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Equipment : Why you should check your pumps regularly...

15 hours 36 min ago
Author: Mark Peterson
Subject: Why you should check your pumps regularly...
Posted: January 22 2017 at 8:48am

Good thread.I don't typically depend on controller automation which can send a convenient alert when the temperature is out of range but can't tell when a pump has stopped pushing water.For me, it's the same reason I observe and casually check my systems every time I walk by. I check that the animals look right, that the water is moving at the right speed in the right direction, that the stick-on thermometer on the corner of the tank is reading the right temperature, etc., etc..
Aloha,Mark  
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Equipment : Why you should check your pumps regularly...

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 17:27
Author: phys
Subject: Why you should check your pumps regularly...
Posted: January 21 2017 at 11:27pm

1. I found an mp40 with a splitting magnet. 2. Dirty impellers slow flow and cause more work on the pump.3. I found a pump with a broken impeller. 4. Too much stuff on your intake can clog your pump.
Anybody else think of a reason? lol
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Tank Threads : Evan's 120

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 17:23
Author: bur01014
Subject: Evan's 120
Posted: January 21 2017 at 11:23pm

Sanjay Joshi just revealed he runs a phosphate level of .4 and nitrate of 50ppm+....some of the best colored sps I've ever seen.

He mentions it here - its a decent watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHffyLs0cFo

Many of the "leading" reefers are choosing to no longer chase low nutrients, or even test for that matter.  I am testing this approach out, cautiously.  


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Aquarium Related Classifieds : ISO: Smaller Blue Hippo Tang

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 17:17
Author: phys
Subject: ISO: Smaller Blue Hippo Tang
Posted: January 21 2017 at 11:17pm

I saw some at aquarium evolution... but that was about a week ago...
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SPS : ALK Issues

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 17:15
Author: phys
Subject: ALK Issues
Posted: January 21 2017 at 11:15pm

Keep testing! that'll be the thing that'll get you where you need most.
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Tank Threads : Evan's 120

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 17:14
Author: phys
Subject: Evan's 120
Posted: January 21 2017 at 11:14pm

Careful with those phosphates... anything above 1, I start seeing my acros suffer. When they're above 2, I usually start seeing fish get sick. Have you tried things like seachem fuel or brightwell supplements instead of throwing in the n03 stuffs? Be sure you're not accumulating too much detritus around in the sump, if you do, you may eventually start seeing negatives like your phosphate and nitrates go tooooo high.
You're light is probably fine but what bulbs are you running in it?
Tileman, don't change a thing!!!!!! lol
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Meetings and Events : 2017 WMAS Winter Banquet and Social

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 16:50
Author: phys
Subject: 2017 WMAS Winter Banquet and Social
Posted: January 21 2017 at 10:50pm

My basket is still in the makings lol.. need to find a couple other bits.
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : IM Nuvo LED's

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 16:42
Author: Taketo
Subject: IM Nuvo LED's
Posted: January 21 2017 at 10:42pm

price adjusted
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : LF small Condi

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 16:21
Author: Biznitch
Subject: LF small Condi
Posted: January 21 2017 at 10:21pm

I'm looking for a small condi, let me know if you have one & how much. In the Salt Lake Valley preferably. Thanks in advance.

Adam 801-859-5969
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : LF Clean-up crew - red slime algae eaters

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 14:19
Author: tavita47
Subject: LF Clean-up crew - red slime algae eaters
Posted: January 21 2017 at 8:19pm

My tank's been on life support for a couple years now.  One lone sail fin survives and a couple hermit crabs.  I've cleaned it up real good.  And doing water changes every week until it parameters get back in check.  I now need a cleanup crew.  PM me if you have some for sale.  Thanks!
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Meetings and Events : 2017 WMAS Winter Banquet and Social

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 13:50
Author: theresawhite
Subject: 2017 WMAS Winter Banquet and Social
Posted: January 21 2017 at 7:50pm

As promised.  Here is our 2nd basket for the Winter Banquet.


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LFS/Commercial/E-Commerce Posts : Sale & Clearance Items 1/21/2017

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 12:17
Author: Premiumaq
Subject: Sale & Clearance Items 1/21/2017
Posted: January 21 2017 at 6:17pm

22 products on sale and clearance, DON’T forget to check them out!

Make sure to check out all the items here:
https://premiumaquatics.com/category/sale-clearance-items.html

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Tank Threads : Evan's 120

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 12:14
Author: evan127
Subject: Evan's 120
Posted: January 21 2017 at 6:14pm

badfinger wrote:

Your light may be too close. I had that problem with my ATI light (not sure if yours are dimmable). Mine is believe is 12-14" off the water Ling and I still have SPS growing on my sand bed and coloring

Not dimmable. My SPS is about 24" under the light
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Tank Threads : Evan's 120

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 12:13
Author: evan127
Subject: Evan's 120
Posted: January 21 2017 at 6:13pm

LakeCityReefs wrote:

How old is the tank Evan?
How many pounds of rock are you using?

I agree with your comments regarding the spectracide dosing and adding more fish to dirty up the water. Keep those nitrates between 5 & 10. You are also spot on with trying to adjust your photo period and intensity.

It's a balance of light, nutrients, and Alk (along with the other required stable water parameters),IMO your heading down the right path. I've been dosing Flourish for nitrates for about 6 months now and my colors have improved greatly. I have never added phosphates by dosing.

Keep us posted.

I have no idea about the amount of rock per pound. I just put in what I had from my old 48 reef and new rock from BRS. With the MarinePure block I shouldn't have to worry too much about surface area.

High nitrogen levels seems to be working great. I altered the order my bulbs are in and that seems to have helped the bleaching a little bit.
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Tank Threads : Evan's 120

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 12:08
Author: evan127
Subject: Evan's 120
Posted: January 21 2017 at 6:08pm

Bryce wrote:

Hi Evan, I'm not on the forum much and I didnt mean to hijack your thread or speak in such absolutes or without any explanation. Each tank is different and can be successful run many different ways. Based on only looking on your pictures it looks like you have very little rock for 120 gal tank and no sand (I could be wrong and you may have sand) but if you don't that little amount of rock is going to struggle to keep your tanks cycle balanced (only my opinion). The Chromis in my experience just end up killing each other until their is 2 or 3 tops and it can take a year plus for it to happen. It looks like your tank is only a few months old and again in my opinion and experience (and yes its just that, nothing more) your going to struggle to keep sps colored up in a tank so young and in so little time. It looks like you put some larger frags /colonies in there which can easily lose color if not in a mature self balanced and stable tank and if they havent laid down a base. My tank is 5 years old and new frags of sps usually loose a lot of color until 4 to 8 months pass and they lay a base down and then finally start to regrow upward and new branches. To me assuming your corals are starving isnt correct. If you feed your fish and your fish poo and with all the other stuff u mentioned your dosing its more the fact that the sps are in a "lay down base" or new environment shock mode. Also IMO and experience if your truly ultra low nutrient your gonna want your alk a little lower at 6-8 dkh with 7 the sweat spot. Again these are all just my opinion and I wish you the best with your tank, it looks really nice.

No worries. Thanks for clarifying, I appreciate it. I have a MarinePure block and two other large chuncks of live rock in my sump. I'm not worried about bacteria populations with that MarinePure block. My reef is young, thus why I am feeding a lot (nitrogen, coral food, fish food), keeping the water clear and doing regular water changes. So far so good :)
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Frag Grow-Out Competition (NEW)!!! : Frag Contest Check-In #5 (1/15/17)

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 11:55
Author: evan127
Subject: Frag Contest Check-In #5 (1/15/17)
Posted: January 21 2017 at 5:55pm

Have you tested your water recently? (i.e. Ca- 430, alkalinity - 8.7, magnesium - na, nitrate - 5, phosphate - 0.00, nitrite - na, ammonia - na, salinity - 1.025, etc.)

High flow got to mine :( I've since moved it.
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Tank Threads : Evan's 120

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 11:34
Author: LakeCityReefs
Subject: Evan's 120
Posted: January 21 2017 at 5:34pm

How old is the tank Evan?
How many pounds of rock are you using?

I agree with your comments regarding the spectracide dosing and adding more fish to dirty up the water. Keep those nitrates between 5 & 10. You are also spot on with trying to adjust your photo period and intensity.

It's a balance of light, nutrients, and Alk (along with the other required stable water parameters),IMO your heading down the right path. I've been dosing Flourish for nitrates for about 6 months now and my colors have improved greatly. I have never added phosphates by dosing.

Keep us posted.
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Large Palys

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 10:49
Author: Mark Peterson
Subject: Large Palys
Posted: January 21 2017 at 4:49pm

We call those Blundell Buttons because Adam was the person that collected them from Florida around 1996 and introduced Palythoa grandis to the hobby. Excellent price. They usually go for $5/polyp and have sold for as much as $25/polyp. Under different lighting the mottled color pattern includes some green or blue.

Aloha,
Mark
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Tank Threads : Evan's 120

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 10:41
Author: badfinger
Subject: Evan's 120
Posted: January 21 2017 at 4:41pm

Your light may be too close. I had that problem with my ATI light (not sure if yours are dimmable). Mine is believe is 12-14" off the water Ling and I still have SPS growing on my sand bed and coloring
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Tank Threads : Evan's 120

Sat, 01/21/2017 - 10:38
Author: Bryce
Subject: Evan's 120
Posted: January 21 2017 at 4:38pm

Hi Evan, I'm not on the forum much and I didnt mean to hijack your thread or speak in such absolutes or without any explanation. Each tank is different and can be successful run many different ways. Based on only looking on your pictures it looks like you have very little rock for 120 gal tank and no sand (I could be wrong and you may have sand) but if you don't that little amount of rock is going to struggle to keep your tanks cycle balanced (only my opinion). The Chromis in my experience just end up killing each other until their is 2 or 3 tops and it can take a year plus for it to happen. It looks like your tank is only a few months old and again in my opinion and experience (and yes its just that, nothing more) your going to struggle to keep sps colored up in a tank so young and in so little time. It looks like you put some larger frags /colonies in there which can easily lose color if not in a mature self balanced and stable tank and if they havent laid down a base. My tank is 5 years old and new frags of sps usually loose a lot of color until 4 to 8 months pass and they lay a base down and then finally start to regrow upward and new branches. To me assuming your corals are starving isnt correct. If you feed your fish and your fish poo and with all the other stuff u mentioned your dosing its more the fact that the sps are in a "lay down base" or new environment shock mode. Also IMO and experience if your truly ultra low nutrient your gonna want your alk a little lower at 6-8 dkh with 7 the sweat spot. Again these are all just my opinion and I wish you the best with your tank, it looks really nice.
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