bondolo's combined tanks

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  1. bondolo

    bondolo Supporting Member

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    I'm setting up a calcium reactor to reduce the maintenance demands of having to mix up two part batches every 21 days or so. The combined tanks consume about a half gallon each of BRS recipe 2-part a week. Seems really high to me but testing levels bears out that that's what it is consuming.
     
  2. Coral reefer

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    Lots of stony corals?
     
  3. bondolo

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    yes, quite a few LPS and smaller number of SPS.
     
  4. MolaMola

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    I'd love to see your tanks closer up. Any more photos? Congrats on accomplishing the upgrades! Although I guess you're getting into calcium reactor now...
     
  5. rygh

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    Seems a bit high, but I am only basing it on pictures from previous page in this thread.

    Check you Mg. It might be precipitating out.
     
  6. bondolo

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    A week before leaving town for a month both of my seaswirls failed. Fixed one up from the combined parts and order replacement motor and movement arm. Original calcium reactor solenoid failed the day before I was to leave. I was glad to have left the dosers set up and filled. Milwaukee RMAed the solenoid when I returned.

    Better flow from the now repaired sea swirls and improved pH from calcium reactor has been good for the tanks. Everything is really starting to take off, even before I did the first water change in about six weeks.
     
  7. bondolo

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    Inorganic calcium precipitation was one of the primary motivations for finally switching to calcium reactor.
     
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    It’s always right before a trip that stuff fails. How does it know?
     
  9. bondolo

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    Considering doing a restart on the 92G corner tank. I have been fighting a losing battle for 2 years against red/blue clove polyps. I thought I had the upper hand for a while by doing aggressive toothbrushing. but the victory was only temporary and they have come back ever stronger. I've tried the suggested treatments; raising mag and reducing white light to no avail. I have not tried a long spine urchin which supposedly might work (I think finding the right species to the pest is too much of a crap-shoot).

    I plan to move the fish and corals out to the frag tank incrementally and make sure that the clove polyps don't come along.

    I haven't decided whether just go dark and wrap the tank in black plastic for a month or go dry for a couple weeks and then restart with a separate skimmer until water quality reaches acceptable levels before reconnecting the systems.
     
  10. Kensington Reefer

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    Going dry will include the plumbing ...
     
  11. MolaMola

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    Want to try a purple urchin as seen in this old photo? Not foot-long spines, but still long and has a voracious appetite.

    appetite.[​IMG]
     
  12. Coral reefer

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    Aiptasia x works good, but it's always going to be maintenance rather than a fix.
     
  13. bondolo

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    Probably worth a try if you have one available as it would be a lot easier than restarting.
     
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    Very interesting
    I’m curious about what else they eat...zoas, GSP, anthelia...
     
  15. rygh

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    Sounds a lot like my Majano problem, except more colorful.
    If you are spending all the effort, I would suggest a complete reboot. Dry, maybe even some bleach.
    Once things are out, it is not so bad, and you are then SURE they are gone.
    It allows you to make a few repairs/tweaks to the tank that might be pending.
    And you can really scrub the old rocks/sand/tank. That means no giant nitrate explosion when you restart.
    Although it does mean a full cycle and the long time that takes, so your "temporary" system needs to be done well.
     

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