BiggestE22's Red Sea Reefer 200XL Build

BiggestE22

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3EAC57BF-48EE-4072-9016-DF417563A7D6.jpgGot the ATO installed last night. Was not sure about warrr level placement of sensor. Installed below water level. Came back an hour later and reservoir was emptied. No problem. Just got to 10 inches in sump. Refilled reservoir and the sensor is above level. At least I know it's working. Higher water level seems to get the skimmer to perform better
 

BiggestE22

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Added a second DC power head. My Pax Bellum N18. Quick disconnect parts and Hydor seltz D 500 pump are in the way completed cycle added a couple fish and sps/lps corals pics will be added today
 

BiggestE22

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Very hard to find Chaeto. Obviously algae barn is out. Not sure how you run out of Algae. Ended up buying from liveaquaria. 70 bucks including shipping for a half around of algae. Seems crazy.
 

BiggestE22

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Will be making my own all for reef mix. Based upon the BRSTV YouTube video. Purchased the 4 mixes from Tropic Marin. Also bought the additional items

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BiggestE22

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Shoulda read better. Those quick disconnects for the N18 are inline. Will pick up some more 1/2 inch tubing today. Still went ahead and connected. The connects for the barb on the Seltz 500 are about 5/8 inch. Causing me to cut the tubing to fit. Which causes me to lose a ton of pressure. Will wrap the line today. Obviously hard to tell the pressure level inside the N18 but the Chaeto is not moving much so I just ran it for about 90 minutes last night till I can get a better seal from the feed pump. N18 is connected to a nice little timer with bottom connects which save space.
 

BiggestE22

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Got the Pax Bellum N18 connected. Short run last night. Sealed the feed line. No leaks now. Mixed my own batch of Tropic Marin All for reef. Very easy. Huge savings over pre mixed option.

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BiggestE22

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Shoulda listened to BRSTV about those frag plugs introducing algae. Have 6 Mexican Turbo snails and a few smaller snails. Still debating adding a small Kole Tang. For utilitarian help. Right now just have my cinnamon clown and a small 6-line wrasse
 

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Full testing will be done this weekend but strong growth on my green montis and significant decrease is algae growth. Running pax Bellum at 5 hours and will ramp up to 6 next week only adding iron and half cap full iodide every other day. The all for reef send to be doing it's job.
 

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Good growth on my monti red and green frags. Tests show 9.4 ALK. 1385 MAG 400 CALC Using All for reef only for these numbers. Also tested Nitrates which are at 0.1 and Phosphate at .13. Dosing 1 ML of nitrates for the Pax Bellum. Hoping to lower Phosphate. Also dosing iron and iodine. 2 ML every other day.
 

BiggestE22

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New photos frags growing well. Also feeding amino acids. NitrAte unreadable at 0. Phosphate at 10 parts per million. Most importantly negligible nuisance algae growth Running pax Bellum n-18 from 6pm to 2 am and 6 am to 8 am. One hour overlap.6B275613-6217-4FE6-A14F-F55483948273.jpg

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BiggestE22

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Purchased my. Hippo Tang about 4 weeks ago. Did not quarantine. He started showing signs of black spot. Flatworm about 2 weeks ago. Did not affect him eating or movement also noticed my clownfish being a little less happy. Decided to try to fight the parasites. Dosed Praziquantel(just 6.5 ML) a week ago left in tank 72 hours. Did a 25% water change. Turned skimmer back on and added carbon. Did not seem to make a big improvement. Repeated on Wednesday cause the worms seemed to increase in the Tang although clownfish stopped acting sluggish and no longer showed spots. This time I dosed 10 ML. Left in tank 3 days and yesterday did another water change. Ended up doing about 20% cause I used some of my saltwater to clean my Algae Reactor. Off point I have to confirm that the reactors can hold tons of pods. Well after change the tang is spot free from what I can see. Will still do one final dose this week. The SPS corals wee totally fine with the dosing. My Bi-Color Hammer Ciral seemed to be slightly irritated. Be careful with dosage if you have Wrasses. When I did the first dose my 6-line acted like he was having shaking issues but after about 20 minutes he seemed fine. Did not have a chance to view him after second dose as I did it in the morning and had to go to work. Also keep oxygen high cause the Praziquantel doe the carbon/bacteria does suck up lots of oxygen.
 

BiggestE22

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Something as simple was a filter sock significantly quieted my tank and cut down of dissolved nutrients. The cheap fishnet texture one that comes with the reefer tanks is pretty useless. The inexpensive upgrade to a mesh bag is really helping to lower phosphate. My skimmer volume has really lowered even though I had already adjusted it for a low nutrient tank. My algae reactor seems to handle the nitrates.

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Michael Hoaster

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The Bristletooth tangs, like the Kole have great utility, eating detritus and algae. But they tend to harass fish added after them so ideally you'd add one after you've added smaller, more timid fish first. For now, get a variety of reproducing snails.
 
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