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Old 02-22-2012, 01:25 AM   #131
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also my 50lb box of base rock should be here tomorrow from reef rocks so maybe doing some aquascaping this weekend. i plan to put 30-40lbs in this and then 10 or so in the 24 gallon.
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:01 PM   #132
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just setup my brs dual reactor.

i did about 3/4 cup of carbon

and 1 cup of gfo.



the reactor with the media in place.


the pump running the reactor. it is in the return chamber of my sump for now cause that was the easiest place to put it. when i have time i want to move it to the first chamber with the skimmer.


the reactor sitting beside my sump.

and all the craziness going on under the tank.


my only complaint with the reactor so far is that the push connect fittings are kind of finicky. you have to get them in just the right spot or they will leak..
unfortunately i don't have a phosphate test kit so i can't tell how effective the reactor actually is at removing phosphates.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:09 AM   #133
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There is a calculator on brs website that will tell you exactly how much of carbon and gfo you need for your tank.

I was planning on getting the same unit but it went out of stock before I could buy it. :-(
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:16 AM   #134
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didn't know about the calculator. looks like i was a 1/4 cup off on both lol. oh well its a good starting point.

any recommendations on what i should do about the algae in the sump?
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:26 AM   #135
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leave it be. thats what you want the sump for so it doesnt grow in your DT.

You will probably notice it die down a bit after you have the gfo running for awhile anyways.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:27 AM   #136
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yep thats what i am hopping for! thanks carey!
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good luck! let us know if the dual reactor works out, I've been wanting one forever and am so pissed I didn't get it now that I finally decided to buy it. It looks like good quality too.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:32 AM   #138
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i will! it seems to be really nice. i got the flow dialed in so that just the top of the gfo is tumbling. my only complaint so far is the hoses took a little time to get the push connectors just right so they didn't leak. first time i turned it on water sprayed everywhere lol
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heres the rock i got from reef rocks. this was there 50lb box. i put the maxijet 1200 box in the picture to give you an idea of size. the maxijet is also the pump i am using to run my reactor if anyone was wondering.

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Old 02-26-2012, 08:37 PM   #140
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redid my aquascape today. i added 40-43lbs of base rock from reef rocks. the other 10 will go into the 24g.

here it is before.

and here it is after.


let me know what everyone thinks about the new look.

i'm hopping i didn't disturb the sand bed to much. i tested for ammo about 2 hours after i finished and it was 0. should i check again in a few hours or anything else i should look out for?

i also added another 1050gph koralia for some extra flow.
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