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Yep I ordered a new RO membrane yesterday. If I do a 15 gallon water change on my 180 gallons of water ( 150 tank, 40 sump with skimmer , 75 gallon refugium) of water it's less of a change than your 7 gallon change on your 75 tank. So , not sure about that thought process.
 
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OK, got all the filters and the RO membrane changed out today (fast free shipping by BRS) - ran RODI unit for 10 minutes. Now TDS reads 14 going into the DI chamber and Zero coming out. Will mix up new Fritz water tomorrow and test it for No3/Po4/Alk/Ca+,Mg. Hopefully it will test low to zero on both No3 and Po4 , Ca 430-450, Mg 1450, Alk around 8.0.
 
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Ok results are in:

New rodi water with new bag/box of Fritz pro=
ALK= 8.6
PH= 8.26
PO4= 15ppb= .046 ppm
Ca+= 450

Tank =
ALK= 8.6
PH= 8.0
PO4= 38ppb= .117ppm
NO3= 10
Ca+= 400

So, yep, it appears Fritz has some phosphorus or phosphates or they are getting through a brand new Rodi setup that reads zero TDS.
 
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Forgot to mention, my rainbow anemone split a while back. So selling one for $45 picture taken this morning when mostly blue light was on, so you can't see the green in the anemone. If I catch my coral eating Regal Angel I thing I will be able to grow sps/acros again.

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good point .... And I may rethink it and just have great fish , anemone's, and corals they don't eat- if I find any - the Regal for sure and maybe the Foxface and the goldrim tang is eating all sps ( digi's, cap's,etc.) , Acros, and Zoa's as well. So I guess I can do LPS, clams, and Maybe Goniapora, Elegence.
 
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Well - I didnt want to post, but pretty much all my SPS besides a few monti's passed months ago. I gave up and just enjoyed the tank for the summer as is. I did sell my beautiful Regal Angel as he was eating my Zoa's at a rate of a polyp per hour - yikes! So, to top off the frustration, while cleaning this AM , I bummed my Radion G3 Xr30 into the tank- yep - its fried. So , now looking for new light for 1/2 of my 5 foot long 150 gallon display tank. I cannot afford a new Radion so I guess Reefbreeders V24 , SB 18 wifi, or maybe these new Reef2Reef sponsers = Noopsyche. Opinions wanted.
 

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I was lucky to win some of the Noopsyche lights and will highly recommend them. They are very strong lights with good shimmer and have a very small profile. Only problem I see is that you are going to have a hard time getting the color to match the radions, so one side of your tank is going to look different then the other. Myself I don't get bothered by stuff like that, but at one time I had different versions of the 120 Watt Black boxes above my tank and it was noticeable that one side was brighter then the other and that did bother me. But then again u never know you may be able to get the lighting to match up.
 
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I have only one Radion , the other side of the tank is using a Reefbreeder V24. So I was trying to pick up one of those, but he did it locally and the new one are good but not cheap. I talked to the noopsyche people and to cover 1/2 of my 60 inch tank I would need 2 of their lights, with a controller = $350ish. So, I decided to go for a SB extreme wifi 18. It's is supposed to cover 30 x24x24 inches when it's 10 inches above the water ( my exact need), it ramps up and down linearly and you can program the channels at least somewhat , for $250. So I guess we will see. I thought about trying to sell the Reef breeder light and then purchase 3 or 4 of the noopsyche lights to cover the whole tank with new lights.
 

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So here's what a water damaged radion board looks like. On the surface, not a big deal, other than some pealed paint on the RF module and the blown fuse:
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The fun begins when we flip the board look closer at the disaster. Lot's of oxidation all over the place:
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Especially in this area:

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Oh yeah, baby. This is not looking good at all:

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A part of the chip burned off, taking some pins with it and creating a crater on the board:

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The main controller has a hole in it caused by burning from the inside:
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And some other miscellaneous damage to resisters and whatnot:

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Why so much damage you ask, especially considering that there is a blown fuse?
Ah, that's more than likely because the fuse is rated to handle a large load of ~150w required by all the LEDs. It's not there to protect your little main board. So when the salt water hit that board, all of that 150w of power, enough to illuminate a house, rushed to those small components you see butchered.

For those curious as to the outcome of this case, given the amount of damage, the main board is not in a condition where it can be repaired and will have to be replaced. Good luck trying to get ecotech to sell just the board.
 

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