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  1. 5 points
    Just watched American reef video with Mike Paletta and heard him give a shout out to Rudy for frags in his Elos tank! I’m thinking there might be some fists thrown before long with this pitcher hitting people Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. 3 points
    I went to clean my tank. (Husband recently set up a 20 gallon for himself). Today I couldn’t find buckets, test kits, hydrometer, fish net, scraper, half my hang on magnum (just half) he broke pieces and hid it, ro machine, towels and other stuff. Places I found them: freezer, on washer and dryer, hydrometer was on floor in front of his tank, kitchen sink, bathroom, behind his tank and back yard. Had to right a note for his safety. This is the third time this has happened and I just cleaned it up.
  3. 3 points
    180 gallon, almost all SPS colonies. One Gyre 250. When it comes to water movement, I've never seen Vortechs do what the Gyre does. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  4. 2 points
    Well I was just trying to help out a fellow reefer. Just be thankful he wasn't asking what gorilla nipple zoas are...
  5. 2 points
    I know my wife has a lot of bras, but I think 25' of bras is a bit excessive. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  6. 2 points
    What did we say about posting leg selfies, Holly? Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  7. 2 points
    I can't imagine trying to share my test kits, equipment, etc.... I can barely keep track of it when I'm the only one touching it😂😂
  8. 2 points
    Sure, it's a crappy iPhone pic through an orange filter, but here you go! Burning Banana and Pink Diamonds also making an appearance [emoji4] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. 2 points
    Sale this weekend! So much cool stuff this week! Buy 3 get 1 free this weekend. Mix and match fish and corals are fine! Here is a few highlights from some massive order this week!
  10. 1 point
    Why A Peristaltic Pump? This is covered in great detail on the internet. In summary: ○ More reliable consistent flow Read more about the official MasterFlex Calcium Reactor thread here. They are spendy, 200-400 dollars. And they are awesome. (hint, if you can spare the reef $$, stop reading this and go get one!) http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2368618 For me personally? I needed to babysit some SPS. I knew that my CR flow would dip and sometimes clog. Rather than risk someone else's coral I decided to step up the game a little. Check out my flow before and after: BEFORE AFTER: Why A DIY Peristaltic Pump? The primary reason is simply to save money. By saving money, you might be able to have a spare on hand. For me, I try to have 2 of anything critical because reef stores are not open 24/7 and Amazon cannot ship fast enough to save your coral if things go wrong. Building One - Parts Pump and Motor - $30 The pump and motor itself. Search ebay for 'large peristaltic' and you will find this one: https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1312.R1.TR4.TRC0.A0.H0.XLarge+peri.TRS1&_nkw=large+peristaltic&_sacat=0 Pumps come and go. It is nice to have one with: § At least two rollers (anti siphon) § Stainless steel bearings (not a plastic, noisy pump) This setup requires a brushed DC 12v motor so that it can be PWM controlled. A better setup would be a stepper motor based motor and controller. Future? Motor Speed Controller - $11 You want a PWM speed controller. This controls the speed so the flow can be dialed in. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DVGGWC0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Note: There are tons of cool options here. Web controlled, LED speed display etc. I did find though that certain PWMs cause the motor to overheat so you may need to experiment if deviating from this one. Power Supply - $6.50 12volt 2 amp power supply with a wiring adapter. Here is one on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Adapter-Switching-100-240V-Connector-Security/dp/B06XPF9NPL/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1507776121&sr=8-14&keywords=12V+2A+Power+Supply It is better to find one that is UL Listed. Once you are past the power supply though, everything is low voltage. The wiring adapter is key (the green thing in the pic). It makes taking power from the adapter simple, just turning a couple of screws. Wire - Free to $16 If you have any kind of wire laying around that is 16 gauge or bigger, feel free to repurpose it. Some wiring connectors such as 2 spade connectors can be soldered onto the back of the motor or possibly crimp Building One - Assembly Wiring The wiring is very basic and covered with the PWM controller documentation. Basically the power goes from the power adapter, to the PWM controller, to the motor. Everything is labelled, it is super easy. The hardest part is attaching the wires to the motor. You can use a variety of methods, but a crimp on spade connector can work. Be sure to use the right gauge wire. I used 16 gauge because I had some from other projects. It's nice to use 2 different colors, pick one such as red for positive, black for ground and be consistent. Boxing There are allot of options. Mine is stuffed into a double gang electrical box ($2). I just drilled some holes and routed wires. Here is the inside For more details etc check out this thread: The results are detailed in another thread: Special Considerations: Tubing wears out and fails, you need to place the pump in a location such that if this happens, water will drain into the tank instead of onto the floor! Ideally monitor the flow with the APEX flow monitoring kit 1/4" adapter. That way when the tubing goes you can quickly replace it. Sound! This is a pretty quiet pump, but it is not as quiet as an MJ sitting underwater in the sump. So keep that in mind... Super Important: Don't turn down the pump so low that it does not run smoothly. That will overheat the motor as it is basically starting up from stopped several times per second. The pump should run smooth with no visible lurching...
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    Haha... Always the problem child. And to not completely derail the post, I'd agree that Mandarins are very difficult to keep fed. I know ORA was selling them already eating frozen. Lots of pods, other live food as well. Try feeding live and frozen at the same time. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
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    I was trying to figure out that particular autocorrect myself but like your literal interpretation better. From now on pump head height shall be measured in bras.
  13. 1 point
    That tip right there, totally worked for me! Seems nuts, the kids were cracking up about it...
  14. 1 point
    It took 6 months but my clown fish finally realized that anemones are natural hosts for clown fish. I was so excited to see this as I have been pretty much telling him everyday and he finally listened. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
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    Howdy, My wife spotted a 20h on sale and surprised me with it (who hoo). I'm going to re-purpose the Brute can to water change duties. So far I have 10lbs of sand in there now, I'll probably add another 15. That plus the 50lbs of rock will be my primary filtration. I'll watch and add a skimmer down the road if needed. The tank is in the basement 10' from my water source and my drain so doing changes will be a snap. At this point regarding livestock I am all over the place, but want to keep it mellow. Either a pair of clowns or a single goby, or maybe a single royal gramma.
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    Shop is looking good Jeff!! Lots of nice stuff there today!
  17. 1 point
    Thank you for your help after posting this I did my research and bought a lot of pods on line they will be here in a few days .that is a great idea to breed my own pods as well im looking into that as well
  18. 1 point
    I ended up ordering a gyre, and I bought a 3rd gen hydor koralia. Something like 2400gph, I've got another old school powerhead in there till my gyre gets here, and I also picked up a controller for the hydor. My corals seem stoked since the second it went in. Initially blew sand, but it settled quickly after I got things dialed in.
  19. 1 point
    I would have suggested you looked this up before purchasing the fish. Your Mandarin will continuously eat daily, actually non stop. The truth of it is you will most likely not be able to keep up with the fish as it slowly starves to death within an aquarium. Your best bet is to get a 10-20 Gallon aquarium, fill it with Cheato & copepods then throw in a few Shower loofahs. So here's the idea, the pods grow and reproduce, they hide in the cheato and the loofahs, you then daily shake one of those loofahs into your reef tank dropping off a ton of pods, from there throw it back in the pod tank, next day grab a different loofah and repeat. Though having a copepod tank requires feeding the pods, so the next thing you might want to look at is a great place to purchase phytoplankton in bulk, or of course breeding your own, and that's another big operation on its own. Good luck!
  20. 1 point
    My two knuckle head clowns prefer the goniopora over the huge rainbow nem.
  21. 1 point
    It's always a good feeling when clowns find a host anemone! Time to celebrate!🍻
  22. 1 point
    That's super cool. I think I got lucky just got a bta last week and two days later my clown is hosting it. I kind of regret getting the bta with how new my tank is hope it works out. How big is your clown and what type is it? Does your anemone move around a lot?
  23. 1 point
    Hmmmm Well if you were going to do a circuit. I would say after Seahorse head to Cuttlefish which is Hillsdale area then down the road is Golden Basket which is mostly online but they have some hours where they are open to the public. Then you can check out Gil&Fin’s fishroom and get a free beer and then off to Upscales. if you are feeling really adventurous a trip out to Paradise in Hillsboro is worth a drive nice shop and area! If you are heading down to Salem, stop at Upscales which is in Tualitin. Take a detour in Wilsonville to hit All Things Aquariums and Critter Cabana (but just read they are closing down the livestock) Then last but not least is The Premium Aquarium. Road trips are fun!! This year in April we did a party bus tour of the stores and it was a blast and we plan to do it next year.
  24. 1 point
    The flow was epic-ly stable before the tubing burst... So I am holding out hope that using better tubing like a masterflex will give more than a 15 day run time!
  25. 1 point
    I like it, reminds me of my old frag setup, “da grouch”.
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