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Paleoreef103

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  • Birthday 06/05/1984

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    Coral Springs, FL
  1. Paleo's reef - new pictures 12/23/2015

    This tank is still up surprisingly. Well. Kind of. In August it made a trip from Iowa City to Coral Springs for a new job. I purchased two Silent-air B11 battery powered air pumps and managed to get almost everything down in good shape. The 4-line wrasse didn't survive the stress of the move, but most of the coral and the rest of the fish survived. Of course the tank had stabilized and recycled just in time for Hurricane Irma to hit. The two battery powered air pumps did their jobs and it again survived mostly unscathed. I did basically have to tear it down and set it back up again to dry out the room (85 degree room+fan+ATO+closed door resulted in a very damp humid room), but now things are mostly back to normal. I had to ditch a bunch of the rock in order to make the trip down and have almost cycled a bunch of dry rock to go into the tank and re-aquascape the tank. By my estimations, the tank will start to look really good just in time for us to move from an apartment into a house.
  2. Deeper Well - An Acquasole 60

    I'm sorry about your fish losses, Ben. That sucks.
  3. Deeper Well - An Acquasole 60

    Hey Ben, Haven't checked into Nano-reef in a while and when I pop up you've got the TOTM. Congrats! Your tank looks great!
  4. Urbanek's ADA Trio

    That's fantastic! What are the plans for the three tanks? I always wanted to do something like this so I could have a species tank without feeling like I was giving up so much diversity.
  5. Tang Alternative for 40 gallons tank

    Depending on your coral situation, dwarf/pygmy angels. My old pygmy angel in my 40 was in constant motion and definitely picked at the rock. Suitably sized wrasses will also behave in a similar fashion. That being said, nothing is really going to replicate the full tang experience in a 40 gallon tank.
  6. Best bang for buck LED lighting for a 4 foot tank

    What kind of corals are you trying to keep? How controllable do you need them to be?
  7. Abyss Peninsula. I'd take the drop off portion of it and put a few inches of sand down there and use it to house a pair of jawfish, a garden of M. digitatas, and a royal gramma. Love the give away!
  8. Well, I will tell you that my gorgonian only really started growing well and was happy when it was getting NAILED by flow so honestly, I'd probably put it on the left island under the filter.
  9. Nice set-up you have going there. The height to depth of the 29 makes it hard to aquascape, but you've done a pretty good job with it. Might I suggest you pick up some photosynthetic gorgonians to fill more of the vertical space without using much horizontal space?
  10. Easily your best option as a budget piece http://www.ebay.com/itm/165w-MarsAqua-Dimmable-LED-Aquarium-Grow-Light-Full-Spectrum-LPS-SPS-Coral-Reef/370857093101?_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D35624%26meid%3Dd9cbdfe934cf481993e93297bb2154f4%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D380771821215
  11. Help with flow for sumpless 25 cube.

    Honestly? Do yourself a favor and pick up a Jebao RW-4. They are a bit more than a Koralia evo 850, but they are smaller, stronger and controllable. The small Koralias always seemed to under-perform and the big ones take up a huge amount of space.
  12. Plainrt's shallow 80 deep blue rimless mixed reef

    I'm very interested to see how that shape of ATS works out for you. I had an idea for one pretty similar to that one, but considering I only set up tanks once every four to five years, I've never got the opportunity to put it into practice. Tank looks like that move was smooth! Those deep blue 80s are basically the perfect step up from 30 breeders.
  13. Mandarin Dragonet Requirements

    Sorry, I moved out of freshwater in the 90s and haven't been back since. During that time, I kept a pair of corys and goldfish in a 5 gallon tank and that wasn't unheard of. They eventually moved to a 20H and lived about 10 years. Good to hear that has changed.
  14. Mandarin Dragonet Requirements

    I'm not going to lie to you. This is a very bad idea. They are really hard to keep and don't take that as a challenge. Cut your teeth on fish that are much easier to keep before giving Mandarins a shot. To put this into context, I've been keeping reefs for well over 10 years, have a 4 year old 40 breeder with a 10 gallon fuge and I doubt I'd be able to keep it happy without several hours of work a week purely for the benefit of that specific fish or a huge monetary commitment to have pods shipped in a few times a month. They are also pretty smart for a fish which means they'll stress out in a very small environment like a 5 gallon pico. If you want a fish that is constantly searching for food, pecks at rocks, and is colorful upgrade to a minimum of 15 gallons and pick up a four or six-line wrasse or a pseudochromis. They're colorful, almost idiot proof if you have a cover, active, and engaging. If you want a fish for your five gallon tank, you really should only look into a small goby (green banded or neon and no bigger) or a pair at most. Maaaaybe a small yellowtail damsel instead. Keep in mind that saltwater is NOT the same thing as freshwater for comparing bioloads. A five gallon freshwater tank could easily handle a few corydora catfish and a small school of small tetras. A five gallon reef would be bordering on overstocked with a pair of 1.5" neon gobies. Please take everyone's recommendation and do not try to keep a mandarin in your tank.
  15. Lime + rb or white, what's the difference?

    I had a set up similar to yours. My solution was 3-ups of lime, 2700K warm white, and cyan. It makes a big difference. Much better oranges, reds, purples, and yellows. For reference I started with 28 XP-E RBs (the base fixture was made in 2011), 14 xp-g NW, and 4 xp-e blues. Since then I have added 9 430nm HVs, 4 410nm TVs, 3 XP-E2 Blue (465nm), 3 Rebel cyans (505nm), 3 Limes, and 3 2700K warm whites. The look is almost perfect though adding 3 more limes and 3 more warm whites while turning the neutrals down slightly would probably be even better. If I had to start again, I'd just use 1 Lime:1 2700K warm white as the base and move from there.
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