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  1. Topic of the Week Archive
    What are some different methods that can be used to attempt to remove Phosphates from a system? Phosban Reactors Macroalgae (refugium) UV sterilizer/skimmer set up. Any other ways? And, what are some of the benefits and drawbacks of each approach?
  2. General Reef Discussion
    I want some opinions about this. I am cooking about 200 pounds of LR in my garage. I have been doing so for about 5 months. I thought about it last night and came to the conclusion that I might not be ready to use any of it for another 6 months to a year since I don't have my large tank yet...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    Ok, so I am "allowed" to use my 180 in the living room. We've decided that the living room carpet can be sacrificed :) I've cleaned out the tank, here is a "before" picture. I'll have to reinforce the stand and fix the canopy to open in the front. (stand and canopy I'm going to use aren't in the...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    I'm still working through some planning on my 55g tank (will probably still be working on planning for a while), and while I was at the LFS the whimsical side of me caught a castle and various other structures. Is there a detriment to putting a "dead" rock item like a castle, pirate ship...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    We all know the benefits and science behind 'cooking' rocks. What if these methods were applied to live sand? Wouldn't the phosphates and detritus eventually be flushed? Of course there'd be slightly different methods: such as vacuuming instead of swishing. Im only thinking out loud here and...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    FIRST< LET ME SAY, "THIS SITE IS AWESOME!" I have a question about setting up a sump/Refuge tank. I am looking to build a 3 section sump, one for refuge, one for skimmer and the return. However I keep seeing different options for the layout. 1. All water flows in to the tank with a skimmer...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    I know people that siphon constantly and those who dont at all. Some people that do siphon have nitrate issues and some dont. Some people that dont siphon have no nitrate issue and some do. So I havent found that siphoning a sure shot at low or 0 nitrates but i want to see what everyone here does.
  8. General Reef Discussion
    my 37 gallon reef tank is growing alot of red slime at the bottom of the tank all over the rocks ive never had this problem in 4 years i bought redsmile remover and did a 10 persent water change after 3 days and it came back full force any one know the reason why and what can i do or use to stop...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    :cry:Not to bring this up again...but today I did a major cleaning...I can tell I have some dead spots ...to back up a bit... when setting up this tank...I had 2 friends helping me out with the plumbing, setting up the RO/DI etc...well, my friend needed me to go to Lowes and get some other...
  10. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    So I'm looking for some innovative solutions to a pretty frustrating yet petty problem. I've got a 150 gallon barebottom tank, and I find that there is too much particulate that floats through the water column. It does not all seem to make it over into the sump. It's not terrible, but something...
  11. The Think Tank Must Reads.
    I just spent three hours reading through the DSB myth thread and decided in all fairness to put up a pro DSB thread. Although I have not been in the hobby as long as many on here have. I research constantly for ways to improve the quality of life for the animals I choose to own. This is in no...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    Algae in my tank has gone berzerk! It used to be contained by the army of snails, but the army of crabs ate them. So I got a new army of snails who don't seem to be the hungry type. It's green, it's red. It's everywhere. Help?
  13. General Reef Discussion
    Just thought I'd post my experience with the home made DIY live rock, AKA Aragocrete. This is live rock made with portland cement, aragonite sand, and cruched oyster shells. I didn't make it myself but got it from another hobbyist. At fist, I really liked it cause it was really porous and it...
  14. The THINK Tank
    It's a while before I have to worry about "old tank syndrome" myself, but the following article is interesting, informative, and pertinent to developing an overall strategy in a reef tank... http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2006/10/aafeature#h1 What do you guys reckon?
  15. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    Hi, Can a bb tank run without the use of rocks? I mean the talk about not having sand in the tank makes scence. I mean whats a rock good for when your managing things on it other than only sps? The rocks also trap detritus, bring in pests, leech Po4 and metals ect. Another thing bothering...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    just found an article on dsbs. i found it pretty informative. please however post anything u might not agree with!! http://www.ronshimek.com/Deep%20Sand%20Beds.htm
  17. General Reef Discussion
    I am sorry, but I thought the whole idea behind live rock was the "LIFE". I know, I know, somebody will correct me and say the "L" in "LR" pertains to the bacteria. Well my gym shoes have bacteria and I don't consider them live. In fact they smell quite dead, lol. seriously though, it perplexes...
  18. The THINK Tank
    well, i have somewhat put a plan together of what i want to do next . i really like the idea behind the japanese tanks , with the corals growing on the bottom . my plans are to make a dome shape platform that will rest on top of the starboard. the high point on the dome will be 2" to 3" inches...
  19. General Reef Discussion
    Tank specs: 100 gallon custom tank, 20 gallon sump Seaclone skimmer 1 400 watt 10K metal halide 2 55 watt actinic pcs, (dont' run often) Lots of live rock lbs??? some button pollups and mushrooms had some star pollups but they died. Tomato clown, engineering goby, lawnmower goby, yellow tang...
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