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Everything posted by Taylorhardy1

  1. Since I started my business I've been tracking where I spend all of my money, and just what I buy from cuttlefish was enough to consider an intervention.
  2. I mix to 1.026, and have been using the black bucket for a while. I test everything down to n03 and p04 so I can match the numbers to what I want before the water enters my display. I found that typically the black bucket mixes 10.3-10.6. I reduce it down to 9.2 with organic white vinegar before it hits my display so everything can maintain stability. I'm gonna switch to the blue bucket and start supplementing alk, cal, and mag in the water change water. I feel as though itd help a bit more with stability if I could get dead on the numbers I'm looking for. I run a calcium reactor so my main tank stability is relatively easy to maintain as long as I ensure all water going in is near identical levels. All it takes is losing a few corals to water change water that mixed low before you start testing everything.
  3. Mines doing okay in spite of my ongoing algae/bacteria battles. Encrusting a bit, not enough upward growth to justify a picture, BUT its started throwing a couple new little branches.
  4. Is 1 or both of these still available?
  5. I actually already ran a meter through my tank and can be taken off the list.
  6. Is C still available?
  7. 2nd for powermodule! I have a 36" 8b hybrid fixture over my 4' 120g and I've got sps in the corners practically on the sand. Hands down my favorite light fixture of all time. I cant speak much of ai as the only lights I've used from them were nearly 10 years old. Ecotech radions are unbelievable lights, will pull insane colors out of sps. Reefi is definitely a good option worth considering. Havent used any reefis personally but they put out similar/ maybe better spectrum and spread in comparison to ecotech, the fixtures are super sleek and nice looking, and the lights have virtually no light spill. The display at cuttlefish is lit with reefis, and theres some super nice sps in there just on the sandbed.
  8. While I save up for my apex setup, I've decided itd be a good idea to get a ph controller on my calcium reactor so I can keep things a little more consistent and stable. Anyone got anything? Have a 48" aquatic life hybrid fixture I can trade, or just pay cash
  9. Here's my update. So far so good! Color is great, super pink, super fuzzy! So far its encrusted a tad, maybe 1/16" upward growth from the largest branch, if any at all. Could be measurement error! Did a few upgrades since the first check in. I upgraded lighting to a 36" 8 bulb ati powermodule hybrid. I cranked it up and get 370 par where the frags currently sitting. Also got a aquamaxx carx online. Alks been fluctuating a bit between 8.7-9dkh but target is 9! Also pardon the dinos. Despite those things I'm getting good color and growth from most all of my sps!
  10. Reset my scape today to get a little more even light distribution throughout with the new light. This powermodule really is an awesome light.
  11. They're supposedly super easy and user friendly to program with a cable through the ati light studio these days. I'm still waiting on my cable, but it definitely was a PAIN programming from the controller with the buttons. Still easier than maxspect led lights lol. Exactly!
  12. The powermodule is hands down the best light I've used. 1 cable for everything, and it looks so sleek and clean. I ran my aquarium life fixture on a multi channel digital timer. I would suggest just running t5s at 100% as they burn better at their recommend power, then using the leds as what would technically be supplemental lighting. Only run the LEDs for visual pretty much.
  13. T5/ led is the way to go. I've had an 8b custom fixture with a radion xr30 I built, an aquatic life hybrid, and now I have an 8b ati powermodule. The powermodule puts out the nicest lighting I have EVER seen. The aquatic life hybrid fixture looks okay, very cost effective, but it has multiple wires, and no programmability capabilities. DIY can yield good results.
  14. I'm a big fan of led+t5!
  15. Hmm. This would look really nice in my 120g and save me some scape headaches when I move.... I want.... still have it?
  16. I've got my 48" hybrid I dont need anymore. Upgraded to a powermodule and figured I'd let this go to someone that'll use it! Includes 5 month old bulbs+ 2 or 3 bulbs I'm unsure of age on. Asking $180obo
  17. Upgraded to my all time dream light fixture, an 8 bulb ati powermodule. This+ the calcium reactor this week should help my sps start really taking off. Thanks again Jeff @CuttleFishandCoral! Still battling dinos/cyano. I've found if I vacuum the sand really well It goes away for about 4 days, but were 6 days out from the last water change. Working on another tonight!
  18. Recently traded some work with Jeff@CuttleFishandCoral for this sweet aquamaxx reactor setup. Got it up yesterday, gonna start tuning it in today! Have had some issues purging the air from the reactor body and dont wanna risk inconsistency until my pump stops screaming with every air bubble it sucks up. Now to get a peristaltic pump, and apex to run my ph monitor. But even without those things, will be nice to stop blowing money on kalkwasser @2tbsp/gal in the ato+ manually dosing 2 part because kalk just doesn't keep up with 40+ quickly growing sps frags.Waiting on some new xr30 g4 pros to arrive then lighting will soon be upgraded. Still been battling some sort of nuisance algae/bacteria. Not entirely sure if its dinos, did a water change and siphoned out as much as possible and it hasn't returned in the past 2 days. Added some more sweet sps, and some cool wrasses since my last update. I also decided to get a diamond goby to help maintain my sandbed.
  19. Thanks for the shout out Jeff! Hope everything stays solid on the boat! I think this would be a SWEEET addition to the forum, especially right now with everyone's work and life in general being so all over the place! Thanks man! Love wrenching on your b5!
  20. Man if I had the space for a chiller I would snag this so quick.
  21. What brand is it? What kinda gph does it need fed?
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