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    Show me your mushrooms

    How about it. Let's see if we can see some unique mushrooms here. Note: Please don't post Ricordea's here. I know they can be classed as mushrooms but they really deserve their own thread.
  2. Yesterday I took my family on a day trip to Newport, OR and visited several places grabbing a bunch of photos at each stop. (The thumbs below are a small sample, to see all of the images I've posted a link to the complete gallery below) Our first stop was Devils Punchbowl: Next we stopped at Yaquina Head Lighthouse: Then we took a few hours at The Oregon Aquarium: And a couple of hours at Hatfield Marine Science Center: Our last stop in Newport before driving home was Yaquina Bay Lighthouse: To see all of the pictures from this trip visit: Spring Break 2011 Oregon Coast Gallery As usual comments are welcome.
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    Help! Closed loop and micro bubbles!!

    This usually means there is a small leak. I.E. Loose fitting etc.
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    Firearms FS

    Sorry about your loss. What is the price on the .303 British? (This was actually my first hunting rifle 30 plus years ago)
  5. SOLD My RBTA split into three recently and I'm selling the extras. I currently have one ready to go (fully developed mouth and easily accessible) with a second one available soon (Not sure if it has a fully developed mouth yet and it's anchored under a rock that will take more to get out). The one that's ready now is opening up to about 6-7" so it's a decent size for most tanks. I'll see about getting a picture of the actual one that's ready later today however for the moment this picture shows it prior to splitting. (It's just a smaller version of this) I think $40 is a fair price so that is what I'm asking. If interested send me a PM with your phone number or call three six zero - eight two three - three two seven four. Note: In an effort to be more responsible (Too many anemones are killed when they are put in systems that are not ready for them) I will be asking about your setup to determine whether it is suitable for it prior to selling it. Here is the pic prior to it splitting:
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    FS RBTA (Rose Anemone)

    Wow, that was fast. These are both sold pending delivery to Tim at Westside Aquarium. Thanks for looking.
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    My DIY fermentation chamber

    I'm thinking about it. Been reading up on it and it looks easy enough.
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    My DIY fermentation chamber

    Interesting. You may be directly responsible for me putting that chest freezer in the garage back to use again. (Just been taking of space for 8 years or so)
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    Tank backing color poll

    Careful with mirrors. It can really stress out fish badly. (I can put a mirror up to my tank and the tang will try to fight with the reflection)
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    FWIW, while this store was a PNWMAS sponsor in the past they have chosen not to support it now.
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    Happy Mother's Day

    To any Mother's out there (I know there are a few) have a happy Mother's Day.
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    May Meeting?

    Post # 37 back a few pages: http://www.pnwmas.org/forums/showthread.php?25590-May-Meeting&p=262353&viewfull=1#post262353
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    I agree, I always work under the presumption that it will fail and then work from there. Gravity feed is very simple making it less likely to fail and mine is set up so that the sump can hold the entire amaount even if it does fail. (My greatest danger is having the power fail and the float valve stick open at the same time which would overflow the sump) BTW, Tap water is NOT consistent. It changes through the year when water sources change and can also get somewhat contaminated if any construction is occurring in the area which will also change it.
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    Tank backing color poll

    My favorite is an aqua like this. I've had both blue and black also and didn't/don't like either one. The blue didn't look as natural and the black makes it hard to take pictures of anything darker colored. (dark colors blend in with it)
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    RBTA Advice

    You can usually do a 50% to 75% water change without any problems which is what I would probably do. FWIW, I prefer to let the tank find a balance on it's own and would not use anything like amquel. People often misunderstand what it means when the tank is cycling. In simple terms it is the act of the tank finding a new biological balance whenever something interrupts or changes it. Because of this changing tanks will "ALWAYS" cause a tank cycle. Some people may claim otherwise because the cycle is often mild enough that it is hardly measurable however it still needs to find a new biological balance. Simply moving the rocks around also interrupts the biological process and will cause a tank to cycle but it is usually not enough to cause problems. The exception is when you stir up the sand after it's been there a long time since it can build up some really nasty stuff under it (It can actually be toxic to humans). Just adding a fish to the tank also causes a cycle since it increases the bio load which is why they should only be added one or two at a time. Did you smell anything sulfurous when you changed the tanks? If so then the sand was probably loaded with that nasty stuff and would cause the nitrates to go up fast.
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    RBTA Advice

    Anemones are actually one of the more difficult creatures we try to keep. On average they have a very short life span in our aquariums, especially if they are not mature tanks. If it's been 7 days and it isn't searching for light yet then there is very likely some other problem stressing it out. I would first check the parameters (I know you stated that you did so however I would check them again to see if I missed something) and then if that is good then I might try to increase the water flow some in the area it is. (I doubt there is too much flow since it would have moved already) You also might try to spot feed some mysis.
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    lighting options

    My brother has a 46g bowfront and runs one 250w MH and 2 T5's which is a good combination. LED's would also work however they are more expensive to set up. (Down the road this is returned through lower costs later)
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    bin Laden Death Posts

    The ad will be highly suspect and is probably being flagged because of people thinking it is a scam. Think about it. Your offering a free service that will put you inside someones home while they are away. Not knowing any better this would immediately send up a red flag to me. It means very little that those here know the intentions are good because we only represent a small fraction of those that will actually see the ad.
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    Return pump size?

    What size is the drain and how large is the overflow box (linear overflow length)? You need to size the return pump to match the overflow box and the drain. (Return size is more or less irrelevant since it can usually be half the diameter of the drain and still flow the same volume)
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    waste water

    The only waste is that it may increase the cost of your water bill. Other than this there isn't anything wasted as it is just recycled back into the environment just like all of the rest of the water we use. (I.E. Environmentally it makes little difference whether we recycle it out the door or down the drain)
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    Overflow advice needed!

    Whoever did that comparison doesn't appear to understand how the herbie setup works. The backup drain should never be smaller than the primary drain and should not have an elbow in it that could limit the flow. I.E. The backup drain should be wide open since it will only flow water in the event that the primary drain gets restricted. If it does then you do not want it limited at all. (This includes eliminating any potential restriction points where debris could get caught) The only working difference I see with this setup is that a third backup line has been added and the second line is used to trickle water if the primary drain hasn't been sized large enough to flow the entire volume on it's own. Other than this it appears to have some extra tees, caps, and valves in the backup drains that don't really do anything other than increase the potential of a restriction developing if debris gets caught in them.
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    waste water

    I just let mine recycle back into the water system to be used by someone else again. I.E. It goes back down the drain.
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    Overflow advice needed!

    A herbie setup is simpler and accomplishes the same thing. (From what I can tell that is essentially a herbie setup with some extra unnecessary plumbing added to it)
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    Overflow advice needed!

    You can have dual corner overflows. You just need to order them based on the dimensions you want (A search should turn up a few places that make them or you can go through one of the LFS). As to holes through the bottom it will depend on your tank. If it has a tempered bottom (Quite common even when the sides are not) then you can't. Otherwise you should be able to.
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    WTB: Pachyseris aka Elephant skin coral

    OIAB had a nice frag a few weeks ago. Might still be there.