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I hope you are all having a great afternoon!

I am pretty new to autolinking image water fish keeping so I need some help..

Goal: I want at least one clownfish and maybe something to eat bristleworms if they are in the tank any way (I figure it is a very good chance).

So my friend gave me a Bio cube 14 this christmas (used, her old one). And she has the protein skimmer in the back.

I am wondering, how much live rock and sand do I put in? What chemicals are necessary? How long do I have to wait?

Links to guides and all that jazz would be great.. I just found nothing specifically for running the Biocube 14.. :P

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Re: New Biocube 14

Doesn't matter the size of the tank, this is the same for all.

#1-Dry Rock, there are a few hitchhikers on Live Rock that people want to stay away from, so they opt for using Dry Rock, or Dead Rock. Macro Rock is a good place to start looking for that. Either way you go you will need a minimum of 1lb per gallon. You can use Fully Cured Live Rock, and have the tank cycled in just a few days also. Other way is to use just a couple of pounds of Live Rock and the rest Macro or Dry Rock.

#2-Replacement filter media like filter floss and activated carbon (if you get a filter) Which is really not necessary.

#3-Multiple Power heads (2 or 3) 10x your water volume for just a Fish Only With Live Rock, and at least 20x your water volume for a Reef Tank. So lets say your going reef, and you have a 100g tank, you would need flow in that tank at minimum of 2000gph, or 2 1000gph power heads.

#4-Protein Skimmer, rated at 2 times your water volume. Unless your tank is under 30g, in which case you can do 10% water changes a week to rid the system of detrius. But, you'll have to watch the water parameters close, if things go haywire, you'll have to do more water changes.

#5-Saltwater Test Kits. Reef Test Kit. Test for Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates, PH, Phosphates, Calcium, ALK and Magnesium.

#6-Saltwater fish food. Mysis Shrimp, Squid, Cyclopease, Algae Sheets, Romaine . Flake food is not really a good food to feed your marine fish.

#7-Aquarium vacuum. This one is iffy. Most don't use one, if you have enough flow in the tank you won’t need one

#8-Rubber kitchen gloves

#9-Fish net

#10-Two, clean, never used before, 5-gallon buckets

#11-Aquarium thermometer, digital being the best.

#12-Brush with plastic bristles (old tooth brush) - needed for cleaning the live rock if you don't get Fully Cured Live Rock.

#13-Power Strip, possibly GFCI outlets by the tank.

#14-Optional but definitely recommend getting a Reverse Osmosis or RO/Deionization filter for the make-up water, and a barrel for storing the water.

#15-Possibly a Quarantine Tank for your new fish. They sit in here for a few weeks to kill off parasites and bacteria, to keep it from getting in your main tank

#16-Heater rated for your size tank.

#17-Saltwater Mix. Marine Salt. Instant Ocean is the cheap Salt that beginners and Advanced use alike.

#18-Saltwater Hydrometer or even better a Refractometer, which is more accurate. There is also a Digital Meter that is way advanced if you have the cash.

#19-Aquarium filter (not absolutely necessary if running with adequate amounts of live rock, but nice to have if you need to use a mechanical filter or activated carbon, or GFO and such)

#20-Aquarium substrate such as live sand or crushed coral. Some go bare Bottom, others choose the 2-3" bottom, others, more advanced will try the Deep Sand Bed, which is over 6" deep.

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I know you will enjoy to once you get it going
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Re: New Biocube 14

Thank you!

I am just writing what I got off your list:
-Skimmer: Unknown (has to be cleaned up)
-Powerhead 50: 149 GPH
-Generic Powerhead: (came with it, unknown gph)
-Crappy live-rock (low-qual, left in tank with no care-taken (her lionfish died, main part of the tank, she got mad and left the tank, understandable (imo)).

I'm going to strip it entirely. Its really nasty. how would you start? the last owner told me to reuse everything but boil it all (live rock and sand).

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Re: New Biocube 14

I also have a bunch of the other things, those just seem like they're the most important.

I really need help with clearing it out though. Don't know where to start. Just thinking of dumping everything into a pot to boil and hitting the tank with a nuke or something. Its covered in cyano and everything.

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