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  1. General Reef Discussion
    Hi all, My 2.5 month old 220 is running well, went through a brief diatom bloom and bacterial bloom, now it’s been sitting pretty for a couple weeks with coralline algae starting to grow. So here’s my question, it’s still fairly young tank so I’m going to let it "rest" for a couple months with...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    I want to encourage the growth of Hair Algae and Macro Algae in my tank. We love our Surgeonfish and would like to offer them natural ways to get a yumy treat. I know about compact fluorescent lighting, and plan on getting that right away. What other tips can you give? Thank you!
  3. General Reef Discussion
    This is a 3 Gal. Finnex that has been on my desk for 2 1/2 years now. I initially purchased about 15 lbs. of Kaelini from premiumaquatics.com and kept pretty much all of it for the tank. I do one 50% water change a month and top off about every three days as it's an open top and...
  4. The THINK Tank
    Merry Christmas. :) Lately there has been some speculation that registerable nitrates could mean that organic phosphates are high. Spanky said that "adding amino acids = ammonia". I would like to understand the relationship between N&P and the possibility of speeding up the removal of these...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Keep in mind this is a sand bed tank and I encourage all types of micro and macro algae growth as a means of nutreant export FTS I can't look at this coral, every time I put it someplace where I can enjoy it it starts to die, when I move it where I can't see it the coral heals back up and...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    Hello all, I am thinking about taking my Millennium 1000 HOB filter off my Mini 7 and putting a CPR Fuge on in it's place. What do you think? Any info would help thanks.
  7. Topic of the Week Archive
    Yup thats right.. it is time to roll up those sleves and dust of the brain.. Chemistry 101 Lets start off with the the very basic Reef chemistry. , then move in to the more heavier things including making your own kalk... So tell me what your parameters...
  8. TCMAS
    Here is the tank Greg and Bob built for me. Only took six + months to get it on the stand. Now the guy that is building my wall will not let me fill it. So it will probably be empty a couple more months. I hope not. Here is a close up of the closed loop. Scott
  9. General Reef Discussion
    After 8 years my 75 gal reef tank crashed so it's time to start over. Gave everything alive to a friend and the tank (glass) is drained and dry. I have about 130 lbs of caribbean live rock, now cleaned and dry. I had 4 55 watt power compacts and 2 smaller 15 watt compacts. Three intank pumps...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    Hi, Here is what was said at a local store I ask the sales person about live sand, he says that live sand is a crock. He goes on to say that "how can the critters remain alive doing shipping? The sand is move around and rubed together that it kills everything. And second when you put it in the...
  11. The THINK Tank
    It's been a while since I posted about my phosban experiments. Since many other people had said the iron oxide worked well for them I introduced a much smaller portion of phosban to my reactor about 2 months ago. Just recently removed it for a couple of reasons. 1. My clams are not looking...
  12. The THINK Tank
    Which is better? :)
  13. Topic of the Week Archive
    This should be a fun one. We have done this a while ago, but I think a lot has changed since the last time we talked about these. What are these used for? Do they do any good? What is one? How do you plumb one? Wow the list goes on. :D G~
  14. General Reef Discussion
    Greetings, Id really appreciate some input on my refugium lighting. Ive been running a 15 watt fluorescent "aquarium/plant bulb" by GE for a good while now and have seen mixed results with my macro algae growth rate. My macro was growing well, then I over pruned it I guess because it just...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    I'm looking at setting up a 50gal for a fuge(36"x16"x20"tall). I've decided to light it with pc's. How many watts should I use for extremely productive algae growth and maybe some zoos or softies! :D Can I get these from Home Depot or Lows? Do they need ballasts? What would be an approximation...
  16. PNSMAS archives (hidden)
    just completed a new DIY sump for my 37g reef tank which goes under the stand so now I'm selling my 19" HOB CPR aqua fuge. It's 1 1/2 years old and works fine. Looking for $50 and posting it here to give locals first look. Great for pod production and on smaller tanks it will keep the nitrates...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    i am adding a small (12"x12"x19" tall) refugium to my sump of my 125 gal reef...the display has a 5" DSB...the fuge will be setup next to the under-tank sump and will gravity feed into the sump... i was planning on adding a DSB (depth unknown) in the refugium, realizing that i should seed this...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    Hi there, I have a 4 x 2 x 2 reef tank up and running from two weeks ago. I am still sorting out some of the electrical bits and bobs. The sump contains a DSB and a refugium ( seperate). What I would like to know is what lighting would you recommend using? Should it be reverse timed or 24-7...
  19. General Reef Discussion
    i need to know if a protein skimmer is necessary for my newly set up reef tank .it's a 55 so far we have 40# lr 1in.live sand that as been set up for 3wks.my reading says i need a prt skm the aquar. store owner says all ineed to do is water changes like i wasplanning.i have 2 power heads and an...
  20. General Reef Discussion
    Yesterday my buddie (junkzoo) posted some questions re:my tank and the recent fish loss. Thanks for all the replies and here are the parameters etc. I am still at a loss re: the loss and appreciate any and all help. I currently have a 75 gal reef tank with approx 115 lbs of lr,2 175watt mh's...
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