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Everything posted by Knuckledragger

  1. Free crap

    Thank you. I will grab it tomorrow!
  2. Free crap

    Looks like someone else took the test kit. It was gone when I got there.
  3. Free crap

    O.K. I will take the test kit.. PM to follow.
  4. Buying a used ICP-OES Testing Machine

    This sounds interesting! Just the name of that machine alone makes it sound super expensive though!
  5. Music calms the savage beast

    I can’t believe that not one person has mentioned one of the all time greatest bands ever - Guns-N-Roses!!! Appetite For Destruction is pure joy and got me through high school and into college!!!!
  6. Looking for advice on RVs Who has them?

    I have heard some good things about Funtime but no direct experience. I have dealt with several dealers in the past and honestly, once they get your money they seem far less interested in being helpful! The service and repair departments always seem to be even less helpful and often inept. They push through repairs and hope it works long enough to get the unit out of warranty. It is helpful to be somewhat handy if you have an RV as something will always break, leak or come loose. A big empty box being bounced down the road and jostled around by wind for hours on end is pretty hard on things. Even the most expensive RV’s are still built in a fairly simplistic manner - they just have a prettier skin over everything. They pretty much all source appliances and other equipment from the same places although there are different levels of quality in some brands. You may see the same refrigerator, stove or furnace in units that are tens of thousands of dollars apart in price. They try to reduce weight anywhere they can but this can cause structural issues with more flex and movement. It is a balance and some are better at this than others. Knowing that they all use similar “guts”, I have always focused on the quality of the structural design and materials as everything else can be replaced fairly easily. So, now that I got all of my negative energy out - I will weigh in on brands. We did a ton of searching and checked out at least fifty smaller trailers last year before purchasing one. ( I tend to over research and plan) We were looking for a little bigger one than you might be looking for though. We wanted something less than 25 feet but also with plenty of storage and well thought out floor plan. We ended up purchasing a Rockwood 2504s (made by Forest River) This is a very large floor plan in a small trailer. It has a slide out for the large dinette which adds a ton of room and a queen murphy bed that quickly and easily folds away revealing a full size couch during the day! The build quality overall seemed above average and reviews were generally good. Even so, we have had issues with leaks in external access doors (dealer took six times to fix and even then they did a poor job), loose plumbing, sub par wiring, etc. Knowing RV’s and what to expect, I took it all (mostly) in stride and corrected the deficiencies my self. We love the trailer and it has served us well so far. As far as backing up, I have heard the 4 and 8 idea before and if someone showed you I think it would work fine. What my dad taught me, and I still use today, is that which ever way the BACK of your front tires are pointing is the direction your trailer will go.
  7. February 10th Meeting @ Roy's!

    I hope to make it up there. Sounds like a good time!
  8. RO/DI Unit - How Many Stages? 4,5,6?

    I have always bought RO/DI water at the lfs but now Ocean in a Box is closed (maybe for good). I am considering setting up my own RO/DI unit but have never run one of my own. I am in Battle Ground, WA. and not sure what the TDS of the city water is or how many “stages” I would need for the unit. I don’t think they use Chloramine in the city water but I could be wrong. Help me out with your experience and knowledge!
  9. RO/DI Unit - How Many Stages? 4,5,6?

    I was there the other day and they were emptying Ocean in a Box out. They took tanks and all. It has been closed every since........😢 Thank you for the RO/DI info! I appreciate the help and will check out Neptune’s Coral.
  10. RO/DI Unit - How Many Stages? 4,5,6?

    Thanks for the heads up! I may still pick up a RO/DI unit to save trips back and forth. This would also allow me to really keep track of exactly what is in the water I am using. Do you know how well Neptune’s Coral keeps up in water quality/filter changes - DI resin, RO membranes, etc?
  11. Used RO/DI Unit - Good or Bad?

    I see used RO/DI units for sale periodically. Should I stay away from them or could this be a good way to save some money? Is there anything I should watch out for or check if purchasing a used setup?
  12. Used RO/DI Unit - Good or Bad?

    Thank you for the quick reply! Do I need to worry about seals wearing out or other parts that may be replaced?

    There are a couple on Craigslist right now. One in Salem and the other in Seattle.
  14. Taste your water!

    I thought I was the only one that tasted my water! I have always tasted my fresh top off water just to make sure.
  15. Tank Controller

    I started with a Reefkeeper lite plus and now have the Elite. I agree with programming frustration but finally wrapped my head around most of it. DA was actually very helpful even though I was upfront about buying my units used. They were more than willing to walk me through issues. I also spent a few hours on the interwebs to supliment my knowledge. I now have mine controlling everything during feeding, water changes, heater off/on, PH reading, temp, wave maker alternating off/on with two power heads, three dosing pumps that are dosing at various preset times, etc. The controller really simplified many things, but yes, it was a bit rough to get going/programmed. Once set up though - I am happy and would not go back to no controller.
  16. Share the Love: Random Euphyllia

    Share the love! #3
  17. Equipment and live stock for sale.. Breakdown.

    Seconds on the MP10 if the deal falls through.
  18. Corals for Sale (WTS)

    Is the magnetic monti still available? Would be interested and could pick up on Friday.
  19. I will take the gyre as per PM. I can pick up on Saturday.
  20. Interested in the gyre. PM sent.
  21. 40 Gallon Breeder Tear Down

    PM sent for address/pickup information.
  22. 40 Gallon Breeder Tear Down

    I'll take the blood red shrimp. PM to follow.
  23. I am going to build a new sump and need to source some glass. Any ideas? I have looked at Craig's List but most of the time you do not know if what you are getting is tempered or not. I am building the entire thing and not using good an existing aquarium and adding baffling.
  24. I am in Battle Ground and will likely be around this weekend. The frags are small, maybe a couple of inches. They are leftovers from rearranging my corals yesterday. The birdsnest was getting stung by my torch so there are some dead spots. If you like frags though there should be plenty of live pieces you could use. The green tree is a couple of inches tall. I also have a small fist size piece of rock with about six or eight orange and purple mushrooms that I would like to sell. How does $15 sound? PM for text info and time to pickup.
  25. Free Green Birdsnest frags and Green Tree Coral frag

    Well, neither interested party has completed a pickup so these are still up for grabs. Will be around later this afternoon if someone wants them.