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Blue Z Reef

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  1. Blue Z Reef

    FS: Reef Octopus Elite 220 INT with swabbie

    Bump! Tax money soon...anyone want this beast ????????????
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    FS: Reef Octopus Elite 220 INT with swabbie

    7.5 to 9" My stand is only 2" I believe but was all I needed for my last setup
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    T5 lighting.

    It depends on what you like visually as well as what corals you want to grow. I personally like the bluer look so I'd probably have heavy usage of ATI Blue Plus with an ATI Actinic and maybe a coral plus or purple plus?
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    Livestock for sale

    I'll take these, can meet you tomorrow at noon
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    Hello! New (soon to be hopefully) Reefer

    And don't forget to budget for plumbing...I always think to myself "that's cheap, won't cost that much". Which is then followed by 4 trips to HD and $100 later LOL
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    Hello! New (soon to be hopefully) Reefer

    Welcome! I think you've got a nice list but can def save some cash buying used or similar equipment: Lights - used hydra 52 is probably around $400, maybe a little less if you look around a bit (I see them a lot on R2R). Also, I've seen several 40B setups with a single OceanRevive Artic. Forget their price but it's under $200 Return pump - try a Jebao DCT4000, they are $63 with Prime on Amazon Used RKL setup should run you around $150 Rock - many people have cured LR (myself included) that can be had for less than the dry. Something to consider. Just those changes will get you back under the $2k range
  7. I have a RO Elite DC 220 INT I'd sell for $500 firm Comes with swabbie and stand
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    Buy replacement Curve 5 pump or upgrade?

    I'd replace it, Curves are good skimmers. Don't buy a vertex, the one sized for your tank, the 130i is NOT a good skimmer. I have one and had to replace the pump with a custom DC jebao to get it to skim properly. They are super finicky and the pump is loud. Can't speak to their larger models but stay away from the small ones Reef Octopus has some really nice models right now if you want to replace it instead, worth checking out.
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    Reducing nitrates.. Few questions on my setup

    One suggestion going forward - get a powerhead or wavemaker in your sump and have a timer turn it on and off periodically to prevent detritus settling.
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    CO2 regulator suggestions

    Hard to beat the aquarium plants carbon doser, runs about $300. I liked the aquatic life mini that I used. The needle valve is the only thing I'd swap but once I tinkered with it a bit I didn't have any issues. Unfortunately they seem to be discontinued:( http://www.marinedepot.com/AquaticLife_CO2_Regulator_with_Lighted_Solenoid_CO2_Regulators_for_Aquariums-AquaticLife-AK01217-FICORE-vi.html
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    Glass scraper question

    I loved using my flipper max on my 210 (still have it if your interested in saving some cash on a used one ????). The max is large and strong, no issues on thicker glass. Going to be buying a smaller version for my 45 cube here shortly.
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    New to hobby and new to forum, from Vancouver

    Good choice! Lots of people here use them successfully and the vendor is local. Are you running a sump? Skimmer?
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    WTB: Acrylic baffle/sheet

    What size you need? Text me
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    New to hobby and new to forum, from Vancouver

    Good to see another Couvie! Sounds like your off to a good start! Any pics of your setup? Lighting can be tricky, lots of options and opinions. If I were you, I'd go try and see tanks in action with different lighting and see what you like and what others are successful with.
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    ISO shelf rock

    I'd do $30 for these pieces
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    Worms/Aiptasia from cheato

    Cheato is easy to dip for pests, just dip in fresh water with same pH and takes care of all the pests. Don't think it treats aptasia/majanos though but it's an easy dip for everything else.
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    ISO shelf rock

    What size are you looking for? I'll have a few pieces left over from my build I got from BRS. It's been through an acid and bleach bath and is in a saltwater tub currently (it's ready to go straight into the tank). I have one really large piece and a smaller piece or two of shelf.
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    Got aiptasia :(

    If you want to come to Vancouver I'll give you some to use.
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    Massive hydnophora of death!

    Haha enjoy the green reaper ????! It literally killed anything it touched, majanos included which was impressive! Looks happy already, hope it's good to you! Thanks for the trade ????????
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    Maxspect Gyre or Jebao CP40?

    The main thing is that the maxspect will have a warranty, most have trouble claiming any warranty with Jebao. I've had pretty good luck with jebao products however, all my RWs ran for 3 years and my WPs went for 2. For the money that's not terrible. Also, not sure if you've seen but since they released the XF series, you can link 2, so they have begun selling the whole pump assembly separate from the controller ($140 for the 230 and $160 for the 250). At least your not buying the whole thing again if the pump goes out. Vortech is the same with needing wet sides replaced occasionally. This hobby deals with a very harsh environment (salt water), everything is going to fail eventually. And I'm running a used gyre 130 on my new cube, can't speak to longevity yet but we'll see.
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    RODI help

    Idk what's wrong...I swear I've tried everything at this point! Here's what I have setup: Pre filter culligan filter -> aquatec 8800 booster-> 3x carbon blocks 1 micron and one is .5 micron I think from BRS -> 100 gpd Dow filmtec -> 3 DI canisters I just swapped to the 100 gpd hoping the rejection would be better...it's worse! From the tap reading is 120ish. After membrane only getting down to like 20! DI resin takes it to 0 but I burn through resin like no tomorrow! I was using a 150gpd Axeon membrane and it was only getting it down to like 10 TDS. Pre filters from BrS are less than a month old. I have an 800cc fast flush for the 100 gpd and was using a 1200 with the 150gpd. Pressure with booster is at 85 psi. What's wrong here? 98% rejection should put my output around 4 tds.
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    RODI help

    Ok, here's what we're producing/rejecting Measured how long for 100mL Product = 30 sec Waste = 7 sec So ratio is 4.3/1 waste/product Converting this to gallons, with the 100 gpd membrane I'm only outputting 76 gal at 85psi. Given it is cold out and my unit is in the garage this may be effecting the waste/product some, but most people don't report any higher TDS, just lower output. Still stumped ????
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    RODI help

    Haven't checked flow rates yet as I'm watching the lil guy this afternoon but I did check the TDS out of the membrane and it's down to 10 but holding there. My first DI resin chamber has changed color about 2" already ???? Uggg this things expensive to run
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    RODI help

    I know 800 is the right flow restrictor for the 100 gpd I'll have to check the product/waste ratio and product speed a little later
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    RODI help

    Oh an new membrane was properly flushed for half an hour. I always flush for at least 15 mins prior to production as well.