GK3’s IM AIO 30 - You won’t believe what she let me do

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  1. smilinteddy

    smilinteddy Active Member

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    I like the look of this a lot.
     
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    ReeferReefer Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Looks awesome. I think it's a great design.


    I wonder if including a small door on the sides to change filter floss and empty skimmer cup could be nice too.

    How easy will it be to get it "open"?
     
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    GK3 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019

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    Thank you!
     
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    GK3 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019

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    Push a button open, push a button close. Don’t want to do a door as I want it all actuated.
     
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    ReeferReefer Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I'll be interested to see the mechanism you use. The design is looking great.

    As long as it's easy
     
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    GK3 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019

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    So my tank cycle is still going. I started it out at toxic and have been watching it drop. It seems like it stalled out on alert....or am I just being inpatient?

    Haven’t cycled a tank in a long time, not sure if somethings up or if i just need to hang on for a bit.
     
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    GK3 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019

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    It’s actually super easy. I’ll post something on it when I get it all proved out. I am now working on the base design with casters.
     
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  8. smilinteddy

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    I read back in your post and saw that you did pure ammonia with bacteria to start. If the bacteria are doing their job they should knock the ammonia down eventually. Maybe it needs more time. I think (though not sure exactly what kind of bacteria you started with) if you're impatient you could jump start it by adding some more bacteria.

    Also I'm not sure how accurate those indicators are. It might be worth while to pick up an ammonia test kit and see where it says you are. Maybe your indicator got "stuck" or is giving a false reading.

    Or maybe it just needs more time
     
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    GK3 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019

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    Thanks for the input. I think I’ll let it keep going, but have my LFS check the ammonia this week.
     
  10. Nem0

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    I agree with @smilinteddy. you should also get a basic test kit. I have the API freshwater and it works fine. I use my ammonia alert in the tank to notify me/for ease but still do water tests weekly. i've noticed the alert shows changes in ammonia very slowly...and it shows reduce in ammonia even slower.
     
  11. Metal_Angler

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    Would you be able to open it if there was a loss of power?
    I think if it opens enough for you to pull the media rack, that'll be all the clearance you'd need.
     
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    Welcome G3T
     
  13. GK3

    GK3 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019

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    Haha, that’s an interesting thought. I plan to have a UPS, but I may think about doing it such that if power goes out, then it just defaults to open. Lights will turn off anyway so it won’t matter if they are up high. Idk.

    In 3 years, I’ve never lost power on my tank, so a UPS should be fine, but I’ll look into it.
     
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    GK3 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019

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    What or who is G3T?
     
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    Default to open makes the most sense to me as well if you could do that. Just in case you had to get back there for any reason.

    I haven't had a bad one but have lost power before due to living in Florida and having to deal with hurricanes and such.

    Can't wait to see you start building the stand and canopy. I may have to do something similar in the future.
     
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    GK3 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019

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    Got the water tested today. Ammonia is still high. Apparently i overdosed the initial ammonia. Have to wait a little while longer.
     
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    Just waiting it out now!
     
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    Are you going to use a skimmer?
     
  19. GK3

    GK3 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2019

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    Yes. The new IM dc medium size skimmer is on the way.
     
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  20. smilinteddy

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    Definitely let is know how that works for you. I heard mixed reviews on the ghost skimmers and have been interested to hear about these new skimmers from IM.
     
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