KLEMS biocube 14

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Klems, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    It's been over a year and a half now....so it's about time I get my journal started....

    Initial tank was started back on Dec 6th of 2014. Purchased the tank from Petco during their black Friday deal for $159 and also got 3 jugs of Nutri sea water with free shipping

    I initially started with chemipure blue and purigen in back chamber. Have since moved to BRS ROX .8 carbon and their GFO in a mesh bag.

    I also have a small bag of Seachem Matrix rocks in a media bag for additional bio filtration.

    Upgrades so far:
    Sicce 1.0 return pump
    Intank media basket
    Current USA TruLumen pro LED strip lights (2 marine fusion and 1 actinic)
    Reefkeeper lite from BRS with PH probe
    Jabeo PP-4

    Started with 2 clownfish that are still ruling the tank. As well a cleaner shrimp that tries to steal food from everyone, which makes target feeding the corals difficult. Had a tailspot blenny, firefish and royal gramma...at different times over the last 15 months which did not make it.

    Cleanup crew consists of a few scarlet hermit crabs, 4 nassarius snails, 3 banded trochus and 1 Astrea snails.

    We have had multiple frogspawn which have always popped off their heads. (Think I know why now...) Also have a few rock flower Anemone, one if which we got from the group buy last year...and 3 others from ASD. (The wife loves them). I have also added a BTA from a BAR member earlier this year that has found a spot it is happy with.....but the clowns have yet to fully accept it as a safe haven to hang out in

    I have been testing water multiple times a week and do water changes about every 2 weeks and add MG, CA and ALK as needed.

    About 3 weeks ago during one of my tests I questioned why my nitrates were always zero....was it that I had too much live rock...was I doing a great job with water changes...or was I feeding my fish the perfect amount of food? When I searched on Google I realized that I had not been shaking the #2 bottle of nitrate solution before adding it to the vial....and when I did, I got a nitrate reading of over 100!
    Over the course of the next few days I did four 20% water changes and got the levels back to ~10ppm.

    Since that time, I can see that my zoas are opening more and even added a few polyps, the head on the frogspawn are growing over their branches and the rock flower anemones are showing more color! Lesson learned and the reef and its inhabitants are thankful.

    I have added some recent pictures below and will try to post updates to this thread every week of two going forward.

    Ken
     

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  2. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    You may want to get a new nitrate test kit. If you were using the solution without shaking it then it's likely that you were getting the diluted portion which has probably made the rest of the bottle more concentrated.
     
  3. tankguy

    tankguy BOD

    With a tank of that size you really gotta stay on top of it.
     
  4. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    Yes, I did do that....
     
  5. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    What is this colorful thing coming out of my rock flowers mouth??
     

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  6. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    MANUS !!!
     
  7. Looks like it's stomach.
     
  8. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    This morning it looks like it was a small tentacles from my BTA I have in the tank...
     

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  9. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    Here is the piece on the sand bed...
     

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  10. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    Starting to get the manual dosing dialed in, adding about 2ml of both Red Sea B and C at night before bed, early in the morning and then again around 9 am....tank is really starting to look happy. IMG_20160902_143920269.jpg
     
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  11. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    B and C are only alkalinity and magnesium. I don't see any corals that would soak up the calcium. Do you not need to supplement it?
     
  12. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    B and C are the Buffer(alk) and Calcium....I read that I need to dose equal quantities to avoid crazy swings....A is the Magnesium...I dose it 2 ml once a week...
     
  13. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

  14. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    Your right....I think I might have to send a letter to Red Sea, because my version of what the letters mean makes more sense than there's!
     
  15. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    Houston.....we have a successful hosting!
     

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  16. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Man, my clowns won't go near my RBTA. It's been almost a year now. I'm quite sure they're not wild caught though.
     
  17. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    It only goes in there during the night...once the lights start to ramp on, it avoids it all day long.
     
  18. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    This yellow RFA looks like he wants a bigger tank to expand itself.... IMG_20160920_165859.jpg
     
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  19. Calde0920

    Calde0920 Guest

    Tank looks great where did you aquire the rfa
     
  20. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    From the BAR Group Buy and from AquaSD.
     

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