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  1. Boiling freshwater via a syringe/ pipette worked for me.
  2. Ugh! And here I was perfectly content (but salty) with telling myself 'I'm too busy and travel too often to have any kind of reef', occasional pangs of nostalgia for the high school days of old when reefing was a part of my life coming up from time to time...and then I find this over morning coffee and now I'm late for work. Day = derailed! So much googling to do over lunch today 😁 Great read and following along!
  3. https://www.greatbigstory.com/stories/the-brave-coral-sperm?&xrs=GBS_NL Small team of Smithsonian researchers who are collecting and storing coral sperm/eggs in cryogenic facilities so that certain species can theoretically be re-seeded in the future given all the climate-change induced bleaching that is going on in natural reefs around the world.
  4. Congrats! Well deserved πŸ™‚
  5. Yeah...and especially because Triton's research suggests a minimum sump size as a percentage of display volume in order for the algae to have enough room to grow, and then a skimmer and carbon...I'm not sure you'd really have enough space to fully implement in an AIO. My NC6 was an AIO and I used chaeto as the only method of filtration but in my case the tank was only fed by light and marine snow (filter feeders only, didn't have fish, didn't feed coral) so there was never enough food being introduced into the system so as to warrant a skimmer, carbon, etc. The chaeto grew just enough to prevent any algae from forming in the display...it's a very simple solution if your tank is as simple as mine was, fighting algae with algae. Once you have more mouths to feed and element uptake from coral growth out-paces water changes, I can definitely recognize the need for a reactor, skimmer, dosing which are the other core components in systems like Triton's.
  6. Thanks for the reply! The hypothetical explanation on the dilution was particularly helpful in my wrapping my head around how this would work. My main concern is out of such commercially available systems that align with this philosophy-- are there some that are better suited or better adapted to nano-sized tanks than others. Or the converse, are there any I should stay away from because, in some way, the products or principles are particularly ill-advised for use in a nano-setting.
  7. I've been out of the hobby for quite some time and am going through the research phase of planning a build, so please excuse any bits of info that are generally accepted as common knowledge these days. I recently watched this video. I find myself compelled by one of Ryan's multiple points from the video: that while water changes should certainly be a tool in the reef hobbyist's toolbox, they aren't always best-suited by nature to address problems people want them to, nor keep water chemistry at a NSW level-- and in some cases are so laborious in nature that if you do them regularly as a core way of managing your tank's growth and nutrient export, and then fall victim to a few busy social weekends, you may find yourself in a bad situation when the rest of your life requires the attention you normally commit to your personal slice of the ocean. As I think about what would be feasible for me, personally, when I think of this impending pipe-dream of getting back into the hobby, I'd like to keep an open mind and consider alternatives to the traditional, water-change-centric approach to reef keeping...methods which may align better with my personal capacity to commit to this hobby over a 3-5 year period. Whether or not I go this route will of course depend upon all this research, but I can't help but look into methods like these now that I've seen the tip of the iceberg. I think it's safe to say the water change method of reef keeping is tried and true; I'm not questioning that by asking this. I'm more so just curious whether there are any commercial alternatives to reef keeping methods that are adaptable or generally suitable for tanks as small as those which folks on this website keep. As this video has piqued my interest and I begin to look into such commercial 'synergistic management solutions' for sustaining a reef tank-- I'm wondering if there are any that are better suited for small tanks than those like the BRS160. The comical example I have in mind which may or may not be applicable for reef keeping methods like these, but an example I'm sure I'm not the only one to have encountered is this: When I had my last tank, a 6 gallon nano cube, a well-intentioned but otherwise unknowing family member got me a basic elements dosing kit for a birthday or holiday or something. I never ended up using any of it but I distinctly remember reading the back of one of the many bottles included only to see something along the lines of (and I'm paraphrasing here) "1 drop per 20 gallons". My total tank volume at the time was 6 gallons and the total volume of my water change bucket was 5 gallons. Without ill-dosing my tank I had no real way of arriving at a method of accurately parsing-out a quarter of a drop of the dosing solution. Same with trying to come up with a way of collecting 20 gallons of tank-water to which I could add this element to bring it back up to level that would have compared with 20 gallons of freshly mixed water-change water, never mind that I had no way of even holding 20 gallons of anything at that time. I could have gambled but chose not to for obvious reasons. While this anecdote relates only to one element of reef water, methods like the Triton account for the overall general and perpetual livelihood of this prospective tank, so I can't be 'estimating' for years on end because the methods' measurement standards are designed for tanks with much larger volumes. These methods don't impact only one element like the bottle I read from this story, but rather the entire livelihood of the tank on which its being used. Knowing that there are alternative, commercial reef keeping methods out there and many folks in the hobby who employ them do not have teeny tiny tanks-- are there any methods that are more adaptable for the nano tank size than others that I can look into? Or are regular water changes the only reliable method of sustaining nano-reefs because systems like Triton are not accurately calibrated to be applied to such small volumes of water? Thanks for reading!
  8. 12g long Curious if anyone can recommend something that worked well for them. My main concern is that I'll need something with closing doors underneath the top surface-- the setup won't be AIO, so I'll want to be able to hide the sump & plumbing. The vast majority of what I'm seeing online so far are open underneath which isn't going to work.
  9. If you haven't already, I would highly recommend watching some or the bulk of this YouTube video series: 52 Weeks of Reefing The coral ones are #35-38, but if this is your first reef tank I think there's value in starting from the beginning as they tend to build on each other and make sense chronologically. Once you're ready to purchase, there are some websites like this one that have corals grouped into a few categories-- the beginner section would definitely be up your alley. You can also sort and filter by difficulty, lighting requirements, reef compatability, etc. The skinny is that you'll probably want to start with soft corals which tend to be hardy, among the most forgiving, have generally less lighting/ flow requirements, generally 100% photosynthetic and don't need supplemental food...you get the point. LPS can be a little more difficult, and finally SPS which most would recommend for experienced reefers with parameter-stable, and preferably well-established systems. There are always exceptions of course but overall those are kinda the three main groups the hobby uses to categorize corals. Good luck! Take it slow, research everything that goes into the tank (before you buy), and ask for help!
  10. With regards to your heating & cooling, it's great that your environment is warm enough that you don't necessarily need a heater-- but maybe just keep in mind that temperature stability in the long run is going to play a role in the overall health of your tank and growth of your coral. The water temp always being warm enough but constantly fluctuating is less than ideal. It will also help ensure that any parameters for which you are testing that are dependent upon water temperature are consistent from test to test. I'm not suggesting your tank is temperature-unstable by bringing this up; just throwing it out there. If you haven't done some testing on this topic already, that would be one easy way to determine a swing-range you're personally comfortable with in terms of tolerances.
  11. MR.FEESH

    Update May 2017

    This tank is bananas. Very inspiring...
  12. Hey Mikey, Was curious for your feedback on how the canister filter worked out when you were using it, and whether you'd recommend it. [if I'm reading correctly you're not using the canister any more due to failure?]. I love how clean that look is when you have only two glass pipes in the display-- with an in-line heater and filtration hidden. I also love how simple the system is...fewer moving/ complicated parts, fewer number of things to go potentially wrong. Less to worry about (in terms of pure number of variables, not logistics/ severity when failure strikes). At the same time-- seemingly so many trade-offs. If the canister fails...that's it. Furthermore, no fuge for added nutrient export or pH balance, no hidden ATO system assuming you have nothing else going directly into the display (this doubles for dosing and kalk etc.). Lower total water volume than with a sump, and no space for probes outside of the display...the list goes on. I know those draw-backs are subjective and there are work-arounds, but do you feel that the simplicity was enough of an added benefit to outweigh those trade-offs? ----------- Completely different question but just curious how the mame overflow is working out now that it's been in place for a while? E
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