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RayWhisperer

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  1. RayWhisperer

    Reef Glass Skimmer vs Algae Reactor?

    Floss, not flows. I hate my autocorrect. Miss one letter and it changes everything in the context of the line.
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    Reef Glass Skimmer vs Algae Reactor?

    Well, I'm on the crapper, so I've got some time to kill. New tank, or not, I dont think either is going to make much difference. Here's my reasonings, and thoughts. As for a skimmer. Sorry, air driven, ingection, or recirc, none offers the dwell time needed to accomplish much of anything. At most you'd pull at tiny amount of organics. Most of what you collect is water. As far as buffering the ph. It can't do much more than an open topped tank. At this time of year (area dependent) you're limited by the amount of available oxygen inside the house. The algae reactor will, without a doubt, be much more effective at both nutrient removal, and ph buffering. With any photosynthesis, what's getting put into the water is pure oxygen. I'm not sure itll be enough to make much of a difference. But, it might make a big difference. I've never run an algae reactor. However, whatever you DIY would need to be tiny. Algae reactors are really effective at nutrient removal. So, I'd guess, without proper sizing, youd either begin to strip the water, or not accomplish much of anything. Just a guess, though. A refugium is probably your easiest option. Is it better? I doubt it. But it does offer some benefit. As with the reactor, you'll be adding pure oxygen. Probably less than a reactor, but it's still pure oxygen. You certainly wont get the amount of nutrient uptake as you would with the reactor. But, that may be a good thing. Between that and water changes, you should be golden unless you feed really heavily. They are much easier to maintain, from what I've seen with reactors, they seem like a pain. Plus, you can always sell some macro, or take it to an LFS for some credit. Not much, but every little bit helps. Honestly, youd be fine without anything, though. Especially with all the crap most run in their systems nowadays. Purigen and chemipure. Those pull so much from the water, they almost strip it. I think the only thing that saves most tanks is the length of time people leave those medias in. Quality carbon, filter flows, and re regular maintenance will always get you by. So I'd suggest the cheap and simple route. Just my $.02.
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    Will acan grow over dead heads?

    Itll encrusted right back over the old skeleton.
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    New coral or nuisance?

    The rock and coral can be exposed to air. The rock can be out longer, obviously. But even many, many minutes wont harm the coral. I'd suggest pulling the rock, manual removal, and dipping the rock back in the old water from the water change, to remove any loose algae stuck in a crevasse. Follow that with some spot treatments of peroxide. A few weeks of that and you should be good to go. Then it's time to address what's causing it. You'll be able to better diagnose any problems once the algae is gone. Its consuming all the nutrients now. That's why your water tests all come back good. Also, youd be better off testing yourself. Get some good quality test kitsch for low range phosphate, and nitrates. NOT API test kits, or any dip tab test kits.
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    Tiny starfish- harmful?

    Whether its starving stars, or a different species, nobody seems to know for sure. All I can tell you is I've never had any issues with them.
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    Tiny starfish- harmful?

    Looks like an asterina star. Some have had problems with them, I'm not one of them. I actually added them to tanks when I didnt get them as hitchhikers. So, the choice is yours, really.
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    Tropic Marin All In One Dosing?

    Oh shit, son. You got tangs!
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    Tropic Marin All In One Dosing?

    At a consumption rate that low, why the need to dose? It's cheaper and easier to maintain it by water changes at that stage.
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    New Hermit Crab Species

    I’ve always liked the idea of the reactor, very space saving design. However, I’ve been too afraid to attempt one for that reason. First, cheap Chinese leds are risky, second salt water and homemade electronics, third, the acrylic seems to fracture over time, leading back to number 2.
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    New Hermit Crab Species

    This is what I was thinking when I said reticulated hermit. They come in to the lfs occasionally with the blue legs or the Mexican red legs.
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    New Hermit Crab Species

    I did not. I remember that crappy site, I never would have linked that site. Everytime I swiped, it tried to send me to print a copy. Also, they took pictures about as good as you. When I suggested reticulated, I was meaning the white hermit. However, if the photo bomber hermit is the white hermit, I don’t think it’s a reticulated. Those spines appendages with a hint of red aren’t present on any reticulated pics I’ve seen. But, considering the extreme variability by geographic location, it could be.
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    New Hermit Crab Species

    Wait a minute. I went back and read all my previous posts. I knew reticulated from somewhere. The reticulated was the white hermit. Not the stripey ones. I thought you were getting the stripey ones checked out by the sciencey guys.
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    New Hermit Crab Species

    I'm not suggesting you get exclusive rights on the entire ocean. Just one species of hermit. Just find them, and keep the locale a secret. Then, say, 10% of the profits can be diverted to me for "business advisory" fees.
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    Risky Business?

    BRS suggests this setup is best for fish only. Or shallow reef. https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/48-sun-blaze-t5-ho-lighting-fixture-sunlight-supply.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiAxs3gBRDGARIsAO4tqq3rYzMpxUw41IhzhzhXuVMfOW04uuU4BiV1hVewz2PgvYXhY79L2JcaAuYjEALw_wcB I'm guessing this is your main problem. Those bulbs it comes with aren't designed for reef systems. The reflectors are probably pretty poor, but I'd guess with some good bulbs it would be sufficient.im sorry to say, but considering this is a budget t5 system, I'm now suggesting all 6 bulbs be used. That's kinda costly. So, I'd suggest doing it in stages. This will be easier on the wallet. Start out by adding 2 ATI aquablue special bulbs. Next month, after the move, 1 more aquablue special and 1 blue plus. A month later, you could do 1 coral plus and 1more aquablue, or 1 more coral plus. That's just my thoughts. Or maybe some Giesman 10 k daylight bulbs. The choice is yours, really. However, I'd get 2 ATI aquablue specials in the extra spots on that fixture pronto. The rest can be replaced on an as needed basis, if cash is tight.
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    Risky Business?

    Personally, I'd suggest ATI bulbs. 4 should be plenty for GSP in a 55. If they are older bulbs (due for replacement) some ATI bulbs and a low range phosphates test kit may be a wise investment. I'm partial to ATI, though, and have no experience with the system you are running. Perhaps someone else can chime in.
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