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  1. I decided to finally purchase a bigger tank and pulled the trigger on a white Red Sea reefer 170 this morning. I decided to get it from saltwateraquarium.com since you can select a freebie. I’m pretty excited and can’t wait to transfer everything out of my evo to the new tank. I still need to purchase skimmer, return pump, heater, sand, and rock. Can anyone tell me what’s the best way to transfer my sand and rock to the new tank? I want to make sure everything is done correctly so I don’t kill anything and want to start planning already
  2. Curious to know if anybody else is having issues connecting their Radion Gen4's via EcoSmart Live to make setup adjustments AND if anyone else is as frustrated as I am with EcoTech Marine support??? A few months ago I realized my Radion Gen4 XR15 diffuser was blocking out a substantial amount of PAR (maybe up to ~25%). Corals were impacted and I needed to increase intensity. I hadn't made any adjustments since first customizing the device settings when purchased brand new 2 years ago. Though this time around I couldn't get the device to connect through their EcoSmart Live platform. I contacted EcoTech Marine customer support. They were responsive and directed me to do several software workarounds, none of which resulted in their platform / product functioning properly. Ultimately they recommended I try connecting on a different computer. I use a fully loaded Mac Pro with the newest OS with everything updated (Catalina, & didn't work on Mojave either). On EcoTech Marine's side, no firmware upgrades ever and no expressed concern from them for maintaining compatibility of their products with modern technological advances. Super frustrating now to see their full focus on selling Gen5. Any suggestions? Is my relatively new Gen4 already antiquated? Am I over reacting? Here's the most recent error message...
  3. Hello Reefers! Finally it's here, after many hours of work and some tweak I published my video about the EcoTech Marine Radion G5 Pro with T5 from Giesemann. I use the Aquatic Life Hybrid Fixture (god that thing has been so helpful for me). I recorded all the combinations possible with my Tank "Lab" full shot and a Close shot on one of my Blastomussa merletti. All the footage has been recorded the same night (Radion G5 Blue also), 4k 30fps. I never put multiple 4k Footage next to the other and gosh it's painful to render, it took 30hour and just for this. So I use Giesemann T5: Super Actinic, Actinic Blue, Super Purple, Aquablue Coral, Aquablue Azure. I told them what I was planning to do a long time ago and they have been patient and comprehensive, no pressure. I told them I was waiting to have a "real" camera before I start the things I want to do. I was waiting for the A7SIII sony but it never came, so I was tired of waiting and activate my backup plan and Bought A7III 1-2 months before the COVID-19. (good thing...) Talking about COVID-19, I'm in Isolation after a while so I finally got time to make that documentation video. I took my time to make this first video, I went to different iteration, I'm still not satisfied at 100% so any comments are welcome on how to make this better. Now that I have a Recipe, other videos in the same kind will be much faster to create (except for that render, 10-year-old PC...) I didn't want to make Review video about light too much on my channel because I want to buy a Spectrometer for doing my Review for the reef community. Since I'm alone and 100% independent, the cost of this is pretty high (2000-4000$), so it's hard right now to justify one, I have to pay my rent and food first then that thing is high on my priority... If my real full-time day job can come back... I also don't put Ad on my YT video or receive payment or partner to make a review for companies on YouTube, so let's just say money is not my motivation but it's needed. At some point, I will need to find a way but never at a cost of not being independent or 100% honest. YouTube might force me to put Ads because it doesn't suggest/push videos that don't have ads, so my videos are not being seen as they should. Sorry for that rant, it's just that I feel sometimes the Reef community on Youtube is aehmm... let's say, there is a lot of influence... That video means a lot to me, 3 years ago before I start my channel I was wishing "Dang I wish we have videos with full comparison", but no one is really doing it (I understood why after hehe). So fast forward 3 years later, I'm here doing it. Took time to accumulate all the hardware and part of the puzzle. The more I can remove video project out of my head the better I feel 😉 I tried to make it happen also with ATI but it didn't went well, unfortunately, I think the person I spoke didn't understood the amount of work it was required and it's free advertising for them (!). But... I think we could safely say that the bulbs are very similar so: Super Actinic -> True Actinic Actinic Blue -> Blue Plus Super Purple -> Purple Plus Aquablue Coral -> Coral Plus Aquablue Azure -> Aquablue Special The spectrum I showed in my video come from the website from Either EcoTech Marine or Giesemann. I modify them so we can overlay correctly, I don't think it's accurate to be honest, that why I want my own Spectrometer, but for the purpose or understanding, I think it will do the job. After Each record Clip I took a picture so I can publish on the forum also the essential: Full resolution here Sorry for that long post ;), by the way, English is not my mother-tongue so if I say something incorrect let me know. The next video will be with the Radion G5 Blue then 2 other light that I own also. Your feedback on this video is super important to me if I can do anything to make them better let me know on the Comment section of YouTube also (It helps to rank better the video) - Aqua Splendor
  4. Hello Reefers, I made a video about the two different versions of Radion G5, Pro & Blue. I bought both of them because I didn't know which one to buy so I decide to make this video to guide you in your decision: I will be honest the difference is very slim, to a point I asked my self the question; why they made 2 different versions but I understood the reason behind it. I still think it could have been 1 model but at least like that, it gives the option for peoples who are focus on a specific target. Here some screenshot of my video: I'm not sure to understand why their a big visual difference between the two versions for the same Template, perhaps an update could fix that? You can achieve the same color with both light manually, but where it gets really different is with the Warm White vs Cyan This is what I believe where the real difference is. I calculated the power consumption and the Photosynthetic Active Radiation for each individual channel LED. You can see my table over here: I have more details in my video but the main point are here. I used the XR15 to make the video (because I'm not rich lol, quite the opposite actually) but if you want the bigger version XR30 It's exactly the same stuff, it just more LED, the ratio color LED remain the same. Hope you appreciate this, I made my choice after making this video - Aqua Splendor
  5. Hello dear Reefers! I created my first series video for the Radion G5 from EcoTech Marine, it's just simple video, nothing crazy in term of data. The goal of those 2 videos is simply to show what to expect if you buy the product and how you setup the light. Radion G5 XR15 Pro: Radion G5 XR15 Blue: I also made video in French if you are into that: Took a Screen shot because I'm pretty sure some people wonder about the look between the 2 light. This is straight from camera without orange filter. I will dedicate a full video between the 2 light, i'm not even sure my self which one I prefer at the moment i'm writing this. So far I love the light but I need more time and testing before I have a better opinion. And yes, I will buy that diffuser. - Nic
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  7. CenCalReef

    CenCal Reef 24x24x12 Mr Aqua

    Hey everyone figured I go ahead and start a journal of my tank setup and have it logged on the internet for ever and ever ha. Anyways not my first tank but its been a while and my previous tanks never had a sump this time around i wanted to build a cheap decent setup plus i found this tank for cheap while craigslist searching for harley tanks and somehow this "fish tank" came up on the all for sale section so i impulsively bought it🙃. 24x24x12 Mr Aqua Symbolic MA-610 30Gallon Two Kessil A160WE Custom Acrylic light mount I DIY'd 20lbs of Reef Saver Dry Rock by MarcoRocks Ecotech Marine MP10QWD ReefOcto Classic 110-S Eheim Compact+ 2000 return pump Neptune Systems ATK V2 Neptune Systems Apex Jr with Display and Temp Probe DIY Acrylic sump 21Lx14.5Wx13H = 17gallons roughly 10-12 actual use gallons, drain and emergency drain go into a chamber that overflows into the filter sock then into the Skimmer Chamber then over into what will be a Refugium with live rock rubble chaeto and maybe some marine pure blocks? or bags with media? that then goes over another baffle into return chamber. Custom made stand i DIY'd BRS 6Stage RO/DI unit let me know if you guys have any suggestions on equipment or think i should add anything else or any great products i should look into, I know this was a bad idea but i couldnt find any info on if people do it or tried it but i added three loc line flat nozzles to my return line output inside the tank would like to change them to RFG Nozzles with a bigger sized return pump to hopefully eliminate having to add another MP10 but of course need to keep the sump flow low in order for the fuge to work i figure the bigger pump would just help maintain pressure coming out of three loc lines being fed by one 3/4" line🧐
  8. Greeting N-R Friends! Most of you don't know me, so let me take a moment to re-introduce myself... I started my first nano reef tank over a decade ago, but it has been years since I was active in the hobby. Now that I am finally settled in and no longer moving around the globe every few years, it's time to dive back in. For reference, when I was last in this hobby, LED lights were only available to aquarists that were comfortable wiring their own DIY system and the NanoCube tank had just been introduced! At that time, I actually worked in the industry, so I learned a lot about coral and fish husbandry. Coming back now, it's clear things have changed. LEDs are now everywhere on the market and there are more choices of all-in-one tanks than I could have ever imagined. Amazing to see the growth in the hobby. Anyway, if there is anything I learned before, it was that planning, patience and moving slow were the most important attributes when building a reef. Remembering that, I have spent the last few months reading this forum and catching back up on all the things that have changed since I was last around. With great care, I have planned out my next tank, and just ordered all the supplies to start the build. I'd like to give a special kudos to @BulkReefSupply - their videos and BRSTV was a great resource for re-educating myself on the changes to the hobby. I just purchased my tank and supplies from BRS, and will use them for all future equipment needs given their great resources. Equipment: Red Sea Reefer 250 System (white) 2x EcoTech Marine Radion XR15 G4 Pro lights w/mounts EcoTech Marine Vectra S1 DC (1400 GPH) return pump EcoTech Marine VorTech MP40 propeller pump EcoTech Marine Battery backup EcoTech Marine ReefLink wireless controller Neptune Systems Apex EL Controller Neptune Systems DOS dosing pumps Neptune Systems DDR dosing containers Neptune Systems ATK auto top off kit Neptune Systems IO Breakout Box Cobalt Aquatics 150W Neo-Therm heater (primary) HMO-200 Finnex heater (backup) Bulk Reef Supply 4 Stage 150GPD RO/DI system Vertex Omega 150 Protein Skimmer Avast Marine 2L Vibe Zeovit reactor Livestock: Pair of ORA Half Naked Clowns Juvenile Yellow Coris Wrasse Juvenile Carpenter's Flasher Wrasse Red Headed Fairy Wrasse Starry Blenny Diamond Spot Goby Cleaner Shrimp Pulsing Xenia Neon green hairy mushroom Green striped mushrooms Super Shocker Orange mushrooms Black sun coral Pink Birdsnest coral Neon green torch coral Red Acan colony Leather toadstood Mystery green LPS Mystery green zoanthids Mystery blue SPS Red monti plate Random assortment of snails and crabs 60 lbs Bulk Reef Supply Aquarium Saver Dry Live Rock 40 lbs CaribSea Arag-Alive Reef Sand Red Sea Salt Mix Tank Officially Started: 16 August 2018 Current FTS (3 October 2018): Early Stages (21 August 2018): Tank Design Plan: I am planning to build the tank around softies, LPS, and a few pieces of SPS. While I appreciate the look of a SPS tank, there's something to be said for the hardiness, vibrance, and lushness of softies and LPS. For that reason, I plan to have a nice mix of all of the above. For fish, I'm going to do some active fish with personalities -- clowns, wrasses, goby, etc. In my previous tanks, I dabbled with some of the "fads" -- mantis shrimps, anemones, etc -- and I can safely say that all that stuff is out of my system! Anything that goes into this tank will be deliberate! In terms of equipment, as you probably noticed above, I am going to use a skimmer for filtration. I had great success before with heavy skimming and will pick up there, but am also planning to expand the filtration to include using the Zeovit system. BRS estimates my equipment will arrive next week, so pictures will come then. Then we'll start the long, slow, and patient wait for a cycle and curing of rock. Buckle up... we'll be here awhile. -Kristen aka KMitch
  9. Jeff@CoralVue

    HYDROS WaveEngine Launches November 12

    The CoralVue HYDROS WaveEngine officially launches at fine fish stores everywhere next Tuesday, November 12th! We also just launched a new website for the HYDROS brand. We would LOVE it if you could check the site out and dig into the support pages. Let us know your thoughts! https://www.coralvuehydros.com/ We already have pages built for the HYDROS Control 2 and Control 4 and they look great, so we'll get those live soon. But the focus for now is the WaveEngine! We put out a new WaveEngine video last Friday on our YouTube channel and Facebook. It is the first in a series (this is mostly an overview of the features & benefits), but we would be very appreciative if you watched it and left us a comment! Stores are starting to get their WaveEngines, too⁠—check out this video Luke at @Premiumaq dropped on Saturday: If you're wondering if your pump is compatible with the WaveEngine, click here: https://www.coralvuehydros.com/is-my-pump-compatible/
  10. Jeff@CoralVue

    What do you think of this packaging?

    The retail packaging for the HYDROS WaveEngine is now complete and we've zeroed in on a US launch date of November 12th. Here is what the packaging looks like. What do you think? https://www.coralvuehydros.com/
  11. With the release of the HYDROS WaveEngine right around the corner, we thought it would be fun to do a giveaway for our first production unit! Are you in? ENTER HERE https://mailchi.mp/coralvue/waveengine Leave us a comment to let us know which pumps you'd use your WaveEngine to control! *There is no purchase necessary to enter or win. Ends 10/10/19. Winner will be contacted by email. Open to legal residents of the US age 18 or older. Void where prohibited.
  12. Isaacthedev

    A WARNING ABOUT AQUAILLUMINATION

    Three weeks ago, I purchased an AI Prime, with the Flex mount from my LFS in Montreal, QC Canada. A few days ago the Allen key screw dislodged, making the arm unstable, so I contacted AquaIllumination, and they told me to go to the store where I purchased from, and they would deal with the distributor. I went to the store , and they told me AquaIllumination considers this physical damage and would not replace it. So I would need to buy another mount. This is in no way the LFS fault, this falls on the hands of AquaIllumination... The product is new, and clearly defective, but they refuse to handle the issue. Many other people have issues with their flex mounts as well, It is poor quality, and the customer service along with it is awful. Needless to say I will not be buying from AquaIllumination again.
  13. thetonyage

    Tony's IM Nuvo 10 Reef Journal

    Welcome to my Innovative Marine Nuvo Fusion 10 build! Equipment List: Tank: IM Nuvo 10 gallon Stand: Fusion APS Cabinet Stand Heater: Cobalt Neo-Therm 50w Light: Ecotech Radion XR15w Pro G4 with Diffuser attachment, and RMS Tank Mount with custom riser Return Pump: Sicce Syncra 0.5 Powerhead: Ecotech Vortech Mp10w Quiet Drive Controller: Neptune Systems Apex EB8 Power Bar WXM for connecting to Radion and Mp10 LSM Lunar Sim Module (I dont think I will end up using this on a tank this small) pH, Temperature, and Salinity probes Breakout Box with Float switch controlling a second Sicce Syncra 0.5 ATO Pump (Breakout box also controls a LED light strip inside the cabinet triggered by a magnetic door sensor) DOS peristaltic dosing pump set to continuous water change of 1350 mL a day. Other: IM In Tank Media Basket Upgrade with Filter Floss in the top cage and a Chemi-Pure Blue Nano packet in each of the bottom 2. Livestock List: Clean Up Crew: Dwarf Cerith Snails, Nerite Snails, and Nassarius Vibex snails Female Yasha Hase Goby Red Banded Pistol Shrimp ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ It all started with this box of glass and this box of rocks: I decided to go with some Pukani Dry Live Rock and start out with as sterile of a system as possible. I soaked the rock in a diluted bleach and water solution for 2 weeks to remove any organic materials that might have been left over on the rock. After that I did a muriatic acid dip. I did about a 20 minute dip. I then let the rock cure in a bin in my garage for a few months in fresh water, doing 50% water changes every week or so. If I was going to do this again, I would dip for less time, with a more diluted solution. It is pretty crazy just how much the acid ate away from the rocks. I didn't take any pictures of this process, but to give you an idea of what I mean, here are some aquascapes I was playing around with before doing anything to the rock: And here is the first ever FTS: December 15, 2018 As you can see, the acid really opened up a lot of tiny little pores in the rock but it also ate away a good amount of the rock itself. I'm not saying I wouldn't do that again, but I'd definitely do it differently next time. Anyways, the tank finally got water in it, and got a Dr. Tim's fishless cycle going the first week of December 2018. Here's the Most recent FTS from the other day (sorry for dirty water, I had just finished doing a bit of scraping/cleaning): February 15, 2019 The first additions after the cleanup crew were a Female Yasha Goby and a Red Banded Pistol Shrimp combo I scored from Diver's Den. Here's a pic of the Yasha while she was being drip acclimated: I didn't get any pictures of the shrimp that were worth sharing unfortunately. And once they went into the tank they disappeared for 2 days. I'm happy to say though that today I was able to catch a glimpse of the goby coming out to snag a few Mysis shrimp I fed! She wouldn't let me get close enough to take a good picture without going into hiding, but I managed to snap this one: Well, that's pretty much all I have for now. I'll update with some more info tomorrow as far as future plans are concerned and hopefully some more pictures! I do apologize for the quality of the photos, I have a pretty old phone, and I'm not the best photographer to begin with - but I do promise to get better as I go. I know how much everyone loves pictures, and I'd like to have a nice photo documentary of this tanks progress. Thanks for stopping by! Please feel free to post any questions/comments/concerns. I'm looking forward to being part of the Nano-Reef community!
  14. Marine Depot

    Cyber Monday Deals Are Here

    Cyber Monday Deals Are Here Don't wait till tomorrow—almost everything's on sale right now! SALE ENDS TOMORROW @ MIDNIGHT, NO RAINCHECKS!
  15. Black Friday: Stars of the Sale + Fast Movers! Happy Sunday! Get these deals before they're gone!
  16. Today is the Greatest Sale on Earth! Black Friday is O-fish-ally Here - ALMOST EVERYTHING IS ON SALE!
  17. OH MY! 10% off Radion XR15w | 10% off VorTech MP40wQDEcoTech Marine deals were just unlocked for Black Friday!
  18. Black Friday: Hanna Checker Doorbusters Just Added! It's Sunday Funday! More Black Friday Doorbusters Just Unlocked!
  19. Join us TOMORROW for our live Q&A with Jay of EcoTech Marine! Learn how to optimize lighting and flow to grow healthier corals! >> REGISTER HERE
  20. dawz2

    Vortech MP10 Speed Lock

    Anybody know how to lock the buttons and speed dial on my MP10QD? I found a YouTube video that says to press and hold the "Set" button to lock the speed dial. It's not working for mine. I'm running Reef Crest mode. Holding the "Set" button does nothing! TIA
  21. Perfect Pairs: Sweet Separately, Better Together! ❤ Happy Valentine's Day! ❤
  22. Marine Depot

    Deck Your Tank With New Koralias

    Deck Your Tank With New Koralias The Seventh Day of Fishmas + Radion XR15 Diffuser Available for Pre-Order!
  23. Planning on a soft coral mix LPS reef with medium stock level. Tank - Red Sea Reefer 170 Filtration - Skimmer, Deltec 1351 Bio media, Sera Siporax Professional Refugium, Miracle Mud/ Live Rock/ Chaeto Substrate - Caribsea extreme pink (Australian version fiji pink) Lightning - 1 x Ecotech Marine xr15pro radion Flow - 2 x Ecotech Marine Vortech mp10s 1 x Ecotech Marine Vectra S1 return pump Heater - tbc ATO - 1 x Elos osmocontroller Salt mix - Red sea coral pro Miscellaneous - 1 x custom heater temp controller 1 x Ecotech Marine Battery backup 1 x ReefTops Reefer 170 aquarium lid Scape has been decided on and glued using Ecotech glue (works great for smaller rockscapes). Just waiting on sump and custom lid to get it wet.
  24. Brooklynreefer

    New Nano cube 12 journey!

    hey everyone!! just getting back in to the hobby after a 3 year hiatus found a nano cube 12 DX with a stand (no hood) at a garage sale here in Brooklyn for 60 bucks!!! how could i say no!!?? is it perfect?? no........some scratches BUT the stand is like new and ummmmm 60 bucks!! come on!! and it already had a MJ-900 in it so score there!! it runs, it doesn't leak and i have some super fun plans for it just ordered some equipment today and went a bit over board AI prime HD MP-10 new RO/DI unit Stevie T's media basket! and much much more. just introducing myself again and my future plans......will have pics soon for the tank empty on the stand and then everything from equipment installs to dry scaping to the first fill and everything in between hope that my thread is as fun for guys to look at as it is for me to write! thanks everyone !! Happy Reefing
  25. We Speak With Jay Sperandio and Justin Walsh About The Vectra S1, CoralLab Program, and What’s Next For EcoTech Marine  https://blog.marinedepot.com/2017/09/we-speak-with-jay-sperandio-and-justin-walsh-about-the-vectra-s1-coral-lab-program-and-whats-next-for-ecotech-marine.html
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