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  1. First tank.. grow out frag tank

    Sounds like you have just the right techniques. Thanks for sharing! I need to play around and build some small things and decide if I have the dedication and patience to try a tank. We'll see..... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. First tank.. grow out frag tank

    Thanks for sharing your experiences and intel! Good to have a resource for questions and know we have access to a local supplier. My table saw is pretty dialed in and has outfeed tables set up, but I have access to a large cabinet slider table saw at my old job. They've got a CNC set up too. Does the acrylic come in standard 4x8 sheets? How do you prevent glue/solvent squeeze out in the interior corners where it seems impossible to clean off and polish? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. First tank.. grow out frag tank

    That's great you built your tank. At last months meeting, Roy said he built his display as well. I'd be interested in trying that sometime. I did carpentry and cabinet making full time for 12 years and have all necessary tools and skills just curious about where to get materials and some tips and tricks to gluing. Would you be willing to share info? Do you think you'll be coming to the April meeting? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Shout out to ssappington

    I'll have to take you up on that. I'm in the middle of a new tank setup/transfer so need to finish cycling. I'll let you know when I'm ready. Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. NEW Par Meter Booking Thread

    This is a great resource to have for sure! I've always wondered what PAR I'm running at and would like to get an idea. Looks like it'll be a while so might as well put me on the list. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Shout out to ssappington

    That's an absolutely beautiful forest fire. I picked one up a couple of years ago and couldn't maintain the green. Nice score! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I'll be transferring my soft corals, SPS, and LPS to a new tank soon and want to limit the chances of introducing some nasties I accumulated the last 3 years my tank has been running. Namely briopsis, bubble algae, and dictyota. These seem to thrive no matter how low the nutrient levels are but haven't really gotten out of control, just a PIA. The bubble algae is easy to pluck out from time to time, I can beat the briopsis by running high magnesium, but it inevitably comes back. The dictyota is slow growing but but is really hard to remove. Lucky the new tank is larger and will allow me to pick up a tang to graze on the greenery. If I can avoid any or all of these, I'd be really stoked! I won't be transferring the rock over, but some of the coral bases that are no longer covered by living tissue and frag plugs could have small amounts or algae spores. Two options I see are taking a dip in coral Rx and scrubbing/scraping the bases down. The other is more aggressive and using diluted hydrogen peroxide to either dip the whole thing or just the base. I have some pretty large colonies I'd hate to loose in the process like a big birds nest, montiporas, torches, and some small acros. Anyone have any success stories or have used hydrogen peroxide safely? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Man, I didn't realize this was the mother of all algaes! I know the exact zoa rock it came in on and didn't know what it was and to think I thought it looked cool! Until it started popping up everywhere. It's been in there for a long time and grows pretty slow but does require routine removal. With my tank transfer, I guess I shouldn't be so dam aggressive about treating my corals since it sounds impossible to contain and you only need microscopic remnants. I can't believe the new corals you bought that sat in your display tank for a day already had some hitchhikers, that's crazy! I'll do my best to clean the bases, dip in coral Rx for a routine clean and keep my fingers crossed. I'll definitely scope out a hungry Tang as a backup! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Good to know. I'm sure you just get a real productive one by chance too, like Kim's purple. Do lawnmower blennies live up to their name? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. That is an advantage to having a bigger tank! More variety of creatures to do my work for me...... Are purple tangs known for being exceptionally good grazers? Any others tangs that you know of that are good too? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. March Meeting Pictures!

    The mysterious guy with the hat and the end of the lineup is me! Trevor. Sorry, didn't introduce myself to you. Thanks for the great meeting followup. Had a really good time and really appreciative of Roy being so generous and having us all over. His tank and set up is KILLER! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I've been looking at skimmers for a while for an approx 90 gal tank and have narrowed it down to a SRO 2000 INT or a Skimz 163 DC. Both are in the same price range. The SRO doesn't have a controllable pump and don't know how beneficial this really is. I've heard great feedback from the SRO pumps as far as durability but online reviews of the Skimz are good as well. Thoughts? Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Need help deciding on skimmer!

    Man, that's a lot of skimming! How big is your tank? Yea, the SRO sounds like a tried and true alternative. I may be able to fit a 3000 and vaguely remember seeing one on here. I'll have to search the forum a bit. How much value is there in speed control of a DC motor in a skimmer? The energy savings is tiny and I'm not concerned with the noise level. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. PNWMAS March Meeting!

    Looking like I'll be able to head north and come out too. Looking forward to meeting folks and seeing some eye candy! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Reef safe silicone?

    I'm sure this question has come up before, but is it necessary to purchase silicone labeled as aquarium safe or is all 100% silicone fine once cured? The kitchen and bath silicone seems to be treated with a mildew inhibitor so would stay away from these. Thanks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. Reef safe silicone?

    Great, thanks for the feedback. Yea, I'll just order some and wait til it arrives....patience Daniel son! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. New goni and alveo from Cuttlefish last week

    Very nice! I have a similar alveo that has done great and grown significantly. Do you find it necessary to routinely feed them? I did quite a bit the first 6 months with goniopower but tapered off for the last 4 or so months and don't know if I've seen much of a difference in growth or polyp extension. My clowns even found a home in it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. PNWMAS March Meeting!

    I just signed up to the forum and haven't been to a meeting yet, looking like a good one to come to. Do you just come on up or have to rsvp? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. Well the IM 20 has been set up for 3 yrs and busting at the seams with growth. Can't bring myself to give things a trim. Due to having the baby and limited funds, setting up an "evil" growout tank in the basement to tide me over til I can splurge on a custom display. But trying to purchase gear that will transfer over when the time comes. Here's what I've bought so far: 2' x 4' x 10" frag tank from zoomed Glass holes.com 700 gph overflow Trigger ruby 36 sump Reef Octopus various 6 DC return pump Mp40 Apex controller from the old tank Busted out the ole Sunsystems metal halide fixture collecting dust and put in a 250 w Hamilton MH lamp. We'll se how it goes. The color is beautiful. Ordered all of my plumbing and manifold parts last week so that is the next step. Have 40 lbs of BRS pukani curing as well. Any recommendations on a skimmer? Right now looking at a Skimz SM 163 DC. The future display would't exceed 100 gallons. Here are some pics. I'll lower the reflector once the tank is going. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. New to the forum and new tank build!

    They retail for $108 bucks! Pretty amazing. Got lucky and found they keep them in stock at Wet Spot off Sandy. They had a 10% off sale too. The quality is OK, probably 1/4" glass, untempered, black silicone. Drilling was a breeze. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk