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General Discussion : Snail breeding

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 05:07
Author: Mark Peterson
Subject: Snail breeding
Posted: June 28 2017 at 11:07am

 
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General Help : Cynao kicking my ass

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 04:50
Author: Mark Peterson
Subject: Cynao kicking my ass
Posted: June 28 2017 at 10:50am

Last night, Chuck and I exchanged quite a number of texts and he sent me some tank pics. It was fun to work through it. 
After thinking about it overnight, I thought I might share the things that seemed to me to be contributing to the Cyano. I am extremely analytical, maybe even obsessive-compulsive about details. Analyzing the details is like hunting deer with a powerful rifle rather than a shotgun. I've been solving reef tank issues this way for over 20 years. This makes me very confident but also tends to make my written advice come across as kind of arrogant. In person I'm not so arrogant in person. 
1.   "Tank has been running since January." That's a young tank, still growing it's biofiltration. Cyano starts when the bioload exceeds the biofiltration.

 2.  "Tank is [only 13 gal and] is heavily stocked with sps, lps and softies [and] 4 fish." In my opinion the tank is not mature enough to be so heavily stocked. Though I always say that fish pollute the water while coral filter the water, coral do create waste and put off a slime that requires processing by the biofiltration. Skimming helps but biofiltration is more powerful than commonly understood. In other words, even where there is a skimmer, a lack of sufficient biofiltration can lead to these kind of problems, because a lot of waste does not get handled by protein skimming.
3.   " ...every other week 5 Gallons water changes religiously." Unfortunately, water changes provide nutrients for algae growth. My usual advice when there is a nuisance algae problem is to suspend frequent/large water changes and stick to the standard 10% monthly water changes.
 4.  "Tank was seeded with dead old rock."As many have discovered, LR has a plethora of animals living right to the core. When they die, it can take up to a year for the pollution, including heavy metals to seep out of the rock as it recovers. Chuck had already started using my best advice, placing a pad of Poly-Bio-Marine's Poly Filter in the system to deal with the pollution coming out of the rock. 

 5.  "No other type of [nuisance] algae but the cyano." There is a small ball of Chaeto and spots of Coralline Algae growing in the tank. My suggestion is to add more Chaeto and even some Caulerpa. Each algae removes specific combinations of pollution. Any algae that is eating pollution competes with the Cyano for nutrients. A young tank without sufficient other biofiltration can benefit from macroalgae growth left in the system for many months or maybe years. That's why Refugiums are so useful. 
6.   Final point. The pics show a 100% Oolitic sand bed with practically nothing in the way of worms and bugs. One of the advantages of larger sand and rubble is its ability to harbor worms and bugs. The setup method described in the Reefkeeping Tips thread linked below suggests using a ~1/2" layer of Oolitic sand with ~1" layer of larger particle sand on top. Bugs and worms do an important job in the biofiltration process. It could really help to add an infusion of those micro-animals by adding some LS and perhaps some LR from a well established, mature reef aquarium.

Hope this helps.Aloha,Mark  
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General Discussion : Snail breeding

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 04:28
Author: Hogie
Subject: Snail breeding
Posted: June 28 2017 at 10:28am

Couple of dirty old men watching dirty videos...
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General Discussion : Snail breeding

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 03:41
Author: Mark Peterson
Subject: Snail breeding
Posted: June 28 2017 at 9:41am

Cool. Love those baby snails. When Margarita Snails did this in my tank, it was in the evening. When the spewed cloud of teeny tiny eggs dispersed it was easy to tell because the eggs are larger than the sperm. They are about the size of brine shrimp eggs. The sperm cloud just looks like smoke.
Aloha,Mark  
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General Discussion : Snail breeding

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 01:58
Author: funkapotomus
Subject: Snail breeding
Posted: June 28 2017 at 7:58am

Mark Peterson wrote:

It wasn't clear in the vid, were they expelling eggs and sperm?

Sperm for sure. I don't know what the eggs look like they've got it be in the mix too. All I know is that this has been going on for a while now because they are multiplying. My tank always has a fresh supply of snail babies. This is just the first time I've seen it.
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Cadlights Artisan 70G II Tank - No Stand, Just

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:18
Author: Marcoss
Subject: Cadlights Artisan 70G II Tank - No Stand, Just
Posted: June 27 2017 at 10:18pm

Pending.
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : $5 Frags

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:31
Author: Lyscer
Subject: $5 Frags
Posted: June 27 2017 at 9:31pm



Pom Pom Xenia
Brown poly digitada with a greenish base

$5/frag

Located in layton
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Equipment : RedDragon pump troubleshoot!

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:58
Author: FinTastic
Subject: RedDragon pump troubleshoot!
Posted: June 27 2017 at 5:58pm

Ok guys,
I've got this 1500 RedDragon pump for my Vertx Alpha 200 that has quit on me. I've found that it still buzzes on and off a few times, prop doesn't spin, before stopping completely after you first plug it in. So obviously it's still savable I hope. I just wanted to see if anybody here can help me narrow down which part to replace. Before I just use elimination to fix it and end up spending more than necessary.
I pulled it apart and the prop was easy to take out but the bearing was very, very difficult. I actually will have to get a new one regardless because I ripped the o-ring and chewed up the bearing up trying to pull it out. Haha!

I bought this skimmer used a few months ago so kinda sad it has come up with issues already. Guess that's the nature of the beast with used stuff. Oh well!

Thanks in advanced! Any input is appreciated.
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Cadlights Artisan 70G II Tank - No Stand, Just

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:50
Author: Marcoss
Subject: Cadlights Artisan 70G II Tank - No Stand, Just
Posted: June 27 2017 at 5:50pm

70G. 
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Cadlights Artisan 70G II Tank - No Stand, Just

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:14
Author: p_hefe
Subject: Cadlights Artisan 70G II Tank - No Stand, Just
Posted: June 27 2017 at 5:14pm

What size
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Cadlights Artisan II Tank - No Stand, Just Glass

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:14
Author: p_hefe
Subject: Cadlights Artisan II Tank - No Stand, Just Glass
Posted: June 27 2017 at 5:14pm

What size
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : 150g tank, stand, accessories for sale

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:04
Author: 1stupidpunk
Subject: 150g tank, stand, accessories for sale
Posted: June 27 2017 at 4:04pm

Somebody buy this thing so I don't have to drive down to Lehi on payday....
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Cadlights Artisan 70G II Tank - No Stand, Just

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:23
Author: Marcoss
Subject: Cadlights Artisan 70G II Tank - No Stand, Just
Posted: June 27 2017 at 3:23pm

Cadlights Artisan II 70G Tank - No Stand, Just Glass
$50 - Please read.
I had this tank set up about 2 years ago; the bulkhead area cracked and it had a slight leak. More seepage than anything. 
Anyway, I cleaned it and packed it away. I was going to fix it but decided I did not want to take the DIY route, because I don't know what the hell I am doing, nor do I care to learn. 
I reached out to a guy in Northern Utah that would fix the bottom and put it all back together for $250. I think his name was Tyler and he owns an acrylics shop, so he is familiar with tanks. He proposed adding some heavy duty acrylic bottom and has made these repairs many times. 
Anyway, for $300, and some small amount of legwork, you can have a really nice glass tank. It is all starfire and whatnot. Has an overflow, etc. I think I paid around $1400 with a stand and sump so my guess is the glass was half of that. 
Asking $50 for it as is. Its an insane value for you DIY'ers. 
I cannot hold, I cannot deliver, etc. Located in American Fork.
Marcos435.817.5950

Edited by Marcoss - 17 hours 10 minutes ago at 5:50pm
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Cadlights Artisan II Tank - No Stand, Just Glass

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:23
Author: Marcoss
Subject: Cadlights Artisan II Tank - No Stand, Just Glass
Posted: June 27 2017 at 3:23pm

Cadlights Artisan II Tank - No Stand, Just Glass
$50 - Please read.
I had this tank set up about 2 years ago; the bulkhead area cracked and it had a slight leak. More seepage than anything. 
Anyway, I cleaned it and packed it away. I was going to fix it but decided I did not want to take the DIY route, because I don't know what the hell I am doing, nor do I care to learn. 
I reached out to a guy in Northern Utah that would fix the bottom and put it all back together for $250. I think his name was Tyler and he owns an acrylics shop, so he is familiar with tanks. He proposed adding some heavy duty acrylic bottom and has made these repairs many times. 
Anyway, for $300, and some small amount of legwork, you can have a really nice glass tank. It is all starfire and whatnot. Has an overflow, etc. I think I paid around $1400 with a stand and sump so my guess is the glass was half of that. 
Asking $50 for it as is. Its an insane value for you DIY'ers. 
I cannot hold, I cannot deliver, etc. Located in American Fork.
Marcos435.817.5950
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Acan 600-18B LED Lights

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 04:36
Author: jrschwartz
Subject: Acan 600-18B LED Lights
Posted: June 27 2017 at 10:36am

I have two ACAN 600-18B LED lights for sale. I had these on my 90 gal. tank a few years ago. They've been sitting since then. Great for growing corals. They come with the overhead cable mounts. I'm asking $200 each. 
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Tank Threads : Mitch's 400+ gallon build

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 03:31
Author: Krazie4Acans
Subject: Mitch's 400+ gallon build
Posted: June 27 2017 at 9:31am

Just make sure you put it in a vertical section. They don't work well in angled plumbing.

You could always just close the manifold valve when you shut off the return as well but that isn't really automated for feeding or water changes.
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Tank Threads : Mitch's 400+ gallon build

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 03:03
Author: backwards32
Subject: Mitch's 400+ gallon build
Posted: June 27 2017 at 9:03am

good point maybe I can put another check valve higher before the reactors
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General Discussion : Snail breeding

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 02:15
Author: Mark Peterson
Subject: Snail breeding
Posted: June 27 2017 at 8:15am

It wasn't clear in the vid, were they expelling eggs and sperm?
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General Discussion : Snail breeding

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 01:32
Author: funkapotomus
Subject: Snail breeding
Posted: June 27 2017 at 7:32am

I'm so proud of these little guys. I just had to share.

snail party
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : 93 G Cube Tank For Sale-$500

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 18:20
Author: bstuver
Subject: 93 G Cube Tank For Sale-$500
Posted: June 27 2017 at 12:20am

sleepingdeep wrote:

Hogie wrote:

I thought Jackie bought your tank?
jackie bought the brain, she got a setup from a guy in logan.

Yep I just bought the brain and the plate coral:)

This is a great price guys it's a nice tank!
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