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  1. Willapa

    Buy Dr. Tims locally?

    Yep, a monkeyboy special. Here is a pic of the faithful sanding day! And the multi function closed loop, power water changer, and tank drainer 3000 I upfitted it with. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Buy Dr. Tims locally?

    All livestock and rock will be living in a big water trough with heat, flow, carbon, and skimmer for several days while I do the transfer and plumbing. I have a 2 year old man! Have to do the transfer during naps and at night! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Buy Dr. Tims locally?

    Thanks for the offer, but beat you to it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Buy Dr. Tims locally?

    Well, a few hours ago ordered bio spira on amazon prime next day pickup. Needed 2 bottles, but only 20 bucks. Had a lot of really good reviews on BRS. At least it won't have to sit on my front porch and will be in an amazon locker. Do you think I'll have much of a cycle knowing that my existing sump (full of heated and circulated saltwater), some of my original tank water, and about 50 lbs of live rock is getting transferred directly over? Basically the only thing changing from a 3 year old system is the tank. Maybe I missed the boat on that. The bottle of bacteria was mainly just a safety net. For adding ammonia, will my fish be enough? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Buy Dr. Tims locally?

    Ok, thanks. I'm switching out my 55 frag with a 120 with the same footprint. The new 120 will sit on the same stand with same sump, fuge, etc. I'll be flopping over all livestock, rock, and corals within a few day period. Using Tim's was some cheap insurance in case I get a small cycle. I've heard lots of good things about Tim's so figured I'd try a bottle. I'll probably just do amazon prime 1 day pickup, but was worried about the cold weather. Seahorse doesn't stock it either. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Buy Dr. Tims locally?

    Does anyone know if a LFS in Portland stocks Dr. Tim's one and only? Need an 8oz bottle. Thanks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    My least favorite part of a build

    That's pretty cool! The epoxy and cement seems to be pretty solid to hold that cantilever out there like that. Does the hydraulic cement or marco cement work on wet live rock? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Dosing questions

    Never tried the fritz 2 part. Dissolving the ESV isn't necessarily hard, just takes a few days. So if you run out, don't expect to use your new shipment the day it comes in the mail. I dose about 60 ml in a pretty packed 50 gallon frag tank with LPS and SPS. Have quite a bit of rock tucked away with and lots of coralline. Coralline really sucks up a lot of 2 part. It's weird though, I've seen some other really full tanks that just don't use much and others that use a ton. It seems kinda mysterious sometimes. Your tank will be its own unique number and hard to compare. The big thing is to watch for is precipitation. I coated an old tank of mine with precipitation and was a pain to get off. For me, I dose right at a power head in the display or at the entrance to the overflow box. Lots of people dose in the sump and don't have issues, but never worked for me. You could put a powerhead in a chamber and dose there I suppose. Sodium carbonate can spike the ph locally and best to do in small increments in a high flow area. I dose every hour in small increments for about 18 hours over the lights off period to keep ph up at night. Dose the calcium during the day in 2 doses. Probably overkill, but I have pretty high alk and Ca and have no precipitation whatsoever and levels stay pretty stable. I rarely have to clean pumps and things. I use the BRS 1.1ml/min pumps hooked to Apex. I test the alk every couple of days and rarely test calcium. I just make sure to dose equal parts of the Ca supplement and levels are always spot on. Supposedly ESV has magnesium mixed in and was told you still need to add, but I haven't added magnesium in years and it stays in check. Overall I like ESV but it's not cheap. I just have terrible luck with precipitation of the BRS 2 Part, but others love it. But I've always dosed quite a bit for a small tank and may cause some of my issues. Just start dosing and testing and adding and tweaking every few days. Just try not to jigger with the dosage everyday or you'll start chasing your tail. Once it's dialed in, it should stay rock solid for months without many changes. Except recently my phosphate shot up to .24 unexpectedly I think due to dosing fluconozole and alk shot up. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Dosing questions

    I use ESV and bought the 5 gallon buckets of concentrate instead of the 1 gallon of concentrate from BRS. Hopefully that is what you purchased. The savings have been huge. Took a while to get the 5 gallons of concentrate to dissolve though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Gluing ABS to PVC

    [emoji44] I don't think that is called creep anymore. You got a full on saltwater wedgie! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Gluing ABS to PVC

    I thought that was what duck tape was for..... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Gluing ABS to PVC

    Ok, I'll just leave it as is and leak test. If I had known better, I would have used the right stuff, but it's a PIA to replace since I have a gazillion of other fittings glued on downstream already. Just hope for no leaks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Gluing ABS to PVC

    On a closed loop I'm plumbing, a couple of the bulkheads I used were ABS slip type. I just glued PVC directly into them with standard clear PVC cement using primer beforehand. It seemed to set up just fine but haven't leak tested yet. Should I be worried about these leaking? Didn't even think about them being different materials and maybe needing a special solvent. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Looking to borrow a stock tank

    I'll take it! Thanks for offering it up and thanks to Chris for following up with me saying it was ok for you to be loaning out his stuff! I'll get it back to him when I'm done. I'll try and grab it this weekend. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I'll be doing a tank transfer hopefully over the holidays and need something to house fish and corals for a few days. Hoping for something 100-150 gallons. I live in N Portland. Thanks in advance. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk