My Elos goes Atlantis

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  1. MAXreefer

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    Time for a major update....

    Maybe some of you remember my tank build I had here...

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    You still can see all my pictures HERE
    Having to travel more and more for work and a little ALK disaster while I was gone I decided to go a different route for now and for the first time ever I wanted to go FOWLR.
    Always considered my Elos something special and coming from a reef tank I just couldn't live with a pile of rock and some fish. Therefore I wanted to create something funny and different and the "Elos goes Atlantis" theme popped up in my mind.
    I moved all the corals to my frag tank still hoping they will recover at some point not they are in a more sterile and clean environment. Removed all sand and LR and cleaned up the whole system.
    Then I started all over to get my FOWLR going.

    The setup:

    Elos system 120 (47.24 x 22.5 x 19.69)
    Elos cabinet with black doors
    Elos sump
    Skimmer: Elos PS1000.
    Return pump: Sicce Syncra Silent 3.0
    Lighting: Elos Aquatop with 4 LED stripes
    ATO: Elos Osmocontroller Digital
    UV Sterilizer: Turbo-Twist 6x 18Watt
    Water movement: Tunze Wavebox and 1 x MP40
    Controller: Full Apex

    Still battling a bit the algae blooms I have due to being a newer setup. It comes and goes. One day it is all gone and the next day it is back. I don't worry to much about it for now.


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    Installed also last Thursday a TurboTwist 6x 18Watt UV Sterilizer. For the size of my tank a 9 Watt probably would have been enough but the max. flow wasn't high enough to match my return pump and I didn't wanted to install an additional pump. By getting the 18 Watt I was able to plumb it on the return line. The first couple days I didn't see a huge difference but as of today the water is crystal clear.
    Still need to clean up and arrange all the wiring btw.

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  3. MAXreefer

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    And a couple fish pictures....

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    Quick video. Just click on the picture below to watch the vid.
    It is in 720p HD and might require a fast connection
    Enjoy

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    Nice setup, what have you researched about UV, I am no expert and would like to know the benefits, does it clear up water borne parasites like white spot and velvet?
     
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    Wow I think this is going to be a awesome tank.. But you need a mantis shrimp, those things are awesome..
     
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    LOL..I'm also leaning towards a "THEME"...:thumbup:..I've got basically a FOWLR Display and I tell you that there is DEFINATELY no fun in watching a bunch of Rocks...:biggrin:..
     
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    @MAXreefer, I love your picasso among the ruins, have you called him Zeus, he looks like a Zeus?
     
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    I love lego atlantis! :thumbup:
     
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    I just love the picasso! Such a beautifull fish. Must say, the theme setup works! Very different, but beautiful setup! Well done!
     
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    Thanks for the nice comments guys. I really like the setup now and getting used to a tank without corals. It is fun to watch

    I know over here people running bacterial driven systems are kinda hesitant to run UV but some do.
    Those who are keeping a lot of fish or Tangs and other species prone to diseases are in general very happy running UV units as it seems to help a lot.
    For a Fish Only it is a no brainer.

    Most important to run the UV very efficient is the flow going through the unit. To much flow is a bad thing.
    As I mentioned the unit I got is a number bigger as for what I needed but I wanted to plumb it on the return line and with this unit the flow is spot on with the recommendations from the manufacturer.
    It took a couple days to see improvement but having it running for a couple weeks I never saw the water as clear as it is now. For some reason my skimmer seems to work even better also
     
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    Thanks @MAXreefer, I run ozone for water clarity and have always wondered if adding a uv sterilizer will help with water Bourne disease? Might just do it. Do you run 6 x 18 watts uv globes, and what is the total water volume of your system?
     
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    I cant give you a clear answer to the Bourne disease to be honest.
    Yes I run the 6 x 18 watt. More info HERE
    As you can see the unit is rated bigger as for my tank water volume but it came down the rated flow to decide for this model.

    The tank has the same dimensions as a 120 gallon but as it is not as high it holds only 95 gallon. I like it a lot as it gives the same swimming surface for the fish and at the same time very easy to get to the bottom of the tank for maintenance
     
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    @carlosdeandrade I run UV on one of my tanks specifically for disease.
    Only recently decided to try ozone on my main tank as a water clarifier.
     
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    @butcherman, what were/are you findings, thinking of running it for disease control, but I see that I would need about a 40 watt unit with slow water flow to combat the free swimming stage of parasites. What you think bud?
     
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    Ozone great water clarifier, also had success with disease control while running ozone
     
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    in my case it solved alot of my problems, i am running 8w on about 80l
     
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