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orca uv is it working???? #1
Hi all, Just set up my orca tl450 filled it pluged it all in and the red LED has not turned on. Does this mean it is not working ?
Also the skimmer is'nt doing much..
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Re: orca uv is it working???? #2
The Orca in my opinion is s**t , i wish i would've shopped around for another nano but in haste i ordered it, anyways my skimmer is a joke i have tried everything to get it working ( without success)& to boot my heater broke within a week so i had to replace it , my U.V however does seem to be working because the red light is on ( im only guessing it works but i could be wrong )

if i was you mate i would return the tank and ask for your money back & maybe find something that is half decent & hope you find a tank with instructions on how to use it & working
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percula99 percula99
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Re: orca uv is it working???? #3
Got it working now, one of the connections was a bit loose gave it a bit of a squeeze and hey presto. phew, adding live rock soon, when i have enough picks will post a pic thread...
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Re: orca uv is it working???? #4
I agree that the skimmer on the orca is rubbish but the system itself functions rather well. I've never had any mechanical problems with the heater, lighting, or stock pump.

Apparently, to use the skimmer on the orca, you have to set your water level pretty low... i dont like doing that, i dont want to see the surface through the glass.

I took the skimmer box out and run it with skimmer off.

Take out the factory sponge, put a poly filter against the inlet vents and stuff filter wool behind the poly filter. Use some seachem puigen in a seachem "the bag" in the last filter compartment and you'll have everything you need to be pretty much skimmer-less with the orca... change a bucket of water once a week.
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Re: orca uv is it working???? #5
The reason i chose a orca,
I watched thread after thread and have seen some super tanks especially cmw328i very insparational and stone cold's both highly admired.
I believe as long as i take time then nano reef can be achieved to very high standards even within the orca.
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Re: orca uv is it working???? #6
awww... me? inspirational? naaaawww....

that being said... heres my latest tank pic

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Re: orca uv is it working???? #7
My first intention was to use live sand but lfs said "I dont belive in it, how can sand be live after being collected, conditioned, packaged and stored for any period of time" so i purchased from him 2 bag's of argonite coral sand.
I will seed the tank with live rock for 6 week's (going on holiday) so hopefully my sand will become live!!!!
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Re: orca uv is it working???? #8
i used live sand... not only was it teaming with juvinile copepods, but it also had some small starfish and a cerith snail! :)
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Re: orca uv is it working???? #9
While i am away will the live rock be ok without lighting or should i set up a timer ?
Will leave everything else on.
I have added a maxijet 600 with a flow deflector for circulation.
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Re: orca uv is it working???? #10
how long will you be away?
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