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  1. IO RC had a price drop on amazon last week. keepa.com rocks when you set it up right
  2. When a boil notice is in effect, its a good idea to turn off your RO/DI systems, or your filters will foul much quicker. https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/austin-water-issues-citywide-boil-water-notice/1541215615 Areas affected by boil water notice: Austin Travis County Water District 10 Wells Branch MUD North Austin MUD #1 Northtown MUD West Travis County PUA Sunset Valley Rollingwood
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    Austin Boil Notice

    my tap water TDS is 127 today, north round rock/brushy creek north MUD. so i guess all the austin ppl can beg round rock ppl for top off water for 3-ish weeks
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    Austin Boil Notice

    sediment filters will be toast. the will increase chlorine/chloramines in the short term to ensure there are no bacterial blooms. once things settle down and they clear the silt, things should return to normal. just keep an eye on your sediment filters, smell check the carbon blocks (if they are overwhelmingly smelling like chlorine, time to change it out). process water in large batches if you have to. add "throw away" blocks infront of your system (the kind they sell for "inline fridge water")
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    Turbo's Aquatics - Algae Turf Scrubber - L8 Large NEW

    its a pretty simple/decent design. mebbe i shoudl practice my acrylic skillz and start making these. w/ the proper jig, should be relatively easy? my concern is the heat from the led's warping / yellowing the plexi. are the side windows glass?
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    Isaac's 180+

    not so much the typical build thread, its already built but are we ever really done w/ our systems? So... Tanks/reactors: -180g DSA/Oceanic w/ corner overflows (build type screams DSA, quality screams Oceanic... this might be the last build the DSA guys did before they split off to DSA...or first at DSA... who knows) -50g Oceanic Sump -30g converted oceanic sump for refugium -20g frag tank -~1/5g marine life aquatics CR-500 calcium reactor -4.5g Deltec AP851 recirc skimmer -~2g in calcium reactor -~2g in anaerobic coil -~1g in whole house filter converted for nitrate sponge -~1/3g GFO reactor decommissioned for algae scrubber -~1/3g carbon reactor decommissioned for algae scrubber -~2g algae scrubber -5g fluidized sand bed home depot bucket. decommissioned due to space -plus whatever is in the plumbing (main/fuge inside, rest in garage) -55g barrel w/ salt mix (on ready for emergencies or water changes) -55g barrel w/ RO/DI (on ready for salt mixing and ATO) -20g RO tank w/ bladder (after RO, before DI) -small effluent box for calc reactor (probe in reactor now, ignore probe in old picts!) (thats ~280g total "holding," guesstimate 250ish operating) Pumps/powerheads: -mag9 (FSB + nitrate sponge + UV) decommissioned, new pump manifold -CA 2200 (fuge) decommissioned, new pump manifold -bubble magus sp4000 (skimmer) decommissioned, new skimmer -small harbor freight pond pump (for phosban reactor) decommissioned, new pump manifold -eheim1262 (main return) decommissioned, new pump manifold -jeabo DC-9000 and manifold (UV+nitrate sponge, gfo/carbon, fuge, main display, frag, UV2+algae scrubber) -eheim1262 (water changes and backup for tank) -eheim1260 (skimmer recirculation) -rio1100 (anaerobic coil + calcium reactor) -medium harbor fright pump (feed skimmer, rio that came w/ broke its shaft, pending new shaft!) -medical PCA pump (everclear dosing) -BRS 2part doser (vinegar.. now only used in case pH goes over 8.4) -permeate pump (for RO/DI system) -tunze wavebox (synced w/ turbelle) -2x tunze turbelle (synced) -koralia 4 -precisionmarine redtop skimmer Controls: -Apex+EB8+EB8+PM2+ALD+VDM+DIY breakout box+jaebo controller -various 0-10v dimmers (cabinet fan, DIY LEDs, backup heater relay, powersave relay) -various 12v relays -DIY temp control box powered by stc-1000 w/ opensource stc1000p firmware -main pump manifold for controlling flows to UV/UV2, nitrate sponge, gfo/carbon, fuge, main display, frag and algae scrubber -a lot of magnetic floats (used by Apex i/o ports and ATO) -24v sprinkler valve (for ATO to sump) -12v ball valve (for RO/DI to barrel) -120v industrial ball valve (for chiller loop) -tunze osmolator pump (for ATO) -24hr timer EB8 socket (for ATO) -7day count down timer (for RO/DI barrel) Lighting: -4 refurbed AI Sol (2xwhite, 1x blue) -1 refurbed AI Sol Blue (2x blue, 1x white) -~60 DIY blue leds (from old DIY LED, still provides decent spectrum w/ the Sol's) -~25 DIY white leds (from old DIY LED that wasnt up to PAR, but good backlighting) -2 aluminum 6063-T52 Bare Rectangle Tube 1.5" x 2" x 0.125" as rails (thermo-epoxy'd LEDs on these as support and heat sync. Sol's supported in between) -1 t8 "daylight" light CF from biocube (for fuge, on reverse cycle) -1 t8 50/50 light actinic CF from biocube (for fuge, on reverse cycle) -36w UV Clarifier -40w UV Clarifier -1 strand of led lighting for under cabinet use Chiller system: -One-off construction from chillking chillers. (manufactured as a proof of concept "remote" aquarium chiller. ping me if interested, wont say more beyond that because I know the rules! although if there is enough interest, I'm sure I can get them to swing a sponsored account for this!) -2-ton titanium coil in aquarium sump -25g chiller tank -1.5ton condenser on chiller outside -2-ton evaporator coil in chiller sump -also cools my server closet and garage evaporator unit if i turn it on Stand/hood: -DSA quality stand w/ side doors (which i cant open as its flush w/ the wall) and 4 front doors. (I say DSA, because I dont recall Oceanic having the side doors, I may be wrong) -DIY hood. 8x1 oak, stained, epoxy sealed. opens upwards from the front for feeding & access to lighting) -DIY upper tank brace (powder coated steel stock, removed inner glass crossbracing) Typical water: -I prefer Red Sea pro Instant Ocean salt 200g bags when I can get them. In a crunch, I use Instant ocean reef 200g box -NO3: 5-10 -NO2: 0 -NH4: 0 -PO4(3-): 0 -C: 440-480 -KH: 10 +/1 1 -Mg: 1450 +/- 50 -Salinity 34.5-35/1.026 (depends on how clogged the sump gets w/ stuff in between cleanings) -Temp: 77 78 +/- .3 (i love this temp controller) -pH: 8.15 (end of night cycle) - 8.35 (end of day cycle) Feeding/Dosing: -I prepare 8 days worth ahead of time in old 110ml breastmilk bottles -1 2 3 cubes of mysis (bulk from brineshrimpdirect) -1 2 3 cubes of brine (bulk from brineshrimpdirect) -1 2 cubes of krill (bulk from brineshrimpdirect) -6 8 10 12 16 drops of garlic (per bottle) -1 2 3 tiny spoons (reef chili spoon/chemiclean) polyplab reef roids -1 2 3 tiny spoons (reef chili spoon/chemiclean) BRS reef chili -10ml 20ml kent microvert -10ml 20ml kent chromaplex -10ml 20ml kent phytoplex -10ml 20ml kent zoe -20ml brightwell zooplanktos-M -20ml rightwell zooplantos-L -20ml real sea reef energy A -20ml real sea reef energy B -20ml 30ml brightwell coral kolor -10ml brightwell potassium -40ml 90ml 120ml kent coral accel -all liquids mixed (320ml) and split evenly between the 8 bottles (40ml), topped off w/ ro/di, put in fridge -2 1x1 square of green Julian Sprung`s SeaVeggies every other day occasionally -2 1x1 square of purple Julian Sprung`s SeaVeggies every other day occasionally (folded in between green) -Vinegar/RO on ready if pH goes above 8.39 -PCA bump holds 100ml. dosing 0.1ml/hr. Everclear/RODI ratio at 10% everclear right now (so 4ml/day everclear. I lower ratio as the white slime creeps back and liverock/nitrate sponge/FSB/nitrate coil kick in. When I started in 1/2ml increments, i ended up at 7ml on the high end, its now going down about every other week). Holding steady at 10% (as of Dec 2015) disabled.. algae scrubber Livestock: -5 31 1mangroves -too much chaeto -maroon clown -Ocellaris clown -Ocellaris clown in frag tank -skunk clown -bi-color angel -flame angel -multicolor angel -koran angel -potters angel -imperator angel -sixline wrasse -mysteri wrasse -melanurus wrasse -blue sided fairy wrasse -solorensis (solar/clown) fairy wrasse -square anthias (male- popeye, comes out rarely) -square anthias (female- RIP, on order RCA) -sailfin tang -blue hippo tang -kupang damsel -2x blue sapphire damsel -black bar damsel -neon dottyback -bicolor psuedochromis -green mandarin goby -bicolor goby -strawberry psuedochromis (although he's more purple he's strawberry now) -2x pajama cardinal -sailfin blenny (frag tank) -aiptasia eating filefish in left overflow (maybe, havnt seen aiptasia in there for a while) -ruby red cardinal (I call him tomato cardinal) -midas blenny (RIP.. i really liked him) -engineer goby (classic straight lines down body) -engineer goby (striped like a banded pipefish, on the body of an engineer?.. this @$#%^@ is wrecking havoc) -3x sand sifting starfish -red marble fromia starfish (RIP) -lots of snails and crabs (from reefcleaners) -emerald crab (frag tank) -2x (scarlet) skunk cleaner shrimp -1x fire shrimp (frag tank) -4x peppermint shrimp in display (i think, never see them) -2x peppermint shrimp in left overflow (aiptasia control) -3x harlequin shrimp (i've only seen two out at once lately) -a bunch of liverock -green star polys everywhere -green/purple condi anemone -large green bubbletip anemone, recently split into two! (Dec 2015 & Oct 2017) clone now lives in frag's overflow -smaller accidentally fragged carpet anemone (i see him occasionally) -larger accidentally fragged carpet anemone -pompom xenia -green/beige torch colony (6 many many heads) -green frogspawn (2 many many heads each) -gold highlighter tip torch -toxic splatter green hammerhead (6 many heads) -a bunch of zoas -3x green candycane colonies (many heads, not looking hot) -cyan/teal candycane, 4 heads (doing great.. under palys) -darth maul convict -various favia frags -large favia colony -war skin bower (not doing great) -various encrusting monti -large galaxia colony -2x large red monti -large green monti -large grape monti -smaller green monti one w/ blue polyps -3 large green chalice colinies (many more frags to sell/swap) -1 small pink fuzzy birdsnest -1 larger red birdsnest (RTN event, just have a small frag now) -large green & light green paly colony (ugh) -mushroom leather -ty's bottlebrush acro -some dark purple w/ green tone acro (real name?) -lighter purple acro (real name?) -i need help identifying most of these *lol* -i KNOW i missed some too PICTURES! (kinda old w/ cameraphone, need to pull out the SLR) System: https://goo.gl/photos/GXXbCDkC4s1JbtVi8 Livestock: https://goo.gl/photos/JdhivvED3cfPvh6J7 ...that was a bit longer than I anticipated, good thing this is a hobby and I'm not keeping a running cost sheet... ouch.
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    Isaac's 180+

    I use 4" ones for the skimmer drain... i have like 12. when I have about 10 used I disk then in tap water, then use a house to spray em. turn them inside out with a broomstick and spray again. then they soak in wreak bleach bucket for an hour. then washing machine with vinegar. then washing machine with nothing. I have to do all this because they get caked on since I wait and do them in bulk. Add 7"ones to the mix from 180 and 40 tanks now. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
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    Isaac's 180+

    so part of the sump cleanout was removing the old bioballs... the idea is great, but it also backfires if you are trying to limit surfaces for pests. I have a big enough fuge for pods and such, i dont think i need the bioballs anymore...anyways... i liked the tray ontop, but i wanted to start using a sock too.... so, my first acrylic build attempt... measure twice... cut once... forget to include width of the sheet for the back,, compensate *lol* originally i was planning on having a solid back panel.. but ended up having to split it.. oops. (pardon the huge bag of SHOES for the garage sale) cutsheet... compared.. installed.. still need to make the splash guard.. "why the tray isaac?" if a fish makes it down, they can flop into the sump. once i had bubble algea, having it not in the sock made it easy to remove and not burst while not knowing it was in the sock tumbling/bursting (never saw any again... i got lucky), etc. the filter in the tray is a medium/large koi pond filter.
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    Big skimmer

    PM's about my redline overnight was too late to txt
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    Isaac's 180+

    that would be some "strong" beer?
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    Isaac's 180+

    Mine is strictly a beer fridge which happens to hold fish food. I have my priorities in life. i see how it is... all you offer guests is water?! no love for the union.
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    Isaac's 180+

    doesnt everyone have one? it doubles as my supplements fridge too
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    Isaac's 180+

    chiller loop. it circulates 40 degree water through it when its on. my water chiller is what restaurant/softserve places use to cool equipment, i just adapted for my tank. essentially, i have an HVAC condenser ouitside, and an evaporator coil inside a tank of water. that tank circulates water though water "circuits" or channels. I have one going to my server closet, one to my beer fridge, and one to aquarium.
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    Isaac's 180+

    so, i noticed a couple aiptasia on the "drain side" of my sump 2 weeks ago. Got an aip-eating filefish. checks on it yesterday... i had 20-30 mini ones! the pump/return side still had noting thankfully. So about every 2 years, i seem to drain/disconnect my sump and clean it out. this time around i drained/disconnected it... put it on a couple furniture dollies and hosed it off. then i scraped every surface.. rinse, then i powdered every surface w/ kalk. about 10 mins later, filled it up w/ water again, let it sit. ask i manually cleaned everything that belonged it the sump, they went into this super-kalk tank to soak. all the heaters that had those rubber ends on them.. removed. Limiting surface area for things! then rinse twice, finale fill/rinse w/ prime. everything back in. its crazy how clean a clean sump looks. Now i need something to hold a filter tray above a filter sock. I'm abandoning the bioballs finally.
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    Apex Classic, ALD Module and ORP Probe FS

    if ya do that, i'd be willing to take the temp/ph probes and display.... leaving you w/ just the base
  16. i been using f.lux on my windows boxes for years, and twilight on android. accepting a reddish hue at night definitely lets me sleep slightly better.. and now apparently lets me not go blind as early.
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    Isaac's 180+

    i put a stub on the end of my manifold so i could expand it if needed *wink* point of my ATS was to clean out what the mechanical couldnt. so off the manifold works fine. plus gets clogged less.
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    Isaac's 180+

    manifold off my jaebo12000
  19. I have a plethora.. many overgrown and starting to stick together... more you buy more im willing to drop the price
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    fuge reverse flow plenum will it work

    "zone of crud" heh.
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    Isaac's 180+

    lights fade up you see a shadow walking through the majestic woods. some french music begins to play.... a clearing emerges,,, light fades away... "eau de ous-ton. odeur de champions des marais." cut scene. Moral of the commercial? when doing some maint in the sump, dont forget to turn the algae scrubber flow back on, or it will cook and smell of saltwater marshes drying out and general slimy death smell.
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    How to setup a Calcium Reactor

    you dont wanna "pressurize" the chamber too much in my opinion. you definately dont want so much pressure where you are fighting the CO2's input from ever reaching the system. so if the valves are in the input, everything in the system gets pushed out as you put it in. if you put the valves at the end, you create some backpressure. minimal backpressure is good, and probably helps the valves from not clogging, but it will be a little harder to fine tune. both methods are pretty equal and it just depends on how it works out for you. so.. thats the main take-away.. you cant reach water psi above the co2's input psi or you are fighting the co2 regulator.
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    How to setup a Calcium Reactor

    i have a ball valve coming of my manifold, then the needle valve for fine control. ball valves over time become very inconsistent and hard to get in the exact spot when you wanna dial something in.
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    Superman shroom question

    their insides/mouth and that color.... mine anyways.
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