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  1. the one I used is https://www.entirelypets.com/thomas-labs-fish-flox-forte-500-mg-30-tablets.html I have not experimented with others.
  2. I will add that I think dips make sense to kill surface parasites but I don't think they're the way to go for diseases. I tried cipro dips for a long time with no benefits before I decided to treat the whole tank. I don't think its possible to get enough medicine into the corals in a short dip, and long dips just stress the coral in other ways.
  3. Ciprofloxacin at 0.125 mg per L. I find a specific Arcobacter sp. in every specimen of BJD I can get my hands on. This antibiotic knocks it out, and has in my hands been safe for in-tank treatments. I've treated two tanks with it, saved half a dozen colonies of Euphyllia. There are certainly ciliates visible in the samples of BJD but I consider them secondary. In my opinion they are eating the coral tissue that's already dying from the bacterial infection.
  4. RODI water is in principle the wrong way to do this. On some refractometers, you may get lucky and get away with it, if the refractometer has a perfectly linear response. (I wouldnt bet on this, for instruments that cost on average $30) When we calibrate a refractometer we are performing a 1-point calibration. Anytime you're doing a 1-point calibration, that point needs to be as close to the target level. The farther you get from your calibration point, the larger the errors will be. So calibrating with RODI is great if you want to read RODI. But if you calibrate with RODI and rea
  5. ATI is only ICP, right? ICP alone cannot measure many of the things we care about. It is not possible to measure PO4, NO2, NO3, or alkalinity with ICP. They can estimate these things based on assumptions, but those assumptions are usually wildly wrong (e.g. the assumption that all P in the sample is PO4) ICP as typically conducted does not produce meaningful results for trace elements, because they use unfiltered dirty aquarium water, which is full of particulates that make large contributions to trace elements. For years we've read criticisms of the inaccurate values people w
  6. Hi all, We've partnered with Oceamo, an Austrian seawater testing company started by professional chemist and aquarium enthusiast Dr. Christoph Denk, to bring this new service to US clients for the first time. This is not just another ICP service - its a professional research-grade analysis of your aquarium's water. The Oceamo team applies a range of different methods including ICP, Ion Chromatography with UV, Conductivity, Titration, and Spectrophotometry to accurately measure the parameters that matter to reefkeepers.
  7. how about wet tile saws, anyone try one of those? (Not handheld, the bench type) Something like this, although I want to find one that can handle thicker pieces https://www.harborfreight.com/7-in-portable-wet-cut-tile-saw-69231.html $400ish for a saw is just too silly for words, I'll keep buying $30 dremel blades if thats the only option
  8. I think its time to finally upgrade to a dedicated saw for fragging corals. But the options I see online for dedicated coral bandsaws have prices that make me laugh. Anyone have suggestions for a budget coral band saw option? Maybe something DIY or repurposed? What other creative tools have you used to cut large corals? I've been using a diamond blade dremel wheel for years, you can cut frags from surprisingly large colonies if you get creative with cut angles. But it has its limits and all the changing angles can make a mess of spraying coral goop. Thanks for any
  9. So weird, theres ice storms from Oregon to Texas but here in this little pocket between Corvallis and Eugene, it hasnt even dropped below freezing. Literally, not a drop of snow or ice. Still got the power outage though.
  10. I'd like the skimmer, and any powerheads you have left, depending on prices.
  11. Sorry I failed to get back to you - absolutely, you spoke first, you get one for sure. Easiest thing is just place an order for the rubble, that way you're in the system and I can add an order for free testing. Let me know if you run into any bugs. Thanks!
  12. Absolutely, I'm really encouraged to see evidence that low doses of antibiotics can alter the balance of the microbial community without killing it off. Its really tempting to experiment more along these lines. (Just what I needed, more experiments for the list!) Next on my list is Vibrio. I have a pretty potent and specific anti-Vibrio compound that I've been testing as a dip with mixed success. But I think based on the safety and efficacy data from these cipro trials its time to test the anti-Vibrio compound on intact systems. -- Anyone else got some brown jelly? I'm s
  13. Got your order, thanks! I'll ship this out tomorrow along with two sampling kits so we can test before and after. You'll get some automated emails about the sampling kits, but can ignore them, the tests are 100% discounted. Is it a new tank or already established?
  14. This is the first of a few new products and services I'm rolling out at AquaBiomics, and I wanted to let you guys know about it first: Live Reef Rubble. This is genuine, old-school live rock tested by DNA sequencing so you know exactly what you're adding to your tank. This is the same material I've previously written about for starting new reef tanks. I've set up some dedicated fish-free systems in my new greenhouse for this rubble ... the material is authentic Branch Rock from Tonga, just in small pieces. Perfect for seeding a new tank, while minimizing the risks associated with l
  15. Sorry I missed this a month ago... hope things turned out ok in the meantime! No, I have not tested this in an SPS tank yet. I've treated two soft coral + LPS tanks so far.
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