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Blue Z Reef

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  1. Blue Z Reef

    Disaster button stuck on repeat!

    Have you checked the heater itself? I had one crack and almost nuke my tank, something leached out of it (not the temp change). Just something to double check. I don’t think the calcium carbonate is an issue.
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    Massive hydnophora of death!

    Looking great! Nice growth on that puppy! I hear ya on the fragging, they are definitely brittle. Glad you are keeping it big, I hate that many don’t give the hobby/corals the time or care necessary to grow out beautiful huge colonies. Keep it up! Also, I’m going to bug you soon about a frag of my OG stunner toadstool for my next build 😁
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    New again, just bought a 55 gallon tank

    Another piece of advice is do your homework on the HOB skimmers. Most are pretty terrible but a few decent ones exist. i think the issue with the 55 gal is that it’s 4 ft long so it appears you can put more/bigger fish in it. Things get crowded and the water gets dirty fast, also not helping the sub par skimmers. Just things I’ve delt with in the past. Try to plan your stocking list ahead of time and know your limits.
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    New again, just bought a 55 gallon tank

    As TheClark mentioned, you will be better off starting with RODI. This way you control what’s going in. Washington does have some decent tap water in certain areas but I’d take out the variables and do it with clean water. Maybe this time try cycling with a bottled bacteria product like Dr. Tim’s or Micro Bacter 7 (along with many other options). These can help take the waiting out and speed things up to being ready to start adding in fish/corals. EDIT: Saw that you used bio-spira, so do that or an equivalent good luck, ask questions, and take pics! Lots of good people around here willing to help out 👍
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    Chaeto/Macro share

    I thought we should start a sticky thread for those ready to do some trimming and wouldn't mind giving it away to someone looking to start or add on to their current fuge. Given that most are wanting to do some trimming asap, please be curtious of this and try to contact and pickup quickly. I'll start, it's that time again! Variety: Chaeto and Fern Caulerpa available Amount: 1-2 baseball size amounts Location: Vancouver
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    Aiptasia Laser

    That seems a little high priced, I got one that looks like this and works fine: https://www.ebay.com/itm/450nm-Blue-Beam-Laser-Pointer-Pen-5-Head-Case-Battery-Charger-Goggles-0-5MW/292225403243?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20180213162448%26meid%3D874663c38a3d484688084a557b9df5d1%26pid%3D100930%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D8%26mehot%3Dag%26sd%3D264033285686%26itm%3D292225403243&_trksid=p2056116.c100930.m5375 Yes, these can be dangerous but using common sense everything is fine. I did have the reflected beam start to melt a swishy golf shirt (don’t know what that material is called LOL). Key with using these effectively is to keep hitting the aptasia repeatedly every few days. They are pretty hardy little buggers so this is usually not a one and done process. also, for SuncrestReef, be careful with the battery chargers. The one that came with mine almost caught fire the first time I plugged it in (smoke came out, quickly pulled it)....gotta love China! I bought a 4 battery one that I use now.
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    Wtb cerium oxide

    Honestly if you Amazon Prime’d some now you’d likely have it by Saturday, just saying...it’s pretty cheap either way if it doesn’t show up in time.
  8. Keep up the good work! Would love to do one when you get the bugs figured out HaHa! I’d definitely need your help with the wiring/programming end of things...circuits was never my forte (hence why I’m not an EE/SE lol). Honestly at 32 ml/min (roughly 12 plus gallons per day) would be great for a dual head auto water changer pump! If you need some acrylic cut out to fancy the final rig up (side covers or something), let me know, just need a 2D cad file and we’re good to go!
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    Gluing ABS to PVC

    Natures sealant
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    Flipper MAX FS $35

    Steve, I want this, can you bring it to work and give to my wife? PM me about it. Thanks!
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    JBJ 1/4 HP chiller DBE-200

    Got this with a tank, never needed a chiller. Seems to be working fine. Retail on these is almost $900! Rated to 260 gals. Looking for $150 OBO open to trades for: stand/wood work, dry rock, Hydra 52hd
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    JBJ 1/4 HP chiller DBE-200

    SOLD thanks!
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    JBJ 1/4 HP chiller DBE-200

    Bump! 👆
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    Return pump for 65 gallon

    I’d always oversize with a DC pump since they can be adjusted down. Also, with most electronics, they last longer when not run at the upper limits. I’d get a 3500 or even the next size up. Always check prices on Amazon for them as occasionally larger models will cost less. Jebao CP pumps don’t have the best reputation, many had early failures. If you want a budget Gyre pump, get the Icecap version instead. https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/1k-gyre-generation-pump-with-controller-1000-gph-icecap.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMItfbd-Oq53gIVF73sCh005gmQEAQYASABEgK1v_D_BwE
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    Return pump for 65 gallon

    I’d also highly recommend Jebao as well, I’ve had many last 2+ years with minimal cleanings. The newer models have more built in electrical safeties that the early models didn’t. get a DCP model, they are silent! I run DCT models and they have a slight hum to them but still quieter than any mag drive or AC pump. My buddy bought a DCP and you can’t even tell it’s on! Pretty sweet and for your application it should be $70-80.
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    Looking for 20”x 20” sump/ refugium

    I have a 45 cube (same as 60 just not as tall) and this fit under my stand. https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/up21-sumpro-sump-skimz.html for the money, this sump is hard to beat, I highly recommend it! If 21 won’t work they make some slightly smaller models also. good luck on your search!
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    JBJ 1/4 HP chiller DBE-200

    Hmmm may take like 100lbs of dry plus a little cash...don’t think I’ll need too much more then that. still open to other offers, found a skimmer so no more trades for those now...😁
  18. Awesome project as usual Jeremy! you think it’s going to be in the $100 or less cost category as the instructions say?
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    Skimmer advice

    Nano skimmers are all a bit finicky but I liked the tunze 9004. I had it on a frag tank for a while and it did better than I thought it would. The only adjustment on them is restricting the air inlet or the height of the whole skimmer. Overall I think they are a better buy than the problematic ghost skimmers. They also make a DC version now, not sure how much that would help, you’d probably be fine with the standard on a smaller tank.
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    Kai's 50 Gallon Lagoon Update

    Amazing pics! Tank looks fantastic!
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    Anyone? Beuller... Beuller...

    Precautions: don’t torch around other corals, especially zoas (read on palytoxin). It doesn’t take a lot to kill them, likely a quick second or two of flames. Interesting idea I’ve never tried would be to put an ice cube on them quickly after you torch them. Most living organisms can not survive rapid temperature changes like that (it’s a sterilization method)...just an idea, haven’t tried it yet. The torch itself will do the job though!
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    Anyone? Beuller... Beuller...

    I have one, they do work, but it depends on the severity of how many you have, how easy they are to laser (repeatedly), and if there are other methods. IMO, aptasia are easy to kill, majanos are not (which is what I originally purchased the laser for). I’ve had luck in the past with 5 peppermint shrimp, less didn’t seem to have effect but 5 was the sweet spot (in a 90 gal tank at the time). I always tell people that if you have the option to remove the piece with them on it and use a torch or razor blade them off and clean area with hydrogen peroxide, you will likely have better results. Id let you borrow it but I’m in Camas...I prefer local loaners LOL
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    Estate sale in Vancouver

    Oh and they take cards also since it’s a company doing the sale
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    Estate sale in Vancouver

    Scored some sweet deals there! still a lot left, all the UV sterilizers you see are 10 for the generic ones and 20 for the turbo twist. Since it’s a company, the guy kind of looks stuff up and cuts the price new in half and a little. Some nice bubble magus dosing containers, lots of odd overflows/hob skimmer/fuge setups. I saw an icecap chilling probe setup also, kind of neat for nano guys. Phosban reactor was $15 IIRC. A few reefers were looking through but not too many yet.
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    Estate sale in Vancouver

    Oh no! Not again!