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  1. Hey folks! Thanks for the kind words but I must make one correction: I'm not the head director, only the Research Aquarist and manager of the Aquatic Animal Teaching Lab. In many ways, my job's a lot better than the Director's, i.e. many, many fewer excruciating meetings to attend. (I despise meetings and actively cultivate that reputation.) All that aside, looking very much forward to hosting the meeting, seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new ones. Bert has wisely moved the traditional start time back, which will make it a lot easier for you folks to haul yourselves out of bed on a Saturday, hop in the car and head out to the coast! See you folks in a month! 🐠 Sid
  2. Even though I am unable to make it to most meetings, I am continually impressed by the investment of so many members of this community. Look at any one of the images posted here and you see the work that went into the food, the planning, the set up, the organization, the raffles, the community and professional relations, the clean up and the planning for the next meeting the following month. To those who work so hard to make these events and this community work so well and provide so much fun, you may occasionally think that no one notices all the planning and effort it takes to makes this stuff happen. However, I and most of the rest of us do and very much appreciate your investment in this community. To the officers and everyone else who plan, cook, organize, set up and implement these incredibly cool events, we thank and salute you! Next time you see one of these folks, thank them and buy them a drink. They've earned it. /Cheers, folks! 🍻
  3. This is the essence of invertebrate porn and really nice shots, too. Thanks for posting this! Eye candy, indeed. 🍻
  4. Moral of the story: Support locally-owned and operated businesses. The members of this organization know this very well and walk it like they talk it. One of the many reasons why this is such a cool group of people and one of the primary reasons why ethical businesses like Jeff's can continue to remain open and serve this community. Everybody wins!
  5. Have you considered one of these? https://aqualogicinc.com/product/cyclone-drop-in-chillers/ They can be put on any system when you need it and easily removed when you don't. You'd need a temp controller to govern this component but it's a lot easier and less expensive than some of the other options you mentioned. Drop the coil in the sump (make sure all the metal is covered by water at all times), program the controller and you're good to go. As you probably know, these are professional-grade chillers and they are very well made. Hope this was helpful! 🍻
  6. The tank window is acrylic. Thanks, kilmca!
  7. These are good questions and important information for the listing. Pretty sure the front pane is acrylic but will investigate and edit with info tomorrow. Well done and thank you!
  8. I am looking to liquidate a piece of Hatfield Marine Science Center history. This is a double-walled fiberglass tank, around 450 gallons in volume, that was one of the original exhibit tanks when HMSC was built in 1965. For the last 8 years, it has been a Giant Pacific Octopus holding tank in the back of the house, (hence, the railing and AstroTurf around the top,) but I am renovating my lab and this tank is not part of the plan. This sucker is heavy and measures 53" high, 41" wide and 55" deep. There are two 1.5" outflows in the upper back corners and another 1" near the center. There is also a 3/4" drain at the bottom rear of the tank. As of two months ago, it held seawater without any leaks. This could be a good tank for an aquaponic system in someone's back yard, a big-[language filter] holding tank in someone's garage, or even a reservoir. If you want it, plan on renting a large moving van or flatbed truck. It won't fit into any kind of passenger vehicle. I plan to put it on a pallet and may be able to have a forklift lift it onto or into your truck. Please PM me if you're interested. I will only reply to credible messages with names, approximate pickup times within the next couple of weeks (please plan on late mornings Tues., Wed., Thurs., and Fri.) , and contact information. Thanks for looking!
  9. Simply a brilliant idea for a forum thread. Life circumstances have rendered me dogless for almost ten years but I have been thinking about making room for one in my life again more often recently. Word of the day: Wistful. Keep the images coming, folks, and thanks for the vicarious dog fixes! Usually, I have to go to the beach to get those.
  10. This sounds like it could be an occlusion in the return line, like the operculum from a snail, for example. Under pressure, the object is sometimes forced flat, resulting in very little flow. Occasionally, it gets lodged sideways, allowing near-normal flow past it. This could be tricky to diagnose and clear. A piece of something rigid but flexible like rigid airline could help you probe the return near 45s, 90s, bulkhead fittings and places where the return plumbing narrows. Had a similar problem years ago with a limpet shell lodged near an inflow bulkhead fitting. Another hypothesis: Is there any possibility that this pump was plugged into a 30-amp circuit instead of a 20? Good luck with working this problem.
  11. Update: The tank and stand are on their way to their new home. Thanks to all for your interest and understanding and thanks one more time for supporting Tanks for Teachers!
  12. This is all really good advice. I don't have much to add except: Know your pathogen life cycle. As you probably know, Cryptocaryon has explosive reproductive potential. I'd go minimum of 30 days and would recommend even longer quarantine if at all possible. The tomonts (2nd life stage that settle on the substrate) are tough and will most likely survive the copper, which is nuking the theronts (3rd stage,) the free-swimming larvae. If the bottom of your QT tank is bare, try to rig some type of brush attachment to your siphon ( I built one by adding the furniture brush attachment from a vacuum cleaner.) That way, when you siphon, you can brush and hoover up the tomonts, thereby interrupting the life cycle in another way. As Monkey said, practice strict biosecurity with everything that comes into contact with that system and system water. Work on that system last every day. You're already doing a lot of things right, but look for ways to eliminate any additional stressors. Make sure everyone has a decent place to hide, consider reducing the amount of light entering the tank, make sure the Tang and Rabbit get lots of nori and other greens in their diet, consider marinating wet protein in a marine vitamin supplement before feeding and continue staying on top of your WQ. Breaking this life cycle is labor-intensive and takes a bit of time but it is enormously satisfying. Good luck with this!
  13. Update: Have had two credible contacts from folks interested in this tank and stand. Am in discussion with the first person in line. If that falls through, I'll contact the next person in line. Will update this post when the tank and stand are no longer available. Thanks for your interest and support for TFT, folks!
  14. I have a former quarantine tank and stand in my lab that I am trying to give to a worthy home. It's a glass tank 48" wide x 36" deep x 24" tall. Approx. 180 gallons. With the stand, it is 54" tall. It has 1" in and out in each corner. A bit of history on this: it was set up one weekend at a trade show in Las Vegas before being donated to Hatfield Marine Science Center for the Project Piaba exhibit. While being shipped to HMSC, it got dinged by a forklift, causing superficial damage to the exterior of the left front corner. I patched it up with 795 and plumbed it as my Discus Quarantine tank. Had no problems at all for the 20 months that the system was operational. No leaks anywhere. See photos: The corner that got dinged is the front left corner, which is the most difficult to get a decent shot of in its current location. As you can see, the second image is taken from inside that corner. Not a great image but considering the lighting and angle, best I could get with my phone. This tank will probably never be a living room showpiece. That die was cast before it ever arrived at HMSC. But it could make a great quarantine tank, hospital tank, system for curing live rock or similar application. Because it is glass, this sucker is pretty heavy but a guy on each corner would have no problem lifting it off the stand and putting on a pallet or dolly for an easy move outside for loading. As for asking price, the tank and stand are free to a good home. I'm simply asking that whoever wants it make a donation to this organization's Tanks for Teachers program. Pickup is not particularly time sensitive but if you want it, I'd love for it to be gone by April 13. That's Marine Science Day at HMSC. The annual open house where anyone can wander around most of campus and talk directly with researchers, grad students and faculty and other staff and ask about their work. Please PM me if you're interested and I'll answer in the order they were received. Thanks much!
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