My 28 gallon HQI Nano-Cube diary.

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Western_reefer, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. I tested my water again today, parameters are....
    Ammonia: 0
    Nitrites: 0
    Nitrates: 0
    Phosphates: 0
    PH: 8.2
     
  2. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

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  3. Hello everyone! I have some great news!! :D I got ANOTHER BRAND NEW JBJ Nano-Cube!! Its just the tank tho, no stand, lights, pump or anything like that. So, I'll have one that's going to be photosynthetic corals/Eel and the other is going to be full 100% Azoox/Dwarf Cuttlefish with a sump. :D Here are a few renderings of the Azoox/Cuttlefish tank. :D As You can see, there is an MP 10 on the side. :p Tell me what ya think! :D
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  4. Joost_

    Joost_ Guest

    Nice renderings.... :p
     
  5. lol Thanks! :p
     
  6. I tested my water yesterday and parameters are...:
    Ammonia: 0
    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: 0
    Phosphate: 0
    pH: 7.8 (yeah, a bit low)
     
  7. Here is my plan. Tell me what you think! Suggestions are welcome!

    DT: 28 gallon JBJ Nano-Cube
    Stand: 20" long x 24" wide x 36" high
    Sump: 25 gallon tall, 24" long x 12" wide x 20" high
    Skimmer: SWC Xtreme 120 Cone Protein Skimmer
    EcoTech Marine MP10 Vortech Propeller Pump w/ EcoSMART Driver
    3 X Two Little Fishies Reactor 150: Carbon, GFO, Bio-Pellets
    BRS Top Off Doser (50 mL Per Minute)
    Controller with internet
    Microsoft LifeCam Studio 1080p HD Webcam
    iPhone 5 (when it comes out lols)

    Fuge with PC light
    Heater

    DT lighting: probably LEDs

    I am thinking of doing 50% weekly(that's 14 gallons) water changes which equals to a total of 200% a month. 7 gallons will be from an acro SPS/LPS reef which will have very clean water and the other 7 gallons will be brand new saltwater.(thinking of doing 2 x 25% a week instead of 50% at once so the azoox animals wont stress out?)
    I think I'm also going to add Zeovit Media into a mesh bag.


    Automated Feeding System: mini refrigerator with venturi valve/magnetic mixer/dosing pump method. I'm thinking about feeding 12 times a day, once every 2 hours?
    Foods that will go into the Erlenmeyer Flask:
    Frozen Cyclop-eeze
    Frozen Rotifers
    Ultra Clam
    Ultra Min D(should I even get Ultra Min S?)
    Ultra Min F
    Ultra Seafan
    I'll also grow live phytoplankton for the Tunicates. I'll install a 2 liter soda bottle with a bubbler to keep the phytoplankton in suspension and slowly drip it like most people do with kalkwasser. I think I'll go with these species: Nannochloropsis oculata, Thalassiosira scotia, Pavlova lutheri, Isochrysis galbana and Tetraselmis sp.
    Also going to spot feed the azoox LPS with Mysis.




    Stock list:
    Pair of Dwarf Cuttlefish
    Quite a bit of azoox LPS(Tubastrea, Balanophyllia, Dendrophyllia, Rhizotrochus, Archohelia rediviva, etc)
    Red Chili Coral (Alcyonium sp)
    Mokey Sea Squirt (Eusynstyela sp)
    Menella sp.
    Diodogorgia nodulifera
    Red Swiftia
    (maybe a few other diff gorgonians not sure)
    2-3 Feather starfish
    1 Basket Starfish



    I think I'm going to get a Microsoft LifeCam Studio 1080p HD Webcam so I can watch the tank if I go somewhere and if something does go wrong and someone is there, I could easily point out what to do.



    Costs:
    Pretty much free -- 28 gallon JBJ Nano-Cube
    Pretty much free -- Mini Refrigerator
    not sure yet -- Stand
    not sure yet -- Sump
    not sure yet -- Controller with internet
    not sure yet -- iPhone 5 (when it comes out lols)
    $224.99 -- SWC Xtreme 120 Cone Protein Skimmer
    $219.99 -- EcoTech Marine MP10 Vortech Propeller Pump w/ EcoSMART Driver
    $99.99 -- BRS Top Off Doser (50 mL Per Minute)
    $75.40 -- Microsoft LifeCam Studio 1080p HD Webcam
    $44.99 -- Two Little Fishies Reactor 150
    $44.99 -- Two Little Fishies Reactor 150
    $44.99 -- Two Little Fishies Reactor 150
    $28.99 -- Jager 150 W Heater
    $5.00 -- Magnetic mixer with magnet
    $5.00 -- fuge light

    Total: $794.33 + shipping/tax

    probably around $50.00 for live/dry rock



    Foods:
    $39.95 -- ~750gms* (~1.6 LBS.) Frozen Cyclop-eeze
    $70.00 -- 20 x 250gm flat packs(11 LBS) Frozen Rotifers
    $24.06 -- 100mL Ultra Clam
    $24.06 -- 250ml Ultra Min D (should I even get Ultra Min S?)
    $16.32 -- 100mL Ultra Min F
    $24.06 -- 100mL Ultra Seafan
    $30.25 -- 2.5 kg* (~5.5 LBS.) Frozen Mysis (Mysis relicta) Canadian Mysis

    Total for food: $228.70 + shipping/tax

    Brand new Water change cost:
    $86.64 -- a year, SeaChem Reef Salt, $38.00 for 160 gall bucket(price is with tax); 7 gall x 52 weeks = 364 gall divided by 160 gall = 2.28 buckets x $38.00 a bucket = $86.64 a year

    Here are a few renderings. I drew them on Google SketchUp then Joost did the rendering. Thanks Joost! I really appreciate it!! :)
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  8. Well, I tested my water yesterday and parameters are:
    Phosphate: 0
    Nitrate: 0
    Nitrite: 0
    Ammonia: 0
    Calcium: 460
    Alkalinity: 10
     
  9. Well, I added 50 grams of GFO and 1 cup of Premium ROX 0.8 Aquarium Carbon on 1/28/2011. :)
     
  10. Here are a few updated pictures. I know, I've got an algae bloom. But, I added the Carbon, GFO, and I plan on adding a bit of clean up crew and it should start going away soon.

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  11. Here are a few FTS's that I took I took today.

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  12. Well, got an update! I got a Tunze 9002 skimmer today! Sawed off the magnet and its currently running in the middle chamber! :)
     
  13. Here is a picture of 17 hours of skimmate. :) Skimmer is still breaking in.
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  14. Cleaned out the skimmer cup for the first time today! Was filled up like 210ml, was a darkish tea color. :D
     
  15. Here is a FTS that I took 20 min ago, I'll try to take a better FTS tomorrow.
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  16. Well, I've got some good news!!! I ordered a EcoTech Marine MP10 Vortech Propeller Pump w/ EcoSMART Driver from Marine Depot today! WOOT!! :D:D:D
     
  17. Well, I got my EcoTech Marine MP10 Vortech Propeller Pump w/ EcoSMART Driver! Its been running for several hours and so far so good! Here are a few pictures.
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  18. Here is a video of the nano that I took today. The MP10 is on Reef Crest Mode set to 100%, look at the water surface. ;)
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  19. Here is a FTS that I took 30 minutes ago. Some of the corals will be moved around later on.
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  20. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    Did yo get mp10 locally? Was it cheaper than 220? I think I might get one too. My old koralia started making funny noises.
     

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