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Old 07/21/2018, 07:50 AM   #376
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25 month update
Alk swings because: weaning tank off of kalk / switched to ESV 2 part / forgot to replenish 2 part dosing container for a few days / forgot to adjust dosing while on vacation. Had a weird calcium spike because of bum test kit. Two acropora are really unhappy.

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Old 08/16/2018, 03:57 PM   #377
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26 month update
Generally +ve.
Added two gyres to two mp10s to enhance flow in my reefer 250
Also did a minor aquascape...
seeing some subtle signs of improvement on the two acros that browned out
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Old 09/14/2018, 07:43 AM   #378
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27 month update vid.
New flasher wrasse added, kamoer doing containers, and thoughts about expanding my ato reservoir.
Finally, starting an experiment on Redsea reefer coral colors trace element dosing.
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Old 09/20/2018, 03:45 AM   #379
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Regarding your ATO issue, I also have a Reefer 250 and you may find my solution of use. I have setup my RODI outside the house near the tank and use a pressure sensitive solenoid to keep an 80L reservoir full of filtered water. This reservoir is about 500mm lower than the sump and I use the Neptune ATK to keep the Reefer ATO full from this. This way I never have to manually fill the ATO tank.

In normal use I manually control the RODI - turn the tap on every 2nd weekend to fill, and once I hear the solenoid kick in (it creates a little vibration on close) go out and turn it off. The Apex is programmed to fill the ATO once a day at midday. If I want however (e.g. if we go away for a few weeks) I can leave it on permanently. In this automated use the solenoid will operate once a day around 12:30 or so to keep the reservoir full.

I know you don’t use your ATO tank, but you may be able to do something similar. I like the Neptune ATK due to the high levels of redundancy to avoid floods and the alerting of issues.

BTW I love your tank!

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Old 09/20/2018, 01:36 PM   #380
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Regarding your ATO issue, I also have a Reefer 250 and you may find my solution of use. I have setup my RODI outside the house near the tank and use a pressure sensitive solenoid to keep an 80L reservoir full of filtered water. This reservoir is about 500mm lower than the sump and I use the Neptune ATK to keep the Reefer ATO full from this. This way I never have to manually fill the ATO tank.

In normal use I manually control the RODI - turn the tap on every 2nd weekend to fill, and once I hear the solenoid kick in (it creates a little vibration on close) go out and turn it off. The Apex is programmed to fill the ATO once a day at midday. If I want however (e.g. if we go away for a few weeks) I can leave it on permanently. In this automated use the solenoid will operate once a day around 12:30 or so to keep the reservoir full.

I know you don’t use your ATO tank, but you may be able to do something similar. I like the Neptune ATK due to the high levels of redundancy to avoid floods and the alerting of issues.

BTW I love your tank!

Regards, Brad.


Thanks Brad - what a neat system. Alas, behind my tank is our backyard patio. While there is a little space to hide a big water reservoir there and plug the rodi to my outdoor faucet, I am sure the whole setup would freeze solid in our long Canadian winters.
I was looking over the tunze osmolator documentation and it says that - when set on max output - the tunze is capable of pumping water up to 12 ft. My tank is situated nearly above the basement laundry tub where I make rodi. So in theory, putting a large container in the basement underneath the tank, and running a power and water line via a little inconspicuous hole in the parquet and subfloor can solve me problem. I’ll try to do a test run with the pump first to see if it will indeed pump water that high. If it does, then I think I am good.


The apex ato kit seems also very useful. The PMUP is rated for 14 ft I think and they do sell a 10 ft extension cable... but I rather try with my tunze to avoid shelling out 250+ on a new ato system.
Thanks for your thoughts and comments! Cheers


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Old 09/22/2018, 01:55 AM   #381
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Yep, I used the 10’ extension cable in my installation, as the Apex controller is in my sump.

I agree to run a test, just find anywhere you can get > your required head/height and make sure it pumps up that far through the RODI line. Up a set of stairs should work fine.

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Old 09/22/2018, 07:35 AM   #382
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Yep, I used the 10’ extension cable in my installation, as the Apex controller is in my sump.

I agree to run a test, just find anywhere you can get > your required head/height and make sure it pumps up that far through the RODI line. Up a set of stairs should work fine.

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Crude test but it worked! Managed to pump water from basement to first floor with tunze osmolator pump! So seems like the idea has merit!






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Old 10/22/2018, 04:36 PM   #383
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Great inspiration, love the tank, picking up my new 250 this weekend!


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Old 10/22/2018, 05:46 PM   #384
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Great inspiration, love the tank, picking up my new 250 this weekend!


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Old 10/23/2018, 07:57 AM   #385
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Here is my 28 month update:
Things are going well. Moved the ato to the basement! Lost a fish Sps growing
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Old 10/23/2018, 08:43 AM   #386
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Here is my 28 month update:
Things are going well. Moved the ato to the basement! Lost a fish Sps growing
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Fantastic update! Your video's are giving me a lot of hope for the 250!! Keep them coming!


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Old 11/21/2018, 10:28 PM   #387
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Old 12/17/2018, 05:15 PM   #388
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My Redsea reefer is 2 and half years old!
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Old 12/26/2018, 06:12 PM   #389
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Ok I couldn’t resist... after losing two ice fire echinata frags and deciding to give up on this grail acro - one came up for sale... what is an acroholic to do?
So I got it... and got another acro - Major Lazer.
I also decided to do a minor aquascape of my bottom right boulder. I removed the entire thing and used these new dry rock slaps that are easy to aquascape with... looking really artificial right now but I think it has some potential






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Old 01/09/2019, 03:06 PM   #390
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Hi All,
I made this -hopefully- comprehensive video guide to reef photography. I erred on the side of 'encyclopedic' at the expense of entertainment, but hopefully you will find this of use!
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Old 01/20/2019, 02:56 PM   #391
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31 month update.
I lost the flasher wrasse (he just disappeared). I did a minor reaquascape with this stax dry rock. Added a new two little fishes feeding ring. I remove the filter stocks and now running without mechanical filteration. The ice fire frag is doing well so far...

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Old 01/25/2019, 12:18 PM   #392
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I haven’t posted a full tank shot in a while. Took out the dslr and got inspired a bit







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Old 02/14/2019, 09:40 AM   #393
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Old 02/14/2019, 11:27 AM   #394
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Looking really good. How are you liking the stax so far?


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Old 02/14/2019, 12:25 PM   #396
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Looking really good. How are you liking the stax so far?


Sod far so good. They are a bit ‘blocky’ but after a bit of playing around I got a look I liked


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tenurepro - That's what I was worried about. I think I may try out a few in the frag tank and see if I can get some cool arches.


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Old 02/14/2019, 04:52 PM   #398
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I actually re-did The aquascape for a third of my tank. I went with a couple of nice caribsea rocks that formed a couple of caves. It softened up the stax dry rock a bit a you’ll see when I post the next video update.
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