Filtration & equipment for my 500 gallon reef tank. Total system volume is about 650 gallons.

This is an overview of all the equipment I use to support my 500 gallon reef tank. The system is a total of about 650 gallons and this video covers pretty much all of my equipment and life-support for the main display.

Filtration & equipment for my 500 gallon reef tank. Total system volume is about 650 gallons. sentiment_very_dissatisfied 14

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This is an overview of all the equipment I use to support my 500 gallon reef tank. The system is a total of about 650 gallons and this video covers pretty much all of my equipment and life-support for the main display.

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for Filtration & equipment for my 500 gallon reef tank. Total system volume is about 650 gallons.

Peter Brizolas
Peter Brizolas - 6 years ago
I found this video today. Best system I have ever seen. Well done and congratulations.
You are a reef champion.
Mike Roggio
Mike Roggio - 6 years ago
I really enjoyed this. I have a similar tank volume but a totally different way of doing things. This has inspired me to make a video. You've done great work but I'm definitely a critic of your wire management. The supplies to make that look tight and uniform are only a couple bucks.
slief
slief - 6 years ago
Thank you. I hear you on the wire management. I am usually very meticulous about wiring but there are so many wires in this system with all the controller components and I've upgraded/added to the system continuously over the years and it's gotten a bit out of hand. One of these days i will go back and clean some of the wire mess up.
My Singing Monsters Gamer 97
My Singing Monsters Gamer 97 - 6 years ago
Wow beautiful setup !!!!
Chris Bolli
Chris Bolli - 6 years ago
Where do you get the water change system from?
wrmaldonado
wrmaldonado - 6 years ago
If you combined all that equipment, plus all the livestock/coral/reef rock, how much did all of that cost?
I'm going to say at least $10,000
slief
slief - 6 years ago
A LOT more than that! LOL.. I've had this tank since 1995 and it was moved to this house in 1997 where it's been up and running ever since. It's seen a lot of upgrades during that time. $10,000 wouldn't even cover the cost of the main display and lights. Given the amount of coral in the tank and the size the coral has grown to over the years, the coral and fish alone would likely cost more than your estimate... There is over 700 pounds of live rock in the system as well that I have had for over 20 years which would cost a fortune today. Honestly, I wouldn't even want to add up the price to piece this system together. I am sure I could buy 20+ acres of river front property in Montana for what I have into this system.
Bruce Hoban
Bruce Hoban - 6 years ago
Impressive system. What is your investment in this setup?
slief
slief - 6 years ago
Thank you very much. In all honesty, I couldn't even begin to calculate. Frankly, not sure that I would either. I had the main display custom built in the early 90's and it's gone through a number of upgrades over the years in terms of the equipment. That last major upgrade was 2010 other than lighting, skimmer and pump upgrades to improve system efficiency and and coral health. I've got the system to the point where I am pretty much done with upgrades for the foreseeable future. As such, I don't anticipate more significant expenditures as it's kind of in cruise control so to speak. Truth be told that if I had to start all over and build this system as new, I couldn't afford to do it at this point in time.
Lito
Lito - 6 years ago
What a great hobby your system is beautiful...my girl has all but moved me out of the home along with my reef....lol
Lito
Lito - 6 years ago
I like watching Jim too...☺
Lito
Lito - 6 years ago
Honestly your an inspiration and i learn so much!!!!

10. comment for Filtration & equipment for my 500 gallon reef tank. Total system volume is about 650 gallons.

Lito
Lito - 6 years ago
Rich too!!!smart but rich omg that must be a fortune...bless your heart man...
slief
slief - 6 years ago
Thank you for the compliments! In about 25 years of owning this tank, upgrades have come over time. I certainly couldn't afford to build this tank now. Especially with all the equipment.
Lito
Lito - 6 years ago
Gorgeous!!!!you very smart man
Bold 311
Bold 311 - 6 years ago
Great tank and thanks for taking the time to make videos. Just getting going in the hobby and have a 120 G bare-bottom with a tan colored HDPE board. My ultimate goal is a large tank with nearly the same dimensions as yours. My job will not afford the time for lots of daily or even weekly maintenance which is why I picked bare bottom. However, I really want the look of sand and all the things that go along with it like certain fish. How do you maintain your sand bed with minimal maintenance? Is the spray bar using the closed loop enough to keep things stirred up enough to not settle and therefore vacuuming not necessary? Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated. Thanks
Bold 311
Bold 311 - 6 years ago
Thank you again!
slief
slief - 6 years ago
Thank you very much. I have very little sand in the main display and what little is there, I don't touch. Personally I prefer bare bottom from a cleanliness and maintenance perspective but the little sand I have is enough for my wrasses. The closed loop that returns under the live rock prevents detritus from settling down there and the closed loop and Tunze's are all programmed (via my Apex) to kick up into what I call "flush" mode which blasts one side of the tank at a time via the Tunze pumps while the closed loop kicks up to a much higher flow rate. That stirs anything up on the bottom. The Tunze's will alternate from side to side during this phase to suspend any detritus and get it into the path of the returns to sent into the overflow where the filter socks in the sump are waiting. The Flush mode kicks on several times a day. It works really well. Especially given that I have a lot of flow in the tank.
Yours Truly
Yours Truly - 6 years ago
This is the most sophisticated setup I have ever seen anywhere, and it shows in the aquarium. All I can say is WOW
slief
slief - 6 years ago
Thank you very much!
Demario Smith
Demario Smith - 6 years ago
Wow! I heard that 1100 and i almost sold my equipment lol.
This is a gorgeous setup. Thank you for showing us.
Ronnie Dailleboust
Ronnie Dailleboust - 6 years ago
did you ever consider using a manifold plumbing setup instead of using so many pumps?
slief
slief - 6 years ago
Not sure I am understanding you. My return pump runs the carbon and GFO reactors as well as my display fuge and frag tank. The pump I use maxes out at over 6400 gallons per hour at 230 watts. At the 150 watt setting, it has enough power to run everything and then some. That said, I wouldn't use my return pump for my closed loop. That is a big no no because of where the closed loop dumps out at. That needs to be a separate pump that is in a closed loop pulling from the back side of the tank and returning below the live rock. My power heads serve a very important purpose as well and again, the return pump wouldn't be suitable replacement for those. The produce fast pulses through the water and provide flow throughout the entire water column and not just the surface where the return lines exhaust. They also are programmed to flush the tank out several times a day to suspend detritus and send it over the overflow. In total, I have upwards of 35'000 GPH at my disposal in my main system and the return, closed loop and power heads all serve a dedicated purpose and one cannot replace the other. Alsio, my closed loop pump is programmed to go into high power output when my Tunze power heads kick into their flush cycle. This insures that anything that settled on the bottom of the tank is suspended since the close loop outputs at the bottom of the tank below the live rock.
Ronnie Dailleboust
Ronnie Dailleboust - 6 years ago
to run your reactors as well as for circulation you have enough flow from those pumps to do so
slief
slief - 6 years ago
I use a manifold to feed my reactors, display refugium and frag tank which are fed from my return pump. I have a second pump that runs my closed loop and dumps out under my live rock to prevent detritus from settling there and also eliminate dead spots. It also feeds my UV Sterilizer. Because that dumps out under the rock, that cannot be connected to the manifold as a power failure could result in the tank draining. Beyond that, I have a skimmer pump which is designed for my skimmer and lastly power heads which produce more flow and different currents with the tank. There really aren't any pumps that could be eliminated safely that wouldn't impact another area of the system.Plus, the pumps I run are all VERY efficient and reliable.
Babak Khoshzamir
Babak Khoshzamir - 6 years ago
$1100/mnth??? Good God man!
slief
slief - 6 years ago
Yea, it was very painful!! I had no idea how much of an impact my tank was having on the bill until I did my upgrades and saw the bill drop by several hundred a month. Since my tank was moved here when I bought the house in '97, the bill was just something I accepted and expected.
OG`s Fishroom
OG`s Fishroom - 6 years ago
Hey whats up guy. Awesome!! content, & super impressive overall system.
I have a few questions.
What do you do for a living?
Have you ever had to reseal your display tank?
Have you ever tried the bubbling method?
Thanks
slief
slief - 6 years ago
Thank you very much. I am in the computer business but also do some "moonlighting" in the aquarium industry. I have never had to reseal my display. IIt's acrylic and there is no re-sealing acrylic. I don't use the bubble method and really don't see a need for it in my system.
rob sool Aquatics
rob sool Aquatics - 6 years ago
excellent video swing by I'm building a 600-gallon multiple saltwater man cave at my home
John Gayle
John Gayle - 7 years ago
wow nice tank

20. comment for Filtration & equipment for my 500 gallon reef tank. Total system volume is about 650 gallons.

Crazygamer H20
Crazygamer H20 - 7 years ago
Sweet tank dude its my goal to get a tank like that
Shawn Kelly
Shawn Kelly - 7 years ago
incredible one of the best set ups Ive ever seen
Garry Thomas
Garry Thomas - 7 years ago
i have a constructive comment. All the equipment you are using, a huge amount of money. a load of money in the tank. lots of equipment, which you could do without, yet you dont have a chiller? that to me is silly
slief
slief - 7 years ago
And, I could do without a lot of the equipment but my tank thrives and I only put about 2 hours a month into which includes feeding, making water, cleaning glass and running my tests. The automation takes most of the work out of maintaining a huge system. The quality of my equipment has also saved me tens of thousands in electricity and replacement costs over the years since my last major upgrade. My controller has saved my tank and home by notifying me of potential issues such as leaks, ATO issues among other things over the last 10 years so that is something I consider necessary. Same goes with the rest of the automation stuff. If I had to devote several hours a month to water changes, top offs, dosing and other maintenance that I've automated, the tank would suffer since I don't have the time for that kind of maintenance. Having the tank take care of itself and notify of me issues is hugely valuable with a system this large. Especially when II've had the tank as long as I have (23 years since having it first built). It's so much healthier now than it ever has been in all the years and the quality of equipment gives me peace of mind while also saving me with utilities.
slief
slief - 7 years ago
I have a JBJ Arctica 1/2HP chiller in the garage that is plumbed into the system but it's not needed & never turns on. I've had the tank running here for about 20 years now. For the first 14 years, the chiller ran 12 hour a day until I upgraded my equipement to pumps and lighting that didn't transfer huge amounts of heat. This was back in 2010 and 2011. Back then my electric bill was about $1100 a month. Now with the upgraded equipment, my electric bill is $350 a month and my chiller hasn't run in years. Its there only for emergencies and essentially wasting space. The max my temp ever reaches even on the hottest days when I am not running my AC is 82* which is perfectly safe for a reef and my fish. In fact, most of the reefs where our corals originate from hit temps much higher than that in the summer months and I've also found that my best Coral growth is during the summer when the water in the tank is warmer. I also use fans for evaporative cooling which typically keep the tank well below 82 in the summer. In the winter my tank is typically around 78 but it's hit as low as 75 which again has never been an issue. Fortunately due to my water volume, the most my temp can swing in a 24 hour period is 1* which is slow enough that there is no harm to the fish or livestock.
Chris Hayes
Chris Hayes - 7 years ago
Simply great! Outstanding work. thank you for the knowledge share. Reefer madness!
Dee From Brooklyn
Dee From Brooklyn - 7 years ago
hey. do you have a link for information on that top off pump you use? i want to run a stronger pump from my ro unit up to my tank
slief
slief - 7 years ago
I use a Stenner 85M5 for my ATO pump. It's a beast and they are bullet proof but they are also noisy.
http://www.lockewell.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_6_20_25&products_id=127
Cali Fishliving
Cali Fishliving - 7 years ago
Amazing reef, what's the cost of running that size of tank
slief
slief - 7 years ago
My power bill is typically around $350-375 per month for my entire home which is about 2200 sq ft. It's a bit higher in the summer when we run the AC. The tank is very efficient as I have very efficient pumps and lights. Total power consumption is around 1500 watts when the light are on and around 800 watts when they are off.
Aaron Armstrong
Aaron Armstrong - 7 years ago
best display refugium ever
Garry Thomas
Garry Thomas - 7 years ago
Thank you for sharing.
sassporillo
sassporillo - 7 years ago
Dang
Anuar l33t
Anuar l33t - 7 years ago
perfect system. thanks for all the wonderful information

30. comment for Filtration & equipment for my 500 gallon reef tank. Total system volume is about 650 gallons.

mike waters
mike waters - 7 years ago
I'm looking to put a 300 gallon reef in my house. Just curious what is your cost for this gorgeous tank?
mike waters
mike waters - 7 years ago
+slief Thank you so much for the reply! I have a 75 gallon reef now. I am just not familiar with a tank of this magnitude lol gorgeous tank! I can see so much love for the hobby just watching this video! Amazing!
slief
slief - 7 years ago
That is a really loaded question. You can easily spend tens of thousands of dollars on a tank that size. The tank alone can cost $3000 + depending on material, material thickness, overflow design, shipping etc. Then there is the stand and optional canopy. That doesn't include things like a large sump for a tank that size, refugium if you want one, media reactors, protein skimmer, pumps, lights, live rock or dead rock, water, salt, test kits, heaters if needed, chillers, controllers etc. Quality of equipment and the tank construction can have a huge huge impact on costs. It's best to determine a budget and work it backwards from there to see what you can build within that budget. My tank is 480 gallons at the display and the system is about 650g. In today's market, it would likely cost $30k to reproduce. I had my acrylic tank built over 20 years ago and had it built with very thick high quality material. Because of the quality and thickness of material. It's still in near perfect shape. The tank alone would cost over $6000 to build in today's market using the same material. Things add up very fast in this hobby.
004ner
004ner - 7 years ago
great video and description of equipment. I thought you skimmer was overkill in setup but after listening to your setup it matches your level of detail to provide a great environment for your critters.

anemones are to die for. super nice that large.
Rigel Martinez
Rigel Martinez - 7 years ago
Man I wish you could come to my house and show me what I am doing wrong. I use Seachem Pro Salt( $$$$$), 50 gal Water changes every 2 weeks. RO/DI, small feeding, LEDs, sump, Reef Octopus skimmer and nothing ever lives. Phosguard, Carbon, filter floss, Mag 18, and the list goes on. Nutrients are low to 0. I even added a bag of lava rocks in my sum after washin it ofcourse. Ahhhhhh
Rigel Martinez
Rigel Martinez - 7 years ago
Good deal. Didn't think about it that way. Ill try doing 5 gal x 3/week see how it works out. Thank you.
slief
slief - 7 years ago
Lava rocks aren't necessarily a good thing in a marine tank. Some lava can have metals and other undesirable things in it. Large water changes depending on the system volume can also change the water quality or water parameters very quickly which can shock the inhabitants. I much prefer smaller daily water changes because it keeps things more consistent.
RAVINDER S Purba
RAVINDER S Purba - 7 years ago
Hi Scott, Thank you for sharing this amazing informational video with us, I have learned a lot watching your videos and videos from LAFish Guy, Please if you can let me know how much DC return pumps cost and who is the authorized dealer for these pumps ?
slief
slief - 7 years ago
Premium Aquatics sells the Red Dragons and they also sell them directly. If you are in the US, you can go to Royalexclusiv.com and if you are outside the US, royalexclusiv.net
Jake Volkmer
Jake Volkmer - 7 years ago
Do you have a video or thread on one of the forums regarding your APEX programming?  I'm getting back into the hobby after about a 10 year hiatus.  I think you have the most sophisticated APEX set-up I've seen.
Jake Volkmer
Jake Volkmer - 7 years ago
Awesome! Pretty impressive.  Thanks for the link
slief
slief - 7 years ago
I do not and my Apex setup is very complex. That said, all my programming can be viewed here: Just click the link to "Apex Program". https://www.reeftronics.net/sa/scott-l
427HISS
427HISS - 7 years ago
Great tank, but please,....move the camera SLOWLY ! Especially recording the tank.
9Nails
9Nails - 8 years ago
This was a very well put together overview of a truly inspiring system.
Andrew Siver
Andrew Siver - 8 years ago
6.7ph is way to low that's scidic
slief
slief - 8 years ago
+Andrew Siver What are you talking about? The only thing that runs at 6.7 pH is my calcium reactor and that's supposed to have a low acidic pH to break down the media in the reactor in order to maintain good Ca and Alk levels in the tank. My tanks pH ranges from 8.06 to 8.2 depending on day or night.
archerhill64
archerhill64 - 8 years ago
Your a mad fish scientist.
Amin __
Amin __ - 8 years ago
nice tank nice setting! organized however I don't understand why you used the water change system while you have the Apex system. by having an Apex you just have to add 3 float switches.
slief
slief - 8 years ago
+Amin RB The Genesis Renew water change system is much more flixble than the Apex running the AWC. I have it set to do 5 gallons a day but if I want to change that, all I have to do is his a button to increase or decrease the amount in gallons. It's always spot on because there are two 1 gallon metering bins. Using float switches in theory is a novel idea but they lack the same kind of accuracy. There are always slight variances in where the float switch will change states. When you have a sump and refugium that totals over 180 gallons in capacity. The difference in as little as a 1/2 a mm in the float switch state change can result in salinity drift over time. Further, if I want to do a large water change, I can simply switch the Renew to continuous mode and select a number from 1 to 99 gallons and hit start. The Renew will then change out a gallon every couple minutes. To do the water changes with the Apex, it would have to be time based and not gallon based. If I used the Dos to do it, it would be painfully slow and require frequent calibration. Bottom line, for a system my size, the Renew is much more flexible, more efficient and more fool proof. especially since my Apex acts as a fail safe by monitoring salinity, float levels, water on the floor etc that are all used as part of my fail safes and will shut the Renew down if a problem arrises.
Hugo Snell
Hugo Snell - 8 years ago
Awesome tank. I actually based my Tunze 6040 flows off your apex profiles but instead of osc used 12 virtual outlets that turn on/off with the phases of the moon to try to mimic the tides a bit. :)
Usernam E
Usernam E - 8 years ago
That tank would look stunning if you would clean that awful strip of coralline along the whole bottom of the tank. A razor blade would do the trick.
Usernam E
Usernam E - 8 years ago
+slief Acrylic sounds like a major hassle. In my glass tank – because I don't have to worry about sand scratching the glass – I can just take the magnet cleaner all the way down to the sand every week when I clean the glass. So coralline never even gets a chance to start growing.
slief
slief - 8 years ago
It's hard to imaging but what you see there is only a handful of months worth of coraline growth. There is also 40 linear foot of edge to clean between the top & bottom edges of the peninsula. Like I said, it's a lot of work. Especially considering I have short arms & the centers of the viewing panes among the bottom are extremely hard to reach.
slief
slief - 8 years ago
I've actually been working on it. It's a several hour job & tough to avoid breaking corals & creating more frags. The coralline grows extremely fast in this tank. It's also acrylic so razor blades are out of the question but I do use the metal bladed coraline scrapers that are made for glass. It's just very time consuming are it requires laying on the top of the tank for hours on end. I'm about 1/3 of the way done with my scraping but the hardest areas to reach are what remain. Should be completed with the task (nightmare) over the next 3-4 weeks.
Josh McCloud
Josh McCloud - 8 years ago
Looks like u got it down!!! Great work
Allen Tarver
Allen Tarver - 8 years ago
Hey Scott..love your tank.I need some help with mine..Problem is i lost most corals and i was wondering how come.I have a 300 gallon tank which now only has mushrooms and kenya trees left.I have a huge sump ,refugium.protien skimmer and a wet dry filter.Tank has been running for over a year.Tank mates 7 damsels,cleaner rass,yellow tangs,purple tang.hippo tang,a chillies tang,moorish Idiol,emperor angle,flame angle,madrin,Pakistine butterfly fish and 3 more small fish..Calcium is good and dkh is good. Lights are just over a year old.I have ro/di filter and use that water to top off and change water.Help
slief
slief - 8 years ago
+Allen Tarver I am sorry for your loss. There are way too many variables to even answer why that could have happened. Anything from lights to your parameters, pH, nutrients, water quality, predators such as flat worms etc. Would need to know an awful lot more and YouTube probably isn't the best place to figure that out. I would suggest starting a thread in the reef section at Reef Central. Include all the details of your tank including pictures, light info and settings, Alk, Ca, Mg, pH, Po4 levels, Nitrate levels, flow, types of corals that died etc. The more info you provide there, the better information you will get in return.
Cycnoches2012
Cycnoches2012 - 8 years ago
love it ! You thought of everything it seems. I love that you have been at this for so long we can learn from you! can you tell me how you get your return to switch between your two SeaSwirls?
slief
slief - 8 years ago
+Cycnoches2012 I have a 2" PVC line that goes from the pump to the top of the tank. It feeds the pair 1" Seaswirls. One is fed from an inline "T" fitting and the other is at the end of the loop hanging off an elbow. The T and elbow are both 2" which I reduced down to 1" at the Seaswirl side. The Swirls are joined to the line via a union. The elbow and the end of the loop coupled with the Seaswirl create enough head pressure at the end of the loop that the flow between the two Seaswirls is about equal. Here's links to a couple pictures. I just took these pictures. The tank lights were off. The pictures aren't great as a result but you shroud be able to get a better idea. The 2" PVC pipe is covered in a foam insulation sleeve which I added when I installed the swirls 15 + years ago.
http://s390.photobucket.com/user/shleif/media/Pumps/image_zpswlry2fe2.jpeg.html

http://i390.photobucket.com/albums/oo347/shleif/Pumps/image_zpswlry2fe2.jpeg
915Mang
915Mang - 8 years ago
Amazing set up, Loving all the tech gear. Really well thought out, and thanks for sharing. AWESOME!
Rotter Tube Reef
Rotter Tube Reef - 8 years ago
nice setup. if i had the money, i may add some of that stuff. i have been running with the more basic setup, Berlin filtration style.
Manny Reyez
Manny Reyez - 8 years ago
very nice tho
sbazain
sbazain - 8 years ago
am using powder
sbazain
sbazain - 8 years ago
or you mean 100 grams per day

50. comment for Filtration & equipment for my 500 gallon reef tank. Total system volume is about 650 gallons.

sbazain
sbazain - 8 years ago
is reading the amount per 1 gram is 80 mg so your saying dose 100 MG daily
sbazain
sbazain - 8 years ago
is asking me for 1140 grams from 1150 to 1350 that would mean two jars of 600 grams but how much should I put at one time so it won't freak out
slief
slief - 8 years ago
I would raise it up to 100mg a day
sbazain
sbazain - 8 years ago
thanks will do , thanks for the fast response
sbazain
sbazain - 8 years ago
need to ask a question am confused my magnesium is at 1150 my calcium is not coming down now how many grams of reef advantage should I dose to raise 100 ppm daily is a 150 gal. but I got about between rocks and sand maybe 120 gallons can't come up with the math
slief
slief - 8 years ago
Luke Strothman
Luke Strothman - 8 years ago
+Slief, that is awesome man! I have one question for you! Can you link me or tell me what articulating mounts the Kessil's are on? I'm looking for something similar for my build.

Thanks much!
slief
slief - 8 years ago
+Luke Strothman The lights are about 8" from the water & the tank is 24" deep
Luke Strothman
Luke Strothman - 8 years ago
+slief that's good to know... I may have to give them a shot. If you don't mind me asking? How far above the water line are they on your tank. What intensity are you running them on, and how deep is your tank?
slief
slief - 8 years ago
+Luke Strothman I love my kessils! My softies, LPS & SPS are growing great under them.
Luke Strothman
Luke Strothman - 8 years ago
Epic! Thank you so much! Are you still liking the Kessil's? I bought 3 marsaqua crap fixtures from eBay.... NOT A FAN! Been a year and stuff just isn't the same... Was considering buying 3 A360WE's and maybe a couple more down the road... What are your thoughts? I have a 220, 72x24x30H. PAR good on them? 
slief
slief - 8 years ago
They are also available from premium aquatics
slief
montgomery burns
montgomery burns - 8 years ago
Your tank is awesome man :) Good work :)
Jeff K
Jeff K - 8 years ago
Thats about 100 times more complicated than my 125 gallon hap/peacock tank.
First Massage
First Massage - 8 years ago
I need to rewatch this another 50 times... so much information!
Jeff K
Jeff K - 8 years ago
+First Massage
yup, long video with no rambling
Andrew
Andrew - 8 years ago
Great video and beautiful tank. I've got a 450 gallon system that shares some of the same equipment and setups. I have a few questions, if you would not mind answering/responding. (1) When you ramp up your return or your recirculating pumps do you have any problems with your sump levels? I have the same skimmer and I love it, but it's sensitive to changes in the water level of my sump. I've been thinking about adding a dc return pump that I could use to vary the flow throughout the day, but I am concerned about the sump level and my ato kicking on and off unecessarily. (2) Can you tell me the model of your aquadriver setup? I have the same bubble king supermarin skimmer and have been looking for a neck cleaner and collection cup rinse system for a while without any luck. (3) Can you tell me what you are using to raise and lower your light rack? (4) Lasltly, I noticed your lemonpeel, have you had any problems with it nipping at any of your corals? Thanks for your time!
slief
slief - 8 years ago
+Andrew I think the light rack install/hanging above the tank starts in episode 4 of that video I linked to in my previous reply. The previous parts cover the building of the aluminum rack itself.
slief
slief - 8 years ago
+Andrew I don't ramp up my return pump. The return stays at a constant speed to avoid sump level changes. The Aquadriver is the 250mm version. The Supermarin or any other Bubble King 250 series skimmer would use a 250mm lid. A 200 series skimmer would use a 200mm lid and so forth. There is a new Aquadriver coming out and I will be the US distributor. The Aquadrivers are from Germany though and they are very expensive. The one for a 250 sized skimmer is around $600-$650 US. You could save a small fortune and get a Vertex Vectra with the 250mm lid. Run it once a day for 60 seconds and you will be set.  No issues with my Lemon Peel. I've had it for years but I have a large well fed tank. I know they can be hit or miss. With regards to my light rack, I use an AC Powered winch. There is a 6 part LA Fish Guys video covering my original switch to LED's and the building of my new light rack. Here is a link to part 1 of that Episode. It covers the winch which was already installed and the new cable and pulley connections. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjDRBYweMJg
John Denny
John Denny - 8 years ago
do you account for your jizz influx into your tank? It has to be at least 1 gal. / hr.
John Jp
John Jp - 8 years ago
Damn love ur tank man i watch u from la fishguy u def got my dream tank bud!!! Keep the vids comin
Stephen Gordon
Stephen Gordon - 8 years ago
What are the dimensions of your tank? glass acrylic? I am in the planning stages of making a similar system. My fish room will be in the garage sharing a common wall where the tank will be.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
slief
slief - 8 years ago
I thought I replied but I guess I did not. The tank is 4' x 8' x 2' tall.
slief
slief - 8 years ago
Tank is 96"x48"x24" tall. 1.5" acrylic front & back. 1" sides, top & bottom. I had it made 20 years ago & it's still damn near perfect. One thing you can do surf acrylic is remove scratches. Somthing that isn't possible with glass.
cicero44bc
cicero44bc - 8 years ago
One of the most interesting overviews, gorgeous setup!
mattdiscus
mattdiscus - 8 years ago
awesome video Scott
Geoffrey Scott
Geoffrey Scott - 8 years ago
Dude....you are AMAZING! haha. your knowledge and "OCD-ness" is sort of what I am seeing in myself with my little baby Biocube 29 right now haha!!!! Thanks for showing us this video I hope the tank and you are both doing well! Please post more videos in the future!
DiepBlueC
DiepBlueC - 8 years ago
great vid, the system looks like it has evolved over time. Very healthy critters and a well thought out equipment list. That is impressive about your power bill!
Glen Hill
Glen Hill - 8 years ago
I can only imagine what all your gear costs.............
jjiron706
jjiron706 - 8 years ago
This tank is a work of Art. You have thought everything . Thank you for sharing ! I Am now a fan and look forward to seeing more videos.
Daniel Salt
Daniel Salt - 8 years ago
so jealous...good stuff man
NEMO20G
NEMO20G - 8 years ago
bril video!!
T Surro
T Surro - 8 years ago
Very impressive setup, I guess u do this for a living?
slief
slief - 8 years ago
Thank you very much. I don't do this for a living. Just a long time (29 years) hobbyist.
slief
slief - 8 years ago
+T Surro No. I am in the computer industry but Ive been in the salt water aquarium hobby for nearly 30 years. Being a tech junky, I havee kind of evolved my tank over the last 20 years with new technology as it becomes available. That and I am lazy so automation plays a critical role in the health of my tank and insures that my laziness doesn't play a negative role with the health of my tank.
ChampionChad
ChampionChad - 8 years ago
I'm going to save up and get a 500 gallon tank (I get like 20$ every 2 or 3 weeks lol) so how much does it cost in total with the stuff required for keeping piranhas? (filters,heaters,and other stuff)
slief
slief - 8 years ago
To be honest, I really couldn't tell you. I built the system over the course of 20 years and there have been a number of refinements & upgrades over that time. Freshwater is certainly much simpler than salt water and much cheaper as a result.
Jeff & Colleen Tyler
Jeff & Colleen Tyler - 8 years ago
awesome system and walk thru. enjoyed it lots. One question what is your calcium levels running at constant?
slief
slief - 8 years ago
+Jeff & Colleen Tyler No Miracle Mud for me. I was offered it by the manufacturer when I setup my refugium back in 2010. Miracle Mud requires that you replace a portion of the mud every several months. For me that was an immediate turn off. Instead I was able to acquire some fresh live Fiji mud that came from the bottom of fiji live rock bins from a local live rock reseller. I got a hundred or so pounds of that along with around 200 pounds of live sand and put the mud down in the refugium followed by live sand and live rock rubble. When I setup my refugium, it was part of a much larger sump swap that was done when my tank was actually full and stocked. It was recorded as part of an LA Fish Guys episode. This part of LA FIsh Guys Episode 80 covers the sump and refugium install along with the mud. https://youtu.be/pgH6NIrbtwo 


If you watch the rest of the Episode 80 parts (I think 12 parts in total), there is much more coverage of my sump and refugium design (covered in part 5). I was also going through a massive ich outbreak at the same time which was also covered in this episode. That was brought on by a large water change with colder water. The ich battle didn't end well and I learned that there are no reef safe remedies for ich. A painful lesson but I wasn't willing to treat this tank with copper as it never could have been a reef again. Fortunately, I have never had ich since.
Jeff & Colleen Tyler
Jeff & Colleen Tyler - 8 years ago
+slief
thank you so much, I have some things to adjust for sure. are you doing anything monthly with the miracle mud?
slief
slief - 8 years ago
Calcium is 450, Alk is 10 & Mag is 1350. With the calcium reactor I don't have to supplement anything.
Josh Tao
Josh Tao - 8 years ago
Very nice and thorough Scott! Glad I found this on YouTube. I've always wanted to see a detailed equipment tour of your system, now I have. Thanks for sharing.
mackjr1969
mackjr1969 - 8 years ago
You have a DOS machine like me., ! U forgot to talk about it! Lol but I'm thinking u used it as your water change since u have a cal reactor !
mackjr1969
mackjr1969 - 8 years ago
+slief
I will have to locate that and watch that section! I shared your well detailed video! It's really help me when you first set up your system! I learned a lot! Keep up the good work!
slief
slief - 8 years ago
I probably should have mentioned the Dos but given my weird use for it and the fact that it would've taken a fair amount of explanation as to how it works in my system, I decided to skip that subject. Especially given that I have a video in my library covering its use.
slief
slief - 8 years ago
I use the Genesis Renew for my automatic water changer as I mentioned in this video. I covered the Dos and another one of my videos but here Is a link. http://youtu.be/kkmuvTREK6k
Syed Hasan
Syed Hasan - 8 years ago
Thanks for sharing this detailed update. It looks you are now going back to basics and simplification which is good.
mackjr1969
mackjr1969 - 8 years ago
Nice video again Scott., lot of people forget to add the life support! I watch your tank install on la fish!
faisal shurafa
faisal shurafa - 8 years ago
This makes my nano reef equipment look like a joke, Love your aquarium keep at it!
wayne creech
wayne creech - 8 years ago
Looks great as always Scott.
abreezeducttesting
abreezeducttesting - 8 years ago
wow, that's an awesome system. keep the videos coming.
slief
slief - 8 years ago
I've been in the hobby over 29 years straight. Tank is actually pretty easy to troubleshoot but it pretty much takes care of itself & the Apex controller pinpoints most any issue.
slief
slief - 8 years ago
Thank you. I started with salt water back in 1987 or '88.
pepenaker
pepenaker - 8 years ago
very happy to see a video of your tank and the fucking jim is not in ot
slief
slief - 8 years ago
+JOSE CARLOS “PEPENAKER” PLANCARTE está todo bien! ;-)
pepenaker
pepenaker - 8 years ago
+slief sorry i think i was very rude i was kidding i really admire your tank and jims work any way sorry if my inglish is not ghat well im from mexico city and im always looking for your videos
slief
slief - 8 years ago
+JOSE CARLOS “PEPENAKER” PLANCARTE, I do videos from time to time on the tank which I have on my YouTube page as well as my thread on Reef Central. Jim's a good friend of mine and it's always easier when somebody else is working the camera! ;-)
Smokkedandslammed
Smokkedandslammed - 8 years ago
Tanks for the tour, what's your favorite thing about your tank?
john 117
john 117 - 8 years ago
+slief wow that's great I'm trying to get to that point for my automation! I only have a 120 gallons and seems like constantly doing something on or to it lol ! I have the same lights as you and would love to know what you run them at ...photo period,ramp,intensity! you said 8" off the water mine are at 11" .I watch you on la fish guys all the time and was very happy to see your own channel!! Keep up the videos .Awesome tank !!
Smokkedandslammed
Smokkedandslammed - 8 years ago
+slief True that, my back to starts to hurt after standing in front my tank as much as I do lol

Automation is the way to go for sure, and that's a crazy impressive set up for sure. I've never seen a LFS with as much automation and equipment on a tank like you do.
slief
slief - 8 years ago
Aside from staring at it a lot, it's the fact that I spend less than five minutes a day working on it. That includes feeding. In all seriousness after having this tank for over 20 years, I really like the fact that it's healthier and thriving more than it ever has and with the least amount of effort. All the automation on the tank saves me a lot of work and keeps the tank healthier than ever. The hardest thing is cleaning the viewing panes once a week and mixing water. I probably spend less than an hour total a month working on it including cleaning, feeding, mixing water etc.

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