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  1. Hi guys, just joined the PNWMAS a couple weeks ago. Wish I'd know about this two years ago... Anyway, I have my own kiln/forge and have been making ceramic frag plugs for quite a while now and was thinking about starting to sell them I would probably be selling around 50 or so standard plugs for around 10 ish dollars depending on color and size and such. My main point is that I was curious if anyone would be interested in buying them. I would need to have quite a few people interested or at least a big order being that it costs a lot to run a big kiln and for that price, I wouldn't be making really anything, but I enjoy making them and having a reason to play with mud and fire. So let me know if you'd be interested or not. Also let me know if this is the right place to post this or not haha.
  2. First off, I would like to start off by thanking PowderBlue, WingRider62 and Garrett from TPA. I wouldn't have been able to do this without you guys. Today I finally finished setting up my 60 gallon lagoon and connecting it to my main display. ...but where did this all start? About a month ago, I came across WingRider62's 6 bulb T5 fixture on the forum and decided the deal was too sweet that I had to grab it. On the way north, I stopped by TPA and they had this tank sitting in the back of the store. I knew it would fit the light, so I grabbed it too. I got back home and unloaded them, but they sat in my garage for a couple weeks because I didn't have a stand. I saw Powderblue selling his stand and sump, but couldn't pick it up during the week because of work and finals. with the sump below the aquarium: Right after my finals finished, I left the testing room and began drawing my plumbing plans....on the back of my final. I knew I couldn't get the old sump out from below the 75, so I decided to re-implement it as an auto top-off reservoir as shown below. I went and ordered all the pieces online and began to wait. After failing and wasting too many materials in my life, I finally...FINALLY realized what separates the men from the boys and it's measuring. So, I went and re-drew everything to scale on multiple pieces of cardboard. This: ...became this: The refugium was going to be below the tank and I didn't want it to shine through at night, so when some PVC was drying, I added some aquarium backdrop to the bottom of the aquarium. Outside of the aquarium is blue and inside is black. I had to size everything up, so two nights ago, the living room looked like this (if you look closely there is actually a toothbrush on the ground). I was sizing up a lot of the larger pieces before I glued them. I knew even with measuring, nothing was going to fit snugly. Zip ties were key. Before I had everything on the lagoon completely glued, I went and painted some of the PVC black because I didn't want the white to distract. Once all the plumbing was done for the lagoon, I had to begin plumbing the display. I screwed up when I originally designed the overflow and had to cut it to implement to new plumbing. Here is what it looked like: Once I cut the display overflow, the clock was ticking. It no longer had a sump and a lot of the equipment had to be temporarily moved around. Eventually, I sized everything up, but the worse part was I realized I didn't have enough water to supply my new tank and sump, so there was a lot of waiting. People! Make extra water! Anyhow...I had a lot of time to clean out my old sump while I waited. Here is what it looks like now. It is going to be used as an auto top-off reservoir. I was also getting sick of remaking my two part calcium and alkalinity solutions every couple months, so I upgraded to 5 gallon containers. Everything eventually came online. Being in a rental home, it would be the end of me if all the water spilled, but I fearfully went to bed. I had known that there is always minor leaks, so I threw some towels down around the tanks. When I woke up this morning, I sprinted over to my aquarium to find everything ALIVE! A couple towels were wet, but nothing I couldn't clean up. Here is what it looked like after I transferred some of the coral. Now for the part that was the most complicated. The main sump. P.S. Zip ties are still attached for safety reasons. Let me dissect this monstrosity. On the left, we have the return pump, going to a a 1 inch true union check valve and then a four-way junction. On the four-way is a 1" return to the main display, 3/4" return to the frag tank (with gate valves) and currently a screw-on cap. Eventually, I plan to route this junction straight through the wall behind the tanks and into the garage. It would give me the opportunity to have water change reservoirs out of sight from the public and have easy access for disposal. It's not happening anytime soon, but I hope that in the future I will never have to lift another bucket. On the right, is the drains (and emergency) from the tanks, skimmer, heaters and refugium. I was so pissed off that I glued that gate valve at an angle, but if that's the worse of my problems. Who cares. Although, that refugium light did fall into my tank early this morning and I immediately pulled on the cord to get it out. The light never went off, nor did the power bar or breaker, so I unplugged it and let it dry. Once dry, I plugged the bulb in, but couldn't remember if I left it on or off...it started making a slight buzzing noise, so I assumed it was on. I tried turning it "off" but that was really on and the thing exploded. No light bulb in sight, half the fixture was gone and this time the breaker blew. Luckily, I had an extra lying around. People, before you build a tank, do these things: 1. Keep the power off, until everything is in place. I learned that the hard way. 2. Make enough water before you start. Count on leaks and count on overshooting your guesstimate. It never hurts to make extra. 3. I had to cut a couple bulk heads because they were either damaged, too small, or had silt in them. Be careful with them because you often don't have any to spare. 4. PVC is made to fit only a certain size. Build it at the store, bring it home with a couple pieces in excess. When it is 3 am and you need a 1" to 3/4" adapter because something is leaking...ya, just buy extras and return them as needed. Home depot is cool like that. All in all, this is what the tanks looked like late tonight. They are operational, with a few minor things to come. You'll just have to wait and see.
  3. So I'm still helping my nephew set up his tank, it's coming along but still looking for coral! Looking for Xenia, Mushrooms, Toadstools or Toadstool frags, leathers, devils hand, palys, zoa's, green star polyps, clove polyps, ANYTHING!! Free would be nice but I can pay as well! Also looking for cheaper live rock, like $1 or $1.50 pound, dry live rock is great too. Need around 20-40 pounds. Also looking for some things for myself 😁 I need live rock as well, Open Brain corals, Bubble corals, rock Flower anemones, maxi mini carpet anemones, large Toadstools, green bubble tip anemone, all colors bubble tip anemones
  4. I'm looking for a green bubble tip anemone or two, other colors as well. Also looking for a large bubble tip anemone any color, 6 inches plus, and live rock, dry rock is fine. Really looking for cheap rock $1-$1.50 pound if possible! Thanks everyone!
  5. I'm looking for a few corals for myself, all colors Bubble tip anemones especially green, on the lookout for open brain corals all colors but especially reds and pinks, acans, larger Toadstools, larger Xenia rocks, rock flower anemones, maxi mini carpet anemones, Palythoas Grandis (really large Palythoas) larger leather corals, or just let me know what you want to sell! Also need about 20-40 pounds of live rock dry is fine, prefer to pay around $1-$1.50 per pound, and ALWAYS buying Reef Salt! If you have any reef salt you don't need I'll buy it
  6. BeasileyBub

    93 gaL cube+everything $1200

    Hi All, I'm looking to sell my whole system and everything that comes with it. I'm listing it with a super low ball price in hopes that someone will come and snatch it up hassle free. The only thing I am willing to part out at this moment is my Marine Beta. He's a special guy and I would like to find him a good home. I've had him for a minimum of three years. He eats out of your hand and is often out during the day, even though they are nocturnal. He's a very social fish, which is abnormal for them, and often comes to the glass when someone approaches the tank. He's extremely beautiful and likely 4-5" long. The blue and yellow coloring is very vibrant. He has cohabitated with shrimp and crabs before. Although, I think he eventually ate them. It's hard to tell. I'm asking $80 for him. What comes with the system. Tank: 93 gaL starfire cube with overflow and no scratches. Dimensions are LxWxH=30x30x25 inches (not exactly a cube but close enough). The tank was made is 2013 and is in exceptional shape. The stand is 29.5 inches tall with two openings and a carbon fiber looking skin over the frame. Will come with all the featured coral and fish. Listed in full below. Circulation for the tank used an Ecotech mp 40 wQd with wireless quietdrive driver purchased 2/25/2015. I clean the propeller once a month in vinegar. System is very well cared for. Sump/Refugium+ Skimmer: underneath there is an Eshopps R-200 sump. This sump is exceptionally quiet. You can barely hear water flowing through it. There is are fittings built in for an automatic top off. Here is a link to the sumps specifications: http://www.eshopps.com/products/filters/refugium/r200/ Ones of the compartments houses the Reef Octopus Classic 152-s purchased 11/1/2015 from marine depot. https://www.marinedepot.com/Reef_Octopus_Classic_152_S_Protein_Skimmer_In_Sump_Protein_Skimmers_for_Aquariums_Reefs-Reef_Octopus-CV25195-FIPSIS-vi.html Comes with titanium Finex 300W heater with guard and Finex temperature controller purchased august 2016 (comes with a backup brand new finext titanium heater) Lighting: Radion Gen2 it's a xr30w with wide angle lenses (I may still have the box that this came in). I still have the regular lenses that came with it. Comes with one power supply to operate it and comes with an extra power supply. Serviced and repaired by Ecotech after a failure, hence having two. The lead time was too long for the repair so I purchased another PS. Comes with a custom hanging rod that has been bent and attaches to the backside of the tank frame. Pretty classy. Fish+Critters: Sand sifting starfish (probably two in there. It's hard to tell) Conch Mating black & orange oscellaris Bonded blue spotted watchman goby and pistol shrimp Pacific Blue Tang (has some facial scarring) 3-4" Large Marine Beta 4-5" (optional, read description above) Coral+Things: 3 large bubble tip anemones. The two larger ones are around 10" in diameter during the day. The smaller of the 3 is 6-7". Deep acro colony, split up after the coral fell off the rock 2 frogspawn colonies. One the size of a pommelo 6" diameter the other is a cluster 2 large detached heads of frogspawn Another smaller colony probably 3" diameter Another small colony probably 1.5-2" diameter Orange montipora colony Purple and neone yellow green acro Deep purple something acro, struggling Blastomussa colony pink & light blue Large devils hand mushroom Random small acro-pink color Purple gorgonias in 3-4 locations Multi colored-purple, light plue, and some pink when in full color favia coral 2.5" long probably 0.5-0.75 wide Pink and baby blue favia 3" diametere. half of the colony is present. It was recently stung and is in recovery large light blue green lobophyllia with minimum 5 heads 2 heads of colored lobophyllia--vibrant version of colored lobophyllia here https://secure.liveaquaria.com/product/437/brain-coral-lobophyllia?pcatid=437&c=597+321+437 there are mushroom corals all over the place. The rock work has hydrophorna on it and will require some cleanup if you want to eradicate it struggling red and green man of war colony (I believe that's the name), almost dead Extras: -I believe I have all of the boxes for the more expensive equipment Any remaining salt I have 4-5 filter socks 2 refractometers wifi to hard connector used for a controller Hammerhead magnetic cleaner (probably) an extra pump Chemical test kit putty for attaching corals phosban charcoal addictives nitrate reducer calcium finex 300w titanium heater backup pump for the system, it's brand new and in the box seaside aquarics 8" aquarium viewer I have a whole chest of stuff and part of a cupboard of items that I will throw in
  7. I need a Full Spec LED light fixture and want to get something programmable or 2 channel day/night. I'm looking for an OR T247 or a 20" Current Orbit If you have either, or something comparable please let me know what you got! thanks
  8. 12/13/2017 Final update, only equipment left: ________________________________________________________________________ 12/5/2017 OLD Hello everyone, I'm breaking down my 120 and want to sell everything. Individual prices are below, view the pictures and checkout the prices in the second link. Call or text 503 442 9901, I'm located in NE Portland. Pictures of corals: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D4kybOIzItbo5Tm3W5mpIXlufva923yX/view?usp=sharing Prices (3 tabs): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1So7YvpoZ_b5SCNRxV5GR-b4ljNM3BmID/view?usp=sharing Overview of my setup:
  9. ChevApache58

    Red Planet Frag - Large

    I have a nice sized red planet frag for sale. It's been growing like craZy, shooting out all over the place. Looking to get $50 for it or trade for other corals/power heads. This thing has been growing and growing since the original post, I'll add some updated pics tomorrow but it's looking really good and getting big! Mother Colony!
  10. My torts have been growing real stringy lately. Anyone know if this is a lighting issue or chemistry? I switched all if my lighting to led, but this was a few years back. My chemistry seams to fluctuate due to an unreliable calcium reactor, but this isn't anything new either. Has anyone else had this problem? Thanks.
  11. So I've had something come up and I'm just not getting many hours at work so I'm hurting for a little cash this week, here's a few corals and a nice bta for sale. Sorry my camera on my phone takes terrible pics #1- Beautiful Rose Bubble Tip Anenome on it's own rock, bta is about 3 1/2 inches $25 #2- Orange Ricordea Rock, 4 large orange Ricordias and several babies on it's own rock $20 #3- Large Green Hairy Mushroom rock, 10 plus large green Hairy mushrooms on own larger rock (I'll try for a better pic later) $25 #4- Zoa rock, rock with 2 types zoas, 14 plus pinwheels and 3 plus unknown zoas? $15 #5- Large Rock With 18 plus orange bam bam zoanthids, large red and blue spotted mushroom, blue clove polyps, green Palythoas, quarter sized purple and green Hairy mushroom, octopus ink xenia (hard to see entire rock and its size so ill try for a better pic later) $25 #6- Rock With ~10 orange zoas with yellow skirts, octopus ink xenia and small green/blue speckled mushroom $10 #7- Green Monti Cap With Blue Polyps $5 #8- Green Hammer Coral 3 heads $10 If you would like better individual pics pm me and I'll try my best! Forest Grove area
  12. I'm looking for someone local (forest grove, Gaston, Hillsboro, Cornelius, beaverton or tigard) that has a used (but working) hang on the back filter that would work for a ~20 Gallon tank, just a cheaper hob is fine, also looking for a spare 100 or 150 watt Aquarium heater. Would be great if I could find both together but not a deal breaker if they're not. Also on the lookout for a hanging kit for an LED fixture! Will buy $ or trade for coral? Thanks!
  13. I have a few corals for sale, trying to make room. Sorry I know the pictures are not the best! YELLOW/GREEN MAXI MINI CARPET ANENOME $15 (it's kind of folded in the pics, it's hard to get a decent picture) SMALL ROCK WITH GREEN MUSHROOM AND ANTHELIA $5. LARGE GREEN AND PURPLE RICORDIA MUSHROOM $7 (hard to tell how big it is in the pic but its approx 5 inches across) SMALL ROCK WITH KENYA TREE CORAL AND SMALL RED AND BLUE SPOTTED MUSHROOM $4 (a little hard to see in the pics) MONTI CAP GREEN WITH BLUE POLYPS $10 SMALLGREEN/BLUE MUSHROOM $2 GREEN HAIRY MUSHROOM $3 KENYA TREE CORAL FRAGS $2 XENIA FRAG $4. GREEN WITH RED BULB TIPS MAJANO ANENOMES $2 Take everything for $40! Text 503-935-6334
  14. I'm thinking about getting some magnetic frag plugs, I have two diy ones now, I took the magnets off some old powerheads I had that don't work anymore and covered them in epoxy and let it dry. Then I glued some zoas on them, it worked great but I think a few real ones would be nice because I'd like to try some monti cap on the glass. So does anyone know of a good place to get any, even a good place online that sells them (preferably without a crazy shipping fee) and what they usually sell them for? Or if anyone has any they want to sell or trade for, or any old powerheads laying around with magnets that would be great too! I'm sure I could give you a couple $ or frag or something. Any advice would be awesome!
  15. Hey so looking at getting a couple people together who would wanna go in and buy a beautiful coral colony. Reefnjunkie has a nice colony of Upscales microcladas for 250.00 its 8x10 if we can get 3 more ppl in we could all get a 4x5 colony for $62.5 let me know who all is interested.
  16. Hi everyone, I am trying to get back to this. I used to have a 90g display and 55 sump/fuge that I had just gotten the way I liked and was building livestock when I moved to the Seattle area (from Corvallis) and couldn't take it. In a condo I lived in at first, I converted a standard 29g aqeon tank into a peninsula by adding some black acrylic to one end. I'll post pictures soon, but I've got about 4-5" on one side that's behind the acrylic. It's split roughly in half with an over/under so there's a 3-4" overflow from the main tank to a 'fuge', then over/under to the return section. return is powered with a hydor pico 70 (20" head max). flow: I've got two hydor koralia 240s running now and am trying to clean up a koralia 700. assuming about 25g of display, that's 47x water flow, but I'm thinking I'll put the 240s on a simple wavemaker, so it'll be more like 37x flow (still not counting the 70gph return's flow). lighting: dual 20w LED, one 10000K, the other actinic blue, can be separately timed. Have a moonlight kit I need to assemble was thinking of adding a submersible light for PAR in the 'fuge' to grow chaeto or micro on a grid for nutrient export, have not purchased yet substrate: Tank was initially set up about 2 years ago, was stabilizing for about 4 months, then I moved to my house and it's been having zero maintenance since then (luckily no livestock except substrate). Not even topoff or heater. no flow, zero maintenance. about 40lbs of rock, mostly dry, about 10lbs was live two years ago... about 2" of sand. was from one of those questionable 'live sand' bags (again, 2 years ago) Yes, I have a BRS 5-stage RODI. I've just got the tanked topped up and am starting a series of 5g water changes, hoping to replace most of the water within a month (5g at a time). I'm ignoring the tank's salinity while doing these, just making sure the new water is dead on. Choices to make: * Do I put a ~5000K submersible light bar in the 'fuge' and grow chaeto or have grid for microalgae? or do I put a tiny skimmer in there? Maybe both if I put the skimmer above the return pump? * Have a topoff I haven't set up yet, should I add nutrients to this? I have a 10g glass laying around I'll probably use to store the source and a diaphragm pump I'll use to move the water * Should I bother with a backpack skimmer? I have an old one (have to check brand) that I once had on a 55g I could probably use livestock: None yet, but I have a vision! I would love to make this an SPS tank with VERY minimal motile livestock. at most, I'm thinking a shrimp or two and MAYBE a small fish (goby?). I'm imagining a tank of montis and acros and something encrusting. I would consider a LPS or something too, especially lower in the tank So once I get the water changes through, I think I'll get 10lbs ish of LR rubble to stick in the return area, just to make sure there's still something live in there. Probably chuck in some tiny shred of something from the seafood aisle and let that ride for a while. Then I'll get to livestock. Thoughts? I know there's a bunch of nano people here, so please give your suggestions for livestock and for my 'choices' that are pending.
  17. bamburgb

    lots of GSP

    I have a lot of gsp mostly bigger rocks around 8-10lbs with most of the rocks covered in it, I am thinking of re organizing my tank this week and am looking to see if anyone is interested in trade or buying any?
  18. I have a hob fuge for trade, it's measurements are 20"16"4". It's in good shape and the pump works perfectly. I have no use for it and it's taking up space. I'll even throw in some free chaeto or other macro algae I have! I'll accept lots of things for trade, especially coral, also need another powerhead (approx 450 gph or so) and also looking for a Banghaii Cardinal fish, also a Green Mandarin fish so just let me know what you have to trade! I'm located in the forest grove area so I'm hoping to find someone in the Washington county area as well.
  19. So, when I first saw this in my tank, I was excited because I thought it was coralline algae, then someone told me that it didn't look right and to see what happens if i touch it with my cleaning stick. I did so and it floated off my rock. "Yep, thats not good stuff and need to get it out of your tank." I was told to turn my lights off for 3 days and that should take care of the most of it, but now what? My Polyps were doing so awesome and growing huge, then this purple stuff came along and now they won't even open up. I don't think it's "red algae" because it looks like it was all over my live rock only, not stringy or on my sub straight at all. What is this stuff and are my polyps doomed??? Before of polyps During the "purple attack" Any and all help/advise is great!! Would love to know what this is, why it is in my tank all of the sudden, and how to get rid of it. Also, will my polyps come back?? As for the tank, nothing has been done to it in the past week to two weeks. I do water changes once a month, some times twice a month, but have been cutting back. Nothing new in the tank, well established, over a year old.
  20. I have an almost new (6 months old, used 5 months) almost perfect condition Current USA Orbit Marine LED light fixture for sale. Paid $120 for it but I'll sell it for $60 so it's a great deal! It's 18-24", comes with a remote control. Located in forest grove, can meet in Beaverton, Aloha or hillsboro. You can text me 971-470-4424
  21. I have a larger live rock, about 9-10 inches with lots of green button polyps growing on it I'd like to trade for something else. I'm having trouble posting pictures but I can email or text them 971-470-4424 located in forest grove
  22. Dual 400 Watt Metal Halide Ballast w/cords Pictures: http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/pet/5456836299.html Ballast is in good used condition with a few paint chips/scratches. It does power on. Makes a slight humming/buzzing sound when on. I believe this is normal for most MH Ballasts. It has a date of Nov. 05 on back label. I assume this is the manufacture date. I bought this new but can't recall the date of purchase. It has been kept in dry storage for several years. Ballast was used in aquarium application. The cords are in ok shape - could use a little cleaning on the prong plugs. There is two (2) 400 watt XM bulbs. Not sure the age of the bulbs. Even though the bulbs light up, they probably should be replaced to get true spectrum and intensity. Manufacture: Sunlight Supply Inc. Vancouver, WA USA BW 2 Dual MH-400 Plus Start 120V 8A 800Watt 60Hz This ballast operates 2 metal halide mogul base lamps (400watt type M 135) $45.00 OBO (cash only) Sold As Is. No returns or trades. Item Location: Welches, Oregon 97067 - No shipping! Serious inquiries only, please.
  23. Kent Marine Maxxima RO/DI System (believe its 60-65 gallons per day) Gently used but in great shape! Can't find manual, but most likely it could be downloaded from the internet. Picture shows what is included. Not included: TFC Membrane, Carbon Block Pre-Filter, Micron Sediment Pre-Filter. Item is located in Welches, Oregon 97067 No Shipping. Sold As-Is. No returns or trades. Sale is Final. Price Drop: $40.00 OBO Cash only. Picture/Info: http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/pet/5456751940.html
  24. Id say it has around 15+ heads. I would be willing to sell it for $75 or best offer! First come first serve (not fragging this colony, it sells as is) Text me @ 503-901-7018 Location: Gresham/Portland Area Sorry for the bad quality photo. The coral was a little irritated because I just finished doing a water change. Bottom photo is a bit older
  25. The BOD and officers have had discussions about doing more for our sponsors and showing some appreciation for all that they do. Also it's just nice getting to know them a little better. It is my pleasure to introduce the first sponsor in the spotlight. Travis from Upscales. Travis and Upscales Fish and Reptiles has been a sponsor from the beginning so it is only fitting that they were picked (randomly I may add) to go first! Reef Spotlight: Upscales Fish and Reptiles Store information: Owner: Travis 19295 SW Martinazzi Square Tualitin, OR 97062 503-691-6253 Monday through Friday 10am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm email upscales93@aol.com How long have you been in the hobby? I have always been into fish since as far back as i remember, I always had fresh water tanks as a kid. I got the saltwater bug when i was about fourteen. My best friend and I both set up saltwater tanks. They were pieced together with mostly freshwater equipment (hang on back filters, canisters) but they worked. We would get his older brother to drive us around to the few stores that were around at the time: Simply Saltwater, Hollywood, and Gateway Bob's. We learned a lot from trial and error. I started my first reef when I was about sixteen. It was a 35g hex and I stuffed as many lights in the hood as possible. It had a hang on skimmer and some powerheads for flow. The tank did surprisingly well. Remember this was in 1988 when not a lot of people were reefing and most corals were considered impossible to keep in captivity. I continued advancing in the hobby and absorbing all the information I could find on the hobby. What got you interested in getting into the business? In 1993 I decided it was time for me to open my own store. Upscales was born. At first we had freshwater/saltwater and reptiles. As time went by, everything shifted more to the salt side. Now we are 95% salt/reef. There is still a small reptile section. It's crazy to think that I have been in business for twenty two years, makes me feel old. A lot has changed in that time. This is an ever changing hobby, and I try to stay on top of where the hobby is going, carrying the latest equipment and the newest hot corals and fish. I think we carry a little bit of something for everyone; everything from basic polyps/mushroom up to high end Aussie corals and clams. I do really enjoy having this business. There are times it makes me a little crazy, but it has been good to me over the years, I have met a ton of great people over the years and look forward to many more years to come. What other interests do you have outside of reefing? In my off time I like to spend time with my family, I have been married for nineteen years, we have three kids to keep me busy; a thirteen year old boy, a ten year old boy, and a six year old girl. My favorite hobby outside the shop is fishing. If I have a free day and the rivers are in shape, I will be out chasing steelhead and salmon, I try to get out and fish as much as I can. Thanks to all of you that have supported us over the years,i hope to be able to this for many more years to come, a business isn't a business without great customers! Thanks, Travis Thanks Travis for all your support and expertise over the years!
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