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  1. ReeferND

    30l Build

    Thanks for the input everyone. I am struggling on what to do next regarding equipment. I was thinking of getting a new return pump but I would also like to setup a refugium as well. Unfortunately, the tunze skimmer I have will only fit in the left or right chambers of the sump. I have a customcaddy in the other side. Here is my question: do any of you run a system without a skimmer and rely on a refugium to control nutrients? Do any of you use 2 return pumps and split the return line so that a skimmer can fit in the return section?
  2. ReeferND

    30l Build

    Hey everyone, So here is the honest review of the spin streams.....at least for the first week. They are fairly noisy to be honest. Definitely the first thing you hear even with the return, gyre and skimmer on. The return is a sicce 1.5 so no surprise there. For those of you with a gyre (2300gph), I would say the noise is similar in loudness to the pump on 30%. Of course it is a different type of noise. I will be keeping them as I do think they will quite down as they get work in. They produce pretty awesome movement and I can imagine with a softy only tank, they would probably be all you need. @A Little Blue you are definitely correct in the reduced flow from the return, I would guess I lost about 20% of flow with the spin streams. Looks like I will be getting a new return because I do think the spin streams are worth it. On that note, has anyone tried or know more about the mighty jet dc pumps from IM? They look appetizing for the price and flow but they also look unappetizing because the price 😁 ......makes me wonder about quality and noise. But 500+ gph flow for $100 is pretty amazing, especially considering they are controllable. Any information would be great! Tank is looking much better! I have come to the realization that when something looks off in the tank I just need to increase wc and not do drastic things. It is so easy to say, "OMG, why aren't my corals extending, I should start looking at dosing things" or in my case to add snake oil that killed 3 corals. I know they would still be alive if I wouldn't have done the Hydroxs. It did kill the hydroids and who knows, maybe they wouldve killed my corals, but more wc and diligence probably would have fixed it too. Live and learn I guess. PS. 7 stage RODI system is pretty amazing. It is so nice to be able to produce my own water. I am sure it is over kill since my TDS leaving the RO unit is only 4 but it is really clean water after the DI stages. Love it.
  3. ReeferND

    30l Build

    Yeah, I took a peek at the RFG from VCA. I really wasn't sure about them but it does seem like people like them. The reviews on the spin streams seemed so various that I just decided to pull the plug. If they don't work...oh well I will try the RFG. I did hear about the reduced flow but I have a gyre in there that I can always ramp up. I will let everyone know how it goes and a fair review of them shortly.
  4. ReeferND

    30l Build

    @A Little Blue thanks for that advice and I apologise for my delayed response. Life gets busy sometimes. Anyway, I have been having trouble with hydroids and recently (about 3 weeks ago) used Hydroxs to treat them. Well......hydroids gone, for the moment, and a clove is dead and zoa is looking really bad. I guessed this would probably happen but I am still bummed. Good news, hydroids gone and they were beginning to kill all corals anyway. Everything else looks good. See pics below. I also received my BRS 7 stage RODI system today and got it installed (see pic). Producing 0 TDS water for the first time in my life. Before I was using either water from lfs (very rarely) and water purchased from Walmart (purple and green lid) and neither I recommend. Let me restate that to any new reefer that might read this.....Purchasing an RODI system is as important as the tank itself. If you short yourself by putting bad water with unknown elements in it to begin with, you are probably going to have issues. I thought I could get by and the answer is no. Learn from my mistakes! I will keep everyone posted. I also ordered the spin stream to increase variable flow. I hope they help.
  5. ReeferND

    AI Prime HD Settings

    Thanks everyone for responding. @ffoott what I mean is that the only coral that has shown any growth at all is the zoa. It has put on maybe 4 new heads in 3 months. The galaxia is the same as it was 3 months ago and the same is true for the hammer. Perhaps I am just impatient? It really looks like people like the David Saxby schedule and I agree with reduced whites. My white is never above 10% I should have mentioned that is one change I made to BRS AB+ schedule. @lpsouth1978 what kind of corals and tank do you have for that intensity of light? I really like the idea of making Saxby's schedule for with the AB+ settings. Do you have a file you could share?
  6. ReeferND

    AI Prime HD Settings

    Hello everyone. I am in need of some assistance as to the lighting schedule for an AI Prime HD. I have a nuvo 30l and have been running it for about 7 months now but I am not getting much coral growth (temp 78, ph 7.8-8.1, cal 420, alk 9-9.5, mag 1300-1350, salinity 1.026) I am fairly good at maintaining those parameters and check alk daily. Still, not much growth. Right now I am running the AB+ variant for lps that BRS suggests for the AI hydra 26 (one of their videos about setting up a red sea reefer) and have been running it that way for probably 2 or 3 months. I don't have many corals, been taking things really slow, and have a frogspawn, hammer, galaxia, paly, and clove polyp. My plan to have mainly a softy with some lps in there when everything is all said and done. Do any of you fellow reefers have any suggestions about the lighting? I am really looking for someone who has been running the light for a long time with good results. If you could post you .aip files that would be awesome as well. Thanks everyone.
  7. ReeferND

    Please Help ID

    @RayWhisperer that is a great idea. Thanks mate, that is exactly what I will do. I wonder if I could dip the whole rock too??
  8. ReeferND

    Please Help ID

    My big problem is that the hydroids are on the corals too.....so moving them to another tank, then placing back into the main means I will have them forever. Cant someone just invent a coral dip that kills everything but the coral?! 🙂 We can fly a rover to Mars but cant figure out how to deal with hydroids in reef tanks. Come on science! I bet Matt Damon could figure this out.
  9. ReeferND

    Please Help ID

    Yeah, definitely knew that anything that kills a Cnidarian is most likely to kill many. Definitely killed from the Hydroxs treatment. I think I am going to setup a 10 gallon with a small powerhead, heater, and HOB filter and keep the corals in there until the treatment is over. I just hope none of my inverts die from this stuff.
  10. ReeferND

    Please Help ID

    Clove polyp dead after less than 24 hrs. I will probably do a massive water change and discontinue use. I just don't see how any of the corals will survive if I lost one in less than 24.
  11. ReeferND

    Please Help ID

    Alright. I added the first dose of four of Hydroxs to the tank. Fingers crossed. I will keep you all posted on what happens. Send me good vibes......nervous.
  12. ReeferND

    30l Build

    I have the stuff for 2 part that I got from BRS way back when I was deciding between 2 part and kalk. I have never heard any suggestion about not using kalk under 75 gallons. Great advice I wish I would've had a year ago🤣.....where were you then @A Little Blue 😋
  13. ReeferND

    30l Build

    Yeah I think 2 part is the way to go when I get more corals. Hope to place a big order with unique corals here in a week or so. That is if my tank is looking alright.
  14. ReeferND

    30l Build

    @specoreI couldn't agree more. I was hoping that dosing a tiny amount of kalk would just keep things more stable so my alk was going from 9 to 7 over the course of the week but I think your right. In fact, 2 days ago I siphoned all the water out of the ATO and didn't put any kalk in new water. I have 5 corals with 4 being lps. So there is definitely a change in water chemistry over the course of a week but maybe my tests are accurate and my Cal and alk are too high. I was also hoping for the increased pH from kalk since I always struggle getting it above 7.8.
  15. ReeferND

    Please Help ID

    I ordered the Hydroxs and will let everyone know how it goes. This morning the tank is looking better but when I took the corals out to dip them, I am definitely losing one head on my frogspawn and several heads on the paly. We will see this afternoon if the dip helped at all. I did another 40% wc today. That is 3 this week so I have replace over 100% of the water since noticing this problem. I took some out and put it on white paper, it still looks white/clear to me. Wish I had a microscope to examine further. I really hope it is just hair algae. I am going on vacation today through next Saturday so I won't begin treating the tank with Hydroxs until then. If I get back and everything is looking better, I will skip the Hydroxs treatment and save it for dipping new introductions to the tank. But great suggestion @johnmaloneythanks!
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