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  1. SaltyBuddha

    Aiptasia? Hydroid? Something else?

    That is what I'm thinking too but it looks soooo big for a hydroid but small for aiptasia. How big can hydroid get?
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    Aiptasia? Hydroid? Something else?

    Just found two more close by... Same size.
  3. Is this aiptasia? Very small with super thin tentacles and stem. Does not dissapear when I poke it. Just recedes a very small amount. It is ridiculously small. Only thing making me think it is not aiptasia is how small the stem is relative to the rest.
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    My reef in super slow mo

    So cool! Love that watchman goby coming out for the food. Wish my phone did that...
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    Help! Aquarium water too hot

    I'm running an Ice probe HOB chiller. Expensive but my temperature never goes above 79F. Cheaper than running the AC down in Socal.
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    Dosing 2 Part while on vacation

    Thought about this as well. Would rather keep it consistent with 2 part and not experiment with Kalk on a vacation. Would be worrying about the tank the whole time. I'll probably invest in a cheaper dosing system from amazon. Thanks for all the tips
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    Dosing 2 Part while on vacation

    Badass. Thank you!
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    Dosing 2 Part while on vacation

    Really? The cheapest one I saw on marine depot was like 200 bucks. 60 bucks is no problem
  9. I'm adding manual 2 part dosing to my regime and now I am unsure about what to do on a vacation. I have a two week vacation coming up in August and figure I should start figuring this out now. Obviously the easiest answers are (1) get a friend to do it or (2) buy a doser. I don't have anyone that would be willing to do this every morning and my wife would kill me if I had to buy a doser. They are stupid expensive. Especially for a little 10 gallon tank. Anyone have some suggestions?
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    Refugium in Fluval Evo 13.5?

    I'm not sure if it was the light or the fact that my tank was immature, but I was growing more algae than chaeto. Eventually chaeto starved. Fast forward a few months and I'm running the JBJ fuge light. No algae and chaeto is growing. To be honest, I think if I ran this little light again it would work well. The JBJ light bleaches the chaeto and I have to regularly turn it around. My tank has progressed a lot since then so the little light might work well.
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    IM Fusion empty chamber

    I use chaeto with a JBJ fuge light. It uses nitrates and phosphates to outcompete microalgae. Most people run the chaeto light on the opposite schedule of their normal lights. It also helps balance PH from day to night. You will definitely need a dedicated light though.
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    Cyano or diatomes?

    Diatoms and some cool looking vein sponge on your rocks. Use a turkey baster and vacuum it up with water changes. Eventually it will go away.
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    IM Fusion empty chamber

    Plenty of people run a skimmer on smaller tanks. But I agree with Zach, if your tank is doing great, leave it along. If you decide to add more fish and need to add a skimmer later on, then you will have the space for it. You can always add a chaeto reactor as well for a natural way to export and increase pod population.
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    Congrats! Your tank definitely deserves it.
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    Dosing question

    @coryscritch Magnesium will affect Alk and Ca as others have noted. It would probably be worthwhile to test it and make sure it is within reasonable levels. Mine tested well and should be sufficiently replaced with water changes. I will test monthly after I get the dosing schedule finalized to make sure it stays that way. I am also using Salifert test kits. Takes more time than Hannah but is cheaper to start.