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I finally got an ATO set up. Just in time for holiday travels. I went with the IM hydrofill TI. It’s has two sensors rather than one. They complete a electrical current from what I understand and thats how it decides when to add water. The pump is loud so I hid it under the reservoir with a little stand I built with a false door in the front. All in all it’s a good ATO. 

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And some current photos of the tank with a few coral close ups.

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Some updates: 

 

Added a random flow nozzle. Does what it’s intended to but does seems to slow the amount of water being pushed around. Order a jabeo sw-2 controllable power head. Should be here this week. I also got an intank filter cover for the back, I was getting algae growth in the back chambers from the kessil spilling light over the back. Still going strong. Got a few more corals but I’m really running out of room. 

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I got a pistol shrimp and goby pair today. The shrimp made quick work digging out a home under the rock work. Not positive on the I.D. of the goby. Looks to be a high fin of some kind. Eating well already.  Anyone have an idea on the species? I couldn’t Get a photo of the shrimp, quite elusive. Also included my light schedule. Pretty basic ramp up and ramp down, stays on the blue side of the spectrum. Anyone running a kessil controller with opinions on a better light schedule? 

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Looks great!   I need to look into that back chamber cover.   

 

 

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jservedio

Looks awesome! Super clean setup. One little tip when taking pictures of your aquarium/corals, set your White Balance as high as it goes or shoot in RAW and change the White Balance after the fact. Most cameras and phones won't automatically correct for lighting temperatures much beyond 7500k and since most of us keep our reefs well beyond 14,000k the photos look way, way more blue than what your eyes see.

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2 hours ago, jservedio said:

Looks awesome! Super clean setup. One little tip when taking pictures of your aquarium/corals, set your White Balance as high as it goes or shoot in RAW and change the White Balance after the fact. Most cameras and phones won't automatically correct for lighting temperatures much beyond 7500k and since most of us keep our reefs well beyond 14,000k the photos look way, way more blue than what your eyes see.

Thanks! I’ve already got the bug for a new tank and I’m just starting to feel closed to finished with this one. I’m using an iPhone for photos. I’ve messed with the camera a little but didn’t see a way to adjust the color. The blue hue drives me nuts! Was considering buying a lens cover from the lfs. 

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Finally decided to start testing my water again. 

MG 1400 ppm

dKH 10.5 

Calcium 475 ppm 

 

A little in the high side I think. I was nearing the bottom of the bottles of b-ionic and I am thinking it may have been a little more concentrated.
 

Did a water change and took some photos during the process. Had some coral warfare finally (to be expected with how packed in they are) had to move my Yumas to the sand bed, will be covering entire sand bed in them most likely. Maybe a few Acans and maxi minis as well. 
 

Also, I think I’m done with the Kessil. Colors just are not working for me and I’ve got some terrible shading going on. I’m going to go with 2 AI prime HDs and angle them in towards the middle of the tank. Better light spectrum, more customizable, and will help with shading. 

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TatorTaco

Have any more thoughts on the Jebao doser?  I'm strongly considering a doser purchase but I'm weary of crashing my tank due to it spazzing out on me or requiring constant fiddling. 

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On 2/19/2020 at 10:23 AM, TatorTaco said:

Have any more thoughts on the Jebao doser?  I'm strongly considering a doser purchase but I'm weary of crashing my tank due to it spazzing out on me or requiring constant fiddling. 

So the doser has worked flawlessly as far as doing what it is meant to do. It’s quite consistent, has not stopped working or malfunctioned in any way, and has has freed me from my daily routine of dosing by hand. I think it may be over board on a nano but I go out of town for periods of time where an ATO and auto doser seemed necessary. If your thinking about it I would consider your nutrient uptake and decide if it’s worth it for you. I have mine calibrated to dose 2 drops of b-ionic on the top of each hour. I have calibrated it as low as I could get it and it still may be a bit high for the tank. 

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SliceGolfer

I run Jebao dosers on my tank. My secret to more consistent doses at small amounts are to dilute the minerals with RODI water. I do a 50/50 mix and double my dose. So, 5ml of Alk becomes 10ml, which allegedly makes Jebao dosers more accurate. And if the doser goes to crap, it’s dosing at 50% strength.

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On 2/22/2020 at 11:02 PM, SliceGolfer said:

I run Jebao dosers on my tank. My secret to more consistent doses at small amounts are to dilute the minerals with RODI water. I do a 50/50 mix and double my dose. So, 5ml of Alk becomes 10ml, which allegedly makes Jebao dosers more accurate. And if the doser goes to crap, it’s dosing at 50% strength.

That’s a good idea. I’m running liquid additive though. Would the alk just chalk up and settle at the bottom? 
 


 

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The good news today, no more flat worms... the bad news I may have nuked my tank. I used flat worm exit after seeing the flatworms had returned and begun to grow in numbers. I’ve used it in the past with out issue. I dose it watch for the reaction add more if needed then I do a water change to remove all those dead little buggers out of there and replace my carbon. Today I had a brain fart and forgot I was out of salt... I used what little I had left to do a water change, maybe a gallon or so. to make matters worse the salt water store is closed today. Some corals have had less of a reaction than others. My inverts basically melted instantly. The clowns have struggled, their eyes are gazed over. No sign of the goby and pistol shrimp pair.  Sad day at Coach Steve’s house. 

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11 hours ago, Coach Steve said:

The good news today, no more flat worms... the bad news I may have nuked my tank. I used flat worm exit after seeing the flatworms had returned and begun to grow in numbers. I’ve used it in the past with out issue. I dose it watch for the reaction add more if needed then I do a water change to remove all those dead little buggers out of there and replace my carbon. Today I had a brain fart and forgot I was out of salt... I used what little I had left to do a water change, maybe a gallon or so. to make matters worse the salt water store is closed today. Some corals have had less of a reaction than others. My inverts basically melted instantly. The clowns have struggled, their eyes are gazed over. No sign of the goby and pistol shrimp pair.  Sad day at Coach Steve’s house. 

I'm sooo sorry to see this.  The EXACT same thing happened to me with the EXACT same results a month or so ago. That stuff is wicked dangerous if something goes wrong while dosing it. 

 

The kicker - I still have flatworms.  Don't forget to re-dose.  I've just started dosing it every couple weeks and hope I can break the lifecycle. 

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5 hours ago, TatorTaco said:

I'm sooo sorry to see this.  The EXACT same thing happened to me with the EXACT same results a month or so ago. That stuff is wicked dangerous if something goes wrong while dosing it. 

 

The kicker - I still have flatworms.  Don't forget to re-dose.  I've just started dosing it every couple weeks and hope I can break the lifecycle. 

Yeah I just made a stupid mistake not having fresh salt water ready to go. It’s the fact that those little guys are toxic when they die. I usually do my best to suck out as many as possible before they have a chance to release the toxin upon death. This morning I woke up and all the Coral is fine. Money wise that’s a relief. But the poor fish aren’t so lucky. I still think they have a chance at survival. Time will tell. 

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