing is GO SLOW. There is no room for error and nothing good happens fast. I've stuck with easy corals so maintenance is pretty easy.
     
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    yeah corals are way easier for me than fish.. it's good to see others doing led too. oh yeah, flatworm exit the tank. they'll never end till you do, the damsel wont do much.. the only critter that did good for me was the velvet nudibranchs.. but they commit suicide too
     
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    blue2fyre Blue Fish

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    I had a lot of flatworms before I got the damsel, even with siphoning them out weekly. After a week with the damsel they were almost nonexistent. I'd like to avoid chemicals since this is a nano and I worry about the water parameters.
     

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