d2mini's "Essential Focus" Mixed Reef Build

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  1. Fin

    Fin Is it wet yet? R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor Louisiana Reef Club

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    Very, very nice!
     
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  2. d2mini

    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Thought ya'll might like to see where my clowns sleep. :)
    This is just a cell phone pic this morning before the tank lights came on.

    The Percula and the open brain coral used to be in my nano tank and the Perc always slept there. This used to bother the brain (which I've had for about 6 years now, and at one point lost 90% of it's tissue about 3-4 years ago due to an annoying yellow bellied blue tang) but eventually it got used to the clown and no longer closes up at all when he starts swimming in and out. The Davinci clown had been in this tank for several months, when one day I moved the Perc and Brain from my nano to this tank. The Perc continued to "host" the brain, and it didn't tank long for the much younger Davinci to follow suit.

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  3. d2mini

    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    So I quickly found out that the little ball valve that comes with the Geo is impossible to fine tune. It's basically worthless as far as regulating flow out of the effluent line.
    So now I have a nice new needle valve that works great. :)

    That must have been what Nona was trying to tell me.
    She's pointing her nose right at it. ;)

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    Here's the new valve...

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    ws6kid Well-Known Member Partner Member 2018 Build Thread Contributor

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    Yea he will actually put the needle valve on if you request it. Looks awesome though.
     
  5. aquavista99

    aquavista99 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Good to know about the AP regulators ...I purchased a few just in case one failed and I am intrigued with your dual stage regulator. Very nice updates as well.

     
  6. d2mini

    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Good to know.
    The check valve was an option, but no option on the calcium reactor page for the needle valve. I see it now on a separate Valves page.
     
  7. Hreef

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    Dennis is top notch! Looking good as always!
     
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    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Here's a few more pics of the science lab under the tank. :)
    There is a dense ball of cheato and a few big tufts of dragon's breath rolling around in the fuge.

    Also, the CaRx is doing well! Now that I have the needle valve, it's very close to being dialed in. Alk is at 8.4 this morning, dropping just .1 from last night.

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  9. LoneStarReef

    LoneStarReef Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Wow. Still amazed by your tank. I’m sure you have answered this already but what kind of fuge light is that?

     
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    treedog5 Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Yeah that's a science lab for sure...
     
  11. d2mini

    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks!
    I don't recall the exact model off hand, there is a bunch of them on amazon.
    Go back to around April in this thread and I should have the info there. :)
     
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    Dennis, what wattage is your UV?
    Tank looks great! JP
     
  13. d2mini

    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks! It's the 25w AquaUV Classic. I'm running around 680 gph through it.
     
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    Out of curiosity, what are the dimensions for the sump and refugium?
     
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    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    CFL1 - 25x16x14h
    Refugium - 10x16x18
     
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    Thanks!

    Is the return water from the refugium noisier with the PVC pipe versus the overflow style of your last Lifereef refugium. How do you like the filter cylinders for carbon?
     
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    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    No, i don't hear it. :)
    I don't mind the filter cylinder for trickling water through for carbon. They're easy to remove/replace too.
    And easy to control the water flow for each cylinder.
     
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    Looks fantastic, I would love to swing by and see it in person and pick your brain. Thanks for all the details!
     
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    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks. That can probably be arranged. :)
     
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    What do you think about the Dragon's Breath? I am going to setup a 125 with a decent size sump and I plan to run macro algae in the refugium section. But I can't decide which algae to use. I have not had luck with chaeto. They just slowly die off. I have not tried caulerpa but I have seen quite a few people saying it went sexual for them and caused crashes. So I am wondering is the red Dragon's Breath is a good algae for nutrient control. Thanks
     
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