GoVols Red Sea S-400

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  1. GoVols

    GoVols "VFL" R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award MTRCMember Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Purchased this tank in 2013 and have done a lot mods.
    Used to be almost all SPS but missed the swaying of LPS. (After dino damage)
    Don't have pictures from start until now.
    But this is our family's joy. :)

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    ................Built in Power Center :)
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    October 2017 / Migrated over to a 2 Stage GEO cal reactor with a dual stage GLA regulator.
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    Specs:
    110 Gallon / Bare Bottom / Mixed Reef

    Lighting - Kessil a80 Led/T5 - Hybird
    Skimmer - Bubble King Mini 160 / Air intake piped to garage
    Chiller / Heater - Teco TK1000
    Controller - Apex JR W/PM1 Module
    Phosphate and Nitrate Control - GFO (Rowaphos) and Purigen Reactors
    Main Pump - 1,850 gph / Red Sea / Sicce
    Recirculation - (2) 500 gph Eheim pumps inside S-Series overflow / Gyre 130
    ATO - Built in 6 gallon reservoir


    Testing:

    Vee Gee STX-3 Refractometer
    Two Little Fishes .35 Natural Seawater Solution
    Cal - Salifert or API
    Alk - Hanna Alk Checker
    Mag - Salifert
    Nitrates - Salifert
    Phosphates - Hanna ULR Checker


    Fish:

    3 - Blue/Green Chromis
    Female Picasso Clown
    Australian - "Stripey"
    Powder Blue Tang
    Purple Tang
    Regal Angel


    Inverts:
    Rainbow and Sherman BTA's
    Banded Trochus Snail's
    Marble Starfish

    Enjoy the ride :)

    Regards, GoVols
     
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  2. Havoks

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    Beautiful tank , grats.
     
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  3. jsker

    jsker Reefing is all about the adventure Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    That is one nice setup Freddie. The corals are nice, thick, and health. Great work:)
     
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  4. GoVols

    GoVols "VFL" R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award MTRCMember Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Thanks Guys!!!!!!!

    I guess that I just "jinx" the reef... and will be fighting Dinos tomorrow. :eek:
     
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  5. bif24701

    bif24701 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Very nice system. I like the Kessil/T5 combo, best in feeding.

    That urchin intrigues me, any trouble with knocked over corals?

    How do you feel about Purigen? I've done reading on it and from the literature seems ideal but I know of no one that uses it, until today.
     
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  6. GoVols

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    My corals are big enough or encrusted so the urchin does not knock them over. He likes to stay camouflaged so he keeps a patch of my zoa's on his back. Royal urchins are the best part of a cleanup crew that I've ever had.

    I run the Purigen reactor to work with my skimmer to capture organics before they hit the nitrogen cycle.
    It is one piece of a puzzle that keeps the reef very close to an (ULNS) without carbon dosing.
    I always loved purigen but hated how water goes around "The Bag" (after it gets dirty) so I made a purigen reactor.
    Unlike carbon: Purigen last longer, Changes color so you know when it's full and does not released organics back in the water column like carbon does when it's exhausted. I re-charge the reactor every six weeks to make sure the purigen has not become fully exhausted. I'd say ROX polishes the water a little more but I want to keep some organics in the water column at all times for my corals and the Purigen does that for my reef.
     
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  7. fabutahoun

    fabutahoun Fadi Abu Tahoun R2R Supporter Reef Spotlight Award Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Very Nice Tank, I like what you are doing with Purigen, have you thought to add a little bit of carbon after the Purigen to just give a little polish to the water ?
     
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  8. bif24701

    bif24701 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I love my ROX, it does an super job. I use only about half the suggested amount for the same reason as you. How where you able to build the reactor, I mean keep the stuff from escaping it's so small? My wife uses it on her 125 Discus tank. How much do you use?
     
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  9. GoVols

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    @fabutahoun @bif24701
    I love ROX too but if I run it with the Purigen reactor then all my organics get stripped out of the water column and then my nitrates will bottom out. The Purigen still keeps my water clear and shimmering at the surface.

    bif,
    I looked and researched a lot of reactors (including the Spyglass) but I went with this one https://www.marinedepot.com/AquaMax...ntent=UJ5113&gclid=CNf05czXpNQCFUQ2gQodkiwB0A

    I liked how it has no sponges and swirls media at the bottom like a tornado.
    Your right Purigen is very light and some of the beads are super tiny. So if you look at the picture very close, I keep "The Bag" strapped to the output in the sump.

    When I re-charge, I set the reactor to a higher flow rate for a few hours to capture the smallest beads in "The Bag". Then I reduce the flow and the rest of the beads settle back down to a tumble.

    When I do my next water change then I clean "The Bag" and discard the captured micro beads. After that I rinse "The Bag" once a week and there is no more beads inside it but I keep it on the outlet for "just in case" :eek:

    If I put a micro mesh filter inside of the reactor then I'd have to shut down and open the reactor every time that I needed to clean or replace the micro mesh filter. :(

    I re-charge the reactor every six weeks with 500ml of Purigen. That dose is a happy # for my reef and tumbles very well inside that 22" tall reactor.

    For Purigen I'd recommend a 22" or taller reactor because the Purigen is so light.
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    The Purigen reactor works for my reef and I just loathe carbon dosing.
    "Many ways to skin a cat" :)
     
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  10. bif24701

    bif24701 Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Seems like a lot of work, but it must be worth it.
     
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  11. SPR1968

    SPR1968 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 UK Reef Club Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Nice tank Freddie!

    I have just added a bag of Purigen for the second time, just 100g, as my nitrates have crept up a bit and I believe this gets the 'stuff' out before it turns to Nitrate. I might get a bigger bag but I had this around as tried it before. I'm also dosing NoPox but cant seem to get below 10ppm.

    I have had a slight hair algea battle over the last 6 months or so which I've finally won and I'm thinking the die back may be the reason for the higher than normal nitrate levels. The skimmate has also gone from dark tea colour to green as the hair algea had been dying off. The final battle to quickly clear the stubborn remains I believe was win using Vibrant which in my tank worked immediately and the last bits are gradually being skimmed out.

    So now I have a combination of NoPox, Rhowaphos and a little bit of Purigen

    Infact having said all of the above I've just read 'Tank of the Masters' again and most of their nitrates are above mine so.... I wanted to have another go with SPS which was my initial reason to go lower.
     
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  12. GoVols

    GoVols "VFL" R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award MTRCMember Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Shaun,
    Are you still happy with your NYOS skimmer?

    Freddie
     
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    SPR1968 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 UK Reef Club Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Yes. It's a delight to use and very beautiful. Well it was before is got filled with fish poo!!! Lol
     
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    GoVols "VFL" R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award MTRCMember Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Those NYOS are hot skimmers right now. :D
    I'm sorry that you've battling algae issues :( and I'm still plugging away with the ABC+ with Colors C & D. :)

    Is your Regal Angel still all good?
     
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    GoVols "VFL" R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award MTRCMember Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    OK,
    One point of this thread is about how does the Kessil a80 / t5 hybird preform with sps???????????
    First shot took on April 13th and second shot on June 6th.

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    Looks amazing!
     
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    GoVols "VFL" R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award MTRCMember Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Since last Fall I've been running the Red Sea ABC+ powder with "Colors" C & D.
    This picture shows the health and colors that my corals have been displaying with the above.

    Hopefully you can see the: Reds/Blues/Greens/Purples/Yellows and Oranges
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    hybridazn Acro killer..... Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    That echinata looks awesome! Great job
     
  19. GoVols

    GoVols "VFL" R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award MTRCMember Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Thank You
     
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    GoVols "VFL" R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award MTRCMember Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Thank You!
    I'm only on page 20 of your build and you've got some great incite in your thread. :)
     
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