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    New setup

    Hey all,
    I haven't been around much, but I figured I'd drop a note about my saltwater setup I'm starting once school's out. I have a 12 NanoCube. Plan on having 1 royal gramma, CUC, some feather dusters, and various hardy corals. I'll be cycling with LR and LS. I'll make chamber 2 a fuge with chaeto and probably use filter floss and activated carbon. I'm pretty excited for it, and I just thought I'd get in on the forum. I'll post some pics later on as I set it up. Anyone else use the NanoCube? Hopefully in the future I'll have some frags to give out. You'll be hearing from me soon!

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    ... what does CUC mean? Will you have LPS or just softies? Edit: (Clean up Crew. Duh, Clint!)

    I'm looking at the deluxe nanocube right now. Only 48 total watts? Is that enough for anything beyond shrooms? 12 gallons is so small.... I don't know if I'd have the diligence to do bi weekly partial water changes. Have you considered making your own setup? That way you could have whatever lighting you want as well as a nice Remora protein skimmer. Sure, more expensive, but you'd have more options and cleaner water. You wouldn't even need mechanical filtration then, besides, mechanical filters are just nitrate-traps if you don't replace them constantly. I was considering doing just that, but I don't know how I'd be able to move it whenever I have to leave college during the summer and spring break. I guess if I drove slowly and took out most of the water, it wouldn't be hard to move.


    I'm excited for you! Have you ever had a reef before? They are so much fun, and EASY as long as you don't half-butt it and skimp out on the equipment, and dedicate your time to it.

    May I ask why you settled on the NanoCube? I think there are several all-in-one tanks like that out there.

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    It's small, but I am also a college student, so time and $ are major concerns. I will have an apartment, so I'm not too worried about transportation and such.
    I'm usually pretty diligent when it comes to water/ filter changes, so I think I'll be on top of that. I'll probably invest in a good skimmer down the road, but for now I really like the natural type of setups, so I'd like to someday have a fuge with some macro algae and possibly even mangroves and have a mini- ecosystem for clean-up.
    I did have a reef once, but I was maybe 10... took great care of it, but couldn't keep up with it on a 10-year old's allowance so as you say, skimping on $ caught up with me.
    I settled on NanoCube cause I had heard good thing about them for the most part and an online provider had it at clearance prices (about $60 less than the exact same thing from other sites).

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    Ohh boy. I forgot how much these things cost :P I was pricing stuff for a 20 gallon of my own.

    Skimmer: $140 - 175
    30 lbs Gulfview LR with shipping: $230
    Lighting: $250-300

    Not counting the coral (which is VERY expensive for the good colors), and misc. things like heater, powerheads, filter, salt, test kits, supplements, etc. Dammit I forgot how expensive it was lmao. I need a job :P Of course that's with top-grade LR, skimmer (top grade for a 20 gallon ) and Lighting.

    I was looking at $150 Anemones today! Damn. If any of you think $150 for a plant is expensive, try $150 for a ball of gelatinous slime (that requires far more light than that $150 plant!)

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    Sounds good! You should add a percula or ocelaris clown too. (If you feel like putting up with the extra bio-load)
    I plan on putting my 29 gallon saltwater together over the summer also. All I have for equipment so far is a powerhead and heater.
    Good Luck! Post pictures when it's set up.
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    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustLikeAPill View Post
    If any of you think $150 for a plant is expensive, try $150 for a ball of gelatinous slime
    No matter the price, you really have to be careful with gelatinous slime...



    (I know I posted that once before; but seriously, how often does someone post gelatinous slime?! I couldn't resist).

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    LOL
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    Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

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    That much for LR(whoops duh you said ultra high grade) ? JLAP why does the lighting have to cost that much can't you buy a compact Mh then change it out with a 10,000 K bulb mh bulb? That would be much less and you'd have a 5 year warrenty...
    Sounds great though Makes me want to raise $500 /get a job
    Not trying to question you just curious your the guy with a reef not me

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