Julius' CDA 150 Build

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  1. Julius Chen

    Julius Chen Supporting Member

    All things have small beginnings...

    The path to greatness is full of perils ;-)

    Just put down deposit for the following setup:
    1. CDA 150 Gallon tank: 5'x2'x2'
    2. CDA TRADITIONAL Malibu wood stand, semi-gloss Brown Mahogany
    3. Synergy TS-44 Sump

    Will pursue Triton method. Tank will have fish, softies, LPS.

    Other equipment I already have:
    4. Vertex Omega 150 Protein Skimmer
    5. Reef Octopus DC 5500 Return Pump
    6. Hydra AI 52 x2, Vega Color x2
    7. Apex controller and EB8x2
    8. Tunze 3155 ATO
    9. Trigger System 10G ATO Reservior
    10. A few Tunze and Jebao wavemakers
    11. Masterflex 7523-80 peristaltic pump with Easy-Load II Two-Channel Pump Head (77202-60), for automatic water change.
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  2. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Sounds like a great beginning.

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  3. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman Supporting Member

    Damn -- that's already a great set-up.
  4. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I thought triton was no water changes?
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  5. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman Supporting Member

    It is. He should give the Masterflex to you.
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  6. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Nah, he should keep it to feed a CaRx.
  7. Julius Chen

    Julius Chen Supporting Member

    I have had lots of headache with nutrients export in my prior 120G setup (which leaked and I had to shut it down). Death of softies is painful.

    So decided to try TS-44 due to its large refugium to grow macro algae. I am hoping to reduce water change, not eliminate. I imagine this modified Triton approach may complicate the sizing of replenishment doses. We will see when we get there.

    I am now planning how to set up the 1/4" RODI tubings (for AWC) and a 1/2" PVD pipe (for RODI water) in crawlspace to connect family room and garage. Deciding whether there is need to run 22 gauge wires in between (refer to post #33 at http://www.bareefers.org/forum/threads/best-automatic-water-change-setup.21628/page-2).

  8. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    I think you can do the auto water change with two apex pmup instead of the masterflex and save that masterflex for a carx. That's just me. Since your running a eb8 out there it would be totally do able. You can also use one 1/4 tubing for topping off by using two of the apex solenoid to auto switch between topping off rodi or auto water change water. Probably better to describe it by drawing. I'll draw one up for you.

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  9. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member


    Does this make sense?

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  10. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    String for future in case line is clog you can pull a new rodi line.

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    Last edited: Mar 4, 2018
  11. Julius Chen

    Julius Chen Supporting Member

    Scuzy, just saw your diagram this morning. I will take a look today. THANKS! My heart is still with continuous water change via MasterFlex though.

    A different question - what is the best way to connect Neptune breakout box to be located in garage? Here are the details:

    1x Apex controller and 1x EB8 inside DT stand located at family room. 1x EB8 located at garage with fresh salt water barrel and a clean RODI container. I like to place several float sensors in garage.

    Just realized breakout box can not be connected to EB8 directly. It has to connect with Apex controller or PM1/PM2/PM3/AMS (which I don't need at this time).

    Only way I can think of is to run all 6 pairs of the 22g sensor wires between family room and garage under the crawl space. This will likely mean to add another schedule 40 PVC pipe run there (to prevent rodent chewing the lines).
  12. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    I would just get a pm1 and be done with instead of rubbing all those wire.

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  13. Julius Chen

    Julius Chen Supporting Member

    Just to make sure - the PM 1 can be attached to the EB8 located at garage?

    FYI - This EB8 at garage is connected to Apex controller in family room via a 50' long aqua bus.
  14. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Yeah eb8 will have like 5 aquabus ports available.

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