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  1. RayWhisperer

    MetroKat's Reefer: Need About Tree Fiddy

    What the hell is all this? I expect you’ll have this mess cleaned up by Monday? I see a pile of rocks just laying on the bottom, a heater in the display, an ammonia badge in the display, some white cord hanging in there, a frag rack (any use for that anytime soon?), and what looks to be a magnetic glass cleaner. This is unacceptable. Also, fix that door!
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    Neon orange bubble alage

    Do take note of those individual bubbles. Watch to see if they recover, or die. Botryocladia is a nasty macro. It can take over a tank, given the right conditions. Having asterina as a natural control method would be good info for anyone battling issues with this macro.
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    Neon orange bubble alage

    It’s an asterina Star. It’s quite probable the star is feeding off of the algae. However, I would suspect you’d see some small signs of damage. Starfish feed by expelling their stomach onto the prey item. So, maybe the orange is the damage? Stomach acid causing discoloration, and possible death? Or, is it the chlorophyll, or whatever gives it the red color, just being eaten out? I’m not sure about that.
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    What the heck is this?! Egg sac?

    Looks like it’s probably a sponge of some sort.
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    Neon orange bubble alage

    Botryocladia scottsbergi
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    When to add a clam?

    That all changes as you start adding animals that utilize calcium. Whether it be corals, clams, or otherwise. Those numbers drop daily. That’s why you’ll so often see the comment “when you can keep your parameters stable.” And with growing clams, those numbers drop incredibly fast. Time wise, I like to suggest a mature tank, as in, I don’t really have a time. However, I’ve seen most suggest 6 months. Though, the longer you wait, the better. In reality, it’s as much about the person, as it is the tank. Honestly, I don’t think anyone with less than a few years under their belt should try. That’s just me, though.
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    GHA or Bryopsis?

    I really suck at IDing algae, but I can tell you it isn’t bryopsis. It looks like GHA to me, but like I said, I suck at algae.
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    Hitchhiker, Not sundial?

    Not a sundial, probably a colonista.
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    Distilled water is reef safe or prove me wrong

    I don’t get how you’re going through filters so quickly. My tap averages about 400 to 450. I certainly don’t get the life others have posted, but I get about a year, to 1.5 years out of the membrane. My carbon and prefilters don’t see that kind of life, and my DI resin is usually exhausted at about 6 months, on a good run. I know we’ve been through this before, but I don’t remember. Do you have a flush? I flush my unit for 5 to 10 minutes after every use. I know I’d get more life if I invested in a water softener. I just hate soft water, so that ain’t happening. However, most like it soft. Do you have one? Also, I ran an extra pre filter. I have the first one a 5 micron, and the second a 1 micron. This does tend to drop my pressure, thus I lose efficiency at the membrane, but I’ve got really crappy source water, too.
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    Distilled water is reef safe or prove me wrong

    She might have really bad water.
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    Distilled water is reef safe or prove me wrong

    Perhaps someone was thinking about the “bottle your own” purified water offered at the grocery store. Long ago, before I owned an RODI unit, I bought water that way. I can tell you most assuredly, the water from those machines changes by the day. However, water distilled, and bottled by a supplier is perfectly reef safe
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    Money Cowrie (Monetaria moneta)

    I had one of those. Died during a molt. I never knew it was commensal with hermits, though. Perhaps that’s why I only saw it after it was dead....
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    Corals you can’t keep alive?

    You know what’s going to happen, right? This will be the one that becomes the weed we all know it to be. Then you will hate yourself for introducing the pestilence to your tank. Ive has it do well, or die. Then one day I set up a new tank and wanted to try it again. Fast forward a year later. I couldn’t cut it out fast enough. It eventually took over the entire tank. It’s a hideous weed that tantalizes you with it’s seductive wave. Then, when you least expect it, it ruins everything you’ve worked so hard for. As for corals i cant keep alive. Anything from Fiji. Not that we have to worry about that for a while, anyway.
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    Way to safely raise alk

    Baking soda.
  15. RayWhisperer

    🔥🔥🔥 Lawnman's Lounge 🔥🔥🔥

    Are you using a normal chain? If so, that’s the problem. You need a rip chain. I think it’s about 5 or 10 degree angle, vs the typical 25 to 35. Plus a big saw helps. I’ve done an entire 8’ oak log and made a bunch of 8’ x 20 to 30” x 2” planks with live edges. It took about 3 hours and two sharpening breaks. Unfortunately, I’m no master woodworker. My idea of building a big dining table with live edges and the “river” running through the middle, turned out to be a pipe dream. The chainsaw mill was the easy part. Im headed in to work later today. I’ll grab a few pics of some of the wood, saw, and setup for you.