My Ponderous Particular

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  1. Servillius

    Servillius Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I’ve gone through more cleaning products than I care to think of, but I’ll mention what works.

    The large Flipper works well on my 3/4 inch acrylic. I have to keep an eye on it because once or twice it has caused a scratch, but it’s rare. It’s the best daily cleaning magnet out there.

    I’m using a Tiger Shark from Algae Free for heavy duty cleaning but it’s not quite strong enough so I just ordered a Mighty Magnet. That said, it is an excellent magnet. I chose the Mighty Magnet because it comes with a scratch kit as an available option.

    I also have a hand scraper and a old credit card for stubborn stuff.

    For cleaning the outside, I use Brilliantize and a micro mesh cloth. Does a great job of keeping it clean and removing static.

    I also keep a LifeReef scratch removal kit from BRS handy when I do happen to cause harm.

    Honestly I’ve decided I really prefer acrylic. It does scratch more easily than glass, but glass also gets scratches. With acrylic, I can do something about them. I find myself buffing one out every two to three months and they’re usually minor so not a big hassle.
     
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    Servillius Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    It is. I’ll try and get you a good shot in the morning. My lights just went out for the night.

    I’ve had overall success keeping tanks, but don’t let anyone kid you. There’s the less than perfect times too.

    Just wait, be patient, keep keeping your nutrients under control and it’ll come right. If everything else is going well and it’s still not working, look for some sort of environmental pollutant. Smoking around the tank, cleaning sprays, etc. your tank can handle a bit of most things but a bit more than a bit can really set you back.
     
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    Servillius Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks!
     
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    Appreciate the feedback. I own the flipper max for mine but I do hesitate to use the scrub side of the unit. Think I'll give it a solid go if your not finding much issue. Tried to order a mighty mag over the phone with the owner but he kept asking me to call back for multiple different reasons so I gave up.

    I did end up with a mag float 530a which I drop a slice of magic eraser in to scrub down with. Works well but it's a pain to turn the corner heh.

    I do miss the ability with glass to scrap down with a razor, but the clarity on the acrylic is undeniable.
     
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    If you get a chance, can you take a picture of the Tunze with the Sea Sweeps? I've never seen one attached and just wanted to get an idea of how it works. I thought the Sea Sweeps were for return plumbing, that's why.
     
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    Servillius Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I was a bit confused as to how it all worked when I first found them myself.

    Ed at SeaSwirl was a huge help getting me going. I’ve taken some pics to try show my setup.

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    This is my front side SeaSweep with the 6095 mounted. It just sweeps the Tunze back and forth across a 150 ish degree arc (I think) on one side of the tank.

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    This is the back side SeaSweep with a 6105 mounted. It sweeps a 150 ish degree arc on the back side of the tank. Each Tunze spends about half its time pointing down the long end of the tank and the 6105 sends a lot of water down-range!

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    This above is the Sea Swirl. It is connected to my return. It does the same thing, but with the flow from the return pump.

    I’ve uploaded a short video, complete with Disney background sound effects, that shows the two working together.



    I spent years thinking I didn’t want Tunze because they didn’t loook slick. Well, they’re not Vortechs, and the SeaSweeps add to the works but honestly, in some ways they’re less noticeable. For starters the pumps are so reliable I never bother cleaning and they end up more encrusted over than my rock :)
     
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    Servillius Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I took some pics this morning mainly of a few of my newer frags getting going.

    I really want to thank Adam at @Battlecorals for just being an amazing help and providing exactly the kind of service we all love to get. Not to mention his frags are all healthy, happy, and ready to start growing in spite of my best efforts. Thanks Adam! These are just a few of the frags I got from him recently.

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    I also need to thank Brett at @CherryCorals who was also just amazing and has provided two lovely corals I’ve ogled continuously in the past. WT Mother if Pearl and RR Red Bull.

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    Finally here’s @DWilliams2311 request.

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    Look great.
     
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    Fudsey Jack of all trades R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Beautiful tank ! !

    Questions:
    Is that a pink cat's paw(last pic)?

    What are the dimensions of your tank?
     
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    Servillius Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    It’s a Rainbow stylo I believe. The tank is 60 long, 30 wide and 21 high.
     
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    Servillius Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    So I just got mine and I suggest you look at the Mighty Magnet again. My wife’s and my tank both look cleaner than ever and the scratch removal kit makes buffing out a scratch as easy as I’ve ever experienced.
     
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    Servillius Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Woohoo! Now this is how you make a mangrove happy! 150w LED Grow Light.

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    For what it’s worth that’s a well lit room. I had to dial light back quite a bit on the camera setting to get the pictures.
     
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    Servillius Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    And a quick pic of a mariculture coral I’ve had for a while that is wandering into fairly cool territory. I think there’s some blue coming in as well. Hard to get a picture that captures all the colors.

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    Servillius Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I was having some fun with the iPhone and some close ups under full halides. Some of these looked pretty cool. Corals are amazing, even the “dull” ones.

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    Servillius Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I’ve had my current light setup for years. I have adjustable ballasts on Radion bulbs that I’ve known for maybe ages will produce different colors if I adjust the power output. For some reason, I never bothered. Until now. I just took a quick FTS, but I love the difference! The first pic is the newer setting.

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    dbl It Takes Less Energy to be Nice Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    It looks terrific either way.:)
     
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    Love the tank and the fact that its acrylic!
     
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    Servillius Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Once you plasticize, you’ll never revitrify!
     
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    Servillius Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Hey guys,

    I wanted to share some pics of my wife’s seahorse tank. The sand has been in here a while and is tended primarily by cucumbers. We do not vacuum or clean it in any way. I keep noticing this with Zeovit tanks however, the sand stays remarkably clean. I don’t know that that’s any different from other methods, but I wanted to share the data point in terms of maintainance.

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    There’s no way around it. This sand bed is less work than my bare bottom tank.

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    Looks great!
     
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