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So.. was watching Reef Automation livestream because I am interested in Apex system. And... I won the giveaway. An ApexEL.

This might be destiny in the works.

Won an Aquaforest Starter Pack and an ApexEL.

Hopefully I will be able to produce a beautiful reef tank

 
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@btmedic04 ty. I was totally surprised when my name was called. Had to fumble around to get my phone because I only had 1 minutes to comment on the livestream. Was watching on TV. Fortunately, it loaded fast enough.

And today.. I am not patient enough. I think my sump is ready.
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Chamber all sealed up.
 
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Sump is done.
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I should have paint the back of the sump black...
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This is going to be the night light. Fortunately this is in the basement. My aquarium room. Somehow it look way brighter in the picture than in person.
 
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Ps: I should move the bio balls before filming.... LoL

Btw... That stupid heater is way too frickin long
 
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ATO is set up.
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Finally this tank is somewhat complete. Just need to finish cycling and I can start adding livestock.

Couple things I need to work on though:
  1. Cable Management (waiting for ApexEL)
  2. Need to buy another light (Black AI Prime 16HD)
  3. Setting up the T return pump for future use. Need to buy the valve and barb adapter.
 
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Sweet setup makes me miss my 40. Although mine wasnt nearly as cleanly setup as yours is.
Hey @Tokash23 , thank you. Your setup looked good. Its unfortunate that your tank broke down. Maybe you will be back in the future.

I am still early on this build so hopefully I continue your 40B build.
 

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Hey @Tokash23 , thank you. Your setup looked good. Its unfortunate that your tank broke down. Maybe you will be back in the future.

I am still early on this build so hopefully I continue your 40B build.
Yea for sure im looking forward to see where it takes you. I was so bummed when mine broke i took what livestock i had to a buddy (he promptly killed everything because hes an idiot) and threw most everything away. I just started a pico tank to kind of dip my toes back into the water so to speak.
 
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So.... Turned on my skimmer yesterday morning (22h ish running) because I read that it will need to break in. I guess this is normal?

Currently sitting at around 9" water depth.
The manual said 9.5 to 11. I cant raise the water anymore though. I wonder how long should I wait before trying to lower the water or raise the skimmer.
 

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So.... Turned on my skimmer yesterday morning (22h ish running) because I read that it will need to break in. I guess this is normal?

Currently sitting at around 9" water depth.
The manual said 9.5 to 11. I cant raise the water anymore though. I wonder how long should I wait before trying to lower the water or raise the skimmer.
Its perfectly normal for a brand new skimmer to do that while the gate is wide open for a while. Ive also found that running a skimmer in a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar in a bucket for a while sometimes helps as it remove any manufacturing oils that may be on the body. From what I remember, mine took about 4 days to a week to break in, so give it a week or so
 
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So I added 2ppm ammonia last week on the tank prior having the sump. And everyday since then I drip the Bio S from Aquaforest. 2 drop per day per instruction. ( Seems small amount to me)
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I am not sure if I should have done that without putting in the Life Bio Fil.

I checked ammonia, nitrite and ph everyday. To no changes except ammonia going up. 2 to 4ppm. Did some partial water change once every 2-3 days.

Sump was done Sunday. More water volume! Ammonia dropped to 2ppm and I put in the Aquaforest Life Bio Fil.

On Monday I added Dr. Tims one and only. Just because...

Finally today I start seeing nitrite!
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I really wish this cycling is faster... LoL

BTW.. my ph seems to be steady at 7.8. I might need to research more about raising it. I am thinking because the tank is in the basement without much air circulation making it more CO2 in this room. I do have a small window but I don't know how much that help. And that window would be closed on winter.

That ApexEL would help me bunch with monitoring the pH levels.
 
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So.. after futher research, I decided to drill a siphon break hole.
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Without that hole, my sump is still capable of containing the back siphon. But it did filled it almost to the top. 1 inch more and it would touch the top bracket of the 20g long.

I was afraid it will produce bubbles. But it doesnt seem the case.

From this picture that hole seems to be in the water line. But its not. Its about 1/4 inch below the water line. I might drill another one on the other side of it.

Another observation for today.
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This container rated 7 gallon. I filled this up monday to the 1st line of the top.. so I dont know if it was 7 gallon. LoL.

I am thinking if this last for a week before I need to fill it up, I would be happy. Just add it on the weekly water change schedule.

Btw with the Apex coming, I already thinking of getting the breakout box and LDK kit. Then I can add water sensor that I can put in the ATO container to give me alert when its low.
 
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Cycle coming along. Nitrate is high now. So I decided to throw in my chaeto.
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My skimmer still overflowing. I think its a bit less today.

I also connect the air intake for the skimmer with an airline to my small basement window. It worked to increase my ph for now. But I don't know about winter.
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So... The age old question... Is the flow from my return pump too high?

And if it is... Is the flow on my refugium too low?
 

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