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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vilante » Sun 03 Jul, 2016 2:22 pm

Maybe it would be better with the high bit in the middle, leaves room for the wavemaker on the left and lets me make it high on the right with the fan piece.

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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vilante » Mon 11 Jul, 2016 12:19 pm

This scaping business is painful :)

I think I'm landing on this now, trying to make the highest bit on the thirds of the tank (I've been watching a lot of videos lol), I just need to work out how to make the high bit stable.

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The idea is to have a channel on the right and start with my current live rock again where the small rock is sitting out by itself, only coming up to the height of the lower sections so that the focus remains over at the high bit on the left.
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby afhtan » Mon 11 Jul, 2016 9:04 pm

Nice scape.

Just be careful how close the rock is to the front and side as it will be a pain to clean the glass

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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vinno » Sun 17 Jul, 2016 11:46 am

how are you progressing so far with the rock work?
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vilante » Sun 17 Jul, 2016 12:20 pm

Vinno wrote:how are you progressing so far with the rock work?


I've completely changed it haha. I have just about finished it though and have started to epoxy it together. I'm glad in a way that I've had a while to wait for the tank so I could get it right.
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vilante » Tue 19 Jul, 2016 11:01 am

I'm at a bit of a loss as to how to level the tank. It's about 2mm off front to back and perfect side to side.

I bought some 1mm packers and was going to pack up the back feet 2mm, the middle feet 1mm and the front 0. I just realised though that there are more than 3 rows of feet, der.

I could take them off but that sucks.

Back to square one.
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vinno » Thu 21 Jul, 2016 2:57 pm

I think someone else on masa had to take the feets off their Red Sea. I filled mine and found a 2-3mm difference from front to back as well, it was level with no water. I think the glass hanging off the front does it.

It did bother me at first then read on a few threads on google that a few mm over 4 foot is pretty level as long as length and width are the same.

I suggest after you level it, you test it again with tap water, in case you need to readjust when filled.
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vilante » Mon 25 Jul, 2016 9:43 pm

Well that happened quickly, all set up :)

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Only issue I have thus far is that it has a definite wobble if I grab the top of it and push forward and back. It's dead level but there must be a bump in the floor in the centre or something. I put 1mm shims under the front legs but didn't really change anything.

I'll see how much sleep I lose, I may have to empty it again and see what's going on :(

Couldn't be happier with the equipment at this point, the whole thing is dead silent :thumbsup:
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby wayne2.0 » Mon 25 Jul, 2016 11:19 pm

I got lucky, my floor was nice and flat.
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vilante » Tue 26 Jul, 2016 8:56 am

I've ended up pulling it all down again and getting some 1mm shims under the rear. The floor boards fall away to the wall for half of the tank so had to do shims under the two right rear legs and one under each front corner leg. I'm not really sure why that works but that's what makes it most solid after about 3 hours of playing with every different combination.

And so the cycle begins :)
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby brainplug » Tue 02 Aug, 2016 10:43 am

Is that macro algae (caulerpa) on the rock to the right? If so I'd recommend getting rid of it. I can spend hours pulling it off the live rock in my tank and never get it all and it grows like wildfire. Without a doubt the most frustrating thing about my tank!
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vilante » Tue 02 Aug, 2016 10:50 am

brainplug wrote:Is that macro algae (caulerpa) on the rock to the right? If so I'd recommend getting rid of it. I can spend hours pulling it off the live rock in my tank and never get it all and it grows like wildfire. Without a doubt the most frustrating thing about my tank!


It is yes, I've pulled it out already as it was dying off.

Thanks for the advice :)

There is still some dragon's breath on that rock, I'll probably have you pull the rock out to get at it as it's a bugger to remove, so slippery. It seems like a shame as shops charge $35 for a small piece of it but not running a fuge.
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby brainplug » Tue 02 Aug, 2016 11:22 am

I'm not sure if Dragon's Breath will grow at quite the crazy pace of grape and the other small leaf variants of caulerpa. Thats the one I'm having problems with because its rhizomic. Whenever I pull a bit off, if it floats away it just attaches somewhere else and keeps growing.
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vilante » Tue 02 Aug, 2016 11:35 am

brainplug wrote:I'm not sure if Dragon's Breath will grow at quite the crazy pace of grape and the other small leaf variants of caulerpa. Thats the one I'm having problems with because its rhizomic. Whenever I pull a bit off, if it floats away it just attaches somewhere else and keeps growing.


Dragons breath grows quickly but it doesn't seem to spread so much. You're right on the green one, it breaks up when you remove it and pops up elsewhere.
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby pebbles » Tue 02 Aug, 2016 2:34 pm

Hey Vilante,

I can't aqua scape for the life of me so I'm impressed with anyone who can. Well done! :angel:

But the reason I thought I'd chime in has to do with weed.
;) Ordinarily I like weed in moderation, but caulerpa in particular is really hard to keep like that.

I had a problem with Caulerpa nummularia. It's spawn of the devil (not kidding, I'd rather have aiptasia). Don't like tangs so I got a small Diadema urchin which promptly stripped the tank of that crap. Would probably eat the dragons breath too, but I'm sure you could sell / trade it for coral if you wanted to.

look forward to watching your system evolve. :nod:

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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vilante » Tue 02 Aug, 2016 4:03 pm

pebbles wrote:Hey Vilante,

I can't aqua scape for the life of me so I'm impressed with anyone who can. Well done! :angel:

But the reason I thought I'd chime in has to do with weed.
;) Ordinarily I like weed in moderation, but caulerpa in particular is really hard to keep like that.

I had a problem with Caulerpa nummularia. It's spawn of the devil (not kidding, I'd rather have aiptasia). Don't like tangs so I got a small Diadema urchin which promptly stripped the tank of that crap. Would probably eat the dragons breath too, but I'm sure you could sell / trade it for coral if you wanted to.

look forward to watching your system evolve. :nod:

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Thanks mate, I worked on it for about 3 weeks while I waited for the tank so I'm glad it turned out ok.

Thanks for the feedback on the urchin, pretty cool inhabitant too! Have you kept it in there or just to clean out the algae?

I might look at one when the tank is cycled.

Cheers :)
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby pebbles » Tue 02 Aug, 2016 5:49 pm

The urchin is still there, but think I will now have to feed it, unless....it..... discovers my nutritious bubble algae? :laugh:

Seriously though, I haven't seen them regularly available in the shops I frequent, so am reluctant to get rid of it.

It doesn't do the usual urchin poo either: instead of a sand spray that my collector used to do, these guys do small pellets (handy if you're trying to keep on top of detritus). ;)


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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vilante » Tue 02 Aug, 2016 9:30 pm

Sounds great. Have asked my local if they know of one.

Much appreciated! :)
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vilante » Sun 07 Aug, 2016 12:59 pm

Waiting, waiting....

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I can't get the pellet reactor to fluidize, thinking there might be something wrong with it since it's second hand.

Thinking of carbon now since I have a big marine pure block in there. Or a new reactor. Have tried different screens and flows with no luck.
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby afhtan » Sun 07 Aug, 2016 2:10 pm

Check the flow in and out of the reactor.

My reactor wasn't fluidising as I was restricting the output too much.

After I removed the restriction it is working perfectly

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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vilante » Sun 07 Aug, 2016 2:57 pm

afhtan wrote:Check the flow in and out of the reactor.

My reactor wasn't fluidising as I was restricting the output too much.

After I removed the restriction it is working perfectly

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Thanks for this. It turns out I had the feed tube in upside down :konk:

I didn't even think about it as that's the way it was in when I got it :wall:

Tumbling nicely now.
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vilante » Fri 12 Aug, 2016 7:53 pm

Installed the control panel. Still need to tidy cords on the panel and behind it, as well as get black screws for the PDU.

Turned out OK and has room for 2 x Mp10/40 controllers when I can afford them as well as a reeflink etc.

The shelf is for a doser and the space below for dosing containers.

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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby That Guy Mike » Fri 12 Aug, 2016 10:19 pm

Nice and tidy cabinet.
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby bluediscus84 » Sat 13 Aug, 2016 9:35 pm

Hey mate love the progress
I was wondering where you got your pdu from? Been looking for one with seperate switches
Cheers mate and love the tank
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vilante » Mon 15 Aug, 2016 9:16 am

bluediscus84 wrote:Hey mate love the progress
I was wondering where you got your pdu from? Been looking for one with seperate switches
Cheers mate and love the tank


Thank you :)

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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby bluediscus84 » Sat 20 Aug, 2016 5:36 pm

Vilante wrote:
bluediscus84 wrote:Hey mate love the progress
I was wondering where you got your pdu from? Been looking for one with seperate switches
Cheers mate and love the tank


Thank you :)

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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vilante » Sat 27 Aug, 2016 10:29 am

Finally ready for fish :) 25% water change this morning, will add the 3 little chromis this afternoon.

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I sold off a few fish and an anemone and moved everything into the little holding tank in the picture. Since then the angel has been picking on the chromis so I'm glad I can separate them. Then it's just the clowns and the angel and he doesn't go near the clowns in their anemone :)
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vilante » Sun 04 Sep, 2016 4:10 pm

Livestock has gone over in the past couple of weeks and lights are in.

Mag is low but realised I'd been using the wrong salt! Am dosing that manually over time and will move to the new salt in water changes. Phosphates are a bit high at 0.06 so will monitor that closely.

All other levels look OK, no amonia or nitrite since the cycle, nitrate at 2ppm for the past 2 weeks. Calc is 406, pH 8.2 and Alk is 8.

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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby Vilante » Mon 05 Sep, 2016 9:36 am

Anemone did a disappearing trick last night. Woke up to the wavemaker making strange sounds and half the anemone chewed. Probably not half actually.

Tank cloudy, had to go to work, hoping it survives till this afternoon when I can do a decent water change :(
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Re: Mike's Reefer 350

Postby wayne2.0 » Mon 05 Sep, 2016 5:27 pm

Anemone seem to have a habit of doing this to a number of reefers.

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