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  1. I have learned to never toss out a frag unless it is 100% bleached, covered in algae, definitely dead. It's amazing how some can recover from even the smallest amount of living tissue.
  2. Wow, that's some good growth for less than 2 months! Nice.
  3. Normally interpreters are included in press conferences by the government in disaster situations, like following an earthquake or hurricane. Since COVID can be a life or death situation, it’s being treated with that same level of urgency to get information out to all citizens. It’s not just Portland. If you’ve seen NY’s governor who did daily briefings back during the first big outbreak, they always had interpreters.
  4. I'm glad I helped you find us! I use the Hanna ULR Phosphorus HI736 for my Phosphate testing, and the Red Sea Nitrate Pro kit for Nitrate testing. Your goal of keeping frogspawn, hammers, and torches is less demanding on super low nutrients than keeping SPS corals. But the nutrient levels will definitely contribute to algae problems. Another thing to consider is what kind and how much food you're feeding your fish. What's your current feeding routine, and what's your fish population?
  5. Welcome to the club! I'm the resident Apex guru and have written extensively on the subject. (see https://www.reef2reef.com/ams/authors/suncrestreef.93940/) While the Apex will help you to monitor your temperature and pH, and the Trident and DOS can help you maintain stable alkalinity, calcium, and magnesium, it sounds like your current issue with algae is more related to nitrate (NO3) and phosphate (PO4) levels. The Trident cannot test or monitor those parameters, so your best bet is to get some reliable test kits for NO3 and PO4, and if those numbers are higher than recommended t
  6. For those interested in following along, I have started a new build thread over at Reef2Reef: https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/suncrestreefs-reefer-xl-425-rebuild.795310/
  7. Looks great! That's its feeding response. I made a time-lapse video when feeding mine a couple years ago. It's really fascinating to see it change shape:
  8. I plan to hold my fish, shrimp, and cleanup crew in my fish QT tank. Then I will hold the corals, some rock, and my Mandarin goby in my old sump as a life raft while I rebuild. I want the goby with the rock since that's the pod breeding ground.
  9. I just ordered some aluminum from 8020.net for a project I'm working on. It's not as expensive as you'd think. The 1.5" rails like in this video are only $0.39 per inch. The mounting hardware is also pretty affordable: https://8020.net/1515-uls.html
  10. Hoverboard lights....They'd illuminate and cool the tank at the same time!
  11. I will be restarting my tank soon. I'll save all the surviving corals in a temporary tank while I take down and thoroughly clean my display tank, bleach the rocks, replace the Red Sea sump with a Trigger Platinum34 sump with roller mat, and then cycle the tank again before putting the corals back. The new sump will arrive tomorrow: Because this sump is wider than the Red Sea sump, I will need to remove the center brace panel in the cabinet and replace it with a 80/20 aluminum support frame to fit the sump. I'll be sure to post photos of this new build.
  12. As many of you know, my tank has suffered a lot of coral loss over the past few months. But today I noticed the first new growth in a very long time! My hammer has several tiny new heads appearing on the sides of the skeleton. It's not much, but any sign of growth is welcome. There's also a crazy amount of what I believe are tiny chaetopterid worms:
  13. I have a Phillips HUE light strip behind my tank that accents the wall. I really like the contrast of red/orange light against the blue LEDs.
  14. See this for tips on how to measure it: https://www.digikey.com/en/blog/barrel-connector-measurement-tricks
  15. It's called a barrel connector, but you need to know the specific outer and inner diameter. Do you have a caliper to measure it? See this for an example: https://www.amazon.com/5-5mm-Extension-Female-Barrel-Connector/dp/B01LCY9G66
  16. All the utility lines in my neighborhood are underground, too. Yet in the 10 years I've lived here there has still been at least one power outage per year, with the longest being about 8 hours a few years ago before I got into reefing. Stupid things: a squirrel fried at a power substation, a car crash into a major power pole, a construction backhoe digging in the wrong place, a planned utility pole replacement project leading to my neighborhood, and of course wind/ice storms.
  17. I have a weather station on my roof. Take a look at the temperature, wind, rain, and pressure all change rapidly as the cold front came through around midnight last night: Here's the link to my live weather data on Cooper Mountain in Beaverton: https://www.wunderground.com/dashboard/pws/KORBEAVE67
  18. Looking great as always! I hope I can get my tank back to good health soon. Just curious...how often do you clean/vacuum your sandbed?
  19. My generator kicked on just after midnight as the cold front swept through and caused a blackout lasting about 30 minutes. I didn’t have quite the sweet deal as you, but I agree, it’s priceless! I slept like a baby with that hum of the generator in the background.
  20. Just curious...What are your water parameters? I've struggled with PO4 and NO3 and lost a lot of corals recently.
  21. There's a TV? I didn't even notice any TV! 🤣
  22. Wow, this turned out amazingly well! Excellent work.
  23. I’ve been slowly dosing Brightwell Phosphat-E for the past couple months, and once the levels got low enough I stopped dosing and resumed using my GFO reactor.
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