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  1. I hear this one a lot.
    14 points
  2. Longfin variety. Available to keep you tank looking cool this summer
    9 points
  3. This is an interesting chart listing many species of corals and their difficulty in keeping them: https://www.thatpetplace.com/articles/coral-requirements-chart
    7 points
  4. My clownfish is laying eggs for the first time in my tank. The goniopora isn’t too happy about it, but it’s cool to see the process. You can see her depositing the orange eggs from a white section below her belly.
    7 points
  5. Got tired of the old so in with the new. How'd I do?
    7 points
  6. We have a new livestock vendor, all! @AnglersReef welcome to the PNWMAS forum!
    6 points
  7. Marine Depot is down to it's last day of sales. (I think it closes tomorrow) I ordered a few misc things yesterday, but just noticed this killer deal. 100gpd RO unit for $64. If you don't have an RO unit, you'll almost never a new one this cheap, and I consider an RO unit essential to reef keeping. https://www.marinedepot.com/puratek-100-gpd-ro-di-filter-system-aquamaxx
    6 points
  8. [BBQ] Fallback OFF Set ON If Steak_Temp > 140.0 Then OFF 🤣
    6 points
  9. I just wanted to give props to All Things Aquariums for stocking a lot of great hard goods. They have really saved the day by having things I needed on hand. I also picked up a new Hanna HR Nitrate (1-step) checker the other day - that thing is awesome btw! In addition, they have quite an impressive inventory of corals and livestock. Support your LFS!
    6 points
  10. Fantastic ICP service offered by @EMeyervia Aquabiomics. Oceamo ICP tests come with personalized support from the reef chemist, Christoph Denk. Below is my latest report. I couldn't be happier with the service. Christoph has helped me get my nitrate and phosphate into proper balance, and to fine tune my trace elements. Highly recommended! My coral growth is really taking off.
    5 points
  11. 5 points
  12. Thanks to all that volunteered to keep this afloat!
    5 points
  13. We’re happy to announce that we’ll be scheduling monthly club meetings again. To kick things off, I’m hosting a summer BBQ at my house in Beaverton. Come check out my Apex-automated tank, my new Trigger Platinum sump with a 10” roller mat, see the new Neptune SKY LED lights, the Trident, and all the other bells & whistles. I’ll do a live demonstration of setting up a new Apex from scratch, and answer any programming questions you may have. But this isn’t just about the Apex. Catch up with your fellow reefers, enjoy some BBQ and beverages on the deck, play some lawn games, and let the kids run around my 1 acre yard if you like. And of course, stick around for the raffle for your chance to win a few cool prizes! When: Saturday, August 21 at 1:00pm - 4:00pm Where: 19194 SW Suncrest Lane, Beaverton, OR 97007 View on map Parking: Driveway and on-street parking In order to plan for enough food at the BBQ, please let me know if you plan to attend by voting in the poll above, and comment below if you plan to bring additional guests/family. For those who remember my tank from last time, don't be surprised that it's lacking in corals. I did a complete reboot a few months ago, so it's going to be a while before getting back to its glory days. There’s only one rule: Cooper, my overly-friendly black lab, is on a very strict diet due to food allergies. Please don’t feed Cooper anything, no matter how much he acts like he’s starving. He’s had enough emergency vet visits and doesn’t need another one. UPDATE — Here are the awesome prizes we’ll be raffling off at the August meeting/BBQ event: Apex-EL aquarium controller - with personal assistance from SuncrestReef for setup and programming! Hydra 26HD LED light Bubble Magus Curve 5 Skimmer (rated for ~100 gallon) Bubble Magus Curve 9 Elite Skimmer (rated for ~200 gallon) IceCap Gyre 2K powerhead Milwaukee Digital Refractometer Red Sea Reef Foundation Pro Test Kit (Ca, Alk, Mg) $50 gift certificates to 3 different local stores After the raffle, we will draw from the non-winning tickets to give away 6 issues of Coral Magazine. As always, paid Supporting Members of PNWMAS automatically receive one free raffle ticket (two for Family memberships), and additional tickets are available for purchase to everyone for $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. If you are not yet a Supporting Member, you can sign up by following the instructions in this post: If you plan to attend the event, please add yourself to the voting poll at the top of this thread so we can plan accordingly for the amount of food, and post a comment below if you intend to bring additional guests or family members.
    4 points
  14. I had a similar issue when I first set up my tank. The 2” fittings on my UV sterilizer had small leaks, and there was no way to cut and replace the fittings without scrapping my whole manifold. I used a shop vac to create suction inside the PVC pipes, then applied PVC cement on the outside of the leak area, and the suction drew the cement into the opening. It only took about 10 minutes and worked great.
    4 points
  15. some excellent suggestions here’s another Randy Holmes-Farley the reef chemistry guy
    4 points
  16. I’m enjoying the beautiful clear skies in Newport and looking forward to the fireworks display tonight. Our VRBO rental house has a clear view of the Yaquina Bay bridge so we should be able to watch the fireworks from the comfort of our deck. My aquarium is on autopilot with my Apex and webcams set up for remote monitoring: I hope all of you are enjoying your holiday! Happy reefing.
    4 points
  17. Party on! We're celebrating at a friend's house in Montana! God Bless America! 🇺🇸🦅
    4 points
  18. Made a top down 4k video. 2.5min clips took up 8gb of storage, cause Canon 5D4 do not record with good codec. My old laptop took over 1.5hrs to compress it down to 130mb. Might need a new laptop. Here's the video, enjoy:
    4 points
  19. My Trident is still doing a great job after more than 2 years in service. I recently rebooted my tank for a sump replacement and slowly brought my alk up from 7 to 9 dKH. The Trident caught a couple of bumps along the way allowing me to quickly respond.
    3 points
  20. Dear Bulk Reef Supply, (aka Neptune Owner) Can you *please* update Apex Fusion Software to enable 1-2 month long graphs, like the one above, instead of maxing at 1 week. It's a pain to do it by hand. Yours truly. (Side note, it's a Pain to collect the data manually. My Apex can only hold ~1months worth of data. So I have to proactively pull/store the data every month, just in case I want to look at trends. I've developed an Excel sheet, with macros, that helps greatly. But there's still manual steps involved.)
    3 points
  21. I haven’t seen this available for several years ! They are NPS so they have to be fed but they are great for that back corner of your tank that gets no light ! Thanks Jeff!!
    3 points
  22. Thought I'd share, I spun up a second tank on my existing garage system recently, found some plumbing leaks. Read through a lot of forums and tried a few ideas (heat gun, flex seal, putty) but I used a technique I use in model making.This is my solution, even under pressure while the tanks are running:Drill a small hole (60 bit) through the first layer of PVC using a finger drill just above the leakGet a small syringe and fill it with PVC solvent (be slow, the stuff is thick)Put the needle in the hole and slowly inject the solvent, it doesn't mix withwater, will get pushed out and won't come back in the tank when there's pressure.Do this 2-3 times in an hour and when the leak stops, the last injection is to plug the hole you drilled.This worked great for me, LMK if you have any thoughts.
    3 points
  23. Tank has been up 4 months. Really pleased right now where it’s at. I knew it wouldn’t take me long to fill it!
    3 points
  24. 3 points
  25. So my black storm and black snowflake have finally spawned!!! Just moved 200 baby clownfish into grow out!
    3 points
  26. Finally finished my 55 build. Well until I add on a ph controller and maybe add another 10 gallon to the sump. 55 gallon all tempered 10 gallon diy sump and plumbing Eshopps pf800 w/dorso and custom silencer 110int octo skimmer Jebao dct4k Ice cap gyre Hygger heater controller Reactor refugium And most of it was used and only the return pump was new and pvc plumbing. Thanks everyone who i got equipment from 🤙 maybe now ill get to my fish room after my back recovers and my hands aren't as sore lol
    3 points
  27. I made this for a 20 gal.
    3 points
  28. Always happy to put something together. We're about to launch the eDNA service after testing on a couple hundred tanks, so theres plenty to talk about there. Also some fun stuff from the live rock testing. If theres interest I'm always happy to give a talk about this stuff.
    3 points
  29. I vote we contact @emeyer and ask for the latest status of his DNA based insights. I was at the first club meeting where he offered free tank sampling to help build his sampling database. Since then, he's revised his reports a number of times. I'd like to hear insights how to interpret various testing results, and maybe some interesting tank results.
    3 points
  30. 3 points
  31. 3 points
  32. UPDATE — Here are the awesome prizes we’ll be raffling off at the August meeting/BBQ event: Apex-EL aquarium controller - with personal assistance from SuncrestReef for setup and programming! Hydra 26HD LED light Bubble Magus Curve 5 Skimmer (rated for ~100 gallon) Bubble Magus Curve 9 Elite Skimmer (rated for ~200 gallon) IceCap Gyre 2K powerhead Milwaukee Digital Refractometer Red Sea Reef Foundation Pro Test Kit (Ca, Alk, Mg) $50 gift certificates to 3 different local stores After the raffle, we will draw from the non-winning tickets to give away 6 issues of Coral Magazine. As always, paid Supporting Members of PNWMAS automatically receive one free raffle ticket (two for Family memberships), and additional tickets are available for purchase to everyone for $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. If you are not yet a Supporting Member, you can sign up by following the instructions in this post: If you plan to attend the event, please add yourself to the voting poll at the top of this thread so we can plan accordingly for the amount of food, and post a comment below if you intend to bring additional guests or family members.
    3 points
  33. Backstory This a story of survival and perseverance. One Saturday afternoon few months into the pandemic I got a call: "hey you want a saltwater tank?" 30 mins later dropped the tank setup with a Eelon(Zebra Moray Eel) along with DD & D0D0(Clown Pair) in a bucket. This is how I started in the hobby, prior I had freshwater tanks in college 10yrs ago. Photo: Eelon Zebra Morey They lived in a bucket for a week while I learned everything I could about keeping them alive and setting up a marine tank. (Generous friend moved to ATL next day) After understanding enough & finding a whole day to set up the tank I got it up with living water from Paradise Corals in Hillsboro Scaped and setup FOWLR 55G w/ Upgrades Lessons Learned from 55G - USE AQUARIUM GRADE SILICON, I have ADHD and miss details I almost got the right silicon from home depot except mine had mold inhibitors and I also missed the wait 24hrs part. Amazingly D-D + D0-D0 & Eelon survived even though they lost chunks of flesh. <Many WCs later they were doing better> this was all because I upgraded my sump from 5.5 gallons to dual 10 gallons to add more space in the sump and refugium. (IMG 2) - Couldn't get any corals, inverts, cheato, really anything to stay alive in the tank other than the eel and clowns. As I learned more about plumbing I found the culprit... on the bright side, my clowns definitely don't have any parasites. (IMG 3) - Used enamel-coated magnets from Amazon also leaked copper & other metals; discovered that much later thanks to ICP. - 55G too small for 2ft eel. Eelon was eventually rehomed to a much bigger tank in Gaston, OR where he has a buddy - Really understand PH spikes from alk / kalk. Made the mistake of dosing kalk into the return chamber which fed my GFO reactor thankfully I caught the Phosphate spike due to the sized GFO quickly and figured out the cause being the kalk. Still lost a few corals and a clam to the phosphate spike. I took all the lessons, experience, and learnings applying them to this next build. It's now been running for two weeks and it's been a joy to watch it. Now onto the actual upgrade build Petco Special with 500HP 75G Sump Inspiration: I love sleepers from cars to now reef tanks. When I was in college I liked to build Hondas, and my final build was a 2000 Civic DX which ran 11 second 1/4 miles while keeping clean minimalist aesthetics (loved to crush Vettes). This build is 75G tank & stand that you can buy from local PetSmart/Petco with some HP under the hood. I'm also an automation geek so I wanted to make it as automated as possible. I really enjoyed the aesthetics of the European reef tank sumps on SeaFriendlyReefs YouTube channel and wanted a super clean look in the cabinet. Hardware 75G Tank Drilled dual corner returns ft. center Fuji slim overflow Stand: Petsmart 75G Black ft. MDF Sump: Trigger Crystal 30 (Thanks @RockChalk ) Plumbing: . Lowes/Home Depot ft. BRS Primary Return: Varios 6 | Secondary Return: Eheim Lighting: Dual Radion XR30s Gen 4 PRO (diffusers ordered; maybe add Reef Brite kit for that missing violet spectrum)(Thanks @Bicyclebill) Flow: Dual Ice Cap 2K gyres Automation Main Controller: Apex JR(Thanks @Higher Thinking) w/ PM1: PH, Temp & FMM: Floats, Flow, and Leaks *Floats in overflow, and sump, also in top off tank. (major automation inspiration from @SuncrestReef) *Flow sensors pre UV & Main Overflow * Leak sensors * Programmed to prevent accidents, I'm VERY forgetful KH Director & (anxiously waiting for) Ion Director Dosing is provided by Kamoer X1s/Pros Top Off: Hydor ATO (looking for a Tunze) Heater: Inkbird ft. Titanium-300W Cameras: 2x Blink Mini Sump Cams Nutrient Import Brightwell Salt w/ 7 stage RODI ESV two-part (KHD auto-dosing steady 8.5-9dKH) Refrigerated RedSea AB+ auto dosing (drink chillers work incredible just add a NPT fitting to the cover and tubing Amazon Link) (IMG 4) EasyReef Phyto Feed 2x daily Reef Frenzy, Pellets, Pods, Oyster Feast (Building a large diameter dosing pump to automate feeding refrigerated food, store in the chillers) Trace Elements: Moonshine Method since June '21, submitting second ICP this week. (Moonshine ELI5: test water and dose individual elements as they deplete, daily trace dosing) Nutrient Export Simplicity 120 DC Skimmer ft. CO2 scrubber (3D printing a neck scrubber as next project, I have Avast Swabbie Kit FS that didn't fit due to clearance issues) Carisea 5000 filter roller Phosban Mini GFO reactor ft. Bag'O Carbon Aqua Ultraviolet 15W UV Aqua Knight Light ft. Cheato Spinz (GIF) Livestock Yellow Tang, Clown pair, Blue Damsel, Lawnmower Blenny, Diamond Goby, 3x Chromis, Flame Hawkfish, 6-Line Wrasse, Midas Blenny Thanks to @CuttleFishandCoral for most livestock Shout-outs @Dakotapi3rc3 @Oregonic
    3 points
  34. huge thanks to@ blue z reef, he has been a huge mentor in helping me an guiding me in this hobby and his tank is just hypnotizing. also want to thank@ Hayes, for all the usable equipment he was parting with as now im making a fish room and they can all be used. also i cant forget@ reeftank225, thx for some nice pieces and allowing me to see that massive pool you call a tank lol. and last but not least thanks to the admin and forum for having this awesome place to share the love for this hobby/life. ....side note, when i get my garage fish room up and running i will be brewing up some phyto for trade or sale, and possibly have a BBQ and i will welcome any of you over.the tanks wont be fully stocked yet but i will take donations,frags,usable equipment,rehome any marine life in them ...menu would probably be hot dogs,hot links,hamburgers and some other random things maybe(free for reefers) but maybe ill charge for drinks lol....fish room has 2x40 breeder,50 lowboy,55 and some other small tanks.its still all in planning and in construction. let me know if any of you are interested just to kinda get a head count. much love-Rick
    3 points
  35. Water is a good theme for the 4th of July, and a bunch of reefers. Happy 4th of July everyone from Rockaway Beach. Let the BBQ, Beer -> Wine, Fireworks Begin!
    3 points
  36. 3 points
  37. I always NEED name tags on everyone. Because I stink at remembering names too. (And I'm going to need both a personal PNWMAS "handle" and their Real World Name)
    2 points
  38. Sorry I wasn't trying to belittle or hurt anyone's feelings I was just sharing my thoughts as you asked for, I miss socal also. I also forget that my biggest tank is only 65gallons and some of you deal with bigger bulkheads or plumbing. So parts may have to be special ordered.
    2 points
  39. Ugh! Stop it! I’ve been good and havent spent money on my tank in like two months. how am I supposed to do that if you keep posting these things 🙁 see you later today.
    2 points
  40. Just saying...................
    2 points
  41. @NateDawg I just got an update from another person who had the same problem: ”I ended up opening a ticket. They advised to disconnect the aquabus cable and update the firmware for the module then partially through the update plug the aquabus cable back in. The update concluded and I had a green light on the module.” Give that a try. I’m crossing my fingers!
    2 points
  42. In case others are looking, just want to say that I bought some from @AnglersReeftoday and am really really impressed. Very good price and very generous clean portion. I've been worried about pests as I've looked around for chaeto, but this stuff had NOTHING. Also love that they are an Oregon store. Will be back for corals once I get my phosphates and nitrates stabilized. https://anglers-reef.com/
    2 points
  43. Welcome to the club. I hope to see you at our August bbq! I just put up another tank in March. It didn’t take very long to get the chaeto. I think I ordered it and it came a week later and shipping wasn’t too much. Would definitely recommend pest free Chaeto as a starter.
    2 points
  44. It’s great to have meetings again! Suncrestreef reef is a nationally known Apex expert and consultant and we are lucky to have him here to share the wonders that an Apex could do! I will be there !
    2 points
  45. Sure is a fire pit! Some nights a beach bonefire is nice, some nights a local firepit fire is nice. Does allow some people to be in the house, and some around the fire - and still be one party. The grill was used for burgers on the 4th, so for breakfast on the 5th... It had to be marinated flank steak, in resting butter. Soo good!
    2 points
  46. Well just waiting on the ribs on the smoker and drinking a few beers............. fireworks are a no go and thank goodness the NW is a tinderbox.............. an anticlimactic 4th of july..........
    2 points
  47. While you can see the detritus that builds up on bare bottom tanks, that's also the biggest benefit. You can just siphon it all super easily. When you have sand, you're never able to clean up the detritus as easily. Always pros and cons.
    2 points
  48. Some eye candy of the new additions: Malaysian torch, Aussie gold, Aussie lime, and Aussie hammers!
    2 points
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