Now that the return pump was up and running, the water at the correct temperature and the salinity adjusted to 1.026 I fitted the ATU. I knew that I wanted a large top up reservoir and since a love my Reefloat ATU on the Reefer 170 I decided to go with the same agin but this time the one with the 50l container. This beast sits nicely in the corner of the room to the left of the tank. I like to have the controller on display because then I can easily see if the green light is flashing indicating an issue (usually skimmer related).
The last thing to do on my list before beginning the cycle was to clean the glass of all the scum it had accumulated after adding the sand. It was during this clean that I discovered a bubble. It's not a big bubble but it sits there right in the front pane of glass, it catches the light and now that I know it's there seems massive to me. According to D-D bubbles in low iron glass are quite common so therefore a large number tanks on this forum must have them too, right? Do you have any bubbles in your glass? There aren't any in my Reefer 170 and there weren't any in my old 7ft tank and that was an awful lot of glass. I guess once I've put a scratch or two in the glass from cleaning the bubble won't bother me so much.... maybe. UPDATE: I've since found another fault in the right side piece of glass too. Very disappointing quality control D-D!!
Yesterday I (along with the assistance of my better half) installed my long awaited shiny new GHL Doser 2 SA pump. No more manual dosing for me, yay! This piece of equipment is seriously snazzy, it feels solid and it just looks so very, very cool. I almost wish I'd got it sitting in full view; the light show it gives off is seriously impressive. It flashes violet, red, yellow, green, white or blue depending on its status. It reminds me of my teenage disco days lol! My only disappointment with the unit so far was the lack of a UK plug. Why?! The Mitras light has one so why not the doser too?? Very annoying indeed.
The initial set-up was straightforward and I especially enjoyed calibrating the pump heads, it made me feel like I was back in the lab again. Programming the dosing schedule through the GHL Control Centre was easy too. However where we fell down was trying to connect the doser to our home wifi network and then on to the myGHL Cloud. The disco light was supposed to turn blue when connected but it resolutely stayed blinking white no matter how much I shouted and pleaded with it. We did get there in the end after we double, triple and quadruple checked the instruction manual and all the data required (IP address/password info etc). I'm not sure I would have been able to sort that bit by myself to be honest. Good job my other half is useful with a computer.
The doser and dosing containers are situated in the cabinet next to the tank along with the ATU tank. Presently I'm using it to dose Tropic Marin balling salts (A, B & C). One pump head is currently redundant but I'm fairly sure I'll find something extra to dose at a later date. The liquids are dripped into the return chamber of the sump. Since space is severely limited inside the cabinet (with the refugium tank in place) I swapped out the Reefloat Sensor sump mount for the new Reefer mod. This was very easy to do, rather like changing a plug. Now the dosing tube holder sits where the sensor sump mount used to be, all very neat and tidy, well sort of if you ignore the spaghetti junction of tubing and power leads down there.
Hi, my name is Lisa and I live in Derby, UK. I am a self-confessed reefaholic!