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  1. In case you did not see it, MD has the AquaMaxx branded dry Fiji rock in stock, which is supposed to be the real ripped from the ocean stuff like BRS used to carry. https://www.marinedepot.com/AquaMaxx_Fiji_Premium_Dry_Live_Rock_25_lbs_Dry_Rock_for_Saltwater_Reef_Aquariums-AquaMaxx-UJ2225-FISSLR-vi.html http://aquamaxxaquariums.com/reef-rock/fiji-premium/
  2. Nice tank. I've never owned one myself, but Biota Captive Bred Court Jester/Rainford Gobies are available. They are small and are supposed to graze on hair algae. Supposedly the captive-bred ones also take prepared foods better than the wild-caught ones which do not have a great survival record.
  3. Not sure if you carbon dose, but I got this lethargic swimming from the two most active fish in my tank when I started dosing Red Sea NoPox. I used their recommended dose, but I think it made the aerobic bacteria so active it drove down the O2 for the fish. They did not have labored breathing that I could tell and I never got the cloudiness of a bacterial bloom, but they did swim that way and sometimes just laid there on the sand/rock. I reduced the dose, and increased surface agitation for more gas exchange and they returned to normal the next day. Might be something to look at if you do. Good luck, I hope you are able to save your fish.
  4. When I had my 5ft tank, I would use a maxi-jet and just go over the rock. These days turkey baster, since I don't have as much square footage to cover. I did see Ryan at BRS showed a simple way in yesterday's live stream that I'm definitely stealing next time I go big (https://youtu.be/y3_9Ju8_esw?t=3362). Ziptie a utility pump to an acrylic rod or other reef-safe material like PVC pipe, then you can aim your blasting without getting your hands wet.
  5. Nice on moving to RODI filtering at home--so much better than lugging around 5gal buckets from the LFS. There is probably no such thing as absolute best, but when I was attempting to rely only on water changes for my nano, I had decent results with Red Sea Coral Pro (Black bucket). It has extra elevated Ca and Alk levels over the blue bucket, so if you are not dosing, it might keep your levels up with consumption better. Red Sea does recommend black bucket for the "Mixed Reef" Reef Care Recipe. That stuff is spendy though. Right now I am using LiveAquaria Professional Reef Salt, which is rumored to be re-badged Fritz RPM, which has gotten decent reviews itself. I could not resist the black friday deal they were offering it at, I think $33 for the Box or bucket. At $50, its still not a bad deal. I have not had any issues with it. Good luck! Edit: One difference I should note if it means anything to you is mixing time might vary a little bit. In my experience Red Sea salts mix really fast, in fact, I believe their documentation mentions that you should just mix it, raise the the temp, then use it within a few hours. I have noticed some buildup would precipitate out of RSCP if I left it mixing too long and leave a brown residue in my mixing bucket. I used to use Instant Ocean and it would remain cloudy for hours and I believe they would advise to wait 24 hours after mixing for it to stabilize, though I don't think it precipitated out much if I left it in the mixing container.
  6. From Tunze (https://www.tunze.com/US/en/products/catalogue/categories.html?user_tunzeprod_pi1[predid]=-infoxober010): So it is fairly submersible, but heats the water a bit when running submerged. I love the marketing talk: its not a bug, its a feature. Its not that it increases the temperature of your water when submerged--no,no, it actually "relieves pressure from your heater". But at this wattage, it might not add up to much in larger system volumes. Also, I imagine in the submerged application, there will be a lot less light lost upward because it won't be reflecting off a water surface. I had a fuge-type light I in my old system that I ran off-hours at night, but just the reflected light spill coming from behind my cabinet made my living room look like some sort of a grow-operation to my neighbors. Thanks for the write up. If this light fits the budget for my next build I might give it a try--seems to be a really good size, clean and unobtrusive.
  7. I would also agree with the comments about going big if you are going cube. I have a smaller cube now, and honestly, I would have preferred either a traditional rectangular tank or a large cube. I enjoy watching my fish swim from side to side, but the cube really encourages the more active fish to take a more "circular" route, if that makes sense. Going deeper into the tank rather than crossing it. And some have found aquscaping small cubes to be a challenge. Good luck in whatever you choose to do!
  8. Welcome! Wow, your previous tank was a beauty! Nice work. I know a lot of people are loving the Red Sea Reefers lately. Good luck with your future build. Given your past results, I bet most of us would love to see what you are able to do!
  9. I think it depends on the clientele you are hoping to have. Asking here, you are polling a self-selecting group of a lot of fairly hard-core reefers. I suspect many of us know exactly what we are interested in and would like the warehouse style shop with rows of frag tanks full of bright corals, and the basics for dry goods. Kinda like a gadget-oriented person who knows what they are looking for would prefer a Fry's Electronics over a Best Buy. But on the other hand, if I am divorced dad trying to bond with my child over her interest in Finding Nemo and want a reliable LFS so I can learn how to set up a saltwater tank together with my kid, perhaps getting bitten by the "upgrade" bug down the line... I might get intimidated by a warehouse-style place. It could feel like it was "pros-only"... I moved up here from Orange County California, where there were a ridiculous number of LFS around, and when I was a noob, I totally felt unwelcome at some of the fancy warehousey ones with their endless rows of frag tanks with pricey fuzzy sticks and $65+ per head polyp frags. The owners/workers were so busy and interested in hanging out and "talking reef" with their local regulars that they made newcomers feel they had no place there. Anyway, I'm not sure how to vote, so I will abstain. Right now I think I do prefer the idea of a warehouse setting, but me ten years ago would vote strip mall. Good luck with your venture, I hope it works out.
  10. Seems like cone skimmers based on Sicce PSK pumps are becoming something of a commodity. Aquamaxx, BubbleMagus, Eshopps, IceCap all have similar lines. However, I like how Red Sea is actually trying to add some innovation here with their "FoamView" window and manual neck cleaner. I always wanted to try a motorized neck cleaner, but it didn't seem worth the 150+ bucks when a paper towel can do the same job. This line looks interesting. Color me intrigued.
  11. I was able to make it in for this event Sunday afternoon and picked up an awesome Biota captive bred Coral Beauty at a great price! Its tiny but colors are great, and the thing eats like a pig and is very active. Only my second visit, but I love how C&C is committed to aquacultured fish and corals. I will return for all my future fishy needs.
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