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  1. yeah for my clown fish :)

    ok, I. have to say it. It really doesn't matter because, well, because it doesn't, but it is a pet peeve of mine. The anenome is the host, not the other way around. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  2. Hawaiian fish collection ban

    I was just at cuttle fish talking about this. I did some further reading and I have some experience in natural resource regulation for what it's worth. So it is shut down for now, but, the good is that the shut down is really based on fish and wildlife (well, the Hawaii version of fish and wildlife) research. The have done numerous surveys of the reefs where commercial collection takes place and they have shown that numbers of target fish are not declining. In fact the opposite is happening in several cases. The bummer is that in modern America, people don't value facts that the scientific method generates. It is all about beliefs, and if something doesn't sit right with someone's beliefs then it gets cast aside.. call it fake news, call it propaganda, whatever. Don't believe this is the case.. ok, how about Portland citizens deciding not to flourinate their water because it was "dangerous" and flouride is a "chemical waste product"? How about people not vaccinating their children because vaccines cause autism even though there has NEVER been a peer reviewed study that proved this was the case? So this same mentality is manifesting itself here. "Snorkle Bob says the waves were once full of yellow tangs.. they take between 2 and 10 million of them a year!!" People say..oh my God! But then it's estimated that there are 30 million fish harvested globally for aquarium trade and Hawaii represents 2% of that trade. The point is that when something becomes political, all bets are off. Sound natural resource management and harvests come from scientific data. My hope is that cooler heads will prevail and that commercial collection will resume. This will take awhile though folks. They will have to complete a NEPA analysis to make a significance call. These analysis are VERY lengthy, especially when the topic is political. So I will have to put my achilies tang lust on hold for now. :( Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  3. Re-cooking dry rock...

    bleach will speed up the reduction of organics but I would be really surprised if there is anything left on rock sitting that long. let us know if you test and find ammonia.. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  4. yeah for my clown fish :)

    that bubble tip he is in was HUGE, it recently split off a big chunk. Your nem should be ok if you keep your ammonia and PH in check. that anemone was on walk about for like 3 weeks. it was here, then over there, then under this, then over there. he finally decided he wanted to be in the SAME exact cave as my first anenome. lol Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  5. Reef controllers.. waste of money..?

    Hey there, I think perhaps that I am missing something in regards to reef controllers, their cost, and what they can actually do. My goal isn't to bash on people that have controllers or start some flame thread, I'm trying to find out some information on controllers as maybe they are more useful than I think and I am just not seeing it. A little background on me; I own and operate a large commercial "green house" so I have quite a bit of experience in terms of monitoring air and water quality parameters and setting up systems to text,call and email me when something isn't working. For example, I have a system that wirelessly monitors air temp, humidity, water temp, water levels, nutrient ppm and ph in 6 different self contained rooms. It is a cloud based system that monitors and alerts me if things are out of whack and alerts me anytime anyplace. This costs me $35/month. Many of the entry level controllers are in the $200 dollar range and all they do is turn lights on and off or control temperature, or maybe control a wavemaker (which already comes with a controller). These systems cost another $150-200 in order to connect them to a system to alert you. Step up to something with wireless alerts like the apex and your out $600-$800. I saw the neptune for $240. But then you need to purchase a ph probe for $60. Here is the deal.. couldn't you buy a milwaukie ph controller for $80, a digital timer for your lights $15, and a DIY digital temperature controller for $25 and get all the same real time read outs but no alerts for 15% less cost? Has anyone found that the convenience and cost of a all in one controller isn't worth the risk of a failure? I mean, if your controller ever went bad..your pumps, heaters, reactors..everything would crash..no? Lastly, has anyone ever used the robo tank controller? It is a DIY kind of deal with LOTS and LOTS of options.. its basically like an open source code in terms of being able to control anything based on set parameters. Also about $500 with probes and what not.. but slick touch screen interface and easy controls. https://www.robo-tank.ca/en/Robo-Tank-DIY-Kits/Robo-Tank-DIY-Aquarium-Controller-Kit-Worldwide-Limited-Sale-p158c59.html Any thoughts? What are people using here in the northwest? Thank you!!
  6. Improve heart health by achieving the 8 minute mile

    i had a roommate in san diego who was a seal. The guy was a legit freak. He would just take off for a week here or two weeks there. i would interrogate him where he was and he would just say "operations". At home though he was suuuper chill. My most memorable interaction with him "please don't snap my neck but I ate all your ice cream" his reply, completely dead pan " you watch to much tv" Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  7. 200g deep dimension with stand

    word. i never understood why they didn't close off those overflows. nice big tank with a view of encrusted plumbing... Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  8. Improve heart health by achieving the 8 minute mile

    16 minute mile? yikes, scratch the navy seals of your list. lol. that is a great story though. as I am finding out, getting old kind of sucks. Kudos for getting out and getting things done. i have been putting of starting a formal exercise program for awhile now :( maybe this will finally get me off the couch Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  9. 200g deep dimension with stand

    i did a little drilling, painted the back, built the skimmer and overflow box and had to polish the @#$& out of the glass to get rid of the remnants of where the overflows were connected. It's a sweet tank, if my ego was smaller it would be running in my living room right now. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  10. Selling Coral.

    sent PM... did you get? Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  11. Tapatalk?

    strike that. it IS working now!! big thanks to those IT folks that fixed the issue Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  12. Tapatalk?

    still not working although I will try again Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  13. Dosing...

    mattv... so what do you add regularly?
  14. Dosing...

    yes, if you are trying to dilute something like phos or nitrate or coral toxins that is true. But you had asked about adding trace elements and a water change will do that. It's all good, there are many ways to keep a successful reef tank. I have only seen maybe 6 tanks that I thought were amazing and they all did regular water changes. 2-3 of them, i can't remember has auto water change systems. regular water changes just seems an easy way to ensure micro elements are at satisfactory levels. But I have a super sick water mixing setup so they are easy.
  15. Dosing...

    lol. what math is that? I can tell you this, if you have growing corals and your not dosing the three majors then your water is not going to have pristine parameters for long. I dose about a gallon of alk and calcium in about 7 weeks
  16. Dosing...

    besides two part I would do some research on iodine. i just read a great article by randy Holmes farley about strontium and basically came away with don't worry about it. honestly though, while there are people that don't do water changes typically their tanks are large and VERY mature. regular water changes are an easy way to keep things in check. There is a,reason that almost everything "what's wrong with my tank" threads start with the advice.. do a water change.
  17. 48" Giesemann Aurora

    little over a year old, brand new t5 bulbs. $1500. condition is excellent.
  18. Refugium, filter or both?

    well, a couple things.. 1. you will probably get more fish 2. most people don't use hang on back or canister filters because they tend to become nitrogen sinks. They don't if you clean them often but if you don't keep them clean then you are just cycling all your water through all the nasty stuff stuck on the filter. 3. more water volume equals more stability so I would go with a bigger fuge. 4. i think a good skimmer and a large fuge would be just fine. if you wanted to polish the water you could run filter socks or some floss.
  19. Tapatalk?

    yeah, its been broken on android for awhile. i enter my password... nada. I just use my browser.
  20. In-tank auto-top off controller?

    if you are at all handy you can build an Ato for about $15. and then get an aqua lifter pump for the water. you can easily wire in extra float switches for fail safes. people are right about the waves, but you can always mount a "slosh guard" around the float switch.
  21. Selling Coral.

    i would be down for some zoas. I'll shoot you a PM
  22. 48" Giesemann Aurora

    giving this one bump before it goes on R2R where it will be gone within a week. cheers
  23. Reef controllers.. waste of money..?

    I'm still on the fence. i was interested in the vertex cerebral but the pulled it from the market and have not completed the redesign yet. who knows. It's just frustrating as no company comes out with a kit that includes everything you REALLY need. salinity probe.. really? I am waiting to see what apex does with their alk monitor. that would really make it worthwhile IMO
  24. Holly's Amazingly Awesome $10 Frag Sale

    oooohhh I see. you can put them right next to the Tierra del fuego. lol
  25. Holly's Amazingly Awesome $10 Frag Sale

    going sea kayaking up north this weekend. not fair :(