In this weeks BRStv Investigates video we look at operating water depth and how exactly that affects a protein skimmer’s performance to see if the manufacturers recommendations are legit or should we be doing some testing of our own to get the best performance from our protein skimmers.Read more »
While browsing the Reef2Reef.com threads Randy found a question from a member who was looking for a sump and skimmer for a 90gal FOWLR tank that didn't drain his wallet. Here's what he found! Each week we'll pull questions from Facebook, Instagram, Reef2Reef, YouTube and our own website Q&A pages and answer the most interesting ones in a quick #AskBRStv episode. The reefing community is full of knowledge and full of answers! Join in over on our Reef2Reef.com Sponsor page. Welcome to #AskBRStv where we take questions from you, the reefing community, across all of our social networks and forums and answer them right here on YouTube! From how your reef gear works to coral and fish care and everything in between, we're here to answer your questions and share collective hobby knowledge with the community at large. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic
Welcome to BRStv Investigates - Tank Trials! Today, Ryan is back with choosing a sump for the ULM tanks. Choosing the right sump can be tricky, and a lot of the decision process will be dependent upon your stands dimensions. If you do not have room for a sump, it's not the end of the world either. The conversation is just getting started! Join in over on Reef2Reef! Today we are getting the sump chosen for the Ultra Low Maintenance reefs tanks set up in Ryan’s office. First we need to select a sump for each system that will work with the stand and eventually the tanks requirements. Selecting the right sump does take some thought, and with so many different choices it is important that you think about your tank in the long run and what your stand can fit inside. Want to see the sumps we chose? Make sure to watch this weeks episode of BRStv investigates – Tank Trials. Have a question or comment, make sure to hop over to Reef2Reef where the discussion is just getting started. W
Today, Ryan is taking us through the Somatic line of Sumps, Skimmers, and upgrades. Somatic sumps and skimmers are designed for the reefer on a budget and gives you a modular sump system that can be purchased today, but upgraded down the line. The components are easy to use and come with Vertex quality under the Somatic brand name. Today there are three different sump and skimmer combo packages that will cover tanks from 60 gallons up to 120 gallons but can be used on tanks slightly larger or smaller if necessary. Starting with the sumps they are made with a smoked acrylic front window, and black on every other side keeping them sleek and stylish. Each sump has provisions for purpose-built accessories to upgrade your sump. If you want a filter sock holder, drain cover, probe or dosing tube holders they fit perfectly into the sump without having to modify anything. Somatic protein skimmers use a custom Sicce pump and could be the easiest skimmers to maintain. The base and body use
Welcome to Week 3 of 52 Weeks of Reefing. This week we are unveiling our custom made sump from Rick at Synergy Reef, as well as covering different types of sumps and which might be best for you! A sump can mean a lot of different things to different people but it’s really just a place to install equipment that wouldn’t fit in or on the tank itself and helps makes sure the tank looks clean and presentable in your living space. There are a few different options out there for sumps today. All In One, DIY, retail, and custom sumps are all potential options. Innovative Marine offers one the more complete solutions for a sump in the form of their Nuvo series of tanks. These tanks have the sump built right into the back of the tank and allow you to hide equipment out of site. DIY options offer a little more customization since you yourself get to design, build, and maintain the sump. It can be a little work to produce a DIY sump, however it is often cheaper than other options and
In our fourth episode of the Neptune Apex series, we'll cover the energy bar as well as power management. The energy bar, which comes standard with the Apex, has a total of eight outlets and an overall power rating of 15 amps. You'll want to count the amps on all of your equipment to ensure it doesn't go over 15. There's also two types of outlets on the energy par; 6 which run on TRIACs that can handle up to 5 amps, and two which are controlled via relays and can operate up to 10 amps each. So why don't all of the outlets use relays? Good question. It's really just because they make a small clicking noise when they turn off/on which is probably not preferred for equipment like a wavemaker that constantly turns off/on. You do have the option to pick up a second or third energy bar, which come in four and eight blocks. It's really a cost per outlet calculation. The energy bar with eight is $20 an outlet, and with four is $30 an outlet. If you are absolutely sure you will never need
In today's episode we are going to add a sump to our aquarium, upgrade skimmers and auto top off system. We will also change the way we run GFO and carbon. In the beginning of the video we discuss some of the different ways to plumb an aquarium as well as individual plumbing pieces like check valves, gate valves and bulkheads. In a future episode we add a DIY sump. Disclaimer© 2020 Bulk Reef Supply. All Rights Reserved.