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  1. Ummmmm, ok? Four return pumps though.. ballin! I saw a build thread yesterday and the guy had 17... yes SEVENTEEN Mp40's. I'm like... brah.. build a closed loop LOL. 17 mp40's.. someone must have hit the scratch off lottery.
  2. If your heaters are never on then how are you heating your tank? I find it really hard to believe that a heater from a pump is heating 450 gallons of water 9 degrees... That just doesn't make sense from a laws of physics sense. When I had a tank... I had a total water volume of about 400 gallons. I keep my tank at 78.5. The sump was in the basement and I had two refugiums and a frag tank. I had 1,100 watts of heaters and they cycled on and off throughout the night. Almost like clockwork really but I keep my house pretty cool. Our thermostat is set to 65 or something in the winter until 11:00 then it drops to 60 until 4pm the next day. Suncrest.. can you overlay your heater on/off your temp graph? Daniel, do you have a temp graph?
  3. Melanarus is a very pretty wrasse. They can start devoring your CUC though. Or at least mine did. Red tailed tamaron wrasse is also one of my favs. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  4. Ouch :( Your tank does look amazing BTW. Everyone thinks there tank looks great but yours actually does. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  5. Suncrest is just jelly because he has an itty bitty tank. 88 gallons? pfffff
  6. bumping this. Guys on reef2reef are chomping at the bit but I do NOT want to ship this thing.
  7. From craigslist of course. Going to be three 400 watt MH and a total of 8 4' t5's. I think Spectra said he was going to weld me an aluminum hanging mount for free
  8. Lights shown over 4x8 sheets of plywood. $260 total.. need another $300 in bulbs. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  9. ^ right. I get bored with food and I can eat anything I want. Imagine if ..every...meal....was ...sand.
  10. Right! F'in dolphin tank!!
  11. Mi42 baby. I gives repeatable results. One weird thing about it is that if you don't wash the vials really well, and you take a test after a week the first result can be wildly wrong. subsequent test however are spot on. Maybe Sean can shed some light on that? Its almost like the reagent reacts with the dried reagent from a former test? OR it could be that I am not completely washing them. I dunno, I have been really happy with them. https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/mi412-low-range-phosphate-photometer-milwaukee.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjw3JXtBRC8ARIsAEBHg4mooHMTztueVsZTT28UGTBan_as5tiB0l9h8MJLHTs8u46CdnCIejEaAoL_EALw_wcB I try to keep my numbers in the range that Suncrest does. < 10 nitrates and <.5 phosphates. I loathe when people say "these are ideal numbers, but don't chase them". What is that supposed to mean? To me, the observed levels in your tank are the net result of nutrient input, nutrient absorption through growth, and finally nutrient export. Because these are constantly evolving and changing in your aquarium, then they are prone to float around a little. This is exacerbated in tanks than say 1 year old as the biology is still catching up with your nutrient levels in the constant cycle of boom and bust as the oscillations in bacterial populations swing less and less as the approach an equilibrium. So you have inputs which are relatively stable (fish food and coral food). Your adsorption which is also relatively stable but is subject to lots of environmental variation. It is basically your coral and alage growth rates which are effected by temperature, total amount of light, alkalinity, flow, ..everything. Now your exports.. which are typically microbial off gassing of nitrogen, water changes, running macro algae. So if you have high levels of nutrients then you have to A. feed a lot less or ditch some fish or B. increase export. The ways to increase nutrient export are A. more water changes (expensive) B. Increasing bacterial populations through adding carbon (either vodka, vinegar or biopellets) or C. more powerful macro algae lights. If your nitrates are really up near 50, I would knock that down a little. Just my 2 cents.
  12. Once i build a stand for it its all mine!
  13. This seems like a more realistic tank. "Get lost for days".. for $10!!! https://portland.craigslist.org/clk/for/d/vancouver-artificial-tropical-fish/6999760802.html
  14. Thought i would post this up if anyone has a newer marineland tank. https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/marineland-tank-recall.654493/ Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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