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    Get your pom poms out

    Got a nice one of this little guy tonight.
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    Coral Giveaway!

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  3. Looking to build a terrarium to house a snake for my 10yo daughter who LOVES them (actually she loves any animal). Any new hobby takes that big initial investment so I thought I'd see if anyone out there has a ~40 gallon sitting around that they want to get rid of. It's not holding water so it doesn't have to be water tight but would like something that looks good/or will clean up nicely. I'll transport. I don't have a lot to trade (canister filter, HOB skimmer) and or some cash. Thanks! Matt
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    Looking for a ~40g for my daughter

    You rock! Could you get me the dimensions? Any idea who makes it - just want to check on if there’s a lid I can buy or if I need to make one. Thank You!! Matt
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    Looking for a ~40g for my daughter

    lol - i saw that but was too late. Which got me thinking - I have had tanks in my garage before I wanted to get rid of Thanks!
  6. I've moved two households over the last 3 weeks and finally coming up for air.... Glad these are working well for everyone!!! Only feature I still want to see is an alarm on my phone when the thresholds are hit to turn on or off. There's a log you can access through the settings up in the right but I'd like to see a pop up. - Matt
  7. Just thought I'd put out there a great way to remotely monitor temp in the tank - only about $24 total! I picked up a Sonoff TH16 and Temp Prob and they work great! Features WIFI and Cloud Remotely monitor temp 16A Power outlet can be controlled by high and/or low temp thresholds Set time schedules for automatic control: It has single, repeating, and countdown timers. Works with Amazon alexa (i just have to say, alexa turn off "Aquarium Pumps". What you need. I ordered from China (https://www.itead.cc/sonoff-th.html). With shipping about $17. You can also get these from amazon but you'll pay about $10 more for them. Sonoff Temp Sensor-DS18B20, $3.50 Sonoff TH16, $8.50 You'll also need a small 3 pronged extension cord if you want to use the power. I bought one at fred meyer for $8. You'll have to cut each end of the extension cord off (i did about 6" for each side) and then wire the plugs into the Sonoff 16. It's very easy but you'll need wire cutters and strippers to do it clean. I currently have the pumps on my aquarium on the power outlet so I can turn them on/off via alexa when I feed the fish. I've also set the low temp threshold to 1 degree less than my normal temp, so if I forget to turn the pumps back on (i have kids, i get distracted A LOT), then it automatically turns the pumps back on for me when it see's the 1 degree temp drop. I plan on making a thermoelectric chiller for the summer here really soon and I'll use the sonoff to control the chiller instead vie the high and low threshold. My goal for the chiller is less than $30, I'll post that when I'm done as well.
  8. We just moved today and i need to top off my water and I’m out.... ugh. Let me know if you do, otherwise I’ll have to see what petco has to get me by tonight thanks! Matt 503-329-7659
  9. ok awesome - i'll do the distilled for tonight. just lost track of time, long day!!! thank you both!
  10. On your phone, in the wifi networks you should see 2 networks for your router - one that has -5G on the end and one that doesn't. make sure you connect to the one without the 5G, just during the configuration.
  11. Ha - yea, voice could be a bit tricky with little ones; my youngest is 10 and doesn't mess with it. Note on getting it going on your net. I had an issue connecting it to my 5G network. Make sure you pick the non-5G net and it'll link right up. Let me know if you have any questions, happy to help! - Matt
  12. I have some anthelia in my tank that is going to town so I need either trade or give some of it away. Does this coral really have any value?
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    Anthelia - any value/free???

    thank you for the input. I went ahead and just pulled out everything that was not isolated to a single rock. that stuff grows fast......
  14. I've have a few things I'd like to get rid of that are just taking space and could be used. If you don't like the prices, shoot me an offer cash or trade for coral. ~10lbs of live rock - $20 CPR HOB Skimmer with Maxijet 1200 - $25 Eheim - 2224-37 Professionel Canister filter (185gph, up to 65g Aquarium) - $50 Koralia Nano 425 Powerhead - $15 Sicce Nano Powerhead (only used about 4m) - $20
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    Get your pom poms out

    sorry it took so long on the reply, i just noticed the question.
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    Get your pom poms out

    Cuttlefish and Corals
  17. question - i'm moving to a bit bigger tank and I have some CaribSea Arag-Alive sand that I didn't originally use and still in the bag (about 9m old). I can see through the clear parts some of the green/pink bacteria growing in there. am i better off getting new sand or I should be good? Thanks!
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    can i use some 9m old unused sand?

    thanks everyone. So I did go ahead and use it. BUT, before I did - i put about a cup of it in some salt water and mixed it up then let it settle. Tested for ammonia and nitrates and both were 0 which was great. used about 1.5" of sand, moved about 1/2 the water over from my old tank, topped off with new water and matured live rock. Took about a day for the fog to dissipate and the tank was good to go - it didn't even cycle.
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    WTB Nano skimmer

    I have a Hydor Slim Skim that's only about 6m old. I just upgraded my tank and no longer need it if you're interested. I've also sealed it so it acts as a nice overflow. I also have a CPR HOB skimmer that needs a pump I'd sell super cheap if you'd rather that. - Matt
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    Clown and Mandarin

    yes - they'll still eat pods, he's always foraging around. But, they've been raised on Calanus and pellets so they'll eat that too. I shut off the power heads and pumps and then spot feed the area he always seams to return to. Right now i'm doing pellets in the morning and Calanus in the evening, no spiking in nitrates so my tank is stable with the extra feeding. Just wanting to make sure he's eating.
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    Clown and Mandarin

    Nice picture of the clown and mandarin I picked up a couple weeks ago at cuttlefish. Made themselves right at home!
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    Clown and Mandarin

    Yep - it is.
  23. I have a very small tank that's been up and running for 8m with a few small coral frags doing nicely. I have some bare LR in there but have too much in there for the tank size and really just want to pull it and put in a few nice colorful colonized rocks in there. Let me know if you have something - THANK YOU! - Matt
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    Does this mean my tank is happy?!?!

    ha! next is a Jesus rendition to be on par with the web sightings in toast and potatoes...etc..... I don't think a coralline algae one has been documented yet!