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Post by Bobo on Wed 27 Jul 2011, 1:14 am

Hey folks im looking for a biocube or sumthing similar, prefer a 29G but might go for sumthing else that is similar or maybe little smaller or bigger, an thanks in advance for the help and advice..and coral cause matt said folks will be shovin it my way.

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Re: WTB Biocube

Post by DonnieP on Wed 27 Jul 2011, 11:18 am

If you are lookig at new, check out the JBJ systems. I have a 28 gallon pro LED that I really like, its a little pricey but they have now come out with an intermediate 28g LED system that uses 1-wat led instead of 3-watt like mine. The intermediate is for lower light corals like large polyp stoney, soft coral, Zooanthids and the like. The intermediate is very reasonably priced too. Check out the link below for information on the intermediate tank, I think the stand is sold seperate so check that out as well.

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Re: WTB Biocube

Post by Bobo on Wed 27 Jul 2011, 11:20 am

Thank ya much Mr. Donnie

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Re: WTB Biocube

Post by Bobo on Wed 27 Jul 2011, 11:23 am

Only problem is my wife threw a hissy fit when she found out im getting another tank she wants me to just use the 55 gallon for saltwater.

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Re: WTB Biocube

Post by DonnieP on Wed 27 Jul 2011, 12:12 pm

Bobo wrote:Only problem is my wife threw a hissy fit when she found out im getting another tank she wants me to just use the 55 gallon for saltwater.

Well, explain to her that a 55 is too narrow front to back for liverock, they are a real pain to aquascape, not that it can't be done, I have seen some nice 55g setups but man the all in one tanks are so easy and I'll just leave it at that cause I know how it is when the Wife don't take much interest in the hobby. Let me ask you this, is the bottom of the 55 tempered or not? If its not it would be a simple matter to drill it in one back corner and build a corner overflow from black acrylic and add you a sump underneath to hold all your filtration equipment. If it is tempered then you would have to go with a hang on the back siphon box to get the flow down to the sump but either way on a 55 I would suggest you have at least a 20 or 29 gallon sump underneath. Thats why I like the AIO's, the filtration is built into the tank. Let me say a word here on Skimmers. A lot of people think a skimmer is a necessity on a marine tank, I'm not one of those people, my tank has been running a year without a skimmer and so has Matt's. The catch here is size, Our 28 and 29 are small enough to change 10-20% of the water every two weeks. On a 55 you are right on the border line of needing a skimmer. I wouldn't use one even on a 55 because I think they remove more of the good stuff you need rather than the bad you don't, but thats just my opinion. Anyway, I'm rambling again, If we can help ya out just holler!
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Re: WTB Biocube

Post by Bobo on Wed 27 Jul 2011, 5:11 pm

Its not tempered and I would live to have a overflow and sump setup but not sure I can figure it out correctly. Im going to most likely set one of my 55bigger as a african tank and do a 3d background using ur right up but make caves and tunnels in mine. And just buy a 28or 29 anyways. I hate the HOB look and would think the sump and overflow would filter more efficient but im new to the hobby and still learning

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Re: WTB Biocube

Post by DonnieP on Wed 27 Jul 2011, 5:56 pm

I used to keep African Cichlids in my 110 with a sump under it but the sump in the African tank to me was useless, a good canister filter cleaned regularly would be better. Really the only reason for a sump in saltwater is to house a skimmer and refugium along with heaters and other equipment not used in fresh water. Trust me, you would really like the JBJ 28g led but I warn you the 89 watt pro has really intense lighting, I have paly's that have migrated off rocks to get out of the light. Before you buy, you need to figure out what type coral you want to keep. The intermediate JBJ led would be a nice tank for someone just getting into saltwater, only reason for the pro model like mine is to keep sps corals and these reqire a little more experience, and hey if you want to upgrade to the 89 watt hood later you can buy just the hood and they snap on and off.

If you do go an all in one tank you will need a heater and filtration media, I use the 6.5 oz. chemipue elite and purigen and the fluffy filter floss, about everything else is encluded, you will also want a refractometer to check your salinity, pretty cheap on ebay but I always keep a regular hydrometer to just to double check.
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Re: WTB Biocube

Post by Eddie on Mon 01 Aug 2011, 1:21 pm

How much is a bio cube worth with stand? The old compact lighting?

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Re: WTB Biocube

Post by Bobo on Mon 01 Aug 2011, 2:02 pm

i have no clue but i want one

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