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  1. ctenophore

    Congrats Avast Marine!

    Thanks guys! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  2. ctenophore

    Reactor build kit

    Hi Darren, it should be pretty soon. I think we're just waiting for a few small items to come in. I'll ask Dan and see if he has a more exact estimate. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
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    Skimmer acting up

    Yes, pretty much certain it's the filter socks. Give it a day or two.
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    Skimmer acting up

    Hi Jeff, I just replied to the email you sent in, but now looking at these pics, I see you have a shallower sump section. Can you try putting it in there and seeing if that at least slows down the overfoaming? I suspect it's something in the water, as this looks like a fairly new system (or you keep a really clean sump!) Suggested depth is about 7", but where you have it now should work fine.
  5. ctenophore

    Calling Justin

    Hey DaveI'll text you in case you lost my number Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
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    Barrel Tender Anticlimax

    Here is one of mine installed on a 55 gal drum. I didn't bolt it down, and this is a prototype where the solenoid is separate, so that line goes in the other cap opening. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
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    Barrel Tender Anticlimax

    Hey Alan, if you didn't bolt it down, or if the reservoir lid lifts up, just lift up the Tender to trick it into thinking the water level is low. I had the same problem when I set mine up Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
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    CS1 Skimmer - HELP NEEDED

    A few things to check: make sure the output tube isn't below the water level, otherwise vapor locking can occur and create backpressure inside the output tube. Also, you might try to unscrew the valve so the plunger comes out. If you can safely saw off or otherwise remove about 1/2" of that cylinder, the skimmer will be able to drain easier. Why is the silencer not attached? Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
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    CS1 Skimmer - HELP NEEDED

    Hi Matt, Which model CS1 do you have? Can you post a picture of it running? Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  10. ctenophore

    Der ABT 80g office nano

    Did you get the peri pumps figured out? Lmk if not. That sea hare is loving it in the greenhouse tank. It has eaten so much algae it just crawls around leaving these wood pellet looking poops all over the place. Truly an algae monster.
  11. ctenophore

    GFO and carbon reactor

    Either will work fine. The medium gives you extra capacity that you may want in the future at the cost of sump space. I think 1 cup Rox and 1/2 cup GFO would be enough for ~100 gallons of water. I'd look at a Sicce syncra return pump. You don't get the electronic control, but the intake dial can limit the flow rate effectively. But, they're silent, reliable, and have a 5 year warranty.
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    GFO and carbon reactor

    I'm not sure if Dan or I replied to you, but the small using high capacity gfo and/or rox 0.8 carbon will be plenty for a 90 gallon. It will be a lot quieter than any other pumps you use; the sicce nano is silent.
  13. ctenophore

    Frozen food autofeeder project

    It's still going on, just a bit different than originally planned. I've been running my tank on the autofeeder since last October, and haven't fed anything manually since just after this past Christmas. We're continuing to work through design iterations in order to make something we can produce for a reasonable price but is still easy to use and nice looking. When that will happen is unknown, but rest assured it is being worked on basically daily.
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    My new coral greenhouse

    Cerameco pieces from marco. Frag tank is 4x4, and yes it was pretty full. Still a lot of coral in there though. Hope to have it cleared out before the new year.
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    My new coral greenhouse

    Thanks for the compliments everyone. I wish it was really show worthy, but it just got started. Laura, it's Anthony's old 330, but is only filled to within 5" from the top, so 280? gal. I hate sloshing water when I work in a tank. The gyres are at each end, one upside down along the bottom, the other 2" below water level. I wanted to put all of them against the bottom, but wasn't quite getting the gyre spin that i wanted. So they alternate from opposite sides, one high and one low, every 6 hours. Then 15 min of all off, slack tide. Then at the next switch, all on for 15 min to create chaotic flow and move any detritus piles. I'll do a better video with more detail in a few days.
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