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Old 02-19-2011, 05:26 PM   #121
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Pretty darn nice Floyd. Great looking tank.
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Old 02-19-2011, 08:52 PM   #123
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looks good! might be time to cut back that anthelia though.
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Yeah, trying to get rid of it. Believe it or not, on Friday I fragged off all the Anthelia that was on the rock in the last picture of the first post - the one with all the Zoas on it. It was completely covered, and that's the 3rd time I've done that. The rock next to it (to the left, has some growing on it) was also covered about a month ago and I cleared it off. The rock in the center / bottom with the Red Cap got 1/2 cleared off about 2 months ago. Anthelia = Weed.
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:39 AM   #126
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:25 PM   #127
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I haven't done an update in a while. Had an issue with water quality, even with RO/DI. Runoff from winter (salt, farm, etc) makes for big problems here. Something got through my RO/DI as the DI was just running out and even though it was 0 TDS it smelled funny and I didn't notice until they were through 10g of top-off water. A couple corals receded quite a bit, I ended up with a dino outbreak, so I did a PWC and put some carbon in and they're coming back. Phosphates went up and the ATS screen went brown and gooey, but it's coming back. Anyways. Pics.

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The Frogspawn, GSP, and Birdsnest all took a hit, but are coming back. The Branching hammer might be a goner. More pics in next post
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:27 PM   #128
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Looking better now

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Tomorrow, I replace the plumbing.



Above is what I have to do to adapt the 3/4" return bulkhead and 1" drain for better flow on the Mag 12. Long time coming on this one.

So I'm going to put a 1" durso in to replace the current open 3/4" standpipe (why they put a 3/4" to a 1" bulkhead, I don't know)

Then for the return, I'm replacing all the 3/4" hose with quite a concoction of adapters and hose. From pump to nozzle, it's like this:

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3/4" to 1" bushing
1" ball valve
1" threaded to 1-1/4" tube
1-1/4" tube
1-1/4" tube to 1" tube
1" tube
1" tube to 3/4" threaded

3/4" Bulkhead

3/4" threaded to 1" tube
1" tube
1" tube to 1-1/4" tube
1-1/4" tube
1-1/4" tube to 1" threaded
1" threaded connector
1" threaded elbow
1" to 3/4" bushing

3/4" dual nozzle

I wish I could have found a 3/4" threaded to 1-1/4" tube (or 1-1/2" tube, really), that would have made it a ton easier. I didn't look online. I suppose I could have found something to make it easier.

I did a flow test last weekend and the pump flow when clean on 10/10/10 was 433 GPH (remember, Mag 12, straight vertical 4 to 4.5' shot) and now after 5 months it's about 380 - 15% drop. So the ATS screen isn't getting enough, and it was already low flow to begin with.

Hopefully, this will boost the flow to at least 700 GPH, which would put the screen at the perfect flow rate of 35 GPH/inch.
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Wow. What a difference in some of those pictures from when they were not happy to when they are!
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