Hornberson Reef - DSA 90 gallon mixed reef

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by wpeterson, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. jonmos75

    jonmos75 Supporting Member

    Winnfield, (sorry had the wrong name oops)

    You should add me to your Fusion account (View only) if you needed someone to watch over your system...only if you want tho....

    Did your Apex reboot at that time???
    What were your amp graphs at 5am that your return pump is plugged into
     
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  2. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    Thanks. I'll drop you a PM.


    There was no power outage. I think the impeller in the pump seized. The pump had power the whole time and didn't show much change in amps drawn.

    The dc-9000 has a fail safe mode that's supposed to handle the sump running dry and disable the motor. This may have triggered which prevented damage to the motor. The pump did not restart after multiple power cycles. I broke it down and soaked the impeller in vinegar and then scrubbed everything before re-assembly. It started up just fine after this. So either something got lodged/dislodged in the impeller or more likely mineral deposits built up over time and slowly ground the impeller to a halt.
     
  3. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    We had a 20 minute power outage today. It was re-assuring to get notified on my phone from both the Apex and the webcam going offline.

    Thankfully, everything came back up successfully and nothing overflowed. Our Reef Octopus skimmer is very sensitive to raised water levels in the sump and easily overflows, but the cold start sequence delays it about 5 minutes after the return pump so it's able to drain the sump to normal levels before the skimmer comes on.

    I haven't hooked up our battery backup emergency airstones to the tank, but this is a reminder I should do that before we go away again.
     
  4. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Wouldn't it be better to hook up a UPS to the Apex?
     
  5. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Does the apex have the capability to notify you when it turns on after an outage?
     
  6. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    If I had a UPS, I would put the whole system on it.

    The battery powered airstones are set to provide a minimal oxygenation of the water running off of D cell batteries.

    I have a manual battery backup and a power inverter I could use to run a heater and a powerhead in an emergency, but it's not a UPS or automatic failover.
     
  7. jonmos75

    jonmos75 Supporting Member

    I have two UPS one LARGE one for the tank and I have the Apex shut down non essential parts like light, I have my Vortech pumps run at a slower speed and other things turn off to conserve power in the UPS until I can get home and hoop up the Generator....the smaller UPS is hooked up to my modem & router to give me internet to be able to still communicate with the Apex unit remotely
     
  8. jonmos75

    jonmos75 Supporting Member

    In Fusion you will get a power failure notification that you have lost power and then after power is restored you will get another notification that the Alarm is off...(power is restored)
     
  9. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    These stories scare the hell out of me! My job involves a lot of travel... and controllers/backup power is not cheap :(
     
  10. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    This is the reason I post whenever something goes wrong or I make a mistake: so hopefully other folks can think about their tanks or learn something without the stress of going through it. I hope we can all be open about our tanks, especially when things go wrong.
     
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  11. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    I've wired up the doser to dose Calc on the second channel, 40ml/day to start (6am, 12pm, 6pm, 12am) and upped the Alk to 120ml/day (1.2 tsp baking soda) every odd hour (1am, 3am, ...). The corals are all growing like crazy but using up slightly more Alk/Calc each week.

    I bought a Flame Angel at the CA Reef Co event today, likely our last fish in this tank:

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    Amazing, bright colors and hopefully some extra motion and activity in the tank once he's a little less shy.

    Current fish list:
    - Pair of Ocellaris Clowns
    - Pair of Green Mandarin Gobies
    - Female Banggai Cardinal
    - Male Flame Angel

    I might try to find a male Banggai to pair off with our female.
     
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  12. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    Tank is doing well. The Flame Angel has acclimated well to the tank and is less shy. He's got some beautiful bright colors and he's starting to fatten up with better food. I've set the autofeeder to feed pellets 3x a day now (8am, 12pm, and 4pm) - a pinch of Omega One Marine pellets. I feed frozen cyclopeeze and spirulina loaded brine shrimp once a day as well. Even with more bioload and increased feeding, I can't get the phosphate above 0.03 or so. I'm glad the tank is maturing.

    Corals continue growing like crazy. Some recent pictures for grow out contests:

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    Acan is doing well, about 7 baby heads with one large one. 4-5 of them have green color around the mouths as they get bigger.

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  13. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    Full tank shot:

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    Finally caught our shy flame angel in a few pictures:

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  14. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Ooh very cool the flame angel behaving well with corals?
     
  15. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    ::Fingers Crossed:: No nipping or coral damage that I've seen so far. I'm going out of my way to keep him well fed.
     
  16. Geneva

    Geneva Supporting Member

    Your tank and pictures look amazing! Your "competition" corals look so great too! I really hope that flame angel doesn't start nipping at your corals - mine did so I had to borrow a fish trap and give it away.
     
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  17. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    Thanks, Geneva. I've been reading about flame angels for years and debating getting one. The color and the movement were hard to turn down now that we finally have a tank that's large enough.

    With my luck, this guy will devour that beautiful acan :-/ I'm doing my best to give him lots of space and other food to eat. ::fingers crossed::

    Also, thanks for the great hollywood stunner chalice from the fragging workshop. You may not see it in the full tanks shot, but it's doing well. The main colony is in the back right corner where I could find a low enough light area it would be OK. There are two smaller colonies in the shadows on the left and inside the main central cave.
     
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  18. MolaMola

    MolaMola Supporting Member

    I really like following your journal and all the various issues you raise that are relevant to others' tanks. I am both paranoid about many issues and unaware of others so I find it interesting and valuable. I will be checking back on your fish posts when I prepare to stock.
     
  19. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    Thanks! We're located in Mountain View if you'd ever like to come see our tank.
     
  20. borker

    borker Guest

    Winfield's tank is really awesome, both technically and visually. You should definitely swing by to check it out if you can.
     
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