Intermediate Cade Two CADE Main Displays - Side by Side system

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Implemented the dream of my "Ideal" Perfect System
Hello friends, I wanted to start this thread to share my journey back to this hobby and what I am doing for my first system. My documentation strategy will have summary sections, identified in this posting, and then individual postings describing the individual system components

System's scope and strategy
The goal is to use one CADE PR2-1500 as my main display, which will be installed next to a CADE 900 S2 tank and matches the cabinets and styles. When together, they will look closer to a single tank but contain two biological separate regions. The second main display may become a frag tank.

Two systems working as one
The CADE PR2-1500 system, from here on referred as Vermont's Barrier Reef (VTBR), and is in phase two of its implementation. Once VTBR enters its forth phase (Loaded 50% with corals), the second system will be installed side by side to VTBR. The second system, referred as VTBahia, will be a CADE S2 900 system with a display capacity of 85 gallons will bring the system total capacity to 230 gallons. All filtration, automation and dosing equipment will be shared across both systems and mostly housed under VTBR. Both systems will be controlled by a single Apex system.

Equipment area description
VTBR and VTBahia will reside on the main floor. I am in the process of building large aquarium maintenance room, in my basement immediately underneath the tanks above. This is were the mixing stations, working tables and supply closet. The space is 12 feet x 8 feet.

Quarantine system
Everything that is alive, will be quarantined. I will dedicate a posting to describing the system as well as including images.

This thread is a way of sharing, with my hobby family, what my vision is for my reef system, approach and challenges. Please provide any and all feedback and will be appreciated. This does not mean that I may agree always with someone but what I promise to do is listen, have a dialog, and make decisions with the help of your expertise.
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Curious what’s your opinion on Cade tank.Never seen one in reality but everyone i ask super happy.
I am very happy with my CADE. CADE is a world leader, specially in Australia, with down to earth management team. The quality of their systems and attention to detail exceeded all my expectations. If I were to say one thing that really made me choose them is that their systems make sense and are very flexible. I can also tell you that the cabinet is metal and the doors are glass. It really looks like a master piece that belongs together. I did consider other makers but could not get passed the fact that either they had a stunning glass box, or a high quality stand. For me CADE delivers quality in every area of the tank, including what you don't see.

This does not mean that they are perfect. I am a very technical person and wanted to customize the system for me. When I would have a discussion with another vendor and I would express that I wanted to change the layout of the sump, so I can add a ClariSea roller, they would spend 10 minutes warning me of the consequences of making that change. CADE on the other hand, gave me hints on how to reconfigure them and the end result is what I wanted. I am going to list in details, my entire build, customizations, equipment installations techniques and demands and CADE provided me with the a great cabinet design that allowed me to basically do everything cleanly.

My second display tank will also be a CADE so as to match with the first tank. I am hoping that it will look sharp.

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Vermont Master Reef (VTMR) Technical Components
As mentioned above, VTMR is the system which will house most, if not all the technical gear supporting both systems.
  • Lighting Implementation
    • VTMR has 3 Kessil AP9x dialed to deliver SPS par requirements from the middle of the water column to the water line. The bottom half of the system receives enough light for LPS corals.
    • Lighting measurements conducted by identifying about 4, coral landing platforms, through out the system with a commercial par meter.
  • Mechanical Filtration
    • VTMR sump was converted to house a ClariSea filter roller SK-5000XL
  • Protein Skimmer
    • Regal 150INT 6" Internal Protein Skimmer (VarioS) - Reef Octopus
    • Backed by a Poseidon 200 Ozone Generator - Black Edition - Ozotech
  • UV Filter
    • 57 Watt Classic UV Sterilizer - Black Body - Aqua Ultraviolet
    • Powered by Vectra L2 - Mobius Ready DC Return Pump (3100 GPH) - Ecotech Marine
      • UV filtration can be dialed as high as 2900 gallons per hour essentially neutralizing most algae in the water column as well as can be dialed to run at 750 gallons per hour which results in sterilization of any virus, bacteria or parasite.
  • Calcium Reactor
    • SRO CR3000D 7" Calcium Reactor - Reef Octopus
    • Fed by one EcoTech Versa pump configured for continuous flow
  • Kalkwasser reactor
    • K2 Kalk Stirrer - Avast Marine
    • Fed by one EcoTech Versa pump configured to control the flow of water through the tank's ATO system.
  • Main return pump
    • VarioS-8 Controllable DC Pump (2700 GPH) - Reef Octopus
    • Dialed to exchange total tank volume 4 times per hour
  • Main display circulation pumps
    • 6 EcoTech MP40 Vortex pumps
    • Regardless of the flow configuration, total turn over of the main display is 30 times tank volume per hour. Flow achieved by running pumps at 50% maximum where the pumps on the right are on idle and on the left are running at 50%. Running programs, such as reef crest, where both sides are running at 50%, turn over is closer to 65 times per hour.
    • Running these pumps at 50% maximum power makes them virtually silent
  • Automatic Water changes
    • Approx. 4 to 5 % daily described in detail in a future post
    • Powered by 2 Versa EcoTech pumps
  • Trace elements dosing
    • Elements to be determined in the future.
    • Powered by 3 Versa EcoTech pumps
  • Automation Strategy
    • VTMR will host a Neptune Apex controller configured powered by 3 EB832 Energy Bar 832s.
    • Each automation backed by double solenoid and level sensors.
    • Apex controller will eventually also monitor probes in
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Vermont Master Reef (VTMR) Bio Diversity
Bio Diversity - Corals
VTMR will host SPS corals from the top of the water column all the way to the middle. From the middle of the water column to the bottom I will be adding some LSPs and other softer corals. As preliminary sample is:
  • SPS Corals
    • WWC Kobe Bean Acropora
    • WWC Jade Dragon Acropora Colony
    • WWC Juicy Fruit Acropora
    • WWC Ultimate Stag Acropora Colony
  • LPS Corals
    • WWC Anti Freeze Torch
    • Andre 3000 Hammer
    • WWC Bloodshot Goniopora
    • WWC Bicolor Branching Hammered
  • Soft Corals
    • WWC King Julius Rhodactis Mushroom
    • Kenya Tree Leather
    • Ultra Orange Ricordea
Bio Diversity - Fish
  • One Fox Fish
  • One Tomini Tang
  • Three Biota Yellow Tangs
  • One Square tail tang
  • One Purple Tang
  • Three Dispar Anthias Female
  • One Black Cap Basslet
  • One Blue Dot Jawfish (Opistognathus Rosenblatti)
  • Three Bellus Angel Females
  • One Blue Streak Watchman Goby
  • Five Bimaculatus Anthias (Pseudanthias Bimaculatus) females
  • Three pyramid butterfly fish
  • TBD wrasses
  • Mandarins (paired)
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Vermont Master Reef (VTMR) Technical Components
Lighting Vendor
Kessil was selected for lights. It was very important to me that my system behaved as close as possible to a natural reef. While I do enjoy the more defused lights using other vendors, and do appreciate that the fish appear to be floating in water, it does not remind me of what a real reef looks like. In a real reef, even in calm waters, there is shimmering always going on and, while shadows exist also in real life, the presence of shadows creates a more realistic, three dimensional scene with intense contrasts. The AP9X Kessil lights, strategically placed, creates the right amount of shimmering, while not allowing the light to break down into the multiple types of LEDs which often creates a rainbow effect on the sand. The AP9Xs approach got me closer than a Metal Halide than any other light. While I could have achieve proper lighting requirements with only 2 units, I decided to install a third unit and run them at a lower percentage.

Light Mounting Hardware
Selected NEFF Industrial Automation to design a mounting bracket for the Kessil lights. The bracket was built using using 1515-BLACK FB Strutted aluminum which not only provides exceptional support without any deflection but also enhances the modern look of the Kessil lights. If you would like to contact them for a quote, please email George Veves, at The cost of the entire bracket was about 180 dollars, including shipping. CAD drawing provided here

Par distribution
Measurements where taken on tens of coral placement platforms and configured so that the system has par measurements ranging from 120 to 300 pars where the landing pads are not in shadow. While the attached image appears to show a heavy dry rock layout, it does now accurately represent the actual layout. The rock formations cover less than 40 % of total space and does not go above the middle of the water column line. With this set up, I should be able to grow corals upwards from the middle of the water column to the top. It is worth noting that at one inch below water line, the par readings are closer to 500 pars with two spots where the par readings approach 700 pars. These hot regions are two, where as an 8 inch circle receives close to 700 pars.

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Filtration Strategy
The VTMR system will house most of the filtration hardware. Initially I was going to build a bare bottom system but decided against it. I never quite like the look of no sand and thought I could overcome the challenges with maintaining a clean bed of sand. Most, if not all of my parameter challenges were resolved within a week of adding live sand. This section will cover mechanical and organic filtration components.

Mechanical Filtration
  • Sump reconfiguration
    • Altered the configuration of the CADE sump to allow for an installation of a ClariSea filter roller SK-5000XL
    • The original sump was further reconfigure to not have a refugium section freeing up space for multiple reactors
    • Added a baffle to the sump so that the water level in the sump remains constant, regardless of how much water is in the sump
      • This essentially eliminated the need to configure equipment to run at multiple water levels. The water level in the sump is always the same
      • In addition, it allowed me to use virtually all of the fleece service area
  • Protein Skimmer
    • After water passes through the ClariSea roller, it is presented to a Reef Octopus Regal 150INT 6" Protein Skimmer (VarioS)
    • While skimmer gets 100% of its air from the outdoors, I also configured the skimmer to run with a Poseidon 200 Ozone Generator
      • A separate ORP probe, other than the OPR probe that comes with an Apex unit, is controlling when ozone is required and the correct dosage.
  • The CADE sump has 9 Mechanical filtration compartments which are currently empty
  • UV system
Biological Filtration
  • UV Filter
    • A 57 Watt Classic UV Sterilizer Aqua Ultraviolet UV filter
    • Powered by one EcoTech Vectra L2 - Mobius Ready DC Return Pump (3100 GPH)
    • UV system can be dialed to effectively achieve sterilization of most reef pathogens when configured to run at 750 gallons per hour as well as efficiently kill algae, present in the water column, when configure to run at 2,900 gallons per hour. At 2,700 gallons per hours, it is able to neutralize algae at a rate that the algae cannot reproduce fast enough.
  • Sand bed
    • System has a 1.5 to 2.0 inches of live sand in the main display. This sand, along side of the dry rock, has proven to process Ammonia, to none detectable levels, within 6 hours elapsed time. The load was configured to match what high load of fish would produce when exposed to an environment were food is plentiful.
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Monitoring Fluid Levels
All fluid levels, in either system, will be monitored by a single Apex controller. For each level requiring monitoring, two actual mechanical or optical sensors work in parallel and must report the same condition. Doubling of all sensors and components will provide several redundancy aimed to reduce false alarms or that an alarm is not triggered due to a failure in the sensor itself. As an added fail safe protection, no trace element will be dosed unless the Apex controller opens the assigned dosser solenoid.

As an example, the system is coded to make ensure that the sump water level is always at Normal High. When the water level is at Normal High, sensor SumpNormHigh1 will be closed. If the controller detects a warning that sensor SumpNormHigh1 is activated, it will interrogate SumpNormHigh2. Both sensors must agree that the water level in the sump is indeed low. At this point, the controller will activate the assigned dosser and the assigned solenoid.

When the Apex controller calls for the dosing of a trace element and the element being dosed is under pressure, for example RODI water, the Apex controller will need to interact with two solenoids. This will prevent overdosing in the event one solenoid is stuck open.

The system will run different routines depending on what it senses. As an example, if it senses that the water level is normally low, the system may dose 100 ml per hour until normal high is detected. However, if the controller senses that the water level is normal low and then it also senses that the water level is also critically low, it will dose 500 ml per hour.

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Protein Skimmer and Ozone Generator
VTMR's sump will house a single skimmer capable of handling the waste from both VTMR and VTBahia.
  • Reef Octopus - Regal 150INT 6" Internal Protein Skimmer (VarioS)
  • Supplemented with an Ozotech - Poseidon 200 Ozone Generator
    • Ozone dosing will be monitored by a Milwaukee Instruments MC125 pH/ORP Controller Combo
    • The only purpose of adding ozone is to enhance skimming capabilities, the removal of coral toxins and break down organics which tint water column
  • Protein skimmer and ozone generator air source will be outdoors air
  • Skimmer collection cup is equipped with a level sensor to prevent overflows, as well as charcoal filters attached to the top of the skimmer eliminating skimmed smells.
    • Skimmed product will gravity drain to the basement and collected in a special waste container
  • Skimmer and ozone generator are configure to turn off under the following events
    • Skimmed gunk holding container is full
    • Sump water level indicates that the water level is above normal high, critically high, below normal low and below critical low
    • Feed mode is activated
    • Automatic water change routine is activated
    • Automatic water top off routine is activated
    • Power failure is detected as the skimmer and ozone generator do not participate in the critical components team

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Maintaining optimum levels of pH
Maintaining pH on my reefs, a Kalkwasser reactor is installed on VTMR. The reactor will maintain and dose, super saturated Kalkwasser solution.

Kalkwasser reactor
  • Avast Marine K2 Kalk Stirrer
    • To maintain highest concentration, the stirrer will run for 5 minutes in every 15 minute cycle
  • Configured to dose when the system's pH is falls below 8.1 and to stop dosing when pH reaches 8.2
  • Maintaining super saturation
    • When the stirrer is in standby mode, it will actuate its mixer 4 times per hour for 5 minutes
  • When the system pH falls to 8.1, it will begin a dosing cycle.
    • Readiness assessment. If any of the following conditions are activated, Kalkwasser dosing event will abort. Conditions which will cancel a dosing event are:
      • The Apex controller is running a water change cycle
      • The Apex controller is topping off system with fresh RODI
      • Sump water level is not between normal high and normal low
    • If assessment checks pass, the system will
      • Perform initial stir for 5 minutes.
        • Since the stirrer water source is under pressure, the controller will open two solenoids to allow fresh RODI water to enter the reactor
      • Energize the Vortex Peristaltic pump
        • While it is not technically necessary to have a peristaltic pump here, the pump itself acts as a failsafe point which effectively eliminates the risk off over-or-under dose the system as well as eliminate any syphoning risk where the reactor fills with tank water
      • The Apex controller will dose super saturated Kalkwasser solution until pH reaches 8.2. Once it reaches 8.2 the system will
        • Deenergize peristaltic dosing pump
        • Close both solenoids
        • Stir reactor for an additional 5 minutes
      • Continue to stir solution, inside the reactor, for an additional 5 minutes

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Ultraviolet Filter
A UV filter is installed in the system to mitigate and assist in eradication of any potential pathogens. UV filter characteristics are:
  • Aqua Ultraviolet 57 Watt Classic UV Sterilizer
  • Powered by Ecotech Marine - Vectra L2 - Mobius Ready DC Return Pump (3100 GPH)
  • During normal operations, the UV filter will allow, up to 900 gallons of salt water to enter the unit achieving lethal kill rates on organisms 90,000 μw/cm² for a system containing 1,066 total water volume. Essentially, we effectible dosing enough UV to maintain sterilization for a system 4 times larger than mine.
  • If mitigating pests, such as hair algae or any other organism floating in the water column, the system can be cranked to handle algae for a system 14 times larger than mine.
  • I recognize that unless 100% of the water flows through the UV system, it will not be sterile. However, the fact that it is oversized, it will get as close as possible to total sterilization. No other unit size would have deliver the performance requirements. For example, the 40 watt system, would deliver lethal UV levels to a system that is barely three times larger than mine.

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Calcium/Alkalinity and Magnesium reactor
VTMR contains a dual tower calcium chamber chamber. The implementation model will continuously deliver product water as the concentration of the "melted" media will be managed by a Milwaukee controller.

Reactor properties:
  • Reef Octopus - SRO CR3000D 7" Dual Chamber Calcium Reactor
  • Internal pH parameters will be managed by a Milwaukee MC122 pH Controller
    • Controller will allow the injection of CO2, into reactor when the internal pH is above 6.7
  • When the system is functioning normally, the reactor will produce output high in Calcium\Alkalinity and Magnesium. As follows:
    • Opens the Calcium reactor dedicated solenoid
      • Since the source water is not under pressure, only one intake solenoid controls the flow of water
    • Activates the Calcium reactor dedicated Versa peristaltic pump
      • The implementation of peristaltic pump here, while not required, will add redundancy minimizing the risk that the system will overdose calcium or other elements
    • Product water, high in calcium\alkalinity and Magnesium, will be delivered into VTMR's sump where as it will have the opportunity to mix with tank water before it enters the sump's baffles, where the water movement is fairly strong
    • When water enters reactor second chamber, it will have be able to release more CO2 and yet boost the calcium levels in the system
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Automated Water Changes
The total water volume in both systems is approx. 270 gallons. To achieve a 15% weekly water change, the total volume of water replaced per week is approx. 40 gallons per week. The system is configured to perform water changes from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am giving a window of 7 hours to complete daily updates. Two peristaltic pumps will be working together to lift fresh saltwater about 10 feet and deliver to old water to the drains.

Automatic Water Changes:
  • Two EcoTech Versa pumps make up the Automatic water change pump team
  • Until VTBahia system is installed, only a total of 24 gallons will need to be replaced per week. Since we are doing daily water changes, each day the system will change 4 gallons of water
  • A water change event can be executed every day with the exception of Mondays. Each Monday, the system will fill water mixing stations and make new saltwater
  • From Tuesday to Sunday, the system will perform water changes by executing a drain phase and a fill phase
  • Drain phase
    • Controller will open the waste water solenoid
    • Controller will activate the drain Versa pump and send 4.0 gallons of water to the drain
    • After draining 4.0 gallons of water, the controller will close the waste solenoid and de-energize the drain Versa pump
  • Fill phase
    • Controller will activate the Fill Versa pump before the fill solenoid is activated
      • This will ensure that no air enters the fill line making impossible to lift saltwater 10 feet
    • Controller will open the fill solenoid and add 4.0 gallons of fresh saltwater into the system
    • Once the system delivers new water, the fill solenoid and fill Versa pump will be de-energized
  • Water change conditions. Before the system enters a water change routine, the following conditions must be met
    • Drain conditions
      • Sump water level is not below critical low level
      • Time of day is between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am
      • Mix station has at least 20 gallons of already mixed water
    • Fill conditions
      • Sump water level below normal high
      • A successful drain cycle completed normally
  • Fail safe measures
    • The use of Versa pumps will ensure that we know exactly how much water leaves, as well as enters, the system. As an additional safety measure, the sump is equipped with a float which, once activated, will not allow more water to enter the system and overflowing
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John, you have a are much to organized to be a reefer.

I love your plans! I did the same thing when I was building out my tank on a much smaller tank. Someday when FisHotel is put to bed I am hopeful for a large in the wall system. Following along with your journey, excited to see this all come together!

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Trace Elements Dosing
VTMR and VTBahia incorporate 6 mutually exclusive dosing stations. Each dosing station is made up of at least one peristaltic pump and one solenoid. Dosing stations are designed with multiple layers of redundancy making it virtually impossible to experience an overdose event.

Trace Elements Dosing Stations Components
  • At least one EcoTech peristaltic pump
    • The pump itself is designed to not allow fluid to pass through unless the pump is running
  • At least one 24 Volt, normally closed, Solenoid
    • Each station will have one, or more, solenoids which are normally closed when not energized. Only when the Apex controller energizes the solenoid will the solenoid allow fluid to pass through. In the event of a power outage or a controller failure, the solenoids immediately close thus preventing any fluid from moving through the lines
    • If the dosing liquid is RODI, which is pressurized to 60 psi, the dosing station will have two solenoids. If one fails open, the second one will still stop the flow. If both solenoids fail, the peristaltic pump still will not allow fluid to flow
  • Premium check valves
    • Each station will have a premium check valve ensuring that liquids only flow in one direction
Defined Dosing Station Makeup
  • Calcium\Alkalinity and Magnesium dosing station
    • One Peristaltic EcoTech Versa Pump
    • Sources concentrated solution from the Calcium reactor
  • Soda Lime dosing station
    • Used to control and maintain optimal pH parameters
    • Sources concentrate from system's Kalkwasser reactor
    • Contains one EcoTech Versa pump and one solenoid
  • Auto Top Off dosing station
    • Used to maintain sump water levels between normal high and normal low
    • Sources pure water from the RODI system.
    • Since water reservoir is pressurized to 60 psi, the station has two 24 Volt solenoids which must be open at the same time
    • Operated by a single EcoTech Versa pump
  • Dosing stations 4, 5 and 6
    • Doses solutions stored in their assigned 800 ml storage container.
    • Equipped with one EcoTech peristaltic pump
    • Equipped with one 24 Volt solenoid
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John, you have a are much to organized to be a reefer.

I love your plans! I did the same thing when I was building out my tank on a much smaller tank. Someday when FisHotel is put to bed I am hopeful for a large in the wall system. Following along with your journey, excited this to all come together!
Thanks!!!. I can't function if I am not organized. This build plan that I am entering here was completely designed before I bought the first pound of salt. I grew up next to the ocean so having water next to me is almost as required as breathing air. 20 years ago, I had several tanks that were doing really well and I was really proud. But, as you know, we knew so little then and no one knew anything about anything really. I did suffer two major wipe outs which essentially made me leave the hobby with a heavy heart. I still remember getting all the dead fishes out of the water, and thinking that what I was experiencing was not real. They still looked good but all dead. Some of the fish I had were the size of diner plates and part of my family. It was very difficult for me, so much so, that I could not even think about starting a new system.

Now, 20 years later, I decided to just peek and see how things are doing and decided that ultimately I had not done anything wrong. I was the victim of misinformation and equipment that did not really pass any quality controls. So I spent about 9 months researching and putting a strategy together. I wanted to make sure I can do this.

Now, here I am. My plan is to align with people such as the leaders in this forum to I can leverage everyone's knowledge and experience a different outcome. I am ready to follow directions, learn and sit back, close my eyes and imagine....

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Vermont Master Reef (VTMR) Technical Components - Continues
Technology and Reefs are at the top of my interests. VTMR and VTBahia make up the platform where I can enjoy both interests. While anyone can set up a system with, very little to no advanced technology capabilities, I intend to implement technologies that will assist me in building an intelligent thriving system. At the heart of all automation, I am implementing an Apex controller. Neptune Apex controller will monitor VTMR, VTBahia and all three quarantine systems.

Controller components
  • Neptune Systems Apex Controller System
    • Three Energy Power bars EB832
      • Provides 32 110 volt outlets and 6 24 volt outlets
    • One EB8 Energy Bar
      • Provides an additional 8 110 volt outlets
    • Four Breakout boxes providing the ability to define up to 24 different routines
      • Each routine, managed by a breakout box, is implemented twice whereas each routine is defined on another breakout box. This will provide absolute redundancy where an entire breakout box can fail and the system be able to still complete all its tasks without interruption. For example
        • The system is design to add 4 gallons of water, during a water change, to replace the water just removed. The sensors monitoring the water levels are define in two breakout boxes. For the routine to fail 100%, both participating breakout boxes have to fail at the same time.
      • Defined routines
        • VTMR Critical High water level sensors
          • Stops all incoming water
          • Activates visual, auditable and electronic warnings
        • VTMR Normal High water level sensor
        • VTMR Normal Low water level sensors
        • VTMR Critical Low water level sensors
          • May start an auto top off routine
          • Turns skimmer off
          • Slows main return pump to idle
          • Activates both visual, auditable and electronic warnings
        • Protein Skimmer scum level sensors
        • Mixing station Fill RODI storage tank
          • Energizes the RODI system to make new water
        • Mixing station Salt Added event
          • When the freshwater reservoir is full, the added salt button can be pressed
          • When the added salt button is pressed, the system will
            • Set mixing pump to run at 90%
            • Starts mixing tank heater and heats water to 70 degrees
            • Once water is at temperature, it will continue to run at 90% for an additional two hours
            • Only at this point can a water change event be triggered
        • Fresh water Mixing tank Low RODI level indicator
          • Once detected, the system will begin making RODI until the tank is full
        • Fresh water Mixing station Normal High RODI level indicator
          • System has enough water to make a new batch of saltwater
        • Saltwater Mixing station Low saltwater level indicator
          • System needs to mix new saltwater
        • Mixing station Normal High saltwater level indicator
          • System is at capacity with mixed saltwater
        • Mixing station "Can perform Water Change" indicator
          • The controller requires that there is at least 20 gallons of saltwater available before a water change event can start
        • VTMR leak detector (sump area)
          • VTMR return and UV pump and lamp are turned off
          • All dosing pumps are turned off
          • All solenoids are closed
          • Visual, auditable and electronic messages are sent
        • VTMR leak detector dosing area
          • All EcoTech versa pumps are stopped and solenoids closed
          • Visual, auditable and electronic messages are sent
        • VTMR leak detector aquarium in the reef mechanical room
          • Mixing station pumps and water supplies are closed. However, since the leak is isolated, the main tank functions remain active
          • Visual, auditable and electronic messages are sent
        • VTMR leak detector for leaks around the RODI filtration system
          • RODI components are de-energized and solenoids closed
          • Mixing station and VTMR components are not interrupted
          • Visual, auditable and electronic messages are sent
        • VTMR leak detector for leaks around basement main drains
          • Waste water has to be pumped up 8 feet and then down to the drain in the laundry room.
          • If a leak is detected here, it will
            • Stop feeding waste water to the drain lines
            • Visual, auditable and electronic messages are sent
        • Trace Element 1 through 4 low level indicator
          • If triggered, a visual and electronic notification is sent out so the containers can be refilled
        • Start feed mode routine. For 10 minutes
          • Stop all Vortex Main display pumps
          • Stop protein skimmer
          • Stop Calcium reactor
          • Stop main return pump
        • Start inspection routine. When pressed, the system goes on idle so maintenance routines, such as emptying the skimmer can be done. A 30 minute countdown timer starts
          • Every pump is turned off
          • Turns on every cabinet light under VTMR
          • Unless the End inspection button is pressed, the system will start again after 30 minutes
        • System Status update
          • When activated, system status information is displayed on VTMRs Samsung tablet. When pressed, the system will
            • Display current pH and last 24 hours pH trends
            • Display current temperature and last 24 hours temperature trends
            • Display current ORP value and last 24 hour ORP range
      • Powers all 24 volt solenoids
        • Every action which transports liquids between one component and another has at least one solenoid connected to it. The solenoids are all permanently closed so unless they are energize, no liquids will move