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    Sunday September 20th is the day for out next PNWMAS Meeting 2:00PM. A zoanthid cutting demo will be held at Mr.Bret's. I think that this will be a perfect opportunity to do another frag swap. With Softy and Bret's tank being an impressive sight, and the rumor that there will be some tasty eats available, there should be a small crowd of fine folks in. You know the drill, bring a cooler, Styrofoam, or good Tupperware full of your tradeable coral frags and see about exchanging one or two with a fellow member for something you don't have. You can use this thread or start up another to make a more organized exchange. I like to see what people want or have to trade ahead of time to make things easier but I also come with a few surprises too just in case. This is a great way to snag some corals, save some cash, and make some friends. You can learn a lot from some one who has successfully kept and propagated a certain specimen. Also a good time to help out a new guy with that coral that just doesn't fit into you tank any more.
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    Hi everyone, I am breeding/raising seahorses, currently working with erectus. I am working on obtaining some other species to put into production next spring/summer. For now though I have a few hundred nice erectus that are starting to color up great! Any other seahorse keepers here?
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    Recent conversation with the wife....Remember when we added the hand coral to the tank, oh you mean the pulsing Xenia you talked me into getting and it took 6 months to pluck out after it took over everything Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Thread failure sorry about that. Please only people in the growout should vote. This is just an interest thread right now. More pictures will be coming this Saturday or Sunday Which includes Bigjohnwoody Emerald525 Mrs Spye JR Lowman Topher Pantherguy Stylaster Impur Rgrcrain Vivid Rainbows Wobbegongs Paradise zoas Time machine Superman Sour apples Yoda Tutti Frutti Darth Maul red spackle
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    This piece came in today and is a stunner. Let me know your thoughts.
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    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34129490 Sent from my SGH-M919 using Tapatalk
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    About reefing lately? My recent painful reminder was to repeat the power out test whenever messing with plumbing. Accidentally back siphoned allot of water when feed pump turned off as I forgot to add an anti siphon hole. How about You?
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    Got my unit back today....new pump and control box. At first I didn't think it was fixed...never knew the pump was supposed to be that quiet Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G870A using Tapatalk
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    See you all there..I'll bring you something Robert, not sure what yet though.. maybe cash lol..
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    Man I want this so bad. Crappy timing tho, anniversary is coming up. Why is it the great deals come by ever time it's the least convenient.
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    GSP is nice though....... As for the RO/DI been there....
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    Definitely worth more than acro or acan
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    Wikipedia picture of the day: September 11, 2015: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Coral_Outcrop_Flynn_Reef.jpg
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    Lowest cost and easiest way to eliminate green hair, bubble, turf and slime algae from your aquarium (hopefully permanently). This new test version of the algae scrubber is much easier to build than the waterfall version (the Mega Powerful one), and is perfect for nano's. This new scrubber has never been posted before May 2012. It works in both freshwater and saltwater. If you are like most aquatic hobbyists, nuisance algae is an ongoing problem. You try to feed your livestock, and the next thing you know, you get algae. You've already tried many fixes; some work but are expensive; some kind of work but you're not sure; and some just don't work at all. Think about what is happening: Your aquarium is accumulating nutrients (nitrate and phosphate) because of the food you feed. Algae eat nitrate and phosphate to grow, so the algae are having a great time growing in your water because they are eating all your nutrients! What to do? Well think about this: In order to grow, algae must be provided with nitrate and phosphate. So why can't you just use the algae to consume all the nitrate and phosphate? The answer: You can! How? With a simple device you build called an Upflow Algae Scrubber. It's simple, cheap, and you can make a small one in just a few minutes with parts you probably already have. I'll be posting more complex versions later, but here are some pics of the most basic design that you can use for testing: (will be updated periodically) An "algae scrubber" is a simple filter that actually grows algae in the filter, so that the algae do not grow in other parts of your aquarium. Simply put, the conditions for algae growth inside the filter are better than the conditions in the rest of your aquarium; thus the algae grow in the filter instead of your aquarium, and then you just remove the algae from the filter and throw the algae away. But in order for the algae to grow in the filter, the algae need to consume nitrate and phosphate; so guess where the nitrate and phosphate come from? Your water! If you stop and think about it, algae always grow in certain spots, and not in others. This is because some of the three growing conditions (light, flow, nutrients) are better in some parts of your water than they are in others. An "upflow algae scrubber" simply optimizes these conditions, and does so at a place where the algae can be easily removed and thrown away. And once the nitrate and phosphate have been removed from your water, all other nuisance algae such as green hair, bubble, turf and slime, will have a hard time staying alive. So where have these filters been all this time, and why haven't you heard of them if they work so well? Well the original waterfall version (the Mega Powerful thread posted in August 2008) was hard to build, and was not really for sale anywhere; so unless you liked to build things from scratch, you had no choice but to buy some other kind of filter. All the filter really needed to do was to create good growing conditions (light, flow, nutrients) for the algae, by flowing the water across a piece of rough material, so that the algae would grow on the material instead of somewhere else in the aquarium. The waterfall algae scrubber did grow lots of algae in the filter, and it removed lots of algae from aquariums: Over 1,000 people built their own waterfall algae scrubbers, and reported their results on various forums during a 4 year period; almost all of them wiped out their nuisance algae within 8 weeks, and many did so in 4 weeks. And on other forums that I never posted on, an estimated 10,000 people built their own waterfall algae scrubbers with similar results. A little over a year ago in April 2011, another idea came along: Instead of letting the water flow down a screen like a waterfall, how about you let the water flow up the screen using air bubbles? Why? Because as good as waterfall algae scrubbers are, they still need a place for the water to drain "down" to. This means that you need to have a sump below the aquarium, or you need to have the scrubber up above the aquarium. This is not easy, and is very difficult for a nano aquarium which usually has no sump below it, and no room above it. Also, the waterfall version requires it to be out of the water (in the air), which takes up extra space. The new "upflow" version, however, can be placed inside the aquarium, so that it takes up no extra space at all, and it needs no external plumbing or water pumps at all. Only air bubbles. The Upflow Algae Scrubber (UAS) provides the best growing conditions for algae in your tank: Air bubbles provide rapid turbulent flow; Strong lighting provides the light; and the nutrients that are already in your water provide the nitrate and phosphate. All that's needed is a place for the algae to attach to, and that is provided by the roughed-up plastic screen. Thus the algae start growing on the screen because the flow and lighting are stronger there than they are in the rest of your aquarium; nitrate and phosphate are consumed in the process. This causes algae to start disappearing from your aquarium and start re-appearing on the scrubber screen, so that you can throw the algae away every week or two. The most basic way to set up an Upflow Algae Scrubber, especially in small aquariums, is just to put some air bubbles beneath a vertical screen. If inside an aquarium, you just put a light on the outside of the glass, so that it shines inside to the screen. And if you want better performance (which means better filtering), just add a reflector to give the screen some light on both sides. The screen is best made with 7-mesh cross stitch plastic canvas that you get at sewing or craft stores, or online. Also, don't forget to rough up the screen with a sharp object like a hole saw; the screen should be so rough that the screen holes are almost filled in with all the little pieces of plastic that you roughed up. One thing to remember is that an Upflow Algae Scrubber (or any algae scrubber) will not cause more algae to grow in your aquarium. Instead, the algae will disappear from your aquarium, and will start to grow on the scrubber screen instead. You then just remove the screen and scrape the algae off. And here's a surprise: Watch out for your fish or snails eating your filter! There's nothing tastier than live green algae, so your fish or snails may keep your screen from getting very thick. The simple solution is to just put some mesh or netting around it. There are a couple of requirements that have been learned since August 2008 which will get you started quicker. The size of the Upflow Algae Scrubber that is needed is based on how much you feed, and not how much water you have, because the nutrients that cause algae to grow come from the food you feed. The following updated picture has size guidelines: (will be updated periodically; if picture cuts off, open in new window) And the following updated picture has examples: (will be updated periodically; if picture cuts off, open in new window) So build a UAS and post your pictures! . . .
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    I am starting to select for yellow and orange, however I am not going to sell based upon color at this point as they can and do change depending upon environment . I have attached a couple photos of the seahorses from a week or so ago. I will update with another photo of the oldest batch, they are turning yellow and orange.
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    Franks corals are on point no need to worry about the quality.
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    Here are the requirements for building a UAS. Screen material: 1) Use plastic canvas as the algae screen. Remember to roughen it up properly using a wood saw or hole saw. You can get plastic canvas at craft store (under sewing section) or sewing store or online at places like www.everythingplasticcanvas.com or ebay. Screen should look like this: Lighting 2) The lighting needs to be 1 watt per square inch (6.25 square cm) of screen material. A 3 by 4 inch screen is 12 square inches not 24. Make sure you have enough wattage and use a reflector if the light doesnot focus on screen. For fluorescent bulbs, it needs to have a spectrum of 2700k-3000k. For LEDs, it needs to be red 660nm. You can cut the wattage in half if you are using LED lights. In order for algae to grow, make sure that the light is on for 18 hours a day. Here are some bulbs and reflector type: Bubbles: 3) The bubbles need to be rapid and large and distributed through out the screen evenly for algae to grow. The best way to do this is by slicing the air tubing. Make sure the air pump is good so that the bubbles can constantly flow across the screen for 24 hours a day. This is why you need bubbles:
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    this is so sweet!!! thank you for the new method.I am going to get off the computer and rumage around for the parts.