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    Today was a big maintenance day for me. I installed a 2nd DOS controlled by my Trident to dose magnesium, replaced all my dosing tubing and added John Guest push connect fittings, disassembled and thoroughly cleaned my skimmer, and siphoned detritus out of my sump. For the past few days my skimmer has struggled to start up, with the motor running for about 30 seconds before bubbles finally foamed up and my Apex warned me it was drawing more watts than normal. After cleaning, it now starts up right away and no power warnings.
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    I want to see the handbook you were writing for your wife.... Loved that thread. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    After 30 years in the IT industry, I'm a strong proponent for redundant systems and disaster recovery planning. So far in my aquarium build, I've taken several steps to ensure I'm prepared for problems: Spare parts for critical components: COR-20 return pump, WAV and Gyre powerheads, heater, PMUP, power adapters UPS Battery backup and Apex programming for power outages Whole-house generator with auto transfer switch for prolonged power outages Backup copies of Apex configuration, along with printed copies of the configuration At least 40 gallons of RO/DI and saltwater on hand at all times, up to 75 gallons storage capacity for each, and spare buckets of salt Equipment to set up a quarantine tank if needed, including MarinePure blocks in my sump to seed bacteria in the QT Written documentation/instructions for a tank sitter or LFS staff to help if I'm not available The only thing I've been missing up until now is a spare Apex and EB832. Well, now I can check that off my list as well! I ordered the Apex 2016 head unit and an EB832 to keep on my spare parts shelf. I also walked through the process of restoring my saved Apex config to the new Apex to confirm it reads the file properly and all the programming comes across. So far it looks like it will work fine. The only thing I'll need to do if my primary Apex fails is to be sure to plug the add-on modules into the new Apex in the proper sequence so they maintain their previously assigned AquaBus addresses. Call me paranoid, but I like to be prepared!
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    I know there are a few people that have been asking.....got me a few and some for maybe you
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    Just wanted to give a shout out to John here. Another shining example of his amazing organizational skills, tech savvy, and incredible generosity in sharing his skills and hard work. I, for one, and greatly benefiting from his knowledge and generosity. Three cheers for John! Sent from my SM-G928P using Tapatalk
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    Never saw a thread covering this and figured it may be a good way to see others tanks more regularly, and other hobbies of members. My ig is Mr_z_503
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    You have some amazing equipment under that beast 😃 I'm probably weird but I enjoy maintenance day. It's very gratifying to see it all clean and running smoothly.
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    A couple of thing.... The initial cycle is done.. in terms of having enough bacteria to convert ammonia to nitrate. So your fish are going to be fine. The other thing that is likely going to happen is that the rock that you put in the cooler (assuming no flow) had lots of stuff die on it. That stuff will now likely release ammonia and thus spike nitrate levels. It will take several MONTHS to get de-nitrifying bacteria that convert nitrate to nitrate gas and thereby remove it from the aquarium. This is part of the long long long process of a tank becoming mature and stabilizing. keep doing the water changes, it will help keep the nitrate numbers (and thus to a smaller degree, the algae) at bay. If things get out of hand with the algae then I would suggest doing a couple weeks of using vibrant. Just like other said, don't bother testing PH. Test your phos, alk and nitrate levels. The better test kits you have for those the happy you will be. What I use, redsea pro nitrate, stupid expensive phos meter, and hanna egg alk checker. the hannah alk is priceless if you want to keep SPS. Cheers
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    Give a standing ovation to our May Picture of the Month Winner: Gil&Fin
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    I use my spare Neptune PMUP attached to 3/8” tubing into a bucket.
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    I have a bucket head from home depot. A little shop vac that attaches to a bucket. It's about $26.
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    The meeting is not too far off here, just a couple weekends away really! I know I am going to make a side dish for the afterwards BBQ like macaroni salad, but I am also going to bring something to grill up like burgers or kabobs. Gonna try and prep everything up the best I can ahead of time to stream line things. Are there any vegetarians attending the meet, I can get some veggie burgers too if that is the case, I don't mind. And it should be a nice weekend so don't forget to bring the significant other/family to partake, we love good weather and good company.
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    Here are just a few of the corals that will available for purchase on the road trip. I will post more when I get some more list. Coral list ◦ CNC Ultra Orange Yuma ◦ Dragon eye zoa frag ◦ Salmon pink zoa frag ◦ Gold branching hammer ◦ Space Invader Pectinia frag ◦ Blue tip green stag coral ◦ Gold Eye Chalice frag ◦ Rainbow Pheonix Monti frag ◦ Rainbow Monti frag ◦ Ultra CaliTort ◦ German Blue Digita ◦ PINK TIP Br HAMMER ◦ Pink Branching Sea Whip ◦ GOLD SCROLL ◦ Red Planet ◦ Validia Tricolor ◦ Bali Green Slimer ◦ Toxic Hydnopora ◦ Kryptonite Spongeodis ◦ Tyree Ore MummyEye ◦ Tongan Blue Mushroom ◦ Orange Eye Echinophyllia
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    Oh wow I love this [emoji16] my tank sitter (and my dogs, cats and ferrets sitter) is a 13 year old girl from down the street. She comes over quite often to hang out with my daughter and stare at my tanks so she asks tons of questions, she has it down so there's nothing I even say except when we are coming back. My tanks are pretty automated, probably not like yours though so really the only thing she does is a visual check, empties skimmate if needed. I have Eheim automatic feeders so she feeds frozen every other day while I'm gone. I got a Kole Tang (first Tang I've got since the crash a couple years ago) yesterday so I'll be adding feeding Nori to that list. This is my first Kole tang, I was originally planning on a Blue Hippo Tang but I saw kjlife who lives less than a mile from my work selling his 65 gallon on this forum with fish, corals and I couldn't resist the Kole so I picked it up yesterday after work. Beautiful fish, I'm glad now I chose a Kole since I still haven't decided yet what size I'll be upgrading my 75 to next year, and from what I understand the Kole tangs tend to stay in the smaller side for a Tang which is good in case I decide to upgrade in the ~100 gallon range instead of something even bigger which my husband would absolutely love [emoji23] (he would NOT love...) Sent from my BLU R1 HD using Tapatalk
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    Thanks for posting this. It is a great reminder that I need to dig deeper into my Apex.
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    I didn't quite go to the extreme detail I was planning, but i did write up a pretty detailed user guide for my tank sitter. Attached is a copy with the private details stripped out. Aquarium Instructions Template.pdf
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    @what_the_frag is a link to my tank thread
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    Looking good One of my favorite things is vacuuming out the sump. I painted all sides of the sump white except the front so I like when it’s clean 🧽
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    I wouldn’t worry about your PH unless it’s for sure crossing 8.6+. 8-8.4 is a good place to be
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    My tank gets up to 8.4-8.5 when I have a window open according to my apex. Never noticed an issue.
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    These are just a few more corals you will see on the roadtrip. I hope everyone can make time to go. I will hopefully get more list as we go. I can't stress how much of an unique opportunity it is for these people to open their houses up to us.
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    Finally! I've entered so many POTMs I've lost count. I just want to thank everyone who has supported me through the years, and saw potential when others scoffed. I would also like to thank my wonderful family for their never-ending support, quiet encouragement, and keeping me humble. Most of all, I'd like to thank @Jorge for losing. I love you man. I'll work on my acceptance speech some more to present at the next club meeting. This is just a first draft...
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    I'm shocked that the employees at Petco don't know *sarcasm* That's why we support LFSs. Sent from my SM-G928P using Tapatalk
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    Friday's topic -- Alarms The Apex provides a useful — though limited — way to notify you when something is wrong with your system. A variety of built in alarms as well as a programmable alarm output can be configured to selectively draw your attention to problems. There are several sources of alarms: Inputs — Probes, switches, and power meters can all be configured to alarm based on state or measured value. EmailAlm output — Custom programming can be used to alarm based on typical output commands When command — The When countdown timer generates an error condition alarm and sets the output slider to the OFF position. Module errors — Certain Apex modules have built in safeguards that generate alarms when a problem is encountered. Note: If you have an older Apex with the Display module, it provides audible alarms through a small speaker. These alarm outputs named SndAlm_I6 and SndWrn_I7 serve no purpose if you don’t have the display module, even though they are still listed as outputs on every Apex unit, including current models. When the Apex has an active alarm condition, it can send a notification via email, SMS text message, or directly to the Fusion App on a smartphone or tablet. In addition, all alarms are added to the Apex Alarm Log that can be reviewed later: Setting up alarm notifications: In Fusion, click the down arrow next to your username at the upper right, then click Settings Click Notifications on the left To add a recipient, click the plus sign icon at the upper right Select the method of notification. If you want SMS text messages, choose your wireless carrier from the list. Enter the email address or phone number After adding a new entry, you will receive a verification code at that address or phone number. Note: If you are adding someone else and don't have access to their email or phone, you can click Cancel on this screen. Later when they can tell you the verification code, you can go back to the list of recipients and enter the verification code. Just click the gear icon next to their address and click Verify: You can have multiple destinations for alarms. I send them to both email and my iPhone for redundancy. I also add my tank sitter to the list before I’m going out of town, and then remove her from the list when I return. Configuring alarms There are a few different ways to configure alarms. The simplest method for probes or certain Inputs is to use the built-in alarm feature on its configuration page. This is available for: Temperature probes Conductivity (salinity) probes pH probes ORP probes Flow sensors EB832 ammeter and watt meter inputs PAR sensor Trident measurements You can either us the Basic alarm settings, where it will trigger an alarm if above or below your specified values: or use Advanced alarm settings which gives you more flexibility: Any Inputs with alarms configured will display a checkmark under the Alarm column in the list of Inputs: Alarm Programming For items that don’t have built in alarm settings on the configuration page, you must add lines of program code to the EmailAlm output. The command used for this is typically a simple If command. Any line of code that evaluates as True will trigger the alarm. Here are some examples: Float switch: If FW_HI CLOSED Then ON Virtual output: If Output Alert_2Part = ON Then ON When command error: If Error ATK_PMUP Then ON Module error: If Error Trident_16_3 Then ON The EmailAlm output itself behaves exactly like any other outlet and follows the same logic that I’ve covered in earlier tutorial topics. The commands are processed from top to bottom, and the last line that evaluates to True sets the state of the output. If anything sets it to On, then the alarm will be triggered and notifications will be sent. Once that condition is no longer True, and if no other command turns the outlet On, then the output is turned Off and the alarm is cleared. A notification is also sent when the alarm turns Off. With this in mind, you should always start your program with an initial Set OFF command, and then follow it with lines that could potentially turn it On. One of the major limitations with alarm programming is that only the last line that turns the output On is the line of text you’ll receive in the notification. In other words, if there are 3 different lines of code that all evaluate True and turn the output On, only the last one will be displayed in your notification email or text message. For this reason it’s recommended to sequence your alarm programming so the least important things are at the top, and the most critical things are at the end. For example, if your EmailAlm output program is checking for high temperature and also checking if the skimmer cup float switch is on: Set OFF If Temp > 99 Then ON If SkimmerFull = CLOSED Then ON and if both of these conditions are true, the only notification you will get is about the skimmer. If you got that message while you’re at a movie theater, you probably wouldn’t rush right home and instead you'd stay to see the movie credits and any blooper scenes. But you wouldn’t realize that the water temperature is killing everything in your tank. It would be better to change the sequence to: Set OFF If SkimmerFull = CLOSED Then ON If Temp > 99 Then ON Now when you receive the alarm about the Temp > 99, you’ll run out of the theater and head right home. After dumping frozen water bottles into your tank, you’ll also eventually notice that your skimmer is also full even though you didn't get a notification about it. Just think through your priorities when sequencing your alarm programming. Once you have your EmailAlm output programmed, but sure to leave its tile on the dashboard in the AUTO position. If you ever slide it to OFF, you will not receive any alarms you programmed, If you slide it to ON, it will just send you a notification right away regardless of your programming. It’s best to just always leave it set to AUTO. Nuisance Notifications Once an alarm is triggered, the email and text notifications will be sent to you every hour until the alarm condition is cleared. For trivial things, such as the skimmer cup full example above, this can be very annoying. The best way to avoid excess notifications is to use a virtual output with its own programming including a timer, and then use that virtual output’s state in your alarm programming. This was discussed in my previous tutorial on virtual outputs, but I’ll present it again here. When my 2-part dosing containers are low, the optical sensors inside will report OPEN. I use a virtual output to monitor this condition to turn the virtual output On, then use a When timer of 10 minutes to turn the virtual output to manual OFF. It also ignores the optical sensor at night when I’m sleeping with an If Time command: Set OFF If ALK_LO OPEN Then ON If CAL_LO OPEN Then ON If Time 23:00 To 07:00 Then OFF Defer 001:00 Then ON When On > 010:00 Then OFF Then in my alarm programming, I just check the status of the virtual output: If Output Alert_2Part = ON Then ON Now I don’t need to worry about low 2-part waking me up at 3am, and during the day if it’s low it will only send me one notification instead of nagging every hour. I use several virtual outputs exclusively for alarm programming. Here’s my current EmailAlm output programming: Set OFF If Output Alert_2Part = ON Then ON If Output Alert_FW_HI = ON Then ON If Output Alert_FW_LO = ON Then ON If Output Alert_SkmFul = ON Then ON If Output Alert_FUG_Hi = ON Then ON If Error Trident_16_3 Then ON If Error ATK_PMUP Then ON If Output vATO_Off = ON Then ON If Output Alert_SmpFlo = ON Then ON If Output vSmp_Hi = ON Then ON If Output vSMP_Lo = ON Then ON If Output Alert_Power = ON Then ON If Output Alert_Leak = ON Then ON Again, I want to emphasize the importance of placing the least important alarm conditions at the top of the list, and the most critical towards the bottom. Be sure to configure your alarms. It’s one of the most important reasons for using a controller. The sooner you know there’s a problem, the sooner you can work on fixing it. Stay tuned for our next tutorial on Feed Cycles.
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    Welcome! Sounds like you are off to a good start. Nice size tank to work with - always an exciting time when you start to add corals. Lots of experienced and helpful people on here so I’m sure you will be able to get advice on pretty much anything... even if it isn’t reef related. 😀
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    welcome aboard =). We have some awesome knowledgeable reef keepers on this forum. Don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have. Be sure to post up some photos. Its very exciting to be adding your first corals.
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    Welcome aboard! Sent from Atlantis 🤙
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    Welcome to the forum Austin time for an upgrade !
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    I am around the 6 month mark with my 60gal tank. This forum has been great for getting advise and I think you will find the people here very nice and helpful. we all want success in this hobby and the best way to do that is information sharing. Welcome..
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    Welcome to the club. Lotta good info and people here always willing to lend a hand!!
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    Sounds like a familiar trend... falling in head first. Please empty your bank account at the first opportunity What part of town are you in?
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    Welcome aboard! That's a nice size tank, and an exciting time when first adding corals. I'm also relatively new, with just over a year of reefing experience now, so all those getting started steps are still fairly fresh in my memory. Don't hesitate to post questions asking for advice. And please post photos of your tank! We love photos here. 😊
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    I would really like to make this meeting. I miss you all at PNWMAS!
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    If I'm still an Oregon resident by then I may be there.
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    Hey folks! Thanks for the kind words but I must make one correction: I'm not the head director, only the Research Aquarist and manager of the Aquatic Animal Teaching Lab. In many ways, my job's a lot better than the Director's, i.e. many, many fewer excruciating meetings to attend. (I despise meetings and actively cultivate that reputation.) All that aside, looking very much forward to hosting the meeting, seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new ones. Bert has wisely moved the traditional start time back, which will make it a lot easier for you folks to haul yourselves out of bed on a Saturday, hop in the car and head out to the coast! See you folks in a month! 🐠 Sid
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