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  1. Goldndoodle

    Evaporation Question ...

    My reservoir is a little 2 gallon wide mouth glass jar - that looks like a barrel - I picked up from Meijer for $5. I've never added to it - I usually just wait until it gets under 1/4 full, take it to the basement, dump the leftover, wipe it out with a paper towel and refill with fresh RODI...
  2. Goldndoodle

    Evaporation Question ...

    Thanks - I will get in the habit of dumping the unused ATO reservoir every other weekend, and refill with fresh RODI.
  3. Goldndoodle

    Evaporation Question ...

    As the weather is improving here in SE Michigan (s l o w l y improving) - windows are open more, the house temp isn't swinging around too wildly, and the furnace is not running very much. I noticed in March, that I was probably going through 2 gallons of RODI in the ATO every week. So far in...
  4. Goldndoodle

    Doing My Homework While Tank Cycles ... Cuc For Fluval Evo 13.5?

    Shortly after posting, I found my old APEX Aquacontroller in the basement behind some shelves. I am actually using APEX Fusion now to control my system. I found one at my LFS and bought it. It is an awesome crab! He sits in my zoa garden all day long just swinging his fans in the water...
  5. Goldndoodle

    Clownfish Pairing Already??

    My new tank finished cycle over the weekend - and after 50% water change Sunday, parameters were still 0-0-0 on Monday, so I added a pair of Picasso Clowns that I bought at LFS. Besides the CUC, live rock and sand, they are the only fish in the tank, and will always be the only fish in the...
  6. Goldndoodle

    Coral Quarantine Tank Setup

    Starting with some Zoas, mushrooms, star polyps maybe a toadstool (obviously not all at the same time - budget wise probably only adding 1 small sized piece per month). Eventually a torch, or hammer, maybe a plate, maybe a small maze brain. I would only be buying corals from 3 places - there...
  7. Goldndoodle

    Coral Quarantine Tank Setup

    I see what you're saying. I was trying to minimize the amount of saltwater I had to mix between dips and a QT - but in hindsight, the cost of SW is small compared to the cost of the coral. For the same price, they also have this Top Fin 5G tank ... I looked at this tank earlier in the year...
  8. Goldndoodle

    Coral Quarantine Tank Setup

    As I am inching towards eventually adding corals to my Fluval EVO 13.5G nanoTank, I am starting to research coral quarantining. Since the DT is small, I won't be buying huge corals. I was in Petsmart looking to see what they had, and I saw this ... Would this work? I know the LED lights...
  9. Goldndoodle

    Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate Readings?

    Ammonia was 0 this morning Nitrite was 1 Nitrate still off the scale Did a half dose of ammonia (10 drops) that took ammonia up to 1.2PPM on a Red Sea. Hoping that processes out by this evening.
  10. Goldndoodle

    Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate Readings?

    Keeping in mind that I dosed up to 4PPM on an API ammonia kit 12 hours ago ... 7:30PM Test Results Ammonia - 0.5PPM (API) / 0.8PPM (Red Sea) Nitrite - 2.0 (API - same as this morning before dosing) / 1.0 maxed out (Red Sea) Nitrate - 160 maxed out (API - solution went cherry red as as soon as I...
  11. Goldndoodle

    Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate Readings?

    40 drops went in the tank on Monday Feb 25, tested at 4PPM after dose - too be honest, the initial dose may have been an 8PPM ... there's not a lot of difference in color between 4 & 8PPM on these result cards - (dropped to 1 PPM by Sunday morning 3/3/19 - but had stalled there for 4 days, so...
  12. Goldndoodle

    Back In Saltwater!

    APEX Aquacontroller up and running ... waiting on Salinity Probe (I broke down and bought a replacement - figured I saved a lot by finding the APEX in storage, so I could afford to splurge on the probe).
  13. Goldndoodle

    Back In Saltwater!

    Installed AutoAuqa smart ATO today. Using this giant glass milk bottle I've had since I was a kid as my ATO reservoir - it holds a little over 2 gallons. Made sure I scrubbed it thoroughly, sanitized it, rinsed excessively, then let it air dry for a couple of days before putting it to use.
  14. Goldndoodle

    Back In Saltwater!

    Light upgrades from over the weekend ....
  15. Goldndoodle

    Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate Readings?

    Thanks for the bump - there has been improvement in the last 48 hours ... IF you want to call algae developments "improvements" ... after the second dose of ammonia Sunday morning, I was back down to 0.5PPM on a API for ammonia this morning, while Nitrites dropped from 5 last night to 2 this...
  16. Goldndoodle

    Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate Readings?

    Started a Fluval EVO 13.5G nanoTank last Sunday. 10lbs wet live rock from LFS, about 3/4 of a bag of Caribsea Reef Sand in the bottom. Doing a fishless cycle - dosing pure ammonia (ACE Hardware - no soaps, no dyes, no scents). I put 40 drops of ammonia in the tank on Monday afternoon -...
  17. Goldndoodle

    Back In Saltwater!

    Busy with upgrades today - added a 12" strip of Truelumens Pacific Blue and a 12" strip of Truelumens Mixed under the hood. Got a Current PRO Timer open boxed from Amazon for cheap. Now have clouds and lightning in the tank! Added a Aqamai KPS to the tank, and setup the flow schedules for...
  18. Goldndoodle

    Back In Saltwater!

    Some of the modules won't work with the new system - dimming LEDs for instance need special connectors that my LEDs don't have (so the Fluval dual ramp timer will stay put), the replacement salinity probe is VERY expensive and I don't have the moonlights for the lunar simulation module (but...
  19. Goldndoodle

    Back In Saltwater!

    JACKPOT! Apparently I did not sell off my old APEXAquacontroller system! I was just rummaging around my storage area in the basement, and found - the base module, 8 outlet module, 4 outlet module, salinity module, lunar sim module, LED control module, pump module and a break-out box (that I...
  20. Goldndoodle

    Wifi Monitor That Won't Break The Bank?

    JACKPOT! I used to have 120 gallon saltwater tank - before I had to move. When I did, I tore it down and thought I had sold everything off. Apparently I did not sell off my old APEX Aquacontroller system! I was just rummaging around my storage area in the basement, and found - the base...




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