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  • Proper Reactor flow is critical!! My Experience

    I just wanted to post my experiences on this issue.

    --When I first started Zeo I was using 1/3 lt of media in my diy reactor and a maxijet 400 attatched directly to the reactor. This turned of to be too much flow thru it and resulted in thinning tissue of the coral(as others have experienced as well---I think it was Tom's Thread) I added a 90 and reduced flow, all corals recovered and were doing nicely


    --Next came my first Zeolith change out and I was advised to bring the media up to 1/2 lt for my 50g system. This was done but my flow thru the reactor was not increased. About 1/2way thru the Zeolith cycle ~4wks I started to get algae growing in my tank, and some had some water clarity issues. It took me about a week and a 1/2 to realize that the flow could be a factor. I removed the 90 to upgrade the flow to what it was originally, but with 1/2 lt of zeoliths. Now the algae is dying, the cyano is disappearing. Water clarity is great, and corals are extremely happy once again.


    A lesson lerned. Make sure that your flow is correct 100g/ 1 lt thru your reactor because there are issues that can happen on both sides of the spectrum.

    Sean
    Sean

    Tank Specs:60g Cube SPS/Clam tank, ASM G1x Skimmer, DIY ZEOvit Reactor, 1x400w EVC 14k, Marine Life Aquatics CR-250 CaRx (RIP)

    Not sure yet.....Build Thread to come!

  • #2
    I got a cool little flow meter just for this problem.
    Dustin

    "Water is the driving force of all nature"
    Leonardo da Vinci

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Aquarist20
      I got a cool little flow meter just for this problem.
      Where did you get it?

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      • #4
        Yeah, where did you get a flow meter? That'd be a pretty neat toy to have laying around

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        • #5
          Well I got mine from a fellow ZEOhead but I believe he got it from www.bluwhite.com

          They are kinda pricey though. Over 200 bones..
          Dustin

          "Water is the driving force of all nature"
          Leonardo da Vinci

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          • #6
            Flow Meters

            As dustin said these are very good flow meters all digital, made by blue-white industries. but are pricey but i spare no expense when it comes to my tank!! these meters are around 200 bucks but are some of the best i have seen!
            check them out at www.pulseinstruments.net i have the f-1000 model you can pick your own flow rate that fits your needs!!!

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            • #7
              Wow, that'll have to come at a later time, but that sure is a neat toy to have!

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              • #8
                can you just plumb it inline like you would a 90 or 45?

                thanks!

                Nick
                275 Gallon Envision Acrylics Tank, 70 gallon sump, BK 300 internal, Zeovit, 5 sequence darts (1 on a oceansmotions 4-way), medusa dual controller, 2 ebo jaer 250w heaters, 1/2 hp JBJ comercial chiller, 4 RO IIIs w/14k hamilitons, 4 VHOs super actinic, deltec pf500 Ca Rx, 3 reef ceramic pillar, and 1 reef ceramic mini-reef, 5 ceramic closed loop intake screen covers, with 50ish pounds of LR

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                • #9
                  Thats sound cool guys but I would rather spend 200 on corals
                  Sean

                  Tank Specs:60g Cube SPS/Clam tank, ASM G1x Skimmer, DIY ZEOvit Reactor, 1x400w EVC 14k, Marine Life Aquatics CR-250 CaRx (RIP)

                  Not sure yet.....Build Thread to come!

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                  • #10
                    Hi nick, yes you can plumb it in line but i have mine set up with quick disconnects and i just check it from time to time!

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                    • #11
                      This thread lit a few lightbulbs in my head and i went to check/measured the flow thru my reactor. Discovered that its a mere 600L/hr and its way low for 2.5L of zeoliths. Raised it up to around 900+ L/hr for the past 2 days and water is even clearer now! Hope thats the answer to my ongoing cyano issue. Also continuing the dosing of 3ml of zeostart 2x daily. Wish me luck!
                      Farish

                      Setup: 250G System, ATI Powermodul 10x80w T5s, 4x6100 Tunze Streams & 7095 MultiController, Deltec PF1000 CR, Deltec AP902 Skimmer, IKS, Zeovit, Artica 1Hp Chiller

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                      • #12
                        how did you check it? i dont eally want to spend 200 on those cool little fow meters right now but want to make sure i have it right? thanks!

                        Nick
                        275 Gallon Envision Acrylics Tank, 70 gallon sump, BK 300 internal, Zeovit, 5 sequence darts (1 on a oceansmotions 4-way), medusa dual controller, 2 ebo jaer 250w heaters, 1/2 hp JBJ comercial chiller, 4 RO IIIs w/14k hamilitons, 4 VHOs super actinic, deltec pf500 Ca Rx, 3 reef ceramic pillar, and 1 reef ceramic mini-reef, 5 ceramic closed loop intake screen covers, with 50ish pounds of LR

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                        • #13
                          maybe i could put a milk just in there and time how long it took to fill up? BUT then what would i do? if it took say 2 mintues that u would mutiply it by what 60 mintues oh man i am already lost here! any help woudl be great!

                          oh wait ok i got it time hoe 60 secs how much it fills up something probabaly use a milk just then, measure that out in ml. and then mutiply it by 60 to get it into hours which in return would give me gph?

                          right?

                          thanks!

                          Nick
                          275 Gallon Envision Acrylics Tank, 70 gallon sump, BK 300 internal, Zeovit, 5 sequence darts (1 on a oceansmotions 4-way), medusa dual controller, 2 ebo jaer 250w heaters, 1/2 hp JBJ comercial chiller, 4 RO IIIs w/14k hamilitons, 4 VHOs super actinic, deltec pf500 Ca Rx, 3 reef ceramic pillar, and 1 reef ceramic mini-reef, 5 ceramic closed loop intake screen covers, with 50ish pounds of LR

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                          • #14
                            No need to be so complicated. Get a 1 Gallon container and measure how long it takes to fill it up. Should be a few seconds only. Divide 3600 (number of seconds in an hour)by the number of seconds it takes to fill 1G and you get the GPH.
                            Farish

                            Setup: 250G System, ATI Powermodul 10x80w T5s, 4x6100 Tunze Streams & 7095 MultiController, Deltec PF1000 CR, Deltec AP902 Skimmer, IKS, Zeovit, Artica 1Hp Chiller

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                            • #15
                              After running the reactor at the correct flowrate for a couple of days, the cyano is very visibly reducing and I can see more of my white sandbed now! yeah!!
                              Farish

                              Setup: 250G System, ATI Powermodul 10x80w T5s, 4x6100 Tunze Streams & 7095 MultiController, Deltec PF1000 CR, Deltec AP902 Skimmer, IKS, Zeovit, Artica 1Hp Chiller

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