Shaun's Red Sea Max S 650 LED Design & Build

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  1. SPR1968

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    I got home yesterday Freddie and all is well. The salinity was 34.5 not 52 which the Apex was saying but I have a video feed and all looked well.

    I’ve done a water change today and cleaned all the Apex probes in a 50/50 vinager mix so will just leave the probes a few days and then recalibrate the salinity if it needs it, which is probably will. It’s currently reading 27 but it’s only been in an hour or so.

    I’ve tried to automate things into Apex that may need switching off in my absence but anything that should always be on, like the main return pump and rear circulation pumps are still in the power centre.
     
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    Shaun,
    Welcome Home!!!

    The above :rolleyes: post sounds good :) and I just let my Apex control the cal reactor's pumps and regulator.
    Could have used that leak detector this week ;Wacky

    Did you run the Apex auto feeder while you were gone?

    Freddie
     
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    Yes I have the auto feeder on all the time but just for 1 feed around 6.30pm were i feed a mix of algea and general small pellet food so everyone is happy.

    In the daytime I feed 2 cubes of frozen food myself, although when I’m away my mother has been trained to do this every other day.

    The Apex autofeeder is very good which is why I now run it all the time, with an additional sprinkling of manual food from me when they looked starved to death!! Lol

    I would get a leake detector because you never know. You can program it to shut of any systems that could be causing the leak, like rear circulation pumps for example!

    I’ve got one at the moment and the skimmer/UVC are set to shut if in the event of detection.
     
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    I’ve just got back from a little break in Grenada, and all is well with the tank. Infact after cleaning the glass it looked better then when I left it! Lol

    Brightwell replaced the two Xport NO3 Bricks which have been turning to sand, so I’ve just installed the two new ones in addition to the existing two, and also a new Marine Pure Block to see how good it is in comparison to the Brightwells. The old ones are at the front and you can see how they have crumbled.

    I’ve seeded them all with Microbacter 7 (although I probably didn’t need to in an established tank) and I may remove the two old bricks if they continue to drop sand as it makes a mess in the sump

    So currently I’m running 4 Brightwell Xport NO3 Bricks and 1 Marine Pure Block. You can’t have to much filtration right.

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    I’ve also just changed over to the Red Sea Felt filter socks a few days ago instead of Mesh. I can honestly say the difference is astonishing. The water has always been relatively clear but the Felt is far superior to mesh and the water is like gin clear.

    I’ve never used the washing machine before for filter socks, but I did a rinse to get rid of any soap, then just added about 8 of the mesh socks, started a long 1.45hr wash and they all were very clean with no effort. I then did a 20 minute rinse of the washer with water to get rid of any fish stuff, before handing back to my wife!

    I’ve got to wash the new Felt ones for the first time, but I assume the washer will do the trick on these and I’ve ordered some more so will shortly have 10 Felt socks.
     
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    And here are a few up to date photo’s

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    Loving the fts, everything looks great! :)
     
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    +1... :)
     
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    I’d like to do a little review and give my thoughts on the difference between Mesh and Felt filter socks.

    I’ve always used mesh since I started out, so thought I would try the felt ones to see how they fare up.

    I’ve spent about £90 on 8 sets of 2 and have used them for the last 2 weeks or so.

    I think the felt are better in terms of filtration than the mesh, but they only last about 2-3 days (compared to 3-4 for mesh) and are an absolute pain in the bottom to clean compared to mesh!

    I have to wrestle with them to turn them inside out, as this is the only way they will come out of the washing machine clean. Then when clean I have to put them back the right way round again.

    I’ve got them in the washing machine now to clean them and think I’ll go back to mesh as although felt seems to be better for filtration, it’s not that much better to make me go through the constant changing and cleaning routine. Mesh are just so much easier.

    Anyway pictures.....

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    Shaun,
    Your reef is still looking great and thanks for the new pictures.

    I like the mesh filter sock too. So much easier and you just have to (high power) rinse it out.

    (lol)
    Just noticed that booth of our Regal's has a misbar pattern on the same stripes :)

    Freddie
     
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