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Postby coral1 » Sat 06 Dec, 2008 8:20 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: just beautiful
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Postby Guv » Sun 07 Dec, 2008 7:19 pm

Thanks All for the huge response! :wavey:

Kranky wrote:I'll be down that way over christmas so I'll let you guys know how he does this and isnt just a photoshop master :devil:

:o Oh bugger - they're on to me!

Edit: For anyone who liked the reflection shot, check out last month's ReefSlides article - some really awesome shots in there! <a href="http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2008-11/reefslides/index.php">ReefSlides November 2008</a>

minefield wrote:PM me if you want to catch up soon mate.

Will do Drew - as you can see, a prune is well overdue! :pirate:

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Postby Guv » Mon 15 Dec, 2008 12:42 pm

Came home to an eerily dark house last night... turns out our <a href="http://www.masa.asn.au/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=168904&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=ranco&start=279">Ranco temperature controller</a> had just paid for itself (killing the lights and helping to keep the system under 30degC). :clap:

Any other WA'ers get caught out with the latest heat wave?
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Postby minefield » Wed 17 Dec, 2008 6:09 pm

Hey mate. Came home from Perth on Sunday arvo to find my chiller struggling to get the temp down. was sitting on 27 and goin flatout usually sits on 24.

Display temp was around 29 deg. Flicked the aircon on and got it back in about an hour or so.

Now have the aircon on a timer for when i go away at xmas.
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Postby Guv » Wed 17 Dec, 2008 7:33 pm

No losses then Drew?

Looks like we've got a little STN around the base of one of ours (I'm hoping it was only caused by the temperature excursion) - other than that we'll just call it a close call! :cop:
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Postby Guv » Mon 05 Jan, 2009 3:25 pm

It happened again! :(

Back from a week away up north... arrived home at around midnight to find the tank sitting on 32degC!!! God knows what temp it got to during the day...

Either I had forgotten to leave the AC on or our neighbour had helpfully turned it off (he was feeding the system) - I have a bad feeling it was the former and that I have no one but myself to blame. :wall:

In addition to the temperature issues, also noticed that the CO2 on the CR had run out - so the Alkalinity wasn't doing too well either.

So far have managed to stop the RTN in its tracks by dropping the temp back down and have replaced the CO2 and got the CR working again. The fish are all fine but I've numerous acro colonies that are basically fleshless at their bases. If they do get worse (and they probably will), I imagine I'll be in for a massive frag and reaqua-knead-it session...

Bugger, bugger, bugger!!! :wall:
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Postby minefield » Mon 05 Jan, 2009 3:58 pm

ouch mate that's tough.

I got back from my 2 week holiday with not too much problems on my tank, my mate did a great job looking after the tank. I had set the A/C to come on a timer. After a couple hours work on the weekend (macro pull and waterchange) my tank is back on deck.

Good luck with your tank buddy.

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Postby G1v1n » Mon 05 Jan, 2009 5:15 pm

Sorry to hear that Gav :wall: .
Something always must go wrong when you go on holidays- it should be one of Murphy's laws.
Sounds like you've got your work cut out for you now
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Postby Rod the Reefer » Mon 05 Jan, 2009 5:47 pm

Bummer! :(

It's got something to do with going away on holidays for sure.

We went away for a few days this year and it was the first time EVER that nothing went wrong.

Good luck with the resurrection.

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Postby StripestheEel » Mon 05 Jan, 2009 5:49 pm

No more holidays for you Gav.
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Postby AuS MaDDoG » Mon 05 Jan, 2009 7:41 pm

Makes note to myself :nono: more Holidays.
Hope you get it sorted Guv and manage to save as much as you can.
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Postby Rusty1 » Mon 05 Jan, 2009 8:12 pm

My wife always wonders why we dont go away...I dont let her see these forums though.

Hope you can save most of it. :(
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Postby Guv » Tue 06 Jan, 2009 5:01 pm

Thanks for all the kind/supportive words & the various pokes.

StripestheEel wrote:No more holidays for you Gav.

...not to worry - I don't think I can afford any more for a loooong time anyway!

Still looks relatively stable at the moment - no further recession that I can see but I'm pretty certain I'm going to have to break off quite a few of the colonies and reseat them in some fresh aqua-knead-it (before any algae takes hold on the bleached parts). Not looking forward to that chore either...

Yours in brown-ness,

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RO Upgrade - Aquatec Permeate Pump

Postby Guv » Wed 28 Jan, 2009 11:11 pm

Not much of an update - more a review on a new Aquatec RO permeate pump I've just installed... post duplicated here: viewtopic.php?p=564899#564899

Guv wrote:Having just purchased an Aquatec Permeate Pump, I thought I'd spread the knowledge! :pirate:

Mine is a Model ERP-1000, more info here:http://www.aquatec.com/permeate.htm - although be aware the page either doesn't play nicely with Firefox 3.0 or maybe it just doesn't approve of Linux :sneaky:.

For my future convenience I have uploaded a copy of the <a href="http://www.burntdamper.com.au/images/cube/Aquatec_Permeate_Pump.pdf">Aquatec ERP-1000 Tech Spec and Installation Instructions</a>. It contains a very detailed diagram of how these little beasties are normally installed... mine is now installed as per Figure 5 (and also the animation below) - attached to a <a href="http://psifilters.com.au/Reverse-Osmosis-undersink.htm">PSI Reverse Osmosis Undersink System.</a>

Note that these permeate pumps are likely to only be of benefit if you have a storage tank fitted to your RO system i.e. an undersink system, as they work on the fact that you would normally have significant back pressure on the RO membrane. Without a tank you won't have the back pressure and therefore won't achieve the full benefit of a permeate pump.

How does it work?: Well... kinda like this:

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Marketing Fluff:
• Requires no electricity, powered by energy from brine water
• Improves recovery rates by as much as 400%
• Reduces waste water by as much as 80%
• Enhances contaminant rejection
• Ideal for membranes rated from 10-100 GPD
• Effective for inlet water pressure as low as 30 psi
• Increases membrane life, lowers “TDS creep”
• Fills product tank up to 4 times more rapidly
• NSF approved (Standard 58)
• Two year manufacturer’s warranty

The real world:
• Yup definitely works without electricity...
• Before installation: 296ppm in, 53ppm out (I live on the second floor and water pressure is kind of low... doesn't make for great RO performance.)
• After installation: 298ppm in, 23ppm out (56.6% improvement?!! :o)
• After new prefilters and complete storage tank discharge: [TBA]
• Definitely fills the storage tank much faster than it did previously...
• Appears to have much stronger flow when the tap is first opened (I'm guessing it has filled the tank further than it normally does and created more pressure in there to discharge it).
• I didn't check the before and after waste water rates - sorry! :oops:
• It clicks (relatively loudly) every second or so when operating... I'll have to do something about that! :wall:

More reading:
http://psifilters.com.au/Aquatec%20ERP%201000%20Booster%20Pump.pdf

My verdict:
So far so good - did what it said it would do - but I'm going to have to do something about sound proofing the cupboard!

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Postby Guv » Wed 11 Feb, 2009 12:25 am

Ok... so it has now been just over a month since the mishap. Things have been moving slowly... the display is effectively cycling again (both cyano and green fluff over a lot of the rockwork - and anything that had died).

Have removed almost all dead coral (4kg dry weight measured today after it had been sitting around in the sun for a few weeks :nut:):

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Also removed about 10kg of live rock from the front of the display - has opened it up dramatically... IMO looks more like a real reef cave now - although this FTS doesn't really show it all that well.

There are also still a few pieces floating about on the sand or up in the rockwork that need homes... I'll get to them eventually.

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A couple of equipment changes too: Swapped the MH globe out to a 15,000K AMD (aka itzmatty bulb) - so far so good. Also trimmed my Tunze stream outlets down by 5mm to give them wider dispersion - which seems to have worked well.

Just hoping everything continues to improve and that we can get some colour back into the remaining acro... :crossfingers:

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Postby StripestheEel » Wed 11 Feb, 2009 12:32 am

:thumbsup:

Its funny that as our tanks mature we tend to keep removing more live rock!
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Postby Rod the Reefer » Wed 11 Feb, 2009 5:47 pm

The best of luck Guv.

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Postby Jase » Wed 11 Feb, 2009 6:00 pm

Geez Guv, shame you lost those colonies. Tank still looks great though mate! Cheers Jase
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Postby TimSchmidt » Thu 12 Feb, 2009 4:07 am

ouch...
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Postby Guv » Thu 23 Apr, 2009 11:49 pm

Another month, another bucket of dead coral. :(

[image]Just like the last one but browner and probably half as much acro[/image]

Kills me that just when you think it is on the mend, you suddenly lose a few more colonies and have another mini crash on your hands... and it is always the good ones that go! :wall:

Have just done a 100L change - will do another in a day or two. Fingers crossed it comes back from this one - it is looking very bare now.

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Postby ziggy » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 12:06 am

Hey Guv. Just want to say that I've learned a lot from your thread and have been inspired by your efforts. Don't give up, the lessons are a gift, and I'm sure a lot of people (myself included) appreciate you sharing them. Good luck! :cheers:

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Postby Rod the Reefer » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 10:51 am

Hang in there Guv, you'll get on top of it.

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Postby StripestheEel » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 11:55 am

Hang in the Guv!

Myself and Rod definitely know how you feel at the moment!
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Postby Hebbs » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 12:27 pm

Fingers crossed for you mate that this is the end of it.

You could do with a bit of luck about know I reckon.

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Postby old_mr2 » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 12:46 pm

Best of luck buddy, I lost sopme of my favourite sps over summer due to high temps.
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Postby mgrav » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 4:56 pm

Rod the Reefer wrote:Hang in there Guv, you'll get on top of it.

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:withyou: Hang in there mate! I'm sure there are plenty of people who owe you frags once you get back on ya feet..

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Postby minefield » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 5:43 pm

hope you get ontop of it mate :crossfingers:

Let me know if you need any help.
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Postby Jase » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 6:38 pm

ahh Guv, so sad to hear you lost more but as everyone else has said, dont give up, you know you can get that tank back up and running better than ever!!
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Postby Guv » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 7:58 pm

Thanks for all the support guys! :thumbsup:

Unless something really drastic happens I don't see me quitting - currently wouldn't have time to take it down anyway! :roflmao:

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Postby coral1 » Fri 24 Apr, 2009 8:43 pm

well once everything settles you'll have more room for new
corals so you can go shopping!!!!!! :devil: :devil:
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