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  1. Just want to give this australian/ Singapore company a review on their newly released product the Ripple Aqua Nano ATO. First and foremost , im very impressed by their customer service , any questions asked was answered in less than half an hour . When i first recieved the ATO about a week after i ordered , i was yet again impressed by how small the product really is . I used to have a innovative marine ato that served me well , but didnt really like it because of the bulkiness , hence i sold it away. This ATO on the other hand had an extremely small footprint . The magnets were really strong and it seemed well built. Am told that this ATO is not just small , but it is very smart too . It is said to be able to work even in high turbulence due to their duo sensors and algorithm , and theres a failsafe feature which cuts the pump when the pumps more than 1.5x the usual amount (adapts and adjusts itself overtime) . However one thing i would like this product to have would be splash guards on the plug connectors like those found on maxspect gyre's wavemakers to safeguard againsts trickling water . The price of this ATO is also unbelievable , i paid about 120 sgd including shipping as compared to other brands like tunze and IM this rly stands out to me. On long term reliability , i will have to test this out for myself and i will definitely update this thread , but im liking what i see right now and definitely recommending this ! Im not sure if this is known yet but the guy based in Sg told me that they will be having a skimmer and return pump coming up soon , super hyped to get them for my tank.
  2. Will take note of the alkalinity levels in the morn , afternoon and night and update this thread
  3. Hey Leon , thank you for the detailed write up , i was aiming for 40ml per min but that wasnt possible with my set up as it eventually came to a stop in the matter of days . The pH that i have set is about 6.7(try to go as high as possoble to decrease alk output as my tank requirements is not that high) The lowest it will hit is 6.5 , but generally stays at 6.7-6.8. The maxijet is used to feed only the calcium reactor , but i modified it such that water flows out of another opening as well , rationale is to not let the pump overheat. Im currently using a pinch valve that came along with the reactor The dilemma im having right now is that my tank's alkalinity demand is not very high since most of my corals are still frags or mini colonies. A cr is needed as kalk alone isnt able to keep up. Thus im trying to dial back my reactor by : 1) cutting my media to just 1/3 of the reactor capacity 2) raising the chamber's pH to 6.7-6.8(i found that 6.8 is still able the melt the media im using which is crushed corals) 3) cutting down on the effluent output (but im giving up on this. It seems to be impossible since low drip rate means clogging and hence unstable addition of alkalinity into the tank) I am now trying to include a timer into my setup after recieving advises from fellow reefers and resding articles online , however there seems to be another problem. Where should the timer be placed? The solenoid or the feed pump? If the timer was placed at the solenoid , theres a few issues thst i can foresee (please check my logic on this): 1) It takes a few hours for pH to rise above 6.8 when the solenoid is switched off , thus alkalinity will continue to be pumped into the tank after switch is offed , and it wjll alsl take another few hours before for pH to drop back to 6.7-6.8 when solenoid is switched on If the timer was placed at the feed pump : 1) the chamber remains at 6.7-6.8 thus cr continues to melt and when the timer switches the pump on , alot of dkh will be dumped to the tank in a short span of time . (On the other hand i was thinking there must be a saturation point for the ca co3 ions and therefore once a certain level conc is achieved in the chamber , the media would stop melting, unsure about this theory though) 2) there could be an accumilation of CO2 bubbles (tried it out yesterday and it did indeed happen) 3) bacteria build up? Im not sure Anyways for now , i am putting my solenoid on a timer for 7h , assuming first 3h is to bring the pH down to below 6.8 , i would be left with 4h to melt the media , and assuming it takes about an hour to rise above 6.8 , i would have a total of about 5h run time for the CR. What are your thoughts? Im keen to find out how you guys would run your calcium reactors
  4. Hello guys , recently , ive been trying to tune my calcium reactor to meet the needs of my tank , but am unable to do so. The effluent drip rate reduces over time and eventually coming to a stop in about a week, even tho its on a fairly high drip rate. Im using a bubble magus wp200 calcium reactor , fed by a maxijet 1200 pump. Any advice?
  5. hmms but how does one control the levels accurately? It seems that over dosage of certain elements can be toxic and is quite possible
  6. Hello fellow reefers , My tank utilizes dried corals in a calcium reactor to keep up with calcium , alk and magnesium levels. There are numerous articles online which suggests that majority of trace elements are found in the living tissue of corals , thus one cannot solely rely on the use of a dried coeals in carxs to replenish trace elements in their tanks. Hence i was looking into AF coloration programme which is similar to the balling method , however it is designed to be used in two part solutions , therefore this leads to my question , how does one utilize such products in conjunction with a CArx?
  7. latest FTS as of 9 Dec 2018 , color has been coming back after increasing feeding and reducing nopox after taking advice from fellow reefers . not the best it can be yet though
  8. As of now , my greatest concern would be rectifying my aefw problem . I'm dreading the idea of dipping my corals every week and checking diligently for pest but it seems that's the best way to go about things (anyone have other suggestions? T.T any reviews on purge/flatworm exit?) I thought maybe instead of eradicating it , I should just control it's population size with a group of predators like wrasses and mandarins but we shall see how things goes
  9. Recently just jumped over to pixel phones and I must say that Google phones have a much better cameras compared to Apple ! Here's some pictures of my 'control panel' and ugly sump that i failed to keep tidy (got really lazy) just got my calcium reactor up and running yesterday night , I swapped over to a bubble magus one instead of the skimz 157 as there are many issues with the 157 like poor recirculation capabilities due to the lack of a dedicated recirculatory pump , poor efflue t stability (effluents needs to be almost gushing for it to continue to run) and it just gave me many headaches . The bubble magus on the other hand , is priced at only 280 and so far it looks pretty promising (keeping fingers crossed) . I also added a refugium to help me cope with algae issues and double as a safe haven for little be beneficial critters.
  10. Did a couple of water changes and my parameters are in set for now ... Waiting for the tank to recover and get it's colors back ! Not all went bad though , my rainbow natasuta and lavender short cake is showing signs of recovery and growth on my sps is pretty decent if you can tell from the pictures . So here's my latest FTS , and some par readings that I got with the help of bro Leon ! (Added and changed the rockscape)
  11. Fast forward to 31st October , went for another overseas excercise for two weeks , and as many of you have guessed , yes things started to go wrong again . For some reason , my salinity dropped from 1.025 to 1.022 , my best guess is due to the fluctuations in the overflow box (I'm using a Herbie overflow system ) and there were some pH swings due to kalkwater that I had in the auto top off. Also , I must blame this upon myself for not dipping frags I receive from fellow reefers ... Because of this mistake I introduced aefw into my system , causing some of my sps to stop showing it's polyps and most to lose it's color .
  12. This was how the tank looked after a series of water changes and increase in dosage of nopox(sorry for the poor photo quality I was using an iPhone 6s)
  13. Hello guys it's been awhile since the last update! Much has happened since then and i received quite a few hits while I was on an overseas excercise . For starters , when I was in Brunei , a majority of fishes passed on from ich and caused a spike in my nitrates and phosphates level . As if confirming Murphy's law , my skimer overflowed onto the floor , causing my auto top off to dump the tank with excess kalk water causing pH and salinity swings . Luckily , caperplus gave me sufficient time to act (called home to off the pump) and things we're quickly rectified by doing daily water changes when I was back . Here's a picture of the tank that welcomed me when I was back
  14. Well my ato is in my return chamber but it too tend go fluctuate , does this happen to you?
  15. Hey guys , im using a herbie overflow system coupled with a filter sock to remove large detrititus before it enters the sump . However , as detritius slowly build up on the filter sock , the flow of water into the sump is somewhat reduced , causing the wayer level in the sump to fluctuate and my ATO to not function properly. Does anyone of you know how to resolve this issue ?
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