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Old 12-30-2016, 08:01 PM
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r_jay's biocube build

Alright here's another drop into the ocean of biocube builds! I know everyone is excited

I'm taking it slow so I apologize in advance if it seems there's a long pause in between posts. It's not my first build so I'm planning carefully because I've many lessons learned from past builds.

This time I'm building a rock wall to attach to the back wall, it's something I've wanted to do for a while so I hope it turns out!

Today I got the rubble I needed and other supplies.

6lbs rubble rock
Pond foam
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I arranged all the rubble how I wanted



Then I used the pond foam and sprinkled sand over the foam.



I'm in the middle of trimming the foam and then I'll use CA glue to add sand over the foam again.


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Old 12-30-2016, 08:06 PM
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A wall of corals sounds like a cool idea. I thought about it once but was unsure of how to get light to corals near the bottom. I figured the corals on top would eventually shade the corals on the bottom. What types of corals do you plan on attaching back there?
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Old 12-30-2016, 08:25 PM
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So far I don't plan to cover the entire wall with coral as you said I need to plan carefully what goes where. I put in a couple small outcropping rock shelves where I'll put an acro or two, then some various monti caps (I'll need to monitor growth) and then I'll see if I want some softies (zoas / mushrooms) on it where light is filtered.

I'm planning on getting a rapidLED dimmable kit so should have good coverage on the entire tank. I'm excited about my main rock structure. I'm going with minimalist approach.


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Old 12-31-2016, 07:08 PM
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Happy New Years! Today I finished trimming the foam and glueing sand over the exposed foam. Then I used aquarium silicone to attach it all to the wall of the biocube. Sorry for the blue lighting, I'm saving up for a rapidLED Aurora dimmable retrofit kit. Also this tank was bought used and I haven't cleaned the glass yet.

I made my main rock structure too, I'll add one piece of live rock to seed, which will also serve as my only other rock in the tank.


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Old 12-31-2016, 10:57 PM
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Looks good so far

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Old 01-01-2017, 11:07 AM
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Very cool! Keep the pics coming
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Old 01-02-2017, 06:44 PM
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Thanks! I've been told I need to sell other hobby gear before I can buy my Aurora puck led kit. Lol


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Old 01-13-2017, 09:57 AM
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So yesterday I took advantage of the warm weather and filled my tank with... ocean water. Yup. Go ahead, freak out and tell me how many contaminants I put in there and all that. I filtered it with a filter sock and ran it through carbon. I didn't use a UV sterilizer. I figure since I'm a five minute walk from the beach I want to try it out. I've read threads from people debating the use of actual sea water and it sounded good enough to me. Im planning on running the tank as is for a couple months then I'll add LR to seed it (not from the ocean but hopefully from a fellow reefer). I'm still saving up for my lights so no hurry. Plus it'll give me time to see how the water goes.


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Looks good ..nice job

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Sweet!
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