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    What are you good at besides reefing?

    I enjoy experimenting and designing things, whether it's a meal, a cocktail or a garden space. My wife and I spent a few years designing and building a backyard retreat that was highlighted in a Sunday spread in the Oregonian recently. The photography is mine, which is another hobby that gobbles money.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    White deposits on live rock and CUC shells

    It looks/feels like a layer on top of the rock. Hard to the touch. I tried to scrape away at it with a fingernail - no go. I haven't yet tried anything more forceful. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    White deposits on live rock and CUC shells

    No sea urchins. Just a few hermit crabs and a few snails. Hasn't advanced or spread to the other rocks since I first noticed it but it isn't receding either. Whatever it is, it appears to be accumulating on the crab and snail shells. I did cut back some of the palythoa polyps near the white area to reveal the zoa polyps and let them get some light. Wondering if the released palythoa toxins could have done that. Rock looked fine for about a week or so after the trim so not sure it's related but it's the only thing I can think of that's different about that one area that's now white. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I have a IM 20gal QT tank that currently holds no fish, just some live rock, a few corals, snails and hermit crabs. Came back from a short getaway to find a large area of one rock covered with a white substance. It looks to be accumulating on the CUC shells as well. Chemistry is all good. 1300Mg, 400 Ca, 8.1 KH. Nutrients low, pH and salinity good. Lights were running about 8 hours daily. I dialed that back to 6. Doesn't appear to be easily scraped off. Any ideas what it is? Thanks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Apex and your wireless router

    Just set mine up last week. The Apex itself does not have wireless. You'll need to place a wireless extender near the controller. Your main wireless will communicate to the extender. Then run an Ethernet cable from the extended to the controller. The Apex instructions describe the setup process, though they're not super clear. Feel free to shoot me a message. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Maxspect Grye 150 - Thoughts and feedback?

    "I'd" stop using.... Dang autocorrect... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Maxspect Grye 150 - Thoughts and feedback?

    Almost certain the power supply is your problem. The larger 150 motor will want to pull more Amps than the smaller 130 p/s is designed to continually provide. Strongly suspect there's an overload sensor in the p/s that's triggering the fault indicator. Is stop using immediately and return the unit or get them to send the proper p/s. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Palythoa trim

    Thanks, softy. Good advice. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Palythoa trim

    Thanks, Paratore. Very helpful. Interesting comment, Chewie. I didn't know they could be toxic until I saw your comment and googled it. Explains what happened this weekend. The rock with the Paly wasn't fitting into the new aquascaping. I was handling it a lot trying to figure out where to put it. After an hour or so, I developed a significant rash with a few dime sized welts on my forearm. Time for some PPE. Thanks for the heads up. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Palythoa trim

    I have a palythoa that's growing rapidly and is now blocking light to a small zoa colony that's growing on the same base. Not the greatest picture, but you can see it in the upper left. I'd like to trim back the Paly. Can I just go in with a razor and cut out the encroaching polyps? Any suggestions for minimizing impact to the rest of the Paly? Thanks in advance! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Thanks for the warm welcome and kind words on the tank! Plenty of aquascaping to do still. It's less monolithic than it appears in a 2D photo, but I'll need some bigger pass-throughs to the back if I get any medium-sized fish. Lots of great ideas and inspiration in the build and show-off threads. Thanks again! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Hello everyone, my name is Rick. I live in Portland (King City to be precise) and found out about the forum from Robin at Cuttle Fish and Corals. I've had a tank for about a year that Jeff set me up with, a bday gift from my wife who is also into this hobby/obsession. I recently moved from an IM Nuvo20 to a Red Sea Max E260, AI Hydra 26 LEDs, Apex controller. I travel a lot for work and fun, and the larger tank is already proving easier to manage. Automation will help a ton, too. I have it stocked with mostly soft corals and LPS, and one SPS that's actually doing very well. I've got a Clown mated pair (now with his & her rbta after a split...), Blue Damsel, Midas Blenny, Green Chromis, Goby, and Melanurus Wrasse. I also have the typical cleanup crew, minus a bionic Pistol Shrimp that moved absurd amounts of sand in the IM and absconded with a favorite coral; he went back to C&C. His Goby buddy hasn't forgiven me yet... Other hobbies, more or less in descending order of potential for angst and catastrophe... Landscape photography (digital and large format), wine & cocktails, cooking, landscape design, world travel. I thought photography and wine were expensive hobbies. Until now. I moderated and participated in a great photography forum while living in Colorado and learned most of what I know from fellow forum members. Obviously tons to learn about reef-keeping, and I'm looking forward to learning here now. I've already picked up some good info over the weekend, so thanks to everyone who makes this a great resource! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk