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Blue Z Reef

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    Who bit my fish

    If I had to guess, they’d be in this order: 6 line lobster emerald clowns 6 lines are mean fish, usually only to wrasses but wouldn’t surprise me.
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    Water flow?

    I’d go with larger pumps. I have both Koralia Nanos 240 and 425. They are barely enough flow for my 20L hospital tank. With a 93gal cube you should be looking for larger pumps. Another reason why so many use controllable pumps like Vortechs is so the flow can vary and you can still have it peak and keep things stirred up everywhere but it also backs off and doesn’t blast things 24/7 like a single speed pump would. Cubes are kind of hard for flow since they are square and you don’t want to get something too powerful that would work better throwing farther in a long tank. Maybe look into a maxspect gyre, you can mount them vertically and create some nice flow patterns in a cube. I had one in my 45 gal cube and liked it a lot.
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    Opae ula vase

    Yet another peculiar but awesome tank by Jack! Curious to see how this does, would love one on my desk at work! btw, every time I go to Ikea and see all the vases I think to myself “Jack would make a tank out of that I bet!”
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    Blue led strip

    SBreef lights makes a strip light also. https://sbreeflights.com/sbar-supplimental-lights/18-sbar-supplemental-5050-bar-lights.html#/5-sbar_sizing-36
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    Heater broke, tank crashed

    Right now everything is doing ok in the 20L I setup. The cube is cycling with the help of Aquaforest BioS. Currently looking gross with brown algae. After that calms a bit I've got the Triton Detox to run as a precaution as I am reusing my rock work. Reef Octopus had a similar titanium heater without controller I was considering but feel good about the Jager despite being glass. I do use my RK to control temps so it is a viable option.
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    DIY Calcium Reactor Peristaltic Pump Prototype - $50

    Oh snap! Glad you did this! I had this pump saved in my eBay favs for future experiments. looking at the pump head...any chance you think 2 could be linked together for a stenner style dual head auto water change pump? You don't have any pics of the head removed? As you were mentioning, changing to a stepper would be cool too, would be interested to see the input shaft/pump head interface. keep on DIYing Jeremy!
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    Heater broke, tank crashed

    I'm not sure my livestock got shocked too bad, I had my hands in the tank and sump prior to discovering the heater was broke and didn't get shocked at all. It wasn't until I touched the actual heater where it was broken (on accident of course) that I got shocked. Currently my survivors are in a hospital tank for the time being. My tank is drained completely, everything cleaned with vinegar, and now in the process of filling to restart the cycle again. as I precaution I plan on running Triton Detox for good measure in case any metals are present still. Hopefully everyone will be happy in the hospital tank for a month or so while things level out in the main tank again. Fortunately I had an extra light, powerhead, new heater, and aquaclear to run some carbon in. No skimmer on that tank. Jeremy, I will take you up on some frags in a while when things are back to normal again
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    Heater broke, tank crashed

    It's a hard thing to test for without sending it in for Triton testing. I figure it's best to just restart it again.
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    Heater broke, tank crashed

    Yes the glass actually broke open. These models state shatter resistant not shatter proof like the Jager I replaced it with. I've had a Jager go out before and it sparks inside but doesn't pop the glass open. The Theo heater broke near the end and midway up. Obviously nothing is in the chamber banging around or anything so it could have started with a hairline crack, water hits electrical, then POP. Not sure what is inside but if you are running a Theo heater I'd replace it!
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    Melanurus wrasse

    Never had an issue with fish but mine was always an opportunist if snails flipped over. My crew was mostly down to turbos before I downsized.
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    Maxspect Gyre XF130

    Selling my gyre xf130. Comes with extras including: extra bearings 2 sets of foam covers end cap to make it half size for nanos I was getting tired of it being loud and ordered an MP10QD. Shortly after this, I ended up changing one side out and the rubber isolator on the pump. BAM Dead silent! DOH! Oh well, it's working great now, can't hear it at all at the 60% I was running it at. Had a new magnet rotor installed 6 mo ago as well as new bearings all around. Has original box/manuals. looking for $80
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    Maxspect Gyre XF130

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    Maxspect Gyre XF130

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    New Alk Monitor Joins The Fray

    Neptune Trident...game over lol https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/neptune-trident.322205/?utm_source=newsletter_1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=August_25_2017 retail $5-600. Does require new version of apex though.
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    Duncan's are a lot of fun and pretty easy going for care. I'm down to just 2 clown fish so no issues feeding but you have 2 good options: -feed at night -use a piece of Tupperware or cut pop bottle and cover after spot feeding to keep the wrasse out while they put the food in their mouths.
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    Tank Controller

    First issue you'll run into is DA likely won't let you return it just because you don't like it. when you were programming it, were you using a computer or doing it all through the head unit? I remember being really frustrated programming manually but it was much easier with the PC (MyReef software) using a SID. If I wasn't in the middle of moving I'd get mine out for you. The pH probe calibration takes a LONG time. Like put the probe in the calibration fluid for 20-30 mins to get the right reading to input on both ends of the scale. It's a pain but that's the only way I got an accurate reading. overall I think the reefkeeper is a great controller for simple things but more advanced/larger scale users will be happier with Apex.
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    BRS has a good video on it: http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/video/view/faq-26-using-bayer-as-a-coral-dip-what-recipe-do-we-use/ the beauty of it is you cant over do it very easily. I typically guesstimate (most just dose till the water is opaque) and wait 10-15 minutes without any issues to date. Much more forgiving than CoralRx and iodine based dips.
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    Any local dealers for Deep Blue or Aquarium Masters?

    Ocean in a Box (Vancouver) gets Aquarium Masters tanks
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    Digital Aquatics

    I use DA stuff but not the APC. If your having issues, the DA support forums are generally responsive within 24 hours for most issues.
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    Vertex Controllers

    I think everyone is in a holding pattern at the moment. With all the new monitoring equipment that is pending release its hard to hop on board for a controller which is likely why the vertex controller fizzled out of view. Right now with Mindstream, GHL, Apex, and others getting ready to launch an Alk monitor/controller, I think the next big controller boom will be with whoever releases it first. There is the KH Guardian but I think most people are wanting it all integrated into a larger scale (more capable) controller (especially for the $1300 price tag).
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    Anyone know of any tricks for adding multiple tangs

    Only other trick I haven't seen mentioned was using a mirror up to the tank side. Current fish see their reflection and "get used to" other tank mates of the same type. It's always scary putting in a new fish with this potential but I think the acclimation box will help and at least let you know with no one getting hurt if it's going to work or not. to have 3 yellows and a blue they all were added to the tank that only had 1 smaller yellow at the time. Crowd confusion worked lol
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    Kent has always been good to me and is usually the best bargain in our area.
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    90 gallon tank flow?

    You've got an interesting tank since it's a cylinder. If that were my tank I'd be looking at a maxspect gyre and run it vertically. WP40 will do it though, I'm surprised it still sticks with the curve of the glass? You'll have to play with flow directions to make sure you don't have dead spots but also aren't blasting any corals (or areas you planned for corals).
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    My sump

    Rope lights look really nice! looks like you need a sock holder....you should have told me and I could have whipped one up for ya!
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    Emerald and Sirena's Frag Tank

    Yay! It lives again! Hope it grows you some monstrous frags LOL