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Blue Z Reef

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  1. Blue Z Reef

    FS: 60 gal cube drilled, sump, skimmer, return pump..

    Yes, forwarding this to my friend, I’ll let you know! Thanks!
  2. A friend of mine wants a tank “similar” to my cube. Ideally a 24x24 footprint but could probably go a bit larger or slightly smaller. I’d prefer it to be something in the 50gal range for stability for him to start with. Sump and stand would be great too. Anyone have one collecting dust?
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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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    Free 5 gallon water jugs

    FYI - You can buy lids at Winco I’d pick them up if I didn’t have my own hoard of them LOL
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    60+ tank for a new project

    In my experience, a 90 gallon was my favorite “beginner” size. Overall really stable, room to grow, equipment isn’t too crazy, etc Also, 90 gal tanks never seemed to sell for much, so there’s that too
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    looking for some worms and mini stars

    Why not start with some pods? Easy to obtain and good for the system overall. stars are cool sometimes until you turn around and what looked like 10 became 100 became 100000000000 billion. My 210 gal tank I used to vacuum up like 100 or more every time I did a major water change off the glass and within a matter of weeks, couldn’t tell I killed them off. The ones I had I never noticed eating any corals but some people have the issue so why risk it? At least with PODs you could just get a mandarin to take care of them if you felt plagued by them LOL
  7. Wait wait wait...sorry TLDR all of it but did you run an air stone in the tank constantly while doing the chemiclean dose? It won’t work right if you don’t. It was night and day when I didn’t do that during a treatment, you need it to oxidize and with the skimmer off you need a stone or two at least going full time in the display (not sump). siphon and try that. Report back
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    Lighting repair

    IIRC ReefCorner lights were just a branded black box light. From the sound of it, you likely have one of two things wrong: 1. One of the blue LEDs brunt out and the fixture doesn’t have a bypass. Earlier units and cheaper ones never did so if you lost one led on the channel, the whole channel goes dead. (Most likely the issue if it’s 1-2 years old) 2. The driver went bad. They are pretty easy to get these days on eBay. if you lived closer I’d take a look at it for you. I’ve fixed a few myself. From where I’m at (Camas) it says it’s over an hour drive...
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    Going Sockless

    I used to hate dealing with socks (felt type). I used to do the exchange at OIAB to avoid cleaning myself, that was both a good and bad experience as some traded out weren’t as nice/clean as the ones I traded in 😑 My current tank uses a Skimz sump, which has their own size of 4” sock, so you have to buy theirs. At first I was annoyed but after being forced into the “mesh” style of sock, I love them! I pull them out, go to the kitchen sink, and rinse them with the sprayer and hot water. You can rub the sides together and they get really clean, really easily. I usually do this 4-5 times, then do a more through clean and put a new set through the cycle. Sump is nice and clean, minimal maintenance, I’m happy, corals look great (admittedly not a big tester either)! No more bleach, power washing, gnar beef socks in the washing machine , etc!
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    Here we go again

    Easy! Walt Disney Colony -> Bounce Shoom pile -> 5x yellow tangs ballin on a free tank budget!
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    Massive hydnophora of death!

    YES!!!!! Glad your giving that beast a good run, I hate fragging up colonies like that one just to get rid of it. Keep an eye on it’s deadly growth fingers! ☠️
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    Your referring to the bubble tips? Sounds like the light may have spurred them to split. I’m sure people on here would buy them from you, myself included. Depending on what kind they are (and size) and the general interest when listing them for sale they go anywhere from $20-60 each for the more standard ones. as far as removal, there are many methods, usually revolving around making the nem close up and let its foot release. Some use ice cubes, others just slowly keep prying (gently) under the foot until it eventually comes loose. You can float them in the tank in a Tupperware with holes or a basket to contain them until selling.
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    Which screen to use

    I picked some of this up off Amazon, works perfect and is Prime Clear Mesh Netting 6' x 4' https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OABXY9O/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_TrGHAbC7QK0RR
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    Led strips?

    Yeah, their output is really low and they typically burn out or start going out rather quickly. I’ve got a better solution I can show you when you get your lid with 3w leds on straight led pcb boards, essentially a DIY reefbrite
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    Golden basket overload

    Nice update Jeremy! Much like R2R does to keep the sponsor stuff separate. 👍
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    Acro comeback

    I just looked back at the place I bought it from online (in 2014 lol!) and their site now says they won’t ship to US anymore. It was a weird thing when I bought it where they shipped from out of the US so you didn’t need an Rx. The newer version is called Interceptor Spectrum. It was one of the easiest pest treatments I’ve ever used. Literally grind up the pill, put in tank, leave for a few days and do a water change. bAM red bugs gone!
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    Acro comeback

    Did you look into Interceptor for treatment? Works great for red bugs!
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    RO/DI Unit - How Many Stages? 4,5,6?

    Oh man that makes me sad! I hope they are either remodeling or moving to a new location. The new owner seemed pretty nice and excited about it (and the potential improvements he wanted to make)...can’t image it would be closing up so fast... 😩 If you need some water in a pinch, I’m in Camas and can get you some.
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    RO/DI Unit - How Many Stages? 4,5,6?

    I don’t think OIAB is closed, as far as I know it is now under new ownership (Jason sold it). this Neptune place...do you mean Bobby (the detailer, Autospa 360) sells stuff now??? RODI systems are more about the filters themselves. One of the best is the Spectrapure 99% rejection “spectra-select”. This is a 90gpd unit. Keep in mind that you have to have the necessary pressure to run a 150gpd membrane which will require a booster pump. As far as “must haves” for the unit, I’d make sure you get: -flush kit -dual or triple inline TDS meter -good membrane I run 3 stages of pre filters, membrane, and dual DI chambers (for longer time between replacement). I also have a booster pump but that’s not necessary, however it does make the unit more efficient.
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    ATO container

    That container should work fine. You could also pick up one of these nifty little fittings to make it “real legit” 😁👍 https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/1-4-push-connect-bulkhead-tank-adapter.html
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    Calcium Reactor VS 2 Part

    I’ve done both, preferred the Ca Rx. TheClark has pretty well outlined most of it. The biggest issue is the upfront cost of getting a reactor going with all the right equipment. Once you have it, it’s cheaper long term (on larger tanks). The thing I liked about it was as long as my needle valve wasn’t getting clogged (I just made sure I looked at the stream daily but didn’t require much adjustment overall), levels only drift gradually, which corals are generally adaptable too so you have more time to react to and adjust accordingly. On my 210 gal system I replaced reactor media every 6-9 months and had a 15lb CO2 tank so it never ran out, I’d just fill it out of fear yearly and was fine. Obviously it all depends on what’s in your tank. Getting it dialed the first month Is the hardest, after that, usually smooth sailing. how big is the tank you want to switch to Ca Rx on?
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    Help me choose some lights.

    Honestly, at $100 (especially for new), your asking for too much for it to be programmable and cover the size of tank you have. You could buy a single black box led for under $100 but it will just have dimmer knobs and will only really cover 24x24 max. You may be right at $100 for a programmable unit, but again, not the coverage you need. when trying to do budget lighting, there’s a lot of “hacks” for black box leds to use an external controller, but you have to have the external controller itself to do it. if I were you I’d spend the little extra ($135) for a SBReef 16” basic and save up for a second one in the future. The 32” model is ($274). keep an eye on the classifieds and you may score a good deal on 2 black boxes
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    Gealth LED fullspec 90w

    Only thing I’m seeing as an issue is no fans. Most Chinese lights tend to have the minimum thickness possible heat sinks so they rely on a fan to keep them cool...not seeing anything on those units 😬. Heat and LEDs don’t play well, especially for longevity.
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    One Question..

    It prevents trolls spamming something and never coming back (don’t contribute to the community at all). also there use to be an issue of people getting on here and just posting in the classifieds and never anything else. Again, ideally users contribute to the site more than turning it into a reef version of Craigslist. be patient and it will all be normal after some posts.