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The Goodwill 14 Gal Biocube.

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Just a warning.. a $12 tank will never be a bargain.. 

 

I knew I was on a slippery slope when I found the tank at Goodwill.

The poor little biocube was stripped of all it's pumps and lights but I brought it home anyway.

 

After a lot of reading I made my first orders of parts.

Nanobox Retro Plus M light kit 

Jebao PP-4 

Cobalt MJ900  (return pump)

Hydor Koralia Nano 425 (for the mix bucket) 

Fluval 50w heater 

Refractometer 

20# CaribSea Live sand 

10# dry rocks

 

 

The nano box retro kit arrived about a week later

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All mounted up

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DIY splash shield from Acrylic and foam board

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The return parts were MIA so I drilled it for a loc-line

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Done with the PP-4 in place on the other side

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Another trip to Goodwill scored a small cabinet to put it on

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Not much life just yet

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more to come

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I love treasure hunting at good will haha. If it has any scratches Novus works great and wet sanding for the deeper scratches also I have been told mirco mesh works great. I got a 90 gal truvu at goodwill I spent a week wet sanding and polishing only to have it sit in my garage for a year n half before selling. You can get the novus at tap plastics there's a couple locations around portland but it cheapest on amazon. also the novus number one is great for just keeping the acrylic really clean. 

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Stock list so far: Flame me if I get these wrong

 

Silver Xenia

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Blue Cespitularia

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Hammer Head frag

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Favia

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Birds Nest

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Long Polyp Goniopora?? I'm not sure it's what it was told it is.. ID?

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We also got a small CUC with 2 electric blue hermits, 5 nassarius snails and for fun 3 sexy shrimp because they are cute little buggers.

 

No fish yet but when we do it will probably be a clown and maybe a maxi mini

 

Is a clam too ambitious?

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I'm currently running the lights at 10% mid day and 5% morning/evening and plan to ramp them up 5% a day till I get up to 90% mid day and 50% morning/evening

Let the new corals acclimate to the lights.

 

Good  plan?

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A clam is extremely ambitious for a 14 Gallon no established bio cube, keep in mind if your going to be mixing SPS with LPS, its going to take some creative effort with either the aquascape, or the lighting :)

 

Just curious is this your 1st reef Tank?

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Oh I'd wait to get a clam till it's been running for awhile if I do that at all.

 

This is my 4th reef tank.  Started in 2000 and have been away since 09 or so.. First Nano.. 

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First water change, new filter pad and added my Chemi-Pure bag last night.

Everything was out and extra happy today.  

I added 5 more lbs of live rock. I bought 10 so I have a 5lb rock in a bucket and no clue what to do with it.

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Looks good!  I like Goodwill for some things, but as far as tanks go, I've never found anything better than a worn-out 10 gallon with rainbow gravel for more than it costs at Petco. Nice find!

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I see 55 gal all the time but I don't like how little depth they have.

On rare occasions a 65 till turn up. I love 65 gal tanks.. 18" deep, 24" tall.. Lots of room to work with.

10 Gal all day long but as you noted they want as much or more than new for them.    

They had a Oceanic 30 cube I wanted but not for $50.. That violates my $1 pr gallon rule on used tanks. Someone snagged it before it hit 1/2 off week.

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Dang. I found another Biocube 14 today for $9 at St Vinnies but the back glass was cracked so I didn't take it.

They also had a 40g bow front for $49. Not a fan of the bow tanks though.

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Today's numbers

 

PH: 8.2

NH3/NH4: 0

N02: 0

N03: 5

DKH 7

 

 

This thing followed me home.. Not sure what I'll do with it yet.

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Todays pics with the 100mm macro lens and on the Pentax K10

 

Birds nest

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Hammer

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Zoas

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The group

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Sexy Shrimp

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what is this? Starburst polyp?

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I hate to sound like a wet blanket but Goodwill sucks. Many people think that based on the name they are helping a charity. It's just a business named Goodwill and you donate the guys products to him for free, then he sells them and makes money. There is no charity.


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