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chrisfraser05
05-18-2013, 01:28 PM
Hi guys,

Here is time for my reef tank reboot.

I'll not bore you with too much background, I'll post a link to a thread with that later ;)



Anyway. My tank has had a complete reboot. New sand, new dead rock, new live rock in sump, new lights, new plumbing and a few other things. Basically only the Corals and fish will be coming from the old system (and the bare tank which has been bleached).


So the Spec....


Betta lifespace 90G (340lt) clearseal build.

approx 90lbs of rock

80lbs of crushed coral sand, mix of 3mm, 6mm and 9mm sizes.

BM NAC 3.5 Skimmer

Maxspect Razor 160w 16000k lights

Sicce Voyager 8, 12,000lt powerheads with controller on alternative wave setting

Algae scrubber

Ehiem compact 5000+ return pump

Seachem Purigen in return chamber



Fish and corals (not all back in the tank yet, some are in the temp system in my garage until my Dr Tims arrives).

Scopa's tang
Firefish
Filefish
Damsel
clown
Sand sifting goby
bi colour blenny
6 line wrasse
Long spined urchin
cleaner shrimp
peppermint shrimp
hermit crabs
turbo snails
cerinth snails

Branching monti's
Plating montis
Torch coral
Frogspawn
Riccordea mushrooms
other mushrooms
PSP & GSP
medusa coral


Other stock to come slowly but aiming on keeping the system on the lighter side for fish.

Rock wise I have gone for a very open structure so I can keep the system as free as possible from debris, my sump contains about 35-40% of the rock density as a consequence.


Here's a little taster pic for you all, this was before it got wet again!

http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/967003_10200824265704980_1897289770_o_zpsd58696b1. jpg[/URL]

Knightia
05-18-2013, 01:42 PM
Smart looking tank

chrisfraser05
05-18-2013, 03:08 PM
Thanks buddy :)

Cliff
05-19-2013, 12:19 AM
I'm looking forward to reading up on your journel and watching this set-up come together and develop

Will you be putting a algae scrubber on this tank as well ?

chrisfraser05
05-19-2013, 12:05 PM
I am indeed buddy. I wouldn't be without one ;-)

going diy led on the scrubber soon.

Knightia
05-19-2013, 12:11 PM
More photos required! :smile:

chrisfraser05
05-19-2013, 05:26 PM
couple of updated pics, corals mainly in the Graf rack at the moment till things settle.

http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/IMG_20130518_211714_zps79239549.jpg

http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/IMG_20130518_211302_zps4430ca47.jpg

http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/IMG_20130518_211505_zpsd0aa7ff3.jpg

http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/IMG_20130518_211451_zps55113664.jpg

chrisfraser05
05-19-2013, 05:28 PM
http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/IMG_20130518_211427_zps0cd60bd6.jpg

http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/IMG_20130518_211420_zps5d8fc4ce.jpg

http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/IMG_20130518_211326_zps069af35e.jpg

Knightia
05-19-2013, 05:38 PM
Ollie is a lucky boy to have that in his room!

What's the purpose of the rack for the frags? Are those hard corals?

chrisfraser05
05-19-2013, 05:43 PM
the corals have suffered tissue damage and also algae has grown in parts of them. the idea is to keep them on the rack until they return to health and are well enough to move into the rockwork.there are a couple of lps but mainly sps there.

Knightia
05-19-2013, 05:55 PM
Right ok. So keeping them on the rack gives them optimal water flow and allows you to monitor them from all angles? (I'm a learner in salty-speak) :smile:

chrisfraser05
05-19-2013, 06:44 PM
yea I can control the about of flow and light easier but also I can remove them one by one and clean any algae off them.

I think for the branching stuff I will end up fragging pieces off these ones to attach to the rock and bin the receded and damaged bits.
need to get then colored up and growing first.

Knightia
05-19-2013, 07:17 PM
Sorry for all the questions, but do they behave a bit like plants then? Like "taking cuttings" and replanting?

chrisfraser05
05-19-2013, 07:58 PM
don't worry about it. None of us would ever learn if we didn't ask anything!

yea it's pretty much like taking a cutting of a plant.
as long as the water conditions, flow and lighting are good for that coral both parts should make a good recovery.

chrisfraser05
05-20-2013, 10:52 AM
little update.

Some bits ordered for my LED Algae Scrubber upgrade (currently running my old CFL one atm).

Ordered;

20pc 3w 660nm (RED) LED's.

2x Meanwell LED drivers

14x Individual alluminium heatsinks

Adhesive thermal tape

Clear Acrylic

Black acrylic

Acrylic bonding glue

Dremmel 561 cutting bits



So the plan.....

Basically my current Algae scrubber is a 12x12 piece of mesh hung over the sump with 4x30w CFL's, 2 either side and it is fed from my ball valve on the return from the tank.

This has worked ok for 18 months and I am a great believer in "if it ain't broke don't fix it" but there are a few niggles.

The first issue is that as its fed directly from tank return we have to remove it from the ball valve each time to clean. Not a biggie but it does put pressure on the pipework and twice the wife has pulled the ball valve off the bulkhead and made a watery mess lol.

The second is that the CFL lamps hanging down impede removing the mesh for cleaning. I attached the lamps to the top inside the cabinet for security but it's a pain in the bum removing it to clean, even more of a pain to try and remove the lights.

The third issue is again the return from tank. As I am going to be adding a skimmer to the first chamber I want more of the flow going through this. As it stands majority of my water goes through chamber 2 and only a trickle goes directly to chamber 1 first.


So scrubber Mk 5 (I think its MK5, there have been a few early versions before running this one for about 18 months).

I am going to be using 12x 3w Red LED's. 6 each side.

The growing area of mesh will be 12 inches long and 4 - 5 inches high.

I will be building a black acrylic box that will sit over chamber 2 of the sump (my live rock chamber) and be fed from a maxijet 1200 pump in the end chamber next to the return pump.

The LED's will be incorporated into the box and protected from splashing by clear acrylic. The mesh will hang out of the bottom of the box so the mesh touches the water when the tank is running yet the box is clear of the high water mark when the pumps are turned off.

I am planning making it so that there is enough head height to simply lift the mesh out of the top of the box to clean it. Using a barbed connection on the hose to quickly disconnect it and make cleaning simple.

From doing the calculations on the Algae Scrubber site my area of mesh, although reduced from its current will be more than enough for the tank.
Due to the face I will be running a skimmer, Purigen and will have more open rock to avoid collection of waste, also the intense and directed light from the LED's providing for more dense growth I believe that overall the system will be much more efficient that ever before.

Lastly with a total of 36w of power consumption instead of 120w and not having to replace bulbs ever 4-6 months the new scrubber will pay all its material and build costs in under 1 year and the easier maintainance will just be a bonus!

Cliff
05-20-2013, 01:37 PM
Post some pics of the scrubber biuld as well.

Sounds like a well planned set-up for sure

chrisfraser05
05-20-2013, 02:18 PM
my only unplanned part is will the maxi jet give enough flow. on paper yes....

the algae will tell me this really, if required I'll upgrade the pump.

I am using 16/22 hose at the scrubber end and 12/16 at the pump with a step down barb connection. if a bigger pump is required with 16/22 hose it will fit strait on with no drama's :-)

sheamurai
05-20-2013, 07:02 PM
Really like the look of the new tank. Am interested on seeing the scrubber build as well...

GoWild
05-21-2013, 03:59 AM
Def interested in the scrubber build. I need some good ideas. The tank looks great btw.

chrisfraser05
05-24-2013, 03:51 PM
Right.... Minor update time.


All the fish went back in and using the Dr Tim's one and only seems to be keeping the ammo at a minimum.

With ALL my fish back in the ammo peaked at 0.5ppm and dropped to 0.25ppm. It's stayed there for 3 days.
Using Seachems "prime" to detoxify the Ammo and Nitrite while its cycling so no harm to the fish.

Most of the parts of my new Algae scrubber have arrived. I don't think I'll have all the bits intime to make it before I go back out to Korea to work so I'll have to build it in July.


Off to collect some more dry goods and maybe a couple of corals from my old LFS tomorrow. 155 miles each way so taking a friend and making a day of it.
There are a few LFS within 30 miles of where I live but to be truely honest they are all a massive dissapontment.

Visited 2 yesterday and both had white spot on their fish and both had many dead corals in the tanks and both also had Aiptasia in the coral tanks!




http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/sump%20may%2013/IMG_20130523_204838_zpsb6249422.jpg

chrisfraser05
05-26-2013, 04:52 PM
Very quick update, will make a video later and upload it.

The Dr Tims did the trick and my Ammo has dropped right away, no trace remaining. Very slight trace of Nitrite (detoxified with prime again) but Nitrates are up at 30.

Hopefully Nitrates too will start to drop, the Algae Scrubber is showing some really crazy thick growth :)


Went on an all day trip yesterday and came home with 4 nice new additions.

Got a tiny baby clown to pair up with my existing clown. I lost my female last year in a jumping incident so it was time to replace.

Also got a beautiful green candy cane, ultra pom pom and some nice green and red zoa's.


I've had to move a couple of corals around so far for flow etc but so far so good.

Monti's are starting to colour up more, unfortunately my favourite plating monti started strip from the middle out. Seems to have stopped and it might even recover over time but I'm a bit dissapointed.

Also collected my skimmer from a friend yesterday, it is a BM Nac 3.5. He took it all apart to clean the other day and has bent the impellor. it still works bit is making a bit of a noise. He has ordered a new impellor and it is in its way to me. I've got it running and its pulling a fair bit out already.

I've also ordered a spare pump for the skimmer as I've heard mixed reports on them. Some people say they need cleaned quite often, 3-4 weeks, if not they loose efficency and don't create the same amount of bubbles.
As I work abroad I've decided a second pump that my wife can just swap out and soak the old one in a bucket will save her having to strip and clean it when I'm not here.
The No 1 aim here is to reduce maint for her at all costs but still have a lovely mixed reef tank.

Anyway, will get a little vid uploaded onto youtube and linked here asap.

chrisfraser05
05-26-2013, 04:59 PM
Very quick update, will make a video later and upload it.

The Dr Tims did the trick and my Ammo has dropped right away, no trace remaining. Very slight trace of Nitrite (detoxified with prime again) but Nitrates are up at 30.

Hopefully Nitrates too will start to drop, the Algae Scrubber is showing some really crazy thick growth :)


Went on an all day trip yesterday and came home with 4 nice new additions.

Got a tiny baby clown to pair up with my existing clown. I lost my female last year in a jumping incident so it was time to replace.

Also got a beautiful green candy cane, ultra pom pom and some nice green and red zoa's.


I've had to move a couple of corals around so far for flow etc but so far so good.

Monti's are starting to colour up more, unfortunately my favourite plating monti started strip from the middle out. Seems to have stopped and it might even recover over time but I'm a bit dissapointed.

Also collected my skimmer from a friend yesterday, it is a BM Nac 3.5. He took it all apart to clean the other day and has bent the impellor. it still works bit is making a bit of a noise. He has ordered a new impellor and it is in its way to me. I've got it running and its pulling a fair bit out already.

I've also ordered a spare pump for the skimmer as I've heard mixed reports on them. Some people say they need cleaned quite often, 3-4 weeks, if not they loose efficency and don't create the same amount of bubbles.
As I work abroad I've decided a second pump that my wife can just swap out and soak the old one in a bucket will save her having to strip and clean it when I'm not here.
The No 1 aim here is to reduce maint for her at all costs but still have a lovely mixed reef tank.

Anyway, will get a little vid uploaded onto youtube and linked here asap.

Cliff
05-26-2013, 06:17 PM
Looking forward to the video

Let us know what you think about your bubble magnis skimmer. I'm saving up for a curve 9 for my 180.

chrisfraser05
05-26-2013, 07:11 PM
I'll tell you what I currently think of it...... It's dead lol


Maybe I should have waited till the new impellor arrived before using it but I thought I could put up with the rattle noise. It's worked really good, pulled alot of crap out already but its been running for about 4 hours.

Noticed it go quiet about 45 mins ago. I looked in the cabinet and the bubbles have stopped. I simply unplugged it as it was bath time for my boy.

Tried plugging it in again just now and nothing. Will take it out later and see. My guess is that the rattling of the impellor has either killed the impellor shaft completely, heated up the impellor and jammed it, heated up the windings and damaged the pump or jammed causing a rush of current and blown the fuse.

Either way I think IF I get it running tonight I'll only run it for an hour at a time till the new impellor arrives (possibly this week) or the new complete pump (also possibly this week). The amount it pulled out in the couple of hours is certainly better than nothing, more than I expected anyway.

I'm not dissapointed or pissed off, I knew when I collected it that the impellor was faulty, I'll just be slightly annoyed at myself if I find I've ruined the pump. Would have been nice to have 2 once the new one arrives.

chrisfraser05
05-26-2013, 10:26 PM
The rattle has shattered the back of the pinwheel to bits. Looks like I now need to wait for the new one to arrive.... Oh well.


Forgot to add earlier. I've ordered an STC-1000 Temperature controller for my system.

I've read about peoples heaters sticking on in the past and it's such a simple thing but can wipe out a whole tank.

The STC-1000 has a temperature probe and a digital display.
You tell it your desired tank temperature and give it a window (ie 0.5 deg C above and below) which it will turn on your heater and fans/chiller to control the temp.

With the STC you then set the temp on your actual heater a little higher than normal so it doesn't kick in, it just lets the STC turn it on and off.

If the STC were to stick on then the heater would hopefully turn itself off at it's setting. The chances of both failing at the same time are very small. The chances of one failing are enough to worry in my opinion.

My settings are going to be 26deg C for the STC and 27.5 Deg for the Heater. This will mean if we ever see the tank at 27 deg we know to check if the STC has failed and the heater is functioning. If its not that and the STC is in Cool mode, we know its time to add fans or a chiller to the system that the STC can control.

chrisfraser05
05-27-2013, 01:36 AM
little evening vid of the tank. about 10% white and 30% blue by this point


http://static.photobucket.com/player.swf?file=http://vid524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/sump%20may%2013/VID_20130526_230928_zps07a976ff.mp4

chrisfraser05
05-30-2013, 08:08 PM
ok parameters update..... Has Dr Tims really worked????



Ammonia..... 0

Nitrite..... 0

Nitrate...... 0

To say I'm actually amazed is an understatement to be honest. 9 days and I'm actually seeing some very good reading.

Total losses of fish and corals.... 0


One think I did forget to add was that I basically had no CUC left (cleaner and urchin basically) because of my mantis/pistol.
Half way through this test I also added 17 hermits, 12 nassarius snails and 5 turbo snails to keep ontop of the inevitable early algaes etc.

Also added on 3 occasions were vials and bottles of live micro life including copepods, amphipods, water flee's and a few other bits. All may have had traces of ammo or trates in their water so there have been other external inputs.

Feeding the whole time has been my own home made frozen food, a dense mix of seafood, white fish, flake, nori and D-D coral paste blended and frozen in ice cubes.

Feeding as much as the fish would eat in 3 minutes appox about 6 times a day on average.
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chrisfraser05
06-02-2013, 09:20 AM
Started on the Algae scrubber build yesterday.

Got to say I've learned LOADS about how to glue acrylic in the last 24 hours!

Will post some pics tonight once I've got the last few major bits in.


I broke my Dremel yesterday and have a new one on the way, also I'm still waiting for some bits for my overall Electrical revamp (timer, temp controller) so it's going to be a functional build so the wife can use the new scrubber while I'm away but it will still need the final polish next month.

chrisfraser05
06-02-2013, 01:48 PM
Still waiting for Pump and impellor..... oh well.


At least most of the bits for my Algae scrubber build arrived so I got building last night. I'm building my STC-1000 into the same box and also a digital timer for the lights so it's still a work in progress but its looking pretty good if I do say so myself lol


LED's attached with thermal pads
http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130601_165314_zpsad3500c8.jpg


Frame in background setting

http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130601_165319_zpsf3c55088.jpg (http://s524.photobucket.com/user/chrisfraser05/media/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130601_165319_zpsf3c55088.jpg.html)


Heatsinks being added to rear of aluminium sheet for extra protection
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chrisfraser05
06-02-2013, 01:49 PM
First test looks good
http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130601_193834_zps00e09cea.jpg (http://s524.photobucket.com/user/chrisfraser05/media/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130601_193834_zps00e09cea.jpg.html)


Clear cover added with gap for air around LED's
http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130601_210309_zps3388e4e2.jpg (http://s524.photobucket.com/user/chrisfraser05/media/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130601_210309_zps3388e4e2.jpg.html)


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Getting there
http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130601_210322_zpsf29b35b2.jpg (http://s524.photobucket.com/user/chrisfraser05/media/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130601_210322_zpsf29b35b2.jpg.html)

chrisfraser05
06-02-2013, 01:50 PM
WOW what a steady hand... not!
http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130601_212511_zpsf8078117.jpg (http://s524.photobucket.com/user/chrisfraser05/media/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130601_212511_zpsf8078117.jpg.html)


Making it easy, doesn't need to be perfect, getting sanded all over another day!
http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130601_214941_zps3690af57.jpg (http://s524.photobucket.com/user/chrisfraser05/media/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130601_214941_zps3690af57.jpg.html)


2 units drying waiting for the back to be sealed
http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130602_110550_zpsdccac002.jpg (http://s524.photobucket.com/user/chrisfraser05/media/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130602_110550_zpsdccac002.jpg.html)


Bit of a mess..... this was only for testing. Plenty room for a timer and STC in this box too ;)
http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130602_110553_zpsb7c0ce24.jpg (http://s524.photobucket.com/user/chrisfraser05/media/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130602_110553_zpsb7c0ce24.jpg.html)

chrisfraser05
06-02-2013, 01:51 PM
Wires tidied a little
http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130602_112517_zps34b3c854.jpg (http://s524.photobucket.com/user/chrisfraser05/media/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130602_112517_zps34b3c854.jpg.html)


Both units siliconed tight, time to tidy my desk!


http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130602_114802_zps0f8d1f19.jpg (http://s524.photobucket.com/user/chrisfraser05/media/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130602_114802_zps0f8d1f19.jpg.html)

Cliff
06-02-2013, 01:59 PM
Looks good Chris.

I love seeing the step by step pics.

I might have missed this info, but what type of LEDs did you use?

chrisfraser05
06-02-2013, 03:12 PM
Latest pics....


Still need to replace the mesh (no hurry for that one though as its got good growth), the pipe (as it doesn't sit in the end piece, I designed it for 21.5mm pipe which is in the garage, not the 25mm pipe) and the fixings to connect to the pump.


I'm going to be using a quick disconnect Garden hose fitting for easy maint by the wife.


http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc321/chrisfraser05/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130602_154250_zpsdb962e85.jpg (http://s524.photobucket.com/user/chrisfraser05/media/Algae%20scrubber%20build%2013/IMG_20130602_154250_zpsdb962e85.jpg.html)


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chrisfraser05
06-02-2013, 03:16 PM
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Hey Cliff.... I'm pretty happy with it.

I just need to tidy it up around the edges. I broke my dremel last night so waiting on an Express delivery tomorrow of a new one, need it to do the new scrubber pipe and sanding.

Away to Korea on Thursday so really want this finished soon.



The LED's are 3w Star base 650nm Red grow LED's, The likes of Cree don't do a red you can buy anywhere online (although I believe they do one now direct to companies for use in LED units) so I just got generic ones online.

They are being driven by 700mA meanwell non dimmable drivers.

chrisfraser05
06-03-2013, 08:35 PM
Got my 230 timer today so decided to prep the box for the STC-1000.


So here it is, area marked for the STC and kept clear inside, all wiring tidied and Drivers mounted on the sides of the box with air gap round them to prevent overheating.


Socket Neutrals connected but the lives need the STC to switch them so as yet not connected.


ATS (Algae Turf Scrubber) timer needs rotated 180 but that can wait till the STC turns up.


Once it's completed the timer will be siliconed into place, it's just poked through the rough hole at the moment.


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Time for ATS is 21:00 to 09:00 at the moment. High light ATS's as this one is classes as (36w of LED over 48 square inches of usable mesh area) are recommended to use 12 hours of light to allow the algae to rest rather than the 18 on 6 off.


I am going to be working in Korea for a month as of Thursday so I will play with timings more when I get home, but for now the wife will just do a weekly cleaning and that's it.




And chucked in place....


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Planning on installing a digital PH and Salinity unit below this at some point. Nice and discrete out of the way, out of the humidity of the cabinet but also easy enough to access to check.

chrisfraser05
06-05-2013, 10:05 AM
Well I'm surprised and delighted today.

Firstly my STC-1000 arrived so I've got it wired in and setup, bit of a relief really as it's a bit of an insurance policy with me being away a month at a time.
It never bothered me before but as soon as I identified the need I couldn't see past it lol

And secondly with running the skimmer I can honestly say I can see the difference in water clarity.

Since I upgraded from my nano 2 1/2 years ago I've never bothered with a skimmer, using an ATS I never really found a problem not using one.
I decided just to bite the bullet and get one though for this rescape, I have always had the space set asside for one so thought while investing in upgraded equimpment, the energy savings we were making on the LED lights and scrubber lights would allow a free extra piece of equimpment or two http://www.ultimatereef.net/forums/images/smilies/wink2.gif

Between trading my carbon for purigen and adding the skimmer I can honestly say when I walked into the livingroom this morning I got a fright, I thought there was no water in the tank lmao
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Cliff
06-05-2013, 10:34 AM
Sounds like more good progress Chris

I would love to see a FTS !!!

chrisfraser05
06-06-2013, 01:01 PM
I'll try uploading a vid to youtube of the tank as it was last night.

I was holding back a little as during the ammo/trite/trate spike there was a little algae grew on the rocks, a short green turf algae, the growth has slowed and my trates and phos are 0 again, also my long spined urchin is munching through it like a goodun.

Not the tank is just being allowed to settle for a month, no new fish, corals, the KH and Calc are now stable etc. Also I'm on my way to Korea as we speak lol

Video to follow in the next 24 hours or so.

chrisfraser05
06-06-2013, 01:28 PM
Just tried to upload the video in the Airport, its having none of it lol

Will have to wait til I arrive in my Apartemnt, my beach front apartment none the less ;)


Little addition to the thread btw....

I've decided after a long research that I'm going to be ordering a Kamoer 3 channel doser for when I get home in a months time :) :) :)

Cliff
06-07-2013, 12:00 AM
LOL, you have to love that free airport internet access.

I never have much luck in airports for much more than surfing the internet.

You will also love having that dosing pump. I really love mine and i don't think I would have a reef tank without one

chrisfraser05
06-08-2013, 01:44 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUJ7081y-rE

Cliff
06-08-2013, 01:51 PM
That looks like some nice Tonga branching rock. I love how you have it laid out. How much rock to you have in the set-up ?

Once your algae scrubber takes off, the algae in the tank should start to go away

chrisfraser05
06-08-2013, 02:15 PM
Cheers cliff.

I'd say about 30lbs in the display and 40-50 in the sump. Not a massive amount but with the flow reaching all the rock, I've even included a powerhead under the rock in the sump, I reckon there is enough to filter the tank more than sufficiently.

Yea the Algae grew fast but it's not gone further, the glass doesn't get much either. The Urchin had a field day with it lol

Not worried about the algae in the slightest anyway :)

I don't think it actually looks that bad but I know it's going to burn itself out soon ish.