05-08-2014, 07:40 AM
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updates and additions..
as mentione before.. i have re configured my sump/filter/refugium...with a little experience..trial and error and more research, i decided to re work my sump.. again, I removed the bio balls and pre filter and replaced it with a 100 mic poly sock filter.... it is amazing how much "smegma" this thing removes from the system.. this is rinsed daily when i clean the skimmer cup( still loving the reef octopus)... so the water flows from the tank into the sock... it then enters the first chamber ( 12" X 10" x 10") the skimmer sits on a grate to raise it to it's operating depth of 8"... the water exits the chamber and imediatly hits a baffel that sepperates it fom the refugium, it( the baffel) sits 1" off the bottom, a second baffel sits on the bottom and allows the refugium to maintain 8" of water, some ot the water is directed to the pump chamber as it hits the baffel, the rest slowly circulates the refuggium... the pump chamber ( roughly 8 x 10x 6 deep) has a coarse sponge that serves as a bubble shield and catches any floating debris that may drift in from the refugium.. the water washes over a polishing pad ( rinsed daily).. the chamber houses 2 pumps.. an 1100 GPH that supplies the return water to the tank.. the other, supplies water to the the carbon and phos ban reactors.. the water is returned back to the first chamber for additional cleaning after treatment...redundant ...maybe.. but a month into the life of the tank and after removing the bio balls and changing my "habits" i show no Amoinia...nitrItes or NitrAtes..the water is clear and the tank seems to be thriving... ocasionly small bits of algae show in the filter or on the back of thetank.. the snails devour it almost imediatly .. the refugium has a 4" deep live sand bed as well as live rock rubble and macro algae.. both the tank and refugium have been stocked ( several times) with micro algae and 3 types of pods...I no longer test the water every day.. I've gone to every 3rd day(I will test amonia and trites and trates daily for another week)... if things stay status quo after the new additions settle in.. I'll move to one a week...
the new additions... 2 false percula clown fish... a yelow belly damsel ( that adores the caves) and I decided to take a chance and kick it up a nothch and bought a feather duster.. I added 10 more snails and 10 more hermit crabs and anoter peppermint shrimp..these pictures were taken at feeding time ( forzen myasis shrimp) it's messy but every one likes it.... I feed these and do my filter cleaning 1/2 hour latter...