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  1. P.S.~ I just became a "Supporting member"!!!
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  2. Well, it's just about shark week and I must admit, I LOVE IT!!! It's entertaining to me, more so, I wish I could dive with some sharks, but I'm still getting the "no" from the mrs. . . LoL. Anyways, Something that always comes to my mind when shark week starts to gear up is the captivity of great whites. I'm not interested in the captivity as far as a monetary reason, but more for an educational. I find it fascinating and sad that they have had no true success in captivity. My mind begins to wonder on possible ways a great white could be kept and thrive, most of those ideas, coming from my Lego days. . . and by that, I mean yesterday! LoL There is so much still to learn with everything under our water world, and so many people to learn from! I really enjoy this group and hope to get down for more meetings!!! What are your thoughts on shark week? How about great whites? How about your tanks, how are your tanks doing? Are your tanks doing better then you had ever hoped for, or, are you enjoying where they are, but had hoped for bigger and better?
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  3. Finally joined the elite Tomorrow i get to hook this bad boy up and finally have my tank where i want it! As hassle free as possible. Sent from my SM-G928V using Tapatalk
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  4. Heck ya.... great shot!!!! Congrats Nanoreefer!
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  5. Here is the messy temp setup For those interested a couple of cool things 1. 150' apex cable extension 2. Triple tds meter (in, rodi, di) 3. Peristaltic ato and Kalk pump to get to second floor 4. Dual rodi membrane halves waste and increases production 5. Solenoid apex controlled for rodi Thanks for looking
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  6. Hmmmm maybe I will replace my corals with all those neon fake plants to keep maintenance at a minimum... Wait. . . the coral I've been buying at the store on the shelf isn't real? ? ?
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  7. I suppose, you could keep a fake great white shark anywhere as long as you had the space... Probably don't even need water... Hmmmm maybe I will replace my corals with all those neon fake plants to keep maintenance at a minimum... Like This Kim
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  8. And at least two more movies.
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  9. Egads! Look at that algae growth in the scrubber. This is 12 days of algae growth. I wonder how much phosphate is in this handful?
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  10. Figured it's a good time to start a build thread for the new tank! Moving into the new house in about 2 weeks so all the goodies are starting to show up Equipment will be a 48x24x12 tank DCS9000 return pump Maxspect Gyre 150 or an RW8 depends on if the gyre is too much flow for the tank Skimz sn143 dc skimmer Two Artic t247s I'm going for a minimalist aquascape so there will be plenty of room for fish and coral growth. The aqua scape is always the hardest part for me, with the width and depth I'm shooting for something like this For the right side of the tank and I will put the current rock from my 10 gallon on the left side along with a small piece or two. This is a top down of what I've come up with so far Since the tank is still at Dave's who happens to be my new next door neighbor I can't really play with the layout in the tank yet. I can't wait to get started on it all, I have parts showing up daily so it's like a constant tease lol! Sent from my SM-G928V using Tapatalk
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  11. I bought a Reefer 170 and am selling my 120 gallon (4x2x2) glass aquarium. I would like to sell it as a whole, so I am only asking $800. The glass tank is in excellent condition with no scratches. If I have no interest I will eventually part it out. If I do I will start a new post and list everything with a price. Tank comes with: Stand Tek 8 bulb T5 (new ballasts and connectors) Reef Brite Led strip (50/50) Jabeo RW 15 Maxspect Gyre 150 (6 months old) Sump, filter socks and return pumps. (I am keeping calcium reactor and protein skimmer) Fish: Sailfin Tang Red Head Solaris Wrasse Yellow Coris Wrasse Mandarin Goby Tail Spot Blenny Six Line Wrasse File Fish Tomato clown Large RBTA (paired with clown) Several different types of corals. Lots of live rock. Clean up crew and I am sure I am missing a few critters on the list.
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  12. I haven't tried them yet but I'm actually ordering some soon to start in my fusion then when I set up the lagoon they will transfer to there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  13. ^ Marine pure blocks or spheres in the sump, you will need to use live rock for a while until the blocks are good and seeded though. I'm pretty sure all the hubbub about it releasing aluminium turned out to be ok being the form of aluminium released is a non toxic- non soluble type. Sorry, wish i had better vocabulary to explain what i mean. Spent about a month reading a thread about it on RC with Randy and another chemist running ICP tests.
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  14. Marine Pure Spheres for suggestion. I know nanoreefer uses them in his fusion 20 and well you've seen how that looks lol. Also d2mini from reef to reef uses them on his office lagoon and I'm going to try them out on mine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  15. Pond Matrix works awesome! I use it on my all in one reef in a canister filter and am very happy with it.
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  16. Here's my DIY scrubber. It's completely enclosed and sit on top of my sump. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N900A using Tapatalk
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  17. Thank you! It was a disaster underneath the tank despite my best efforts, this feels like progress!
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  18. 100 percent agree!!! Congrats!
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  19. Nice Randall! I will love it! I wouldnt run a tank without a controller!
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  20. I'd consider top of the line TMC. They have medical grade membranes and a design meant for less waste water. A three stage RO will get you the same results as a 4 or 5 stage RO with DI from BRS. Ends up saving you money in the long run. This is our recommendations from using RO on 100s of tanks. http://www.aquarium-pond-answers.com/2016/01/use-of-ro-di-softwater-in-aquariums.html
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  21. Even in the open ocean these things can get irritable. Look at this whopper.
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  22. I actually have noticed the concept of algae scrubbers over the years when I just didn't worry about the hair algae in the overflow. I have a large amount of it in my Nuvo right now. I noticed that as it grew more back there I saw less in the tank and I figured it was because the massive algae in the overflow was sucking up the nutrients. I have lots of hair algae going on in my new setup if anyone needs any "starter" algae. Love your tank Andy! Red Seas are awesome!
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  23. i think you'll be happy with the controller cause it definitely makes keeping a tank as hassle free as possible.
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  24. I've always found it at Auto Zone.
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  25. I would just Google Randy's recipe. That is the ultimate source for that info. Edit: I just realized that is exactly what you linked in your previous post.
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  26. Just utilize baking soda. It's already dirt cheap, but you can get it at Costco for an even better price. Absolutely no reason to pay higher prices to order the same stuff in a BRS jug.
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  27. Great whites can swim around 100 miles a day, and stress out really badly if there's anything blocking them from doing so. It has been attempted many, many times. We can successfully keep even a whale shark, but the great white shark just doesn't take well to captivity. They get irritable if they are enclosed, regardless of the size of the enclosure, and they will proceed to attack tankmates, after which they will quickly begin to die. You could call it a really REALLY bad case of claustrophobia. Funny thing is I'm in the process of planning and setting up a shark tank. I have another post here about sharing shark/ray vitamins, but it seems that I might be the only person who will be keeping sharks in this community.
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  28. Common man, it's a super Nutrients' killer Zoas :-)
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  29. Wow smoking deal wish I had room! GLWS Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
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  30. Ha ha ! Thanks for being a supporting member! I have actually never watched shark week but do find great whites fascinating. I just don't have the time. I have a Red Sea reefer 250 that I set up about 4 weeks ago but have not posted pictures up yet because I was having issues with my DSL camera linking up. You are absolutely right there is so much we don't know about life in the ocean. There is so much I have learned just by having a tank. Most people think corals are pretty plants not animals.
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  31. Whatta ya mean you took the tank down? I think there was a forum glitch. A marine aquariumist simply does not take ones tank down. The tank of a Marine Aquariumist does not come down, it may grow in size, but never... come down.
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  32. Congratz! That's an anazing picture! Glad the aptasia pic didnt win
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  33. Went down to visit Jeff for his sale. There were some awesome pieces. I scored a sweet anemone for an even better price. I stole the photo from his FB page as it's still in the bag Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  35. Was a great event! Want to thank the board members and all that helped to make this event a success. Really enjoyed meeting new people and put some faces to members on the forum. Thank you all for coming and for all the positive feedback about the store. Really appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this great community and look forward to hosting again.
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  36. And lets not forget the speaker Colby. He came out to spend a bit of his time educating the group about caring for seahorses, disease treatment and prevention as well as some of the finer details that only a breeder would be able to elaborate on. Right outside the TPA is a small courtyard perfect for good weather meets like this. I feel like this would make a good spot for some future gatherings on nice days. Colby really emphasized captive bred seahorses of good health being key to long term success with the little critters and the TPA here in Willsonville and the TPA in Salem always try and have the captive breds in stock. Another point he made was that it is not too big of a problem keeping the Erectus seahorses in a higher flow environment and it is certainly possible to keeping many varieties of corals provided they are not full of larger nemotocysts. Last but not least a BIG Thank You to our host Erin at The Premium Aquarium Willsonville, Thanks for having us out, it was Fun. Your store is looking great and so is the livestock, appreciate all your assistance and nice corals. I will be seeing you and your crew in the not too distant future I am sure.
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  37. Thanks for throwing the meeting. It was nice to hear more about seahorse and how they can handle flow and are suitable for most of our tanks. I also lucked out and won a gift card to zoanthids.com and a marineland canister filter. These guys are also stoked that they are soon to get some puffers in the house now that I have a filter for a new tank Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  38. Well! Scott delivered the stand today! Excellence craftman! The stand looks beautiful! I would highly recd Scott if anyone is looking for a steel stand build! Now i need to finish buffing the tank and hopefully it will be inside next week!
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  39. I'll bring some armadillo eggs. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  40. Success! I first started out with a 75g WC which barely made a dent in no3 and removed all the rocks in the tray that were plagued with hair algae and tossed them and then siphoning out every bit of detritus and unfortunately a few heads of branching hammer that were detached (Honestly, i had no idea all that detritus was in the tray being i always ran all blues on the tray and never seen it until the flash of the camera) then moved onto the main display and siphoned all the rock and got all the piles from a few dead spots i had and again a couple heads of nicely minced hammer and another 70g WC around a day later. Next added about 50-75 lbs. of well established rock from a tank i just brought down to the DT and tray and added a powerhead on the bottom to eliminate the chance of anything building up there. For the time being i decided to keep the tray running and moved all but one of my rainbow bubble tips to the tray(Can't get that guy and i kinda like where he is ) this nem came from Steve a.k.a ssappington (Awesome guy!) and we all know Steve has nice nems! This thing has split 5 times now and since they have figured out how to make their way to the DT from the sump gauntlet maybe i can keep them safe in the tray. There is only one Azure damsel and two turbo's in the tray right now, i would like to load it up with much more snails. The damsel is only in there because i have nowhere else for him and i think he likes it in there . Here's a quick pic of their 1st split. Here's where they sit now Next i went down and had a nice chat with Tom at Upscales (Always a good talk with Tom ) and explained my problem and i ended up picking up my much needed Salifert No3 kit and came home with a bottle of Brightwell's Reef Bio Fuel. I think maybe after the previous 2nd WC and the addition of the reef bio fuel is responsible for the quick improvement. When i started to attack this a while ago i was well over 160ppm according to API and as of yesterday's tests i'm in between 25-50 ppm. Funny thing, API and the Salifert are really close together lol Yesterday's parameters S.G. 1.026 (Refractometer) Calibrated with RO/DI only Ca. 510 (Salifert) Alk. 9.1 ~target 8.5~ (Salifert) Mg. 1410 (salifert) No3. 25-50 (Salifert) PO4. 0.02 Red Sea Temp 78.5 And since we all love pictures.....even sometimes the bad ones Most of this was the couple semi-crashes i had before i noticed the nitrates skyrocketed. The semi-crashes were due to variations in test kits as to where its time for a refill and the new kit is quite a bit off from the kit you've been using the whole time, so i've learned my lesson and always buy my refills way ahead of time so i can easily compare them. What doesn't kill ya only makes you stronger so i'll be on the serious hunt to replenish my reef (been trying to get you guys a FTS) so you will probably see some sale threads from me popping up I'll be on the hunt for zoas,torches,hammers,acans, caps of diff. colors and encrusting montiporas and possibly a plate (never had one) and of course all those sps i lost but i'll be holding on those as i monitor the recovery of the tank first haha and get a calcium reactor because 3+ years of manually dosing 2-part with sps is enough to drive a person nuts Basically, seeing this improvement this quickly has inspired me to hold on and at least start down the road to try and replace some of what has been lost.
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  41. Feel free to offer if you want! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  42. So sorry good luck and hope you track down the cause.
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  43. I'd say I have good surface agitation Sent from my SM-G928V using Tapatalk
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