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Reply #45

Nice job mate! It's really coming together.  Cabinet looks awesome as well, really neat!
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Thanks ajm83

Gave the macroalgae reactor a clean today and fitted a filter on the intake pump to stop gunk getting in there. It gleeeeeems! It also slides out quite easily which is nice.

I did, however, notice some bits of plastic sponge in there which was worrying. As it turns out, the sponge on the skimmer has degraded and split so I've pulled it out. I've not found a detailed manual for it, but I think it's a sponge to stop micro bubbles coming out of the skimmer.

Anemone is once again on the move

Got some shells for the hermits seeing as Niel (our current big hermit) was stuck on his back unable to turn over. I think his shell is too big so I'm giving him options.

Inside tap being fitted in a couple of days so I'll be able to use my RODI unit and stop driving to the store every weekend.

Also caught a patch of salt creep in the sump with my algae magnet blade. That blade is nicked and doesn't work any more. Lesson learnt.

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Ok, slightly annoying ATO system. If I slow down the return pump, the water in the sump rises and triggers the float switch and sets of the alarm. I then have to turn the ATO off and back on for it to function again. Here's the catch... when it's turned back on, if the water level is already where it should be the ATO pumps water in anyway until it triggers the float switch again. It seems to only recognise the water level if it raises UP to the required amount.

So when feeding, I now turn powerheads off, keep the return pump running normally and then the problem is avoided. Not ideal as some food probably ends up in my sock.

It's running very smoothly, though. The pump for the ATO also fits (JUST ABOUT) in one of my jerry cans, so I have a 25L reservoir. If I'm not mistaken, that will fill my sump almost to the brim, so there shouldn't be any leaking... however my salinity would take a bit of a hit.

News of the day.... the interior exterior tap is fitted in the utility cupboard next to the tank. I plan to get a 5m length of tubing and have the RODI unit running near the bath in case of overflows. I was going to get a float valve and have it run next to the tank but I would need one that turns off the booster pump too, so I'll leave that for a later date. As of this weekend, I won't need to drive 20 mins away to buy RO water!

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Reply #48

Got back from a weekend away and the tank was looking good. Then I added 40lbs of special grade live sand to the tank. It quickly became apparent that there was no way of stopping the tank from becoming cloudy. I just turned my skimmer air intake on full, return pump on full and cleaned my filter sock out three times. Seems to have settled down this morning.

I'll hoover out the sump later on. There's a fair bit of dust in the algae on the walls too so when I clean the glass, the dust should come off with it.

Need another 20lbs of sand though :/

New hardscape too. I would have had a detritus trap if I left it as it was. I've arranged the rocks so I have places to put coral without casting shadows over other pieces.

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Reply #49

you tank looks fantastic, i might have to invest in one of those algae reactors, it looks ideal for our new tank to keep the nitrates under control.  May i ask what the monitoring software you have is that give you the readouts?

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you tank looks fantastic, i might have to invest in one of those algae reactors, it looks ideal for our new tank to keep the nitrates under control.  May i ask what the monitoring software you have is that give you the readouts?

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scot

Thank you :) means a lot. Looks a bit basic compared to the supercolourful SPS tanks on my facebook feed... but I'm enjoying it.

The algae reactor is from ebay. Search for macro algae reactor and you'll find it. I think the seller was called something like bosshogthemasterpig. A tad pricey but I'm glad I went for it. This one is rated for a 600L so it's overkill, but there are smaller ones. I also had the choice of red/blue or full spectrum LEDs as well as the hosetail size. Currently running the lights about 11 hours overnight (or more if I forget about it) with about two handfuls or chaeto. I will dial that back a bit once I get close to 10ppm.

The app is called 'aquarium note'. I use it to log parameters, read the colours of test kits, make notes about things I spot with the tank or fish etc, calculate dosages and set reminders. It's relatively basic in appearance but it's useful and it's free :D

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Ahh man. An aiptasia has grabbed my 1 inch hermit crab and eaten it. Nigel was my wife's favourite critter. It's shell was slightly too big and he was useless at walking around so I guess it was bound to happen eventually. Shame he didn't move into one of the other shells I've put in there.

Also, can't find my emerald crab that was added about 2 week ago. Not seen the shell but I'm fearing the worst.

Gloomy day :(

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Reply #52

We found Emma (the emerald crab) sneaky thing!

I also tried my RODI filter today. Using a Vyair booster pump which is surprisingly quiet and an inline 3 point TDS meter. Works a treat. 85-90ppm source water, 3ppm after the membrane and 0ppm out. A little concerned about having a spare washer (or O-ring if that's what it is). The carbon filter has one. Not sure if the sediment filter needs one too I'm in touch with Osmotics about it. Also finding it strange that the DI filter only has an inch of water at the bottom. I suppose the incoming water pushes the water at the bottom up through the resin chamber so it's fine.

My wife informed me that the lecky/gas bill has gone up from £2 per day to £4 a day this month The tank is using more power than everything else in the house combined! Whew.

A few pics of the tank to cheer me up

On the last pic, there's a large section of gsp that's not attached to rock. I'm thinking I need to cut that flappy bit off and glue it to a new bit of rock.

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Reply #53

Time for an update...

Nigel (the hermit) is alive. He must have molted and hid so deep in his shell that we couldn't see him. Wife and I are very happy about that.

A snail died and I pulled him out. Did the sniff test. Regretted that massively (a week later I could still sort of smell it). Put it in boiling water and then soaked in citric acid for a couple of days. Rinsed thoroughly and popped it back in the tank. Ready for Nigel should he wish to move home.

I've noticed that as the water quality improved, the scallop hid away more, despite dosing some zoo/phyto for it. When I picked it up, it poured out of the shell. I didn't do a sniff test on that.

Scooter blennies and tangs are enjoying the sand bed. It's currently in the ugly phase but the bare bottom looked worse so I can't complain. Need some extra sand for the back part of the tank.

The weir comb was botched together with double sided tape and tie wraps. It wasn't on the list of things to get sorted immediately so it's been like that a while. Today I sorted it out. Runs quieter, looks nicer and looks like I've actually put some effort in Still need to sort the corners out though. Currently tie wrapped but I intend to fix that.

Big Blue (the regal tang) has a habit of flicking water out of the tank to get my attention after feeding time, or when I'm messing around in the sump. Anyone else's do this?

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Silly me... I forgot the pics!

Also... I'm planning on getting some snails to turn over the sand. May even look at getting a QT tank so I can start adding fish

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Reply #55

Also finding it strange that the DI filter only has an inch of water at the bottom. I suppose the incoming water pushes the water at the bottom up through the resin chamber so it's fine.

Just re-read this, you probably need to open the DI container a few threads until it fills up with water then retighten it. That will get rid of the air lock.  Vyair will be able to advise.
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