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01-29-2008, 9:55 AM
Just thought I would finally add my 160 Cube to the gallery. This tank has been a labor of love and sometime hate but it's finally getting to the point at which I can say it almost complete. Here is a quick description of the tank, equipment, inhabitants and parameters:

-160 GAL 36"X36"X30" Oceanic Custom Cube: 1/2" glass, 12"X6.5"X29"
Center Overflow with Custom 1/8" Black Acrylic cover. The Tank is euro-braced at the top and bottom.

-Stand: made of true 2X4s and is 38" high. It is currently unfinished since its sitting in my fishroom in the basement. Once I more to my retirement home I will finish it to match the canopy.

-Canopy: Custom made, open back with slide open front panel.

-Lighting: 400W MH (No Name Ballast,10K Ushio), PFO Reflector, 2X75W VHO (Icecap430, 6K Daylight/460nm Actinic), 2X96W PC (420nm) and 2X2W LED Blue Moon Light Strips.

-Filtration/Equipment: 240lbs LR, 3.5" Sandbed, 40GAL Custom Sump, Little Giant 3-MDQSC (700GPH) return with 3/4"Eductors, 2X1200 Maxi-Jet ECO Mod'd w/ ECO mounts, 30GAL Refug, Fluidized Bed Filter, 40GAL Frag (MAG 12 for return to fuge and frag), Carbon/Phosban Media Reactor, Beckett Skimmer PCX-30 Feed Pump, 1/10HP Chiller, MRC-1 Calcium Reactor w/Mil PH Controller, ATO System w/Kalk Chamber, Octopus 300 Controller, 500W Titanium Heater controlled by Chiller, Backup 300W Titanium Heater in fuge set 2 degrees lower than main heater and Fluval Canister Filter (Carbon & Course Media).

-Water Parameters: I only test for the following...and not often!
Salinity: 1.024-6
Temp: 80 Deg
Nitrates: 5-15
Calcium: 450-500

-Water change regiment
32GAL monthly

Purple Up 2X Weekly
Iodine 3 Cap Full 2X Weekly
Reef Essentials 1 Cap Full 3X Weekly
Magnesium 3 TSP 2X Weekly

1-5" Coral Beauty
1-4" Purple Tang
1-4" Lawnmower Blenny
1-2" True Percula
3-1" False Perculas
1-5" Maroon Clown
1-2" Blue/Green Damsel
3-1.5" Blue/Green Damsels
1-2" Seabae Clown
1-2.5" Seabae Clown
1-1.5" Cerub Pygmy Angel
1-7" Squamosa Clam (Brown/Green)
1-5" Crocea Clam
2-3" Crocea Clams
6" Tiger Cuc
8" Serpent Star
9" Brittle Star
3" Golden Coral Banded Shrimp
2 Peppermint Shrimp
3 Emeralds
Assorted Snails
Assorted Hermits

-Corals: Way too many to list (see pictures below)

But some of my favorites: Rainbow Monti, Supergirl Monti, Superman Monti, Undata, Braireum, Devils Armor Palys, Super Nova Palys, Rusty Gorgonian and Yellow Polyp'd Monticap.

Future Upgrades: LumanBright Reflector, new PH probes.

Now for some pitures!

01-29-2008, 9:57 AM
More pictures:

01-29-2008, 10:01 AM
such a beautiful tank! If you havnt seen Marks tank in person I highly suggest it, its amazing!

01-30-2008, 3:25 PM
Thread on the build:

01-30-2008, 5:55 PM
I totally agree...marks tank is amazing.!!!!! Aside from the obvious, It seems to bend the rules as to what you can keep in the same tank with what.

01-30-2008, 6:00 PM
Beautiful. Must see in person to really appreciate the effort.

01-30-2008, 8:59 PM
Folks - Mark's tank is really awesome. I've already determined that when I go with a bigger tank, I'm going to immulate Mark's, for it is truly superb.

02-04-2008, 3:07 PM
I'm Jealous!! You have some really nice looking coral in your tank.

02-11-2008, 8:32 PM
Thanks...lots of buying and trading with the great ARC reefers and LFS!

02-15-2008, 4:53 PM
Awsome... I love cube tanks...

02-15-2008, 4:56 PM
Looks great Mark! It's come a long way since I last saw it..not that it wasnt great then.

02-15-2008, 5:21 PM
The tank looks great Mark. Actually the whole setup is nice. The palys and zoas I got from you added a ton of color to my tank. Next time you are in the mood to chop some more corals up let me know because I would love to add some more and see the setup. Thanks again.

03-14-2008, 12:03 PM
Mark, The tank looks great! I had never looked down through the threads to see photos of your tank, but was curious. Looks fantastic as does your frag system.

03-16-2008, 10:00 AM

03-18-2008, 5:23 PM
Looks great Mark! I think we should drill your your rock and make a pillar in the middle though. Check out this guys rock scape. The fourth picture down really shows it off.

03-18-2008, 7:44 PM
I definitely like the pillar....great idea!

03-22-2008, 7:14 PM

Re-worked the lights. Currently using a PFO reflector, 2X400W MH (10K & 14k) and 2X75W VHO (Actinic & White). I was originally going to use 2 of the 14K but one of the bulbs that I ordered doesn't work. SO it's a 10K for instead for the moment. I am also adding another 2X75W VHO (actinic & white) once I pick up a nother ballast. I added some colonies that have been in my frag tank and rearranged some corals. Here are a few current pictures.

03-22-2008, 7:52 PM
Looks great Mark. Thanks again for the frags. :)

03-22-2008, 8:43 PM
bro thats #$@*ing hot!!

03-22-2008, 9:18 PM
Thanks for the frags Mark. Real generous of you. I particularly like those huge paly's and the creamsicle motipora. Wish I could have seen your tank with that second 400w on there. I can tell from the pictures that it's way brighter.

03-22-2008, 10:17 PM
Looking good Mark!

03-23-2008, 5:48 AM
The tank is looking great Mark.

03-23-2008, 8:52 AM
That cube looks amazing. Awesome aquascape, it looks just like it should out in the wild.

What kind of mushroom is in the second to last pic with the crocea in it? I have a mushroom like that and have been trying to track down an ID.

Keep up the great work, it is really paying off.


03-23-2008, 10:49 AM
What kind of mushroom is in the second to last pic with the crocea in it? I have a mushroom like that and have been trying to track down an ID. Matt

It's a Elephant Ear Mushroom and some pople call it a hairy mushroom. They are amazing and great to watch at feeding time. They close up to capture food particles and look like a big tomato.

03-23-2008, 4:41 PM
Some more pictures I took today.

03-24-2008, 7:38 AM
Mark, your tank really looks good! I definitely need to do a road trip and come over to see it in person.

03-28-2008, 10:25 AM
More pictures with the new lights.

03-28-2008, 10:48 AM
Looking good sir.

03-29-2008, 5:39 PM
Your tank looks great!! It was awesome to meet you when we came up and thank you so much for all the frags!! Everything looks great and opened really quick!!

Ralph ATL
03-30-2008, 6:34 AM
awesome tank!

04-01-2008, 8:28 AM
Here is a picture of the new light setup. I am adding an additional 2 X 75W VHO on a seperate ballast this week.

Here is my lighting schedule:

1000: 2 X 75W Actinic ON
1100: 2 X 75W Daylight ON
1200: 1 X 400W 14K ON
1400: 1 X 400W 10K ON
1800: 1 X 400W 10K OFF
2000: 1 X 400W 14K OFF
2200: 2 X 75W Daylight OFF
2300: 2 X 75W Actinic OFF

13 Hours of 150W Actinics
11 Hours of 150W Daylight
8 Hours of 400W 14K
4 Hours of 400W 10K

Total of: 1100W