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Old 07/17/2017, 10:19 AM   #326
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Is that a little cat/dog bed on the bench so your pet can see the tank too?


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Old 07/17/2017, 10:49 AM   #327
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Is that a little cat/dog bed on the bench so your pet can see the tank too?
Yes the cat likes to sit up there and watch the fish

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Old 07/17/2017, 08:11 PM   #328
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Old 07/17/2017, 08:13 PM   #329
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Old 07/17/2017, 08:15 PM   #330
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Old 07/19/2017, 02:39 PM   #331
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Are you using a continuous water change system? How is it working out?

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Old 07/19/2017, 02:41 PM   #332
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Are you using a continuous water change system? How is it working out?

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Sorry, saw your posts a couple pages back. Approx how much water are you removing per day?

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Old 07/20/2017, 02:24 PM   #333
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Sorry, saw your posts a couple pages back. Approx how much water are you removing per day?

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It is working great. When I open the drip line valve, I change about 20 gallons in 24 hours. Basically a 50 gallon mix in 2.5 days. I am doing it every couple of weeks. It is the simplest way I've found to change water but you need a very large volume system to not impact salinity too much or you need to constantly add small amounts of salt. I am adding about 25 gallons of mix each time (x2 over 2.5 days) and my salinity only moves about a 1/2 a point

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It is working great. When I open the drip line valve, I change about 20 gallons in 24 hours. Basically a 50 gallon mix in 2.5 days. I am doing it every couple of weeks. It is the simplest way I've found to change water but you need a very large volume system to not impact salinity too much or you need to constantly add small amounts of salt. I am adding about 25 gallons of mix each time (x2 over 2.5 days) and my salinity only moves about a 1/2 a point

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Thanks! I may give that a try. My total system volume is somewhere between 800-900 gallons and I change 50 gal a week using a couple powerheads. But this sounds easier than that!

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Old 07/20/2017, 10:06 PM   #335
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It is working great. When I open the drip line valve, I change about 20 gallons in 24 hours. Basically a 50 gallon mix in 2.5 days. I am doing it every couple of weeks. It is the simplest way I've found to change water but you need a very large volume system to not impact salinity too much or you need to constantly add small amounts of salt. I am adding about 25 gallons of mix each time (x2 over 2.5 days) and my salinity only moves about a 1/2 a point

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Are you using a powerhead with your "waste" line or does it just gravity feed from your standpipes or sump etc?

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Old 07/21/2017, 01:00 PM   #336
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Are you using a powerhead with your "waste" line or does it just gravity feed from your standpipes or sump etc?

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Gravity feeds right from the top of the tank. No powerhead needed

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Old 02/19/2018, 02:47 PM   #338
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Old 02/20/2018, 05:46 PM   #339
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Of all the tanks here, yours is the one I check in to see if anything new is posted.
Very cool. Your camera sure shows the colors well.


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Old 02/20/2018, 07:17 PM   #340
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Of all the tanks here, yours is the one I check in to see if anything new is posted.
Very cool. Your camera sure shows the colors well.
I really appreciate the comment! The tank has been doing really well lately. I have been battling some moisture/condensation issues this winter so I sealed the top of the curtain with some roofing paper, foam insulation and caulk. Not the prettiest but it is working quite well and definitely lowering the electric bill from a reduction in heat loss. I'll post some pics. Also, I haven't done any water changes in the last 4 months, except adding a few cups of salt here and there to offset water lost from selling some colonies of nepthea and a bunch of rose bubble anemones. I think I have sold 30 rose bubbles in the last several months. My lightning maroon clown is doing a nice job stressing the nems into splitting. I added a nice orange spot rabbitfish that I removed from a customer tank and a hippo tang and large colony of green star polyp from a tank breakdown and a few other colonies that were in there too

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Old 02/21/2018, 04:37 AM   #341
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Moisture issues....small price to pay for what you have in your home. At least your on top of it before it becomes a much larger price to pay.


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Old 02/28/2018, 03:18 PM   #342
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I just read through this whole thread and wow, Im very impressed. Im getting ready to build a tank the same size. If you dont mind me asking 2 questions.

Do you regret not putting a access on the front like a few people told you in the beginning? How hard is it to reach the front glass to clean?

You said at one point you put in a maxpect gyre 280? Did you add another? Is this your main source of flow? if so whats your layout?

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Old 02/28/2018, 03:30 PM   #343
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I just realized we have the same exact sized tanks!


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Old 04/21/2018, 08:58 AM   #344
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I just read through this whole thread and wow, Im very impressed. Im getting ready to build a tank the same size. If you dont mind me asking 2 questions.

Do you regret not putting a access on the front like a few people told you in the beginning? How hard is it to reach the front glass to clean?

You said at one point you put in a maxpect gyre 280? Did you add another? Is this your main source of flow? if so whats your layout?

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Hi Ross, sorry for the late reply.

I am very happy with the clean look on the front of the tank with no access panel. I can walk on the stand because it sticks out 6" farther than the tank in the back. I have no problem reaching the front of the tank but it helps that I am 6'8" tall. I use a magnet to clean the front glass without any problem.

I have 2 maxspect gyre 280 pumps. One on each end of the tank. Those are the only pumps I use for flow. I may add a third in the future.

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Old 10/07/2018, 09:27 PM   #345
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its been awhile since i posted. i recently added an Apex and another Gyre. The tank is doing very well. i will post a few pics of some acros that i added soon.

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Old 11/05/2018, 11:52 AM   #348
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The Apex is measuring flow on both returns, totalling about 1400 gph and flow on skimmer pump vectra m1 at 2250 gph. PH fluctuates between 8.3 and 8.15 throughout the day. temp is hovering around 73 this time of year. Return pumps are on feed cycle a and shut off for 5 mins. i also have the 3 gyre pumps on feed cycle b so i can easily shut them down when i need to access the tank from the top. my Bubble Magus dosing pump is connected and shuts off if ph goes above 8.4. i have 1 of 3 500 watt heaters on the apex and it kicks on below 73. the other 2 are not on the Apex because i currently top out over 14.5 amps when everything is turned on including 2x400 watt halides. i need another Apex power strip to hook up the complete system which would add 5x AI Sol lights, 1 Radion XR30 gen 4, 2x AI Sol and the other 2x500 watt heaters. i never thought i needed an Apex but now that i have it, i love it.

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Old 11/17/2018, 07:07 AM   #350
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Just found this thread. I'm in awe. Beautiful reef tank !!!

Where in CT are you located? My 180 gallon is coming together now, going to be SPS dominated but a few other softies and LPS to mix things up a bit.


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