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  1. Sublunary's 16 Gallon Gamble

    Andreww, it is the Prime HD! Thanks for the reccomendations on the settings. I will see how those look to me next time I'm home. Pal, I hadn't seriously considered that the base was involved in the cracked tanks. I wonder if I drain off most of the water, would it be safe to lift long enough to remove the base? I've already got a foam mat under it all. Or would I need to completely empty it to avoid stressing the glass? The powerhead on the glass connection worries me too. I was thinking of adding a glass-mounted wavemaker (probably a jeboa, since the mp10 is way out of my price range). So I might re think that plan now...
  2. Sublunary's 16 Gallon Gamble

    My AI Prime arrived last night and I had so much fun playing with it! The last time I bought lights, it was a big deal to have white and blue LEDs on separate dimmers. Being able to tweak the spectrum as much as I want and program it with this much detail is incredible. I've already spent several hours pouring over other people's settings, and am a bit overwhelmed by the options. I've noticed a bit of discoball effect, but I'm ok with that. It will be less noticeable when there are colored things in the tank, I think. I decided to go the lower-risk route with my rock. I've seeded my dry rock with biospira and ordered assorted microcritters from IPSF. They won't arrive until the 15th, and waiting is killing me. I don't ever remember being this impatient. I want my tiny brittle stars!
  3. Sublunary's 16 Gallon Gamble

    Set up went well I think. Stand went together easily. Tank passed the leak test! The display section is a little narrower than I had thought, so scape idea had be modified a bit, but just a bit. Now just waiting for the sand dust to settle a bit before I turn the pumps on. I've also decided to go with the AI Prime for lighting. The last time I bought lighting, I was upgrading stock nanocube bulbs to a nanotuners LED kits. Having blue and white LEDs on separate controllers was a big deal! I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on the Prime and playing with all of the colors.
  4. Sublunary's 16 Gallon Gamble

    Scape plotting tonight...
  5. Sublunary's 16 Gallon Gamble

    I'm been slowly collecting supplies for this for months. The day after tomorrow, I will be putting together the tank stand. (It says it takes 2 people, so I'm waiting for someone to be around to help.) Then I can really get moving! If I'm not too indecisive building a scape, it should be wet by Sunday night. Right now my big debate is whether to go with just dry rock and biospira for the cycle, and then purchase microfauna, or to get a small piece or two of live rock. My first set up had all live rock and I loved the variety and surprise of it.... but if I've learned one thing in reefing, it's that I am terrible at controlling pests once they get into the tank. My later iterations of the nanocube started with dry rock, and I never felt like I got a strong collection of microfauna going (though I think some of that had to do with failing to clean the back chambers thoroughly enough after tank crashes and carrying over some undefinable yuck). Decisions, decisions...
  6. I have just ended a 9 year love-hate relationship with my 12 gallon nano-cube. After the first hurricane-related tank crash, things were never quite the same... I recently came into possession of an un-opened IM Nuvo 16. On first Googling, it looked like a great tank, and I rushed to accept it. On second Googling, I found all the reports of Nuvo 16s cracking at random... So. I know what a risk I'm taking setting it up, but I'm still going to do it. I intend this to be a short-lived tank. In 2019 I will be moving into a place where I'll be able to set up a much bigger tank and this one will be packed up or repurposed. The Goal: To revitalize my love of the hobby after a depressingly slime-filled few years. At the same time, practice skills and plans for my hypothetical future seahorse tank - such as keeping it as pest-free as possible. Also, re-learn to love taking tank pictures. The Equipment: IM Nuvo 16 AI Prime (coming Soon) Stock pump (for now) AutoAqua SmartATO The Contents: Marco Rocks dry sand and rock Red Sea Coral Pro salt Most Recent FTS: 12/3/17 - Newly Wet
  7. Coral Dip Equivalent for Fish or Shrimp?

    I ended up doing an iodine dip on the leather and nothing for the shrimp and fish. They've been chilling in QT for a couple of weeks now with no signs of issues. I'll be setting up the new display this weekend, so I will have plenty of time to make sure no algae/etc made it into the QT while the display cycles. Thanks for your guidance everyone!
  8. Paly/zoa ID help?

    I used to have those same palythoas. Don't have any further ID on them, just know they spread rather quickly and aggressively when happy....
  9. Coral Dip Equivalent for Fish or Shrimp?

    Thank you both! I'll look into the hydroplex and freshwater dips to see if either seems like it will help. Even if I might be fine without them, I really want to take no chances with this restart.
  10. Coral Dip Equivalent for Fish or Shrimp?

    Bump. Plus edited topic heading to see if that helps. I'm still nervous about starting QT without some sort of guidance.
  11. Hi All, I've got a 12 gallon all-in-one that's been limping along for a few years now. (There was a power-failure related tank crash and I never got things back to normal.) Several weeds have overrun it, including caulerpa, bubble algae, aiptasia, and some nasty goo that looks like the same stuff in this thread: So. The plan is to take the few live things I want to save - yasha, pistol shrimp, leather, porcelain crab - quarantine them, throw the whole rest of the mess away and start from scratch in a new tank. So here's my question - is there a way to make sure none of these pests travels into quarantine with the fish and arthropods? I know there are coral dips that will minimize what hitches a ride on corals and rocks. Is there anything similar that I can do for motile critters? I'm mostly concerned about bubble algae spores and the nasty goo. Thanks in advance.
  12. Sublunary's 12 Gallons - reborn

    Hey guys! I've been away from the site for a while. While I love my tank, it's been frustrating, and I haven't really been feeling the internet side of reefing for a while. Figured I would pop in for a brief update while I'm here at the library. We made it through the storm ok, but lost power Tuesday night. My mother has been wonderful in letting me run the tank heater and return pump off the generator when we have it running. So for the past three days it's been cycling between running on a generator, resting with a blanket over it, and using a battery powered air pump that's sitting in a bucket with hot water bottles to try and keep the air temp up. We have two inverters which I was trying to use when the generator is off, but for some reason they aren't holding a charge at all. Sigh. The biggest problem is of course keeping everything warm. The tank was down to 68 degrees at one point, before we found the extra blankets. Thankfully all of my fish and motile inverts have made appearances over the past day or so. I hope I'm not jinxing myself, but so far I haven't lost anything. Corals might be a different story, since they hadn't been doing so well lately anyway. But what's important is this hasn't been a major heartbreaking disaster like last year's hurricane. I'm getting through, and my animals are ok. I hope all of you are getting through this ok. I don't have time to check in on everyone's threads. I have been thinking about all of you a lot in the past week. Good luck to all of you without power. Hopefully I will be back soon with more updates.
  13. Sweet Small Snail 1/8"

    Probably a collonista. They stay small and are good to have.
  14. 210 Things with Stings tank.

    Excited to hear that Renee! I hope all is well, definitely have been thinking about you guys while the thread was quiet.
  15. Sublunary's 12 Gallons - reborn

    Ugh, I just do not know what to do with my hi fin goby. I went to change the filter floss before doing a water change, and found him in the top part of my media basket, under the floss, out of the water, and looking very dead. I scooped him into the display and was SO relieved to see him start swimming and looking only a little beaten up. Not 2 minutes later, I hear splashing and he's stuck between the surface skimmer and the intake. So I rescue him again. Now he's hanging out in a corner, and every few minutes he's been swimming dangerously close to the overflow again. So I get up and chase him back down. His shrimp is standing at the door of their burrow waiting to welcome him home, and he's just not smart enough to go there. Either that or he's suicidal. Stupid fish.