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Big things coming for the tank. Picked up some stuff got another energy bar and a controller board from adaptive marine. I then bought a sheet of expanded pvc because I'm going to make my own cabinet and put the controller board as the face of the cabinet with a hinge on it. Its going to be similar to the adaptive reef controller cabinet but mine will be taller.

I'm to the point ima have to start dosing alk my tank is loosing .1 to .2 dkh so I got a dos and will be putting a container in the cabinet for alk and calcium. Really like the brightwell products and it's recommended to use on the moonshiner since there are no trace elements in them.
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Finally got my cabinet almost done just have to mount the front on a hinge and put a lock on it. Also got some 3d printed parts from printed reef ecotech holder, as ring and tunze holder they are amazing highly recommended. Ended up grabbing a few shots of the coral been looking amazing too!
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Finally got my cabinet finished up and controllers mounted. Also my essence skimmer bit the dust so I just purchased the nyos 120 already way happier and the ability to control the air and water separately is awesome! I did get 3 new fish also a tomini tang, lightinging maroon clownfish and a green clown goby. Also got a red serpent starfish. I purchased all these fish already quarinted so I don't have to mess with that. I will be adding led lights on a door switch programed to apex will update when I get that done.
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@Skibi wow what an update! What happened to the Essence skimmer? I’ve got one myself but haven’t ran it yet. Nyos gets great reviews. Better watch your Maroon they get nippy, but might just be when paired up. How do you like your Adaptive Reef cabinet? Are you going to put more on it? Printed Reef 3d stuff is great. They’ve done a lot of custom printing for me.
 
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Not sure i just think it got old and the pump gave out on it have never truly been happy with it so wasn't sad to see it go lol. I like the cabinet the only thing thats adaptive reef is the front i made the cabinet part myself to suite my needs better. Ya i wish i would of looked into 3d printing sooner i also got some stuff from harrys aquatics almost have eliminated all my magnets now in my tank.
 

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Nice build. Glad you beat dinos… 9 months of it is rough. And a tank move is always hard. That’s when I had a crash and took a break for a few years. How has the Neptune feeder been for you? I’ve been thinking about picking one up for vacations.
 
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Thanks! Ya it was rough for sure they've really wasn't that bad my tank really didnt skip a beat I was surprised. As far as the auto feeder it's been great for me I'm not going to lie when I first got it I was hesitant because I had just seen where someone had one catch on fire and ruin their house lol.
 

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Thanks! Ya it was rough for sure they've really wasn't that bad my tank really didnt skip a beat I was surprised. As far as the auto feeder it's been great for me I'm not going to lie when I first got it I was hesitant because I had just seen where someone had one catch on fire and ruin their house lol.
O wow! I didn’t see that about the fire. Maybe I’ll hold off .. lol
 

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Thanks! Ya it was rough for sure they've really wasn't that bad my tank really didnt skip a beat I was surprised. As far as the auto feeder it's been great for me I'm not going to lie when I first got it I was hesitant because I had just seen where someone had one catch on fire and ruin their house lol.
@Skibi @Biggestfish I have the Apex AFS and looking at it, it’s highly unlikely an AFS caught fire. A short in an AquaBus port most likely from saltwater splash or creep might do it. It is powered directly by AquaBus connection which is 12V DC also making it difficult to catch fire. It’s basically an average run-of-the-mill auto feeders controlled by an Apex.

I’ve been looking at The Plank auto feeder by Avast Marine Works and I think I’ll try one. Since I’ve never used one I can’t give a review here but the reviews are great. They’re designed to feed tiny amounts of freeze-dried food all throughout the day and not just feed two or three times a day like the AFS. The Plank has a little mixing tube to rehydrate the food and gradually release it into the water column. Since the food is from a freeze-dried source it is neutrally buoyant once rehydrated. The food won’t float to the water’s surface so you can run the return pump and wavemakers continuously. Also since the food stays buoyant it won’t settle to the bottom where it will get trapped and rot. The reviews on this are really really good plus great customer service and you don’t need an Apex for it.
 
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@Skibi @Biggestfish I have the Apex AFS and looking at it, it’s highly unlikely an AFS caught fire. A short in an AquaBus port most likely from saltwater splash or creep might do it. It is powered directly by AquaBus connection which is 12V DC also making it difficult to catch fire. It’s basically an average run-of-the-mill auto feeders controlled by an Apex.

I’ve been looking at The Plank auto feeder by Avast Marine Works and I think I’ll try one. Since I’ve never used one I can’t give a review here but the reviews are great. They’re designed to feed tiny amounts of freeze-dried food all throughout the day and not just feed two or three times a day like the AFS. The Plank has a little mixing tube to rehydrate the food and gradually release it into the water column. Since the food is from a freeze-dried source it is neutrally buoyant once rehydrated. The food won’t float to the water’s surface so you can run the return pump and wavemakers continuously. Also since the food stays buoyant it won’t settle to the bottom where it will get trapped and rot. The reviews on this are really really good plus great customer service and you don’t need an Apex for it.
A splash does make more sense as the cause. The plank does look impressive. Let me know your thoughts if you get one. Thanks
 

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A splash does make more sense as the cause. The plank does look impressive. Let me know your thoughts if you get one. Thanks
@Biggestfish if all goes well I plan to get one right after the Holidays. So keep checking my build thread.

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Got around to finishing my new rock work for the left side of the tank super happy with how it turned out alot of caves and swimthroughs for the fish. Now that it's done and in the tank I'm really contemplating redoing the other side now haha.
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Got around to finishing my new rock work for the left side of the tank super happy with how it turned out alot of caves and swimthroughs for the fish. Now that it's done and in the tank I'm really contemplating redoing the other side now haha.
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@Skibi can you remind us what your right side aquascape looks like with a pic? I like the left side!
 
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Sure here the new one with frags mounted and the right side just looks like a stack of rocks with a tunnel. Gotta say this reef moonshiners method is amazing the frags I had on a rack for a couple months ended up mounting 2 weeks ago are encrusting on the new rock my Duncan that was 3 heads is now 12!
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