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Old 04/24/2018, 08:30 PM   #26
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Hey I would rather be told now then find out the hard way later. Glad you said something.

I took them out. The one baffle closest to the end was really snug so that had me concerned. It was pretty easy the sealant had not fully cured and I filled it with water and let it soak for a few hours. Oh well, live and learn.

Still had a little time to set up the rockscape...

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Old 05/17/2018, 05:51 PM   #27
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Had to take a break and put together some funds after going over budget with my biggest purchase yet, a used DA Reefkeeper Lite NET. I got a good deal from a fellow forum member. As a newbie to reefing, I figured this was a good investment to help protect the livestock and when adding up $$ for a power rack, ato and temp controller, it made sense. Now I just need to figure out how to work the darn thing!!

In the meantime I went back and cut 1/8Ē off the baffles for expansion and put the sump back together. I added a sponge and media shelf in case of micro bubbles and if I need to run carbon. I also added a center brace to the tank and some waterproof strip LEDs that I had leftover from a DIY light to the cabinet for some interior lighting.


This week I was able to make some more headway. I received a UFO refugium LED and a 300W Titanium Heater. Iíve read both good and bad reviews about the UFO LED. I have a CFL bulb and light but itís tight quarters under the cabinet so I took a chance with LED. Weíll see how that works (Note: I wonder who theyíre marketing these to just by looking at the box? ). The heater looks pretty good. Havenít wet it yet but itís heavy and solid. I got this one because I could only find 100-150W under 11Ē. If itís a true 300W, itís a great price too. The only downside was the clip broke from me manhandling it to different spots in the sump and itís in C not F. I got a new cheap guard and itíll be run on the RKL so neither were a big deal to me.


Got all the wiring done. Whew! It was a rats nest at first! I may need 14 outlets to run all I want!


I can almost taste the saltwater!


This weekís total:
300W titanium Heater $18 + $4 guard
and the Wavewmaker is on the way!

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Old 06/17/2018, 09:42 PM   #28
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Update to the tank Journal....

Got my wavemaker, a CP-90. This is the supposed 2018 new and improved upgrade from the CP-25. First thing I noticed was they removed the reverse flow mode. Iím guessing because of all the motor failure issues with the original CP series. It's louder than I would have liked but Iíve heard a lot of this design make some noise. No real reviews on this so Iím a guinea pig on this one. To be continued....

CP-90 $75

Also put together a simple ATO. I had a 12v DC pump and adapter so I bought a RO 1/4Ē fitting, 30 ft. of tubing and a 7 gal. Aqua-tainer.

I had to notch the top of the container but that was it. I wanted to get as large a container I could. I figuring on 1/2-3/4 gal. of evap per day so the 7 gallon should give me 10-14 days between refills.


The ATO will be hook up to the Reefkeeper on a float switch. The container will be kept in a closet about 18 ft. away with the tubing run along the baseboard (with my cable line) and into the sump. The pump is 800 lph (200 gph) and 5m max head. I did a test and the pump seems to be up to the task. Itís pumping a little less than a quart/min through 30 ft. of tube and up 3 ft. into the slop sink.


so far so good....

ATO = PC pump, Adapter, Aqua-Tainer, Fitting & Tubing - $44

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