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    In the past, I have always just stack the LR to create the aquascape for all my tanks. This way, I could change the aquascape whenever the corals start to grow into colonies, or just simply wanted a different view. Once you are in the hobby for a certain amount of time, you realized that corals sometime grow into colonies then died for no apparent reason, or once a particular coral grows into a colony you just decided that you don't like the way it looks, or simply some corals grow faster than other corals and completely block them from view, all in which could messed up your initial aquascape plan. To be able to change your aquascape is an aspect of the hobby that i do enjoy to do from time to time. It is nice to be able to adjust your reef to have different views; a different view of piece of ocean in your living room every so often.

    However, for this build, i'm playing with the idea of building some unique aquascape using epoxy to glue the rocks together, but have not settle on the decision because of the reasons mentioned above. Thus, I imagined it will be quite tough to change an aquascape of rock glued to each other. Anyone have pros and cons, different perspective that could help me come to a decision?

    Previous tank - First one(pic) is still up and running. Went through 3 aquascape changed

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    110 gallon - went through about 5 aquascape changed





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    It's about to get real!






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    We have liftoff!

    Don't mind the mess. lots of cleaning and organizing to do.

    Things still to do.
    - build canopy and hook up light
    - hook up the reefkeeper
    - hook up all the reactors
    - hide all the extension cords and wires
    - insulate the pipes through the floor
    - build an algae scrubber









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    Looks good buddy.

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    Looks great. I like the stackable rock you chose as well.

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    Start to have a nice glow and feel to the fish room.



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    That is looking awesome man, no matter how man tanks I see there is always that rush seeing new setups.

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    your getting there

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    Progress ...







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    Looks like the AS working nicely during the cycle period



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    I've got get one of those going. Next week I might get the time.
    Don't look here for a comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe View Post
    I've got get one of those going. Next week I might get the time.
    They do work great. I highly recommended having one if you can fit it

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    Finally, finished the canopy and tested the lights over the Christmas break. It turns out quite nice.











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    Looks clean bro. Nice work.

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    Thanks! I made it with plenty of space in front and a removable back for easy access. I'm happy with how it turned out.

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    So, I met the guy that came up with the idea of running a calcium reactor using a Cole Palmer Masterflex continuous pump. After talking to him about it and read up on his official thread on RC, I ended buying a used Masterflex to test it out. This type of setup seems to be a very accurate dosing system and has been proven by many. I posted the link to his official thread below if anyone interested.

    http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh....php?t=2368618

    Can't wait to test it out. Will need to replace my current solenoid with an electronic carbon doser for a more full proof system.




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    Quote Originally Posted by HBL View Post
    So, I met the guy that came up with the idea of running a calcium reactor using a Cole Palmer Masterflex continuous pump. After talking to him about it and read up on his official thread on RC, I ended buying a used Masterflex to test it out. This type of setup seems to be a very accurate dosing system and has been proven by many. I posted the link to his official thread below if anyone interested.

    http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh....php?t=2368618

    Can't wait to test it out. Will need to replace my current solenoid with an electronic carbon doser for a more full proof system.




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    Is this attached to your calcium reactor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreat01 View Post
    Is this attached to your calcium reactor?

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    Yes, this pump pulls the water from my tank and feeds it into the calcium reactor at a constant rate, combines with steady injections of co2, it keeps the PH within the reactor very stable. This constant PH within the reactor will produce a consistent rate of dissolving alk, cal and mag, which will be adding into the tank. Then whenever i need to adjust the setup to match my tank consumption, I just increase or lower the rate of the pump and the rate of the co2 together depending on if I want add more or less. I just need to keep the PH inside the reactor the same. I like to keep it around 6.5 or 6.6 (this changes depending on your media type and brand).

    You might need to consider getting the better Masterflex, or other brand of medical pump, with more options for fine tunning and the electric carbon doser if your budget would allow for them. The rate on those machine can be set by entering a constant number rather than adjusting knobs, that way they will make the setup and the fine tune process a breeze for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HBL View Post
    Yes, this pump pulls the water from my tank and feeds it into the calcium reactor at a constant rate, combines with steady injections of co2, it keeps the PH within the reactor very stable. This constant PH within the reactor will produce a consistent rate of dissolving alk, cal and mag, which will be adding into the tank. Then whenever i need to adjust the setup to match my tank consumption, I just increase or lower the rate of the pump and the rate of the co2 together depending on if I want add more or less. I just need to keep the PH inside the reactor the same. I like to keep it around 6.5 or 6.6 (this changes depending on your media type and brand).

    You might need to consider getting the better Masterflex, or other brand of medical pump, with more options for fine tunning and the electric carbon doser if your budget would allow for them. The rate on those machine can be set by entering a constant number rather than adjusting knobs, that way they will make the setup and the fine tune process a breeze for you.
    I really love the concept and the consistency from this. What type of calcium reactor and masterflex do you recommend? Any specific tubing you would consider to make this better? Again, this is awesome and thank you for breaking it down so that it it easier to understand.

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    Looks like itís going to be a great system!!


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