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  1. WTB Skimmer (20-40 ish gallon range)

    I've had my Reefstar running for a few years now. I picked it up from Micah who had it going a couple years. Skims. Quiet. No problems. I'd get another for shizzle.
  2. Preferred Ca Reactor Media?

    Especially with the amount of coral that Andrew kills off.....
  3. Cleaning Equipment Safeley

    Vinegar is great for most things. For more sensitive equipment I use RODI water. Usually for things like probes, cheaper pumps (jaebo's), etc. RODI takes a little while longer, but it is less harsh on some of the seals. JME
  4. Hangin' in Hawaii!

    If you want to drop box or email me your favorite stills I'll see what I can do. I know a little bit about post production for photography When I dove in the Gulf the Ocean water was 88F at the surface. I can't believe you dove in Hawaii without one. You're tougher than me. I am a complete wimp when it comes to cold water.
  5. I love seahorses

    I would go with a 30g to start or larger IME. They really do use the room and since they are a bit inefficient with their digestion, the larger water volume will be a benefit for you. IME
  6. I love seahorses

    Seahorses don't ration there food. If you put thousands of mysis in there, they will be gone in a few days. If you needed a couple days once in awhile it's no biggie, but more than that you'll need a sitter. Also IME if you feed live to often it can throw the seahorse off frozen food. Most species prefer to be fed 2x a day. I had much better health that way. HTH
  7. Hangin' in Hawaii!

    Nice man. Scuba diving is one of my favorite things to do. Hawaii is awesome for it, but now you have to go to Cozumel So bomb. Cozumel is so warm I have scuba'd without a wetsuit. Once you get the itch, it's like the ocean is calling. It looks like the reefs are actually better when I dove there last. That is a great thing! There are some pretty easy presets to color correct photo's from a go pro from diving if the color bothers you. I only mention because you mentioned the "better camera equipment". Some simple color adjustments might help you get closer to what your looking for. So, you reaquascaping the tank now?
  8. SPS problems

    I hope you have found your answer. It is fairly odd though to have lack of nutrients and cyano in the same system IME. It can happen, but not to often. 16 fish being fed one of 5 foods 2 times a day and the cheato is growing also does not sound like much of an environment of a nutrient poor system. Typically IME cheato growth shows that there is ample nutrients in a system. It is when it changes colors to either much darker or much lighter (lime/yellow) that is indicative of a nutrient poor system. What part of the day are you taking your nitrate reading? If your feeding twice a day it could fluctuate throughout the day with great filtration. If your feeding 2x a day though, and feeding heavy like you stated, even with great filtration a 0 for nitrate would be unique. I might take in water sample next time you visit the LFS and ask them to run that for you. The only times I have ever seen cyano with a 0 nitrate in my system is when I was figuring out a carbon dosing level threshold. I have never had 0 nitrate and been able to keep cheato alive and growing myself. JME, hope that helps you.
  9. Last of the equipment grab bag of all

    You have a RIO? Damm your old I haven't seen one of those in like 10 years. That is a great deal though! Sad to see you almost all the way out man. Your one of the few that have been around here as long as me. When you come back to the hobby, and we know you will , give me a ring man. We'll get you hooked up. A RIO? #mindblown
  10. I love seahorses

    I am Kevin on that site. I know not very original with the name there LOL. Seahorses do all have their own personalities. Only true seahorse people can see it though, the rest of the world just thinks we are crazy. I had an erectus that would come to the top of the tank and actually squirt water out of the tank at us, (not sure he was aiming at us, but he did hit us a couple times)he was one of my favorites. I had a Reidi too that I saw at an LFS riding the thermometer around the tank. I bought the seahorse and the thermometer. He rode that thing around for 8 years. I have bred Reidi, Comes, Barbouri, Erectus and Kuda. I tried for a long time to get some Comes to breed with some Barbouri to see if I could bring out a striped snout with a striped tail, but they never took. The only success with hybrids I had were with Reidi, Erectus, and Kuda. I am still in the hobby, just not on here to much these days. I keep a mixed reef tank (120g) and an RBTA tank (90g). I also have a little 30g cube with all of the needed equipment sitting in the garage to be setup my next day off. I have had a tank of some kind or another for the last 16 years. I even have some 12 year old corals and a pair of 11 year old clowns. It's a great hobby. Some amazing people in it for sure.
  11. I love seahorses

    Me Too. They are what got me into the hobby. I kept them from 2002 until 2015. The real fun is in the breeding of difference species, and the cross breeding I bet some fry tanks would really bring people into your store If you ever have any questions I am happy to help out. Seahorse.org also has a very extensive library of articles with everything from breeding setups, food tables, and tank mate guides. I think the biggest help I found was just keeping that tank temp below 74. For me it was the difference in keeping one alive for 3 years or 9 years.
  12. Do tanks get too warm in the PNW with LEDs?

    I don't run a chiller, although I have one, because I keep my AC at 74. I have to run a heater all year. When I lived in an APT with no AC, I had to use a chiller for a few weeks a year to keep the tank temp down. Fans can do so much, but when it is 104F outside for 2-3 days... well. I vote chiller.
  13. 90 gallon tank flow?

    It depends on what you are wanting to keep. For some tanks a WP-40 would be to much. Other tanks, maybe not enough. In my 120g Mixed reef I have 2 WP-40's and a Gyre along with a much stronger return. If your looking for a SPS tank, you can't have to much flow. If your looking for say a seahorse lagoon tank, then you can't have that much flow from one source. My 90g is a Nem tank and has a WP-40, a stronger return (900 gph) and a RW-8. I keep it lower flow because it is just aneomes. Sorry for the non answer to the question.
  14. 2 Jebao RW-20 wavemakers w/controllers

    We're good George. No worries at all
  15. 2 Jebao RW-20 wavemakers w/controllers

    Turns out these are not the ones for me. Good luck with the sale though man. I am sure someone wants to turn their Brute lid into a jet ski.
  16. 2 Jebao RW-20 wavemakers w/controllers

    Would you split them up or only together?
  17. Truth in advertising

    My tanks been up for awhile... was up before we moved to our new house. I still test Alk daily, but not for anything else. I don't do water changes (maybe one in 18m), I just stick to the same regiment. There are a lot things we can't test for but I find Alk to be the most important and a key indicator for other levels. JMO Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. Better than cartoons

    Remember Saturday morning cartoons? Now I gotta a cup of joe, sleeping wife, and nothing to do for an hour but stare at this. Life is good today! (just a phone pic again) Let's see some FTS. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. Better than cartoons

    Thank you! Just a phone pic but these things are fun to watch. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. Better than cartoons

    Thanks Man! That Tang is loving it here. Great contrast too. The wrasse is all happy too. Thanks again for the healthy fish! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. Better than cartoons

    Thanks man. All the corals came as frags. I need to trim, I got some acro's growing out of the water back there. So fun to watch the progression of colonies over 5-10+ years now.
  22. Better than cartoons

    Ahhhhhh.... I know man between work taking off and the baby I don't have time for much these days. My TWD hour every Sunday is my only leisure time.
  23. Better than cartoons

    Still my favorite Saturday Morning cartoon [emoji2] Tanks grown a little. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. WTB QT tank setup (or just parts of it)

    I have a 65g acrylic with stand. It has a little knick in the front but otherwise pretty good condition. It was plumbed for a sump and closed loop and would need a new bulkhead for the closed loop intake. To big? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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