Jestersix

Waterbox Cube 20G

Ibn

Guest
As it's name implies, my old frag tank.

Tank: Waterbox 20G
Circulation pump: Ecotech MP10W (Reef Crest mode at 80%)
Light: Radion G4 Pro XR30 (Coral Lab template @45%)
ATO: SpectraPure Ultra Precise ATO
Controller: Apex 2016
Dosing: Seapora CaRx fed via Kamoer STP
Skimmer: Icecap K1 nano

Nothing fancy and just reusing old gear. The smallest Tonga rock grouping from the old 87G.
fts_031821.jpg


Need to pick up a skimmer for the back chamber and considering the IceCap K1 nano skimmer. They're all out of stock and won't be back in stock until the end of the month from what I've gathered. It's either gonna go into the first chamber or the second depending on how accurate their measurements are. I'll stick a cut up Marinepure block in whichever compartment isn't being used in the back.

The other option is to run the tank skimmerless and just stick with doing 5G water changes weekly/biweekly. I do tend to feed pretty heavily in the past and want to go mixed reef with sps, as in the previous tank, so not too thrilled about this. Have plenty of time to decide on this as the tank is cycling (with a couple of frags already :rolleyes:).

Fish:
Female Divided Leopard Wrasse
Starck's Damsel

Inverts:
Sally Lightfoot Crab (female)
Banded trochus (x5)
 
Last edited:

Ibn

Guest
Ordered the Icecap K1 nano skimmer and will be testing that out once it arrives. Also took a Marinepure 8x8x4 block (unused block that I had stashed away) and cut it down to 3x3x8 and stuck it in the first chamber.

Decided to set up the CaRx instead of doing the 2-part. Still have a couple of Kamoer pumps so felt that it would be a waste if I didn't reuse one of them. Also added some Monti caps to the tank a couple of weeks ago to see how they would fare. One of the caps was broken up into 3 smaller pieces so I just mounted them on some rubble and they've been slowly fusing back together.

After observing the Montis for a couple of weeks, I went to Neptune yesterday and picked up a few Acro testers from their $10/20 tanks. Polyps were out on them ~30 minutes after being tossed into the tank (after the Bayer dip/scrub) so we'll see how they'll do.

1617820338889.png
 
Last edited:

max_nano

Supporting Member
Ordered the Icecap K1 nano skimmer and will be testing that out once it arrives.
I’ve been looking at that. Curious how you like it, specifically if it’s quiet or not.

I am using the IM bio skim on my nano and it’s good but is the loudest component

those acros look nice, Neptune has been getting some really cool acros recently!
 

Ibn

Guest
I’ve been looking at that. Curious how you like it, specifically if it’s quiet or not.

I am using the IM bio skim on my nano and it’s good but is the loudest component

those acros look nice, Neptune has been getting some really cool acros recently!
Will do.

Neptune has some nice frags for sure that goes through their tanks. I've been contemplating about having the tank be fully filled with wild/maricultured frags versus named pieces. I'm familiar with many of the named sps out there and I've seen variations of them come in.
 

Ibn

Guest
I’ve been looking at that. Curious how you like it, specifically if it’s quiet or not.

I am using the IM bio skim on my nano and it’s good but is the loudest component

1+ hours in diluted vinegar bath and she was good to go.
1618429092499.png


Cute little bugger. I have it set to skim dry (bubbles at the beginning of the neck), but it still pulled out some stuff, as if it were set to wet skim. After pulling it out it settled down. Bubble head seems to be stable now.

In regards to performance, we'll see how it does long term. Noise-wise, it's very quiet, other than the sound of the micobubbles being produced; you can't hear the pump at all. It's quieter than the impeller noise of my MP-10W (with QD wet side) that I hear when the pump ramps up and down on reef crest mode. Favorable initial impressions of it so far with it being in operation for ~24 hours.

Other notes:
No instructions came with the skimmer, but not hard to figure out at all if you've ever used a skimmer before.
Tiny skimmer with tiny cup. Wish there was a built in drainage tube to funnel to a drainage container. Would require a design change or uniseal on the side of the cup, since its compression fitted to the body.
Bubble head very easy to adjust.
Careful about tightening the black thumbscrew which is for the bracket. Too much tightening can definitely crack the skimmer body.
 

Ibn

Guest
~6 days in operation. Not as dry as I'd prefer but considering its age not too shabby.
1618859352367.png


One of the first sps to go into the tank as a tester. Green cap.
1618859448523.png


Added some more sps a week ago and they seem to be doing well, including this tenuis.
1618859508360.png


The tip has grown a bit (~.25") and it looks meh right now. Not sure how well it'll color up considering the fact that it's rather pastel in coloration with the yellow tips on the axial corallite.
1618859613518.png


Another "pinkish" Acro.
1618859682242.png


Also added a couple of chalices. Oregon Mummy eye.
1618859707066.png


Flaming Bugatti. The edge isn't too happy at the moment since there were some hitchhiking vermetids that I clipped and nicked the edge there.
1618859726076.png


The other swimmer in the tank, Starck's damsel, my little grazer.
1618859823903.png
 
Last edited:

xcaret

Guest
Pretty nice Eric.
What I love @robert4025 Neptune, are the $10/$20 sections; there’s eye candy in there that is also in the higher priced tanks; one just has to look for them.
 

Ibn

Guest
Was able to pick up a couple pieces of coral rubble from an established tank.
1619149411717.png


Brushed the surface of them a couple of days ago and starting to see signs of coralline on the rock today.
1619149474312.png
 

Ibn

Guest
This was the 9th Acro added to the tank. As you can see it was pretty much a fresh cut with the exposed skeleton on the side.
1619574047507.png


This is today, a week from adding it to the tank.
1619574080829.png

Tissue has started to regrow over the cut and the skeleton is no longer exposed. Not much happening with it otherwise, other than better polyp extension, and overall lightening of the coloration (lack of nutrients). It'll be mounted to the rock work in another week or so.

Here's another couple of sps that were mounted. Left one is part of the first batch of Acros and the one on the right is from the second batch. They sit on the sand bed for 10-14 days before they're mounted. The PAR isn't significant more on the rock versus the sand bed, so the lightening of the tissue isn't from PAR but rather low nutrients instead. Been adding both Acropower as well as phytochrome to the tank in the meantime.
1619575336256.png


Been tweaking with the solenoid, feed pump, and effluent rate to maintain the alk. Been manually testing twice daily to do so and looking forward to the Trident, which will make it easier to adjust as the corals grows in and the tank matures.
 
Last edited:
Top