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About jm82792

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    Nano Reefer
  • Birthday 08/27/1992

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    Northern Austin, Texas
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    Reefing,plants,Computer aniation,modeling and other stuff :)
  1. That one really caught my eye for the price and the AIO goodness. I will dig into it more but think that's the ticket right there--along with a UPS to keep things going if a power outage hits since it's such a small system.
  2. I was mulling over more of a pico I guess--like 10 gallons tops? I know they do require more work and can be volatile. I've been forgetting the nomenclature there--25 gallons is something I'll consider but it's pushing the size envelope I'll check out your options for sure though and see--as larger tanks are more stable. My father and his wood floors makes it harder for me to push anything with a sump really. I guess maybe something with a false wall is best in my case. I'll definitely look into it though--as maybe he'll budge in time.
  3. I think I kept a reef tank for about 7 years back in Oregon and Hawai'i. Then life came, i got busy and out it went. I don't like bigger tanks, ghetto DIY is ghetto and the selection of coral in Hawai'i was very bland. I've been in Texas a few months and NEED a hobby. I've kept 1 gallon pico tanks using natural sunlight and inter-tidal critters and bigger 50 gallon setups with some really basic SPS. I've been out of the game two years and want to get back into it cheaper than not. I live in Northern Austin now and not Hawai'i--so I'm going to need to mix my own saltwater and buy my animals. What are the generic smaller nano setups now a days? Is it basically the same stuff from a few years back with better LED lighting? (I've done the whole Cree routine, but I'm guessing there's cheap fixtures now and want to keep it simple.) Any recommendations if I'm going for a budget build, am experienced, want low maintenance, and like a clean look? Finally I probably know the answer--but if I get LR from a LFS and get it quickly into a new tank won't cycling be maybe 4-6 weeks tops until i can add some softies? Thanks for the info! Josh
  4. So far I know I have 16 coconut waters waiting for me. Such a different taste compared to what I can get from climbing the palms here. The rest is to be opened
  5. In the past 4 years I have never heard of anybody having any issues with John that were not immediately rectified. I guess if he sends them to you(if your reorder), he shouldn't send you any extras that he always sends out to his customers? Or if he sends you extras should he charge you for them?
  6. Agreed. That's what I'm hoping to do with my CNC wood stuff. Dropping of a 24 pack of something is far easier then running a website and having to keep the supply coming. Essentially you get to test the market, get the exposure, and only focus on making stuff. Also people are very lazy, make sure it's plug and play with a minimal amount of thought needed to install it.
  7. Edited it to clarify. I've never used bioballs, I've thrown them away a few times
  8. Seriously bioballs save your tank! (Wrong!)
  9. Most motors dislike a square wave, so you need a sinewave inverter($150 plus) although perhaps airpumps will tolerate it.
  10. The system will use a charge controller, and a deepcycle battery as the pumps have to be constantly on. Thankfully from what I've found Shurflo makes a lot of nice, affordable, and 2-3 year warrantied water pumps that should work for me. However, I am rather stumped on the airpump, I'd like to find one that preforms like a Coralife luft pump but on 12vdc.
  11. I'm looking for a recirculation pump that will do about 150-200 GPH at 3 feet of head height. I'm also looking for an airpump, I don't see many and I need to double check what I need, but something similar to the luft pumps by coralife.
  12. Electrical outages suck. I have personally cleaned up partially decomposed fish, about 100 pound worth and almost lost my lucnh about 10 times. Plus all the people living near the gulch kept asking what the terrible smell was. Furthermore, having something unplugged is an equally aggravating issue. Solar is tempting, it's far better then running a 100 foot cord. But all the pumps I see are seemingly junky, the GPH is poor and overall it seems like a PITA. Does anybody have any pump brand suggestions or any experience with this kind of stuff?
  13. Yep that's for sure The colors are amazing, everything is now growing... For under $300 I now have an awesome 175 watt MH equivalent. I guess 3 3 watt GU10 bulbs doesn't grow much in a 29 gallon tank compared to 16 3 watt REBEL ES. But hey they kept everything alive, without me spending another $60 on a MH bulb.