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Old 08/11/2017, 10:19 PM   #276
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Final Pieces (Vacation Tank Automation/Monitoring) Completed

The tank is out of my hands. All the Automation I need is in place for a week away.

With the Remote Controller PAN/Tilt Cloud WEB Cam, I can watch the Sump room and DT/Frag Tank. Another Cam is in Kitchen.
I can even tune in (From 1500 Miles away) at Scheduled Feeding Time, and see Lights Flash before Flakes/Pelletd Fall in. Fish should be at Feeder Station.

I could even Schedule in a Water Change, but no point pushing one's Luck.

Hoping to come back to SPS DT moving positively forwards.

When I watch it daily, not much changes.

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Old 08/11/2017, 11:17 PM   #277
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AquaForest (Magnesium Test Kit) Great!

I'm glad I got the AquaForest test kit last time I was not trusting the Salifert giving me high readings.

Tonight MAG on Salifert showed Off the Scale (>1500), which had me concerned, but not trusting at all.

I tested with the AquaForest and got the more reasonable 1380 reading.

It's actually exactly the same steps as Salifert, even the result table.

But it comes with an Extra (B) Solution. which is one Extra Easy Step.

-> You measure Calcium First.
-> Then Based on Calcium Measurement Reading, you add so many Drops of A Solution. (1-5 drops)
-> B drops are the same each time.

What's also nice with the Test Kit is it comes with a MG reference Sample to ensure the kit is reading properly.

To me the extra Cost is Worth it, since I got a reading I could trust
(and that is peace of mind).

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Old 08/12/2017, 04:28 PM   #278
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Always do a 1 Day DRY RUN (ON Vacation Setup) Catastrophe Averted.

So it's a good thing I setup things one day before leaving, since today I had a problem.

When I moved over electrical stuff to Battery UPS, and some things to Utility Power, power was distributed differently.

Today at 5pm when MH Lights came on the GFCI Circuit Breaker Tripped.

This caused Return Pumps on Both Tank to Shut off.

Yet the Power Heads/GyrePumps kept running on both tanks. This caused a massive bubble swirl in the Tanks as water level dropped. Lots of splashing too!!

I FOUND THE CAUSE (and resolved it).
When MH lights turn on the Initial Bulb Firing is higher Voltage and Higher Current for about 1 minute. That was too much for the breaker when both MH lights turned on at same time (new setting).

I staggered the MH Light startup by 5 minutes, and as extra precaution I move the Return Pump to a separate breaker.

I also lowered the Power Heads to be below the water line should Return pump stop and tank drain into sump like what happened today.

I tested a few times and all is good.

I also called over the Neighbour and showed him how to reset the breaker should it happened.

I will be on Airplane in about 12 hours from now.

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Old 08/13/2017, 06:09 AM   #279
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I might pick up one of those AF test kits..
Wally, enjoy to week away!


Current Tank Info: 53x32.5x26 190g dt 60g of sumps 3 tank-100 gal frag system 4x AI prime 6xt5 3x150w mh. 4x maxspect gyre. Skimz Dual internal sicce pump skimmer Deltec PF601s ca rx+Kalk stirrer
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