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Old 01-17-2022, 02:00 PM   #21
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Got her filled up and scaped. Couple more adjustments and I think it will be solid. No leaks in the plumbing, got the pump and drain adjusted for a full siphon. Need to lower a couple sump baffles to quiet things down a tick and free up some backflow space.



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Old 01-17-2022, 03:47 PM   #22
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Got her filled up and scaped. Couple more adjustments and I think it will be solid. No leaks in the plumbing, got the pump and drain adjusted for a full siphon. Need to lower a couple sump baffles to quiet things down a tick and free up some backflow space.


I think thatís the fun part ,Ö. That first fill and watching intensely for any leaks or seepage ,Ö. Heart beating a couple of beats faster ,eyes strainingÖlolÖĒby Jove I think you got it ! ď
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Old 01-17-2022, 03:56 PM   #23
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I think thatís the fun part ,Ö. That first fill and watching intensely for any leaks or seepage ,Ö. Heart beating a couple of beats faster ,eyes strainingÖlolÖĒby Jove I think you got it ! ď


Yes, very exciting/nerve wracking turning the pump on for the first time thinking ďhopefully I donít need to redo any plumbing because my wife will kill me if the house smells like PVC primer and cement againĒÖ canít wait for it to clear up!
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Couple tweaks to the scape and Iím happy. Time to get the water up to temp, add some salt, then add sand. Cycling time soonÖ

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I like the scape lots of caves and swimming area but tons of room for corals too! Looks great
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I like the scape lots of caves and swimming area but tons of room for corals too! Looks great


Thanks! Canít wait til itís cycled
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Gorgeous build, Flaxon. I'm hot to see more. And thanks for making me want to go salt again.
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Old 01-20-2022, 12:30 PM   #28
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Gorgeous build, Flaxon. I'm hot to see more. And thanks for making me want to go salt again.


Always good to want to get back into saltÖ you should.
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Old 01-21-2022, 10:23 AM   #29
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Whelp, already needing to change my heaters out. Was running 2 of the Jager 150 watt on an InkBird but they just canít keep up. Struggling to maintain 77.5 due to the ambient room temp of about 62-64į where itís kept. I have a couple 300 watt BRS Titanium elements on order that should do the trick.

Also finally got her saltedÖ took about 20lbs of Red Sea Blue Bucket to bring up to 1.026. Will start cycling tonight hopefully!
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Nice. Glad you're taking care of it now. I know I ended up with titanium something or other...I don't recall what kind I have, but it's two of them.
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Nice. Glad you're taking care of it now. I know I ended up with titanium something or other...I don't recall what kind I have, but it's two of them.


I figured 300 watts total for a 95ish gallon system would have been ok, which it would have had my house been kept warmer. Oh wellÖ all we do is learn in this hobby.
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Old 01-25-2022, 07:22 PM   #32
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Use to take my 150w heaters 4-5 hrs just to get temp up to 77.0į. These new BRS Titanium 300w heaters just got it up to 80į in 45 mins. Wish I did my research beforehandÖ oh well!

Received my overflow box today from Melevís Reef! Pretty excited about that, looks solidÖ heaters look cleaner as well



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Looking sharp bud. Keep it going.
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Really nice and clean !!!! Hmmmm. , I think mine looked that way 15 years ago too ! Lol
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Day 7 of Red Sea Reef Mature- last night tested 0 ammonia, .01 nitrite and about 32+ nitrate. Interestingly high amount of NO3. Supposed to do a 5% water change today but may pass, it won’t put a dent in the NO3. Anyways, got around to piecing together my small manifold to feed my media reactor and UV sterilizer. Making some progress, hoping the cycle is invert ready in the next week or so. Hunkering down for 12-20” of snow tomorrow, so hopefully we don’t lose power, as I don’t know how that will affect the cycle if temp drops.

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Finally got around to setting up my Hydros WaveEngine and also the Control 4. Got the PH, ORP, and temp probes all in and data is graphing. Pretty cool platform for a controller. Decided to have an electrician come in and add another outlet by the tank to spread the load and get it on a dedicated line. Will add all my critical components like return pump and heater on the separate line, and have everything else on the line that is shared with a couple other outlets in the room.
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On the final stage of Red Sea Reef Mature dosing program where Iíll just be dosing NOPOX to control NO3 while NO2 does itís thing. Hopefully it works itself out in the next week or 2. Clean up crew will get added soon since Iím getting filamentous algae and some brown growing on the bottom of my sump. Started with dry rock and AragAlive Fiji Pink, and have been running carbon since I used a whole lotta super glue, insta set, and epoxy on the rockwork. Hoping for a speedy end of cycleÖ

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Looks like that skimmer wants to kick some butt !!!
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Looks like that skimmer wants to kick some butt !!!
Yea I think sheís ready. Took a bit to break inÖ ready for a decent bioload Iím hoping.
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Getting a nasty white slimy bacterial bloom in my tank. Iíve gathered itís from the daily NOPOX towards the last stage of the cycle. Going to crank the skimmer up a bit and try a more wet skim to see if I can speed things up a bit.
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