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  1. Taylorhardy1

    24” T5 light

    Id be willing to buy the extra bulbs if you're willing to sell em!
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    Recommendations for 180 gallon aquarium lighting

    On my 6x2 footprint build that I've been working on I've got 3 radion xr30g4 pros, and I'm gonna supplement with 6 t5s on a controller. Definitely a less than budget friendly option, but in my experience nothing compares to radion/t5 hybrid. I did look into sb reef lights pretty heavily. They're producing some crazy results, and they're cheap.
  3. Unfortunately life has gone in all the wrong directions in the last few months. I was just laid off from my job this morning, to add to my already enormous list of life stress. About 3 weeks ago my dosing pump burnt up the alk pump and I didn't catch it for probably 2 days. Crashed my tank, and I lost about 4k in most of my nicest acros. After the 5k in losses from aefw earlier this year, I've been pushed to the point of needing a break for a while. I apologize in advance for the potato quality photos, I will try to get out my DSLR and get some better photos later this week. I understand I won't get anywhere near the retail prices I picked the corals up for but I would really appreciate a little help recuperating some of the amount I've invested. First up is a greened out multi branch jf homewrecker frag. I got this piece about 2 weeks before the crash, and it was one of 2 tenuis that survived (out of 13 total) It lost almost all color, but has returned to a bright yellow/green and the purple/blue tips are coming back in. I believe it will quickly return to its full rainbow of colors with some time and care in a healthy tank. Asking $400obo Next is the LRO candy apple Bonita. Shows a green/gold base, pink and orange coralites with red polyps. I paid $400 for this chunk, would like to get $300 obo. Next is an orange acan colony I saved about 8 months ago. It was about 2/3 it's current size, and color was quite washed-out. It's got some yellow coming in on a few polyps now, could turn out really cool. Easily 40+ heads, about 4" across. Asking $125 obo Next is a jf devils brew favia. Really nice colors, 30+ eyes. $75obo Next is an LA Lakers tubinaria-$30 Og 500 dollar efflo frags-$10 Ora tri color valida frag-$15 PC rainbow encrusted frag plug-$10 Kryptonite candycane frags-$10 each Hydnophora frags-$10 each Wwc splatter hammer frag-$20 Purple/green hammer frag-$10 All prices are obo. Thanks!
  4. Allowing the blue lighting to make the colors pop is different than the actual oversaturation I see so often when ordering corals online. Ive gotten $300 Cornbred acros directly from cb that were less impressive than some $20 pieces Ive gotten from Jeff.
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    High end acros, a large acan colony, and other frags.

    Its only colored up more since I got it. Its the nicest rainbow wellso I've come across imo. It'd take a high offer to convince me to let it go. Lol.
  6. Cornbred oversaturates their pictures like no other too. I've yet to receive any Cornbred pieces that are even 1/2 as impressive as they look in photos. I feel like oversaturated pictures make ordering corals more like gambling.
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    High end acros, a large acan colony, and other frags.

    You got it! Thats all the efflo frags called for. I do have the base I cut the frags from as well, willing to let that go for $30 6"x2.5" piece
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    High end acros, a large acan colony, and other frags.

    I'm not sure if I'm gonna get out of the hobby entirely for a little while, or if I'm just gonna take a break from acros. This piece right here is the one reason I can't decide. Lol
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    High end acros, a large acan colony, and other frags.

    I saw some stuff about your crash. Sorry to hear man... My alk crashed to 4.7dkh when I caught it. I had already lost about 50% of my acros. Calcium spiked to 710. Ever since I brought things back to where they need to be most of my corals are doing great. Out of the 44 acros I had in the tank before, I think I have 14 now. Lost a jf beach bum monti, and some other high end sps too. I still have a few skeletons in my tank from some pieces I was super proud of. Can't bring myself to remove them yet.
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    High end acros, a large acan colony, and other frags.

    You got it. You're welcome to come get them whenever this week. It's been rough, but ill get it figured out. There's always a light at the end of the tunnel.
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    Total Sell off... Exiting the hobby for a bit.

    I'll take the skimmer, and if you still have any of that blue/rainbow tenuis Ill buy it back haha.
  12. I made some acro frags a while ago while I was battling aefw and never managed to sell them. I recently cut up some euphyllia, and popped off my anemones to make more space for sps. ora tri color valida xxl frag:$30 500 dollar efflo frags:$20 each Unknown tri color frag:$10 Unknown tri color 7" tall "colony" on a small rock with mind blowing palys: $20 Wwc splatter hammer frags:$15/head 2x 4-5" Black widow bubble tip anemones: $50 each More and better pictures coming tomorrow!
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    Frags, black widow bta's, 18"+ snowflake eel

    Shoot me a message!
  14. I have some 500 dollar efflo.
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    Amazing new shipments!

    Is this Millie or frags of it still available?
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    Automotive Gurus

    Your ignition is regulated by the ignition fuse/relay. You will rip your hair out trying to chase issues without finding your baseline. To test continuity you simply pull the fuse/ relay, and place the prongs from the multimeter into the ports the fuse slides into. No outside power needed because all your testing is if it's a complete electrical circuit or not, not for actual power. When you turn the key on, your ignition should be 12v all the time. The first thing I would do is test for power at the distributor. If you turn the key, and press the prongs to the prongs on the connector and you should see 12v. If you see 12v getting to the distributer it's not a wiring problem, but a mechanical issue. That's when you start chasing sensors, and other things. The alarm system could have an immobilizer that wouldn't allow spark, but I wouldn't think it'd be too likely. Typically they shut down the fuel system because raw fuel in cylinders can create numerous issues. First things first, check for power to the distributor, if you have power no need to test continuity and you can rule out a wiring problem within that system. You'll want a multimeter for this because numbers are important. You can test the continuity with the test light, but I prefer a multimeter for everything electrical.
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    Automotive Gurus

    Are you getting power at the distributor? Have you checked for continuity in the fuse location? That fuse links the electrical circuit. So if the circuit is clean and complete you will have continuity, if there's grounds or other components missing then it will not have continuity. This is how myself, and many other mechanics verify and find wiring issues without spending a bunch of unnecessary time looking at what it could be, vs what it actually is. The easiest way to find the number you'll be looking for is turn your multimeter on to the continuity setting, look at the numbers it gives you when the circuit is open and make a mental note of them, then press the prongs together and that's perfect continuity, and that's the number you'll be shooting for. Most multimeters will just spew out random numbers when the circuit is open, then drop and hold steady close to 0 if there's continuity.
  18. Recently I decided I was losing the battle with aefw in my display, and decided to setup a qt and get the upperhand on them. Well, it's been about 3 weeks, and I haven't seen any flatworms, or eggs in the last 15 days. I just dipped today, and everything was looking great. Now I'm just looking to get rid of the extra frags I have. Would still always recommend a precautionary dip on anything. Ive got 4 of 500 dollar efflo frags to get rid of. Asking $20 for the smaller 2, and $25 for the larger 2 on the 2nd row. Next up is a small multi branch Tierra Del fuego frag I accidentally broke off my mini colony. Asking $10 Next up I've got a small sunset Milli frag. Green/gold base tissue, red polyps. Asking $10 Last up for now is a bunch of green cap pieces I broke off my colony while removing acros and rescaping. Take them all and get em out of my display for me. 😊
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    A few acro frags, and free green monti cap!

    You got it! As of right now 1 small efflo frag, the tierra Del fuego, and Millie are pending. Ideally just want someone to just come get all these monti pieces too. They're free! Great to try your hand at ridiculously easy sps.
  20. I recently fragged up my ca og $500 efflo while fighting aefw. Ive got 4 extra frags just sitting in qt with the rest of my acros. Ive got pink/orange cap, blue polyp green cap, and a bland green cap as well.
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    Meet up at Cuttlefish and Corals

    I dropped by yesterday with the intention of getting a purple+ bulb, and maybe a few cheap frags. Walked out with $160 in frags, and didn't even remember to ask about my bulb. So many ridiculously nice corals, and fish in there right now.
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    What's your favorite SPS/LPS Coral

    It's been a depressing few months for sure. I was shocked at how willing they were to help me out. They've already got my replacement frags cut and healing, and are giving me a massive discount on them. It's pretty much the best news I've gotten in the last few months. Lol. The new process for additions should prevent anything getting into my display again. With as much as I've already dumped into the new build I've been planning, I can't afford anymore high end coral losses, and definitely not allowing another catastrophic mistake slip through the cracks. Sorry for the threadjack Brandon!
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    What's your favorite SPS/LPS Coral

    Ive still got about 20-24 different acros. About 10 of which are encrusted colonies that seem to be resistant to the aefw. Ive actually got a multiple stage quarantine setup im in the midst of acquiring equipment for to be setup after I move. 2 stages dedicated for acro frags to sit in each stage for 60 days at a time, while receiving Bayer dips weekly. 1 additional setup will be used for wild colonies while they de-stress a bit before chopping frags off. I spoke with the person that sold me my ultra high end pack, and they said they would happily help me out with another due to how terrible my situation has ended up. One of many reasons I love dealing with good people off of forums vs a fish store, or vendor. Retail value on the 18 frags I got would have totaled well over 4-5k. I felt like a terrible person watching all of them get eaten like a rare delicacy. The day I get the first stage of my frag tank ready I'll be ordering another identical pack so hopefully I'll be better prepared when those get here. I've started hunting for good vendors for unique and colorful wild/mariculture colonies as well. Would be interested to hear of anywhere you guys recommend for that.
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    Where is the best place to go?

    My favorite fish store I've found in Oregon is @CuttleFishandCoral by far. They have a very nice, clean, organized store, full of extremely nice corals and fish at great prices. They're in Portland, so a bit of a drive, but they're worth checking out for sure!
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    Your entire comment was spot on. But this definitely impacts me the most considering the losses Ive had over the last 6 weeks. There's plenty of "cheap" ($10-20) sps out there to get you into that world a bit. However cheap sps usually means bland, boring colors, and much less interesting growth patterns. I added a lot of cheaper sps. Never qt'd, dip processes varied, and I was quite honestly setting myself up for failure. Then after I had all those cheap pieces growing like weeds, I figured it was time to dive into the really high end stuff, $200+ acro nubs. Lost almost every named piece in my system now. My highest value acros would be tough to sell frags off of for more than $20. If you ever plan on keeping a coral or fish worth more than $30, I'd definitely say quarantine EVERYTHING. It's the most heartbreaking thing in the world to see corals you spent months working towards, and countless hours looking for, just get devoured by a pest. Knowing how little you can actually do to save it. After this whole ordeal I've actually begun building dedicated quarantine systems for my new house. Never ever gonna let another pest get into my main system.