AquariPure Purchase/Review - (In-depth/ My setup)
(there will be a full review from start to finish, with levels)
I just pulled the trigger and purchased an Aquaripure Small for my 40 gallon tank. I spoke to John today and placed my order over the phone with ease. John was very professional and I am happy with my order.
I house a reef system with 12 fish, 1 seahorse, corals, Live rock . (I know Im crazy with 40 gallons and all that fish)
Anyway; as we are all busy in life; I have no time to do water changes as often as I would like to.
1. Im running a canister system (EHEIM 2232) with which contains:(from bottom tray to top)
a. Eheim Coarse Filter
b. Poly-Filter (cut to size)
c. SeaChem Purigen Pad
d. Seachem Renew
e. SeaChem PhosGuard
All in a 40 gallon tank with over 60 pounds of live rock.
(Im a canister guy; dont try to change me to a sump)
I do monthly changes of the chemical filtration from the canister system. I change salt water weekly (5 gallons) from LFS which sells it from their system pre salted.
High Range PH: 8.0
My PH always drops to 7.8 daily.
I use the following chemical products:
1. Aquavitro: Fuel (evey three days; a TSP)
2. Aquavitro: Calcification - Weekly (TSP)
3. Aquavitro: Vibrance - Monthly (10 drops)
4. Brightwell Aquatics - Magnesium (TSP bi-weekly)
5. Aquavitro Balance - Every other day (TSP)
New Life marine Fish 1mm (pinch)
Ocean Nutrition Spirulina Flake (pinch)
Frozen Brine: (BIO-Pure) - 1 cube (pre melt half before placing in tank)
Frozen Mysis Shrip (Hikari)- 1 cube (pre melt half before placing in tank)
Small Puffer (does not bother any corals/fish )
(Ich breakouts clear-up with Ecological Lab Microbe-Lift Reef Herbtana (1 TSP for 10 days, IT WORKS)
Blue Spruce Caulastrea (7 heads)
4 Turbo Snails
4 - hermit crabs
Current USA SunDial T5HO 30" 2-10k/2-460nm actinics (4 bulbs total) [w/ built-in timers]
460nm- 8 hours
10k - 5 hours
Photocell-controlled Lunar Lights (blue) set when T5's are not on (come on automatically)
Tank setup in 2009 - April
What I will be doing is calulating and reporting back here on a regular basis the status of my tank with the new addition of the Nitrate removal system I purchased. This will include delivery; ease of setup, instructions, test results daily.
11/4/10 - Ordered (not delivered yet)
Check back soon :)
(once review of product is completed; maybe mods can move to SaltWater Area.)
However; I want to do a complete review of the system I purchased.
Unit arrived wonderfully packed.
I have since opened and installed the unit at 1 drop setting w/ no vodka yet.
Couple of challenges:
1. The output from the powerhead doesnt come with a L adapter to easily hide the black hose in the tank.
2. The value if you bend slightly leaks at both points.
3. Where the EZ Tube goes into the canister is black silicone which if you touch wiggles at the point that it seems like its not 'water tight'.
Other than this; the unit is professional constructed.
Check back soon with water settings and pics of unit, install, and challenge pics noted above.
If you can change five gallons per week, surely you could manage a few more gallons while performing the change each week.
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