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    http://www.AquacultureRanch.com

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    Austin, Tx
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    Hunting, fishing and reefing. At present, I have over 7000 gallons in salt water. At the end of Feb, I will have a grand opening for AquacultureRanch. Macro and live rock will be my mainstay.

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  1. New Beginnings

    What did you like about previous tanks? After being in this hobby for 45 years, I have tried many different things and equipment. It helps to have a plan in advance. Know what you want and build a compatiable system around it.
  2. New Beginnings

    The one review that stuck was that circulating pump was not up to the standards of the rest of the system. When I looked at specks for circulating pump at 260 GPHr, I find that inadequate for a reef tank. Depends on your aquascaping and live stock, but you could make it work. It depends on your husbandry skills. The one link that I looked at did not show lighting. Suggestions: Get good quality LED lighting. Upgrade pump for more circulation. What live stock are you considering? Because I am a laissez faire reef keeper, after 45 years in the hobby, I continue to focus on minimalist set ups. I enjoy the beauty of my mixed garden lagoon. As of two weeks ago, I changed a 25 year old mud/macro refugium into a cryptic zone filter. On top of 30G cryptic zone filter is 75G Jaubert Plenum. I have added some gorgonions and red tree sponges. Most recently, I added one of my favorite filerfeeders. The flame scallops.
  3. I love it. The music was perfect. I seek a similar theme that I envision as a mixed garden lagoon with sponges, filter feeders of all kinds. Definitely interested in NPS, perhaps some deep water gorgonions.
  4. After 25 years with a mud/macro refugium, I have turned out the lights on the refugium. Sponges and tunicates replace macro. I have embraced cryptic zone filtration. Sea Apples and Flame Scallops have always been favorites. Continuing with the red theme are Red Tree Sponges. My three favorite green colors are GSP, Green Sinularia and Hammer time.
  5. Kudos to your system. A mature tank makes reefkeeping easy. Congradulations.
  6. Tang Immune System

    The absolute best food for fish immune system is live gut cavity bacteria from , mussels, clams and oysters.
  7. TOO Many tanks.

    Flower anemone is a survivor. It came on some diver collected rock 7 years ago. Due to stuck ATO, a 500G system became diluted to fresh water. It looked like mush. Not so today. It is gorgeous.
  8. You will be happy with Gulf live rock. This is some of the delux premium rock at $5/lb with air freight COD at $1/lb. The second picture are three delux nano pieces with a large 20” gorgonions. This is some gorgeous rock.
  9. TOO Many tanks.

    Too early to tell on the electric bill. It is a lot of tanks in living area. In fact, to condition air, I installed a 2 ton ductless split unit with a 20.5 SEER in the living dining area. I then use the circulating fan for the central unit to move conditioned air to the whole house. Prior to receiving diver collected Gulf live rock on Wed, I noted 12 degree temperature difference on tanks in ground. With 48 degree air temperature, tank temperature got down to 68 degrees. On Wed when rock was put in at 5PM, the water temperature was 82 degrees. I added two 300W resistive thermostate heaters. In the morning, water temperature was 76 degrees. My goal is to set thermostats at 60 degrees. I will until after this Gulf live rock is placed in my 120G new build.
  10. TOO Many tanks.

    Lights just went out on this 55G growout tank. It is 4:30PM with subdued light coming in from east window. In the morning, I love the sun beams with its glimmer lines. Some new Gulf live rock. I don’t know what this red looking sponge like thing is, but Cerith snails are working on it.
  11. I love ease dropping on this thread. So many different artistic ideas. Much food for thought and much humor. I remember the first MAST conference that I went to. It was in Dallas, Tx. Anthony Calfo, Julian Sprung and Erick Boreneman were some of the guest speakers that I was interested in. I had just read Anthony Calfo’s book “How to Grow Corals in a Greenhouse” and I was pumped up. Living on 20 acres, I had room for greenhouses. I had already built a surprise birthday present for a friend. A 30’ by 50’ arched dome greenhouse, that stood up to 100 mph winds from Hurricane Rita. Anthony and I exchanged emails prior to the conference. The conference was held near a large speedway track for race car enthusiast. We were the only building in 10 miles beside the race track. Don’t ask me what year. I graduated from high school in 1966. I am surprised that I remember that. While drinking morning coffee on the second day there, One of the servers commented how friendly and jovial of an athmosphere the reefers had brought to there convention hotel. Some few minutes later, Julian Sprung sat down at a table next to me. As he was sitting alone, I asked if I could join him and was amazed to hear certainly. What a groupie I was. We talked and laughed for an hour. I soaked up a lot of knowledge and had much fun. He clarified something for me. I was a caretaker for a 29G reef tank on the Discoverer Seaver Seas, a dynamically positioned drillship owned by Transocean. In working with the maintenance supervisor, we piped seawater into this tank to flow 24/7. Being the deep water pacesetter, we were always in deep blue water that constituted “The Gulf Stream”. The tank was placed in the galley on an end where few people sat. As this tank matured, it became a central morale builder for the crew. It became quite a show piece, one of the nicest invert tanks that I have ever had. I got some Shell company representative of the environmental engineering department interested in doing a public relations video to demonstrate our environmental footprint. Unfortunately, we went to work for another company, but worse than that, the tank crashed after two years. A friend from Oceaneering, collected a crab from 3000’ and put into tank. While I was not there, I was told it happened in just a few overnight hours. After telling the story to Julian, he informed me that deep water bottom dwellers had high levels of copper. Mystery solved. I have always enjoyed and been amazed with nature. Working at sea was a unique time in my life. I enjoyed the comradary of crew mates and the beauty of many a sunrise and sunset. Some of the deep water sailors that I worked with had an old saying, “Red sky at night, sailors delight, Red sky in morning, sailer take warning”. When Hurricane Ritta formed in the Gulf of Mexico, the morning we evacuated a Noble Drilling semi-submersible, I saw the most spectacular sunrise, that changed to a red glow. It was very foreboding. As things turned out, a Category 5 hurricane eyewall captured our drilling rig. All eight anchors were broken. Each anchor at 50 tons with 5000’ of chain of which each link weighed 200lbs. With this rig Noble had allowed the USCG to monitor our transponder data as well as wind speeds. At 200 mph, the wind gauge broke, but transponder kept working. In Washington, the Coast Guard followed our rigs path across 200 miles thru gas production platforms to be beached off the coast of Cameron, La. For me, the excitement continued. Instead of going to a hotel to stand by with the rest of the crew, I drove home to DeRidder, La. The eyewall of Rita came over my 20 acres, with 200 year old hard wood trees falling different directions when wind changed direction. While working offshore, most days were not like that. I really enjoyed the tranquility of a sunset at sea. One evening, as the sun was in it’s last hour. On the main deck, we were at most 10’ above the water. Often I would see patches of Sargassum Seaweed float by, I recall netting some interesting fish and shrimp to go into the tank. I have always been amazed at how nature manifest itself. One day toward the end of a 14 day work hitch, I observed numerous Portuguese Men of War floating by. The top portion of these small “men of war” was blue and then translucent at the base. They all seem to be floating together, then one drifted further off. To my amazement, he lifted a purple sail and moved back to the “men of war” school. Once together, the whole school lifted their sails simultaneously. What was that all about? These jelly fish had a common conscienness. Sometimes, I ramble.
  12. TOO Many tanks.

    Working in the oilfield with a 28 day on and 28 day off schedule, I developed an extended remote refugium for a 150G mixed garden reef tank. Half of the garage belonged to the wife. The other half became an extended refugium and grow out system. Two 55G macro/pod refugium, then two 4’ by 8’ by 6” high growout troughs. When I would arrive home after a work hitch, I would feed heavily and I saw a corresspong increase in pods and macro. When I was gone for a 28 day work shift, the pod and macros feed tank When I was reading up on best refugium macro, Anthony Calfo mentioned Red Ogo as one of the three best refugium macros. Open pursuing this further, I realized it was also called Tang Heaven Red at IndoPacific SeaFarm. So I grew it in a tumble culture. On another hobbiest forum, I mentioned eating Red Ogo from my refugium and a chef fron Kansa City asked me what I did with the pods in the ogo.. I said sushi. I heard him laugh from Kansas.
  13. Frogs Host Clowns

    Changed some aquascaping.
  14. TOO Many tanks.

    Some live rock moved to 75G Jaubert Plenum. I also bought yellow cucumbers, flame scallops and a flame angel. I worry about this dwarf angel. After 48 hours, it is grazing on newly introduced live rock.
  15. TOO Many tanks.

    At 5PM yesterday evening, 30 lbs of nano rock and 60 lbs of delux premium rock were placed in Rubbermade tanks. Temperature was at 82 degrees. As we have had clear skies with much nighttime convection cooling. I put two 300W heaters each in tank #1 &#2, In the morning, temperature was 74 at 8AM. The day before, the low temperature was 68 with a high of 80 degrees. i will pamper this tank with temperature control until live rock has cured and 120G new build is ready for rock. Sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving.
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