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  1. Happy Father’s Day everyone! here’s some fun Father’s Day facts for you all: -the first Father’s Day was officially celebrated in Spokane Washington on June 19th (today) 1910. -Roses are the official flower of Father’s Day. Red symbolizes honoring a loving father and white symbolizes one who has passed. -Corals don’t believe in Father’s Day. -Father’s Day wasn’t officially a national holiday until Nixon in 1966 made it officially celebrated on the third Sunday of June each year. parting Dad joke: All male Buffalo have the same parting comment for their sons….Bi son. happy reefing everyone. I’ll post some photos of my dad and my traditional Father’s Day activity tomorrow. I hope you all will as well!
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  2. He carefully inspected each of the new shells for several hours, but in the end he didn't change shells. What's funny is today one of the snails he was harassing last week is riding around on the back of Lefty's shell today. Smart snail...Can't steal my shell if you can't reach it!
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  3. Some eye candy of the new additions: Malaysian torch, Aussie gold, Aussie lime, and Aussie hammers!
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  4. I'd love to connect a Trident to your Apex to monitor your tank for a few days so all of us would know your magic numbers that grow such amazing corals!
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  5. Thank you for the compliment! I use some led strips I found on Amazon for $13. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DVD83FC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_WAGWXGVSS26HWGJSFEEW?psc=1. I didn’t think it will be permanent but it turns out the blue strips puts out more than 100 par at the rock level and 60 par on the sand. This way I can run the hydras with more white and the blue strip compensates. Corals apparently don’t mind it. I used some aluminum from ace hardware. As you can see the strips fit perfectly in it. The adhesive from the led strip is pretty strong and it’s hold well so far.
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  6. I know how much Holly loves tech on her tank so I'm sure this idea will go over well
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  7. I bet he'd be interested in these three: PM me with your availability, or just leave them outside your door and I can pick them up. Thanks!!!!
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  8. Kinda of looks like a avatar chalice without the blue.
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  9. Looks like an Oregon Mummy Eye chalice.
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  10. One idea is to 3d print shells at different scales. Could make some funny things.
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  11. You only time i flush is when i start to make water and flush the membrane itself (manual flush). If your not flushing your membrane and just letting the water that goes through your RODI system get flushed down the toilet, well, you are just wastinf water. The increased tds you are seeing post sediment filter is just a flush of sediment that comes off the filter when water starts flowing. You want pain? I go through 10-15 gallons of top off water a day and blow through an entire catridge of anion resin every 150 gallons of water. Not so bad though, i just recharge it with lye. I have like 3 gallons of the stuff so only have to recharge twice a year. But anyways... flush membrane a couple minutes and then make water.. o tds is o tds. Cheers
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  12. You can get a box of salt from Amazon for 59.00 with prime. Will do 200 gallons of water. I'm not by you but I hope you get help. It's not as hard as all that. You can do it. We were all starting out some time.
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  13. I always run the DI to a bucket until the TDS meter says it is 0 before directing to the barrel. It starts off around 4 or 5 and usually drops to 0 after about a quart of DI.
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  14. Been awhile since I updated. All the heavy feeding I've been doing (trying to get new fishes to fatten up), have caused phosphate to shot up between 2-4ppm. Nitrate was pretty high but got it down to 10ppm with vodka dosing. I attempted to uses Lanthanum Chloride to reduce phosphate by dosing directly into one of the skimmer over 8hrs period. Dose enough to reduce phosphate by 0.5ppm over total system of 850ish gal. I though that dose was slow enough for the skimmer to remove all the precipitants, but enough escaped to suffocated 4 flame wrasses and 6 yellow tangs. 😭 I was devastated. For now, I will live with high phosphate. Added a couple new corals every week or so, mostly hammers and torches. SPS frags still show good PE but haven't grown much probably due to high phosphate. Here are some pics from tonight:
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  15. One thing many people don't realize is that while GFO reduces phosphate, it also causes a drop in your alkalinity. Look at this graph from my Trident back when I used to use GFO. As soon as I replaced the GFO in the reactor, alk took a dive. Not great if you're striving for stability.
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  16. Hi, @Parzifal! That is the CR I have on my 600 gallon system. Seems to work fine. Once all the media on the left are depleted, the right side is worthless. I'm not great with equipment and I have a love-hate relationship with my CR in particular. When it is dialed it, there is nothing better. My levels stay stable and it's worry-free. But when something goes off, ugh! It takes days of fiddling with it to get the right combo of CO2 and effluent rate. To lessen the hassle, it helps to have a good regulator. I have a fancy-schmancy one--I'll take a pic in a bit and add it here (done). Also, a flow meter on the effluent tube makes it easier to dial it in to exactly the right rate. I use this one: Dwyer Mini-Master Flowmeter, MMA-36, 4% Accuracy of Full Scale, 10-150 cc/min Water: Science Lab Flowmeters: Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific You're welcome to stop by anytime if you want to look at things first-hand. Good luck!
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  17. Bump... Lefty has outgrown his shell again, so I'm again looking for shells about 1.5" - 2" diameter. If anyone has some empty shells to spare, my turbo snails will thank you since Lefty keeps eying them. 😬
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  18. Thanks very much for the help. 😁
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  19. I just stumbled across this vid today while doing research for my son's Leopard Gecko. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Koq0blyelM&ab_channel=BigAl's
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  20. Looks like the shade has helped, seems to already be bouncing back.
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  21. Losing a dog is the worst, try to remember all the good times.
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  22. What are the zoa frags looking like?
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  23. I'm in the same boat with Tamatoa (formerly known as Harold), my giant, he has been eating his shell to make it more spacious and I can't seem to find him one
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  24. Unfortunately, I lost both crosshatches. 😢 I think they might have over eaten and injured their stomach. Then they stop eating. Now, I can have more smaller fishes without them becoming dinner.
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