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Everything posted by rdavis

  1. 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.
  2. Budget pico contest. Who's in?

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

  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. February 10th Meeting @ Roy's!

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

    I use Bayer and then MediCoral. I also remove the plugs, too.
  12. 92g Oregon Reef

    How do you like the OHMAX light? I was thinking about getting one to replace my cheapo e27 light. Does it seem to be working alright? How did you hang it?
  13. Thanks Jeff!!

    I saw that green nem the other day-- super bright!
  14. WTB 75 to 110g complete setup

    You can get a new 75 gallon for $75 at Petco if you can find a store with one in stock.
  15. Rainbows are taking ova my sump!

    Very cool-- what is your sump like? Lots of rock? lights? Always interesting when the bubble tips just start dividing-- I have one that has never split, and others that split too much.
  16. Wow-- what an awesome tank! This is one of the best nanos I have ever seen, I love all the colors. Are you feeding the nems? Have they reproduced yet?
  17. I'm in again this year, just paid up
  18. 2016 Fantasy Football

    I'll keep my team if we go again
  19. Picked up the Forest Fire today from Paradise Corals who was nice enough to hold it for me. I got it home in no fewer than three pieces, though. It reminds me of that old "want more chips" joke. I got them mounted on some plugs and will return the love when they heal up. This was my first trip to Paradise Corals-- they have some sweet stock, I would be broke if I wasn't so poor!
  20. Whoo hoo-- Thanks Spectra, you rock!
  21. Share the love #1 -- Bring on the fire!
  22. My BC-29

    Thanks for the update-- I love this tank! How did the filefish work?
  23. Got aiptasia :(

    Lol-- I can't believe they won't sell syringes in Oregon. Like that is the limiting factor of being a heroin addict or something. You can buy syringes and needles on Amazon and get them mailed here. Just don't throw them in the trash after use, it is against the law here. Put them in a container and take them to the Walgreens for disposal.
  24. Has anyone ever successfully kept a nudibranch tank?

    I think it would make an awesome pico tank, small critters stand out more in 3 gallons of water.
  25. Feedback on 10g sump refugium

    Are you going to add a skimmer to the first compartment? If so, you want the weir from the first compartment a little taller than the second weir so the water level doesn't change where the skimmer is located.