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    The NPS garden; my NPS coral/macroalgae tank (with pictures!)

    I found a really cool, really informative video on NPS corals! Here it is;
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    The NPS garden; my NPS coral/macroalgae tank (with pictures!)

    You are right...200 gallons is roughly equal to what the average American uses in two or three days. Wow 😮
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    The NPS garden; my NPS coral/macroalgae tank (with pictures!)

    Hello again everyone! I thought it would be a good time to talk about my feeding regime for the tank. Currently the sun coral (coined 'Firecracker') and royal gramma are being fed twice a day - frozen food in the morning and flake in the evening. They seem quite happy with that schedule...Little Dude the gramma is looking more vibrant than ever on this schedule 🙂 The feather duster ('Harrison') is being fed with 2ml each seachem phytoplankton and seachem zooplankton. Thus far everyone seems quite happy...the coral's polyps are at least partially out most of the day and is noticeably growing already, the feather duster is out whenever we don't startle it, and Little Dude is active and eating well (and more vibrant than he was at the pet store). I will ultimately replace the seachem products with reef roids and live Isochrysis phytoplankton (and perhaps Nannochloropsis as well)...I would be target feeding the filter feeders twice a day with the reef roids, and broadcast feeding the phytoplankton at night so they can feed naturally all night. Nitrates Sunday were 10ppm...doing a 40% water change Wednesday morning. When I get my water purifying device, water changes will go up to 40% twice a week. Speaking of which...I have decided to get a distiller. I HIGHLY doubt their distilled water is significantly lower quality than the Walmart stuff (which seems to vary widely depending on the store) and I can't use an RODI unit here...at 12 gallons a week, with wastewater I would be using 150-200 gallons a month - an amount that would cause the landlord to deprive us of our free water bill. That is a blow we could not afford.
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    Leaning feather duster

    Is it fatal?
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    Leaning feather duster

    Hi all! My animals in my 10 gallon saltwater tank are doing well, but the feather duster is steadily leaning over...now it is almost resting on the sandbed. Is that normal? It spends most of its time with its feeding apparatus extended unless we startle it. Thanks
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    Coldwater marine tanks?

    Hi everyone! For a long time I have desired a small coldwater tank with a Catalina goby. While the time for me to have one is still a ways off, I wanted to know some specifics on how to set up a 5 or 10 gallon coldwater. Here we go 🙂 1 - What would be a good chiller for such a small tank? 2 - I am not sure I would have money for a thick acrylic tank, so I was thinking of taking a normal tank and putting insulation on three of the sides. Would this work? What kind of insulation would I use? 3 - Where would I get flora and fauna (other than the readily sourced Catalina goby)? Coldwater marine aquatics seems to be down. 4 - How does cycling work in a coldwater? Do you still use live rock? 5 - Anything else I should know? Thanks 🙂
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    Jigsaw's 10G Coldwater Build!

    Why, hello there! I am interested in coldwater marine setups myself...I like how your setup is turning out 🙂 Coldwater stuff is so interesting...I am a sucker for Catalina gobies. Can you suggest a chiller for a small tank - say, 5 or 10 gallons?
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    Countertop water distillers as a water source?

    About 1-1 ratio of tap to distilled...maybe a little steam escapes, but almost all the water gets turned into distilled water. Very little water waste.
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    Countertop water distillers as a water source?

    Bummer 😞
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    Countertop water distillers as a water source?

    Just conferred with a distiller vendor...she said water from the distillers she sells comes out at 1-2 ppm TDS. Sounds similar to my prior experiences with distillers...is 1-2 ppm too high? You don't have to be with the distiller most of the time it is distilling...they shut off automatically when they are done. If one is paranoid, they can set it on a timer to be doubly safe.
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    Countertop water distillers as a water source?

    OK. Thanks 🙂
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    The NPS garden; my NPS coral/macroalgae tank (with pictures!)

    Hi again everyone! Here are some new schematics for my display and my refugium, respectively;
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    Countertop water distillers as a water source?

    I know. I am just worried about RODI units...while they are cheaper in the long run, neither of our sinks have high water pressure and I am worried about finding an adaptor to attach the unit to either of our sinks. Plus I have heard that portable RO units are junk...and I don't want to try to attach one to our plumbing.
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    Countertop water distillers as a water source?

    So far the only argument against the countertop distillers I have definitely seen is cost, which doesn't seem half bad for the small tanks I'm working with...
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    Countertop water distillers as a water source?

    About a gallon
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