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Higher Thinking

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  1. Finally got around to installing one of the DJ power strips. Like most things, once it goes on I immediately wonder why it took me so long to just do it. I think it turned out pretty well. The strips only handle 15 Amps each so I'll need to do some math to determine if I'm teaching close to that threshold. I bought another one just in case. The outlet itself is 20Amp. Also, just checked my little app log and realized I haven't checked my alkalinity in 11 days. I should probably do that today. 😬😳
  2. Dang, congratulations on that! What's the plan for reinforcing the floor and evaporation? Those are two big things at tanks that size. I don't seem to understand the sump flow correctly. The left side says drains to sump, but isn't the image of the sump? Also, the sump is two different sections connected by the ATS? That's kind of how I see it. If that's the case, I would definitely go with a different design that more easily moves water from one side to the next. Like I said, maybe I'm not understanding everything correctly. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  3. Hey Sean, @bamburgb is Ben. The other meter is his [emoji6][emoji6]. He's getting some new lights and just being too polite to ask for his unit back immediately. That's why I posted that he'll be taking it next whenever he needs it. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  4. Here's the lineup as of now. Technically one of the meters is Ben's (@bamburgb ), so he will get his meter whenever he's ready for it. He's getting some new lights soon, but until then, I'll keep moving forward through the line. Looks like TrailerMann and Reefrun have the units (or are picking them up shortly) and then it's continuing through this list. Thanks for everyone being efficient and helping us move through the list. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  5. I got five on it. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  6. Nice! Excited for you. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  7. Sorry, I missed your request. I've updated my previous post. Looks like 1 meter available for Reefrun and then two other members before you. I'd say 2-4 weeks depending on how fast people return them. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  8. I'm going to go ahead and move to@reefrun for the time being. If@jayteab is still interested, please sign up as a supporting member. Reef run, please send refundable deposit to PayPal@pnwmas.org ($50) before picking up Ben's meter from CnC. Taylor and TrailerMann, you're getting closer. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  9. @jayteab, Just realized you're not a paid, supporting member. That's a requirement to borrow the meters. Please subscribe and join the club officially. If not, we'll have to move on down the list. Thanks! Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  10. @jayteab, you're up. The meter is currently at Cuttlefish. Please send your $50 refundable deposit to PayPal@pnwmas.org Thanks. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  11. #Truth Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  12. This is my stand built by @spectra! Top shelf work! Welds, seams, every single one is flawless. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  13. You held onto a scratched and beat up 20 gal for ten years?! Dang, talk about committed. Well glad you're onboard with PNWMAS. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  14. I know it's not technically spelled out in the rules, but we should strive to only have the meters for a week. Pick it up on your weekend, keep it a week, and then return it on your next weekend. This is especially true when the list gets backed up like it is. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  15. You are way nicer than me. If I don't hear from someone in 24 hours, I'm moving on down the list. Speaking of,@Smiles, do you have an estimate on getting the unit returned so we can keep it going? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  16. Well the most obvious answer would be to dose nitrates. You can buy powder nitrate fertilizer pretty easily as it's a common supplement for planted freshwater tanks. You can also buy liquid form, but all that means is paying extra for water. Using powder is preferred (IMO) because you have much more control on the levels you're adding. There's a good deal of online discussion about it. You have several options, each with their own drawbacks. I've used KNO3 a few times in my tank. It was in addition to multiple variables though so I can't speak to it 100%. However, if you don't have a bunch of algae that could be sucking up your nitrates and you're constantly at near-undetectable levels, nitrate addition may be something to look into. Here's a quote from an article I pasted below: "The most common forms are Potassium nitrate (KNo3). Sodium nitrate (SNo3), Calcium No3(CaN03), Magnesium No3 (MgNo3), etc. The problem with using only one nitrate form, is that we may raise the other element to undesirable levels, or above natural seawater levels." https://www.saltwateraquarium.com/news/understanding-nitrate-no3-supplementation-for-corals/ Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  17. Apart from the difficulties with a taller tank (typically over 28"), there's no regretting going as large as you can. Even if it means siding the sofa over a bit. If it makes you feel any better, I have my 360 in a 1,300 square foot house. [emoji6] Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  18. Thanks man, I honestly don't know the names of many pieces I have. Out of 40 corals, I think I know the name of two. I guess most don't even have names. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  19. I decided to take the opportunity to actually utilize my phone's water resistant capabilities and took some underwater shots. Cell phone technology has certainly come a long way.... It's crazy. You can't really use the screen underwater, but you can still operate the physical buttons. So pictures are a breeze. I tried taking pictures with different color settings with the lights. Anyway, here's some shots. Still learning the color correction and not making them look unrealistic. They're pretty accurate. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  20. Oh yeah, don't even get me started on that. I've been training and sparring MMA and Jits since the start of May so I'm always hanging. But [emoji2958][emoji2958], don't tell anyone. [emoji33][emoji79] If you're ever up towards Scappoose, hit me up and I'll show you the setup. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  21. Great progress, man! Good to see you around again. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  22. Definitely! I'm a recent conversion to Hanna checkers (why did I wait so long!?) and I was very surprised to learn the nitrate test wasn't a readily available option. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  23. Well you hid one probably, but you advertised a different one.... Just sayin... [emoji38] Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  24. Hopefully sooner than later. I could definitely get away with it now, but I've resisted the urge in order to get the tank filled in better. So much space it's tough to avoid it looking so empty. Maybe it'll look full in 2 or 3 years.... Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  25. Never let the house size determine your tank size. Sometimes you just need to get more creative [emoji6][emoji38] At any rate, shoal is probably more accurate, and even then it's a bit of a stretch. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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