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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:48 pm Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 Will  find  the  link  and  send  it  across  Smile  even  eBay  is  cheaper  than  $49
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:35 pm Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 Yes  ebay  is  cheaper  than  that..  but  point  is  accuracy  and  long  term  stability/longivity  is  everything  in  pH.  No  point  in  investing  in  a  probe  that  doesnt  last  long  or  gives  inaccurate  results..  only  lab  grade  ones  count!


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 Then  I  found  this
 <a>  High  Quality  pH  Electrode  Probe  BNC  Connector  for  aquarium  PH  controller  Lab  </a>
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 Then  I  found  this
 http://www.ebay.com/itm/High-Quality-pH-Electrode-Probe-BNC-Connector-for-aquarium-PH-controller-Lab-/181063503658?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a2839cf2a
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:02 am Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 added  Hailea  HA-90A  chiller..
 
 
 
 
 
 This  one  is  huge..  now  gotta  find  a  place  to  put  them!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:16 am Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 Congrats  on  the  purchase
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 Looks  good  Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:46 pm Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 nice  chiller.........
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 Today  morning,  to  my  utter  shock,  found  the  tank  in  a  rough  shape..  so  much  micro  bubbles  totally  made  my  tank  look  like  a  big  skimmer..  and  it  stank  like  hell...  Baffled,  started  inspecting  the  sump  for  micro  bubble  sources..  Couldnt  find  any..  3  layers  of  bubble  traps  in  there..  looked  for  any  dead  rotting  fish  for  the  source  of  the  bad  stink...  stopped  the  pumps  and  wavemakers  ..  still  no  use!  Then  I  saw  the  unseen.  I  have  6  trurbo  snails.  All  of  them  got  up  at  the  peaks  of  the  top  live  rocks  at  different  parts  of  the  tank  and  doing  chemical  warfare..  Yes  they  are  spawning..  from  all  of  them  coming  out  smoke  like  eggs  and  sperms  and  that  geting  in  the  water  column  looking  like  microbubbles..  there  are  crores  and  crores  of  eggs..  my  wrasses,  anthias,  chromis  and  dottyback  are  having  a  treat.
 
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 I  have  turned  off  the  skimmer  and  removed  filter  socks  to  reduce  waste  of  eggs..  Its  a  relief  that  spawning  of  snails  are  indication  of  good  water  quality  but  the  sudden  stinking  up  of  the  water  is  a  concern  (the  sperm  will  eventually  rot)  ..  will  turn  up  the  skimmer  after  24  hours...  need  advise  on  this!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:01 pm Post subject: Re: My second reef tank. here it begins Reply with quote

 donot  switch  off  your  skimmer  only  1/10th  of  the  eggs  get  fertilised  so  you  need  to  get  the  unfertilised  ones  out  ASAP  you  will  surely  get  many  baby  snails  even  if  the  setup  is  running  normally  try  to  keep  it  as  natural  as  possible.this  is  very  common  and  will  happen  every  other  month  .and  note  they  breed  if  the  water  is  good  or  even  if  it  is  very  bad  which  is  just  a  survival  instinct  i  guess  you  are  on  the  positive  side  as  i  see  a  healthy  growth  of  coraline  (if  it  grew  after  being  introduced  to  the  tank)  anyways  congrats  on  the  spawn  Smile
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 Hi  guys..  
 
 Its  been  long  time  I  havent  updated  this  journal  due  to  my  immense  laziness..  here  it  is  from  where  i  had  left  off..
 
 First  a  bit  of  bragging..  got  Super  Reef  Octopus  XP-3000  external  cone  skimmer     Cheer   this  thing  is  HUUGGGGEEE..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Its  being  fed  water  with  Atman  At-105  3000lph  pump.
 
 Secondly,  finally  I  got  the  HM  Digital  online  dual  TDS  meter  for  my  RO  build.  This  meter  can  simultaneously  read  input  and  output  TDS  of  the  RO  system  to  keep  constant  eye  on  ATO  feed  water.
 
 
 
 3rd,  After  a  lot  of  searching  I  got  the  perfect  float  switches  for  the  controller  system  from  an  ebay.in  seller.  But  i  got  only  3  pieces  while  i  needed  10.  Got  rest  7  after  a  few  days  from  ebay  China  sellers.
 
 
 and  lastly,  the  refractometer  for  precise  salinity  measurement
 
 
 
 The  DIY  wavemaker  had  been  running  fine..  but  I  stumbled  upon  some  problems..  
 
 1.  The  acrylic  components  were  wearing  out..  the  shaft  broke  twice  due  to  friction.
 2.  The  shaft  of  the  SunSun  wavemaker  was  steel  (i  thought  that  was  ceramic).  It  started  rusting.  And  metal  is  bad  for  reef.
 3.  2  of  the  wavemaker  started  spinning  backwards  sometimes  when  turned  on/off  for  feeding..  needed  couple  of  time  on  off  to  get  them  spin  properly  and  push  water  rather  than  sucking  in  from  front..
 4.  sucker  are  worst..  once  fell  off  and  messed  up  DSB.
 
 therefore  I  needed  cheap  wavemakers  who  dont  have  these  problems..  and  the  lowest  i  could  come  up  with  was  Sicce..  still  4k  each.  2  wavemakers  with  1  controller  its  about  11.5K..  hmm...  too  bad  for  a  DIY..  Sad  ..  so  I  realized  until  a  good  ceramic  shaft  pump  is  available  it  doesn't  make  sense  to  make  this  seaswirl.  Now  Sicce  being  the  cheapest  yet  too  costly  and  pumping  out  only  1600gph  each  i  would  need  atleast  4  of  them  for  a  6"  reef..  costing  around  23k..  hmm  Sad   :-s   Sad(  no  way..
 
 Then  i  discovered  Jebao  WP-40s.  These  little  monsters  pump  out  13000lph  each  ...  a  couple  of  these  would  be  perfect  for  a  6  footer..  so  i  ordered  2  of  them  from  UK  fish  street..  they  charged  $75  each..  with  shipping  total  costed  $189..  around  Rs.10500..  pics  below..
 
 
 
 Now  the  choices  I  had:
 4x  Sicce  Voyager  4  +  2xcontroller  =  23k
 4x  Hydor  koralia  magnum  8  +  1x  controller  =  28k
 2x  Tunze  Turbelle  stream  6065  +  1x  controller  =  32K
 2x  Vortech  MP40  =  80k
 
 clearly  this  Jebao  is  economical..  Now  the  pros  of  this  pump:
 1.  Each  pump  has  its  own  controller  which  provides  6  modes:  High(13k  lph),  Low  (4k  plh),  W1  (traditional  stop/start  waves),  W2/W3  (sine  waves),  else  (Random  waves)
 2.  Controller  has  a  feed  button  which  slows  down  waves  to  minimum  for  10  mins..  after  10  mins  waves  starts  automatically..  a  lock  switch  stops  wave  indefinitely  for  prolonged  maintenance
 3.  Controller  has  a  light  sensor  which  reduces  wave  at  night  to  a  gentle  flow  but  gives  big  waves  during  day  time.  Sensor  is  removable  in  case  u  dont  want  flow  to  reduce.  Spare  sensor  is  available  and  just  a  push  in  mechanism  photoresistor
 4.  NO  SUCKER  Very Happy  it  attaches  to  glass  with  magnet.  Therefore  no  more  sucker  malfunction  and  pump  falling  off  and  making  a  mess  in  the  sand  bed..   :-bd  
 5.  Chord  is  LOOOONG..  a  3  meter  cord  is  provided..  so  no  problem  distance  from  power  plug.
 6.  Tunze  type  body,  can  rotate  180  degree  in  any  direction.
 7.  Depth  of  the  tank  no  issue.  Most  cheaper  pumps  fail  if  used  in  deep  tanks.
 
 cons:
 Dont  know  longevity.  Its  a  Chinese  company  so  only  can  keep  fingers  crossed.  Its  running  fine  since  last  3  months
 
 I  had  fit  only  one  in  my  tank  before  and  that  was  making  giant  whirlpool  in  my  tank..  After  installing  two  i  could  balance  the  waves  out..  
 
 
 The  video  of  the  tank  as  of  June  2013
             
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 Corals  in  the  tank:
 1.  2x  Tooth/galaxy  coral
 2.  Some  mushrooms
 3.  Acropora  (local)
 4.  Montipora  (local)
 5.  Some  red  n  green  polyps
 6.  encrusting  acan  
 7.  Daisy
 Other  than  that  about  20  frags  of  assorted  acropora,  seriatopora,  pocillopora  etc
 
 
 Fishes:
 1.  Hooded  Fairy  wrasse
 2.  McCoskers  fairy  wrasse
 3.  Maroon  clown
 4.  Sailfin  tang
 5.  Yellow  tang
 6.  a  pair  of  anthias
 7.  a  pair  of  blue/green  chromis
 8.  Jewel  wrasse
 9.  Marble/chequerboard  wrasse
 10.  Purple  dottyback
 11.  One  Serpent  starfish  and  one  Green  Brittle  starfish
 12.  Some  nassarius  snails
 13.  a  skunk  shrimp
 and  ...   uncountable  turbo  snails
 
 
 I  finally  chucked  the  nylon  rope  for  typing  filter  socks  and  made  some  solid  holder  for  it..
 
 
 
 Now  how  things  are  growing..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 and  so  on...
 
 Frags  time...  :D
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Some  more  coral  shots
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Sad  ..  Frankly..  cant  make  head  and  tail  of  a  reef  system.  But  great  effort  on  your  part..  Thumb Up
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 Seriously  I  have  no  idea  on  reef  system  but  nice  tank.  I  feel  the  blue  colour  is  too  much(I  understand  that  reef  likes  blue  light  but  I  feel  if  you  add  white  light  just  to  subsidize  the  blue  a  little  bit  it  will  be  good)
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 Brilliant.  What  do  you  feed  your  coral  ?  Any  update  on  the  turbo  snail  eggs  ?
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