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  1. That Fossa/Nilsen book takes me back. I had volume one when I started my first reef. That book was like my bible. The tank was a 10g Clear for Life tall cube. The guy that sold it to me had me set it up with a Jaubert plenum under the sand. The light was a Custom Sealife power compact, it had a 23w 6500K quad bulb with a 9w "actinic". He sold me a Rio 180 I think for water movement. Memories...
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    Reducing nitrates.. Few questions on my setup

    I'd suggest that you calibrate your test kit or at least have someone else test your water. You might have a bad test kit. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/11-fertilizers-water-parameters/34206-how-calibrate-your-nitrate-test-kit.html
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    Where to buy 14k DE MH bulbs

    If your LFS doesn't have them, both BRS and Marine Depot should. Phoenix 14000K is a nice bulb in DE, the 250w is very similar to an SE 250w Radium.
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    Looking for lighting suggestions!

    ATI 6x24w would be a good fit if you are looking for spread and coverage. You can usually find them under $300 used for a pretty clean unit.
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    Nitrate dosing?

    Can't you just run less pellets?
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    White reef tank background?

    I put frosted privacy film on a tank I ran last year. It looks nice, I would do it again if I set up another tank that had a clear back. If I remember right ADA had some tanks with the option of frosted rear panels.
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    CO2 Tank

    Most places don't care about hydro if the tank is from their shop. If you bring in your own tank and it's out of hydro they will charge you for the hydro in my experience.
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    CO2 Tank

    Hydroponic shops usually have them for pretty cheap. If you're buying one from a private party, make sure that the hydro date is recent, or you won't be able to get it refilled.
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    Taking action against bryopsis.

    I second swapping out your sump. You'll be hating life if it shows up in your DT. Edit: If your tank is glass, that center support is doing nothing for supporting the tank, it's more of something for the doors to close against. If you're still spooked on taking the brace out to swap out the sump, you can drain your tank way down and do it then. I have a bunch of 5g jugs you can borrow if you need to.
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    Zoa pack for Toby Flenderson

    Super happy to win this pack, thanks!
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    Got myself a doser

    Those DIY tubing holders are genius!
  12. They do custom work, so I don't think moving the overflow on one of their standard tanks would be a big deal. I'm pretty sure that the tanks are built in China, so anything custom will take a bit longer to get to you, like two months. Shoot him an email.
  13. It's in southern California, but the pricing on the website includes shipping. Pretty sure he will go lower than the posted pricing and cover shipping though. I'm thinking of getting the 120g or maybe the 150g.
  14. Check these out, I have the 66g, they are very nice for the price. I picked mine up at their warehouse and got an incredibly good price. You may be able to haggle a bit with the price he has posted. http://www.scaquariums.com/SCA-120-Gallon-Starfire-Tank-p/sca-120g.htm
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    Jumping in from Albany

    Welcome neighbor, this is a great place to be! Be sure to check out http://www.pnwmas.org/topic/39512-new-sponsor/when you get a chance.
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    Petco $1/Gallon now includes 75g

    Try Albany, there was one in there last week for sure. I'm not positive if they are doing the 75g at a dollar per gallon though.
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    Tank heater quit.

    Safe bet is to run multiple lower wattage heaters. I'm currently running 4 200w heaters on my tank. All four heaters are plugged into a power strip that is controlled by my apex. I'm no apex fan boy, but when it comes to controlling/monitoring heating/cooling, an apex is hard to beat.
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    Coral auction for James

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    What reef stuff did you get for Christmas?

    I gifted myself a nice rainbow acan from CF&C.
  20. M70 is a magnetic ballast specification for 70w bulbs. M80 is a magnetic ballast for 250w bulbs. Exactly what does it say on your ballasts?