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Old 05/02/2018, 07:25 AM   #76
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Just for another option, pac sun(kore fifth company) is into CalRx now too. No idea how relaible thier stuff is, but they have a peristaltic pump designed for calrx setups for about $350.

I only know because I was on their site last night looking for software for the kore fifth.
That is a replacement pump for thier unit and not a standalone unless we looked at different items. They have an optical sensor and such built into their units which the pump uses. Their units are still a bit buggy from what I gather.

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Rumor has it that BRS will be carrying a variable speed Kamoer peristaltic pump for CaRx use sometime soon. Also Spectrapure is supposedly working on a variable speed CaRx pump as well (heard that while chatting with Serdar from GEO at RAP and MACNA last year). When I had my CaRx set up, I was fortunate enough to pick up a Watson Marlow 505s variable speed peristaltic pump for just $250 from eBay. I was able to dial it in in 3 ml/min increments using size 25 tubing and it was dead silent.
It's funny as i was put into contact with Serdar from Slief when I was looking at other options of pumps as Slief knew he was working with Spectrapure. He is actually the one who told me to go with the ultra precise pump as it was what they are basing their newer unit off of. They will put in different rollers and remove the water height sensor obviously but it should be pretty similar to current pump. The new rollers will allow for continous duty as opposed to a certain amount of time in a 20 second interval. IE I run for 12 seconds and then off for 8 and so on.


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Old 05/02/2018, 07:33 AM   #77
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That is a replacement pump for thier unit and not a standalone unless we looked at different items. They have an optical sensor and such built into their units which the pump uses. Their units are still a bit buggy from what I gather.
No no it's a pump specifically designed for CalRx's. It's new.

http://pacific-sun.eu/shop/dosing-st...pro-controler/


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Old 05/02/2018, 08:03 AM   #78
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No no it's a pump specifically designed for CalRx's. It's new.

http://pacific-sun.eu/shop/dosing-st...pro-controler/
Interesting. I'd be a bit worried that it still has the logic and ports for the sensors and that they didn't totally test it properly to run for seperate unit.


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Just an option and I have no idea how it works. Just saw it on their website last night.


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Old 05/02/2018, 07:11 PM   #80
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I'd put the carbondoser on dual stage for the best of both worlds.

As for feed pump look at spectrapure ultra precise ato pump. It is what I use and it is able to be set for various feed amounts... it's awesome with 5 year warranty for like 250.

Aqualifter or such will get you going but using needle valve on effluent is not really precise and clogs over time.
The spectrapure is on the list for sure, they're just known for being excellent and reliable pumps. I'm not sure why, because when people say they're just the same rollers as the Jaebo or Kore dosers with USA packaging, it makes me a little nervous to spend that much, but I do know they have a fantastic reputation.

I'd love to keep the carbondoser and add it to the dual stage, but if I can sell it working for $150, that wouldn't be a bad call, and would offset most of the dual-stage regulator build.

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Rumor has it that BRS will be carrying a variable speed Kamoer peristaltic pump for CaRx use sometime soon. Also Spectrapure is supposedly working on a variable speed CaRx pump as well (heard that while chatting with Serdar from GEO at RAP and MACNA last year). When I had my CaRx set up, I was fortunate enough to pick up a Watson Marlow 505s variable speed peristaltic pump for just $250 from eBay. I was able to dial it in in 3 ml/min increments using size 25 tubing and it was dead silent.
I've been salivating after I read your post from like November on R 2 R about the BRS peristaltic pump, but it still ain't here and MACNA came and went. (speaking of which, where the hell is the Neptune Trident - I know Soul will know more info)

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Just for another option, pac sun(kore fifth company) is into CalRx now too. No idea how relaible thier stuff is, but they have a peristaltic pump designed for calrx setups for about $350.

I only know because I was on their site last night looking for software for the kore fifth.
Kore fifth has been somewhat reliable, but for $350, that's Cole Parmer Masterflex territory. Would be nice to have something smaller though. I dunno, lots of options to explore. I appreciate everyone's feedback and recommendations!


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Old 05/02/2018, 07:17 PM   #81
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Trident has been pushed to q3 fir insiders and q4 fir general purchase at the moment. I suspect 2019 at this rate.

For me personally I'm eyeing up for coralvue monitor more and more. The focustronic is promising but too expensive. Imho anything over 500 is too much for automated testing as it stands now. And with them all being new I wouldn't trust them to dose ar the moment.

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Old 05/03/2018, 02:39 AM   #82
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That dull spot in the middle of the tank kind of makes me wonder -- Is there a big bar in the middle, or just no light there?

I would still suggest getting the diffusers for the Radions. Maybe moving them both an inch towards the middle as well to get more light where it matters.


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Old 05/03/2018, 07:24 PM   #83
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It's neither. It doesn't look bad in person, the camera exaggerates it, and then having the eggcrate over the tank instead of mesh makes it look even worse. I promise it'll look okay once the tank is a little more developed.

Remember that eggcrate focuses the light straight downward because of it's cube shape, and diffuses a lot of the light above too. When I take the eggcrate down, my room gets significantly darker.

I emailed artfully acrylic 2 weeks ago now... :-/ No product, no response.


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Old 05/03/2018, 07:45 PM   #84
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I think BRS has a kit made just for all the red sea tanks. Check them out


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Old 05/03/2018, 07:46 PM   #85
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Yeah, they have the customizable tops, so does Red Sea. I already paid for the Artfully Acrylic, so hopefully it shows up... From their sponsor forum on that other forum I've learned not to expect much until it shows up, hopefully with what you've specified.


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Old 06/20/2018, 06:14 PM   #86
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Sorry I haven't updated with anything substantial in quite a while.

Life with the baby (now 1.5 years old!) and work being substantially more demanding have reduced my internet surfing time down to close to zilch, not to mention that it's summer and now I want to start BBQing more and smoking some BBQ meats as well. So there have been a lot of distractions.

But the tank. Tank is doing very well. I went through a phase of 2-3Ē long green hair algae. I had 15 snails by April, and then before I went away for a week, I added a tigertail cucumber, a conch, and 10 more banded trochus snails. When I came back from vacation, between the feeding every 2-3 days instead of twice daily, and the new snails, all of the algae was gone. It has since dwindled to only to hard algaes (still some of it green) on the rocks.

Iím adding kalk powder every few days in the morning since my calcium demand (hopefully) isnít that high. The rocks are starting to grow purple coralline on them as a result. Still looks kind of bare, but thatís okay.

The SPS that I do have (Papa smurf, myagi tort, and a nice efflo that I forget what it is), theyíre doing well, their colors are rich and deep (probably high nutrients). I just need to get a long-term calcium solution set up. I bought a GEO reactor, but Iíve had nothing but problems with the fittings missing pieces, and replacement parts being the wrong size, so Iím hoping to get a new reactor that is ready to roll this weekend before or after RAP, and be ready to fire that up with the Carbondoser. I built a custom reg, but I need to seal the fittings better, theyíre leaking pretty considerably. Iíd never build a regulator again. Itís just as expensive as a decent one on ebay, and while itís huge e-peen, itís a pain and frustration and you have to measure 3 times and order once, or else youíll pay $$$ for a bunch of spare fittings that float around forever.

Otherwise, the tons-o-fish I have are very happy, snails are happy, Iím happy watching the tank. The elegance was NOT happy and moved on to greener pastures in the sky. Iím not that surprised because I canít keep LPS, but itís a shame because it was a spectacular looking coral. Medium-low indirect flow, medium-low light, and regular feedings werenít enough.

I hope to see some folks at Reef-A-Palooza!


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Looks much better with the Artfully Acrylic cover (though you MUST build your own tolerances into the drawing, they cut EXACTLY to size, so if you don't add tolerances, the lid won't fit, ask me how I know....). Much more evenly lit.




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Good stuff, glad to see it's coming along well and all the fish are happy


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Looking good so far. Now where are the SPS your known for? I see no coral in that tank.



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Old 06/25/2018, 12:01 PM   #90
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In a way I wish I made the venture up to RAP just to bring you a bag of goodies. If you can find time to come down my way I can send you home with a ton of items. Or if you wanna pay for the shipping I can have some frags coming your way to help ya fill yourself out...


Tank is looking good!!!


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Old 07/09/2018, 08:49 AM   #91
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I'm trying to set up a weekend this summer when I'll be around so I can do a PA trip. Stop by Sesame Place, visit some family in New Hope, and stop by soulpatch's house to pick up some corals.

I also spent all of my money on corals this weekend. Went to someone's house and got a few frags, then AquaSD had a great ebay sale Friday, and then WWC had a great sale on Sunday. Once you buy one frag, you gotta keep rolling to justify that $40 shipping charge!

Feels good that I got a few frags that had historically gone for >$100 on their prior auctions for less than that. They also look stunning. Now I just have to keep their color up.

Speaking of keeping their color up, I still need to set up the calcium reactor. I did get the CO2 tank filled Friday AM, and the reactor is full of media. I want to do one more leak test on the DIY regulator (looks pretty spiffy, and should run 3 PSI with super-low bubble rate for daaaaays; Thanks again LQT!).

Also, I went on a fish spree, so lots of new fish. And a few anthias died and/or disappeared. Really bummed out about that since I was hoping that with my feeding regimen they would stay alive. I think that the week I was gone and had someone feeding every other day, with the autofeeder, wasn't enough, or they didn't get the food from the autofeeder, or something, because they all died within a month of that. None of them except the most recent one (who I was hoping would keep staying alive) showed any signs of malnurishment, they were all full and happy until they weren't anymore. The last one was skinny, and kept getting skinnier, despite me seeing her eat at every meal, so I dunno if she got pinched stomach that week, and then never recovered, or what the deal was. It's true, Anthias are hard. Even when you're feeding a lot.

I'll post more pics in the coming days as more frags are coming in. Then it'll be time to sit back and watch it all grow.


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Nice progress... Looking forward to more pics! Helping you with your regulator build has given me the itch to build another one.


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Whew, almost a month, but not quite!

I've been slowly setting up the full stock of equipment. Just setup the Watson Marlow 505du digital peristaltic dosing pump. Super quiet and nice digital interface.

The sps have not been doing well because the alkalinity has been up and down prior to the pump being added (hence what drove me to finally install it). Some of the corals have lost flesh, none dead, but none looking all too good. That's okay though, there's time to grow.

I also added Radion diffusers, and they look spectacular, and I can't explain it, and don't want to say it because of the hype machine, but when the lights are on uv/blue only, the fluorescent coral colors pop like VHO actinics. The rest if the lighting spectrum looks pretty nice and even, and for better or worse, the glimmer lines (and associated minor disco effect) are largely gone.

I'm pretty quiet still online these days, but in checking in on everyone's threads on RC (sorry mixed RtwoR crowd), even your fat thread five.five.six.

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Looking good!



Loving all the fish. I need to get a few more fish, but not decided on what to get yet.


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Thanks Homer. I really want to do a time-lapse over an entire day with the Go Pro. I think that would be a really cool 2 minute video and show the fishes in action, as they're quite attractive. Hopefully this weekend I'll have some time.


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Yeah nothing beats a good well planned mix of fish. They all act and interact well, don't pick on each other all day, and fill out the tank nicely.


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