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Old 04/24/2016, 06:17 AM   #26
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Great setup. I like the idea of a separate system for the most valuable corals. Do you have plans for making this system more fail-safe? (battery backup etc.?) For a system this size it's relatively easy to do

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Thank you, that's a good question. I'm contemplating on whether I should buy another Apex to automate things and get a backup battery. The simplicity of the unit is definitely appealing to me and so far everything is running off of regular outlets - AI and EcoTech both offer full programming, so no need to automate things there.

I'm sure once I will get it full and striving I would want to add as many backup measures as I can


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Old 04/24/2016, 06:20 AM   #27
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How do you like the Vectra? I skimmed the Red Sea sponsor forum and I think I read that to get the Vectra to couple with the plumbing provided, you need to buy additional fittings? Not sure if I'm thinking of the Vectra or a different pump.
I absolutely love it - one amazing piece of equipment, virtually silent and offers tons of options to play with. Unfortunately I have not figured out those options yet - I did connect it with EcoSmart Live, but am running it on a constant schedule. I'm not sure how the variable flow will work with a Herbie style overflow, but definitely something I look forward to experimenting with.

The hook up was pretty easy, especially if you get their accessory pack with different fittings, I did not have one, so I used a part from my Waveline pump and that was the only part that I had to add to this whole setup, everything else came in the Red Sea and EcoTech boxes.


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Old 04/25/2016, 08:46 AM   #28
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To keep things a little bit more interesting I've added two tiny fish in the tank: yellow wrasse (really like this guy) and pajama cardinal.



A few people have mentioned that the picture is not centered, they are right and now that I've finalized the location of the tank the picture was moved over my workstation.



Next thing to do is to add lighting under the stand. I really like this LED lighting from COSTCO - it is very low profile and provides awesome lighting underneath the tank.





So let's hook it up.



It is activated by waving your hand underneath - very handy and works well even when hands are wet or your are holding something.



Right now the wiring is all a mess. Cleaning and organizing this is one of the next steps for me.




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Old 05/02/2016, 08:25 AM   #29
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Shims and picture

A lot of people were asking me when and how I'm going to get rid of those unsightly shims sticking out from underneath the cabinet.



Others were asking me about the off-centre picture behind the aquarium.



Well, both of the issues have been corrected. Picture is now centered over the desk and I've carefully cut the shims not to stick out. Some were cut with the knife and then broken off and some of them had to be marked with a pencil, yanked out, cut to length and put back in (I like this approach better).



As you can see, I've bought more live rock and just piled it on top of each other here. In the next instalment I will go through the process of documenting my new aquascape and getting the look I like. A similar process was done for Pragmatic Reef, this time you will see more pictures and will gain a better understanding of how to achieve a similar result.




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Old 06/08/2016, 04:08 PM   #30
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Any updates?

I was thinking about getting this tank myself as I like the tank and stand with their clean lines, but I don't like the sump (I know, I could just chuck the sump). I'm also considering using the Triton method after reading d2mini's latest build and doing some research, and that requires a rather large refugium as well as dosing.

How are you liking the tank and the center overflow?


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Old 06/09/2016, 07:03 PM   #31
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So, it has been 2 months since I've started the tank. The tank is doing great, SPS corals look fairly healthy, many have lost their vibrance but they are not bleaching and polyp extension is through the roof, even better than in the old tank - I think not having a flame angel around could have something to do with it.

I like the tank and don't mind the centre overflow, I like its compactness and how practical it is. Having said that, if the tank was deeper by another 4 inches it would be a lot better.

The sump is quite small, but I've managed to put everything in there and have a few ideas for future modifications.

I've shot a video that overviews my current progress. My goal is to continue stabilizing the system, riding out various mini cycles that are going on in the tank and start working on coloration around September.




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Old 06/09/2016, 07:43 PM   #32
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Wow that is awesome, love the scape and there's some really nice pieces in there.


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Old 06/09/2016, 08:05 PM   #33
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Looking really good.
How do you like the AI lights compared to Radions?


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Old 06/09/2016, 08:27 PM   #34
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Looking really good.
How do you like the AI lights compared to Radions?
I love them. Software is a bit different and gets some getting used to, I miss a few EcoSmartLive features, but overall I really really like the lights.

So to how my SPS will react - too early to tell, I think it will take at least 6 months to figure things out. But so far I'm happy.


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Old 06/09/2016, 08:57 PM   #35
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Overall, for two months, the colour is very good. As you say, not perfect but many corals are responding very well.
What is the big blue stag looking corals in the back, center?


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Old 06/10/2016, 06:14 AM   #37
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Overall, for two months, the colour is very good. As you say, not perfect but many corals are responding very well.
What is the big blue stag looking corals in the back, center?
That's blue tort. And it is even a lot bigger than it seems, I've positioned it on a lower rock in the back.


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Old 06/15/2016, 11:48 AM   #38
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I'm curious what settings you have your MP40s set with. I'm planning a reefer 250 as well but was thinking I would have to go bare bottom with a MP40 in there.


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Old 06/25/2016, 05:46 PM   #39
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Old 06/25/2016, 06:59 PM   #40
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Wow looks great for a two-month start!


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Old 06/25/2016, 09:19 PM   #41
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super clean build so far, looking forward to seeing where you take it from here


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Old 07/10/2016, 06:09 AM   #42
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We are now at a 3 month mark, colours are starting to improve and I am getting some crazy polyp extension. See for yourself:

https://youtu.be/RTDlGiv8Rfc



As for the settings for MP40, I was running them at 30% first, but then had to dial one down to about 10% because my anemone was not happy.


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I love that milli and the polyp extension you're getting on it.

What salt are you using? Are you dosing any additives?


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Old 07/10/2016, 08:19 AM   #44
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I love that milli and the polyp extension you're getting on it.

What salt are you using? Are you dosing any additives?
Thanks, this is one of my favourite pieces. I'm just dosing some potassium nitrate to get my nitrates to detectible levels.


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We are now at a 3 month mark, colours are starting to improve and I am getting some crazy polyp extension. See for yourself:

https://youtu.be/RTDlGiv8Rfc



As for the settings for MP40, I was running them at 30% first, but then had to dial one down to about 10% because my anemone was not happy.

Wow! Your tank looks amazing! Love all the colors, and this is inspiring my next tank build.

Can't wait to see the next video update!


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Nice. This is going to look amazing


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How have you been liking the Nyos 160? Tank looks great!


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Here you go. 4 months mark.




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How have you been liking the Nyos 160? Tank looks great!
I like it a lot. Great size and pulls well. I can't say it is quiet though, but it ok for being in my home office.


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