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  1. disaster999

    Disaster's 80gal + 15gal SPS Reef Tank

    Im tired of shitty looking corals, lets see if this will help.
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    Disaster's 80gal + 15gal SPS Reef Tank

    As my past few posts have been about disappointing equipment, I might as well add my skimmer to the list. I ever was quite happy with my skimmer. It doesnt perform exceptionally well, its loud. The worst of it all...Its inconsistent. It would be skimming one day, and overflow and empty the entire collection cup back into my tank the next. I could have the skimmer running on full speed for a few weeks, mess with the tank a little, perform some maintenance on the tank, and the skimmer would overflow like crazy when I restart it. In terms of worst investments, this Skimz skimmer has to be it. I finally had it with my skimmer and decided to get a new one. I wanted a reputable, reliable brand, that has been in the business for a while, good quality, DC pump and something that wouldnt break the bank. I started comparing skimmers from Vertex Omega lines and Reef Octopus and talked to my friend as well about Deltec skimmers. I seem to gravitate towards the Reef Octopus skimmers more, specifically the Regal line, mostly because it comes with a float switch on the collection cup. I called up my LFS to see if he has this model, he said he does so I went to check it out. Upon arriving to the store, I was kinda disappointed to see he doesnt have the regal but the Elite line. On the box it showed it has the old controller and I dont know if it has the float switch. Upon opening up the skimmer and inspecting the package. I was relieved to find out it is indeed the updated version, it was about $450 usd which is about what I expected so I took it home. I didnt realize I saved about 100 bucks with this skimmer. After doing a little more research, the Elite line is the higher end skimmer to the Regal and sells for about 550usd. Setup was very straight forward and I had it up and running in about 30 mins. I was really lucky that this skimmer BARELY fits in my sump. I didnt realize this skimmer was bigger than the Regal. The Skimmer started skimming right away. Not sure if you noticed, but since the recommended water level for the skimmer is around 7", I have to prop up the skimmer a bit for the correct water level. I used a plastic container to temporarily raise the skimmer up for testing. I later made a more permanent stand to raise up the skimmer. I think its the CA glue i used, but after I started the skimmer up again, it started to have this weird surging thing going on. I left it at that thinking it might be it just needs a break in. I came back a few hours later and was really happy to find out the float sensor did what it suppose to do and glad that i went with that option. For shits and giggles, I dusted of my OLD avast skimmer with a PSK 1000 pump and tried to get a comparison going. Im really surprised at how quite the reef octo is. You cant even tell the pump is running. All you here is the faint air sucking sound from the silencer. Finally heres a crappy cellphone FTS of my current tank. Everything is growing nicely. Im finally getting more coralline algae. One day, I gotta go into the tank with a scraper and spend a few hours cleaning everying off my glass so its more presentable.
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    Disaster's 80gal + 15gal SPS Reef Tank

    My second Maxspect Gyre pump just took a dump on me again. I noticed it stopped working when I was installing the dosing pumps. I took the pump out to do an inspection and noticed the motor doesnt spin freely, It was really stiff. I thought there might be some calcium deposit inside the pump so I soaked it in vinegar overnight. Checked up on it the next day and made no difference which lead me to think the magnets inside is corroded and swelled up, pinching the rotor. Good thing I have spare pump from last time when they replaced my pump but its a matter of time where they start to go bad.
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    Disaster's 80gal + 15gal SPS Reef Tank

    Its been a while since Ive updated. Nothing really changed, still being sorta lazy with my tank and struggling with keeping my parameters. Been doing monthly water changes so I have that going. Corals are growing, but nothing spectacular to speak of. But with the additional this hopefully this changes things a little. 2 Coral-box single wifi doser and 5L dosing containers for calc and alk. Bought myself 8lbs of baking soda and 5kg of calcium chloride so theres no excuse for bad water parameters. Really liking this setup. Setting up the dosing pumps is a breeze on your phone with the app. Just punch in your daily dosing amount, how many times you want it to dose through out the day and the volume of your container and you are ready to go. Im surprised at how quiet the pumps are as well. You barely notice it running at all. All I have to do now is wait.
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    Maxspect Turbine Duo Pump

    Interesting replies from Maxspect. I guess that concludes it. The turbine duo pump is more catered for closed loop flow application than pressure type application. Its best if your return pipe is as large as possible less restriction as possible. I have the pump plumbed into an 1" pipe at the moment and it is reduced down to 3/4 locline. Im sure the bottle neck is at the reduction section and its killing a lot of my flow. Im going to be redoing my piping soon (just to make it cleaner) and hopfully that will some how improve my flow rates.
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    Disaster's 80gal + 15gal SPS Reef Tank

    There's always very little to no trace of phos in my tank so I stopped monitoring it. I am feeding quite a bit right now and with the combination of increased nitrates, I'm liking what I'm seeing
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    Glamorca GP03 Gyre Pump

    Hey, PSI, sorry for the late reply. I looked at my pump and my impellers just pulls straight out. You just need a firm tug on it.
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    Disaster's 80gal + 15gal SPS Reef Tank

    I have 2 Marine Pure large bricks and an ATS for nutrient export, but I guess they are EXTREMELY efficient and I have ZERO nitrates in my tank and no matter how much or how frequent I feed my tank, I cant seem to raise nitrates. After dosing Seachem Flourish Nitrogen, Im noticing a significant change on my corals. Colors are definitely improving, the colors are coming back, seeing polyp extension and growth on my corals. Pretty happy with the results.
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    Glamorca GP03 Gyre Pump

    I havent taken apart my pump for cleaning, which I probably should, but if its anything like the maxspect Gyre pumps, you just need to pull the impeller straight out. Lemme double check and let you know
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    Disaster's 80gal + 15gal SPS Reef Tank

    Never thought I would end up doing this, throughout my fish keeping days, it was everyone's target to lower your nitrates as much as possible to the best living conditions for your fish. It seemed pretty irrational to intentionally dose nitrate to the tank. The only situation seems to be planted tanks when it needs nitrates to grow. I been talking to a friend and complaining how my tank doesnt look all that good and the corals cant seem to color up, he strongly suggested me to raise the nitrate levels. I was highly reluctant as this just doesnt seem logical, but after doing a bit of research, it seems like a pretty normal thing to do in the reefing community. I decided to give this a try and bought a small bottle of Seachem Flourish Nitrogen to try. Using their online calculator, they said i need around 50ml to raise my tank to 2ppm, but I thought ill start slow. I dosed 10ml at first and that brought my nitrates from 0 to around 0.5ppm. after 24 hours, it was barely registering on my test kit. I upped the dosage a bit and added 20ml to the tank and let it run. I looked at my corals and to my surprised, Im seeing a lot more polyp extension on my SPS. Im started to see PE on ones that i usually done. Ill keep monitoring my tank and slowly up my dosage and see if thats the case. Going to switch to potassium nitrate instead as well since flourish isnt exactly cheap.
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    Maxspect Turbine Duo Pump

    Been using the pump for a while now. So far it works as it should. The controller have several modes for the pump, you can pulse the flow, make surges etc. Not really that useful when using it strictly as a return pump but if you are using this as a close loop system then it might help. Right now I just have it as regular constant flow. My previous pump was a Jebao 8000LPH DC pump which i run at around 70%. The Turbine Duo in combined configuration flows 8500LPH. So it SHOULD flow more than my Jebao pump, but for some reason, even when it is at 100% im getting a lot less flow than I should. Not entirely sure what the problem is. I will be doing more trouble shooting and see if I could figure this out.
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    MP10 vs Chinese 525g/hr pumps

    Vortech or any other controllable wave maker creates current inside your tank to mimic the flow of the ocean. The oscillating movements, surging back and forth, gyre effects etc etc. This all promotes growth in all corals. The wave action also helps to agitate settled detritus and suspend them in the water so your mechanical filtration can filter them out. General powerheads inside the tank provide a constant current of water movement and doesnt provide any controllability, pointing them at each other would create a somewhat random chaotic flow so it isnt too linear. It would still work, and have seen beautiful tanks with just powerheads, but theres only so much you can do with them. It all depends how much your willing to spend. Another option is you can get those inexpensive jebao units that almost does what the vortechs do.
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    Maxspect Turbine Duo Pump

    Just got my hands on the Maxspect Turbine Duo Pump. It has a pretty interesting design with dual impellers which allows you to have dual outlets, single outlet, or a combined outlet to suit your needs. I didnt really need to replace my Jebao pump as it served me pretty well for the past 3 years, but the controller does not remember your last speed setting when there is a power outage so whenever the power resumes, the pump will be running at full speed. Not really an problem if you designed your system so that there is enough buffer in the display tank to cater the extra water being pump, but its just annoying coming home to a micro bubble filled tank. Build quality is not bad, as expected from Maxspect . There are a lot of accessories and fittings that came with the pump so you should have the right piece for your plumbing application. The pump itself is surprisingly small for a dual outlet setup, but once you add the collector this adds a considerable amount of height to the pump. Anyone using this pump should really check if their cabinet can cater the height. More to follow when I get this thing installed
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    Disaster's 80gal + 15gal SPS Reef Tank

    yeah, good thing Maxspect pulled through and replaced the pump and was willing to replace the light, but I got it going again and didnt see the need to do so.
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    Disaster's 80gal + 15gal SPS Reef Tank

    I hope everyone are having better luck with their Maxspect products. One of my lights was acting up and wasnt outputting as much light as my other fixture. I thought it was the programming again so I went to check on it. I messed around with the program and it was running as it should. Suspecting someone is up with the channels, I powered up each channel individually and found out the warm white and green channels werent working. Good thing I have a spare light so I swapped the non functioning light out and everything was fine again. I msged Maxspect about the light and while waiting for their reply, I thought ill take apart the light and see if i could find out what was wrong. I was a little disgusted about the condition of the light, ***Back story, the light wasnt mine, but I swapped it out with my contact from Maxspect since there was a new beta software and he wanted me to try it, my lights were too old and the hardware that was in the light wasnt compatible with new software. So he told me to give him my old lights, and he would give me his lights*** Im guessing there was some severe splashing or whatever and the inside of the lights didnt look so good. Dried saltwater mixed with dust, and can see some of the metal is corroding. Looking at the condition of the light, I had a suspicion that some of the trace on the PCB was corroded and the connection was cut resulting in 2 non working channels. I completely took apart the light, cleaned everything the best I can and examined all the electronics. As i suspected the PCB circuit is corroded and the connection was broken. I scraped off the paint on the copper trace and soldered on spare pieces of wire to bridge the connection. Plugged the light back in and voila, all channels are working again.
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