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  1. Trailermann

    Bio Balls

    I have a bag of Kaldnes media. Should work well. Google it and see if that can work for you.
  2. Trailermann

    May Meeting May 12

    Oh no, I will be away fishing (catch and release of course).
  3. I went blank today at the meeting.  The phosphate test system is Hanna Phosphate Checker, a manufacturer that is often recommended by on-line retailers.



  4. Trailermann

    Can't lower nitrate

    Even after multiple 25% water changes of my 30 gallon JBJ rimless, the nitrate remains at 10 using Red Sea Pro test kit (and repeated testing). I get higher readings in my live rock holding tank, and lower results in my other 30 gallon LPS tank. On top of that mystery, the nitrate level does not go up from 10 after a fortnight of regular feedings and no water changes. I am puzzled. If my readings are accurate, what can cause the nitrates to hold at a rock solid ten?
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    Getting back into the game after 20(ish) years

    I can relate. My hiatus was 30 years. Another break like that and I will be dead.
  6. Trailermann

    Trimming back my oversized zoa colony

    this zoa colony is overwhelming the adjacent blastomussa. They both are on a large live rock that cannot be removed from the tank. Can I cut each zoanthid off where the base meets the rock? If I do, can I just let the small polyps float away, die and degrade? Or, with all the current pumps off, should I suction each polyp up and discard? Is this species valuable and worth saving somehow? Am I right that this colony is a large zoa and not a paly?
  7. I plan to go somewhere next year and need some advise. I have only done one dive trip since my recent immersion into reefing. Grand Cayman was beautiful, but the visibility was only about 50 feet (recent stormy weather) and dull staghorn and brains were about the only hard corals. Yeah, also fire corals galore. Tons of sponges. Now wondering where to dive to see acropora, blastomussa, acan, favites, goniapora, etc. In other words, I want to see WorldWideCoral.com live, in person. Thinking seriously about Palau. Already been to Coral Sea, Borneo, Fiji, Truk in past years. I will post this also in R2R but would put more stock in advise from PNWMAS.
  8. Trailermann

    Can't lower nitrate

    I am not ready to apply @albertareef's chemical treatment yet, but I suggest you PM him directly. Good luck Oregonic.
  9. Trailermann

    Can't lower nitrate

    Good information from all of you. I'll be considering sand bed change or complete removal. Cleaning with tons of turbulance of the back chambers of my AIO after three years could also help. Interestingly, I have a second 30 gallon tank that receives about the same amount of food. It only has a HOB filter and a HOB skimmer, but the nitrates are nearly undetectable.
  10. Trailermann

    Free Birdsnest

    Love to get a small piece of the birds nest. I will be a Hollys for the meeting.Love to get a small piece of the birds nest. I will be a Hollys for the meeting.
  11. Trailermann

    Power strip

    Yes, very helpful. I'll be adding those yellow things to my set up. However, I plan to stick with the DJ because of the clean look.
  12. Trailermann

    What are your other hobbies?

    I did not expect to find motor heads and adrenaline junkies in this group.
  13. Trailermann

    Can't lower nitrate

    Lex, thanks for the info and encouragement. Yes, I use RODI water, and an algae scrubber is on my wish list. My SPS are not happy and I suspect the "high" nitrate could be a factor. LadyS, my three water changes were within the span of eight days. When you say that you cleaned everything, are you referring to all the sand and rocks and refugium floor (if you have one)? Many experts in our club recommend leaving the sand bed alone.
  14. Trailermann

    Can't lower nitrate

    Good news, just completed my third large water change, and the nitrates now measure only 5. My fingers are crossed that a forth change will finally get me down where I want.
  15. Trailermann

    Can't lower nitrate

    Let's just say that I have bought a new nitrate test kit and the results are the same. If the live rock is leaching nitrate, wouldn't the nitrate level be rising between water changes? And what is the solution to those low-down, no-good nitrate leachers?
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    What are your other hobbies?

    I used to be a devout believer in "he who dies with the most toys, wins" but hospital visits cured me. Now fly fishing, alpine skiing, scuba, auto restoration, white water rafting and of course watching my aquarium's alkalinity bounce up and down.
  17. Trailermann

    Egg Crate

    I have 3/4 sheet of white.
  18. Trailermann

    Bubbles Troubles, Milwaukee style

    Let's see if these zipped photos are view able.
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    Bubbles Troubles, Milwaukee style

    I have been going nuts trying to adjust my bubble count with the Milwaukee MA 957 CO2 regulator. I set the needle valve for a nice even bubble flow, and then later, I have to open it up more for the same flow. This went on several weeks as I tried to adjust the effluent flow, the primary and secondary CO2 pressure gauges, and whatever else I could fiddle with, hoping to get a steady bubble flow. Finally I saw mention of a clogged needle valve and found this instruction: MA957 Clogged Needle Valve Repair Procedure Over time dirty CO2 gas flowing through the regulator will start to deposit dust and dirt in the small gas line located inside the needle valve. When these deposits become large enough the gas flow becomes restricted and eventually will stop. When you add more gas pressure, forcing the gas pass the inline restriction, the flow will start back but as the backpressure subsides the gas flow and bubble count will also diminish and will again eventually stop. This yo-yo effect causes the operator to apply even more pressure from the large black main regulator knob (Macro adjustment) until the backpressure is so high that the solenoid will not close, even when power to the solenoid is turned off. This high backpressure in the solenoid piston chamber will allow gas to continue to flow through the regulator dropping the pH to 5.5 causing a catastrophic effect on all biological life in a tank. Field repair procedure - Turn the tank off and take the regulator off the tank. Take the bubble counter off the regulator needle valve. Open the needle valve all the way open by turning the knob counter-clockwise until it stops. Use a 1/16” drill and go through the top hole of the needle valve and drill through the base of that hole until you feel the drill pass through into the main chamber. Drill time is only about 2 seconds at full drill speed. Turn the regulator over and tap the needle valve on a table to knock out the drill filings. Remount the regulator. Note: If 1/16” drill is not available then go to next size which is a 5/64” drill bit. Eureka, I found the problem. So I drilled out the valve and reassembled. ......Started out fine, but after a short honeymoon, it again slowly shut off the flow of gas. So either I did the procedure wrong, or something else is wrong. OK, next solution -- install the highly touted CarbonDoser. Should solve my problems, right? Not!!! The used unit I bought for $250 did not work. No gas flow. So I put it into a box and sent it into AquariumPlant.com for repair. Back to manual daily two part dosing. Crapola, solving our country's immigration challenge would be easier than this. FYI, I already know the answer to that problem.
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    Bubbles Troubles, Milwaukee style

    Thanks for the suggestion. It never occurred to me to bypass the needle valve and bubble counter. Can you suggest a fitting to screw into the solenoid with a push-to-fit or slip-on end for the tubing?
  21. Trailermann

    WTB: Achilles Tang or other baby powder

    Opps, I forgot to add the silly smiley face to establish that this was a joke. I am still new to "forum-speak".
  22. Trailermann

    WTB: Achilles Tang or other baby powder

    If you open your own shop, you can then buy wholesale. Good luck.
  23. Trailermann

    Clear netting?

    I have plenty as well.
  24. Trailermann

    Reusing carbon

    Easy question: Can you reuse granulated carbon? Of course, it has a limited life, but I am talking about putting it in the sump for a few days, removing it for a week or so, then dropping it back in. Does it need to be kept wet, or should it be rinsed out with RO water between uses?
  25. Trailermann

    For Sale: Metal Halide bulbs

    Barely used, 175 watt bulbs, mogul size bases and single ends. $50 OBO. I have shifted to LED and don't want to trash items that someone might be able to use.