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  2. DevilDuck

    Blenwood's Reef - Cheap & Easy

    @Cannedfish Did you ever find a solution for the dropping alk when dosing All-For-Reef? The same thing started to happen in my tank too; alk falls fast, Calc falls slower, but Mg keeps increasing.
  3. SpencerShepard

    Is anyone else unable to log into Bluefish Controller?

    What happens if you remove the controller from the light?
  4. Christopher Marks

    JBJ 45 - Large chip in glass

    This one concerns me, not so much the others. Is it a very shallow chip?
  5. mcarroll

    Power connectors for DIY

    Excellent point to bring up – but I'm not even sure I'd trust heat shrink is considered more than splash proof. But if you need waterproof connections you simply run a different google search to find waterproof options: https://www.google.com/search?q=waterproof+"terminal+block"+|+splice There are many! Of course any style of connection can go in a waterproof box like the first pic.
  6. DesertReefin

    to sump or not to sump

    so, I know that its redundant and main stream but I really do like the black and white clowns, maybe a watchmen goby and/or maybe a pajama cardinal. I do know that they school so if I chose that I may lose the clown option.
  7. DesertReefin

    to sump or not to sump

    so what's the general consensus on algae skimmers? There was a little talk when I did salt, but just a little. a quick ebay search and i see A LOT of options that weren't as easily available back then. seems like not a bad idea for an extra hundred bucks to help with nitrates and what not. any advice there?
  8. Hi all, long time reader, first post as it's time to get serious now that I've gotten the go-ahead from the wife 😂 Similar questions have been asked several times, and I've spend about and hour reading previous threads, but haven't found something that lines up with what I'm thinking, so please keep me honest here. If there are posts that answer these question, please feel free to link them. I've been out of the industry for several years, but have always wanted a tank like this, so as my introduction back to saltwater, here it goes... The look I'll be going for is an island mangrove tide-pool type setup, with rock exposed to air on top and sprouted mangroves around. To accomplish this, I'm looking for a near-square ultra shallow nano tank (under 30 gallons). The closest I have found is the Fusion Pro 25 AIO Lagoon, but even that is 12" tall, and I would be ok with something smaller if it existed. I know custom is always an option, but as you'll see in my livestock list below, this is going to be a low-budget kitchen counter setup and I'm not looking for anything pricey or ultra custom. Based on that AIO is preferred, unless I can get by with just a good skimmer and some flow in the tank. Livestock will be just a couple fish, thinking a few damsels for their hardiness unless you all can recommend anything else that would be very hardy and fit this type of tank. Other than a fish or two, LOTS of inverts but no corals/anemones. Really, whatever critters I can throw in there. Crabs, shrimp, you tell me. On the one hand, this will be a nano so I can appreciate the extra cleaning. On the other hand, when limited by fish for the small volume, I want to maximize 'movement' however I can. All that being said, here are my questions: 1) Are there any huge concerns based on above that I should know about now? 2) I'm doing this as a hardy, low-budget but fun to look at build (hence avoiding corals and delicate species). Is this type of set up sustainable and relatively low maintenance? I've done the full reef thing, I'm looking for a water change / chemipure change / empty skimmer cup-only type setup. 3) What lights would you recommend for this? Really just need something for the mangrove, so cheap & easy but able to still light up the tank is the hope 4) Recommendations on livestock? 5) For those with experience on the Fusion Pro 25, would it work for this? What is the water level depth compared to the 12" tank? Thank you SO much, and I'm happy to finally post on here 😀
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  10. Jerad81

    My Journey Begins

    I just found one of my porcelain crabs! Looks like he's alive and well and doing great! The picture doesn't show it well but he's currently camping out under one of my rock flowers. At least now I know I can keep my hope alive the other 3 are still in there hanging around somewhere.
  11. Heip

    Bio cube 32 flow

    Thanks!
  12. Boswoz

    JBJ 45 - Large chip in glass

    Here are some additional pictures, when i removed the sticky black backer i found a lot of chips along the bottom of the tank that are all inside (this is due to JBJ's piss poor manufacturing) the other chips on the bottom i am assuming were either from the store i bought it from 2+ years ago or some how happened during moving it.
  13. Christopher Marks

    Bio cube 32 flow

    I would call that moderate flow, a good place to begin. Depending on the coral you plan to keep, you may eventually want to increase this. Replacing the stock pump with something more powerful may be an option to consider, research what return pumps other Biocube 32 users like to use. It's easy enough to add an additional powerhead to the display tank later, too. Start with what you have currently though.
  14. @SpencerShepard or anyone that can help. I have an older Nanobox Tide that I have tried resetting multiple times. When I plug it all in, all the lights come on briefly, but then only the blue lights remain on regardless of which set of pins I use. When I reblinkup, the imp card flashes like it recognizes that it’s connected, however, I cannot control anything with the app. Even turning ALL the lights to 0 does not change anything on the light. I’m out of ideas to troubleshoot this problem and I don’t have the ability to buy new lighting at the moment. Thank you
  15. Christopher Marks

    JBJ 45 - Large chip in glass

    It seems to radiate to the outside edge, which is a good sign the crack is finished. What you want to look for, are any cracks within the chipped area that could potentially radiate inwards, fracturing more of the panel.
  16. Boswoz

    JBJ 45 - Large chip in glass

    It was holding water shortly before i drained it to drill it, i had it about half full of water + live rock and didn't see any leaks nor does the stand have any indication of water leaking onto it.
  17. Christopher Marks

    JBJ 45 - Large chip in glass

    Has it held water since the move, or do you suspect the chip happened during storage or moving? A look from a few more angles might help us better determine. The chip's features near the top of the arc shape concerns me most.
  18. That looks good. I just don't know if I need one or not. Currently the TMC is on 10 so only blowing at half its rate and the Nero 3 is on 80% so I have head room. As it's the first time I have had a big return pipe it might just be that I need to reduce the opening? Though I guess more random flow can't hurt.
  19. Hi All, So iv had this tank for about 2 years and during a move the plexiglass baffle warped and so i decided to remove it and just drill the tank and install an overflow. I started to remove the sticky black backing on the tank and discovered a large chip, this tank has been holding water even after the move i had it half full with lr in it. should i replace the tank or just use some epoxy?
  20. I suppose that many people want to keep snails out of their return plumbing, so some sort of nozzle is usually used. I'm currently using a standard Loc-Line nozzle, but you might even consider an eductor (or panductor) nozzle. IDK about most random flow nozzles. I sometimes read where they reduce the flow some, and eventually get stuck so the random flow quits until you can service it. However, here's one that doesn't have moving parts: https://vividcreativeaquatics.com/product-spotlight/random-flow-generator/
  21. Grimes

    Vibrant Liquid Aquarium Cleaner review

    No not my Monti 😱😭
  22. seabass

    Vibrant Liquid Aquarium Cleaner review

    IDK, that's what they called it when I purchased it. I typically don't get too caught up in marketing names. For some reason, that name stuck in my mind. Here's a pic of it with better polyp extension:
  23. sadie

    ? on colt coral

    I got this colt coral in Oct. The lights in my hood went defective and by the end of Nov I lost a few coral and knew something was wrong. It took a bit to realize it was my hood and I lost a few more coral. When I got my new hood, everything reacted well, except this coral. I have it high on my rock and I'm wondering if I should move it down, or let it try to acclimate to the new lights. It has been out since the new hood, but lately it has been closed. Here is a pic of it in Oct, and one from today.
  24. Postlarval Kow

    Peninsula style - 4.6 Ultum Rimless - New Ricordea

    Coworker tossed a pretty Ricordea florida my way. Thing is a huge beast - maybe too big. Ive seen them approach softball size while diving, so I hope this thing stops expanding and starts splitting so I can make it a pretty little splash of color instead of having it overshadow the whammin colony. Interesting interaction there, with zoas looking a bit displeased by their new neighbor. Also fragged out half the chalice and removed the lepto - it was being mauled into oblivion.
  25. IceCap ATO. Looks used, I don’t even recall purchasing it. I think I’ve had it in storage for roughly 1.5yrs. Plugged in just to make sure it works.75.00 shipped to lower 48 states. Desktop skimmer in working condition, I upgraded to a Tunze 9001 dc 80.00 shipped to lower 48 states
  26. Postlarval Kow

    Peninsula style - 4.6 Ultum Rimless - New Ricordea

    The perpetually hungry and irritable FEEESCH gets about a tenth of a cube of Hikari brand mysis shrimp. I try and use a 5 ml pipette to give the tongue, chalice, and turbinaria a few bits of shrimp as well if I chop off more than a sliver of the cube. I also use the pipette to squirt some old reefroids to everything, probably about 1/8th of a teaspoon - just a pinch mixed into some water in a shot glass. I turn the pump off for about 5 minutes for the feed. Since increasing the feeding rate all of the dinos have gone away. The increased rate is also helping train the FEEESCH to go into a container so I can catch him. Wary little stinker when it comes to nets and containers - but has no problem attacking my fingers.
  27. seabass

    Vibrant Liquid Aquarium Cleaner review

    I tried the gels, but had a bacterial bloom because I didn't dose the liquid first. Then, I had no way to control the bloom besides pulling out the gels. The liquid allows for more control, so I switched back. I don't see myself using Waste-Away continuously. However, I do see it as a much better option than ChemiClean for cyano, and occasionally to help remove built-up organics. Re-Fresh seems a bit more aggressive, as it warns about potential problems with shrimp and snails. But I haven't noticed issues with snail when I've used Re-Fresh.
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