tiggs

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  1. I finally decided to pull the trigger and just placed my order. I just got the intro package for now, but I'm going to add the ph, conductivity, and orp probes next week.
  2. I really like the last two favias. Very nice.
  3. Yeah, there are some designer strains that are crossbreeds of percs and occs.
  4. It's definitely an ocellaris. You can tell by the black iris. Determining which designer strain this is can be a bit more difficult. It has the traditional markings of a Premium Snowflake, but also has more black than usual, so it could also be a Black Ice.
  5. Well, I've decided to take the plunge. I'm placing my order for the Vertex Cerebra in the next few days. Ideally, I'd like to wait for BRS to make it available for pre-purchase, but it looks like they aren't taking orders until they have it in-hand. If they don't have it by Thursday, I'll just order it from Aquarium Specialty. I'll put together a series of pics and review of the product once it arrives. Wish me luck on this voyage into the unknown lol
  6. Honestly, when this controller finally launches, it's going to completely change the game. Will it be the industry leader for years to come? Probably not. What it will do is get the larger companies to step their game up though. We're going to see more controllers on the market that are app-based and include more functionality out of the box. I know most people love their Apex, but they definitely leave a lot to be desired, especially when you consider what they charge. You have to write code for most things, they still use non-touchscreen monochromatic displays, and up until they released their new system a couple weeks ago, you were stuck buying tons of expansion modules and it didn't even have onboard WIFI. Granted, they've done a much nicer job on their new controller with including more ports, so you don't have to buy nearly as many modules. It's also nice that they've finally decided to add onboard WIFI. The only downside is that they're charging $800 for this, which I think is absolutely ridiculous. When you think about it, they're basically charging you what you'd pay in expansion modules and probes. I won't even talk about the cost associated with adding WIFI to a device in production, since it's so ridiculously negligible. The Vertex is actually quite comparable to Apex's new controller. The main differences being 6 outlets (Vertex) vs 8 (Apex), more onboard ports (Vertex), one coming with most probes (Apex) vs the other only including a temp probe (Vertex), and obviously price. Vertex does get browny points for using industry standard probe connectors though. This is coming from someone that doesn't really have a horse in this race. I'm in the market for a controller, but haven't pulled the trigger yet. I just haven't found one that suits my needs for a price that isn't ridiculous. I dislike the extremely limited expandability of the entry-level controllers from the main players, but I also dislike the full versions from these same companies that require all sorts of expansion modules to really add functionality. It's like you can either choose from "stripped down and only slightly expandable" for $250 vs "stripped down and very expandable" for $400, plus another $150 in modules and probes every time you want to add a new feature. Who knows, maybe this Vertex is actually a good fit in my case. $375 up front, but I'd only be paying for probes when I want to add on.
  7. Not the best pic, but here's my new ORA Red Planet acro frag..
  8. Yes, that's safe since it's cyanoacrylate based. With super glue, you want to look for "cyanoacrylate". With epoxy putty, you want to look for drinking/potting water safe.
  9. Yeah, this is correct. If you're not using an ATO, you want to try to top off manually 2-3 times per day. This way, your levels won't swing too much.
  10. I honestly can't say enough good things about Prodibio products. I use their entire system on my reef and my levels are better than ever, while remaining incredibly consistent. The only non-Prodibio product I was dosing was my 2 part calc/alk. Recently, I ditched that and switched over to their Calci-Reef+ and Alka-Reef+ products (calc/alk/magnesium) and I noticed the difference in quality almost immediately. My corals are very happy, colorful, and extended. Everything just seems very much in balance. Granted, proper maintenance and husbandry are also part of the equation, but Prodibio definitely has a big part in this as well. I feel that systems like Prodibio and Zeovit aren't super popular because there are much cheaper alternatives out there, but they really are very high quality. Just figured I'd share my experience in case anyone was on the fence about giving their line a shot.
  11. Yeah, like the others said, you definitely should be topping off with RO/DI or distilled water. Salt isn't a liquid, therefore doesn't evaporate with the water. By adding freshwater during top off, this accounts for the water that is evaporated and keeps the SG level consistent. Aside from cutting down on manual labor, this is the main reason most of us use ATO systems. Even a 1 point fluctuation in SG is a lot when done so quickly, let alone a 5 pointer.
  12. Yeah, I'm excited. That middle piece is actually just black plastic with a faux pattern. It appears to be a sticker (like the crap that those cheap aquarium backgrounds are made of). If the display model I saw was correct, it actually comes without the sticker attached and you'd have to put it on yourself. Looks like that's one less thing I'll have to scrape off lol. The only thing I still have to check on is the way the stand is laid out. I know there's a brace in the middle between the two doors, but I'm not sure if it's just a single beam in the front or if it goes all the way back and separates the two compartments. I could always just get a different stand or build one, but I'd really like to do a pure reef-ready conversion with the equipment specifically made for it. If this goes well, I think it could be a really awesome way for people to get a nano reef-ready setup, which you don't really see unless it's something very custom. Sure, you see plenty of people that just throw external overflows on their nanos, but this would look so much cleaner.
  13. I'm not sure if you guys are familiar with this particular tank, but here's a link.. http://www.fluvalaquatics.com/ca/lifestyle/lifestyle-aquariums/series/accent/ It's essentially a freshwater tank that comes with a stand and canopy. There's a middle section that acts as an overflow to the internal filter (located inside this middle section). Here's the kicker. The tank includes plumbing that goes down into the stand and there's a valve that's meant for easy water changes. When you hold the valve down, it drains water from this middle overflow section. I'm thinking about getting one of these and converting it into a reef. My thoughts are to rip out the internal filter from the overflow, then cut off this water change valve and plumb it into a sump. This would essentially make it a reef-ready tank. I'd obviously need to upgrade the lighting and whatnot, but IMO, this could be a really nice looking, inexpensive 25G tank. I've been looking around, but haven't found anyone that's converted this particular tank. Anyone have any experience with this tank or see any reason why this wouldn't be a good idea?
  14. I've never done it personally, but I've seen it done successfully on multiple occasions. The application method they used was the "sandwich" frag mounting method (superglue gel --> putty --> superglue gel) and stuck it in the middle of the back wall. By putting it in the center, it would grow out from both sides somewhat evenly. The one thing to watch out for is to not let it get anywhere near the overflow slits on the right side of the wall.
  15. For the longest time, I went nuts trying to find a decent skimmer that would fit in my BC14. There's not a lot of room to work with and without some decently major modification to the rear chambers, you're not going to find a decent skimmer that will fit. The best bet is probably the newest Tunze nano skimmer in chamber 2, but that would stop you from using the inTank media basket, which is a MUCH better and more useful upgrade, IMO. I played around with the Biocube skimmer a few years ago and it was pretty much worthless, in my experience. Realistically, you're better off skipping the skimmer and just doing large weekly water changes and not overstocking your tank. Personally, I change 25% of my water weekly and run filter floss and CPB in my media basket and it's more than ample. It took a long time for me to realize this, because I've been running larger tanks for close to 15 years and I was always one of those "you MUST have a skimmer on your reef" people. Shit, I even considered getting a HOB Reef Octopus at one point and hanging it off the side with my return. It would have been as big as the tank, took up a bunch of room on that side, and wouldn't have actually accomplished much. On larger reefs, the best skimmer you can afford is typically your first major purchase. On a nano though, it's a completely different ballgame.