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Waterbox Peninsula Mini 25 Reef Build!


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Hello there, I'm new to the forum for the second time. I was a member years ago when I bought my first tank - a 130g cube. It was filled with joy and sadness, as you can imagine a first tank of that size would be.


Now, after years of “one day I want a tank again”, here we are.


Recently, I became interested in plants and my friend offered me a 10g aquarium to use for a terrarium. Well, you see...one thing led to another...and now I also have a brand new Waterbox Peninsula Mini 25 from TPA. Interesting how that works.


Here is my current set up:

-Tank: Waterbox Peninsula Mini 25
-Light: AI Prime 16HD
-Flow: AI Nero 3

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Here are some pictures of the tank and rockscape. I'm a bit annoyed with how much of a contrast the mortar ended up being - even with my efforts to match the color/texture with crushed rock. Obviously, with time that won't be noticeable, but for now...whatever. 

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I love your scape.  I just moved my 5 gallon inhabitants into a 20 gallon waterbox.  Loving it so far!

I've tried 2 pumps a Jebao SLW-10 and an AI Nero 3 which I had to send back to BRS to evaluate for noise and intermittent failed startups.  The Jebao is currently running the show solo.

I'm also really happy with the little skimmer I chose it fits great and runs in the media chamber.  Its a Comline DOC Protein Skimmer 9001

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17 minutes ago, hobbby said:

I love your scape.  I just moved my 5 gallon inhabitants into a 20 gallon waterbox.  Loving it so far!

I've tried 2 pumps a Jebao SLW-10 and an AI Nero 3 which I had to send back to BRS to evaluate for noise and intermittent failed startups.  The Jebao is currently running the show solo.

I'm also really happy with the little skimmer I chose it fits great and runs in the media chamber.  Its a Comline DOC Protein Skimmer 9001

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Thank you for the compliment and the information!

Are you running just the skimmer? I already don’t like how I have the media compartment set up. With my heater also in that slot, the two foam pieces are awkward to say the least. If I could eliminate that foam stuff and run a skimmer + the bio balls and/or charcoal, that might work nicely…

 

P.S. I love your scape as well. I almost added a pointed island like you have on the left. I’ll most likely end up adding an island (or islands) of some sort because I think there’s only about 10lb of rock in there right now…

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I'm also back from a couple year break and having a great time!  :)

 

First chamber I did 1 block of the foam that comes with tank.  I threw out the sock I don't trust that there's no bypass if it gets plugged and I know I wouldnt change or clean it as much as it needs to be lol

Second chamber is the bag of charcoal and the bio balls which I emptied half way out.  The bags are huge.  I might take out the bio balls at some point after the new rock is in there for a few months.

Also in the second chamber is the skimmer and my heater, I also moved my GHL temp and PH probes in there. In preparation for an auto top off in the third chamber.

Third chamber I cut the second block of foam and put it under the pump to remove the hum it was making.

 

Keep us updated as you get stuff added in there cant wait to see the grow out 

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On 11/18/2021 at 10:09 AM, hobbby said:

I threw out the sock I don't trust that there's no bypass if it gets plugged and I know I wouldnt change or clean it as much as it needs to be lol

I didn't even think about taking the sock out, I like that idea. 

 

I'll be out of town this weekend, but I'll definitely be rearranging the compartments when I'm back. I pulled out the foam pieces the other day and noticed one of them (I think it was only one) was touching the heater and had a little indented area on it like it had been melted slightly. I pulled the heater and there were some weird white marks on the glass, which is obviously where the foam was touching it. I wiped it off really well with a paper towel, but was unable to remove all of it. 

I moved the heater onto the back wall of the tank for now until I can situate things better.

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