Cheezy's 60g Qbert

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    The newest edition to the aquarium family. The plan is for a mostly LPS/zoa tank. Some of the equipment may be a little overkill, but I wanted a clean look with the capability to have a medium to heavy stock.


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    60g Marineland rimless
    Radion G3 with RMS
    Vertex Omega 150
    Jebao DC3000 return pump
    10g sump (getting a reasonable sump for a cube is a pain)
     
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    Got some work done on the plumbing.

    I found some led lights for the sump at one of the LFS.... aka IKEA. :rotflmao: It has a cool multichip design so there is a cool color blender wheel.

    I wasn't looking to grow any macro, just to see when I open up the cabinet.

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    Today:


    There are a few pics with different LED colors....because I can :p
     
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    If you don't have a sand bed you could get some cool effects against the other light through the bottom of the tank :)
     
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    I have heard that only girls have sand beds :p
     
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    Definitely a little harder to do with a 24" Cube, but the 10gal will work just fine.
    Looks like a great start.

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    I have hit my first minor snag in the build. My floor is not particularly level, so much that it is causing the stand to flex. On one corner I can see 1/16 to 1/8" gap between the stand and the tank. I have been trying my usual plastic shims, but it is not working very well.
     
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    I got ambitious last night. My cured rock was added, as well as sand and water.
    [​IMG]

    Working on quieting down the skimmer and the overflow gurgle. I think the gurgle is decent. It's no herbie, but I didn't want to add an external pipe for the return, like I did with the 120.

    The Omega draws a crazy amount of air. Even with the silencer, I can hear it slurping. I hear that you can twist the intake housing to reduce it. We will see if that helps. Anyone else have this problem on their Vertex?

    After that, recheck level and break/cut off the ends of the shims.
     
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    Wow, that looks great. I really like your rock work.
     
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    Per some good input from the wife, I went ahead and blacked out the back of the tank with some no VOC latex paint. I was still ultra nervous that I would cause some stress on the inhabitants. They did no seem to care. The first coat did a pretty good job on coverage, but I am still going to go back for a second coat when I get ambitious. All fish/shrimp/crabs have been moved over. The snails, urchins and starfish are staying in the nanocube until I get some algae/biofilm growth going.

    Stock list so far:
    2x ORA pygmy spotted filefish
    1x ORA orchid dottyback
    1x Blood red shrimp
    3x Peppermint shrimp (aka the Three Shrimp Mafia)
    New addition
    1x Tiger Goby


    There is a lot of open water space with the fairly open aquascape and mostly bottom dwellers in my stocklist. I am mulling over what to add as a larger/showcase fish. I have a Kole tang in the frag tank that may get relocated. I'm sure the tang police would be knocking on my door, but honestly, he is not a very active open water swimmer. My previous Kole would have felt a little cramped. Other possibilities...maybe a bicolor angel, cherub, 1 spot foxface, or maybe a coral beauty. If/when they get too big, they would have to moved to a bigger tank. Shucks....I might just have to build a big tank to house them ;)
     
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    Look'n good! I have a nice sized coral beauty if you're interested that's surprisingly well-tempered (for now! ... maybe just add it at the same time as the other new fish so it doesn't bully the others).

    I'm surprised Marty STILL hasn't commented on the "only girls have sand beds" comment from February. haha
     
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    Shhh....Let sleeping dogs lie
     
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    Long overdue update. I forgot that I didn't QT a kole tang when I got him for the frag tank. About 4 months ago I added him to this tank. He promptly got an active Ich infection. Wiped the tank save 1 of the pygmy filefish. Left the whole thing fallow for 6 weeks and tossed a UV on for the duration, just because. Got a new round of fish which seem quite happy.
    A constantly bickering black and white ocellaris "pair"
    Bi-color angel
    Ruby red dragonet

    We have 2 btas. The rainbow looks pretty blah in the day time but has amazing fluorescence at night. The rbta from CBWaters looks great all the time.

    Started added some coral. For the life of me, I can't figure out why my zoas won't open up. All the LPS and mushrooms are fine. I took some of the frags to the downstairs growout tank and they opened right up. The flow is on the lower side. The PAR should be on the lower side. I'm trying to keep the nutrient level reasonably high.

    Too lazy to break out the camera, so here are a couple crappy phone pics
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    Yes, I am a slacker. It's been over a year since the last update. The tank is coming along nicely. At this point, the plan is to try to not screw things up. It has become an anemone LPS tank, with around 15 rockflowers, 3 maxi minis, and 3 btas. The bicolor appreciates only having a single clown as a tank mate. The clown appreciates having 3 btas to chillax in.
     
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    It's great to see that your Bicolor Angelfish is doing so well.
    I've never kept one, but I was under the assumption that they're not all that hardy.
     
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    Nice job, keep us updated
     
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    Got a new clownfish for the tank. Might have to get a bigger tank....[​IMG]

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