New to me Reefer 250

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  1. Rostato

    Rostato Supporting Member

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    Latest FTS ... taken today

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  2. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

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    Looks good! Now upgrade!
     
  3. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

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    Yeah, but don’t use an MDF stand. ;)
     
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  4. Rostato

    Rostato Supporting Member

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    Ha. I decided against upgrading. It would cost upwards of over 2k for me to “do it right.” And I’m currently being used as a political pawn and no getting paid. Probably not the best of ideas.
     
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  5. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

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    Sucks man! Just keep on keeping on then. I am an over pruner/fragger to maintain space in my tank. Huge colonies are cool, but they're also...huge...
     
  6. Rostato

    Rostato Supporting Member

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    Yeah it would just be nice to have all my acros grow about the size of all my montis. Then my tank would look killer. My montis have grown exponentially the last few months, while my acros are only encrusting a bit.
     
  7. rygh

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    Disappointing, but sounds like a smart move.
    You can always do it later as finances change.
     
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  8. Rostato

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    Big update.


    Tanks been chugging along. I’m up to 70ml of b ionic 2 part per day to keep things going. Only adding about 7 ounces of b ionic magnesium every 2 weeks to keep the magnesium between 1325-1425


    I’ve been dosing Red Sea reef energy A and B every day when I feed the tank my custom mixture of rods food, reef roids, mysis, selcon, and thanks to reef nutrition, I’ll add a bit of phytoplankton and ROE. My auto feeder goes off 2 other times a day, which feeds Neptune’s cross over diet. I’ll switch to reef nutrition CDO when I run out...same stuff anyway.


    I dose red seas trace elements base on calcium uptake every week.


    I’m getting great growth on everything but my acros. I’m getting growth on them but it’s very minimal....mostly encrusting growth. Corals seem to look great to me, but I’m no expert.


    I stopped using NOPOX because it was taking all the nitrate out of the tank but the phosphate was rising steadily. So, I decided that I needed a bigger fuge and went back to just using a GFO reactor.


    I also decided to try no using any carbon in the tank to see if that helped with coloration. I was thinking maybe it stripped out my trace elements.


    I realized I needed more flow because I had detritus settling in a couple spots. So I picked up some used mp40wes’s from @ashburn2k and bought the upgraded quiet drives to quiet them up. So now I have 2 mp40’s and 2 mp10’s all running together with a nice program through the apex’s WXM. No more detritus In the display...anywhere...it’s awesome. No more sucking out detritus during water changes.


    In order to get a bigger fuge, I had blue tide acrylics make me a custom divider, removed the old ATO fuge, and the stock filter sock holders. I also used the extra fitting off my returns manifold to run back into the fuge to add more flow. It shoots water along the bottom to keep detritus from settling. This gives me about. 7 gallon fuge by my calculations..but I need to redo that. Seems smaller. I picked up the new AI Prime fuge for the fuge light, and this thing is awesome it doubled my chaeto size in a week.


    In order to maximize fuge space and keep my automatic neck cleaner from my old octopus skimmer, I got the smallest footprint Octopus skimmer I could find with a 6” collection cup. I also wanted a quieter simmer, so I got the reef Octopus 150s. It’s way overpowered for this tank, but I feed like crazy and skim wet...like really wet...like lite tea color. My hope is that one day I can upgrade, and not need to change my skimmer.


    I also wanted to move a lot of the electronics away from as much moisture as possible and wanted the sump area to be more organized.


    So, I relocated the ATO container next to the tank behind the couch(don’t tell my wife) and built a media board.


    I also swapped out heaters as a preventative measure. The finnex heater just started to show a few signs of wear and I didn’t want to risk it.


    Current equipment list
    2 Hydra 26’s with custom mounts
    2 Vortech MP40’S
    2 Vortech MP10’s
    Reef Octopus 150 S Varios Skimmer
    Reef Octopus automatic neck cleaner
    BRS CO2 reactor
    BRS mini media reactor with GFO
    Reef Octopus various 3 (I think) return pump...It’s the first generation
    2 cobalt 150W heaters
    Apex Classic with Vortech module
    Apex DOS with DDR
    Tunze 3155 ATO
    Trigger Saphire 10g ATO container
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  9. rygh

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    Nice clean setup!

    One of the reasons I added UV was to eliminate need for Carbon for water yellowing.
     
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  10. ashburn2k

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    did you attatch the pump controller via Velcro?
     
  11. Mozby's Reef

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    Nice upgrades and great job on the new mounting board!


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  12. Rostato

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    Yeah. Decided the mounts were too bulky
     
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    Would they come off and fall into the sump? That would be my only worry since it’s mounted on the door and eventually they would become loose?


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  14. Rostato

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    Worst case scenario...yes. But I used some high powered Velcro. I don’t see it happening.
     
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