Neptune DOS – Dosing and Fluid Metering System unboxing and setup

The DŌS is a multi-purpose Dosing and Fluid Metering System. The DŌS connects to any Apex via its AquaBus connection. The true versatility and functionality of the DŌS comes to life via the software wizards built into Apex Fusion. This takes dosing to a whole new level in terms of ease of use as well as functionality when compared to standalone dosing systems because the DŌS is part of your Apex ecosystem. Not only can you integrate it into other operations and devices you have configured, but we also will be continuing to expand on its capabilities as time goes on via software updates to Apex Fusion.

Full Tank Shots – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 6

Hi everyone,

The tank has been running stable for a couple of weeks now. All the rock I have used was “curing” in a salt bin for months, so it has a good amount of life in it to start my cycle. I don’t like to cycle with “hardy” fish so I opted to ghost feed instead.

I added a tiny amount of fish food until my cycle completed. Once completed, I used one of the powerheads to literally blasted the crap out of the rocks. Most of the detritus ended up in the filter socks. I then performed a 50% water change ( I use Aquaforest reef salt exclusively).

We are ready for fish!

Thanks for reading!

Build Part 1. Reefer 350

Build Part 2. Loc-line return mod

Build Part 3. Manifold / Reactor build

Build Part 4. Aquascaping & sand

Build Part 5. Maxspect Ethereal & Heating – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 5

Build Part 6.Full Tank Shots  – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 6

Maxspect Ethereal & Heating – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 5

God I love my job! Where else can I get to test such great equipment and make a living from it!

Our Maxspect supplier gave us a couple Maxspect Ethereal to test over my Red Sea Reefer 350! I can’t wait to see how coral react to these.

As you can see by the picture above, they come very well packaged / protected. That makes our lives much easier since we have to worry less about shipping damage!

The lights come complete with tank mounts and all hardware.

The only complaint I have thus far is that the mounts are thin, the lights tend to bounce up / down when we walk by the tank. A little odd, I’ll have to look further into this.

The compliant is I’m a little bit of an idiot! The reefers back glass has a black plastic film on it. I had a total brain fart when installing the lights and I made tiny holes in the film when tightening the screws on the tank mount! On BOTH sides! Live an learn.

Heating:

I opted for a Finnex 300w heater W/controller AND a Finnex 800 controller to add some redundancy. I set the 300w w/controller to 81 and the Finnex 800 to 78. This way, if the Finnex 800 fials, the secondary controller will not heat past 81 and vise versa.

That’s it for today. More updates coming soon!

Build Part 1. Reefer 350

Build Part 2. Loc-line return mod

Build Part 3. Manifold / Reactor build

Build Part 4. Aquascaping & sand

Build Part 5. Maxspect Ethereal & Heating – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 5

Build Part 6.Full Tank Shots  – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 6

 

Aquascaping & Sand – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 4

Hi everyone,

Welcome to blog entry 4 of Ray’s reefer 350 build

Its time for sand, Aquascaping and water! It took me well over a year to find the perfect pieces of rock. My old house was for sale and I knew I was not moving for a good year, so I took my time to find the perfect pieces. Once I found them, I cured them in the dark for right around 4 months. There is a mix of Pukani, some Fiji premium and shelf rock.

I used DD Aquascape and 3/8″ acrylic rods create my “Aquascaping”. I went with a semi-minimalistic double tower look. I kept the max height at roughly 50% that of the tank.

For sand I chose CaribSea Arag Alive Fiji Pink 20 lbs – Live Sand. I want the added benefit of the live bacteria to accelerate cycling. The one issue with this sand is you can not rinse it, be patient when using this because it will take days to clear!

Here is a picture of the right side being “scaped”

This is the left side

Here is a full tank shot

I used a Jeabo SW-15/PP-15 to get some water movement in there until I was ready to what will be the tanks permanent wavemakers. More on this later 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog entry. More on the way soon!

Build Part 1. Reefer 350

Build Part 2. Loc-line return mod

Build Part 3. Manifold / Reactor build

Build Part 4. Aquascaping & sand

Build Part 5. Maxspect Ethereal & Heating – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 5

Build Part 6.Full Tank Shots  – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 6

Happy reefing,
Ray F.

 

Reef Supplies Ray’s Reefer 350 Build Part 3. Manifold / Reactors

Hi everyone,

Welcome to part 3 of the Reefer 350 build! In this episode, Dual Aquamaxx Reactors / Manifold Build.

I always found it a PIA to swap out media, be it carbon or GFO. No matter how hard I tried, I would away end up making a mess and getting water everywhere. I’m sure you can relate?! This is why I opted for a manifold system where it would be super easy and super clean.

For those who do not know how this works, its very simple. The return pump not only feeds the return it also feeds the reactors. Not only does its look cleaner and makes your life easier, it also does not require a separate pump(s) to run them.

The flow is regulated by the gate vales (red round knobs). I chose spears gate valves because you can micro adjust and they tend not to seize up.

As you can see I also have unions below the valves. These enable be to easily remove the reactors for servicing. All you need to do is shut the valve and unscrew the union.

Here are pictures of the complete manifold build.

 

Build Part 1. Reefer 350

Build Part 2. Loc-line return mod

Build Part 3. Manifold / Reactor build

Build Part 4. Aquascaping & sand

Build Part 5. Maxspect Ethereal & Heating – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 5

Build Part 6.Full Tank Shots  – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 6

Thanks for reading!

I’ll be back soon with an update.

 

Reef Supplies Ray’s Reefer 350 Build Part 2. Loc-line return mod

Hello everyone,

Welcome to part 2 of the Reefer 350 build!

My next update will be to modify the stock Reefer return into a split dual with loc-line. The stock return has a single output, there is noting wrong with that but I wanted a dual to be ale to direct the flow as I please. Besides, I cant leave well enough alone!

This is the stock set up with out-put removed.

I used a Loc-Line 1/2 inch Ball Socket x MPT Connector. All you need to do is line the threads with enough teflon tape so that the fitting tightly presses into the Red Sea return as seen below.

Easy enough! All you need now is a 1/2 inch Ball Socket Y , a 1/2 inch Ball Socket Flexible Tube – 6″ (use 3″ for each side) and a couple of  1/2″ flares

Here is the finished product.

Build Part 1. Reefer 350

Build Part 2. Loc-line return mod

Build Part 3. Manifold / Reactor build

Build Part 4. Aquascaping & sand

Build Part 5. Maxspect Ethereal & Heating – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 5

Build Part 6.Full Tank Shots  – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 6

Happy reefing!
Ray

Reef Supplies Ray’s Reefer 350 Build

Hello everyone,

We just moved into a new home…you know what that means?! Yupp, a new tank! I have room for a 5-6 foot BUT I’m not 100% confident that the floor will hold. Its going on the second floor, its a brand new home, so I really don’t want to have to reinforce anything. So, I opted for a 4 foot. I’m sure 1000 LBS will not be an issue.

I wanted something stylish…..ok, my wife wanted something stylish 🙂 So I opted for the Red Sea Reefer 350. I have built many systems over the past 30 years and this is the FIRST time that I did not have to modify the stand or tank. The stand is built rock solid. The fact that they incorporate a full back and off-centre brace makes it super sturdy.

Here are some pics of the first phase of the build.

I will update this as the build progresses.

Build Part 1. Reefer 350

Build Part 2. Loc-line return mod

Build Part 3. Manifold / Reactor build

Build Part 4. Aquascaping & sand

Build Part 5. Maxspect Ethereal & Heating – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 5

Build Part 6.Full Tank Shots  – Ray’s Reefer 350 build part 6

 

Thanks

 

Edmond’s SPS Aquarium

Hello. My name is Edmond D.

It all started with a single fish roughly 13 years ago.

My wife and I with our then 3 year old son, had been frequent visitors at our local pet store on Kennedy Road. We liked watching the fishes and corals, and various aquarium displays. On a Sunday afternoon our son wanted to bring home his first pet from that store, a Betta fish. He was doing well on her own in a small glass bowl, however we felt, that she was lonely. I decided quickly to buy a bigger aquarium and add more fishes. That led to a bigger tank, then another one, and an other one, until came the decision that it would be nice to have an saltwater tank with live rocks and corals in it.

There were lots of ups and downs moments from that time on… The worst down time was 3 years ago when the Ice Storm hit South-Eastern Ontario and due to the 6 day power outage lost everything in the tank.

When I started building my new tank approx. 14 months ago, decided to give it a different look, with less live rocks, so the corals would have more space to grow.

January 2017

 

Aquarium Profile

Total Volume 688L, I calculate with  492L netto

90 Gallon Display Tank,  back wall from the outside painted with acrylic blue paint.

January 2016

Controller – Neptune Apex
Protein Skimmer – Vertex Alpha 170,
Return Pump – Vectra M1,
Lighting – Giesemman Futura S,
Water Circulation – 2X Neptune Wav, Gyre FX230 & FX 250
Doser – Vertex Libra & GHL Doser2
ATO – Tunze 5017
Reactor – Vertex 1.5L  (for ZEOvit stone)
KH/CA supplementation – Fauna Marin balling light
Salt – Tropics Marin Pro-Reef
Frag tank – 150L
Refugium – 200L

Water Parameters

Salinity – 35ppm using Hanna Seawater Refractometer
PH – 7.86 – 8.1  Neptune Apex Controler
Ca – 400-420  Red Sea Pro
dKH – 7-7.3  Salifert
Mg – 1300  Red Sea Pro
No3 – 0.50 Red Sea Pro
Po4 – < 0.02 Elos Expert Line / Nyos

I would specially want to thank to the guys at the Big Al’s on Kennedy Road, ReefSupplies.ca for their customer service and care, Canada Corals and to the Zeovit forum.

PE Mysis saltwater Fish Food pellets

http://www.reefsupplies.ca/online-store/PE-Mysis/

Piscine Energetics Inc., headquartered in British Columbia, Canada has been revolutionizing the ornamental aquaculture and aquarium industry through innovation in aquatic nutrition. Piscine Energetics MYSIS SHRIMP (PE MYSIS®) is a nutritionally complete fish food  sustainably harvested from the pristine glacial lakes of Canada. For over a decade PE MYSIS® has been used by  aquarium hobbyists, mariculturists, ornamental aquaculture facilities and research institutions around the globe, earning a reputation as “the curator’s choice” within public aquarium circles.

What is PE Mysis?
Mysis are not a true shrimp though they do closely resemble and are, in fact a primitive relative of the shrimp found in the oceans. There are 58 genus of mysis which make up the Mysidae family.
PE Mysis® is 100% Mysis diluviana (formerly M. relicta) which is one of the two type of freshwater Mysidae. All other species of Mysis are either saltwater or estuarine species.
PE Mysis® are part of the zooplankton, the small invertebrate animals found in lakes that feed on microscopic algae (phytoplankton) as well as other zooplankton. In turn these organisms form the basis of the food supply for many fish.
PE Pellets – The worlds best fish food?
Hand crafted in small batches at the Piscine Energetics’ laboratory in British Columbia, Canada; PE PELLETS are a highly palatable, nutritionally complete fish food designed to enhance coloration and induce an energetic feeding response in all varieties of fish. Both saltwater and freshwater PE PELLETS contain fresh PE MYSIS as the leading ingredient; resulting in a rich, nutritionally complete diet.
PE PELLETS offer convenience with no loss of palatability. PE PELLETS are slow-sinking, designed with just the right amount of buoyancy to ensure every member in your aquarium receives excellent nutrition.

When the lights go out…

When the lights go out on our reefs, no matter how big or how small the ecosystems comes alive at night. When our Radion fixtures or t5 lights ramp up or down from dusk till dawn but who see what’s going on at night!

orphek-azure-light-canada

The Orphek Azure light is just that. A 5w led flashlight in the 520 nm range, it allows us reefers to see all the little micro fauna that crawls around at night. The bioluminescence of our prized corals is absolutely stunning.

The Orphek Azure light has so much more to offer!!!

In my opinion the ultimate combo is Polyp Labs Reef Roids and the Azure light. Performing a night feed with Reef Roids! Will put your corals in a feeding frenzy and stimulate their natural feeding habits. Plus staying up late to check out all the crazy night time polyp extension with the Azure light is a must have reef tool. Especially if you’ve never witnessed this before it opens your eyes to a whole new world of color, polyp extension and feeding behavior.

It doesn’t end there the azure light is great for spotting pests as well. Nudybranchs that love night feed on your precious collector montiporas or zoanthids. Can be spotted and removed with a pipette.

Frag swaps and cherry-picking corals will never be the same again!

My question to you is? Do you know what’s happening in your reef when the lights go out?