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Old 04/10/2019, 11:21 AM   #26
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Calcium reactor station is complete! Originally, I wanted to put the ATO reservoir below the table, however a support ridge beheath the shelf doesn’t allow for enough clearance. It ended up being a blessing in disguise as upon further thought, if I put the CaRx on top of the table, unwanted nuisance algae will grow in the reactor due to light spill from the tank. So my GEO 612 now rests beneath the table in a DIY acrylic tray that will also hold a leak detector sensor in case the CaRx springs a leak. My Watson Marlow 505u variable speed peristaltic pump fits like a glove on the shelf. The secondary effluent chamber will go inside of the stand. Plus, my DIY dual stage regulator is definitely sexy enough to be displayed atop the stand!


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Old 04/10/2019, 11:34 AM   #27
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Old 04/10/2019, 01:11 PM   #28
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Chiller stand complete! Just wanted to elevate the chiller a bit so that it could exhaust excess heat out the window. Gonna grab one of those window fans to exhaust the air out.




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Old 04/10/2019, 01:14 PM   #29
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And hereís a look at how the tank and its various support systems are laid out in the room.




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Old 04/10/2019, 02:09 PM   #30
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I love it. Really great looking setup and structure. Nice to have everything separated and cleanly split up like that, each thing with its own home. Now... just to get some water in it...


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Old 04/10/2019, 02:36 PM   #31
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Soon... Shooting for this weekend!


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Old 04/10/2019, 02:54 PM   #32
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Now the one thing Iím contemplating is whether or not to run the ATS on this system. My options are to go bare bottom and skimmer only or go sandbed, skimmer and ATS. Right now Iím leaning toward the former as this tank is relatively small and I fear by running the ATS, I will strip the water of nutrients, as this ATS is quite efficient. Also, by going bare bottom, I could really maximize the flow with the 2 MP40s. Decisions, decisions...


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Old 04/12/2019, 07:01 AM   #33
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How are you liking deep blue tank?


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Old 04/12/2019, 07:09 AM   #34
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I like it a lot. It’s built like a tank with 1/2” glass and a low iron front panel. I got it for pretty short money too at $325, ordered from my LFS for the non reef ready version.


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Old 04/12/2019, 03:58 PM   #35
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For the ATS, I'd only really run it through the cycle, and then take it offline once you don't have to worry about nuisance algae as much anymore. I have a chaeto reactor that has now been off a number of months, and my corals are (somewhat) happier for it. Nutrients are stable at 5-7ppm nitrate, and no algae anywhere.

I also really like sand beds, both for the aesthetic look (though mine is green, and I've had annoying algae on my sandbed forever), as well as a back-up natural buffer for calcium and alkalinity.


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Old 04/12/2019, 08:43 PM   #36
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That was my concern... when you had mentioned that your chaeto reactor lowered your nutrients too much. I do like the idea of running it initially for the cycle. The other option is to run it at very reduced lighting hours. Gives me some food for thought.


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Old 04/21/2019, 04:08 PM   #37
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Fill ‘er up! Coming straight from my RODI unit, it’s gonna take awhile.




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Old 04/23/2019, 07:37 PM   #38
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Sheís filled! A fellow Reefer made me some MP40QD extension cables so the dryside wires + extensions can reach my controller cabinet. Itís a wonderfully simple plug and play solution.



Unfortunately though, one of my MP40QD wetsides had a hairline crack in the plastic and a swelled magnet. Knew it was sketchy when I turned on the pump and the wetside flew off the glass. Upon further inspection the prop was very stiff and almost stuck to the shaft because of the slight magnet swelling. See the 3 hairline cracks? New wetside should be here by Friday.



Slowly adding more salt until I hit 1.025, currently at 1.022. Once it gets there, Iíll add my cured Pukani.




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Old 04/25/2019, 08:47 AM   #39
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Were the Vortech pumps new?!

Thanks for the update. Man, the swelling/rusted magnet thing is scary! I hope your pumps weren't new and this happened that quickly...


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Old 04/25/2019, 09:25 AM   #40
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No, it’s s couple of years old and put in storage for awhile. Still annoying though.


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Old 04/28/2019, 06:17 PM   #41
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I put two bags of Tropic Eden Reef Flakes in the tank when the tank was dry and I just wasn’t feeling it. I carefully scooped it all out, taking great pains to avoid any scratches to the tank and put the sand into storage a 5 gallon bucket. This will be my first bare bottom tank and I’m exited to be able to really crank up the flow.

I pulled my 40 pounds of Pukani which has been curing in a 20 gallon Brute container since October of 2017 and carefully placed the pieces into the tank. I set up the rock work so that there will be minimal self shading from rock overhangs. I also made sure to have nice flat ledges on which grow acropora. Although I plan on growing predominantly acros in this tank, I think I may turn that little isolated rock in the front of the tank into a colorful mini zoa garden.

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Old 05/15/2019, 08:38 AM   #42
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Still cycling... though I haven’t even done any tests yet. I’m not really worried about it either as I’m taking my time and letting nature take its course.

A quick note about my skimmer. I’m running a prior generation SCA 1351 in this tank. I had to downsize from my beloved Lifereef due to space constraints of the Trigger 26 sump. I must say... this skimmer is a breeze to adjust and literally broke in in less than an hour. With no livestock yet, just some cured Pukani and the occasional ghost feeding, I’m getting a nice dry foam head and it’s already pulling out skimmate! While I do miss my old Lifereef, I do love the fact that this SCA 1351 is only pulling a paltry 9 watts! Quite impressed with my Deltec thus far. Not bad for a used $100 purchase!




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Looks good! That’s a great deal on the Deltec skimmer also

I’ll be following along as I am starting a similar sized tank.


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Old 05/15/2019, 06:36 PM   #44
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Old 05/19/2019, 10:49 AM   #45
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So a few things...

I hate painting. Itís one of the reasons why it took me so long to finish building my stand. Hence the long delay in getting this build up and running. Well I finally got around to painting the door for my stand. Just waiting for the stainless steel bar pull to arrive to aid in removing the door off of the French cleats for ease maintenance access. It took quite some time, but Iím definitely pleased with how the tank stand turned out.



I also got my Turboís Aquatics L2 Rev 4 ATS installed. I gotta say, this thing is a fantastic piece of gear, well thought out and designed. Kudos to Bud! My original plan of running it with a Skimz Quiet Pro 2.0 DC pump didnít work out as the flow was too strong, even at the lowest setting. Itís now running with the recommenced Taam Rio 1100. Been running for the last couple of days with the intensity potentiometer at the 6 oíclock position which is at 25% intensity for 16 hours a day. My hope is to minimize the effects of the new tank ugly stages by getting the ATS going, then dialing it in as the tank matures.




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It was a bit warm and humid today. Temperature of the tank shot up to 82 degrees. Hooked up the chiller after work and temps are settling down nicely! Definitely happy I bit the bullet and got a chiller for this tank.






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Old 05/22/2019, 01:59 PM   #47
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First two inhabitants are in the tank. After several weeks of observational QT, I have added a Midas Blenny and Royal Gramma to the tank. They are swimming around and feeding with no issues. The Royal Gramma seems to have staked out and laid claim to one of the many rock crevices in the tank. I’d like to get this tank fully stocked with fish and stable before adding my first coral, so I’ve got plenty of time to go nice and slow.






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Old 05/25/2019, 05:28 AM   #48
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My latest inhabitants... a couple of ORA Black Ice Snowflake Ocellaris clowns. They are settling in and without too much fuss, have paired up nicely!








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Old 05/26/2019, 01:04 PM   #49
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I like the early additions, and the setup is just so nice and organized. Thanks for sharing!


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