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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-12-2015, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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My First Saltwater tank. 29G Biocube.

Hi all! After years of stalking autolinking image forums and reading and reading and reading, my wife decided to give me a kick start on this hobby (job?), I'm not new to aquarium I had several autolinking image in the past and now running a 55G Florida planted aquarium for more than 3 years,this one: its a very low tech self sustaining tank running with 2 HOB filters without any media, just to keep the water flowing, no water changes and DIY led lighting.

I like low tech self sustaining tanks, and I will do my best to do this approach on this build. It may crash it might not, I will love any advice you can give me.

Today my wife found a brand new Biocube 29G on craigslist for $175, she sent me a text with this words: Contact this guy and buy the tank, its your birthday present, then as I know how expensive this hobby is, this will be my last birthday/fathers day/Christmas present for the next 10 years....

So today I arranged to pick it up on Thursday, and then if I survive the craigslist killer, I will update this post as the tank moves forward. This is my original approach:

Tank: 29G Biocube, for now keep everything standard, in the future I will like to upgrade to full led lighting.
Powerhead: Hydor Koralia Nano Aquarium Circulation Pump 425, is it to much?
No skimmer​.
Water changes: as needed.​
Remove Bioballs and get some macro for a refuge.
2-3 inch deep live ​​sand bed. I will like to create a very good biofiltrat
Uncured live rock.
For live stock so far no real plans, only thing I have to put for my daughter request is a pair of clownfish.... (Nemo means something to you? Oh no I did say Nemo in this forum... I'll be banned.....) Of course only when the cycle completes and tank matures.
I have some newbie questions:
My LFS sells saltwater at 99 x gallon it is a fair price? Or better get RO water at 39 and mix it myself?
I live in central Florida and​ after a lot of research look like there are several good live rock suppliers around Tampa, It will be better if I buy the live rock and pick it up myself?
For that deep sand bed what is better: Place the live rock first and then the sand, or lay the sand bed first and put the rocks on top? I'm asking because I'm afraid that the sand sifters can make the rocks move if they are on top of the sand.
I don't have deep pockets so I will love some recommendations where to buy good equipment at good prices.
Thank you so much for time and help,

PD sorry for any misspelling or broken English, is not my native language.

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Re: My First Saltwater tank. 29G Biocube.

Welcome to the salty side of the hobby! I live in south Florida and had a smaller native tank, it was very cool! Any ways I also have a 29g biocube, I love it! Your right on taking the bioballs out. How I have mine set up and its been running like this for 6 months or so and I've had great luck with it, I have a biocube skimmer with a mod (it doesn't look very nice, but it works!) and in the second chamber I have it full of small pieces of live rock. I did put a polishing pad where the water pours from chamber 1 and some hermit snails to clean up any food that makes into the back. Then I have an Oceanic biocube and the stock pump is plenty with a small power head. Its a nano something or other, but it does the job.

As far as sand and rock, definitely do rock first!!!! If your sand sifters and or fish start digging around the base rocks they may fall and crack the glass!!!

Water. I started mixing my own, only because I have corals in the tank now, and my LFS is using basic SW. But to start you off until your more comfortable with your present for the next 10 years lol then $1g for SW is about right.

The rocks are up to you, the advantage of going to pick them up, is that you get to pick them out! Dead rock is much cheaper, but does take longer to get the tank going. One thing that is nice with SW versus FW is that the water column does carry some BB. So a good thing to do is either get one live rock and or some old tank water. This will help your cycle.

Oh pictures! Take pictures, you will be thankful you did later. It's fun to see the tanks progression. Plus than you can share

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