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About cnseekatz

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  1. I'm sorry the frags didn't make it, but hopefully you'll get some use out of this stuff! Merry Christmas!
  2. Please tell me you got this order... Amazon says it was all delivered, half handed directly to resident.
  3. You're welcome! Merry Christmas! I'm not sure what happened... but that's pretty lame. Hopefully the backup package gets to you in better shape.
  4. Final Update: I decided it was time to retire this tank. It was a wild journey, with ups and downs, but I consider it a success. I had a few major crashes, but managed to bounce back each time, and in the end I had a system I was pretty happy with. In the end, I'm just a little burned out on reef keeping. I love the hobby, and I imagine I'll be back before too long. I'm not sure if I'll sell my tank/gear, or just mothball it and hope it all works when I decide I'm bored and want to start again. For now, I'm going to take a break, and let my wife have a home without the purple LED glow and constant guttural droning of a protein skimmer. It is bittersweet to shut it all down, and I realize how attached I've become to some of my tank's inhabitants. I sold most of my corals, and my male leopard wrasse. I was surprised how concerned I am for his health and well-being. I've been texting with the guy who bought him, asking him to keep me updated. Regarding the clowns, they've been with me since they were babies, almost 5 years, and I couldn't bring myself to sell them to a stranger. The idea of them going into some nasty tank only to die a month later because the guy didn't QT something was a non-starter, so I brought them to my favorite fish store, Amazing Aquariums and Reefs in Orange for those of you in the area, and he's going to add them to his (surprisingly long) Do-Not-Sell list. They're now comfortably residing in a sweet 40g filled with long-tentacle toadstools, and a special-needs Blue Tang. His shop is filled with awesome display tanks, and they'll live out their days as pets, and I'll get to visit them from time to time. Thanks everyone for following along for the ride, for the advise and encouragement.
  5. UPDATE: I added some livestock! Not much, and not permanent, more of the canary in the coal mine. I put in a couple zoanthids and a baby BTA to see if they would survive the night. So far so good! Now I imagine, I'll take it a little more seriously and move stuff with a purpose. When I get it all arranged, I'll upload some photos!
  6. Then why you got a thread called Derrick's Lagoon?
  7. Boom! Thank you Derrick... that Orphek light is LEGIT! Can't wait to bring it out after lights out.
  8. Looks awesome with the plants. What kind did you use? I really like how you brought the base of the external rock forward. It frames the jar really nicely.
  9. I think I get what you're trying to say! I got this guy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M6WMUYI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  10. My aerial plants seem to be doing well. I've never had them before so I didn't really know what to expect. They seem dry all the time, but they're growing new leaves, so I assume they're happy. The old leaves don't really drop off, they just dry up, turn brown, new leaves grow out of the top, and the plant gets.... longer. Not all that beautiful unfortunately, but we'll see what happens over time. My Inkbird controller showed up today. $20 on Amazon, and the thing is legit! It's a heater controller only, so it's basically a probe and a single outlet. 4 buttons and about 30 seconds total to set the temperature (I chose 78-80 degrees) and get it up and running. I don't really have a reliable way to check the accuracy, besides a cheap digital thermometer that I don't really trust, so I'm just going to believe this thing is accurate. I'm going to give it a couple days at reef appropriate temperatures to see if anything dramatic happens. I don't really expect much, but a bacterial bloom or an algal bloom is possible. Me neither! I've been thinking about this quite a bit. Given the small volume and lack of filtration, I'm leaning toward species that enjoy "dirty" water. Zoanthids, LPS and misc softies are on the list. Stay tuned!