Waterbox Marine X 35.1

The Aquarium

The Marine X 35.1 gallon aquarium gives you lots of room for swimming and interesting aquascaping all with the modern, rimless design that is popular today. The built-in silent overflow drain system allows you to easily install the included sump in the also included stand and have all your equipment hidden away, leaving just the tank to display its full beauty.

The Aquarium is 22 Gal with the sump being 11.2 Gal. The remaining 2.1 Gal is for the integrated Evaporation Top Off Reservoir.

This silent Reef-Ready aquarium is perfect for building and customizing your dream reef. The options are endless on how you could set this up to be the focal point of your home.

The dimensions of the aquarium are:
17.7in L x 17.7in W x 17.7in T

Included In The Kit:

Starphire Ultra-Clear Glass
Sump
Internal Herbie Overflow Box
All Plumbing
Filter Socks
Series Matching Stand

Around $800.00
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Extras Needed:

Lighting

AI Prime 16HD LED
The Prime 16HD is a great little light to give your tank a great pop in color but provide the intense PAR required from some of the light hungry SPS coral. Don’t let its size fool you, the 80 degree optics and 55 years of history behind this light will provide you with a very affordable but powerful optic.

The built-in Wi-fi controllability can link these lights together to work as one while having the convenience to control them from any connected device.

1 AI Prime 16HD will be required to illuminate this aquarium.

Around $220.00ea
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AI Prime LED Light

AI Prime 16HD Mount
The Prime HD has 3 mounting options:
1. Flexible Goose Neck
2. Wire Hanging Kit
3. Solid Mounting Arm

Each kit comes complete with all the hardware to neatly install your LED optic to give you the sleek look you desire.

1 mounting kit will be required.

From $30.00ea


Protein Skimmer

Tunze Comline DOC 9004
This is a great protein skimmer for your Marine X 35.1. From the legendary makers of Tunze, this skimmer is designed to take up less space but provide incredible filtration for up to 60 gallons.

Large collection cup to reduce the frequency of emptying, a magnetic locking system to keep it installed perfectly & DC control to ensure it stays dialed in.

Around $200.00
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Return Pump

Sicce Syncra Silent 1.5
The 1.5 from Sicce is a super silent, energy-efficient return pump that will take up minimal space in your sump, but yet provide 185GPH at 5ft.

This pump will perfectly match your Protein Skimmer to ensure maximum water turnover for efficient cleaning.

Around $60.00
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Heater

Eheim Jager 150W Thermostat Heater
The Jager range of heaters from Eheim are in my opinion the best heater you can buy. I have been using them for years alongside the Finnex HMX range and it is the only small heater I will buy.

The 150W version is perfect for this size tank and slips neatly into the return pump compartment.

Around $29.00
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Ehiem Jager Heater

Filter Media

Chemi-Pure Elite
This fantastic product is perfect for use in small aquariums. By combining Premium Activated Carbon, Ion exchanging Resin and Granular Ferric Oxide into one packet of media.

This will keep your water clear from pollutants and help to keep phosphates low.

1 Unit is expected to last 6 months.

From $7.50
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Chemi-Pure Elite

Purigen
This is another fantastic product perfect for use in small aquariums. This works along with the Chemi-Pure to help remove organic pollutants, proteins, nitrates, nitrites, and ammonia.

100ml bag is expected to last 6 months.

Around $10.00
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Purigen

Substrate

CaribSea Arag-Alive Sand Substrates
Live sand forms the perfect base for your new aquarium. I have always used and recommended the CaribSea Arag-Alive range of substrates as they are packed with Beneficial Bacteria.


My aquarium uses the Fiji Pink Live Sand but everyone has their own preference.

For this aquarium, 25lbs will cover your base by approx 1.5″.
See the range by clicking below.

Around $30.00 for 2 Bags
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CaribSea Arag-Alive Fiji Pink Sand

Rock

Dry Rock/Live Rock/Life Rock
Rock forms the basis for not only your aquascape but also a place for your Beneficial Bacteria to colonize and form your Bio-Filter.
Creating a habitat for your livestock and a place for your corals to grow on is a fun part of setting up your new aquarium

For this aquarium, a 20lb mix will give you an open swimming space, whereas 30lbs will give you more to play with.
You do not have to use it all!
See the range of types and shapes by clicking below.

From $60.00 for a 20lb Mix
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Life Rock

Salt

Instant Ocean Sea Salt Mix
To have a saltwater aquarium you need to have salt mix to turn freshwater into saltwater. There are many, many excellent brands of salt on the market but I have been using Instant Ocean & its Reef Crystals brand for many years and I love it.

I like to recommend Instant Ocean because it comes in a range of sizes to suit every aquarium, it mixes well, it’s very consistent and the pricing is reasonable

For this aquarium you will need 1 cup of salt for every 2 gallons, so around 15-16 cups will be perfect for your initial fill, then you will need more for regular water changes.

I usually just get a 160Gal Bucket to the 200Gal box.

I love getting my salt from Amazon.com because of the free shipping – Nowhere else comes close to this!

From $12.00
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Instant Ocean Salt Bucket

Basic Setup Total: Approx $1460.00

Cost Break Down:

Aquarium with Stand: $800.00
LED Lights: $220.00
Light Bracket: $30.00
Protein Skimmer: $200.00
Return Pump: $60.00
Heater: $29.00
Filter Media: $20.00
Substrate: $30.00
Rock: $60.00
Salt: $12.00

These are just the basic costs to get this aquarium started. Different rock or salt will adjust these prices slightly.
Taxes will also need to be added depending on your location.


Upgrades:

ATO – Automatic Top-Off System

AutoAqua Smart ATO Micro
Keeping the water level at a constant height in your aquarium is paramount for maintaining correct salinity in your water. Because your aquarium is small it does not take much evaporation to increase your salinity.

Manually topping off your water every day gets old, quick, then there are the times you go on vacation!

I would never own an aquarium without an ATO. They are super easy to install and run and this one, in particular, is tiny, reliable and has great reviews! 

Around $139.00
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Wavemaker

Aqamai Wifi Controllable Wavemaker
This is the smallest wavemaker in its class making it an excellent fit for the Marine X. A multi-directional, magnetic mounting system allows you to place and direct this pump anywhere you wish, while keeping it relatively out of sight.

The Wifi connectivity, 6 various operating modes and adjustable flow from 370-1070gph will ensure you can dial this in perfectly to suit whatever corals you add.

Around $120.00
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Aqamai KPS Wifi Controllable Wavemaker

Thermometer

Digital Thermometer
Monitoring your aquarium water temperature is very important, especially so in a small aquarium like the Marine X.

This small device can sit discretely behind the aquarium and give you an accurate reading each time you walk past the tank.

This one has no alarms to alert you of High or Low Temperature, but is a great addition to help you keep your tank parameters stable.

From $7.00
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Coralife Digital Thermometer

Equipment Options

The above selection of equipment is purely my recommendation for how I would set up the above aquarium. There are many options to choose from in each item category.


Further Reading:

To help you gather all the information you need about setting up your aquarium, maintaining it and your first few months, be sure to click on any of the links below:

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