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    Don't drill that tank! 55g is a weird tank in that it is one of the only standard sized tanks that has tempered glass on all 5 panels. Edit: Best to test it before you drill:
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    MQ 520 is not a PAR meter. Right?

    Technically there is no such thing as a PAR meter. PAR refers to the portions of the electromagnetic spectrum of light that plants and algae use for photosynthesis. These meters have filters over the sensor that let the wavelengths of light that plants and algae use for photosynthesis pass through and be read by the sensor. PPFD is referring to the number of photons hitting a square meter per second. These meters are measuring PPFD but have a PAR filter in front of the sensor that is rejecting portions of the electromagnetic spectrum that plants and algae do not use for photosynthesis. A more accurate name for the meter would be: PAR filtered PPFD meter
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    Two little fishes nano glass cleaner

    I've heard of multiple tanks getting wiped out due to that very product. I do have the nano algae cleaner, best practice with either of these products is do not store them in the tank. Use them and then put them away.
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    March POTM Winner

    That's a great shot nanoreefer, when I saw it I knew I had no chance. Can you share with us your setup/settings?
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    Northwest Exposure

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    CO2 in SW PDX

    Also homebrew shops
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    Chiller help

    Does it make any noise when it's powered up? Check to see if the fan is spinning and you should be able to hear/feel the compressor spinning too. If the fan and the compressor are spinning and the chiller is not cooling the water, your refrigerant has likely leaked out. You would need to get the leak fixed and the system recharged. I think JBJ still does repairs on their equipment, it's real pricey to ship a chiller though. Maybe you can get lucky and find a place that does automotive AC and get it done there.
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    Anyone use the Hanna ultra low phosphorus meter?

    I use that same meter. To convert from parts per billion to parts per million you multiply the reading on the meter by 0.003. I try to keep it under 0.10 and above 0.03. The instructions that come with this meter are actually pretty bad. The colorimeters I use at work have a much "tighter" procedure. You can increase the precision of your readings greatly by doing a few things. Make sure that you orient the glass tube in the same rotation for both the zeroing and the actual reading, make sure there are no fingerprints on the tube, and roll the tube to get rid of any bubbles or particles on the walls of the tube before inserting into the meter.
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    Overflow Design

    I like glassholes overflows. They are simple, small in the tank, and are fairly inexpensive. They do get noisy if you try to push a lot of water through them though. A lot of people run the 700 gph on a 40b, I think I would go with the 1500 gph because I don't want to hear it. If you're using a small return ~350 get the 700 gph, anything bigger get the 1500 gph.
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    wave maker for 4x2 frag tank

    Nothing good happens fast with SPS. Most hobbyist frag tanks you see are non-SPS. If you are serious about fragging and growing out SPS, you will want to start with a stable established system. Most people will have a frag tank plumbed into such a system so that they have some square footage to work with. I'm not trying to discourage you, but if you are new to reefing, running a SPS grow out is going to be about the steepest learning curve for a beginner.
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    That's one FLASHY pico!

    That's a sweet little setup. I think as far as fish though you will be limited to gobies. I have had great luck with yellow clown gobies in small tanks. https://www.nano-reef.com/forums/topic/74703-lgreens-ultimate-guide-to-nano-fish/
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    Soon to be Reefer in Albany

    40b with a 20l sump is an awesome setup. I've drilled a bunch of tanks, and I live in Albany. Hit me up if you need a hand drilling yours or if you are looking for anything for your tank. Welcome to PNWMAS, it's a great club with great people.
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    Is my Skkye Lite 18 OK for SPS?

    If you're running 6 leds at 600ma, the most you are going to see is 3Vx0.6A, 1.8W per led, or around 10W for the whole fixture. Short answer is no, that light is not enough to grow healthy SPS in a 30 gallon. I would suggest an eBay blackbox D120 or an Ocean Revive for that tank if you want to keep SPS and you don't want to break the bank.
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    March Picture of the Month - Zoanthids

    Rasta zoanthid, photo taken with a Moto X cell phone with a rubber band macro, exposure -2.0.
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    Refractometer help

    Contrary to popular belief, you do not use RO, or distilled water to calibrate a refractometer. Here's more than you ever wanted to know about refractometers: http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-12/rhf/index.php
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    Glass Tank Construction

    Price out the glass first. I think you will find that for the price you are going to pay for the glass alone, a custom builder can build you a tank for less.
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    Freshwater led

    Depends on the fixture quite a bit. If this light was intense enough to grow plants, it will grow lower light corals for sure. Most planted FW led fixtures use white leds. White leds of any color temp have huge blue peaks in their spectrums. The corals won't look pretty, but they will grow. One of the best MH coral growout bulbs ever is the Iwaski 6500K, which also grows plants like crazy too.
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    Clicking in tank

    Do you have an Apex?
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    afresh's biocube

    Nicest BC I have ever seen. It's awesome to see a mature tank that looks that good. Keep the photos coming!
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    20 Gallon sump or tank

    I have a dollar per gallon rain check for a 20 long from Petco you can have.
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    You can find them for pretty cheap on amazon/ebay. Just make sure to calibrate with calibration solution and NOT to zero with water.
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    Sps problem.

    30g is a pretty big WC for a system that size. If your WC water is not balanced to the alk in your tank (I can tell you that it is not since you are not dosing) you are swinging the heck out of your alk with your WCs. SPS hate alk swings. What salt are you using? If it is something like RSCP that is going to be your problem right there.
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    Spots on my mushrooms and torch

    Those are red planaria.
  24. Can't do that either, the whole EB8 has a max load of 15A,two 1000 watt heaters would be 18A @ 110VAC. Edit: If you need 2kW worth of heaters I would suggest you run four 500W titanium heaters with individual controllers. Set your Apex to notify you in case of a temp swing high or low and that should be good enough. If one heater goes wonky (stuck on or burns out) you still have 3 heaters working properly and any swing would be slow/minimal.
  25. Outlets 4 and 8 on an EB8 are rated at 10A max. All the others are 5A max. The whole EB8 is rated at 15A max. So, the max wattage heater you could run would be 1100w on either outlet 4 or 8.