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Higher Thinking

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  1. No, it's not upside down. πŸ˜€ The extra brace supports on the bottom are for the flooring and are intentionally more shallow to allow the floor to be added and have the edges recessed beneath the outside braces (if that makes sense). This is what it looks like with the flooring. It's 360 gallons. 8' X 3'
  2. @spectra is your guy if you want steel.
  3. Sounds like a bacterial bloom, but the ammonia is the problem. I would continue some water changes and/or use some prime to detoxify the ammonia.
  4. Yeah I lost a PM module after the update, but luckily I was just able to unplug it and it worked right away when I plugged it back in.
  5. Dang, that's wild. The house address thing is pretty solid.
  6. You can definitely get by with auto feeders. There aren't too many fish that will only eat frozen. Most fish in the industry can get by with pellet and freeze dried. You algae loving tangs will appreciate sheets of nori, but the extent will be tank size dependant. If the tank is big enough, they're likely able to forage around for quite some time. And you can provide nori intermittently. As you are researching fish, just avoid those that are finicky eaters. The duration of how long a tank can be left alone involves too many variables to predict. The biggest issue is top off water, feeding, and monitoring the overflow (assuming you have one). Then there's dosing or CaRx maintenance if that applies to you. However, all of those things can be set up in such a way that you could technically leave it indefinitely. The problems arise when...well....the problems arise. Something goes crazy with the overflow? That could mean trouble. Reactor has a problem? There's another ordeal. All in all, you will be the best person to determine how well your tank can cruise. You just have to recognize how often you do little adjustments or changes and then consider what it would be like if you weren't around to do them. No one should be tied down by their tank.
  7. Welcome to the club. Glad to hear round two is proving more successful. There's always more and more to learn about doing things better. Keep after it and you'll get the returns on your labor.
  8. Congrats on the new build. I'm not familiar with the DIY overflow, but hopefully that works out good. Since the back can't be drilled, remember that each return is just one more thing you have to hang over the back. Single return would likely look cleaner, just my thoughts.
  9. Congrats! Sounds like you've grown a great deal in this hobby since you first dove in. Look forward to seeing where everything progresses.
  10. It's Flat Head lake, right by Kalispell. They just redid the deck last month. Still some more work to do, but turned out great.
  11. 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.
  12. Party on! We're celebrating at a friend's house in Montana! God Bless America! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ¦…
  13. I recall reading all about people using star board for bare bottom when I set my tank up. It made me think I needed to do that too. The more I thought about it though, it just seemed unnecessary. Aesthetically, it will get covered all the same by coralline. Structurally, it would take a very significant rock impact to actually crack the bottom panel. Set your hard scape up correctly and it will not be a problem. What size tank?
  14. You are correct. However, I've already annulled the By-Laws and club Constitution and installed myself as Supreme Ruler. Sending you to the gulags is on my list of top priorities.
  15. Congratulations to our new Board of Directors! This year the board is made up of returning members: @CuttleFishandCoral, @Gil&Fin, and @Gumby, and new members @Parzifal and @reefrun. Looking forward to an incredible year ahead!
  16. Not sure exactly what you're looking for, but yeah, get yourself a quality needle valve and you should be good.
  17. Heads up, per the forum rules, you have to post a price. You can add OBO, of course.
  18. Yeah, I've also been using the Unread tab option. The unread messages being displayed when you first log in was definitely superior. The removal of that feature is a disappointment for sure. Looks like we're at the mercy of the developers.
  19. Looks like an Oregon Mummy Eye chalice.
  20. Flushing for an hour seems wild. I guess whatever works for ya. My top off is hooked directly to the RODI so it turns on countless times throughout the day. I've never actually tested the water as it arrives at the sump. Now I'm curious.
  21. I live in Scappoose, but my work is over by CBs. How far are you from that? I'm down 181st where it turns to Airport Way. I could stop by and chat at some point, maybe Friday after 4. Or sometime next week. Do you have any top off water? Test kits? Refractometer? (To test salinity). If you just drive to a local shop you can buy saltwater. Or order a batch of Instant Ocean from Amazon and have it in a couple days and then head to the grocery store and get some 5 gallons jugs of RODI water and make your own. The clam can be high maintenance, FYI.
  22. Yeah I run 1.25" on my return. I remember that being tricky to find all my pieces. Particularly because I went with the furniture grade black. At any rate, here's a link to one. It'll probably take a week to get to you. No prime delivery for this! πŸ˜€ https://www.pvcfittingsonline.com/1-1-4-hayward-bulkhead-fitting-fpm-soc-x-soc-bfa1012ses.html Also, I happen to have 4 90-degree black elbows at that size is you needed them.
  23. You definitely make some good points. I certainly don't want to continue beating this same old drum that's been exhausted before across the interwebs. All I would say is give consumers the option. They are far and away sophisticated enough to program that. They can make their recommendation and give warnings to the alternative. Apart from that, it's just manufacturers "protecting" consumers from themselves. My thoughts anyway. Worth as much as you paid for them. πŸ˜€
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