Please send an e-mail to Pollywog@cableone.net if you have any questions!
Please follow these Bullet Proof Reef Directions when setting up your Bullet Proof Reef .
Send Sally Jo an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
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Most of the systems at GARF (all of the Bullet Proof Reefs) use plenums and have been very successful. Plenums create a dead water space area under the substrate. This dead water space, along with the substrate, help in the denitrification process which lower the nitrates.
Below is a cut list for a plenum that will fit the tank you entered on the previous page.
|1||Egg crate top|
|1||1" Riser tube|
|1||Nylon Screening (middle)|
|1||Nylon Screening (bottom)|
Here is a link to help with the Assembly of the plenum.
All of the parts to make your own plenum can be found in most hardware stores like Lowes or Home Depot. The Egg Crate is usually found in the Lighting section. PVC pipe is in the pumbing section. Nylon screening is usually found around the screen doors.
|Water flow is one of the most important elements in the Bullet Proof Reef. Current not only brings nutrients to the coral but it also helps remove waste. GARF recommends using TAAM Seio high flow power heads for your bullet proof reef. The use of a Seio controller is also recommended for 1100-2600 gph pump models to make the current in the reef more random.|
|Due to the higher water flow in the "Bullet Proof Reef, GARF recommends at least 5 watts of heater for each gallon of tank capacity. If you are adding a sump to your bullet proof reef, don't forget to include it in the total gallons!
Using more than 1 heater is recommended.
|Lighting is one of the most important elements in the Bullet Proof Reef.
The Bullet Proof Reef method, starts with lower light levels, and increases the light over a one year period, if more light is desired. GARF's prefered lights are URI 50/50 and Actinic Blue flouresent bulbs run off of IceCap 660 electronic ballasts. Starting with Normal Output (NO) and increasing to Very High Output (VHO) if needed. The IceCap Ballast supports VHO and NO lamps in any combination.
Champion Lighting is a good on-line source for your lighting needs. You can either purchase all the components seperately or purchase a retro fit kit that comes with most items you need.
|Pair of water proof end caps. Ensure they are high quality and will not melt with VHO bulbs.|
|After 6 months you can start replacing the NO bulbs with the following VHO bulbs if more light is desired.|
|Protein Skimmers (foam fractionation) are designed to remove organic pollutants from the aquarium. They inject fine air bubbles into the water passing through them. The dissolved proteins and wastes found in the water, cling to these air bubbles. These bubbles eventually make it to the top of the skimmer and burst. A foam builds up in the top column, and overflows into a collection cup. This collection cup can be removed and emptied when necessary.
Champion Lighting is a good on-line source for the CPR protein skimmers.
|Aragocrete, is a lightweight, porous man made rock for use in a reef aquarium. It is not "Live Rock" however, after seeded with GARF Grunge it will start to grow the beneficial bacteria tiny invertebrates, and algae that make it live rock. Aragocrete is fun and easy to make. Here is a link to help you Make Your Own Aragocrete!|
|Reef Plus twice a week|
|Reef Complete twice a week|
|Reef Calcium twice a week|
|1 Tablespoon||Reef Advantage Calcium added to each gallon of makeup water during the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month.|
|1 Tablespoon||Reef Builder added to each gallon of makeup water during the 3rd week of each month.|