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Old 12-13-2012, 10:58 PM   #181
 
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Right around 1800
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:26 AM   #182
 
Hmm. Yea, just leave it for another week. That should be doing the trick.
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:38 AM   #183
 
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So i just installed the ATO.....and i may not sleep sound tonight.


I think its OK........I mean, im not to sure what my max fil in the RSM 130 but what i did was this. I think it makes sense

1. turned off all pumps...this caused the water in the Display area to lower as the back chambers begin to rise. Eventually all the chambers level out.

2.I would then fill right to the bottom of the trim in the display area.

3. turn the skimmer and circulation/return pumps back on. The water rises in the display area and lowers a bit in the back chambers.

4. I set the ATO optical eye to this water level in the back chambers. That way when water evaporates and the pumps are on the ATO should kick in.

Now if I turn the pumps off for feeding or maintainance the water in the back chambers will rise and the ATO will do nothing. Thats good.

If I do a water change, the ATO would kick on and thats bad, so i need to remeber to turn the ATO off before I do a WC.

My only concern is I can use a 16oz cup to remove water in the DT and the ATO does not turn on. If I remove about a cup and a half it kicks on. So the question is how much salt water should evaporate before the ATO kicks in? Is 24 oz OK?

I hope that all made some sense :)
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:24 AM   #184
 
I would say so. How much evaporates would be up to you, its all in the eye, how much do you want the water to go down before it fills? Mine was 3 gallons.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:42 AM   #185
 
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I'm more concerned with water parameters rather than looks since its a nano. However the water level seems to lower in the back chambers as it evaporates so I don't notice it in the DT which is good.

As the water level lowers my return pumps get louder and my skimmer does not work as well and I get micro bubbles like crazy. So I think 24oz or so is fine then to keep parameters from swaying and creating micro bubbles.

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Old 12-15-2012, 04:23 PM   #186
 
Right on, sounds like a plan.
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:30 PM   #187
 
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two quick ones:

Should I be doing WC's at this time? I read not to but im seeing some new algeas. I have not checked my phosphate or nitrates yet so ill post that later and show pics of the algea


On QT'ing new fish. If i buy two fish, say firefish and goby from the same LFS can I QT both of them at the same time in the same tank?
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:04 PM   #188
 
If your skimmer is big enough I wouldn't worry about water changes, it will eat up the nutrients that are forth coming.
Yes you can QT both the fish.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:12 PM   #189
 
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If your skimmer is big enough I wouldn't worry about water changes, it will eat up the nutrients that are forth coming.
Yes you can QT both the fish.

Thanks.

I know the ATO is working as I marked the spot on my reservoir and the water lever has gone down. Also noticed the skimmer is producing a lot more now that levels are staying even. YAY!!!!!!

I will check to see how the parameters but im sure the skimmer is keeping up now.

I did however find a dead snail. It was one of the ones that the last owner gave me so it could be a few years old or it could be the Mg maybe?
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:33 PM   #190
 
Never know with snails, seen em come seen em go.
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