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First Coral, Pavona Maldivensis

So it is the end of week 4. Tests results were: NH3/NH4 0 PO4 0 (HS kit) NO2 0 NO3 4 So I added a coral I have had my eye on for about a year at the LFS. A quite unusual bronze Pavona Maldivensis: It is trying to slough some white epoxy off in the pic. It was a bitch to epoxy onto the branch piece and didn’t end up where I wanted it but where it stood without toppling. It got plopped upright on the end of a branch where any sweepers won’t interfere with the acros and montis that will come later. Apparently some Pavonas can be pretty aggressive. I’m hoping it will colour up a little more orangey (but not too orangey for crows). Some more interesting facts about Pavonas: …they like shallow water and … Read entire article »

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DIY Auto Topup

DIY Auto Topup

Rather than wearing pumps out on this build I wanted a simple gravity fed auto topup via a float valve. My first try using 1/2″ RO parts was unsuccessful. The Torbeck style float valve required too much water pressure. The second try was successful. The parts list I used is a little more extensive than it could be as a result of this. Rather than go with all 1/4″ tubing I decided to stick with the 1/2″ … Read entire article »

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LED Dimming

Job for today done! Moved the GHL to the nano cupboard which is in between the two running displays. I can run pH, Cond, temp and plugbar on the old system and… …finally I have dimming control of the LED lighting on the lagoon. Oh how I missed my clouds. Will need to rewire the old system up on a timer for the T5s. The lighting control cable isn’t long enough… … Read entire article »

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Day 21 Video

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DIY Weir Grill

Enclosed DIY weir grill constructed and added. It was cut on an old tile saw by hand. I was a little concerned about doing the weir grill but it has come out fine. There is an enclosed section in the same blue acrylic that will sit in front of this (already ready to go minus the cut outs for the Vortechs). Here is a small video showing it in action: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXCXO5nbEFE … Read entire article »

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Aquarium Lagoon, Aquarists log, startdate 16

The strange brown material does not seem to be progressing too badly across the surface. However it has been joined by what we think is a bacterial scum on the water surface. Communication with these life forms has so far been unsuccessful. In an effort to deter the scum from forming we have put the MP40W turbines into night mode on an alternate day/night schedule to emulate an incoming and outgoing tidal circulation. We are hoping this will also entice more surface material into the weir where they can be dealt with by the foam fractionation device. … Read entire article »

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Day 14 Video

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Temperature Control Hooked Up

I have now installed and hooke up the TC-10 temperature controller to the mains and heater. No cooling kit to hook up yet. Here is a quick pic of it set into the lighting hood: ..and here is another reading to corroborate it, pretty spot on! … Read entire article »

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A Visit to Real Reefs and Starting Zeovit Dosing

Popped over to Real Reefs in Cheltenham today to get some Zeobak so I can start the Zeovit regime. Wow what a stunning setup they have. Some lovely mature fish and corals. All the tanks are impeccably clean. Phil seems incredibly¬†knowledgeable¬†and very sociable. He did ask one interesting question – as a fairly local bod why hadn’t I been before! No real answer to that one – it was my loss though. Very impressed. So, Day 12 of the tank and Day 1 of the Zeovit. I have dosed 15ml of Zeobak, 30ml of ZeoStart and 9ml of Sponge Power as a big starter dose. After this it will start to fall back to normal dosing as per the bottle. I also added 1 vial of BioDigest – another bacteria source. The cycle had … Read entire article »

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Day 7: Video

Day 7 of the cycle. Zeo not started yet. Rock added. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUX-jZy-v-c … Read entire article »

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