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  1. I remember my IM pump being somewhat loud but it "broke in" and got quieter. I replaced it for a lower flow pump actually (in my lagoon 25). I also use the IM Ghost Skimmer...took a while for me to figure out you had to open up the valve on top, and everyone said that would make it super loud. I don't find it all that loud. Not to the point of ever considering a different skimmer due to volume, that's for sure.
  2. I do still like going to Reefer's Garage, it's really a shame the Indo ban screwed everyone over. I wouldn't go anywhere else for Euphyllia for a long time. He was selling some legit, albeit 'typical' torches for $10/head. Prices are still really good, no doubt. But I usually just feel like his wife doesn't really want me in the store for whatever reason. Probably just in my head. Tuan was the man. My dad and I would go and talk to him for hours sometimes, just having a good time. I wasn't aware the owner's wife pulled funding on the store...last I heard they were going to reopen in Carlsbad somewhere but that must have been a year or two ago...didn't take long to realize that would never really happen. Anymore though, I pretty much stick to SDreefs. I really dig how everyone on there is just out to hook each other up, no one is trying to get rich on selling their frags. Except Shipwreck Cove...but I get the feeling they don't see much business. I've never been in there when anyone other than Dan or his partner are there.
  3. Reefer's Garage. I still like going in there, but people on SDreefs sell frags for way less. I haven't been in for a long time actually, so maybe they raised prices even further. I've been over to Shipwreck Cove a handful of times but I can't afford them, for sure. It really is a shame Encinitas Tropical went out.
  4. There's a local shop here that has pretty good prices but I always feel like they never want me in the store. It's pretty awkward every time I go in. I don't know if it's because I'm not "buddy buddy" with the owners like some people I see in there or what. But it doesn't bother me because they have good prices. Well, they used to...I guess they are still technically considered good, but I get cheaper frags from the local community. The shop here sells their stuff for just barely over wholesale. I'm convinced their shop, as well as almost any other tropical fish/coral store, is just a holding facility for their equipment/livestock while the bulk of their business is done in custom tank installs/tank servicing, etc. There's no way you can make a living in my area with the "buy low sell high" model. The markup just can't go high enough to make it worth it. We all want these rad looking pieces but don't want to pay through the nose. When you introduce the service industry, the margins can improve significantly. This local shop though...I used to score some rad Euphyllia from them, but with the weird import laws from Fiji or whatever, their prices skyrocketed. They're asking for $100+ per head for regular torches. That's insane. I understand the why, but it's still insane.
  5. I do 5 gallon water changes once a month on my Lagoon 25...my actual volume of water in the tank is probably closer to 17-18 gallons, so I never say any kind of percentage when I talk about changing my water. The Home Depot buckets make it pretty easy to measure.
  6. It's my understanding that you should always dose the same amount of both parts of 2-part. I'm currently dosing 10ml of Calc and Alk...I have a lot of Euphyllia and other LPS which really struggle with Alk swings.
  7. I'm not exactly sure this would fit the bill, but Scripps Institution of Oceanography here in San Diego (I believe it's part of UCSD) is very involved in all things ocean related. Might be a jumping off point, they may be able to point you to other schools as well.
  8. I've had SEVERAL Euphyllia either die or shrink up and stay shrunken due to alkalinity swings and/or really low alkalinity. It's been my experience that if you don't catch and correct the alkalinity problem quickly, they stay in that weird shrunken state even when your parameters return to and stay normal. I think you are within the "safe range" where it'll come back, assuming alkalinity is indeed the problem. I'm on my third tank restart and finally got it through my thick skull to dose 2 part every day to maintain consistent alkalinity and calcium. Magnesium I don't worry about so much, since it is consumed at a lower rate and water changes keep it regular. I always thought I could get away without testing and dosing but for me, it's crucial for a healthy tank. Others have been able to pull it off...definitely not me.
  9. I think the corals were under much higher light at the fish store so I wonder if that had an impact on my corals when I put them in my tank. Time will tell with this new setup!
  10. Sorry for my late replies all the time, been busy. I applied your settings to my system (about 60-70% of your percentages) and my corals are looking pretty good. I don't know if it was just a weird funk for a week or if you have the magic touch on your settings, but things are looking much better. If anything weird happens in the next day or two I'll update here, but I am hoping we are in the clear! Thanks!
  11. To be completely honest, I just set these settings all based on look. I'll have to mess around with the settings again tomorrow. What are your settings? I'll go through the AI Prime thread as well and see what I can find in there.
  12. I've uploaded a screenshot of my schedule and percentages. I ramp from 8am-12pm and then from 4pm-8pm. My percentages right now are mostly just a guess and check type of thing. I brought the levels down quite a bit a few days ago just to see what happens. I don't really know what to even set my percentages at right now to see what will help!
  13. Right, my bad. The main culprits are my frogspawn (8 heads) and duncan (25+ heads). The old torch seems to do alright, and the new torches I bought off a guy last week...eh, I think I got played a little bit. Not worth the story, but they weren't quite as advertised. I have a 4 headed hammer but I'm not too worried about it because low Alk screwed up that guy from my last system. I've had my lights a little lower the last few days, with more emphasis on the blues. Not sure it is making any kind of difference, other than I don't think the corals have enough light because they all seem to reach upward towards the light.
  14. I'll give feeding a try...I've tried feeding them in my previous system but they don't seem to eat anything. But maybe they only need a little bit.
  15. I do use wavemakers...I have an MP10 that pulses in wave mode, and a Jebao on the opposite kitty corner of the tank that is set to random. But, the flow on the corals is all indirect. I've been actually meaning to adjust my flow because I'm finding dead spots and detritus build up. But, I've watched the corals, and even when the flow gets a little heavy, they don't shrink up from it. Last night I did a 5 gallon water change (17 gallons of water total) and moved some corals around. The lights are just now starting to ramp on so we'll see how it looks today. I'm mostly frustrated because all my parameters are spot on! My pH was 8.2 yesterday, so I'm not worried about pH. The only thing I can think of is lighting, because the corals were under different light while being babysat, but they all looked great for the first week or so back in my tank. Odd.