Maxreefer's Elos System120 build....

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  1. MAXreefer

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    Hey guys,
    just joined the forum and introduced myself in the "new members" forum.
    Here is a "flash back" from my Elos System120 setup. Will update of course with lots of pics from the progress.


    A little more info about the setup.
    Once again I decided to go with the Elos brand. I really like the sleek and modern design and if you see an Elos tank you will notice it is top notch quality. The glass is even superior to "Starphire glass" we see mostly here in the US. The edges are perfectly polished and the seams are perfectly cut and put together.
    Of course the most important is what happens "inside" the tank but I also see it as a nice piece of furniture I can enjoy when I relax on the couch.

    Equipment:
    • Elos system 120 (47.24 x 22.5 x 19.69)
    • Elos cabinet with black doors
    • Elos sump
    • Skimmer: Elos PS1000. This is the brand new Needle wheel skimmer from Elos released at the InterZoo2010. I realize there are real good skimmers on the market who have proven to perform but after long talks with Jesse the Elos guy here in the US I really got the feeling they are standing behind this skimmer and it will perform extremely well. I like to try new things out and therefore willing to test and give this skimmer a shot.
    • Return pump: Sicce Syncra Silent 3.0
    • Lighting: Elos Aquatop with 3-4 LED stripes
    • ATO: Elos Osmocontroller Digital
    • Additional filtration: 2 NextReef MR1 Shorty Media Reactor. One will be for the carbon and the other one for the Filtra M Zeolith
    • Water movement: Tunze Wavebox and 1 x MP40
    • Controller: Apex
    • Rock: For the first time ever I decided to go with Dry Rock.

    02-04-2011: Tank arrival

    540lbs to carry down in the basement

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    02-06-2011

    Installed the cabinet lighting
    Put sump in place

    Figuring out now how I will do the plumbing and need to build a small cabinet next to the sump for all the electrical stuff.

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    Got those at Lowe's. Perfect for the bottom of the cabinet
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  3. MAXreefer

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    Didn't wanted to drill a thousand holes in the original cabinet and therefore we placed another back and sidewall with laminated panels into the cabinet.
    I like also to keep the electrical as far away from the sump as possible and therefore we build a small cabinet next to the sump. Top part will hold all the electronics and at the bottom will be the dosing pump and containers.
    Hope I can fill the tank with water later today....

    Full shot of the cabinet. Still need to clean up all the wires but will wait until I am sure everything will stay the way it is now.
    The top part has the display panel for the Apex and the Wavebox controller.


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    The front display panel opens to the side and behind will be the the electrical stuff nicely covered by the display panel when closed.

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    Close-ups

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    Mounted the 2 small reactors (carbon/Zeolites) at the back of the cabinet

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    Really like those magnetic probe holders from AvastMarine

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    02-19-2011

    Some work done this week.
    Water is in the tank, reactors connected etc. Doing a test run now to check for any leaks.
    More electrical crap in the compartment and ready to get the dosing pumps also.
    Aqua E-Top and skimmer will be here on Wednesday.

    Tried to keep all the wiring clean (all the power cords are in the grey split loom) and connected the 2 reactors
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    Ready for the dosing pumps. Really like those space saving jugs. They hold 1 Gallon each
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    The Aqua Top E-Stripe fixture arrived!!

    I saw pictures and videos of it but seeing this fixture in real just blows your mind away.
    Not only does it look very sleek over the tank but it achieves everything I wanted:
    • NO fixture hanging from the ceiling
    • Covering the tank as I am planning on some "jumping" livestock
    • Being able to view the corals from the top without having to remove anything
    • As the glas panels can be easily opened it is very easy to do maintenance

    I took those quick pictures just with the blue led's on.

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    02-26-2011

    Got the skimmer and installed it.
    Really impressed with the quality and little details. Going to borrow a meter to measure the air intake.
    Filled up the reactors with carbon and Zeolites.
    Ready to start cycling...

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    Nice detail is being able to remove the top part for easy cleaning
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    Carbon on the left and Zeolites on the right. Will post some more information regarding the Elos Purist Line I am going to run on this tank
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    Full shot of the sump
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    To start the cycle I used a small piece of fresh fish and a very small amount of skimmate from the frag tank.
    Started also dosing the Elos Purist Line products.

    I was impressed to see the skimmer in action only being a couple hours installed in the sump.
    I didn't expected to see any skimmate as there is almost no bioload. Just sand, rocks
    and the piece of fish.

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    03-02-2011

    On Saturday I started with the Elos Purist Line.
    Here is a link to the full article regarding this system: LINK.
    What is the purpose of the Purist Line?
    A system to feed and improve the entire biomass by reducing nutrients.
    • Improves the activity of the bacterial flora and biological structure.
    • Promotes coral growth and the increased production of bacterioplankton.
    • Allows for low nutrient and high water quality (low levels of PO4-NO3).
    • Stimulates the Natural Pigmentation of Corals

    I think to believe it is more popular in Europe as it is here in the US or at least most users don't publish their experiences on forums as many Zeovit users do.
    I have been using Zeovit for a couple years on another tank and was very pleased with it but I have been looking for something similar that needs less products and is not as tricky or maintenance intense.
    I tried to gather as much information I could and from what I have been reading it seems to be a very solid and straightforward approach to a "low nutrients" system.
    I found a couple experienced users on Italian forums and they are willing to follow my journey and help me when needed (Google Translator became my best friend..lol).
    I will post my experiences and progress here in this thread on a regular basis.

    Here is a short description from the products I am using:

    FiltraM: Molecular sieve to maintain a low level of ammonia. The highest quality zeolite, very high in clinoptilotite content.
    It can be used in any filter, or inside of an appropriate reactor.
    To control ammonia levels.

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    Rb10: Nourishing solution for aerobic bacteria. An indispensable primary nourishing source selected from natural raw materials. Formulated in order to supply amino acids and vitamins in a highly bio-available form to CORALS as well as all the biomass (mainly dedicated to autotrophic life).
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    Rb20: Selective accelerator of aerobic bacteria. A mixture of microbiotic stocks aimed at establishing an adequate aerobic bacterial colony, fundamental in promoting the process of biological decomposition inside the marine aquarium. Its employment favors the normal metabolic processes of the aquarium.

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    Rb30: Balanced pool of enzymes, organic and inorganic nourishing substances. A nourishing enzymatic Complex for all the biomass. It avoids the mono-bacteria cultures, strengthens the already available bacteria, accelerates their reproduction, feeds all the biomass including the corals and helps in the reduction of nutrients (NO3 and PO4).
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    Rb40: Enzymatic accelerator for the development anaerobic bacteria. A mixed powder of microorganism and enzymes. Fast acting in the microbial pre-digestion, break down and digestion of polluting organic substances and inorganic substances.
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    Rb50: Nourishing solution for anaerobic bacteria. A natural biological activator studied in order to start and to maintain an optimal process of de-nitrification. It takes part directly in the reduction of nutrients (NO3 and PO4). Helps in increasing the production of the bacterioplankton.
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    Elos Carbon D 500: Activated carbon, which offers superior adsorption properties. Its dedicated pore size distribution makes it highly suitable for the removal also of odor, organic micro pollutants, dissolved organic substances, as well as chlorine and ozone, playing an important role in achieving extremely low levels of dissolved organics.
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    I will follow the instructions from the dosing chart for the first 4-6 weeks to give the products enough time to establish in the tank and to get comfortable with the dosing routine. I am in no rush to add any livestock or corals and will give the tank plenty of time to cycle and mature.
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    Here are a few pics from the aquascaping. The camera seems not to capture everything very well. Looks like the rocks are piled up but they are not actually. Tons of open space and caves in there.

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    A couple days into the cycle:
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    Half a day work from the skimmer. Pretty nice doing such a great job having no bioload besides the cycle stuff

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    03-09-2011

    Cycling progress.... Looking good and the parameters are going down.

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    Water parameters start looking good.
    Thank is running for almost 2 weeks. Rocks were totally covered in algae but they are receding very quick now.

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    03-24-2011

    Last week a had a little outbreak from Bryopsis
    Bumped up my Mag with a mix of BRS and Tech M.
    Levels were at 1350. Used first BRS to get ot to 1500 (cheaper with BRS) and then dosed Tech M to get to 1650 and let it go down to 1550.
    The Bryopsis was completely gone in 3 days. Had my Mag around 1550 at that point. Will take it slowly down again when doing water changes.
    Still have some algae on the rocks (more like a powder kind). Nothing to worry about I think. Just part of the new setup.

    I am not planning to stock the tank for at least a month.
    Just transferred 2 "testfrags" from the frag tank (ATI 6 T5'S) to the Elos to see how they adapt under the LED's and tank conditions. Will observe them for a while.

    Pics I took today from the "test frags"


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    I did some PAR readings today with an Apogee MQ200.
    The LED's are about 3" above the water level and 9" above the highest LR in the tank.
    I kept the Wavebox and the MP40 to keep the "normal" environment in the tank while measuring.
    Without those running the numbers should be higher.
    I took those pics just with the blue's on as a reference to mark the numbers.
    Measurements were done with blue and white on.

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    The "bad stuff" is going down pretty well. :wink:

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    I got into the "maintenance" stage now with the Elos Purist Line and dosing becomes much less now.

    Picked up a nice baby Tyree Toadstool for the tank. Stayed close for a couple days but now slowly starts to open up

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    added my pair of "snowflakes" yesterday I had in the frag tank for a while.
    Seems they love their "big house"

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    The tank is doing great. The Elos Purist Line is doing a great job. Even with heavy feeding it keeps the nitrates and phosphates down to 0.

    Here are some pics. Stll some issues with the camera and the LED's to get great pictures but you get an idea...



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    Taken in the evening under the blue LED's
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    Still need to color up more but I really like my little guys
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    Still a little camera shy and looks better in real. Thanks SWE
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    A few new shots. Pics are taken only 1 hour after I got them into the tank. All picked up from a local reefer....

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    Installed some more equipment to make life easier

    Besides the RO/DI storage tank (top) I installed a second one for mixing and storing saltwater. Inside the tank there is a heater and a Maxi-jet for flow. Attached also another Maxi-Jet on the faucet connector to pump the water more quickly to the tank when doing water changes.

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    The Bubble Magus dosing pump arrived yesterday for dosing 2-part. Now I dose each liquid every 3 hours with the amount needed (You just have to set the total amount needed per DAY and how may times per day you want to dose). Each liquid is dosed at different times.
    Tubing is nicely organized into the sump with those handy Avast Marine tubing holders

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    oooh yes i saw this build on RC. awesomely awesome
     
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    View from the couch... Best I can do now. Will take pics from the other side in the evening when the room is dark and no reflections.

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    Quick shot to show how nice the coralline starts to grow. There was no LR when I started. Just dry rock.
    NO pic manipulation. That's the way it looks

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    Guess those will be the last additions for a while.
    Thanks "wetthumbfrags" for the great Live Sale last week :wink:
    Pics taken a couple hours after arrival:

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    Today I tried to make a video from the Elos. It is not the greatest but not that bad either.

    It seems camcorder and LED's don't like each other that much and the true colors of the corals don't always get captured very well. Therefore I included some cool pics to illustrate how the corals look. Lots of frags in there but I think once they start to grow it will be nice...

    Have a peak, turn up those speakers and enjoy... ;)

    click on the picture to watch...
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    Tried to get some FTS.... Bare with me for the quality
    If you are interested in some better shots from each coral you can see them here in my picture gallery: ELOS 120 Coral Pictures

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    OMG :whistling: I knew that the ELOS tanks are pretty, but man, this is a beauty!!
     
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    A house witjout burglar bars can you image looks like St. Lucia LOL. But nice looking set-up.

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