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What's the interior width of the stand? The IM tech specs says 25". Is that exact? I plan to get a 20g high standard tank for my ATO and want to make sure it fits. The 20g high is about 24.5" wide.

There are 27 inches free clearance on the inside of the stand with the exception of where the door latches are (I think this is where IM is getting the 25 inches from). Those could easily be removed or relocated if they happen to be in the way of your ato. You should have no problem fitting the 20g high tank.
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There are 27 inches free clearance on the inside of the stand with the exception of where the door latches are (I think this is where IM is getting the 25 inches from). Those could easily be removed or relocated if they happen to be in the way of your ato. You should have no problem fitting the 20g high tank.
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Thanks for measuring! Now I just need to wait for the $1 gallon sale.
 
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Thanks for measuring! Now I just need to wait for the $1 gallon sale.
I do love those dollar/gallon sales. I have my ATO in the basement. Just a brute trash can hooked up to my rodi with and auto refill. Saves space in the cabinet.
 
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Lighting detail / PAR maps

This has taken a lot longer than I expected. I wanted to ensure accurate results so that meant that I had to spend a lot of time at every single measuring point.

I first had to build a grid on the tank to use as a reference to locate the PAR meter. Then I had to allow the reading to settle once I located the meter at a measuring point. I allowed five minutes per location/per intensity level measured. I then took ten measurements, removed the high and low values, then averaged the remaining eight values to provide the most accurate values that I am able to with the equipment that I had available at the time.

I took all of the measurements with the flow on.

This process took about 45 minutes for each of the PAR measurement points; measuring at 50%, 75%, and 100% lighting intensity.

I used masking tape to build a basic grid on the tank to help me locate the PAR meter within the tank.

I only wanted to make meaningful measurements. I settled on 30 points within the tank. I feel that this provides plenty of information to place corals and have a good idea of what values everything is at.

I took measurements at my rock level which is about 7 inches from the bottom and at mid tank which is about 14 inches from the bottom. The tank is only 21 inches, so these levels represent the lower 1/3 and mid 2/3 ratios in the tank. You will be able to see this in the photos below.


This was taken with a yellow filter.
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And no filter. This was not set to the manual settings that I used to test though.
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Theses are the settings that I used to measure the PAR. No red or green channels were used. The color wheel was set to my normal daytime setting. I only adjusted the intensity to see how the PAR changed. (This only shows 50%, I did not see that it was necessary to post every setting for every test)
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And here are the results for the rock level...
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I will post the mid tank level values tomorrow. I wanted to get some content out after my delay from the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
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And here is my current lighting schedule:

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I have the lunar cycle on as well. This is more for me than for anything else so that I can still see in the tank late at night.

Here is a link showing it play through the schedule:
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September 7 ICP test results:

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I did start dosing Iron. Apparently I need to increase the dosing. I can only assume that the coral that is in the tank is Iron deficient and is absorbing all of the Iron that I have been dosing.

This time I sent in two samples just to see how they would compare against each other. Here are the results from the second sample:
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The two samples are very close, but I did find the information interesting to look at. Both of the samples were taken at the exact same time and location.
 

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Be careful with icp analysis. They have a bad rep at having inconsistent numbers. I would stick with ati or triton for testing.

Although I got two test for free at rap and have used one so far. Took over 3 weeks to get my tank water test back and till this day don’t have my rodi numbers.
 
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Be careful with icp analysis. They have a bad rep at having inconsistent numbers. I would stick with ati or triton for testing.

Although I got two test for free at rap and have used one so far. Took over 3 weeks to get my tank water test back and till this day don’t have my rodi numbers.
I have the same thoughts on ICP results. I have been doing them for a long time but do not rely on them solely. I will say that they have been very consistent from my experience. I also would not use them to go chasing numbers. The variability between two test is part of what I was trying to show here, while at the same time if my calcium is 394.76 or 394.84 it really doesn't mater. I can use that data to compare to my manual testing results. It's really no different than asking a friend to look at your color wheel to interpret what color they think that it is.

I did four Iron tests last night after receiving theses results. I still have no idea what my Iron level is. So for me, the ICP results are the only way to measure some elements.

People preach that you shouldn't dose anything that you are not testing for. The last time I checked, you couldn't buy a Molybdenum or a Manganese test at the fish store. You can buy supplements for them though.

I am curious why you stated that you would stick with ATI or Triton for ICP testing. The implication that I got from that statement was that you find those test to be superior in some way. Would you share why that you feel that way? Or correct me if I am wrong for coming to that conclusion.
 

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There are quite a few reports of outlandish results from Icpanalysis. Searches on here and google will show what I’m talking about.

If you are happy with them that is good and keep going.
I for one Wasn’t happy that my results took over 3 weeks and still don’t have an rodi reading after 2+ months. I gave up trying to figure out why and will use my last test soon and also send an ati test out with the same sample water to compare.
 
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There are quite a few reports of outlandish results from Icpanalysis. Searches on here and google will show what I’m talking about.

If you are happy with them that is good and keep going.
I for one Wasn’t happy that my results took over 3 weeks and still don’t have an rodi reading after 2+ months. I gave up trying to figure out why and will use my last test soon and also send an ati test out with the same sample water to compare.
I have not had the same experiences with them that you have with the delays. I personally do not have any preference where my test results come from so long as they are consistent. From my experience the results have been consistent.

I did have one RODI test that never posted results. I attributed that to me following the instructions. The instructions for the tank sample states to place the sticker with the sample ID number on the vial. The instructions for the RODI sample states to place the sticker on the bag. Normally I just put the stickers directly on the vials. The one time that I followed the instructions printed on the sticker, I did not get any results. Probably because my sample was lost due to the sticker being on the bag and not on the vial.

I am only posting theses test results in an attempt to be fully transparent and allow people to follow along with the good and the bad. Using a third party to validate my levels is the best way to show impartiality.

Perhaps in the future I could use other services like ATI and Triton just to see how the different services compare. I may do that for October.
 
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Vacuuming the sand for the first time. I probably should have done this sooner. It took a bit for the top layer to break up. A little cloudy but nothing to nasty came out of the sand.
I just start a syphon into the sump and run it into a filter sock. I went through four socks as I worked my way through the sand bed. I use 100 micron Seachem filter socks; but they are older and have been washed, so I am sure that they are more like three or four hundred microns by now.
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While I was doing this I decided that I should add a bit more sand. It is pretty thin in some locations. This could be due to flow so when I add more it may just thin out again. I guess we will see.
 
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A few things for today:

I neglected to include the light fixture height over the water in my lighting post. The lights are 12 inches from the water surface to to bottom of the lights.

I have received several request for equipment breakdown; so here is a mostly complete equipment list with the product website, as well as where I purchased everything from.
I tried to include everything that I used, but I am sure that I missed something.

EquipmentBrandModelProduct WebsitePurchased From
Tank / StandInnovative MarineNuvo EXT 200 Peninsulahttps://www.innovative-marine.com/shop/EXT-200-Peninsula-Aquarium-w-APS-Stand-White-p238807260https://www.innovative-marine.com/shop/EXT-200-Peninsula-Aquarium-w-APS-Stand-White-p238807260
Hood / Side CabinetsInnovative MarineNuvo APS Fusion 20 Peninsulahttps://www.innovative-marine.com/shop/APS-Aquarium-Stand-Fusion-20-Peninsula-White-p222128438Marine Depot (Now BRS)
SumpTrigger SystemsTriton44-v2http://www.triggersys.com/ts/triton44v2/https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/triton44-v2-sump-trigger-systems.html
SkimmerNyosQuantium 160https://www.nyos.info/en/abschäumer-pumpen/abschäumer/quantum-160https://www.saltwateraquarium.com/quantum-160-skimmer-up-to-250-gallons-nyos-aquatics/
Return Pump and BackupSkimzL160 Leopard Pumphttp://skimz.sg/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=191https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/leopard-l160-circulation-pump-4220-gph-skimz.html
UV SterilizerPentairSmart UV 40 Watthttps://pentairaes.com/smart-uv-sterilizers-31295.htmlhttps://www.bulkreefsupply.com/emperor-aquatics-smart-uv-40-watt.html
Display LightsKessilAP700https://www.kessil.com/aquarium/saltwater_AP700.phphttps://www.saltwateraquarium.com/ap700-48-led-aquarium-light-kessil/
Sulphur DenitratorKorallinS1502 Biodenitratorhttps://korallin.us/europe/Marine Depot (Now BRS)
Degassing ChamberPacific SunDC-2 (115.00 euros)https://pacific-sun.eu/shop/calcium-reactors/degassing-chamber-for-calcfeeder-reactors/https://pacific-sun.eu/shop/calcium-reactors/degassing-chamber-for-calcfeeder-reactors/
Dosing PumpEcotechVersa VX-1https://ecotechmarine.com/versahttps://www.bulkreefsupply.com/versa-peristaltic-dosing-pump-ecotech-marine.html
Ozone GeneratorOzotechPoseidon 200http://ozotech.com/poseidon/https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/sear...QVImfrqB17J0&method=and&isort=score&view=grid
Ozone Air PumpAquaClearAquaClear 20 Air Pumphttp://usa.hagen.com/Aquatic/Aeration/Air-Pumps/A846LFS
Alkalinity TestingKH GuardianKH Guardian Pro Controllerhttp://khguardian.com/product.phphttp://khguardian.com/product.php
Alkalinity ControlKH GuardianAIM Module for Apex Interfacehttps://premiumaquatics.com/products/kh-advanced-interface-module-aim-open-box-return.htmlhttps://premiumaquatics.com/products/kh-advanced-interface-module-aim-open-box-return.html
Aquarium ControllerNeptune SystemsApex 2016https://www.neptunesystems.com/apex-2016/https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/apex-controller-system-neptune-systems.html
Apex Add-OnsNeptune Systemseb832 (Second Energy Bar)https://www.neptunesystems.com/products/expansion-modules/energy-bars/https://www.saltwateraquarium.com/energy-bar-832-apex-1link-power-eb832-neptune-systems/
Apex Add-OnsNeptune SystemsFMM / ATK (Auto Top Off)https://www.neptunesystems.com/products/expansion-modules/atk-2/https://www.saltwateraquarium.com/apex-atk-v2-automatic-top-off-kit-ato-atk-neptune-systems/
Apex Add-OnsNeptune SystemsPM1 (KHG - AIM interface / Sulfur reactor ORP probe)https://www.neptunesystems.com/products/expansion-modules/phorp/https://www.saltwateraquarium.com/a...erature-i-o-expansion-module-neptune-systems/
Apex Add-OnsNeptune SystemsORP Probe for Sulfur Reactorhttps://www.neptunestore.eu/eng/neptune-systems-orp-redox-electrode-double-junctio.htmlhttps://www.saltwateraquarium.com/double-junction-lab-grade-orp-probe-neptune-systems/
Apex Add-OnsNeptune SystemsASM (PAR meter)https://www.neptunesystems.com/pmk-par-monitoring-kit/https://www.saltwateraquarium.com/apex-pmk-par-monitoring-kit-neptune-systems/
Apex Add-OnsNeptune SystemsTemperature Probe (Air temp)https://www.neptunestore.eu/eng/neptune-systems-temperature-probe.htmlhttps://www.saltwateraquarium.com/apex-temperature-probe-neptune-systems/
Apex Add-OnsNeptune Systems*Trident (SOLD 9/19/2020)https://www.neptunesystems.com/products/expansion-modules/trident/https://www.saltwateraquarium.com/apex-trident-alk-cal-mag-monitoring-device-neptune-systems/
Apex Add-OnsNeptune SystemsAFS (auto feeder)https://www.neptunesystems.com/automatic-feeding-system/https://www.saltwateraquarium.com/apex-afs-automatic-feeding-system-neptune-systems/
Apex Add-OnsNeptune SystemsSolenoid Valve SV-1https://www.neptunesystems.com/fmm-accessories/#https://www.saltwateraquarium.com/apex-fmm-solenoid-valve-sv-1-neptune-systems/
RockMarco RockReef Saver Shelf Rockhttp://www.marcorocks.com/products/shelf-rock/https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/marco-reef-saver-shelf-aquarium-dry-live-rock.html
RockMarco RockReef Saver Pedestal Rockhttp://www.marcorocks.com/products/natural-top-pedestal-rock/https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/marco-reef-saver-pedestal-aquarium-dry-live-rock-natural-top.html
SandReeflowersPearl White Sand 55 Lbshttps://reeflowers.us/collections/sea-salts/products/pearl-white-sandhttps://www.chewy.com/reeflowers-pearl-white-aquarium-sand/dp/265058
RODI AutomationAquaticLifeBarrel Buddie Smart Water Level Sensor Automatic Filler/Refiller Controller Systemhttps://aquaticlife.com/products/copy-of-auto-shut-off-float-valve-1-4-inch
RODI SystemBulk Reef Supply7 Stage PRO Plus 150 GPD Water Saver RO/DI Systemhttps://www.bulkreefsupply.com/7-st...ver-ro-di-system-bulk-reef-supply-bundle.htmlhttps://www.bulkreefsupply.com/7-st...ver-ro-di-system-bulk-reef-supply-bundle.html
RODI Add-OnsBulk Reef SupplyTriple DI Saver Kithttps://www.bulkreefsupply.com/trip...in-and-tds-meter-bulk-reef-supply-bundle.htmlhttps://www.bulkreefsupply.com/trip...in-and-tds-meter-bulk-reef-supply-bundle.html
RODI Storage ContainerRubbermaidBrute 32-Gallon Gray Plastic Trash Can with Lidhttps://www.rubbermaidcommercial.co...ers/brute-vented-containers/?sku=FG263200GRAYhttps://www.lowes.com/pd/Rubbermaid...w0wyawlD43EwQUiumoMaAnDWEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
RODI Storage WheelsRubbermaid250-lb Black Plastic Trash Can Dollyhttps://www.rubbermaidcommercial.co...ccessories/brute-dolly-black/?sku=FG264000BLAhttps://www.lowes.com/pd/Rubbermaid...250-lb-Black-Plastic-Trash-Can-Dolly/50147608
4x8 PVC BoardRoyal Building Products1/2" x 4' x 8' White PVC Panelhttps://www.royalbuildingproducts.com/https://www.menards.com/main/buildi...8-c-13411.htm?tid=-5821158222333244600&ipos=2
Stand LightingKessilA80 Tuna Bluehttps://www.kessil.com/aquarium/saltwater_A80.phphttps://www.saltwateraquarium.com/a80-tuna-blue-saltwater-aquarium-led-kessil/
Refugium LightingKessilH80 Tuna Florahttps://www.kessil.com/aquarium/horticulture_H80.phphttps://www.saltwateraquarium.com/h80-tuna-flora-led-refugium-grow-light-kessil/
Skimmer Neck CleanerVertexVectra Engine with 160mm LidOut of businesshttps://www.bulkreefsupply.com/vertex-vectra-engine-universal-cleaner-unit.html
Battery BackupCyberPowerPR2200LCD - UPS - 1980 Watt - 2200 VAhttps://www.cyberpowersystems.com/product/ups/smart-app-sinewave/pr2200lcd/https://www.cyberpowersystems.com/product/ups/smart-app-sinewave/pr2200lcd/
Ceramic Boilogical MediaCerMediaMarinePure Biofilter Block (8 x 8 x 4)https://www.cermedia.com/product-details/https://www.saltwateraquarium.com/marinepure-biofilter-block-8-x-8-x-4-cermedia/
Backup HeatersCobaltNeo-Therm Heater 300 Watthttps://www.cobaltaquatics.com/collections/heaters-1/products/neo-therm-heater
Heat ExchangerBrazetek55 kBTU Titanium Shell and Tube Heat Exchangerhttps://www.brazetek.com/bt-stx-55-b-1-titanium-heat-exchanger
Heat PumpGrundfosAlpha2 15-55SFC/LChttps://product-selection.grundfos....number=99163972&custid=GMA&tab=variant-curves
Heat Pump ControllerInkbirdPID Temperature Controller IPB-16Shttps://inkbird.com/products/ipb-16s
Acessory PumpCurrent USAeFlux DC Flow Pump 3170 GPH Model 6011https://current-usa.com/eflux-aquarium-dc-flow-pump-with-flow-control-3170-gph/
 
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