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Re: Oceanic BioCube 29 Converted for Brichardi Cichlid

Postby Buds BioCube » Fri Mar 05, 2021 8:56 pm

Good Vid

This weekend I plan on getting plants in my Cube.
Hopefully next update will show the result.
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Re: Oceanic BioCube 29 Converted for Brichardi Cichlid

Postby Buds BioCube » Sun Mar 07, 2021 5:15 pm

The Cube has Plants.

* Anubias barteri v "NANA

* Cryptocoryn wendtii v Tropica "Bronze Wendtii"

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Re: Oceanic BioCube 29 Converted for Brichardi Cichlid

Postby Buds BioCube » Sun Mar 07, 2021 5:33 pm

The Anubias Nana are in temporarily
I believe that I can cut both into at least 4 plants

I do realize that with the Crypto Bronze and probably the Nana I will end up trimming some leaves.
All plants were submerged in a tank at LFS with fish

I have some Easy Green Fertilizer coming from Aquarium Co-Op
I am going to pick up some API Root Tabs for the Crypto Bronze.
Beside the largest Crypto Bronze in the Front Left Corner there are smaller Crypto's down the Right Side and back by the Sponge Filter as well as between the ocean Rovk and the front rock caves
All total I got 6 separate plants from the Crypto bud ranging in size from medium large to very small.

The fish haven't paid any attention to the plants.
Yes I still have the 3 original fish...I'm not going to return them but I will order 4 or 5 Brichardi to go into the Cube with them.
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Re: Oceanic BioCube 29 Converted for Brichardi Cichlid

Postby sir_keith » Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:13 pm

Buds BioCube wrote: ...Does anyone have any links to pure Brichardi?..


Sure, but we're not allowed to post them on this forum. Send me a PM and I'll give you a link to a reputable online source that currently has several of the brichardi species complex in stock, including Neolamprologus brichardi, N. gracilis, N. pulcher, and N. splendens. Particularly in this species complex, there is no reason to be working with fishes of questionable origin.
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Re: Oceanic BioCube 29 Converted for Brichardi Cichlid

Postby Buds BioCube » Thu Mar 11, 2021 8:21 pm

Hi all,
I have a Plant update.
I knew that I could get at least 2 more plants from my Anubias Nana Plants.
By Propagating the Rhizome of each plant I had 4 plants.
I used the Original Super Glue Gel to attach each Rhizome to a rock.

Now I have 2 Anubia Nana's in the front and one on each side.
Have a look...


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Re: Oceanic BioCube 29 Converted for Brichardi Cichlid

Postby Deeda » Thu Mar 11, 2021 8:25 pm

Nice job and the plants look good.
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Re: Oceanic BioCube 29 Converted for Brichardi Cichlid

Postby Buds BioCube » Thu Mar 11, 2021 9:14 pm

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Re: Oceanic BioCube 29 Converted for Brichardi Cichlid

Postby Auballagh » Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:39 pm

Nice!
I like the plants.
Opinion: My Anubias placed on rocks were always sited on either Lava or Mountain Lace Rock. The roots got down into the nooks and crannies of the rock and helped to anchor the plant down. Plus, they looked more natural with the roots growing down and into those more porous type rocks.
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But, I do like the look of this aquarium a lot! :)
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Re: Oceanic BioCube 29 Converted for Brichardi Cichlid

Postby Buds BioCube » Fri Mar 12, 2021 10:00 am

But, I do like the look of this aquarium a lot!..
Thanks Auballagh

I trimmed the roots of the Anubias very short 1/8th to 1/4" hoping to promote their new growth.
I am hoping that the roots will attach to the rocks OK..it will be fun to watch how they do.

I am liking the Cube much better with the plants..I think that the plants really make the Cube.
I'll see how the Crypto Tropica Bronze grow in..I'd like to have another one (about the same size) in the right front and balance out the Cube.
Maybe I'll look for a Crypto this weekend to do that.

I want to add a couple of Albino Brichardi (I like their look and their contrasting with the others) and look at some other options for fish.
Ultimately ending up with 6 to 7 fish.

But the Cube has come a long way from being abandoned in a rear shed for 10 years.
White crusty build up on the rear plastic filter area..Silicone peeling at the edges, no stand, lights dead..
It was a complete restoration!
But I took my time and it has been a fun project.
I think of it like some car shows that find an abandoned car that they turn into a classic!
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Re: Oceanic BioCube 29 Converted for Brichardi Cichlid

Postby noddy » Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:28 pm

Bud.
I'm curious as to why you removed the stock filter from the cube?
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Re: Oceanic BioCube 29 Converted for Brichardi Cichlid

Postby Buds BioCube » Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:47 pm

I'm curious as to why you removed the stock filter from the cube?

A number of reasons..
1) The Cube was not going to be a Reef Tank and my only need for a Filter was a Sponge Filter or a Hang on the Back filter if the Sponge filter did not get the job done.
So far the Sponge Filter has done great.
The Cube has been up since the Super Bowl with no water changes and the Water tests perfect..I could not be happier.

With the Cube being a Freshwater Cichlid tank I did not need all of that area at the back of the cube..
It would just be a waste and from the start I had planned to open up the entire Cube

2) The Cube is 11 years old and the Silicone edges were loose and lifting up.
Probably because the Cube has been sitting in a shed in the South Florida Heat for 10 years!
I new that if I was going to resurrect the Cube and that I live on the 2nd floor of a Condo...it would have to be Re-Sealed...no way around that.
The easiest way to Re-Seal the Cube is with the cube being completely open.
For Re-Sealing the Cube the Filter area would have to be removed.

So, removing the rear plastic Filter area was just a Win Win all the way around...and you can see this in my Pictures above.

On another Forum I was asked if I thought the Filter area could safely be removed and then put back in after sealing the Cube.
I responded that I thought it would be very difficult to do.
I advised to maybe re-build the filter area with either plexiglass or glass .

All in one tanks are Great but as with ALL Silicone tanks at some point it is going to need to be Resealed.
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Re: Oceanic BioCube 29 Converted for Brichardi Cichlid

Postby Buds BioCube » Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:58 pm

I also wanted to have some kind of a "Background" for the Cube and not the White Crusty black plastic wall that the Cube had.
Granted the taped on PetSmart Cave Background does not fully excite me...It's a search in Progress.
But something better than the black plastic Filter housing
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Re: Oceanic BioCube 29 Converted for Brichardi Cichlid

Postby noddy » Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:51 pm

Thanks for the reply.
I asked because I have been looking into getting one of these cubes later in life when I am tired of all the stuff associated with big tanks.
I was wondering if the built in filter was just garbage. Makes sense if it needed to be resealed.
Looks great by the way.
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Re: Oceanic BioCube 29 Converted for Brichardi Cichlid

Postby Buds BioCube » Fri Mar 12, 2021 8:06 pm

I asked because I have been looking into getting one of these cubes later in life when I am tired of all the stuff associated with big tanks.


If you buy a new Cube or relatively a new Cube I'm sure that you would be fine for a long long time.

Not all of the Silicone in my Cube was terrible but any edge that I could feel loose with my finger along with the fact that I live on a 2nd floor...
Well...
I couldn't sleep at night or leave without thinking of a possibility of 29 Gallons leaking.
I once had a 55 gallon that leaked very slowly..I felt the carpet wet one Saturday morning and I went into rush mode to remove the fish and drain the tank.
What a Pain..
But I Re-Sealed the Tank and kept it for another 10 years.

The Cube being 11 years old and sitting outside I probably would have still Re-Sealed the Tank even if the Silicone felt fine..
I'd rather be safe than sorry before investing the Time and $$ getting it up and running.

I will say there are a lot of BioCubes around and people really like them.
For a tank that I thought of getting rid of..I'm glad that I didn't.
I sit in a chair and just watch it...very relaxing!
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Re: Oceanic BioCube 29 Converted for Brichardi Cichlid

Postby Buds BioCube » Sun Mar 14, 2021 8:51 pm

Lighting Update:

I got my replacement LED Light and it is already having issues, this one Hygger Auto On Off 18-24 Inch LED Aquarium Light Extendable Dimable 7 Colors Full Spectrum Light Fixture.


I am seriously thinking of getting the Fluval Plant Spectrum 3.0 Bluetooth LED Strip Light 15-24", 22 Watts (link removed)


I get everything going fine and the Lighting ends up causing me issues.
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