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  1. My livestock is heading to its new home on Saturday. Once that's done, I'll have the following hardware available: Milwaukee MA887 Digital Refractometer $60 SOLD Tunze Osmolator Nano 3152 $60 SOLD Kessel A160 Tuna Blue $150 I'm in Vancouver, WA. Cash only, please.
  2. Calibration fluid, yes. Case, no -- but I do have the very handsome cardboard box.
  3. Price drop: $60 for the Refractometer.
  4. Here's a bonus: Free delivery in Portland this Saturday (July 1st, Canada Day ?? !!) if you buy the Digital Refractometer. ACT NOW!
  5. Hello, I promised to start a tank thread when I had something worth sharing. The ammonia level is starting to drop, which means my tank is on the down-slope of its initial cycle While not terribly interesting unto itself, that's enough for me... sooo... Tank Thread! I'm cycling the tank with Dr. Tims One & Only. So far, so good I guess. There's 8 pounds of dry rock in there, bought from Ocean in a Box here in The 'Couve. The substrate is well-aged, very well washed aragonite left over from my old tank. Yes, I know many people insist this is a bad idea. No, I don't agree. The tank will be a medium nutrient LPS tank, right up until the inevitable point where I buy a Red Planet or a Pearlberry, at which time it will become a medium nutrient mixed reef. It will also become much more frustrating. I'm going to run skimmerless. At least I will until the SPS shows up in the tank. Once that happens, I'll try and abandon several nano skimmers before finally upgrading to a larger tank with a sump. And a real skimmer. With a cool DC motor, a controller, and an alimony payment. I've got an Aquaclear 30 HOB filter on there now, helping with circulation. Once the cycle stops, I'll put in the carbon cartridge and a bag of Seachem Purigen. There's also a Maxi-Jet 600 stirring things up. I'm partial to expensive German things, so I'll probably upgrade to a Tunze NanoStream one of these days. For now, I am the ATO, but I'm eyeballing the Hydor ATO -- I like the no-moving-parts idea... I had too many water-on-floor incidents with traditional float-switch ATOs last time around. Damned snails. Currently, the tank is lit with a single-bulb T-10 fixture off a 20 gallon tank. That'll have to change pretty soon. I'll go LED, since I've used MH before and have the scars... both figurative (on my wallet! Bulbs! Heat! Evaporation!) and literal (On my arms! Burns!). I'm leaning towards a Kessil A160 Tuna Blue ("Tuna Blue"? Porn-star name <ahem>) but the Nanobox Tide looks pretty sweet too. I'm worried about disco lights from the Nanobox... Anyways, on to the first FTS: February 23rd, 2015:
  6. Andy's 10 Gallon Experiment

    Yeah, so I'm out. I'm happy to have found a good home for the livestock, and have put up a for sale thread to clear out the gear that's worth selling. Such a great hobby, but I lose the spirit of dedication and things go to poop... literally, I guess.
  7. I missed it :-( Were you besmirching my honor? ;-)
  8. Andy's 10 Gallon Experiment

    Yah, I gave it a water change and a good cleanup tonight and now I'm having second thoughts. Maybe I just need to go bigger ;-) ;-)
  9. Andy's 10 Gallon Experiment

    When I first set up this tank I told myself the minute I stopped taking care of it, I'd break it down. There's no margin for slackitude on a skimmerless tank. As it turns out, there's a surprisingly large margin for slackitude on a skimmerless tank. Who knew? Either way, I've passed that extended point and livestock is starting to suffer. Time to call it a game. I'll post a for-sale list this weekend. If anyone is interested in taking the whole thing: tank, stand, gear, livestock, supplies, etc. (yah, right... I know... I know..) I'll make a really good deal (like, the whole shooting match for $350). Let me know.
  10. Andy's 10 Gallon Experiment

    Hi, welcome!
  11. Anyone used. Dr tims fish less cycle?

    I used it. It worked for me, my tank cycled ;-)
  12. My First Reef - 29G Mixed

    Steel has many components aside from iron and carbon -- many of them you don't want in your tank in concentration (things like nickel, zinc, chromium, manganese, etc etc) because they're rough on living things. The iron by itself will contribute to excess green algae growth and perhaps cyano. Of course, you're free to set up your tank as you see fit but it won't be long before you have a fair bit of money tied up in beautiful livestock... are you sure you want to experiment with poisoning the lot? I doubt you'll find an experienced reefer who'll tell you to leave the steel in there.
  13. My First Reef - 29G Mixed

    Many rubber sealants have additives to help them stay flexible, and over time they'll leech into the water. I wouldn't trust spray paint to do much more than slow down the rusting, and would be concerned about leeching chemicals there too. You could investigate using an acrylic resin, not sure if they're stable in water over time. You could also experiment with making a tight-fitting acrylic 'box' for the metal, but it'd be a lot of work and really difficult to glue the rock to. I can't think of a cheap or easy solution... salt water is rough on just about everything.
  14. My First Reef - 29G Mixed

    That looks really cool, though I'm not sure I'd be comfortable with some steel rusting away in my tank.
  15. Another Fusion 20

    lol, you've got it BAD
  16. 40 Mini Fusion Bonsai Style

    Nice work! Controllers are so much fun :-) Enjoy
  17. Salty Tank

    Nice build. I have the Kessil A160 on my 10gal and I love it. No disco effect and it is more than bright enough for anything you'd want to raise in a nano. I can't imagine you'd be unhappy with one.
  18. Andy's 10 Gallon Experiment

    That's awesome, Dave. I've been fortunate than the aiptasia I've found so far have been on easy-to-remove edges of the rock -- i've just cut off the whole corner of the rock with heavy clippers. I've never had any real luck with any of the commercial anti-aiptasia products like Joe's Juice, Aiptasia-X and the like. They just suppress the pest, and make them disappear for a bit, but they always came back.
  19. Andy's 10 Gallon Experiment

    Go Kessil, Kim. They are a bit spot-lighty, but aside from that awesome.
  20. Andy's 10 Gallon Experiment

    Yes, you can -- but that just delays the inevitable if the float is stuck :-)
  21. Emerald's IM Fusion 20 LPS dominated tank!

    Looking good, Kim. The tank is coming together nicely!
  22. Another Fusion 20

    Pretty good. I'm really just letting it run itself at this point. I feed it five or six nights a week, and do a water change every week and that's about it. Sometimes, I think the best thing you can do for a tank is keep your hands out and leave it alone.
  23. Andy's 10 Gallon Experiment

    Howdy Reef-peeps. Brief update: Single-sensor ATO units, even top-of-the-line ones like the Tunze Osmolator Nano, are not to be trusted. Mine has almost overflowed due to a stuck float switch three times now -- saved each time by my wife's excellent sense of hearing. I leave it unplugged now, plugging it in only when I've time to sit and watch it top off the tank. A bit of a downer, that. I've pulled three (there's that number again) Aiptasia off my rockwork. My formerly dry, dead base rock. The dry, dead base rock I chose to use, so as to avoid pests. I know where they came from, too. I'm not buying frags from stores with obvious aiptasia infestations any more. I know nobody's perfect, but if you care so little about pests that I see the same aiptasia growing on the egg crate each and every visit, I'm not going to trust your stock. A 10 gallon skimmerless tank is still super-awesome. Being able to do a weekly 50+% waterchange in about 10 minutes total is so, so, so convenient. Still love the Kessel. Happy Reefing!
  24. Another Fusion 20

    Nice build, Scott -- looking good. That 360 is going to give you more than enough light for Zoas... assuming you stop there ;-) ;-)