Planet Aquarium Custom Build

Discussion in 'New Tank Builds' started by graciesdad, Jul 16, 2020.

  1. graciesdad

    graciesdad Treasurer Staff Member

    Actually top one goes back to display. BRS recommend that they go to display. So that's what I did.
     
  2. graciesdad

    graciesdad Treasurer Staff Member

    Well I won a raffle tonight and I'm getting a new Apex by the 12th. So I'll be adding that to my baby soon too.
     
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  3. huntindoc

    huntindoc RRMAS BOD Membership Director Staff Member


    Wow! That's awesome. I really want a new Apex so I can run a Trident but it's hard to justify it when my 8 year old Apex Classic is still working fine.

    This is going to be an awesome build. We need more pictures!!!
     
  4. graciesdad

    graciesdad Treasurer Staff Member

    My lil friend Ocho arrived today.
     

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  5. huntindoc

    huntindoc RRMAS BOD Membership Director Staff Member

    Beautiful! I'm jealous! I went cheap and bought a juvie 8 line flasher and he has been very slow to transition to terminal male. He just recently started to change. Weird but my female Flame wrasse went from demure female to terminal male in only 4 or 5 months.
     
  6. graciesdad

    graciesdad Treasurer Staff Member

    I think i got lucky. He was labeled as initial phase by LiveAquaria.
     
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  7. huntindoc

    huntindoc RRMAS BOD Membership Director Staff Member

    You did get lucky! That's definitely a terminal male although he may get even prettier over time! They don't usually mess up that much!
     
  8. graciesdad

    graciesdad Treasurer Staff Member

    The apex is installed. Initial setup was a pain. I didn't realize the salinity probe needed to soak in the sump overnight. I fought it for a couple of hours yesterday. I let it soak overnight and it calibrated right away this morning. I have AI hydra hds, so I didn't see the value of plugging them in. They are already automated in the cloud. But the heater and pumps are in there. I'm glad to have the delay on the skimmer. I was having to unplug it each time before.
     
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  9. huntindoc

    huntindoc RRMAS BOD Membership Director Staff Member


    The only probes I'm running are temp and pH. It's way too easy to grab my refractometer. My salinity never wavers and the only thing that would likely change it significantly would be an ATO malfunction and I have some alarms for that. If it really works well though let me know! I might change my mind.

    I agree with not wasting an EB8 outlet on lights! You have those easily controlled already.

    If you have Alexa you may want to connect it to Fusion. It really comes in handy. For instance, if I'm changing my GFO or carbon and forget to turn off my ATO and it starts to run I can say, "Alexa, ask Apex Fusion to turn ATO to off". I also have one of my feed cycles set up for turning off the things that need to be off for a water change (return pump, ATO, skimmer, UV pump/unit, etc). I can just ask Alexa to start Feed cycle B. If I forget to turn things back on it will automatically go back on when the feed cycle ends.

    You can set up "alias" for your outlets so you don't have to say the programming name that's in Apex. For instance my skimmer outlet's name is skmr_3_3 and it's alias is "the skimmer". So I only have to say...turn off "the skimmer".
     

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