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    Coral Giveaway!

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    Tiny Tank, Tiny Budget Contest

    I got mine in at 5:01 I would ask for a ruling by the judge but I think she has a conflict of interest in this case.
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    Tiny Tank, Tiny Budget Contest

    Punchbowl is looking better this week. I stocked it up with some zoas and mushrooms last week, along with a flower nem from the group buy. I also got three sexy shrimp, one of which went to the big sexy in the sky. I've got some red algae on the sand bed again-- time for a water change!
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    36" Coralife single t5 fixture

    I can use that-- pm on the way
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    Tiny Tank, Tiny Budget Contest

    My update for the punchbowl: I fought the green hair algae and cyano bloom for the last two weeks-- It definitely got worse before it got better. I borrowed my conch and a turbo from my display tank and and changed water a few times to make it better. Now the tank is looking better, but really bare. Time to get stocking! Still loving my maxi-minis! I'll be picking up a flower anemone at the meeting tomorrow-- hoping to get some bright zoas to give the tank some color! I'm thinking some Rastas and SunnyDs on one rock and a couple of ricordia on the other.
  6. Seeing if someone has this reactor or something like it (similar size) they would like to sell. Thanks!
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    Wanted: Phosban 550 reactor

    pm sent!
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    CNC Auction 9

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    Tiny Tank, Tiny Budget Contest

    My tank got a case of the ugliness this week. Green hair algae and cyano took over the tank after the cycle. I took out a couple of the rocks and gave them a peroxide shower and a toothbrushing and they look a lot better. I got a clean-up crew in there and hopefully everything is going to get better with some water changes by the end of the week. I got a couple of maxi-mini anemones last week that are awesome. I have four rocks total, so I'm thinking rock flowers on one, zoas on another, and some mushrooms on the third. Hopefully I'll be able to stock up on some of these later in the week and get them growing!
  10. I'll take 1 cleaner shrimp and 5 snails
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    CNC Auction # 2-8 Green Eclectus

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    CNC Auction # 2-8 Green Eclectus

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    CNC Auction # 1 CNC Multi Color Zoas

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    CNC Auction # 4 Multi Color Yuma

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    Tiny Tank, Tiny Budget Contest

    My punchbowl nano entry: I thought it would be cool to have a shallow tank with mini anemones and ricordia. I thought a punchbowl would be cool and set out to find one that was big and shallow. I looked at the local Goodwill stores in the area ("home of the small, tall punchbowl") with no luck and found one on Craigslist that was what I was looking for. It was a little pricey, but it included a glass ladle to help with the waterchanges! My list: 1) 4 gallon punchbowl $30 2) Hydor 180 pico powerhead $20.99 3) Rock from an old tank and sand I had laying around 4) Tetra 25w heater I had laying around 5) Maxspect Razor Nano I already had Total cost so far: $50.99 It took about 2.5 gallons of water to fill it up & now I just need to wait for the sand to settle. I'm hoping for some nice colors from maxi-minis and rock flower anemones (anyone have some to sell?). I love how it looks-- I just wish I could hide the heater better.
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    Budget pico contest. Who's in?

    Sounds like fun-- count me in!
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    Golden Basket Auction - GB Orchid

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    Bear with me... I've been drinking.

    Could be really cool-- especially if you time it so the tides are in sync with our coast. I would be concerned about the smell of live rock exposed to air. Maybe use less porous rock in the upper tank?
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    Fish coming up for sale

    Nice meeting you yesterday. Big mama clown settled down immediately on my BTA and she now has a juvenile ocellaris buddy that won't leave her side.
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    What do you do?

    A very cool bug-- loves it hot and acidic! Yes, fascinating to see life thrive at more than 100 degrees Celsius or in conditions with almost no energy available. There are very few sterile places on the face of the planet.
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    What do you do?

    I am a microbiologist. I mostly study microbes that inhabit volcanoes and I have been lucky to work at deep-sea hydrothermal vents and on top of some amazing mountains. I'm happy to talk microbes with anyone who has a question-- reef tanks and microbes go hand-in-hand, especially with the nitrogen cycle.
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    Showing off just some stuff

    Fantastic! Do you have any tips for getting nice pictures? How do you light the corals & how do you process the images after you take them?
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    Used RO/DI Unit - Good or Bad?

    I've never had a problem with a gasket going bad. Most of the units have universal sized filters so the parts are interchangeable. I would certainly change all of the filters, resin, and RO membrane on any used filter that hasn't been used in a while. The resin and membranes can go bad if you don't use them and they dry out.
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    February 10th Meeting @ Roy's!

    This looks like a fun meeting-- The fragging demonstration will be great to see.