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  1. General Reef Discussion
    I just bought a protien skimmer at the LFS and it came with crapy directions. I think I have it set up right, i'm just not sure about one issue. There is a pipe that goes up and down to adjust the water level and I was curious if I had to hook a tube to my wet/dry or something. maybe you...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    Well, i started a thread earlier called "Too Much Flow??" and it kinda turned into a build thread, but wasn't titled as so. well i decided to start a new thread showing the progress of my build. the basics are: 55 gal AGA 48x12x18 4 Aquaclear 70 powerheads 1600 gpm of total flow (probably going...
  3. Margaritaville
    Good morning. It's early. I should probably be asleep.
  4. General Reef Discussion
    OK I know some of you thought it was sacrilege that I tore my 450-gallon system down. Numerous issues compiled and aided in the decision. First off was the system itself. I think anyone who builds their first dream system will tell you that a lot more thought went into building it than...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Okay, as many of you know I currently have a 125G SPS tank,.. the only reason this tank ever ended up with water in it was a comedy skit worth of errors,.. the fact that it got lights and coral never should have happened, then I went SPS with it, which also never should have happed,.. For the...
  6. The THINK Tank
    We started discussing this question on a thread by Bosscrab asking for a good skimmer. Hop and Mcliffy2 recommended the Tunze skimmer and posted a pic showing how much smaller it was than an ASM skimmer. I asked how such a smaller skimmer could outperform a bigger skimmer since skimmer...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    been planning this for a while now, watching and waiting in a local forum for the the right deal to come my way. looks like it finally did- just made a deal for a 135gallon! its acrylic, 60lx18wx24h with rounded front corners. scheduled to pick up this thursday(im being optimistic by posting...
  8. La Crosse Area Reef Keepers (LARK)
    Hello all, Just thought I would introduce myself. My name is Josh and I am the senior engineer at Coulee Region Solutions in La Crosse. We build, maintain, and fix networks. I am 35 and married to the owner of the Womans shoe store "Kick". I run a gaming clan called Wisconsin Death Trip, we...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    I really am not satisfied w/ my ASM G2. It is really crammed into my sump and hard to adjust, sometimes it pulls great, sometimes too much, sometimes too little. Plus I'm not sure its enough for a 118g. I know about the mesh mod and gate valve mod. The mesh mod would help w/ it pulling, but...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    Ok should i mesh mod my ASM G3 sedra 5000 pump or not?? Right now it is working great for its low bio load and i havnt been up to tampa to get the gate valve mod cheap from Ace for it but i plan to this weekend :dance::dance::dance: But does it make it that much better to mesh mod my the pump i...
  11. DIY Forum
    Hey guys, I have a few questions for you guys. I am currently in the process of working on a DIY protein skimmer. I really want to make a beckett style protein skimmer of sorts. Is there any plans for this style skimmer around I could model off of. I was thinking about making a educator...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    I know to expect algae in my new reef tank, but I was not ready to see it so early. My tank has been up and running since March 25th. March 29th the live rock arrived and was added to the system. I have been testing ammonia on almost a daily basis. I have tested Nitrites and Nitrates as well...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    if anyone is interested in the octopus skimmers, this mod really comes in handy, it took me about 20 minutes to put a gate valve on mine. i have the 200, for any size skimmer, you have to get the proper sized pvc. you need a T, a 90, and a gate valve, and a small piece of pipe...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    What skimmer/type do you use and why? Beckett, Needle wheel, venturi, airstone, other?
  15. General classifieds
    250W MH ballast, reflector, bulb, socket, wiring x 2 case for ballast x 1 Both ballast are in a case with seperate power and switches. The ballast and sockets are the same as sold by Marine Depot under the DIY setups. I bought used so I cannot guarantee the original source is M.D. Bulbs are...
  16. TCMAS
    Sedra 9000 X3 Mesh material Remove needles on needlewheel with sharp knife. Attach 3 layers of mesh using 2 zipties to the 4 holes provided.Fit material by cutting out a center and fitting it around impeller shaft, then trim the excess off from the outside edges. Please not keep the ziptie...
  17. Classifieds - TCMAS Members Only
    Ongoing list as I take down my tank. Moving down to a cube so that I can get the tank out of my basement and into my living room. Live Rock - $3.00 / lb. I have a combination of base rock, live rock, texas limestone, tufa, and agrocrete. I would guess about 80lb's total between all of it...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    ok.. I just got my tank setup. right now I have it full of just freshly mixed IO with RODI water.. I started my Skimmer and its now filling my sump with bubbles that are being sucked in by my return pump filling my display with bubbles.. is this something that will go away once the skimmer is...
  19. General Reef Discussion
    Does anyone have issues with having sooooo many bubbles in the reaction chamber that they pour out the drain? I set-up my skimmer this weekend and with the gate valve all the way open and the air valve open just enough to get foam, the drain pours out air bubbles. and if I close the gate...
  20. General Reef Discussion
    I just received my new Pacific Coast Imports PS-3000 skimmer yesterday... this is NOT the recirculating one... it is the needle wheel model that comes with the Octopus turbine 3000 pump... I am a little confused at all the different Octopus/PCI skimmers but I know that PCI makes a good product...
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