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  1. Sexy Breeding -- Live nudes!

    Times up! 1. Step zero. 2. Because 10, 8, 6! 3. Jetsam = Dick Cheney; Lagan = Scooter Libby 4. Jade is the tall one, so Amber must be the short one. Obviously.... 5. It's multiple choice. The answer is........ B
  2. the SINK!

    A little illumination can be helpful. Definitely worth the investment.
  3. Sexy Shrimp Breeding Attempt

    It took me 2 years to finally settle a sexy. Granted, I intentionally took the long road and wasn't in any hurry, but I think it's fair to say that the vast majority who attempt this, quit out of frustration before they ever succeed. I've never seen anyone succeed on the first try. You're already well ahead of the curve. Keep at it!
  4. 76! Sorry, I'm a slow counter. I finally decided to solve this problem. What you see before you are my tip out trays and stackable bins. The tip out trays are a separate unit for each row and come in 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9 tray units with removable trays. They are made to stack more or less securely, but can also be mounted to a wall or rack with screws. They are ideal for putting anything and everything I need to find at a glance: pvc fittings, ro/di fittings, airline fittings, loc-line, digital timers, GFCI, etc, etc. The stackable bins seen top-left and bottom-front are perfect for anything I put away wet: fish nets, tongs, brushes, and sponges. They come in a large variety of sizes and dimensions. The largest are great for equipment, such as skimmers, heaters, and pumps. Nearly identical versions of these products are manufactured by two copycat competitors: Quantum and Akro. So don't think I'm advertising here. Both brands can be found on Amazon... So why so many suction cups? Because I use these instead. At last count, I have 31. Of which, 18 are not currently in use. But they will be soon...
  5. Ben's OMG IT'S A WATERFALL build

    I've noticed that liverock sitting directly under a waterfall of moderate flow, such as under the drain to the sump, becomes highly encrusted with dark red coraline and purple hard sponges. At least, I think they're sponges. It appears quite different from the bare rock and pineapple sponges one typically finds in the low flow areas behind or under a rock. To my own untrained eye, it appears vastly more biologically productive. And while I have noticed similar benefit to any liverock placed in moderate flow with even minimal lighting, I'm also left with the impression that the splashing water and bubbles from a waterfall induce additional benefit. I can't say exactly, but I suppose it's possible the physical pressure on the rock's surface allows the flow to penetrate deeper into the pores. In which case, I suspect the primary benefit wouldn't be the transport of nutrients in, so much as the transport of detritus out. But these are just some of my musings. When time finally allows, I'll be building a large refugium in my fishroom to serve as a natural filter for all of my tanks. That probably won't be for another year or so, but once I do, I intend to implement a staircase of water falls down to a shallow runway of DSB. I might have gotten the idea from this thread. Not sure.
  6. HitchHiker IDS?

    Based on what? The fact that it is far too small, completely the wrong color, or did the not-visible pincers give it away? Kill it. It'll only give you trouble. Then buy a real mithrax. They don't eat corals, unless you starve them.
  7. Cycling question

    If your test results are good, then yeah, you can add a fish. Just keep it small and only add one. Some people like to put an inexpensive and hardy damsel in for the first month or two to help establish a stronger cycle, then trade it for a more sensitive and interesting fish. Good luck!
  8. There is always plenty of good reading to fill the time. It's probably half this hobby.
  9. My Sexy Shrimp Breeding Adventure...

    Hey, I've put together a great tutorial for any ameature interested in breeding Sexy Shrimp! Sexy Breeding -- An Illustrated Guide
  10. Jarquarium Challenge

    AE, what's the name of that snail in your avatar? The one that's native to the Pacific Northwest? The purple and gold spiral shell that eats hydroids. What temp do those things like to live at? Cold? I know I can't buy them, but I don't actually live all that far away.
  11. Jarquarium Challenge

    It isn't an update unless there's a photo.
  12. The reason a DSB can't be moved is because the anaerobic bacteria found in the hypoxic layer of the sandbed are very easily killed by oxygen. It is irrelevant if the sand remains wet. If you scooped it up, then the anaerobic bacteria have died. If you have not experienced significant die off, then your DSB may not have been a function DSB to begin with. You say it looks just like mine did, but you've given no photo. In short, what you are suggesting isn't possible. You can't move the sand without oxygenating the hypoxic layer and killing off the anaerobic bacteria, resulting in a non-functional DSB, at best. No. There is no bliss to ignorance.
  13. Today, I did the unthinkable. I've moved, and after much consternation, I've accepted the fact that there simply is no moving a DSB. After 5 years of cultivation... I had throw it out. Good news! Even tho I hadn't done a water change in 5 months time, there were no bad smells, just the refreshing smell of the beach. No bad smells while digging thru the sandbed and not even a hint of H2S. In fact, everything about the sand was remarkably clean. No hard-panning and no organic gunk. This DSB could have easily gone another 5 years! I attribute my good results almost entirely to a single factor, that in turn benefited a single type of organism: high-flow and spionid worms.
  14. the SINK!

    Over time, my mixing barrel develops a hard white layer of bicarbonate residue on all the inside surfaces. Eventually, mildew finds its way in and appears to feed upon the bicarbonates, turning the white to brown. It requires a thorough scrubbing of the entire inside and a means to hose it down. Before, I would have taken it into the backyard and used the garden hose, but it's below freezing this time of year and the hose bibs are winterized. Thus normally, I would just stick it out until the weather warmed up and hope the mildew didn't get too bad. But now...
  15. the SINK!

    And I think I'll add a window. Every sink should have a window.