Reef Central Online Community

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping ...an online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > General Interest Forums > Tank Journals & Builds
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Notices

Reply
Thread Tools
Old 06/19/2017, 04:42 PM   #276
jordimex
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Miami
Posts: 1
as for the return pump i got the Vectra M1 read your thread and had to get one, the skimmer the guy at the LFS told me that i don't need one right away so i might wait a bit, unless you recommend not waiting what skimmer do you have?
also could you recommend me a good heater?


jordimex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06/19/2017, 04:45 PM   #277
jordimex
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Miami
Posts: 1
also saving money for the ATO


jordimex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06/19/2017, 04:55 PM   #278
tenurepro
Registered Member
 
tenurepro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 212
Quote:
Originally Posted by jordimex View Post
as for the return pump i got the Vectra M1 read your thread and had to get one, the skimmer the guy at the LFS told me that i don't need one right away so i might wait a bit, unless you recommend not waiting what skimmer do you have?

also could you recommend me a good heater?


I think you should plan to get a skimmer soon; it's an important bit of equipment. I am running a bubble king mini 160; got one used; they are really expensive new and mine is loud! I would suggest doing a bit of research and find a good skimmer that will not break the bag. The old ac bubble magus curve 5 is supposed to be pretty good. It's important to leave some space in your sump to accommodate the skimmer.
For heaters, I ran a jager 200 but it is bulky and really only fits in one direct in the 250 sump. I swapped them out for two finnex titanium 100w heaters, which can fit in all three chambers in the sump; you can probably get away with a single 100w depending on the ambient temperature in your home. You may also want to think about getting a cheap gfo reactor; it may come in handy on the early days if you are using uncured dry rock, which will put out a lot phosphates.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


tenurepro is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06/19/2017, 04:58 PM   #279
jordimex
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Miami
Posts: 1
i am buying all live rock and live sand ill definitely look into getting that heater!!


jordimex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06/19/2017, 05:04 PM   #280
jordimex
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Miami
Posts: 1
i was looking at the Reef Octopus Classic 110INT 4” Internal Protein Skimmer what do you think about that?


jordimex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06/19/2017, 05:09 PM   #281
jordimex
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Miami
Posts: 1
what is a GFO reactor?


jordimex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06/19/2017, 05:35 PM   #282
tenurepro
Registered Member
 
tenurepro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 212
Quote:
Originally Posted by jordimex View Post
what is a GFO reactor?


Phosban 150 or something similar to run GFO media which absorbs phosphates in the water column


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


tenurepro is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06/19/2017, 05:46 PM   #283
jordimex
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Miami
Posts: 1
also what do you think about the stock socks that come with the original set up?


jordimex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06/19/2017, 06:46 PM   #284
tenurepro
Registered Member
 
tenurepro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 212
Quote:
Originally Posted by jordimex View Post
also what do you think about the stock socks that come with the original set up?


I use them; try to buy a bunch of them if you get a chance. Check our pelphrey's thread; he uses a modified sock


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


tenurepro is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06/19/2017, 07:08 PM   #285
jordimex
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Miami
Posts: 1
perfect definitely will do thank you!!


jordimex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06/19/2017, 07:43 PM   #286
pelphrey
Registered Member
 
pelphrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 549
I use a BRS felt sock, I cut the plastic ring off and it will fit. I use those in the first sock holder, the one closest to the drain since it handles the majority of the flow. I use Red Sea mesh socks in the sock holder closest to the outside of the sump. The vertex socks fit perfectly but they are longer than I like.

I also took a dremel to the black plastic on my sock holder so I can pull the socks out of the top. I don't use the Red Sea ATO. I've done a bunch of videos!

That third light par is crazy!!!!


__________________
Devoted Reefer 250 - http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2597291
http://www.youtube.com/pelphrey

Last edited by pelphrey; 06/19/2017 at 08:08 PM.
pelphrey is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06/19/2017, 07:49 PM   #287
jordimex
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Miami
Posts: 1
pelphrey!!! you and tenure pro are what got me to buy the reefer 250 lol i believe you have a video about the sock thing right? also i love the hard plumbing you did have you changed anything? did it work out? i am planning on doing something like that by any chance do you have a list of the equipment i would need as well as if you would recommend me doing that with the Vector M1 return pump?


jordimex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06/19/2017, 08:10 PM   #288
pelphrey
Registered Member
 
pelphrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 549
Quote:
Originally Posted by jordimex View Post
pelphrey!!! you and tenure pro are what got me to buy the reefer 250 lol i believe you have a video about the sock thing right? also i love the hard plumbing you did have you changed anything? did it work out? i am planning on doing something like that by any chance do you have a list of the equipment i would need as well as if you would recommend me doing that with the Vector M1 return pump?
I've never run that pump, but I can say from experience that ecotech equipment is top notch! I don't want to hijack this thread, I've documented my entire build on my thread and on YouTube. I updated it today with my newest mods.

The Red Sea tanks are second to none. I wish I could have got a bigger one! Haha


__________________
Devoted Reefer 250 - http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2597291
http://www.youtube.com/pelphrey
pelphrey is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06/20/2017, 04:28 PM   #289
tenurepro
Registered Member
 
tenurepro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 212
Quote:
Originally Posted by pelphrey View Post

That third light par is crazy!!!!

Right? Big boost!



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


tenurepro is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06/25/2017, 03:36 PM   #290
tenurepro
Registered Member
 
tenurepro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 212
Things are going well. Growth is good and colors are decent.

I am continuing my potassium nitrate dosing, but still maintains the levels between 1 to 2 ppm. Two interesting observations. Potassium did increase after one week of dosing but has held stable at 420 ppm since. Thanks this suggest that my tank consumes about 14 mls worth of 0.1 g/l KNO3 per week.
Second observation, the bits of cyano on the sand are declining, but GHA is definitely increasing. While it is not taking over the tank, the few patches of GHA appear to be getting thicker. I got a few more snails and will likely get a few more next week to manage the situation. Hoping the chaeto in the fuge will start growing faster.
In an effort to keep the algae under control, I picked up a small kole tang. He is in the qt. He finished two rounds of prazi and is on the first week of copper. He'll go into the DT in two weeks if all works well.
I had wanted to pump nitrates to 5 ppm, but with the GHA on the verge of going out of control, I will wait for fuge/coc/tang to manage it before ramping up KNO3 dosing.

Bought a new frag - sunset millipora. Very nice colors.

Gave the sump a good cleanup; cleaned up vectra and bubble king mini 160. Oddly, the skimmer got considerably quieter - about 10 to 15 dbs! I must have had something not connected well!

One last thing - I am trying out the new seachem salt. I used to use instant ocean. No major complains with IO you really need to mix the buckets well and the sand is very fine and gets into the air when mixing. The seachem salt has large crystals which don't generate any dust and dissolve really well which is a plus


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


tenurepro is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07/04/2017, 06:18 AM   #291
tenurepro
Registered Member
 
tenurepro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 212
A little problem...
Was away on a little vacation; noted that my skimmer was filling up to fast on Sat so turned it off via apex.
Come home Monday to a bleached strawberry shortcake frag
Tested parameters and all looked good
Today woke up to this

All my black footed snails are spawning turning the water very cloudy.

I wonder if that is the cause of the frag RTNing and dying. Mass spawn -> high organic load, bacteria, low oxygen (turning off the skimmer didn't help) > frag dying

Any tips on how to deal with this would be great. I did a couple of little water changes, will plan to do a few more



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


tenurepro is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07/08/2017, 10:25 AM   #292
tenurepro
Registered Member
 
tenurepro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 212
The star of the tank



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


tenurepro is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07/08/2017, 12:36 PM   #293
alshayazoo
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by tenurepro View Post
A little problem...
Was away on a little vacation; noted that my skimmer was filling up to fast on Sat so turned it off via apex.
Come home Monday to a bleached strawberry shortcake frag
Tested parameters and all looked good
Today woke up to this

All my black footed snails are spawning turning the water very cloudy.

I wonder if that is the cause of the frag RTNing and dying. Mass spawn -> high organic load, bacteria, low oxygen (turning off the skimmer didn't help) > frag dying

Any tips on how to deal with this would be great. I did a couple of little water changes, will plan to do a few more



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


My snails do that from time to time as well. It lasts for one night and I believe it also coincides with the phase of the moon. I just run my skimmer and my chromis get a good meal. It clears up over night. The spawn did not have any effect on my corals so I suspect your issue was lack of oxygen or possibly a change in PH from a change in oxygen exchange?




Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


alshayazoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07/14/2017, 09:42 PM   #294
tenurepro
Registered Member
 
tenurepro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 212
Reefer 250 build

Ok results of nitrate dosing experiments are in, with before and after pics; I saw improvement in some but not all sps; see for yourself in the video.
Also, 13 month updates and new kole tang.

https://youtu.be/CysuZ77UasY


tenurepro is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:49 AM.


TapaTalk Enabled

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2017 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright 1999-2014