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Round One.....Chapter Five (Plans...Plans...Plans)

Posted 10/04/2013 at 10:05 AM by RandoReefer (Tank hopes, aspirations, and master plans.)

Well, what do you do on a day off while deployed and you are nowhere near your tank???

PLAN! (PowerPoint doodles)

Here is the basic layout for one of my many projects when I get home. Everything is purchased and sitting in my closet, begging to be installed!

***Note: Future Blog posts will include real pictures and lessons learned from actual install)

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Round One.....Chapter Three (RO/DI and QT)

Posted 09/28/2013 at 01:35 AM by RandoReefer (Tank hopes, aspirations, and master plans.)
Updated 10/04/2013 at 11:59 AM by RandoReefer

Always looking for a great deal....Even while deployed in Africa...
I scored this 55gal (Quarantine Tank) on Craigslist for $35!!



Now the TO/DO list for water production and QT



TO DO:
-RO/DI and Water Changes -Mount RO/DI unit under sink. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72YxRQpkiXU
-Install 5th stage for inclusion of chloramines...
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Round one....Chapter Two (Lighting)

Posted 09/27/2013 at 10:47 AM by RandoReefer (Tank hopes, aspirations, and master plans.)

The age old problem with buying new technologies... PROS/CONS.

After researching TONS of light fixtures and reviewing hundreds of customer reviews I narrowed my options to two fixtures. (Factors to a decision... Control-ability, Upgrade-ability, Color spectrum.)

LED LIGHT FIXTURES W/EQUIPMENT

Ecotech Radion XR30w (Gen2):

-Needs/Costs for setup and GO!

-Ecotech Radion XR30w: (4)@$549.99 ($2199.96)
-Long Rail Kit XR618:...
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Round one....Chapter one (Control)

Posted 09/27/2013 at 10:31 AM by RandoReefer (Tank hopes, aspirations, and master plans.)

APEX LITE CONTROLLER (Wants, needs, plan)

**Note, photo credit to ReefCentral user "slief" (Scott). Great idea for Break out box simplification. ****



TOTALS
Neptune Breakout Box: (1-2)@ $39.99
***Can build own .

Breakout Box switches:
(1)-Skimmer switch: (1)@$13.49
(2)-ATO Reservoir float (empty):...
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Round one... Planning the upgrades/improvements.

Posted 09/27/2013 at 10:12 AM by RandoReefer (Tank hopes, aspirations, and master plans.)

After deploying, and leaving the tank responsibilities, I quickly realized that I did not like being out of the control of day-to-day tasks.

Despite my wife's best efforts, there was always some task that I could not articulate well enough for her to execute. I became very frustrated, which led to my extensive "tank plan".

The first thing to settle, CONTROL. The first online purchase.... Apex Lite.

***Blog Log***
29AUG13 - Purchased...
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