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About MReef20

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  1. So, I've got a BRS refractometer, along with the BRS calibration solution, but I had a minor drop a while back, so I wanted to get another one (this time the Marine Depot version) to make sure all was good. I went ahead and got the Brightwell calibration solution along with it (I believe the BRS solution is made by Brightwell). When I calibrated the new refractometer with the new calibration fluid, it showed low as compared to the other solution. I checked with my calibrated BRS device and got the same result. In other words, it would seem that the two solutions were showing different read
  2. I've got two that you can have - problem is that I live in Tri-Cities. Will gladly send to you, just not sure how quickly you need them.
  3. For sale is the JBJ nano-glow refugium light in excellent condition (accidentally showed wrong power adapter in pic). This is the version with the magnet holder (vs. suction cup). $30, OBO. Located in Tri-Cities. Thanks.
  4. For sale is a Tunze 9004 protein skimmer in very good condition. Only selling because I upgraded tanks. One of the magnets starting acting weird (still holds, just seems like one end is "off"), and there is just some very faint scuffs on the front cover from where I was cleaning it. Excellent working order - used for about 7 months. Thinking $100 OBO - located in Tri-Cities.
  5. Well, that was more work than expected (been a while since I've broken down a tank), but so far all looks good! The peroxide really seems to have done the trick. There was some algae that didn't all get scrubbed off, but over the last day or so it has disintegrated...fingers crossed that I'll be able to keep it under control! After cleaning out the 40B, I think my main problem was that I wasn't getting as much nutrient export as I figured - I'm sure that was the root of my problems. Time will tell, thank you all for your advice and input!
  6. So I'm thinking a good plan of attack might be to give the rocks a good scrub first and then spritz on some peroxide with a spray bottle - you think 3-5 minutes would be long enough? I don't think I'd even need to rinse them before putting them in the new tank, but might not be a bad idea.
  7. See, I've thought about that, especially since I have real live rock as a starter in the 90, but here are my reservations: 1. Some corals/inverts (nem, clam, zoas) are attached the the current LR. I don't want to risk damaging them if I try to remove 2. I'm sure there's a lot of good critters/bacteria in the current LR; I hate to lose all of that 3. I'm concerned that even though I have LR in the 90, it won't be enough (50#) to support from a bio-filtration perspective. I'd like to end up with 100# + of LR I'm planning on upping my chaeto game, now that I will have
  8. Sorry, should have probably provided some additional context/backstory - here's how the saga started in the 40B: Current readings for nitrate/phosphate in the 40B are 16 and .13 ppm respectively (no ammonia). Main thing I've been trying lately is letting things settle in on their own while keeping up with water changes. Some things seem to be doing great (fish, crabs, nem, clam, mushroom), but the rics, snails, and some zoas haven't seemed very happy. Things haven't been going so well with the stonies, but I recognize that's most likely because there has been a lot of fluctuations an
  9. Well, things are starting to come together for my SCA 90 gal upgrade! Finished up the plumbing over the weekend, and moved the Gulf Live Rock over. I was planning on making the transfer from my 40B this weekend, but I want to make sure I've thought this through and avoid any disasters. Here's my plan and questions - I would greatly appreciate input and tips! - I don't really care about keeping any of the existing 40B tank water, I figure all of the bacteria I need will be in the rock/sand - I don't plan on transferring much of the sand from the existing tank (maybe a few scoop ful
  10. I wonder if there could be any type of chemical warfare going on? I feel like I had a similar situation a long tome ago, and the only thing we could ever figure out was that maybe some the neighboring softies were releasing irritating chemicals.
  11. You can raise the nitrate via chemical means, but I'm finding that it just takes time for things to balance out, especially if you started with dry rock?
  12. Wonder if the tank might be too "clean?" Any other changes recently that could affect water quality or any lighting changes? Tagging along, as I've been dealing with something similar with some of my rics.
  13. Haha, thank you...not sure why I've been psyching myself out today - probably because I'm gonna start filling, and I don't want 90 gallons of saltwater on the floor (and a broken tank)
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