WD's Office Mangrove Display Tank

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Hello Reef2Reef!

For awhile now I have had the itch for a planted tank in my office, over the past few months I have slowly traded for and collected equipment that would be useful for such a thing, after acquiring a tank for the project I have decided to go for it, but with a slight twist.

In the pursuit of trying new and different things I have decided on making a remote mangrove tree tank connected to my SPS display located roughly 20 feet away from my office.

The tank: Waterbox 40 Frag tank.

The lighting: Kessil A360X Tuna Sun with 35degree narrow reflector.

The Equipment: Neptune Dos, Neptune FMM, 2x optical sensors.

The concept:
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The plan is to use a Neptune DOS to do a "water change" between the tanks, with the thought process of keeping the systems linked to gain the benefit of more water volume and using the mangrove tank with a substrate of miracle mud to act as another form of natural filtration while also being aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

If you would like to follow my 150G SPS Peninsula tank you can find it here: https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/wds-150g-sps-peninsula.692263/

Cheers everyone!
 
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Got all the dosing lines ran from the display to the mangrove tank, sadly it seems there is a limit on how far you can extent the optical water level sensors from neptune. Looks like I will be buying another FMM and running a usb cable to the mangrove tank.
 
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Hello! I'm that guy bugging you on Reddit for more details on this awesome setup., Thanks for linking me your thread!

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like you've got one pump going one direction and the second pump going the other direction?

I see the DOS can do about 250ml/min, which means you can do 1gal water change in about 15min, assuming max throughput. Is the intention to have both pumps running simultaneously?

In my research for my own future project, I see a lot of info about equipment life, and tube life (normal 1/8id tube nets about 2000 life hours - I know the DOS uses thicker tube though, so it may be more). How much water do you think you're going to push through daily? Any concerns with the longevity of the setup?
 
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like you've got one pump going one direction and the second pump going the other direction?

I see the DOS can do about 250ml/min, which means you can do 1gal water change in about 15min, assuming max throughput. Is the intention to have both pumps running simultaneously?

The plan is to start with 3-4 gallons a day. The intention is to run both heads pulling water to each other.
 

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The plan is to start with 3-4 gallons a day. The intention is to run both heads pulling water to each other.
Thanks! I'll be following this thread, very curious how well it performs and if the 3-4 gallons/day is sufficient to support a "one-tank" system. I think my biggest concern is the longevity of the equipment/tube. Pumping 4 gallons a day ~20 feet through the ceiling...a lot could go wrong. Tube life has me concerned as well, I can't find a single piece from Neptune on how long they expect their tubes to last. Most of manufactures that produce peristaltic tube have a "life" attached to it for how many gallons can be pumped.

Either way, good luck!
 
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Got a bit of work done on the tank today, ran a dedicated circuit to the tank so no more extension cables running all over the office (yay).

Had a spare Apex Jr laying around so decided to install that along with a smart micro ATO, this week of having to hand fill the tank was awful, if you are reading this and don't have an ATO, please, go get one today.

The kessil A80 from my nano tank is not in the sump filtration section, the jawbreakers I had in that tank under that light seemed to LOVE that kessil, so hopefully will be moving all my jawbreakers and mushrooms from my SPS tank to here.

Other than that I will probably be ordering my mangroves soon and then will work on getting the neptune DOS setup to start doing water changes with the 150G!

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