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    Reefing, drumming, metal, motorcycle, rc fpv uavs, scooby diving, biology

    Why does this man talk about peroxide so much? is he insane? why does he hate api test kits?

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  1. I would like to whole heartedly thank you and SeaBass for stopping by and my electrical company for no power outages beyond 3 hours since 2006 without their network and some regional weather luck the little guy would've been toast or ice hard to say. I think good sandbed stewardship only buys us the ticket chance to play the hardware continuance lottery game with our life forms tried to impart a little backup to the system just for the occasionals... that D-cell powered air pump is on standby its a real help for pico reefers I want to post it. worked great when my power had an outage, I think its max runtime is 20 hours which is pretty slick off two D batteries.
  2. the day of setup 2006, skip cycle assembled with live rock aquarium cured, then some corals after (see the thor shrimp who went in w the live rocks, taken out mos later for bad grazing behavior on my lps: Every post ive ever written about skip cycle biology comes from the workings of this pico its ran true to form. from the very day the rocks came home until today 11 yrs later, this has been a skip cycle aquarium and that's how it will remain. I claim not storing detritus is what got it old after six yrs running after nine yrs no takedown but heavy rinsing of sandbed via hard-pouring water changes the corals grew to take up all vital space: 2 yrs ago just after the mass 9 yr cleaning, 80% cull of corals, clean bed. the brain coral below is directly in the shot above but that flat plate growth of sps on the glass has obscured the brain coral. when I took the bowl apart and found this much brain coral from the old mass I knew it was a fighter. it will colonize the entire rock as a solid boulder by end of this yr or a bit beyond am predicting. 4/2017:
  3. I really like how new site upgrade supports strong pic hosting that takes a ton of storage agreed strong upgrade. The brain coral rock is 80% regrown as a complete brain colony not a frag now, just grew together in the middle last week, 2017 reefbowl updates I keep the sandbed clean, really clean The claim I'm making about sandbed non storage of waste, hard rinsing, is that it makes algae and cyano invasions more manageable in the aged pico reef vs hands off reefing which stores waste until something happens Not everybody has a removable scape, they can do back to back flushing water changes as a creative change out, when my reef was this dense below at the second to bottom picture 2007 it didn't get taken apart, but I did back to back flushing changes -before- the sandbed sinked up. Even Paul B's large 45 year old aquarium has notable designs to prevent bed incursion of waste... a reverse undergravel filter and he does massive stirring of it from time to time we see in his threads. the oldest aquaria are not doing hands off sandbedding, they seem to be managing waste directly in any number of ways either preventative or catch-up like above. while its possible to rely on the stability of a reefbowl to run hands off for years that method isn't turning out as well for the masses who possibly through where they source their frags are importing any number of invasions ranging from cyano to finding it easier to work on others tanks in threads over the years when they are either bare bottom, or clean bottom with sand. I believe any number of pico reefs can run hands off sandbed, El Fab got three years out of his in the stickied thread up top forum. ** The biological oxygen demand of a dirty sandbed is much higher than the bod of a clean one. Clean sandbedding is where you want to be during power outages and any sort of overheating scenario I'll guarantee you that. It's not the only way, it's just a highly consistent way of reefing and I feel it's the ideal method for truly old reefs to earn an indefinite biological lifespan. Sandbed work is takedown cleaning Frags and rock removed temporarily for access to the bed for cleaning. It's not the only way to reef, but reefing with a clean sandbed has really consistent outcomes and gives us an edge in algae control An old reef needs it's edge
  4. Corals will grow and reef animals will live in it using any common salt mix, algae work on your part is what will range and vary The resounding offer of ro/di is to seal the deal on the least possible algae impact for your recurring water prep source There's been times I used Dasani water for topoff it has the same minor impacts to scrubbing brown spots off the glass not a huge deal
  5. I must offer the classic sandbed detail known as the drop test if you input hand into tank and pick up grip of sand and drop it down, does an immediate cloud result
  6. I could only find either the Portuguese or Italian version lol
  7. If it was mine I'd begin with jellyfish food and ats system
  8. this thing pinch zooms legit I just discovered at any time I can zoom in to see a single pod or worm. now the lighting is all blue given I run my kessils at 20k setting, but in the night this feature shines. two tiny red led's project red light forward in the black of night, which lights up the whole bowl white/blk contrast like above. after I found you can pinch zoom the live feed, I can zoom in to the level of seeing a single leg in the current from a micro star, amazing. micro stars are who you watch for O2 assessments in the bowl at night, when they're down low, you don't have any ammonia events going on, you don't have any O2 events going on, things are normal on the reef. I spent my weekend this far out in the boonies below (little white car in the middle area bend in the road, where's Waldo429) five hours away from my house and the whole time I could just pull up my little reef full screen on tablet and rest assured its still bubbling. best thirty bucks in a long time
  9. Click send In two days shows up to door Downloading 360eyeS app, sign up, email verify Plug in camera let it boot then beep Open app, synch, done, remote monitor from afar It's not go pro level cuz they want you to see a wide coverage, I can see pods at night crawling and micro stars on the scape acting normally... Critical oxygen levels feedback there (micro stars migrate to top during stress/O2 events) expanded polyps = decent immediate water health, I've wanted a cheap way to remote monitor this is ideal R2R thread showed me, here you go If anyone orders, post your footage This was my early morn/before lights on footage. The sharp contrast showed pod action very well, good dynamic ability for cheapo cam
  10. We can make our own frag racks out of trash, it's so reef vase plastic steampunk lol
  11. Thank you for that very much I added a video to show the plugs. Gel super glue and strips from water bottles|planks to glue corals. Kj magnetics plastic coated marine safe! Def try some


    that's my first mention of pico reefing I can find on the web.

    1. Christopher Marks

      Christopher Marks

      You should start a new topic in the pico reef forum and write a history of those early days systems, and attach as many of these old photos as you can find :) I nearly forgot about the Mini75! I adored that thing, tiny canopy and all.

  13. fullvase shot started 2006
  14. I have never heard of that and thank you tons for the quick search and link that's niche history to keep reading about!
  15. I believe, after exhaustive googling for a decade, that what is shown above might be the first pico reef pictures of this size at all, anywhere on the web. The pico edition from coral mag was 03ish including Germany which is a strong contender for early pico reef data...the owner of the reefing company koralle is an early nano pioneer if anyone has old pico reef info it's DK after searching even German forums using google translator I never saw anything near one gallon going into the 90s -01 and that's where my searching ran out. I know of no older pics on the internet of a gallon reef system or less. Rather rare instance. The victorians had pico reefs, but I know of no pics or pico jar tintypes