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Old 06/18/2019, 09:37 AM   #51
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Thanks Eric! I’m just putting the tank on cruise control right now. I am overfeeding a bit and the skimmer and ATS are doing a fine job of nutrient control. I do intend to add a few more fish in the coming weeks before adding any sticks.

Now my next big decision is whether to go with my CaRx setup or 2 part dosing with ATI Essentials Pro using my DOS and DDR set up. The Trident along with its ability to aid with dosing corrections to maintain more stable Alk and Ca definitely has me intrigued. I will be following your your Trident experience very closely!


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Old 06/18/2019, 02:18 PM   #52
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I should really update my build thread, but it's embarrassing how little my tank has grown in 2 years. I think starting with dry rock and jumping right into a CaRx without much demand really set me back dramatically. And I spent an embarrassing amount of money on coral that died because of lack of stability. Oh well, live and learn.

For your tank just starting over (you're not transferring anything, right, this is a whole new setup and new corals?), I'd recommend just doing kalk in the topoff if possible, or make an in-line kalk dispenser similar to the Tunze one, and that should hold you over for the first year or two. Then buy a bomb-diggity calcium reactor or two part setup (or both, as Neptune recommends with the Trident ).


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Old 06/18/2019, 02:34 PM   #53
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I have actually have all three.

- Avast K1 kalkwasser stirrer with an Avast 25 ml/min peristaltic feed pump

- Geo’s Reef CR612 CaRx & SMC415 secondary chamber, Watson Marlow 505u peristaltic feed pump and my custom DIY stainless Victor dual stage CO2 regulator

- Neptune DOS & DDR as well as a pair of BRS 1.1 ml/min dosers

Just trying to decide on which one to go with for this tank. This tank is new from scratch, no transfers. Either way, I’ll be taking my time as I want more fish and a few months of demonstrated stability before adding coral.


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Old 06/18/2019, 03:53 PM   #54
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I did add a stainless steel pull bar to the stand door to aid in easier door removal during routine maintenance. Set up the Neptune AFS as well.




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Old 06/19/2019, 04:59 AM   #55
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Such a methodical build! I love it. How do you like the RB XHO? Iím currently using ATI as well, and wonder if itís worth the upgrade for my tank.


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Old 06/19/2019, 05:36 AM   #56
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Such a methodical build! I love it. How do you like the RB XHO? I’m currently using ATI as well, and wonder if it’s worth the upgrade for my tank.


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Thank you for the kind words. I actually only use the ReefBrite XHO for 2 hours per day, essentially as a moon light for an hour before the T5s come on and an hour after the T5’s go off. My intention is for the T5s to do all the heavy lifting. With 3 Blue Plus and 3 Coral Plus bulbs in my Sunpower, I’m essentially trying mimic Big E’s (a known Acropora guru on the forums) lights. Hopefully once I add coral, the results will follow as well. For aesthetic reasons, I ordered my XHO strip in the silver housing through Premium Aquatics to match the silver ATI Sunpower fixture. When the T5s are on, the RB housing also serves as a great glare blocker, shielding your eyes from the intensity of the T5s when viewing the tank head on. All in all, I’m quite happy with my ReefBrite purchase and how I’m using it for my tank.


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Old 06/19/2019, 06:38 AM   #57
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Thank you for the kind words. I actually only use the ReefBrite XHO for 2 hours per day, essentially as a moon light for an hour before the T5s come on and an hour after the T5ís go off. My intention is for the T5s to do all the heavy lifting. With 3 Blue Plus and 3 Coral Plus bulbs in my Sunpower, Iím essentially trying mimic Big Eís (a known Acropora guru on the forums) lights. Hopefully once I add coral, the results will follow as well. For aesthetic reasons, I ordered my XHO strip in the silver housing through Premium Aquatics to match the silver ATI Sunpower fixture. When the T5s are on, the RB housing also serves as a great glare blocker, shielding your eyes from the intensity of the T5s when viewing the tank head on. All in all, Iím quite happy with my ReefBrite purchase and how Iím using it for my tank.


Thanks for your reply! I havenít seen Big Eís build/tank, but it sounds like a great idea. That would definitely help with some of the glare from the fixture. I have the same exact ATI bulb combo running currently, and have some clip on actinic LEDs just for nighttime viewing aesthetics.




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Old 06/23/2019, 08:14 AM   #58
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Just did a quick check on the progress of my Turbo’s Aquatics L2 Rev4 ATS. It has been running for a month now. I have it at about 25% intensity with the potentiometer dimming knob at the 6 o’clock position, running for about 9 hours a day opposite of my DT lights. I was expecting the slime growth stage, common with most ATS screen break in periods. To my surprise, I have a nice and even layer of firmly attached hair algae developing on the screen. I may look into either upping the intensity or increasing the photoperiod to get some faster growth now that the screen seems to have broken in properly. Very impressed with the performance of this ATS thus far!




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Old 06/25/2019, 12:43 PM   #59
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Looks good Leon!

Are you dosing anything to counter the uptake from the algae? When I did a triton after running an algae reactor (and then having some pretty severe coral issues), I found that I had really low potassium and iodine. I started dosing Red Sea Coral Colors, and could see some of the montipora color up within 24 hours of dosing. And if I stopped dosing, the coloration would stop. I don't know why else my water was so stripped of elements, but a few people suggested that it was from the algae reactor. Just something to think about.


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Old 06/25/2019, 12:48 PM   #60
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Yeah, I’m about 2 months away from adding coral to the tank. What’s cool about this scrubber is you can reduce the light intensity which should decrease nutrient uptake. Right now with my overfeeding of 4 fish, I’m still getting .075 phosphates and around 10 or so in nitrates. No other supplentation as yet.


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Old 08/04/2019, 07:45 AM   #61
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This is awesome. Nice creativity and craftsmanship.


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Old 08/04/2019, 08:09 AM   #62
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Thanks! Everything is running quite smoothly right now. I’m pretty much overfeeding my fish with LRS Nano frozen food and the ATS is keeping my nutrients in check at around 5ppm nitrates and .06 in phosphates. Probably about a week or two away from adding my first acros. Been keeping a diligent eye out on the forums for a reasonably priced Acro frag pack... stay tuned!


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Old 08/06/2019, 08:05 PM   #63
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Tank has been running quite well thus far. Will be picking up my first acro frags from a local reefer for this tank tomorrow. In preparation, I got my DOS and DDR rigged up to dose ATI Essentials Pro. I’m gonna go with the ATI 2 part system in the early stages and see how it goes. As the tank matures, I’ll get the calcium reactor and kalk stirrer on line.






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Looking good. What corals did you add? Should I just follow your other thread? :-/


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Looking good. What corals did you add? Should I just follow your other thread? :-/
Hey Eric! I actually got some really nice pieces... a Walt Disney, Oregon Tort, ORA Pearlberry, Cali Tort, Hawkins Echinata, a purple milli, orange digi and a few nice colorful no name acros as well. All seem it be doing fine so far.

Unfortunately, my tank isn’t exactly that photogenic right now. I broke the needlewheel impeller shaft to my skimmer recently while cleaning it and went skimmerless for a number of days while awaiting a replacement impeller. An annoying outbreak of GHA has taken a foothold as a result. The tank is fairly new so it’s not an unexpected issue, it just got helped along with the skimmer being down for almost a week. I’m making progress against it with some extra snails, manual removal and water changes.

Also, don’t worry! I’m updating my build threads in both places simultaneously. In fact, this RC thread is the most up to date!


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How’s the tank going? Were you able to get the hair algae under control?


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Fishing in Block Island currently. Will do an update when I get back!


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Howís the tank going? Were you able to get the hair algae under control?
Tank is settling in nicely. The GHA definitely took a serious foothold for nearly a month. I added some extra snails and a Lawnmower Blenny. I added some GFO in a media bag and increased the photo period to my ATS and did a week or so of serious manual removal and the GHA has subsided significantly. The algae in the DT is now very light in color and weakened significantly. The are a few sporadic patches here and there but itís nothing to be concerned about IMO. Hopefully, this will mark the end of the new tank uglies for me!

The frags I got are doing well thus far. A few pieces have browned but thatís to be expected in a fairly new tank. Iím maintaining my Alk at a steady 8.5. So far, so good.

Unfortunately, I did lose my Midas Blenny. I was doing some manual GHA removal a few weeks back and he got over exited thinking it was LRS frozen food feeding time. He swam right into the MP40 and sliced up his side pretty badly. Total bummer!

Gonna do a water change and take a full tank shot soon... itís long overdue.


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Did a 15 gallon water change last night. So here’s my latest FTS. You can still see little tufts of GHA here and there but it’s sooo much better than it was 3 weeks ago.




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Make no mistake, the ATS has done wonders in knocking back and out competing the GHA in the DT.




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