New Reefmat Install- Monster Flow Test

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I have an aquarium maintenance company so I spend a lot of time cleaning aquariums. I also spend a lot of time cleaning filter socks and changing filter pads. I don't like filter socks or filter pads, especially when you have to clean 50-60 weekly.

I snagged a few of the ReefMat 1200's when our LFS got the first round of stock. The first went on a RedSea Reefer 650 Peninsula. I ended up deviating from the recommended install a little to leave the first sump chamber where the water drains into the sump. This is filled with rock rubble and is a great place for a copepod refugium as it is very low flow (only the emergency overflow drain). I have the ATO reservoir over this area anyways so I wasn't going to lose any space leaving that chamber intact. I did remove the sock trays and middle sock partition as this tank does not use the large black sump divider. See below.

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The second install is the fun one. Its a 500 gallon acrylic reef tank. The initial company that built and installed it put a bioball sump under this massive reef tank. Not ideal and not easy to service. I replaced it with an open 75 gallon aquarium with the plan of adding a filter roller mat and skimmer. Due to the limited availability of stock on release, I only have one of the ReefMats for this tank until a restock comes in, hopefully in two to tree weeks when I can grab the second one.

The tank has a single 2" drain. The plan is to split it into two ReefMat 1200's but for now, we will run it on one and really see if it can handle the stated 2300gph flow. I designed and 3d printed a few 1.25" adapters for the inlet connection on the ReefMat as the provided connecters only go up to 40mm piping. The 2" drain is split into a tee with 1.25" piping and connected to both the right and left sides of the ReefMat, to make sure that the drain flow isn't being restricted too much.

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I am installing it later today and will be able to see if the ReefMat can handle the flow stated by RedSea. I'll post video once I can get it up and running.
 
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I don't see why not, but I feel like if you could fit the bigger model the roll might last longer. You would have to do some math to see price per sqft of material.
I'm changing filter socks every 2 days, so even 2 weeks would be a game changer...
 

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I have an aquarium maintenance company so I spend a lot of time cleaning aquariums. I also spend a lot of time cleaning filter socks and changing filter pads. I don't like filter socks or filter pads, especially when you have to clean 50-60 weekly.

I snagged a few of the ReefMat 1200's when our LFS got the first round of stock. The first went on a RedSea Reefer 650 Peninsula. I ended up deviating from the recommended install a little to leave the first sump chamber where the water drains into the sump. This is filled with rock rubble and is a great place for a copepod refugium as it is very low flow (only the emergency overflow drain). I have the ATO reservoir over this area anyways so I wasn't going to lose any space leaving that chamber intact. I did remove the sock trays and middle sock partition as this tank does not use the large black sump divider. See below.

E0195BC9-63FD-47AE-B238-A44F6EE3E588.jpeg

67A5A544-1DA1-4011-848E-97393BDDE8E7.jpeg

719F7EE7-094E-4485-BCC7-C85C6E3121C1.jpeg

The second install is the fun one. Its a 500 gallon acrylic reef tank. The initial company that built and installed it put a bioball sump under this massive reef tank. Not ideal and not easy to service. I replaced it with an open 75 gallon aquarium with the plan of adding a filter roller mat and skimmer. Due to the limited availability of stock on release, I only have one of the ReefMats for this tank until a restock comes in, hopefully in two to tree weeks when I can grab the second one.

The tank has a single 2" drain. The plan is to split it into two ReefMat 1200's but for now, we will run it on one and really see if it can handle the stated 2300gph flow. I designed and 3d printed a few 1.25" adapters for the inlet connection on the ReefMat as the provided connecters only go up to 40mm piping. The 2" drain is split into a tee with 1.25" piping and connected to both the right and left sides of the ReefMat, to make sure that the drain flow isn't being restricted too much.

21F4BDC5-0EE0-4569-A1DD-E9DF68509483.jpeg

I am installing it later today and will be able to see if the ReefMat can handle the flow stated by RedSea. I'll post video once I can get it up and running.
Looks really clean! Can you say if you adapter plus the PVC elbow has a smaller radius (ie takes up less horizontal space) than the supplied flex tubing does? Trying to find a more compact way to install this.

Also, would you be willing to share the STL file for the 3D printed adapters?
 
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