- Nov 30, 2019
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Thanks! I'm going to go through this, this has me intrigued.Let’s build one here, a vase is actually easier than a fishbowl for finding a lid that fits on the inner diameter opening of the vase and that special fit inside the top lip of the vase stops the evaporation + stops salt creep and the salinity will balance out to needing topoff only once or twice a week. Total salinity stability inherent.
Is that a chaeto refuge in the back?Agreed it's a test of their adaptation, like when they fragment in less desirable places barely workable but still hang on
What survives that life is Darwin gtg
This little tabletop system from another thread was made back in 05ish mass color wasnt happening back then, just growth was the goal
The awesome colors is the 2010+ work from the groups of keepers
Very cool. what were the plants? Caulerpa?Old prototype see how the little compact in back hits the plants
I took this system apart, gutted lights plants rocks and sand and put into the demo tanks since I knew sealed reefing would work for sure. Then I bought tons of random $10-$40 frags and tweezered them into place then fed/changed water till they plated in place
I cut out an acrylic template then took to a glass shop they had it ready with grommet holes all set, really neat because acrylic warped under those hot power compacts. It was sometimes chaeto and sometimes any caulerpa the store had, the going theme was using any plant to produce o2 during the dark phase at the front
I was thinking about this today. Since you are using an air pump for circulation, could you use a riser tube (UG filters come to mind) to make an air lift. Granted you wouldn't be lifting above the water, but could it be used for directed flow, possibly set up to whirlpool water around a circular container?Maritza the vase reef has improved the method where it’s any air pump you want, with the lid interface being the most important design so your top off is hardly required but they don’t use air stone. It’s straight bubbling for larger bubbles, more water movement with less air and it’s less salt creep. If you like air stones small bubbles I used regular tube end air stones for years it’s a matter of pref.
I’m now open ended no stone, enjoy the extra current power is why. *reefbowl keepers and bubblers know that over time white bacteria plaque up the end output slowly over time, and one day magically your air stops.
When you are on vacation it’ll be at no other time.
So to prevent, affix to your end bubble tube a 4 x or a 3x airline splitter
Those little plastic hard connectors for four way or three way airline intersections
Put one on the end. If one tube blocks out, two more open ones exist and you can clean it out when it changes.
**buy oversized air pump and tamp it down. Don’t buy weak air pump to control the top end. My air pump is 100 gallons rated, for a vase.
Make a bleed line output off to the side of your main input bubble line
using those connectors and air restrictor roller connectors for air
*adjust your bubbling by the rotary bleed line, that controls your evaporation rate. Turn bubbles down low for vacations that vase system will go almost two weeks no top off. Always find ways to match light intensity to bubble rates
*your air bleed output makes annoying hiss= connect a three foot section of tube nicely rolled up tight and round it like a stand for your air pump to sit on, tuck it up under the pump as a cushion to sit on and the air vent will be silent.
When using less bubble rates to get less evaporation, lower the max lighting intensity your corals are adapted to, bleach prevention learnings over the years. Max bubble rates commands tip-off every four days approx, that’s full light ability.
If you go with an air stone, changing that out does not stop clog. It still happens in the last quarter inch of the tube due to air/water contact. I use open end bubbling so that my 4x connector prevents air stoppage, an air stone setup eventually clogs.
After diving in the Red Sea I am absolutely convinced that flow is not as crucial as some people claim. Where we dove the water was absolutely still and there were huge, bright gorgeous SPS colonies.Why do they grow so well with no flow? The usual flow flow flow for SPS does not apply?
Where do you get magnets like that? I don't think I've seen them anywhere, are they on Amazon? I'm so excited to start my jar!Those magnets I'm enjoying so much, it's the plastic coated ones and they haven't rotted out for years and years, good little frag holders
For sure sand is optional. You could leave it all out for sure