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  1. Safe Metals/Meshes?

    Thanks everyone! It looks like I'll try to find some window screen or the plastic cross stitch tonight.
  2. Safe Metals/Meshes?

    What are some safe materials to use to block an intake to a pump? I was hoping to grab some stainless steel mesh and make a box for the pump but I know copper can really screw things up, what about other metals? I also wanted to make a box to throw some caulerpa in and have it contained. Thanks!
  3. About a month and a half ago now I ordered a biocube that Jeremycee was selling. He was great to work with at first and quickly shipped the 29 gallon tank to me. However, when it arrived, UPS apparently body slammed it multiple times. After they finished being their unpleasant selves, it eventually came down to UPS said it wasn't their fault. THIS WAS NOT JEREMY'S FAULT!! We exchanged a few e-mails and decided that he would refund the cost minus the cost of shipping. This wasn't the best deal for either of us but in the end it was a compromise we both could live with. However, it has been a very long time since he has returned my e-mail and I can't seem to reach him regarding the refund. I've e-mailed him multiple times and PM'd him through nano-reef but to no avail. Since he wont' get back to me, I'm having to say that I feel I got the short end of the stick here with no tank and out the over $100.... Good luck if you deal with him and hopefully everything works out
  4. Hey everyone! I'm just getting ready to move everything from my 10 gallon to a larger tank. I had ordered a BC29 from another member but when UPS got through with it it was a pretty pile of glass. So I'm giving a shot at a DIY AIO. I have a 20 (high) and a piece of plexi cut to fill on end. I'll be having the tank peninsula style with the chambers in back. I'm also attaching some rubble to the back wall via silicone. Hopefully the wall will be set up tonight and drying over the next couple of days. I put some new live sand (~2 lbs) and ~3lbs of live rock in the new tank with some water and a powerhead. When I try to install the back wall I will have to empty most of the water and tilt the tank up so I can work on the one end. Then I'm hoping to transfer the sand and rock this weekend and give my fish an hour or so in the bucket to make sure everything is ok cycle-wise. I will be taking pictures and posting as soon as I have it done then be using this as a member tank! Thanks for following After I have the tank build, the first post will be altered and this will be the start of the thread Hey everyone! I'm just getting ready to move everything from my 10 gallon to a larger tank. I had ordered a BC29 from another member but when UPS got through with it it was a pretty pile of glass. So I'm giving a shot at a DIY AIO. I have a 20 (high) and a piece of plexi cut to fill on end. I'll be having the tank peninsula style with the chambers in back. I'm also attaching some rubble to the back wall via silicone. Hopefully the wall will be set up tonight and drying over the next couple of days. I put some new live sand (~2 lbs) and ~3lbs of live rock in the new tank with some water and a powerhead. When I try to install the back wall I will have to empty most of the water and tilt the tank up so I can work on the one end. Then I'm hoping to transfer the sand and rock this weekend and give my fish an hour or so in the bucket to make sure everything is ok cycle-wise. I will be taking pictures and posting as soon as I have it done then be using this as a member tank! Thanks for following
  5. Claw's first 10 gallon nano

    Well here is a quick update: 10 gallon is doing great but I got a smokin deal on a BC29 without the hood. Since I have two LED strips now (1 module and 1 stunner) I figure I could make my own hood and eventually add one more module to have a fairly powerful tank. Still don't want to expand much past zoas and rics. All my corals are doing great now! I began dosing weekly with DTs phytoplankton and oyster eggs. Zoas are all open and bright and many of my rics just split. I still have no idea where my emerald crab or one of the percs went...MIA I guess. Anyway, I waited to get the bigger tank, but when it got here it was broken so now I am fighting with UPS to get it figured out. I was all ready to swap everything over so the 10 gallon is at a stand still waiting to be taken down are moved over. I will let everyone know how it goes and link to the new thread for my 29 gallon....whenever I finally get it!
  6. 10 gallon ammonia cycling question

    I would wait for a diatom bloom. However, looking at your spreadsheet, remember that the cycle goes ammonia, nitrite, then nitrate. It looks like on day 10 the nitrites started going up. Day 12, with no nitrites but some nitrates could be the end of the cycle but you still have some ammonia. I'd way until that is gone. My 10 gallon had no ammonia or nitrites and almost no nitrates before I began adding the CUC. NO RUSHING ALLOWED
  7. Panorama Ecoxotic LEDs

    Hey everyone, I have a 13W Panorama Ecoxotic module (8 8000K and 4 Actinic) and a 6W all actinic Stunner strip for my lighting. I love the colors I get currently over my 10 gallon tank and during dawn/dusk times (only actinic) the corals are awesome! My corals currently are a small frogspawn, a few rics, and a handful of zoos. My question is this: I'm upgrading to a biocube 29 in the near future and want to know how this light compares to what I need. I'm assuming I'll need at least one more module at some point, but how much more after that? I don't want any different corals, just a few more of the rics and zoos. My fish right now is just an Ocerllaris but I would like to add a few more of other species, but I don't believe they need large quantities of light. Any direction would be good. Everyone else seems to be asking about having enough for SPS or clams, I just want my current corals to be in good health. They all seem happy right now. Thanks!!
  8. I would think that just one of them is fine in a 10 gal (thats the tank I have with a k-something nano). I am also thinking of building a simple 3 gallon-ish fuge to plumb with my 10. Following to see how someone else does it!
  9. Claw's first 10 gallon nano

    I was using DI water available to me at my lab, but apparently it was not clean enough. No I am buying RO/DI water from LFS.
  10. Claw's first 10 gallon nano

    Thanks Newman, the tank was crashing so to save everything else it was the action. Found and isolated the problem (starting water) and going well now.
  11. DIY 30(ish) gallon all-in-one

    Thanks both of you! The rimless may be perfect to save me the starting structure. The 40 gallon breeder is just too big for my apartment, I have room for a cube about 30 gallons but the breeder is too long!
  12. Swivel's Feedback

    Great to work with for four rics! Sorry no pics but they looked good when arrived, acclimated, and in tank. Bought four rics, but got three of them with two mouths already! Highly recommend him as well!
  13. So I want a 30 gallon (ish) tank. My 10 isn't quite cutting it and I really want a mandarin, but at the same time need to keep it small enough that the landlords won't think too much of it. The bio-aqua-nano cubes are all great, but also all $300 for the 30 gallon version. This is out of my price range. Would a plain 30 gallon cube (maybe like the oceanic one?) with a wall across the back and custom chambers be cheaper? I have one ecoxotic light bar over my 10 gallon and figure I would at least need a second eventually over the 30 to run completely on LEDs. I also have a HOB filter and power head in my 10 that would be transferred. Any ideas? Yay or nay? Thanks!
  14. Claw's first 10 gallon nano

    Well I had some HORRIBLE red hair algae that broke out, but Chemiclean nuked it good. Now it seems though that all small scale life is dead. So hopefully with phytoplankton dosing and some copepods things will start coming back.
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