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Blue Z Reef

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  1. Glad things are doing ok and Matty could take care of you. As I mentioned, we had the stomach flu that day so you really didn’t want to be around our house 🤢. Also I’m in Camas now so might be slightly farther than my old house was.


    you don’t keep salt on hand anymore? Just buying pre mix?

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  2. I’m still running the Jager with no issues since it was put into service. I had to buy a second one for my QT tank while the display was “re-cycling.” They are available at PetSmart (not PetCo). Overall happy with it and everything has been back in the display for a month or so. I will say that, as with most heaters, a controller is necessary as they don’t hit anywhere close to the numbers on the dial (only observed due to QT not being on my RK).

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  3. From someone who “lost” the battle to those little demon spawns, I’d HIGHLY advise removing the rock and killing them external to the tank with a torch. All the methods mentioned can work but not as well as removal and obliteration by fire! Once they start multiplying it’s hard to get a handle on them. I even bought a high powered laser to melt them with and it worked best but you have to continually hit them with it so they don’t have time to recover.


    buying live rock is good for beneficial bacteria but not ideal for pests like Majanos. 

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  4. I’d go with larger pumps. I have both Koralia Nanos 240 and 425. They are barely enough flow for my 20L hospital tank. With a 93gal cube you should be looking for larger pumps. Another reason why so many use controllable pumps like Vortechs is so the flow can vary and you can still have it peak and keep things stirred up everywhere but it also backs off and doesn’t blast things 24/7 like a single speed pump would. 


    Cubes are kind of hard for flow since they are square and you don’t want to get something too powerful that would work better throwing farther in a long tank. Maybe look into a maxspect gyre, you can mount them vertically and create some nice flow patterns in a cube. I had one in my 45 gal cube and liked it a lot.

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  5. Yet another peculiar but awesome tank by Jack! Curious to see how this does, would love one on my desk at work!


    btw, every time I go to Ikea and see all the vases I think to myself “Jack would make a tank out of that I bet!” :joking:

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  6. Right now everything is doing ok in the 20L I setup. The cube is cycling with the help of Aquaforest BioS. Currently looking gross with brown algae. After that calms a bit I've got the Triton Detox to run as a precaution as I am reusing my rock work.


    Reef Octopus had a similar titanium heater without controller I was considering but feel good about the Jager despite being glass. I do use my RK to control temps so it is a viable option.

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  7. Oh snap! Glad you did this! I had this pump saved in my eBay favs for future experiments.


    looking at the pump head...any chance you think 2 could be linked together for a stenner style dual head auto water change pump? You don't have any pics of the head removed? As you were mentioning, changing to a stepper would be cool too, would be interested to see the input shaft/pump head interface.


    keep on DIYing Jeremy!


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  8. I'm not sure my livestock got shocked too bad, I had my hands in the tank and sump prior to discovering the heater was broke and didn't get shocked at all. It wasn't until I touched the actual heater where it was broken (on accident of course) that I got shocked. 


    Currently my survivors are in a hospital tank for the time being. My tank is drained completely, everything cleaned with vinegar, and now in the process of filling to restart the cycle again.


    as I precaution I plan on running Triton Detox for good measure in case any metals are present still. Hopefully everyone will be happy in the hospital tank for a month or so while things level out in the main tank again. Fortunately I had an extra light, powerhead, new heater, and aquaclear to run some carbon in. No skimmer on that tank.


    Jeremy, I will take you up on some frags in a while when things are back to normal again :highfive:

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  9. Yes the glass actually broke open. These models state shatter resistant not shatter proof like the Jager I replaced it with. I've had a Jager go out before and it sparks inside but doesn't pop the glass open. The Theo heater broke near the end and midway up. Obviously nothing is in the chamber banging around or anything so it could have started with a hairline crack, water hits electrical, then POP. Not sure what is inside but if you are running a Theo heater I'd replace it!

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  10. This really sucks, right when things are looking fantastic, something off the wall like this happens. I had a 300w hydor Theo heater that decided to break. Obviously didn't know this at first, my wife called me on lunch and said the skimmer was overflowing. I told her to unplug it and I'd check when I got home. 3 hours later when I get back all corals are closed and not looking hot. Everything appeared fine so I began prepping water for a large change. Not sure what prompted me to check the heater but I reached in and grabbed it and it shocked me! I dropped it back and quickly unplugged it. I do have a titanium grounding Probe in the sump also, so hopefully that helped with some stray voltage.

    this was on Wednesday. I make a late run to pet smart and get a replacement heater as the temp dropped to 75. I did a 25 gallon water change that night (45 cube with sump, figure it's roughly 50%). Cleaned skimmer and swapped for new carbon.

    Yesterday,  corals continue to deteriorate. I bought a 20L and setup last night. Temps were low so I waited until this morning to move corals over.


    i don't know what the heck is in those heaters but it's bad news. I have to assume some heavy metal like copper but not sure.


    At this point, my only move is to drain the whole tank tomorrow and restart it after cleaning. Not sure if anyone has experienced this or has any tips. 

    Here's a pic from a month ago :'(


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  11. Selling my gyre xf130. Comes with extras including:

    extra bearings

    2 sets of foam covers

    end cap to make it half size for nanos


    I was getting tired of it being loud and ordered an MP10QD. Shortly after this, I ended up changing one side out and the rubber isolator on the pump. BAM Dead silent! DOH! Oh well, it's working great now, can't hear it at all at the 60% I was running it at. Had a new magnet rotor installed 6 mo ago as well as new bearings all around. Has original box/manuals.


    looking for $80



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  12. Duncan's are a lot of fun and pretty easy going for care. I'm down to just 2 clown fish so no issues feeding but you have 2 good options:

    -feed at night

    -use a piece of Tupperware or cut pop bottle and cover after spot feeding to keep the wrasse out while they put the food in their mouths.

  13. First issue you'll run into is DA likely won't let you return it just because you don't like it.


    when you were programming it, were you using a computer or doing it all through the head unit? I remember being really frustrated programming manually but it was much easier with the PC (MyReef software) using a SID. If I wasn't in the middle of moving I'd get mine out for you.


    The pH probe calibration takes a LONG time. Like put the probe in the calibration fluid for 20-30 mins to get the right reading to input on both ends of the scale. It's a pain but that's the only way I got an accurate reading.


    overall I think the reefkeeper is a great controller for simple things but more advanced/larger scale users will be happier with Apex.