Bif's SPS Reef

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  1. bif24701

    bif24701 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    The current equipment was assembled when my family moved across base into the new housing. This was Sept 16' and all the rock was in the same tank along with some of these current fish and corals.
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    I bought the tank and stand from an enlisted Navy guy who couldn't put it in his new 3rd floor apartment. Built as a peninsula tank, 180 gallons, star fire glass, the back and overflow sides painted black.

    When I saw the new house I knew exactly what, how, and were the tank would go. The garage was directly behind a long wall, and there was a prefect area to set up my filtration. I wanted as much water volume as possible so bought a 100g Rubbermaid Stock tank as the main sump. My old sump, DIY 40 breeder would act as a remote fuge to grow cheato. I preferred this so that I could have full control and keep derby from going into main sump during maintenance.
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    I knew there would be a problem with keeping a skimmer in a large sump like this. Micro bubble, water level, and flow to/from skimmer was major concerns. I was lucky to find the perfect solution while at Lowes browsing late at night trying to get everything set up for the system. Rubbermaid Brute tote, I instantly knew this was the solution but unsure if I could get the plumbing right or even if my large 10" skimmer would even fit. I was able to raise and mount the tote on a shelf made of heavy duty steel brackets fastened to the wall. Plywood made the shelf and two 2X4's running long ways helped support it. For extra insurance I placed a brace in the front of the shelf to the floor. This made things very stable.

    Plumbing was actually pretty easy, but I wanted to make sure I wouldn't have to cut a single line to disassemble. I used as many threaded fittings, adapters, and unions as possible most sch80 for durability and dependability. I am military and move a lot so making it easy to take a part is a must! Surprisingly I had only one minor leak after it was finished that I quickly found and fixed. 1 1/4" PVC used all around saved me head pressure and flow for my Reef Octopus RO-DC-5500 return pump. Just below the display the return is split and through two 1" bulkheads, then 1" silicon tubing into a 90 1"barb to 3/4" threaded into two more bulkheads inside the overflow. Then out two 3/4 loc-line into the display. Part of the flow is diverted into the remote fuge just above the lip of the main sump.
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    The drain starts in the overflow, 2" PVC Durso that is perfectly silent! This all flows into the Brute tote and the skimmer then gravity feed to the mainsump. This has worked perfectly.
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    Equipment:

    Flow is one Vortech MP60 and one Tunze 6105 both controled via my APEX

    Controller is APEX classic Gold, pH, ORP, Salinity, and Temp probes. I also have the Neptune PMK and WMX moduels, 3 each EB8's, and breakout cables. I can monitor my APEX 24/7 with a power line LAN access point that works great, a much much need upgrade from WiFi.

    I bout this board to keep all my controller and pump controllers organized and easy access.[​IMG]

    Lighting is two Kessil AP700s and a Hamilton 60" Aruba Sun T5 with ATI Blue Plus bulbs. T5s recently added (~4 weeks ago) to aid my center area where light is dimmer due to a large double pane glass center brace. I love the shimmer and colors of the Kessils, could not be happier with my choice for lighting.

    Skimmer is a large 10" SRO-5000, a real work horse. Avast Swabbie neck Cleaner and a DIY Skimate locker with a float switch to alert me of it fills and shuts off the skimmer to prevent overflow.
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    My ATO is simple. 32 gallon Brute can and a BRS 50ml pump, controled via APEX it turns on 4mins every 1/2 hour. No switches or valves. Never had an over dose nor has it ever failed to run as programmed. I kept is simple to prevent the problems others have with Kalk and ATOs. Since evaporation is fixed I never have to adjust the time/amount added. This set up provides ultimate stability of both ALK/Cal and pH.

    Recently my ALK demand has put paced the Kalk so small amounts of two part ALK/Cal are added every hour with two BRS 1.1ml pumps controled via APEX. I also add a small amount of vinegar every hour with a BRS 1.1 pump.

    The main sump contains 3 MarinePure 4x8 blocks and about 50 pounds of LR.

    Flow in the main sump is an MP10 controlled via WMX module, along with a RW-8 Jebao.
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    Two drains are required to keep the Skimmer tote water perfectly level. I can install a filter sock to one if i need to.
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    My Fuge is lite with a very powerful LED grow light. I added this only two weeks ago based on the BRS finding in their videos. It draws 132 watts, provides >1,000 PAR just under the water line!! It is solely responsible for driving down my NO3 from 20ppm to 4 in just two weeks and PO4 .09 to .03 in the same time.
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    I run a BRS dual reactor for BRS ROX .8 carbon. The first chamber is used only as a sediment filter and extended the flow life of the carbon from 2-3 weeks to now I can run it as long as I like without prematurely clogging. No longer need GFO with the cheato now doing so well but I have plenty.

    Live stock:
    Magnificent Fox Face
    Blue Tang
    Yellow Tang
    Copperband Butterfly fish
    Mated File fish
    Chromis
    Extreme Ultra Picasso Clown
    Coral Beauty Dwarf Angel
    Kaudern's Cardinalfish
    2 Large Beautiful Serpent Star Fish one Super Red and the other purple with stripes. My wife says they are crappy but I love them. Unique to me because I don't see them often in other systems.
    Peppermint shrimp
    Few snails and hermits

    Coral:
    Lots of SPS, acros and Montis mostly.

    Toxic Green Hammer with Purple tips

    Varios Acans and Zoas

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    I have a DIY battery backup for the MP60 to keep flow in the display during power outages. Optima Red Top battery with a BatteryMINDer automatic battery charger/maintainer. Ordered a Vortech battery backup cable, installed two eyelets and applied it to the battery. This will provide more than 2 days of continuous backup power!!! It's already been very very useful, there have been several power outages as they preform more construction in the area for new housing. Outages have been as long as 8-12 hours. Thankful I made it a priority to build and install.

    I feed a lot. Ehiem autofeeder adds pellets twice a day. Pellets are a mix of Hikari Marine A, S, Seaweed Extreme, and NLS. I also feed nori and PE mysis daily.

    Corals are target fed a few times a week with BRS Reef Chilli.


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  2. deaclauderdale

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    Subscribed...looking good Bif!
     
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    bif24701 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Going out tomorrow shopping for some acros at SB Reefs Pensacola FL.

    Have some suggestions for acros/SPS that are fast growers and brightly colored,other than birds nest and stylophora?
     
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    saltyfilmfolks Lights! Camera! Reef! R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Build Thread Contributor

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    WOW. Impressive set up!

    I do think a FTS is in order however.

    Genius.
     
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    bif24701 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Thank you. Here is my back up. [​IMG]

    As you can see I did a lot of DIY. Either to save $$ or a product did not exists to fit my needs.
     
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    bif24701 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I took out my PMK (the APEX PAR Monitoring Kit) and cleaned off the sensor to get a more true reading.
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    The spike you see here is from that cleaning, not an increase of intensity.

    It is about 10-12" below water and where most of my SPS/acros live.
     
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    bif24701 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I finished my case for testing kits and supplies. Really happy with it. Hated how unorganized it all was before.

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    bif24701 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I've defiantly got the PAR in the middle of my tank. What about the sandbed!? I'll put the PMK on the sand tomorrow, only about 1" bed.

    Any guess what I'll get on the sand? I'll move it out toward a corned to check my spread.
     
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    Hey I have a question about ur solar back up how do you have it set up to switch when the power goes off?
     
  10. bubbaque

    bubbaque Never enough SPS R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Coral beauty bother your coral?
     
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    happyhourhero Valuable Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    What did you pick up at SB?
     
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    Yeah man! Doing it right! Great setup!
     
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    bif24701 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Lets see, the three in the rear are some nice maricultured SPS, two in front are Red Dragon and PC Rainbox. Then two really nice chalices on the edges.
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    Then the prize is a Mill there about 1.5" is a new coral that Mike from SB Reefs found and named. It's going to be EPIC! I'll try to get a better photo of its colors, he has had it just a few days and already has awesome colors.
     
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    Doesn't seem too, everything has good PE. He just goes around picking at the rocks.
     
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    bif24701 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Here we go. Obviously this is with blues.
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    bif24701 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I ordered another 50 pounds of Pukani to change my aquascape a bit. Also the upgrade kit for my pump to convert it to the Varios-6, this will allow me to control my return with APEX and that will complete the control of every pump I have. I can now program detailed and special feed modes for all the different foods I feed, like target feeding corals.
     
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    bif24701 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Thank you!

    This took some work that is certain.
     
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    bif24701 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    This coral hence forth shall be known as "Solar Flare".
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    bif24701 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I would like a little input here. My wife wants me to fill the back area of the display with rock. This will crest a lot of new area to place corals but I'm concerned it will create dead spots and other flow problems. I ordered 50 additional pounds of BRS's best Pukani rock and I've got more Fiji in my sump.

    I could install more gyres I really like how they move water, but they are not compatible with APEX.

    Or, I could purchase another Tunze 6105 to help push water in the other direction.

    Or wait and see what happe when I add this additional rock.

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    bif24701 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Also need advice on these two new chalices I have. Was advised by Mike that they need/prefer lower light. I have a lot of light in this display even on the sand I have 200-300, will they be ok on my sandbed? The area you see in the photo right front the sand has solidified on the surface, the chalices could grow out and fill that whole area without getting blasted with flow or covered in sand.
     
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