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Finally got the sump swapped out...

 

before

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look how filthy the display is!

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after

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still need to clean up tubing and wires and put all the other stuff back!

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Thanks for looking!

Tom

 

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mitten_reef

The new sump looks really nice.

R u using a filter sock or any mechanical filtration at all? 

 

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7 minutes ago, micoastreefing said:

The new sump looks really nice.

R u using a filter sock or any mechanical filtration at all? 

 

Thanks!  I’m looking forward to a sump with better flow through it. The old sump was a de-rimmed 10 gallon with no baffles.  There were a lot of dead spots in there. 

 

I don’t use any mechanical filtration. 

 

Tom

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14 minutes ago, Tom@HaslettMI said:

Thanks!  I’m looking forward to a sump with better flow through it. The old sump was a de-rimmed 10 gallon with no baffles.  There were a lot of dead spots in there. 

 

I don’t use any mechanical filtration. 

 

Tom

Ok, looking back to your empty sump pic, it makes sense now. (So I think). The drain comes in to the skimmer compartment thru that tube in the back.  I was wondering what that tube was for when u posted it. 

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New-to-me toy just arrived!

 

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This will be a long-term project, as it requires some rebuilding and modification. But it is exactly what I’ve been dreaming of getting.  More to come as I make progress. 

 

Tom

 

 

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Christopher Marks

The suspense!!! What's in the box! 👀

 

Awesome sump upgrade, that's a nice improvement! Putting it on a raised platform is a nice touch as well, bonus storage space!

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2 hours ago, Christopher Marks said:

The suspense!!! What's in the box! 👀

 

Awesome sump upgrade, that's a nice improvement! Putting it on a raised platform is a nice touch as well, bonus storage space!

Thanks. The new sump is working well so far.  I’m a little concerned the return pump section is too small to get the Mame overflow running the way things are currently set up. I’ll run some trials this weekend and tweak water levels and float switch heights as needed. 

 

Here’s hint on the box surprise...

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Thanks for looking!

Tom

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17 hours ago, Tom@HaslettMI said:

Thanks. The new sump is working well so far.  I’m a little concerned the return pump section is too small to get the Mame overflow running the way things are currently set up. I’ll run some trials this weekend and tweak water levels and float switch heights as needed. 

 

Here’s hint on the box surprise...

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Thanks for looking!

Tom

Not a very subtle hint with the fan logo 🤣

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9 hours ago, micoastreefing said:

Not a very subtle hint with the fan logo 🤣

Oh, you noticed that huh. 

 

Still working in cleaning up the hair algae but just realized I have not posted many livestock photos. 

 

This war coral was 4 browned out polyps I noticed on a piece of LR at the LFS. I think it paid off...

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top-down FTS

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Top down left side

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Tom

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Still working on clearing out hair algae and getting kalk dosing to maintain alk.  Went to LFS to find a new male Banggai but they only had tiny babies...  Mrs. Gibbles (my son named them) will have to wait for a new man. 

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The surprise in the box is a four bulb ATI T5-only Powermodule.  It has two dimmable channels using built-in pots or connecting to 0-10v controller.  Most importantly for me is the curved fixture. I think it looks so much better than the angled front and back on the Sunpower.  

 

Here’s a pic the seller sent

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From what I’ve read these were discontinued in 2013 in favor of the hybrid Powermodule. My plan is to use my Nanobox Duo to turn it into a hybrid fixture. This will be a slow process, but I will document progress as I make it. 

 

I got it for a great price ($170 shipped). Probably due to a few issues it has... one channel doesn’t dim and it is missing the power supply for the fans. 

 

 

Tom 

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12 minutes ago, Tom@HaslettMI said:

The surprise in the box is a four bulb ATI T5-only Powermodule.  It has two dimmable channels using built-in pots or connecting to 0-10v controller.  Most importantly for me is the curved fixture. I think it looks so much better than the angled front and back on the Sunpower.  

 

Here’s a pic the seller sent

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From what I’ve read these were discontinued in 2013 in favor of the hybrid Powermodule. My plan is to use my Nanobox Duo to turn it into a hybrid fixture. This will be a slow process, but I will document progress as I make it. 

 

I got it for a great price ($170 shipped). Probably due to a few issues it has... one channel doesn’t dim and it is missing the power supply for the fans. 

 

 

Tom 

great score!  I agree that the curve one looks much nicer than the angular Sunpower.  Will be following your progress on the conversion 🙂

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I finally got the nerve up to pull the Mame overflow off and apart to clean it. It looks much better without 7 months worth of coraline algae growth!

 

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Tom

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DaveFason

Awesome updates. That hybrid idea will be a process, believe me. The PM were great units but a royal PIA. 

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On 4/22/2019 at 10:05 AM, DaveFason said:

Awesome updates. That hybrid idea will be a process, believe me. The PM were great units but a royal PIA. 

Yeah, so far I’ve only cleaned the fixture up, turned it on, and taken the ends off.  It is going to take some work to make it a hybrid. I do have a couple questions I’m hoping you can answer...

 

I’m planning to modify the fixture so I can mount the Duo directly inside.  Will wiring the PM fans to the Duo fan channel work?  I think the PM fans running would sufficiently cool the Duo, but would appreciate your input on if that’s feasible and/or wise. 

 

Thanks!

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The clean overflow inspired me to ditch the stock VarioS float switch for a Mame Sub-switch. 

 

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still dealing with a bit of hair algae...

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Can’t not post this top down...

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And a panned out shot for fun...

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Thanks for looking!

Tom

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You wont be able to wire the ATI fans to the Duo for the control. 

 

Also fitting the Duo inside will need machine work as the inside body is shaped like the reflectors. 

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4 hours ago, DaveFason said:

You wont be able to wire the ATI fans to the Duo for the control. 

 

Also fitting the Duo inside will need machine work as the inside body is shaped like the reflectors. 

Bummer on the fans... but not a deal breaker. 

 

Roger the need to hack the insides.  I plan to take a Dremel high speed cutter to it!  😬

 

Tom

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Afropenguin

The tank looks great!

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tanacharison

Idk how I missed this one... I wish I still had my mame overflow! Tank looks great!

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On 5/4/2019 at 2:55 AM, Afropenguin said:

The tank looks great!

 

23 hours ago, tanacharison said:

Idk how I missed this one... I wish I still had my mame overflow! Tank looks great!

Thanks for the kind words!

 

I like the Mame overflow but I’ve yet to get it to actually start a siphon on its own. The only way it works is with a float switch that kills the return pump when the display gets too full. So far that’s always worked and no flooding has occurred but it makes me nervous. 

 

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The side view is perfect. Exactly how I see NanoBox units over tanks. Well done. 

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Well, I think I finally figured out my chronic low alkalinity issue. I use an Avast Marine peristaltic dosing pump (APEX controlled) to add saturated kalkwasser. Over the past few weeks I’ve been increasing the dosing duration and number of times a day. All to no avail. This evening I decided to get to the bottom of this.

 

Step 1: check the dosing rate... about 11 mL/minute... not quite the 20 mL/minute the website states. Potential caused by the airline check valve I have to use. But I’ve more than doubled the amount being added so that can’t be the sole reason. 

 

Step 2: test alkalinity of saturated solution in mixing chamber... bingo. It tested 2.8 DKH!  Apparently Kent kalkwasser really does expire. The tub I was using had a 2016 expiration date. I’d never bothered to look. 

 

I just mixed up some Mrs Wages. We shall see if the mystery is finally solved. 

 

DIY kalk chamber... tube on the left. 

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Avast dosing pump

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How does your setup work 

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15 hours ago, William said:

How does your setup work 

The Avast pump pulls water from the ATO reservoir, through the kalk chamber, and doses it into the sump. The saturated kalk solution provides both calcium and alkalinity to the reef.

 

The dosing pump is turned on and off by the APEX.  I reprogrammed it last night to dose for one minute at 1, 6, and 9 am as well as noon and 2 pm. The APEX will keep the pump off if the pH goes above 8.2. I’ll keep a close eye on pH and alkalinity over the next week and adjust the dosing as needed. 

 

Tom

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