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  1. Tank (Large) on "Silent Floor" Joists

    I agree with xmas one. Not an engineer but worked construction for a decade. It would be simple and cheap to add supports under the joists (assuming this is on the ground floor). Simplest way would be in the form of concrete piers and 4x posts. Or as he said jacks. shouldn't take more than an afternoon and would give peace of mind at the very least.
  2. Tank, fish, and coral.

    just sent a PM on coral fish and rock
  3. Baby Hammers!

    my experience is feed them often and they will grow very quickly, they don't have to be fed however. they can feed pretty much every day. cyclops, seafood juice, anything meaty and small. sometimes you even get lucky and as they grow you can snap them off the skeleton and a new one will start growing in their place.
  4. Hi Everyone, I have a quarantine/breeding setup for sale. System Consists of Three 20-25 gallon tanks all plumbed together, Ball valves included to control flow and take indivudual tanks off-line. System measure 76x24 inches. Not sure how to do the photo bucket thing so here is a link to the craigslist with pictures: https://corvallis.craigslist.org/for/6021357724.html System comes with: 3 tanks, Stand (ugly but it works) 10 gallon sump protein skimmer return pump air pump heaters base rock bio balls possibly other odds and ends. This could be hauled in a pickup or the plumbing could be cut and hauled in a station wagon or SUV. It is ugly but it works just fine. I am asking $100 or probably willing to trade for just about anything. Skimmers, Lighting, other equipment, Fish, corals (I'm a coral whore, pretty open to just about anything...) I know its ugly but it works and I'm pretty sure I have priced it pretty affordably. Located in Monmouth. Message, call or text before 10 pm (541)760-2594 Kyle
  5. Polycarbonate custom lid

    I don't have a polycarbonate lid but I do have a polycarbonate greenhouse. Moisture won't affect it but temp will pretty good. It will really expand with heat and contract with cold. Not sure what lighting your using but that could play a pretty big role in its ability to hold its form.
  6. True Yellow Branching Hammer Interest?

    I am interested as well, Just sent you a PM
  7. Fluffy chillas!!!

    I think you earned it. I call dibs on the first frag of "Fluffy Chillas", LOL
  8. Fluffy chillas!!!

    To be honest when I saw the title to the thread "Fluffy Chillas" I just assumed that was the name of some fancy new designer zoanthid...
  9. Before RODI was a thing

    I can vouch for Robert. I grew up in farm country outside Corvallis and TDS out of the tap was 200-300 depending on time of year. I moved to Corvallis around my college years and quite using RO. Corvallis water just didn't need it. I still do a few maintenance accounts in Corvallis and use tap water on all of them.
  10. Main drain almost entirely plugged

    Similar to the wet vac idea you could also try blowing air with a compressor through the pipes. not sure what the situation is but could you just cut out everything but the bulkhead and re plumb it?
  11. Acan zapped

    Other than making sure it's environmental needs are being met. I would say making sure it gets fed often would go a long way to recovery. Foods like cyclops, reef-roids, blended up seafood, fish eggs, etc. fed 3-5 times per week would really help in getting this coral back to health and growing quickly.
  12. New Calcium Reactor $60

    Pm sent
  13. if parting out I would love the calcium reactor
  14. What are you good at besides reefing?

    Ah Robert, Its been too long. One of these days we will catch up.
  15. What are you good at besides reefing?

    Reefing is my career and hobby. I run an aquarium maintenance business in the Corvallis area and a 500 square foot greenhouse for corals. that takes up most of my time. As far as other hobbies go, Its mostly just firewood. Cut it in the spring, split it and stack it in the summer, burn it in the fall and winter, repeat the next year. I also love my vegetable garden and the fruit orchard. between work and firewood, I usually have just enough time in the day to have dinner with my wife, kiss her goodnight and then wake up and do it all over again.
  16. hytek plastics on hwy 34 between corvallis and albany. Just pull into the freebird auto body parking lot and drive behind the shop. There are some small businesses back there. they have a sign. I just bought a 5 oz tube of weld-on 16 there for about $12.00, they have smaller sizes too.
  17. Greenhouse Project [Pic Heavy]

    gee Mike, I bet they do but I have never seen one, I bet there would be a way to program something on an apex, or somehow hook a par meter up to an on off switch, it would just take someone with more electronics know how than I have.
  18. Greenhouse Project [Pic Heavy]

    the drums will help but not a ton, there are lots of ways to cut down on heating. most of the ways you will see online are more for vegetable farming where the greenhouse has to be above freezing, not 80+degrees. but that being said if space allows any extra water volume will help stabilize night time temps. regarding what types of corals the short answer is all of them. some do better in the winter some do better in the summer. many stony corals wont survive winter without supplemental light. I had about 80 cyphastrea start to bleach last month because they weren't getting enough light. put a halide on them and now they are fine. just because I get PAR levels of 200 on a nice sunny day, there are cloudy days where I get PAR readings of 20-30, get enough cloudy days in a row and corals start to go downhill. on the flip side things like mushrooms love this weather and look incredible. in the summer I have to put 4 layers of 20% shade cloth overt their tub just to keep them from dying, even with all that they still don't grow well.
  19. Greenhouse Project [Pic Heavy]

    Heating can definitely get expensive. a space or a cadet heater would probably heat that space fine, I don't know how it would do on the coldest nights though. You might look into workshop type propane heaters, it may end up being a bit more efficient. Regarding water vessels stabilizing temperatures at night, this is very true, unfortunately in that small of a space I doubt there will be enough water volume to make much difference. if you haven't put the interior sheets of plywood up yet I would for sure add some sort of insulation to the walls. Anywhere you can insulate or otherwise cut out heat loss do it. it will help on the heating bill a ton. I would also get a few cans of spray foam and use that to fill any and all gaps in the sheating. especially if the frame is bent there will probably be some gaps where the plastic hooks up to the end walls On a fun note, on Saturday the greenhouse was 85 degrees all day long and I went to build a fire before it got dark and within about 20 minutes the greenhouse went from 85 degrees to 101 degrees, yikes! also took the PAR meter out there and even in December on a sunny day I was getting readings of 200 in the sun and about 80 in the shade. This is plenty of light to grow corals.
  20. Tank Drilling

    I agree with the cracking issue but there is a simple alternative that could work well. you can cut holes in glass with a dremel and Diamond tip bit. It takes longer than a drill but there would be much less pressure. Just draw an outline of your hole (better yet make a wooden template) and carefully use the dremel to grind through the glass. Use a spray bottle to keep the area wet at all times. I have used this approach before and it works well but takes a lot longer.
  21. Greenhouse Project [Pic Heavy]

    For what its worth, I have a lifetime of commercial greenhouse experience. my folks owned a wholesale orchid nursery growing up and I continued with the idea and swapped out Orchids for corals and do that for a living. My folks have a 2700 square foot greenhouse built exactly like the one in your youtube channel. it still costs around 1000 bucks a month to heat with Propane all throughout the winter and thats only keeping it at 65 degrees. My Coral Greenhouse is 500 square feet and is built with 16 mm triple wall Polycarbonate, with an R value of 2.0 this is the most energy efficient way to cover a greenhouse aside from very expensive acrylic panels. I still pay $200 a month in propane with commercial discounts and this is on top of a woodstove that burns hot 24/7. While a greenhouse has no problem getting very warm on a cold clear day (mine was 95 degrees on the last sunny day) it will never get warm when it is a cloudy overcast day. One way or another there will be no way of getting around heating the greenhouse in one way shape or form. In your case with those small tanks I would suggest heating the water directly and making sure your breaker(s) can handle the amperage all those submersible heaters will be pulling. I am not saying this to discourage you, just giving some practical hands on experience. Your greenhouse may get very hot during the day but as soon as the sun goes down it will take no time flat for it to dip to a few degrees above outside temperature and the corals just wont be able to take those kinds of temp swings. Over all I say go for it, it will be a very rewarding experience. My only other advice is buy a PAR meter. once february rolls around corals will actually start bleaching from too much light!
  22. Fun debate!

    Ha!, I can't believe you still have that tank. I'm glad its working for you. and Yep Kyles my name. You should post a pic of the tank (maybe not the stand though, it doesn't exactly show off my carpentry skills)
  23. WTB LG holding tanks

    Hey all, Looking for large holding tanks like the one in the photo. I know where to get these new but I figure there are probably some floating around the area that may be more affordable. I have a pickup and can come get them. Looking for several so let me know how many you have and how much you want for them. Tubs don't have to be exactly like this but this picture should give an Idea of what I'm looking for. Let me know what you've got folks. Thanks
  24. Fun debate!

    Yes its similar to having someone take care of your tanks while on vacation except that if your tank crashes life goes on relatively unchanged. If a greenhouse operation crashes then you don't get a paycheck. Seriously though, Checklists are imperative. It drives my wife nuts but I will get up at 3 in the morning sometimes just to Double check on some menial thing that I can't remember if I put back correctly before I left the greenhouse. In the winter this happens to be a good time to stoke the stove as well (wood heat cuts down on the propane bill, plus its a nice place to dry off after playing in water all day!)
  25. Fun debate!

    Hey john, Glad your enjoying the club. While I know these forums serve a purpose, my participation with them is few and far between,I really like my privacy and I'm not much of a socialite and being a commercial operation selling at wholesale levels only, I do like to keep most things private. anyways I am glad that its a good place for so many people, yourself included. My concern with letting others "help out" is that its only going to take one idiot to do something stupid and kill everything. What happens when someone stops by for ten minutes and accidentaly leaves the door open when they leave on a night thats 20 degrees. Or someone decides your water parameters are off and doses things in such a way that you have a giant precipitation issue. Or hey what if someone adds a new coral without quarantining it and now you have a 500 gallon tub full of Aptasia/aefw/etc. I can very seriously see that happening if it becomes a group project. If your just doing it for fun and not business then sure let others join in and accept the fact that people very well may screw things up. If it is a business I would steer clear of this route. Thats just my two cents on that topic. I have enough paranoia letting my dad take over when I'm out of town and hes been keeping saltwater aquariums since the 70's...I don't want to scare you off just letting you know some of the serious realities that could present themselves. I'll try to get a few pictures up later
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