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Old 02/04/2018, 02:29 PM   #1
angelargill
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Biocube 32 - Want coral intensive and keep the top ON. Successful examples?

I am returning to the reef world. I spent a year building a 50 gallon peninsula built in system with auto water changes fun stuff. I sold the house it was built into and hence the aquarium. Now I live downtown in a loft and want to go the nano route focusing on soft coral, LPS, and hopefully an anenome/clown pair.

Checking out the pros of the new Biocube 32 and consider things below. Would love to hear feedback on top on vs. off (I do not like the visual of topless) as well as upgrades that are all compatible.

Thinking:

Biocube 32
Apex computer
Light upgrade to Steve's system (?)
InTank Refug/Media Basket
Protein Skimmer - maybe
Ecotech MP10QD (2)
Live rock and live sand

Stock - mostly soft corals & LPS with a few fish and hopefully anenome/clown pair (I have had success with this in the past and it is my fav thing ever).

I don't want to waste money on things I end up trashing and upgrading (been there done that) and I really prefer to have things streamline and connected as possible (big techie and loved my Apex on my last tank).

What have I missed the last 5 years - what mistakes do I need to avoid? Can I have a gorgeous system and keep the top ON for the Biocube? Should I consider a different system?


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Old 02/04/2018, 02:56 PM   #2
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I have a 32 and have all the same upgrades you have listed. Except I had 0 luck with a led retrofit so I went to an XR15. Without a lid temp is more stable but evaporation is increased. With the XR15, it can support almost any coral. I have WS-1 aquamaxx skimmer haven't installed it as of yet.

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Old 02/05/2018, 10:53 AM   #3
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Custom led kits are a pain to get set up right from my own experience. I had the rapidled kit, Going with a kessil next time.


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Old 02/08/2018, 10:29 PM   #4
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Custom led kits are a pain to get set up right from my own experience. I had the rapidled kit, Going with a kessil next time.


I have the rapid solderless kit. Took me about an hour to get it all set up... maybe an hour and a half.. I didn't think it was too too bad.. I don't think there's much out there that I couldn't keep under that setup.. could be mistaken though..


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Old 02/09/2018, 06:39 AM   #5
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i did the nano box retro and its been working like a champ...my install pics are on nano reef's forum


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Old 02/13/2018, 10:24 AM   #6
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I use the stock LED lighting. My system is 13 months in. I have been unsuccessful in keeping even hardy SPS like Birdsnest and montipora digita. I am now focusing on LPS, softies, and nems. Currently battling high phosphates.

I use in-tank media basket, and refugium in my chamber 2. heater and corallife skimmer in chamber 1 (skimmer is no longer producing skimmate, but it was for a few months, I'm likely going to remove it and explicitly rely on chemipure elite for phosphate and nitrate accumulation.)

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Old 02/14/2018, 08:58 PM   #7
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I haven't added any sps bc I want the mag to settle in first, but here's a FTS and my hood is on.


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