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MarieH

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About MarieH

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    Of Time and the River

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    Female
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    Montreal Qc Canada
  • Interests
    photography, street photography, art, aquaria
  1. Today. Need a glass cleaning but all is well. Pics to come.
  2. Oh lol. Probably best to buy brand name. Even the black boxes i had were bridgelux from my memory.
  3. I'm using chihros marine strip. A501 and it's ok. Too yellow on the whites but everything is happy. I also got a cheap timer for sunrise to sunset. On my Pico spec v. It works well. I once used the black boxes on 65 gallon and it penetrated well on a tall tank. Worked well for 3 years until I sold the tank. I had a mixed reef and they all grew well. I hung 2 x165 watt boxes. I had plenty of light running about 80 percent on the blues and 40 on the whites. Good value in my case. Kind of ugly but they work.
  4. Hi Deb. No just this salty and 2 freshies. I turned my jbj picotope into a Betta tank.
  5. Today. Enjoying this during a pretty long and tiring winter. Simple corals a yellow clown goby happy place.
  6. Got a digital light controller from ebay, so its nice to have a ramping effect from 8 until 8pm. I like watching the softies come to life as they feel the brightness level ramping over 30 minutes. I run the chihiros (spelling?) 501a marine version at top 60 percent midday since its only an inch or so above the waterline, laying on the spec v plastic hood. It just gets warm to touch. I had it on legs open top but without the ramping controller I had to adjust the light level manually throughout the day because I could not leave it on at a higher level because it was too intense for the lowerlight zoas which were shrinking and fading under the intensity. I still dislike the whites in this thing, but being lower, the color looks more 10,000k which is ok. I was used to the 15k abi bulb, tuna blue on the bluer side. But I'm warming up to this one. This is a budget build, a 5g spec that was traded against a freshwater led, so I'm not investing a lot. It all seems stable now so I will play with it until fall, find some new additions and maybe start a more serious reef tank then. I like this easy peasey approach, no sweat reefing. More fun to enjoy than continually tinker.
  7. Sympathies. That kind of loss would make me leave the hobby, ya..... Please soldier on.
  8. I had a friend pass on to me a vintage jebo cube r388 tank. I had considered some sort of saltwater tank but it only has 2 x 8 watt flourescent t5 tubes. Hard to find the actinic tubes so i made it a freshwater planted. Maybe in time i could find a retrofit led or remove the top but its old and has a lot of distortion from the curve sides. Yes I'm a freshy too!
  9. Not a problem for any fish I have ever kept. Just use within a year I think or expiry date.
  10. I have this tank. I do a 2g water change every 2 weeks or so. I put back in the foam filter and use seachem matrix in a bag on top shelf and I bought chemipure blue, the 11 ounce size and media bags. I use a quarter of the jar each 3 to 4 months also in a media bag in bottom shelf of the foam. In a tank this small be careful of the amount if rock you are using since it replaces a lot of water. I clean the stock pump once a month but it's not very dirty since the foam traps a lot of detritus. People say the foam block is a nitrate trap but I find it easy to remove and rinse. I just rinse in tap water and the media in the tank water, during a water change. It's Just another viewpoint. It's a fun little tank. I use a hydro 240 pump for added circulation.
  11. I love the simplicity. Kudos!
  12. i like it. I think a couple fire fish and a dendro and maybe some macro algae would be banging.
  13. Thank you! He's doing well but I also had limited success with them . I lost a yellow to ich and years later I lost 2 green clowns that I never saw eat. They just disappeared. I thought I would not try them again but the store I bought from has never sold me wrong. I decided to try. It's been a few months now and all is well. I did have success with citron clown goby but they get big and nip corals. This guy is just right.
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