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Re:Poseidon's 90 gallon SPS Reef (permalink)
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I've been tempted to mod mine by bypassing the spray injector and adding a Sicci 2500 mesh mod (or two), then use a stand pipe on the outlet instead of the gate valve. But the price of the Sicci pumps is enough that if I sold my AquaC and added the money I would spend on the Sicci, I'd be close to buying a whole new one, better yet, a used one. Or DIY from scratch...or....or.....ahhhhhhhh!  


Watch RC for a few weeks. I bet you can find a Bubblemaster 250 for under $500 shipped. That monster will blow your AquaC away!
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Re:Poseidon's 90 gallon SPS Reef (permalink)
You may also want to try your hand in the FWMAS raffle.
A Warner Marine cone skimmer would be very cool.
 
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You'll be happy with those Anthias Mike. I had the hardest time keeping them for years in my older tanks. Never had one make it past 6 months. This last group I've now had for almost a year and they all eat great, Even pellet food.

What are you feeding them right now?
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That is good news Chad.  Right now the male is only eating PE Mysis, but the females are eating PE Mysis, Arctipods, and they pick at the pellets, but then spit them out.

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Just a little hint on the Anthias... they say to keep them in "odd" numbers, I've found that to mean an odd number of females ie; 1 male and 3 or 5 females.  Rather than an odd number of "fish". 
 
I had a total of 3 for a while.  When I remembered something that Matt W. said about having the "right" number of Anthias to get the dominant one to change to male and get them to spawn, I added another.  Mine hasn't completed the change to male yet but they all seem much happier with that number. 
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Thanks Tal, I was thinking of adding additional females at some point in the future.
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Mine started out spiting pellets too but over time they started taking them. I think the key is having the right numbers to be successfull.

It's funny that you say that Tal becuase I have 1 male and 3 females right now.
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You'll be happy with those Anthias Mike. I had the hardest time keeping them for years in my older tanks. Never had one make it past 6 months. This last group I've now had for almost a year and they all eat great, Even pellet food.

What are you feeding them right now?


Quick...Knock wood Chad!

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I've been tempted to mod mine by bypassing the spray injector and adding a Sicci 2500 mesh mod (or two), then use a stand pipe on the outlet instead of the gate valve. But the price of the Sicci pumps is enough that if I sold my AquaC and added the money I would spend on the Sicci, I'd be close to buying a whole new one, better yet, a used one. Or DIY from scratch...or....or.....ahhhhhhhh!  


Watch RC for a few weeks. I bet you can find a Bubblemaster 250 for under $500 shipped. That monster will blow your AquaC away!


I bet it would and I'd love to get one, but in reality I can't justify it not being sure how long employment will last.  Just kinda dreamin about it...

AJ

You may also want to try your hand in the FWMAS raffle.
A Warner Marine cone skimmer would be very cool.
 
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Not a bad Idea!


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How are the anthias doing?

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Hi AJ!

THey are doing very well!  I have a good picture of the male, check him out:


The females are a LOT more camera shy though.  That being said, all 3 are eating and swimming around very nicely.  I would like to add another female though, just to keep the aggression split up more.  (The male chases the females around pretty good sometimes.)


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That is a great pic!  Such a stunning fish!  Glad to hear they are doing well for you.
They are on my list to have someday.

Thanks for the pic.

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Your Welcome AJ. I'll try to get more pics today, once the lights come on.
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Cool!

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Re:Poseidon's 90 gallon SPS Reef (permalink)
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Hi AJ!

THey are doing very well!  I have a good picture of the male, check him out:


The females are a LOT more camera shy though.  That being said, all 3 are eating and swimming around very nicely.  I would like to add another female though, just to keep the aggression split up more.  (The male chases the females around pretty good sometimes.)


Glad to see that they are doing well.  How often are you feeding them?  I have read in various places that they need 3-4 feedings per day.  They are on my short list, but right now I am only feeding once a day.  If I get some, I will probably end up getting an automatic feeder. 

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Beautiful fish Mike, glad they're doing well!
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Re:Poseidon's 90 gallon SPS Reef (permalink)
Wow.... It has been to long!  Here is a quick update and review of my new toy!

Product: K2 Cone Skimmer
Manufactorer: Warner Marine
Review Type: Initial Report

Pros:
This skimmer pulls all kinds of AIR!  The K2 uses a Sicce 2500 pump, with a pinwheel, I do not own an air meter, so I will use published numbers of 950LPH of air!  (Some reports have in excess of 1100!)  The K2 is a BUBBLE ELEVATOR!  The skimmer uses what is called a VBT, Vertical Bubble Technology, which is designed to reduce or maybe ELIMINATE turbulence inside the skimmer body.  I have had this unit for a little over 24 hours, and so far I really like what I see, with the VBT and the very low turbulence, here is an image:


You can see the vast majority of the bubble are above the bubble plate, even though there is no skirt surrounding the bubble plate like in other skimmers.


This image shows the micro bubbles below the neck, and the transition to larger bubbles in the neck itself.  I have had 4 different skimmers now, and I have never seen anything like this.  The bubbles flow directly UP, there is no swirl, no turbulence at all.


This is a large collection cup, 8" across and about 6" tall.  


This is an overall of the skimmer and the stand that I made.  Right now I have the K2 sitting at 7 and 3/4" depth.

GATE VALVE!!!!  This unit uses a REAL VALVE rather the a finicky wedge pipe.  The gate valve is SO MUCH easier to adjust then the pipe is, plus it LOOKS way better too.

Cons: So far I have not found any major cons at all.  There are some bits and pieces that could be better, but they are cosmetic, not functional.  I don't really care for the way the air silencer attaches to the cover of the collection cup.  

In Depth:
I don't have an in depth yet.  

Specs:
Base Diameter 9.85”

Height 23.0”

Neck Diameter 4.4”

Footprint 15 x 12

Sicce PSK-2500

Air Draw 950LPH (34 SCFH)

Power Consumption 25W

Aquarium Capacity 300 gallons

Similar Products Used:
SWC 2S

Aquarium Information:
90 gallon SPS tank, with 80 gallons of sump in the basement.

As time passes I will come back and add details for the skimmer, but so far I give it an 8.5 out of 10.  This number may rise as the unit breaks in, and I see what the skimmate production looks like. 
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Re:Poseidon's 90 gallon SPS Reef (permalink)
Nice pics of that Monster!  Keep us posted for sure.
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Thanks Tal, I sure will!

This skimmer is a bit smaller then the one it replaced, but the fit and finish is off the charts!
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That is an impressive skimmer!  All that and only 25 watts!!!

I will be interested in your  indepth  report in the future!

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Thanks AJ, it is really hard to beat those wattage/air numbers isn't it?
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