|12-21-2012 08:55 PM|
|RobMc||Beautiful tank, I think I liked it best all grown out and gnarly on 9/28|
|12-21-2012 08:54 PM|
|tylergvolk||Things are looking good!|
|12-06-2012 07:31 PM|
|Basil||That is a beautiful Biocube!|
|12-04-2012 10:51 PM|
|12-04-2012 03:55 AM|
Rusty brown C. babualti female, she might be berried, her eggs are so small it's hard to tell, but she looks like she's got more tail today:
Greenish yellow babaulti male
Floaters frogbit and giant duckweed:
|12-03-2012 06:31 PM|
The tank was used from craig's list and the guy had swapped out the stock pump for another model. He didn't indicate it was more powerful or anything though, maybe just more efficient, you know how those reefers are always concerned over heat issues. Has worked like a champ for a good 5-6 years or so that I've had it . I'll have to post some new pics tonight, the plants are looking good! Utricularia gibba is all over the upper moss, but it looks cool!
Oh yea, and I have this stock blue green foam block in the one back chamber, bunch of emergent plants in the others, a bag of carbon, a bag of crushed coral, a bag of purigen back there too.
|12-02-2012 05:32 PM|
I was thinking of going open top, or just running one of the lights that came with it.
Are you running with the stock filter?
|12-02-2012 04:39 PM|
It's nice to see another Biocube owner posting a planted tank!
|12-02-2012 04:33 PM|
|12-02-2012 04:26 PM|
Good question, The most important mod is keeping the shrimp out of the back. To do this, I plugged up the lower vents with some filter floss, you could also super glue a sheet of plastic over it, from the front side or the back, or glue some mesh screening, or stainless steel mesh over it. Then, I had a stainless steel filter intake screen, that was probably 1.5" in diameter and ~7" tall, I cut it open down one side and across the bottom then butterflied the thing open. I tried using superglue gel and hot glue to attach this over the upper vent slots, I found the hot glue works best, Just make sure you get this on good because if it busts loose later on it's a pain to fix! If you can manage this you get an awesome shrimp tank!
Other mods, I grew some emersed plants in the back chambers. That living basil you can get at the grocery store does really well with it's roots wet (might have to find a creative planter to keep it in, or a pot just larger up top than a chamber), but keep the stems above water. It will send down extensive roots, which will help keep the water clean.
Also-you may want to go open top with a custom light such as LED if the temps are running hot. With that enclosed lid and all that PC lighting, it can generate a lot of heat and keep it in. Just set it up and keep an eye on it for a few days.
|12-02-2012 03:45 PM|
I just picked up the 8 gallon version and would like to set mine up with plants and shrimp as well. Can you tell me about any other mods besides the light? How are you keeping shrimp out of the rear chambers?
|11-21-2012 12:25 AM|
|mack23||yeah, for my plants i always go for something between 5,000k to 6700k, but your plants seem to love it, and the colors do look good. i may have to do a bit of experimenting....|
|11-19-2012 07:55 PM|
I don't know if there is a distinct advantage, but I was use to running 14,000k on my reef, so I was leeary of dropping to 6500K(feared it would be kinda yellow). They all cost the same so I went with an 8000. The plants do great and the colors pop.
|11-19-2012 11:31 AM|
|mack23||beautiful tank. what is the advantage to using the 8,000k bulb?|
|11-18-2012 04:22 AM|
james1542 BioCube 14g-High light shirmp tank
Time to get a thread organized for my biocube..
Tank: Biocube 14g
light: Sunpod 70W 16.5 with 8,000k bulb
Sub: Fluval shrimp
Ferts: Osmocoat +
Current Livestock: Shrimp (PFR, Babaulti green, CRS, CBS, OEBT/BTOE)
Current Plants: Chain Swords, Moss(Peacock, weeping, xmas, mini Pellia, giant willow, and god knows what else), Rotala, Limnophilia hippruoides, marble queen sword, Cambomba Red.
Age: ~1 year
Enjoy the photos..:
Spring of 2012: