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About drauka

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  • Birthday 07/06/1981

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  1. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    Few more updates. Tank is running with salt. Upped the Varios 8s to setting #2 on the 1-5 (5 max) they only pull about 44 watts each and move a lot of water. Hung the lights over the weekend. I like them. 2018-07-09_12-38-25 by drauka99, on Flickr Also got the mixing station plumbed. Using an external pump, can direct the flow into either barrel to either mix or move water as needed. Should be able to do some water changes pretty fast. 2018-07-09_12-41-33 by drauka99, on Flickr the barrels are completely open top so i can remove the lid and dump in salt easily or inspect the inside of the barrels easily from a step stool.
  2. Revamped my reef system

    Best seat in the house.
  3. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    I have 2 - 48" AquaticLife T5/LED Hybrid units. The LEDs will be 3x Kessil 360e and each 48" unit has 4 T5 bulbs, the bulbs should give me a 10-12K look - 2 Blue Plus, 1 Aquablue Special and 1 Super Purple There may end up being 2 AI 23 Hydra HD's added as well I am hoping in a couple weeks to have a mounting board installed under the tank and all the Powerhead controls and such in place on it. (So far I am really liking the Tunze pumps) Plus I need to drain the freshwater and refill with RODI and salt and get the cycle started. I have some already cycled rock I plan on adding in the sump to get things kicked off a little faster.
  4. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    It's Alive!!!! 2018-06-11_12-37-59 by drauka99, on Flickr 2018-06-11_12-37-30 by drauka99, on Flickr Did some leak testing this weekend (passed all with flying colors) and Ended up filling the tank up with tap water (ours is surprisingly low TDS) onto the dry rock I had. Going to let it soak for a week or so and then do a 100% water change with good RO/DI water and get it cycling. I did go a bit overboard on my return pumps. 2 Varios 8's are a bit much. even with 1-1/2 drains they struggle to keep up. I have both set on the lowest setting on thier controller and there is a bunch of flow through the sump. 2018-06-11_12-39-13 by drauka99, on Flickr
  5. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    Got most of the plumbing done this weekend. Picture doesn't show it but the return pumps are connected with vinyl hose to dampen vibrations. 2018-05-14_07-06-41 by drauka99, on Flickr
  6. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    Says the guy with how many guppie tanks in his house?
  7. WTT Gyre XF130 for Vortech MP 40w

    I have a MP40 I am looking to sell, no need for any other powerheads. Its been upgraded with a QD wetside and controller. Price is $250. Also have a Gen2 (horizontal controller layout) MP40 that needs a wetside. (Is up-gradable to a QD controller as well) I'd part with for $150.
  8. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    Turned out the glass shop got the holes perfect. Was able to bulkhead the tanks together with no pressure.
  9. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    yup, went ahead and had the local glass shop handle the drilling since I needed a bunch of glass cut as well. sump and refugium are drilled and did a water test last night. both passed. Need to get them plumbed together and the rest of the plumbing done and get this beast full of water.
  10. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    Thanks, Got the Apex running to make sure its stable and operating correctly for a few days before I start programming all the outlets. Only have the temp probes hooked up for now. One is measuring the water temp in the mixing vat I have beside the sump area, the other is the room temp. (One thing that hasn't been made very open by Neptune is that the temp probe works just as well out of water as it does in. I like this because i can set an alert if the room temp gets high, like if the AC goes out) There will be 2 more EB-8's as well as a VDM module under the tank for powerheads and light control.
  11. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    2018-04-29_11-33-03 by drauka99, Got some stuff mounted.
  12. Curb pick up bowfront project (finally started)

    Looking Good
  13. Pompano Are Here

    ill take the second one from the bottom
  14. Water Quality for Coral

    Only answer I can give you is, as close to 0 as you can get. In my thought process, its not the TDS that's the issue, its WHAT the TDS is that's the issue. Imagine 2 people with has a TDS reading of 5, in one case the 5 is 3 parts boron and 2 parts phosphates. He has corals growing out of his ears, and perhaps a bit of algae issue. The other fella, well his 5ppm is all 5 part copper..... he can't grow a single coral and copper sensitive fish seem to die in his system, but the ones that live never seem to get ich or other parasites. All you know is that TDS is 5ppm, it could be almost anything and could change at any time. That's why we shoot for 0, then add good quality salt mixes and supplements to create a safe water for our tank inhabitants.
  15. Water Quality for Coral

    Sounds like its time for some new filters. 34 is very good. I was happy when I saw 74 up in the boonies where I live now. Valparaiso was in the 120-140 range, which is not bad compared to some systems up north.