R2R FAQ: An in-depth Q&A session about the BRS160
We are now over 10 weeks into the Triton Method and Ryan gave a 10 week update last week on how the BRS160 is functioning, the changes we have made, and how the livestock is handling the change. We were overwhelmed with the communities questions on the BRS160 update and Ryan is back to answer them for you!
We received many questions about how the refugium was doing and if an ATS (algae turf scrubber) can be used in its place. Ryan goes over the benefits and of using a real refugium compared o an ATS with the Triton Method. We also had a couple of great questions thrown our way that go a bit more in-depth about the refugium we are using and how it I performing.
The other significant change we made was the flow in the tank. Ryan changed out the Tunze 6095 Stream pumps for a pair of Maxspect Gyre pumps with interface modules to control them from our Apex Controller. The Gyres let us create robust and turbulent flow, and the Apex allows us control the flow exactly how we want it in our tank. Ryan set up an excellent program that keeps the turbulence and gyre motion shifting throughout the tank in 3 hours cycles, which the code can be found below if you want to set up your Gyre pumps the same way!
So, be sure to head over to the R2R forums each week and join in with your comments and questions. Who knows, we just might feature your question next week!
There are a few different ways to program Maxspect Gyre pumps with an Apex Controller. However, the Gyre Interface Module is required to communicate between the two pieces of equipment. Once you have your Gyre pumps connected to your Apex, you can open the programming page for one of them and click the magic wand in the upper right-hand corner and create your own custom program for your aquarium, or you can copy and paste the code below in the standard programming window.
Apex Gyre Code: