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

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  1. SPR1968

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    Exactly!

    Beautiful system and no water changes, makes you think doesn’t it.

    And thanks for the heads up on that thread, another one I missed and will check out!
     

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    If I ran a calcium reactor I would be tempted to minimize water changes. I dose 2-part so it isn't a great option for me, imo.
     
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    This is another consideration as well. ;)
     
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    @Brew12

    Shaun’s skim mate locker! Note the air tight seal! Lol

    Smells like a fresh pine forest, beautiful........

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    lol very nice!!!

    Do you use a carbon air filter to help with the smell?
     
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    No I don’t have a carbon air filter (or even know what one is ! ) but it doesn’t smell anyway, well unless you open the cap up and stick your nose in it. It smells horrible when I empty it down the toilet though. I usually give may apologies when I come out!! Lol

    The container is from the grape juice concentrate I use to make my wife’s home made wine (hers is like prison hooch with concentrate, rather than my own which is finest Chardonnay or Merlot grapes!). I just cut a small gap with a saw near the top we’re the skimmmer outlet fits into it, so if it overflows it just empties back into the sump. I started using it originally for vacation but it works a treat and it’s inside the sump so no worries if the skimmer ever freaks out if I’m away.
     
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    I thought about doing a DIY version but I would have needed some way to turn my skimmer off if it overflowed. I don't have enough room in my sump for a container. The lid on the Avast unit fits air tight with a gasket. When skimmate enters the air it displaces leaves through a container holding activated carbon to pull any smell out before it is released. My wife has completely stopped complaining about aquarium smells now.
     
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    I wanted to reply to a lot of the above posts, I even turned my skimmer off a few months ago, as you said, observe the tank, if the residents are happy why mess with it?! ;)
    I need to siphon the little tank tomorrow, it will get a 10 litre water change.
    Only a few months old and it was filled from the big tank, it will be topped up from the big tank and that 550 litre water volume will absorb the "fresh" water! ;)
    To people who don't know my tanks, ignore me, do water changes! :)
    I designed the tank because I didn't see the point of water changes, I never call my tank natural by I like to run it as simply as possible, I manually dose and top up with ro.
    To anyone that is thinking more about "why do I do water changes", it usually indicates a happy tank! ;)
    I lust his tank too! :p
     
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  9. skynite

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    Didn't I see an Emperor Angel in your tank also?
     
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  10. SPR1968

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    Hi @skynite and thanks for stopping by

    I don’t have a Emperor Angel (yet! Lol) I do have a Regal Angel though
     
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    @SPR1968 amazing tank, really. Impressive selection of fish. Yes that Emperor would fit nicely in your tank.

    Question for you about feeding. How often do you feed? once, twice, three times per day? do you feed frozen? pellets? etc. And I must say your Regal Angel is adorable, how long have you had it. Their hard to keep, what does your Regal eat?
     
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    Thank you!

    I feed 3 frozen cubes around 1.30pm and I have about 8 different varieties including mysis brineshrimp etc with garlic, omega oil etc and I mix and match these for them to get a variety.

    I don’t defrost as there’s no need. There’s an article somewhere about this on here. I just throw them in usually in a cup with some Red Sea Reef Energy as well.

    At 6.30 the Apex auto feeder adds a 50/50 mix of algae/general pellet food. I purchased the feeder mainly to cover holiday periods but I use it all the time now.

    I also occasionally feed a strip of nori on a clip, but this is more when I remember.

    I’ve had the Regal, and I’m guessing for about 2 years and he eats frozen and pellets with the rest of the fish. He is adorable and a beautiful fish.

    And I know I’ve posted this before, but since were talking about him, here you go again! Lol

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    He’s a stunner - wish I had got one earlier before my tang crew got established
     
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    I’ve got him with lots of tangs Chris, and he was added afterwards, certainly after the Yellow and Regal Tangs and Triggers

    I suppose it depends on the individual system and inhabitants but he’s fine in my system, at the moment!

    You could get an acclimatisation/fish trap box and try one in there protected for a while and see how you get on. I’ve just purchased the Aqua Medic one for when I add anymore fish to let them settle for a while in piece.
     
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    Maybe one for the future mate
     
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    Here a shot a little closer

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    ;Drool;Drool;Drool;Drool;Drool;Drool;Drool;Drool;Drool Amazing photo and attractive Angel !!
     
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    Ive been a little 'lazy' with changing the rhowaphos in the reactor, I normally do it every 3 weeks or so and its been about 4. Ive also been a little heavy feeding Ocean Nutrition Formula 1 & 2 Pellets once or twice a day from the Apex autofeeder or sometimes even more. This is in addition to 3 frozen cubes around lunchtime

    Anyway i checked the phosphate and it was showing 0.18ppm! I normally keep this locked down at around 0-0.03ppm on the Hanna so its very high

    I changed the rhowaphos with double the normal amount (i'm away shortly which is the reason for this), and that will drop the phosphate back down again. Its funny because I can see little signs in the tank when phosphate becomes raised, like an odd little brown patch here and there.

    I seem to remember reading that pellets can be high in phosphate (or did i imagine this!) so instead of pressing the button on the Apex App on my phone, when I'm feeling kind to the little hungry looking fishys, its back to starvation rations for the time being.
     
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    Maybe check your alk before you run off....seen some pretty hectic alk drops from fresh rowa & if you doubled it might be worth checking on
     
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    Thanks for stopping by my friend, great to hear from you!

    I will do, but it should be fine, Ive done it before. I originally used to use around 500g of rhowaphos, but because the reactor kept clogging with detritus (its fed from the main return) before it was spent, I went down to around 250-300g and changed it more often
     
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