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180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

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bif24701   

Yes, and I did mine a bit different than Richard suggested. Normal State of an Apex Breakout box switch is open, if it loses connection to a switch then it defaults as open, so as an added safety I set all mine to where Closed = the state I want - i.e. closed is good and the skimmer stays on, open and the skimmer is turned off, either because the switch has lost connection to the apex or the reservoir is full. Its a good thing to test a few times to make sure everything is working well too.

That makes sense. Thanks

Aaron

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I decided that 5 gallon will be the best fit for my needs. Since I don't have the usual ATO, my Kalk is dosed on timed/controlled increments not float switches. Also I would never leave allow this to go more than a week without check/cleaning unless away, and the skimmer cup holds almost a gallon anyway. I produce about a 1/4 gallon each day or more! I feel safe with this set up. Using the dual switch mechanism that BIGDOG suggested adds to my security.

I soldered and environmentally sealed the connections.

Ok, so I've set my skimmer to shut off when top switch is OPEN, and sound alarm/email sent when bottom switch OPEN.

Anything I'm forgetting?

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1/4 gallon a day? Are you skimming overly wet? That just seams a bit heavy to me. If you are doing it intentionally how are you replenishing salt over time? Or does it effect salinity enough to worry over with your large water volume.

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1/4 gallon a day? Are you skimming overly wet? That just seams a bit heavy to me. If you are doing it intentionally how are you replenishing salt over time? Or does it effect salinity enough to worry over with your large water volume.

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Don't think so, I'm skimming out chunks. Skimmate dumplings! No, doesn't affect my salinity at all, I don't use a switch in my ATO system. I merely dose a set amount of Kalk each day. I do have to add back some RO water to account for evaporation but it's insignificant. I replenish what water is skimmed out on my water changes. But my 100 gallon sump I see no real change in level.

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Well your kalk addition would keep any significant level changes from happening. But the kalk and ro additions have no salt but your skim mate does. You have such a large water volume which is my guess as to why you won't and don't notice it. Was just curious.

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Well your kalk addition would keep any significant level changes from happening. But the kalk and ro additions have no salt but your skim mate does. You have such a large water volume which is my guess as to why you won't and don't notice it. Was just curious.

Richard

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Total system volume is about 300 gallons

Aaron

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Added my Naso and Blue tangs last night while it was dark. They are getting along with the other tangs, in fact they all swim around together like a school of tangs. Really cool, I'm happy with the tank right now. Adding these two helped get the other two out of hiding. Still need more fish. Been researching Regal Angels, may add a powder blue.

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Since the last few days and night have been very mild I cracked open my garage door and this is what happened/happening.

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I think very low pH has been part of my slower growth on some frags. Seeing this I think I've found a way to permanently plumb a 1" line from the outside to my skimmer.

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And this:

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I think they share the same spade between two studs. It's empty spade so should be pretty straight forward.

Considering the drastic improvement in pH it will be well worth it. Using irrigation PVC that costs less this hopefully will be an easy install. I will use 1" line so that I have no restriction to the air coming into the skimmer.

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I am seeing growth now and using more ALK (sign of growth). Got the skimmer tunes really well now, much dryer skim. Now have a slight reading for NO3 (.50) now and I think that is helping my color. While also keeping PO4 .02, happy with that. Fish are getting all along and eating very well.

I have a surprise waiting in QT. I will reveal this one when she has completed QT.

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2 months now

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New frags have settled in, GREAT PE. Starting to encrust at the base well.

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Each of my 5 new acans has grown 1-3 new heads already too.

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Looking good!

Thank you Hero.

This hobby is difficult and challenging yet equally rewarding. I have battled AEFW, Monti eating nudis, bryopsis, and now I am trying to catch a yellow clown goby that is nipping at my SPS.....

Video update, looks so much better with fish in it. Also helps with nutrients.

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Check your SPS good. A lot of clown gobies eat the pest that can infest SPS, like red bugs. It might be going after those. Now one thing a clown gobies are known for is peeling back the flesh of SPS laying there eggs then covering them up with the flesh.

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Check your SPS good. A lot of clown gobies eat the pest that can infest SPS, like red bugs. It might be going after those. Now one thing a clown gobies are known for is peeling back the flesh of SPS laying there eggs then covering them up with the flesh.

No I've been through the AEFW and redbugs. They are clean, it's eating and nipping at the polyps. I've got to get this damn fish out ASAP

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Check your SPS good. A lot of clown gobies eat the pest that can infest SPS, like red bugs. It might be going after those. Now one thing a clown gobies are known for is peeling back the flesh of SPS laying there eggs then covering them up with the flesh.

Thanks for the tip! Really.

I need to gets this damn thing out.... so pissed. I did a quick check and didn't see anything about them nipping SPS until after I added it.

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Well I got that POS yellow clown goby, now he is in my son's biocube. It wasn't pretty but I didn't have to take all my rock out and I got him!

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