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  1. oh yeah. From what i have read and talked to others, bayer is the gold standard of dipping for corals. For my sps QT i have a cheap ebay T5 setup over a 20 gallon. dip 2x a week and look for flukes. When you dont see flukes for 2 weeks, one more dip and you are good to go (for AEFW). Also.. always cut off base rocks. In regards to inverts, there are many places that sell inverts (and chaeto) from fishless systems so you are guaranteed no ich cysts. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  2. Well I will say this. I always qt and treat my fish with copper and prazi. I didn't QT a trio of anthias i got because i was just excited. Then two days later... ich in the tank. Not the end of the world but it has yo be dealt with sooner or later. You CAN live with ich.. but why? Flash forward.. I never QT my coral. Just a dip or two, then in the tank. Then my sps just stopped growing? then some STN, then it stopped. Finally I got a magnifying glass and looked at them.... UGGHHH.. i had acro eating flat worms!! Again, not the end of the world but here i am just because I wanted to do things the easy way. The great thing about forums is that there is so much good information out there. The problem with forums is that you can always find someone that says what you want to hear. From "this product is amazing" to " i have never QT a thing in 10 years and never had a problem. So for me, because I have a great deal of money in my tank I told myself everything gets QT'd. The extra time it takes is well worth it to know that I am not letting parasites into my display tank. Hope this helps Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  3. WTB RODI Booster Pump

    ooops. quick books meltdown on friday.. i forgot Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  4. WTB RODI Booster Pump

    I have one to sell. I'll get the specifics tomorrow. 60% of retail. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  5. 280g Barrel of monkeys build

    ok, its late, I'm in the hot tub after another marathon "hobby session" so yeah, why not, i thought i would do a build thread. So I like big tanks. Every time i look at my 8' cichlid tank i say man... thats a cool tank. I built a small grow out tank to try my hand at killing corals. It didnt take long to master killing sps. At first i tried slow tissue recession, but i found that bleaching them overnight is better. There is a nothing like that sickening gut punch to inspire you to try harder, put more energy into it. Having lost track of how much I have spent to date, i figures it was time to get serious about shoveling money at this hobby. I found out that i couldn't spend enough money on an off the shelf tank to keep me up at night thinking "should i buy this? what is wrong with me?" So i ordered a custom rimless tank from Acrylic and Glass Exhibits (AGE) from texas. So its a 6 foot long x 3 feet deep by 24" tall rimless 3/4" starphire tank. AGE said "we don't build rimless any bigger than this" i had another custom builder refuse to build it 24" tall with those dimensions. its around 270g total.. something like that. It will weigh like 450lbs empty :(. So anywho this is dragging on so i will just list the equipment and then list the tasks necessary to get ready for this thing. * 6x3x2' rimless tank on second floor * skimmer and 100 gallon refugium in basement * reeflo barracuda pump for water moving duties * reef octopus regal 300int skimmer / neo natal unit incubator. seriously, its stupid large.. thats a full grown lab in that picture below. * DIY steel stand (powedercoated) with sapelle inlay panels (held with magnets) * bubble magus dosing unit... yes, no reactor * giessemann spectra lamp over display. 3- 250w halides and 4 80watt T5. * new apex and powerbar downstairs, linked power bar upstairs with LDK. no * top secret custom cheato reactor that is proven to remove 23.76% more nutrients. soo here are some pictures.. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  6. 280g Barrel of monkeys build

    You are correct. I was going to build this guy a custom sump, but perhaps i should put that on the back burner and take some spelling classes? or turn on auto correct? Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  7. Basement/Garage Sumps and Construction

    i have the cuda. the nice thing about these pumps is the hybrid models that can run two different impellors. I got.mine used at R2R. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  8. Basement/Garage Sumps and Construction

    nice find R3. Here are the flow and head calcs for all the reeflo pumps.. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  9. 280g Barrel of monkeys build

    I dont understand.. that guy in the diagram looks to be about your age Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  10. 280g Barrel of monkeys build

    lol Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  11. 280g Barrel of monkeys build

    sorry, i have been reading allot about Alabama in the last week trying to figure out how on earth Roy Moore can even be close in the poles. turns out alabama is the 5th or 6th dumbest state in the country (depends on the survey). I guess its just rubbing off on me. FFR.. west virginia amd hawaii often battle for the status of dumbest state but WV is also in the top 3 of highest rate of obesity so i think that is where I'm going to move to. anywho.. i just got my bill of lading for my tank. The crate and tank combined = 770lbs! yikes Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  12. 280g Barrel of monkeys build

    lol. its fine. Having someone imply that I don't know how to mix saltwater though... that is kind of annoying. But anyways, yeah people, dont just add water to a huge pile of salt. You can however be more scientific about it and add a "crap load" of salt to a "butt load" of water (those are imperial measurements, not metric). You end up with salt around 1.30 or so and you can dilute it down from there. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  13. Blue face angel

    great looking fish!! Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  14. 280g Barrel of monkeys build

    i have faith you can figure that out. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  15. 280g Barrel of monkeys build

    it was a figure of speach dude... je-suz but when you dump a whole bag of salt in one shot, technically its called a crap load. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  16. 280g Barrel of monkeys build

    not all the way but close. i wanted it deep enough to disturb any pile of salr. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  17. 280g Barrel of monkeys build

    its stupid easy. look at the picture. valves at each input side and output side. so i add RO to the left tank. then when i want to mix salt in the left tank i close the right input and output and leave the right valves open. therefore its just circulating the left side. add a crap load of salt more than the target amount. then open the right input valve to add more RO. when i have it where i want it i open the valve to the hose, take it over to the sump and add it in. the hose (3/4 food grade pvc) and barb fitting shut off valve for the hose can be purchased at the local hydroponic store. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  18. 280g Barrel of monkeys build

    yeah Sean, wanted to make it but my son had three soccer games today. The mixing station is honestly the coolest thing ever. i got those tanks from a business out in greshamphetamine. he is all over craigslist. they were $90 each i think. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  19. 280g Barrel of monkeys build

    I have a bulldog, but its not going to be neccessary for this job. thank god Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  20. 280g Barrel of monkeys build

    it is a very confusing house. It is an awesome house, but a confusing design. The crawl space is only under approximately 10% of the main floor. It has a daylight basment to the north, but not to the west. I cant for the life of me figure out why they didnt make the basement have the same footprint as the first floor. What they saved on excavation they more than made up with additional footings. anyways.. crawlspace? yes. Crawl space between the panel and new circuit location? no. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  21. Goodies from Seahorse

    yup Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  22. 280g Barrel of monkeys build

    I dont have an attic or a crawl space or unfinished basement :( i think i have to run the wire through the garage, then outside the house, then back in. Yeah the cichlid tank is pretty cool. the cost of admission is carrying a tank Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  23. Goodies from Seahorse

    he has been stepping it up lately, dont know why he doesn't advertise more.. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  24. 280g Barrel of monkeys build

    thanks for checking in. I have to admit, that this has been a mountain of work. Starting from scratch it would be signicantly less work, but dealing with a new house with a finished basement (that is built on a gently hillside) has been a pretty large PIA. For those that are curious, these are the tasks to date: 1. drill holes in interior and exterior walla, use blue tooth endoscope to figure out where the flood joists, deck, etc line up. 2. spend $300 on pvc, bulkheads, flexible pvc. Run plumbing through wall, into crawlspace, out of crawlspace, across finished basement ceiling, to sump/fuge location. sooo much fun. 3. source pumps, refigium, buy acrylic for sump, source skimmer, lights, steel and wood for stand. 4. source rock, soak in mutiatic acid, rinse, bleach, rinse, start up fuge. 5. mock out aquascape 6,000,000 different ways, finally just dump rock in fuge. 6. steal engineered truss from work. 7. slop through muddy crawlspace to install truss and two post jacks under the tank location. 8. tear out carpeting where tank goes. realize that your cats were pissing there because the previous owners cats pissed there. gag on cat pissed soaked carpeting. 9. install waterproof flooring. run 50' of cat 5 cable under carpeting for remote access point. 10. Fish 3 seperate strands of cat 5 cable bewteen tank and sump for internet, breakout box wire and base unit to power module connections. 11. build mixing station. 12. build sump and table for sump. 13. spend a LOT of time welding up steel stand and light holder. 14. drop stand at powdercoater, forget light holders. 15. return to powder coaters. 16. attempt to run 20 amp power to sump, get upset, depressed, question motovation, start drinking. 17. spend $1,700 at BRS on black friday. 18. plug new apex in, get no sleep, call in sick to work. 19. attempt to mount apex and plugs, realize still need to run 20 amp circuit. 20. Cut plwood for stand, install magnets, get yelled at by GF for putting oil soaked panels on pool table. 21.scream at youngest kid demanding he clean his tank. Realize 11yo, magnetic scrubber, sand and acrylic tank DO NOT mix. Ponder making his 120 gallon tank into a qt. 22. receive email that new tank is on truck from texas! 23. crap pants, make lists, 24.Buy fish for QT because its been 3 months of working and nothing to show for it. 25. ponder life and challange of 20 amp circuit. more drinking 26. actually think about stapling romex to the [language filter] wall and calling it good. realize you missed holiday party. So if you want a big tank with a basement sump.. that is all there is too it. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  25. That stuff rocks!! i installed it in the basement and where im goinh to put my new tank. it is tough stuff!! Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
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