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Danny241085

Red Sea Reefer 170 - Back after a few years away

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Well after a long 3 years away from marine's I finally decided it was time to get back up and running again.

Below is my spe:

Red Sea Reefer 170 in White
AI Hydra 26 HD in White LED System
Aqua Medic DC Runner 3.1 Return Pump
Bubble Magus C3.5 Protein Skimmer
Bubble Magus Mini 70 Media Reactor
VorTech QD MP10

I decided to go for aquaroche as my rock, used it previously and like the scapes you can make without the hassle of searching out for the right pieces of live rock.

Start-up was done by using the red sea mature kit, first time I have used this and subsequently found that the timing of the programme are based on using live rock, so my levels haven't really matched what is expected.

Still struggling with high nitrates of around 40ppm and recently had a bacteria bloom, but have dropped the NOPOX dose right back and cloudiness now seems to have stopped.

Amm and Nitrite levels are at 0ppm, but the phos also shows 0ppm so need that to become detectable to balance things out.

I am using the normal red sea salt and intent to use the red sea programme once things get moving coral wise.

First purchase was the CUC: 4 common hermits (none of which seem to have done very well), 2 Super turbo snails who are motoring around and 4 snorkel snails

Last weekend I added my 2 clown fish and they are doing well.

Things I still need to consider:

- Nitrate control: either Cheato or algae reactor (ALR)

- Dosing system

- New ATU (the reefer 170 ATU is just too small)

Anyway enough of the talking, here are some pics.

 

 

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Nice one. Much the same as you im also back after a 4 year break.Whats your plans stocking wise?

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Good to see you back pal

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Nice one. Much the same as you im also back after a 4 year break.Whats your plans stocking wise?

 

Thanks[mention=4502]alfie[/mention], Not sure yet on stocking plans yet, want to concentrate on coral, but an algae blenny and/or a blue cheek goby are pencilled in on the list

 

 

 

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Good to see you back pal

 

Thanks mate, your tanks looking bloody amazing. Might have to pop round sometime soon and catch up.

 

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5 hours ago, Danny241085 said:

 

Thanks[mention=4502]alfie[/mention], Not sure yet on stocking plans yet, want to concentrate on coral, but an algae blenny and/or a blue cheek goby are pencilled in on the list

 

 

 

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Thanks mate, your tanks looking bloody amazing. Might have to pop round sometime soon and catch up.

 

More than welcome to pal

cheers 

The cloudy water will be a bacterial bloom from over dosing Nopox 

as a general rule sps are best kept at 

N03 1-2

p08 0.08- 0.1

keeping them in detectable can cause cyano bateria 

if you are running the Red Sea program then why not use nopox instead of a reactor ? 

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Regarding the ATU I removed the Red Sea one and added a tunze osmolator with an 80l container 

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3 hours ago, mrdave said:

More than welcome to pal

cheers 

The cloudy water will be a bacterial bloom from over dosing Nopox 

as a general rule sps are best kept at 

N03 1-2

p08 0.08- 0.1

keeping them in detectable can cause cyano bateria 

if you are running the Red Sea program then why not use nopox instead of a reactor ? 

Good point on the nopox instead of a reactor.

Just looking into dosers now, things have moved on a bit since I last had one, seems to be more with wifi connectivity which is interesting.  

 

3 hours ago, mrdave said:

Regarding the ATU I removed the Red Sea one and added a tunze osmolator with an 80l container 

I'm going for a reefloat atu, container in the garage piped into the sump

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Yes mate kamoer coral box are WiFi and Red Sea are about to release some too

 

then you have GHL and Apex 

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Just to add to what Dave said I bought the kamoer x4. to be honest I was a bit worried about setting it up but it really is easy. The calibration is a breeze and if you need to adjust the doses it calculates it itself, in that I mean you want to dose 50ml a day you tell it how many times you want to dose and it calculates it all of the app on the phone. Well worth the money in my opinion 

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Ill sort you some frags at weekend if you like mate, will get you started @Danny241085

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Very kind offer @mrdave thank. Going to give my parameters a check tonight and will see how they are,

Will see if you think the frags will be ok in there, then I should be able to pop round this weekend for some and a catch up.

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Well my results still aren’t great.

Phos - still at 0 can’t seem to increase this.
Nitrate - slowly coming down but higher than I want
Amm and Nitrite - think these are as a result of a couple of snails dying over the past couple of days

Any words of wisdom from people?


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@Danny241085

what test kits are you using ? Test kits have moved on massively in accuracy

if you like I can test your water for you 

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All results are tested with the red sea test kits. are there better ones to use than these?

Might be good to get a second opinion. 

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Those are the ones I use pal

the pro test kits 

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