Rygh's 250 gallon - Rev 3

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by rygh, Jul 16, 2018.

  1. rygh

    rygh BOD

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  2. rygh

    rygh BOD

    ReefBot update:

    It has been a week now. It is almost fully installed. Needs a bigger waste barrel.

    So far, it does work. :cool:

    It is definitely a work in progress though.
    Hardware seems solid. Software, website, support, all need work.

    I do not regret buying it.
    On the other hand, I am not ready to recommend others do yet.

    Another few weeks and I will write up something fancier.
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  3. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

    Watcha been testing so far?
  4. rygh

    rygh BOD

    Alk, Calcium, Nitrate, Phosphate.
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  5. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

  6. rygh

    rygh BOD

  7. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

    shoot... im more leaning toward reefbot since its doing all 4 testing
  8. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    it's doing 4 tests because of the tests he's using, you may be restricted to less. Currently any magnesium test is going to take up 3 spots, and if you want nitrate that's another 3 spots, so if those two are necessary then you're really limited to 3 tests max because alkalinity is currently the only test that only uses up 1 spot. So really need to ask yourself which tests do you want automatically done for you without having to worry and see if that's possible.

    Personally if the Triton could allow you to change the period of testing, I'd get that in a heart beat (if I had an Apex that could handle it) however 4/2/2 minimum does make me hesitant. Reefbot, if they had space for more I'd lean towards that, like reefbot extra long :D But both of them are still new and first gen, so ultimately I'd let others be guinea pigs with them, another the Triton probably was beta tested far more extensively.
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  9. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

    going reefbot, i wont need to upgrade my apex too.
  10. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Oh you have the "classic" version? Then yeah a non-Triton direction would be the good call.
  11. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

    yeah i have the orange label one.
  12. rygh

    rygh BOD

    Other than cost, Triton + ReefBot would be ideal.

    Use Triton for Alk + Ca
    Do those tests often, since they drift relatively quickly.
    Once stable, can be tied in to dosers.
    Use ReefBot for Magnesium, Nitrate, Phosphate, and possibly Potassium soon.
    Tested less often. Just make sure things are on track.
  13. rygh

    rygh BOD

    So my ReefBot might have just paid for itself.

    Looking at the Alk, it started to quickly drop the last few days.
    Fusion reported dosers working fine.
    But looking closer, I had bumped the power plug out of the DOS doser.
    So while the Apex happily thought it was dosing Alk+Ca, it was not.

    With my record of sporadic testing, it could easily have been a week or two before noticing, likely after damage occurred.

    Of course ... I had bumped the power cord out while improving the setup for the ReefBot... Hmm...
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  14. MolaMola

    MolaMola Supporting Member

    Good save. How was it unplugged but Apex didn't know? Do you mean the cord also unplugs at the DOS unit?

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