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  1. Brian Tesch

    Frag Fest photos?

    Some of my favorite pieces I picked up. There was alot of awesome corals and some great prices aswell!
  2. Starting to do some spring cleaning and I've got this Dehumidifier I'd like to get rid of. Its 1-year-old but was only used for one job for a week. The unit is a beast and can seriously suck a lot of water from the air, it also has an automatic timer and can be plumbed directly into a drain pipe. Figured someone on here with may have a use for it in a fish room. Make me an offer, would consider cash, livestock or a hybrid of the two. -Brian
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    June Hatfield Marine Science Center Meet 2018

    I could definitely use some rock for my existing system. Been wanting to add smaller rocks here and there and some rocks in the refugium could probably use 20-40 lbs depending on the pieces.
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    Welcome your 2018/2019 Board Members!

    Congrats guys!
  5. Today I found my lawnmower blenny along with 2 fish fry in my filter sock. Although I am unsure what type of fry they are based on body shape and proximity I believe they are also blennies. Not entirely sure how much effort I am willing to put in for these guys, what kind of food will they need? Anyone have any experience in breeding lawnmower blennies, what kind of chance for survival do these guys have?
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    Found fish fry in filter sock.

    In the tank I have 2 yellow tangs, 4 carbarryi anthias (all female), 1 lawnmower blenny, 2 leopard wrasse (female), yellow tale damsel. Its a new tank and all the fish are new so maybe one was shipped pregnant and I didnt notice.
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    Found fish fry in filter sock.

    Update- Decided to turn some rocks over today in the sump to see if either of the fry survived. To my surprise one has, and it seems to be thriving as he is now around 1 inch. Does anyone have any idea what he is? Based on the eye position and overall body profile I do not believe it is a blenny anymore.
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    Good Thermal CPU fan controller for the summer.

    35 On Amazon / their website. There are cheaper CPU fan controllers made for computers, however, the first one I tried out didn't allow for temperatures below 100F.. but this one will go down to 32. Good to know, thanks for the recommendation.
  9. As the weather is warming up, so is my tank! I ended up buying this "coolerguys" thermal CPU fan controller that will turn the fans on/off inside the stand/ cabinet depending on the temperature. Just wanted to do a quick shout out to anyone thinking about building some fans into you stand for ventilation and cooling, this little controller does a pretty good job! I will be adding more fans in the future, for now, I just installed 3 fans that will blow across the top of the tank/lighting and keep the hood area cool. At peak hour my T-5's are on and the LED's are running in the 75% range. Before installing the fans inside wooden cabinet door was getting into the 90-degree range. After installing only three fans (Which are rated at 60cfm each) nothing inside the hood (except for the lights itself) get above 78~.
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    Rainbow and rose Nems

    You may have a full inbox or something I also can't seem to send PMs, feel free to send me one. Was wondering if you would be available tomorrow evening I'll be sort of heading that direction anyway and am considering making a detour to check out the nems.
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    Coral Giveaway!

    Share the Love!
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    Rainbow and rose Nems

    Im interested in a rainbow, and possibly your pair of clowns, where are you located?
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    May Meeting May 12

    I've got a question regarding the rough timeline of the meeting, when will the gold torch group buy / raffle happen? Will they happen earlier or later in the meeting? I am trying to weigh the opportunity cost of showing up on time, versus a little later and more time up on Timberline.
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    What SPS questions do you have?

    Best reactionary procedures for common problems like STN, RTN, Coral bleaching, and even color fading.
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    Paratore's 75 Gallon Display

    Awesome! What kind of clam?? Also where did you buy these guys from?
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    Golden Basket LPS Group Buy !!

    Alright I've got to grab 1 frag of the Maul Acan.
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    GB Ultra Gold Torch Group Buy!

    Sign me up for 1 head.
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    Found fish fry in filter sock.

    Yeah , I am not really prepared for it. I will probably just release then into refugium, and take steps so they can escape the fuge. Theyll have unlimited amounts of pods and algae down there.
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    BT's 75Gallon Build

    Hey Guys, After having an awesome Custom Built-in 60G Seahorse Tank I'm ready for a large tank where I can house more than just a few soft corals and some Macro Algae that I am limited to in my current Seahorse setup. I've started this thread a bit late since I already have the design and have already purchased about 70% of equipment and materials. But first, here a picture 3 years ago building my built in tank (The first 1.5years it was a freshwater planted).Also, the tank was built as a side project why I was remodeling my house. 1st Picture Before. 2nd Freshwater Tank built into Towel Closet. 3rd. Seahorse Tank few weeks after setup. Anyway... lets back to the current business the new 75G, let me start by saying the overall goals I would like to achieve, ranked in order of personal importance. #1: Design. Probably the most important factor in any tank is the design and attractiveness. (except for my 125G bass tank in the garage I could care less about that sucker). Not only do I want healthy colorful livestock but I want an aquascape to lay the foundation of the tank and a stand that is equally appealing and adds "beauty points" to the overall display" #2: Ecosystem / Equipment / Health. Basically, I want my tank to be able to house a variety of fish corals and maybe a few clams healthy. However, I also want it to be balanced with the second #2 below. #2: Cost Decided to tie this with the category above because I didn't want to look like a monster for putting costs in front of all my future livestock, HOWEVER, I'm not about to starve so my future tang has a better standard of living than myself. Basically, I want a nice looking tank but am also operating on a budget as a college student. I hope at the end this tank will be the best bang for my buck. #3: Maintenance Everything about my Seahorse tank is a lot of maintenance. Everything from the shape of the tank (36x20x18) down to the horses themselves makes it a fairly time-consuming tank, my hope for my 75G will be to have a low maintenance system. Maybe not the "Ultra Low Maintenance" systems the BRS crews are building but still lower than average. On the left is a brief sketch of the end goal tank design and the sump. Sorry I didn't have 10 hours to spend building a 3D model on Autodesk. Some people are in college and cont have time for that. Anyway it's not in scale or anything so the tank looks small and stand looks bulky, that won't be the case. However, it does a good job of showing my stand goals. Each "line" in the sketch represents a seem in the wood. Panels marked with a C will be able to open. All of the cabinets will be European style with hidden hinges so that stand has a modern clean look that I really love. Similar concept to the red sea systems. As you may have guessed my overflow and return plumbing will be on the left side of the tank, so the tank will be able to sit flat against the wall. But also could be used as a peninsula tank in the future. Currently, I don't have a place for a peninsula tank so I will not bother on finishing and polishing the back, however, I'll throw in a quick backer board so no light leaks out the sump and will allow me to have the option of building it into a peninsula down the road. The stand will be built in 2 structural pieces. The bottom/ left side will be a single piece. You will be able to slide the tank in from the right and nudge it against the left side 2x2 supports. Then the hood that will be built similar to most hoods in that it sits on the frame of the aquarium. One key point is that the hood will slide in from the right and lock with the main structure via the roof will be a single piece of plywood all the way across. So that will fit inside the walls of the left side and should make a seamless finish, that's strong, and will easily be taken apart in the future. Let's briefly talk sumps. I'm using a 40G Petco breeder as a cheap sump I will be installing some ABS dividers from Tap Plastics. Almost ordered some cool semi clean neon acrylic green dividers but honestly, ABS is 1/2 the cost and will block 100% of the light between the chambers. Anyway, Im using a Bean & Animal overflow design that will go directly into the sump. Literally directly since the sump will sit in the left corner of the stand that means since its offset the overflow pipes are a straight shot into the sump. The refugium is going to be roughly 15 gallons which will be 20% of MD. I'm planning on using the triton method. Everything else is pretty standard, one thing I am doing is building an in-sump small 10"x10" frag tank/nursery. It will be plumbed attached to the main return pipe so I can regulate flow but also would technically be its own little system in you close the pipe. Again part of the reason is just to have a little frag tank, but also I would like to try out raising a baby clam (2" ish). A friend has a fair amount of success with baby clams by placing them in separate chambers then the main display a few times a weak with the water full of phyto allowing them to eat a lot of phyto. This is my approach on that concept basically during normal hours of operation its apart of the main display water volume, but maybe for an hour, I can turn off the valve and poor in some phyto allowing him to eat. Any clam experts out there? Am I crazy? I'll talk more about equipment later, for now, I will through up a few more pictures of some stuff I have laying around the house ready to go. #1: Plumbing! #2: Overflow #3: 75LB MarcoRocks
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    Greg's Red Sea Peninsula 650 Build Thread

    Ill make sure to post some livestock pictures soon. Definetly would be interested in a cut. GCE just posted some cool yellow, red, and organge finger gorgonians will probably scoop up one or two of those aswell.
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    92g Oregon Reef

    Awesome setup, good job on integrating the system in, definitely the coolest refugium I've seen.
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    Greg's Red Sea Peninsula 650 Build Thread

    Ah okay good to know, Ive had a few lower end gorgonians do fine without spot feeding. Livestock looks great, weve got simular tastes in fish, just bought a pair of lepord wrasse from CnC last weekend and almost bought the fairy wrasse next door. Also bought some Carberryi anthias a few weeks ago. But that parrot is sick. Do you still have the Sailfin? Just curious because cant finf him in the pictures.
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    BT's 75Gallon Build

    Here is the 1-month update + tank build finish pictures since I just realized I never posted fully finished pictures of the stand/hood. First order of business is the hood, lights were attached pretty simply, LED bar was attached using ROMEX staples, 1/2 pvc, and really long zip ties. PVC is used behind the light to allow airflow when fans turn on, heat dissipation is not a problem after testing for a few hours at 100%. Next here are some photos of the tank fully completed: Although the tank is operational it is not done here is my to-do list going forward. #1: Install dosing reservoirs/dosing pump. #2: Install carbon reactor. #3: Install simple overflow weir in the refugium. #4: Install 3/8 Line going from refugium to frag/nursery tank, that will allow a small amount of flow moving through the area. Then install the light. #5: Build some lids for the sump and the tank at the top to cut down on evaporation.
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    Greg's Red Sea Peninsula 650 Build Thread

    Gorgonians are looking great, the overall tank is looking even greater. What are you feeding your gorgonians? They are looking very healthy and polyps are super extended. Those are all from Gulf Coast Ecosystems right?
  25. So.. I metled my cheato with one of those ebay UFO lights so I was wondering if anyone coming to the meeting has sone surplous macro to fill the void. Let me know. Thanks!