Waterbox Reef 130.4 +PlusHD

The Aquarium

Another beautiful aquarium from Waterbox Aquariums, this 130 gallon system provides you with the highest quality materials on which to build a stunning addition to your home.

Not only do you get a fantastic rimless, low-iron glass aquarium but included in this set are the matching gloss stand, custom-designed sump, all plumbing, and the addition of 2 AI Hyrda 32 HD LED units with mounting brackets. This truly is a great aquarium setup!

The dimensions of the aquarium are:
48in L x 24in W x 22in T

Included In The Kit:

Low-Iron, High-Quality Glass Aquarium
Black or White matching Gloss Stand
Custom Sump with ATO Reservoir
2x AI Hydra 32 HD LED Lights
2x AI Mounting Brackets
All Plumbing
2x Filter Socks
Silent-Running Overflow System

Around $3840.00
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Extras Needed:

Return Pump

Sicce Syncra Silent 3.0
The 3.0 from Sicce is a super silent, energy-efficient return pump that will take up minimal space in your sump, but yet provide 502GPH at 5ft.

Very quiet and energy-efficient, this pump is perfectly matched to supply your protein skimmer with the most efficient water flow rate for the Waterbox Reef 130.

Around $110.00
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Protein Skimmer

Red Sea RSK-600
The Red Sea RSK-600 is a powerhouse skimmer for its price! Perfectly suited to keeping this sized aquarium free of Dissolved Organic Compounds for even the highest BioLoads.

Fitted with a Super-Reliable Sicce pump with Red Sea’s Needle Wheel Impeller. This Skimmer is getting great reviews and rightly so!

A Great Skimmer for a Great Price!

Around $430.00
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Heater

Eheim Jager 250W 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 250W version is perfect for this size tank and slips neatly into the included sump.

Around $38.00
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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.

4 Tubs are required and are expected to last 6 months.

Around $30.00 For 4 Tubs
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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.

2x 100mls bags are expected to last 6 months.

Around $20.00 For 2 Bags
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Purigen

MarinePure Blocks/Spheres
The only way to provide additional surface area for colonizing bacteria in the larger Aquariums.
Adding these super porous blocks will work with your rock and sand to give you the maximum surface area for your bacteria to live in.

1.5-2 plates recommended for 130 gallons.

From $16.00
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MarinePure Aquarium Media

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, 120lbs will cover your base by approx 1.5-2”.
See the range by clicking below.

Around $90.00 for 6 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 140lb mix will give you an open swimming space, whereas 200lbs 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 $30.00 per 10lb
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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 64-66 cups will be perfect for your initial fill, then you will need more for regular water changes.

Remember you have 97 gallons in the aquarium and 31 gallons in the sump.

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 $48.00
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Instant Ocean Salt Bucket

Basic Setup Total: Approx $5075.00

Cost Break Down:

Aquarium with Stand: $3840.00
Return Pump: $110.00
Protein Skimmer: $430.00
Heater: $38.00
Filter Media: $100.00
Substrate: $90.00
Rock: $420.00
Salt: $48.00

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


Upgrades:

T5/LED lighting Upgrade

48″ Hybrid T5/LED Light Fixture
To get the best benefits of two proven lighting technologies you need a Hybrid Light Fixture.

LED’s are a great light for growing corals but their lighting is very directional which can cause shadows under the coral. By adding T5 lights you get full PAR to most places within your aquarium.

This provides more balanced growth and better coloration. This light fixture easily allows you to add 4x 48″ T5 bulbs to your system.

Around $315.00 For the Non-Dimmable Fixture

Around $600.00 for the Dimmable Fixture

ATI 48″ 54W T5 Bulbs

4 bulbs Required for this fixture

From $28.00ea
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ATO – Automatic Top-Off System

Auto Aqua 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

Maxspect Gyre 2K Flow Pump
This is a great water mover for this 130 gallon aquarium system. The laminar flow created by this Gyre pump will ensure there are no dead spots within your tank and keep every coral and fish strong and healthy.

5 various operating modes, adjustable flow, and a 24 hour timers will ensure you can dial this in perfectly to suit whatever corals you add. 

2 of these will be required when you begin to dive into SPS corals.

Around $220.00
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Thermometer

Digital Thermometer
Monitoring your aquarium water temperature is very important, especially so in a small aquarium like the BC32.

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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