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About ChristopherDido

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  1. Figured Maybe I would get some responses to our Question on the Inkbird if I through a couple of links in here that you all could look at and help me pick the right one. TIA Here's this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01486LZ50/?coliid=I1BDU5419PTL24&colid=6FEK0MVTWFIS&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it This one: https://www.amazon.com/Inkbird-Itc-308-Temperature-Controller-Thermostat/dp/B01MDSWXY4/ref=sr_1_3?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1543595337&sr=1-3&keywords=inkbird+temperature+controller or This one: https://www.amazon.com/Inkbird-Thermostat-Temperature-Controller-50-108°F/dp/B07JFKX2D4/ref=sr_1_14?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1543595337&sr=1-14&keywords=inkbird+temperature+controller I'm just not sure which one is best and will work the best... Do I need to do anything to make sure the sensor doesn't rust? Thanks again All
  2. Alright as promised on my personal tank page, here is an update on our Classroom tank. Been pretty busy keeping this baby going here. So far this year we have survived our first extended break and I am needing a bit of advice from this community. Last year, if you were following, we had a major issue when they turned off the boilers over Christmas break, the tank got down into the 50s and I want to put a much larger heater than I need into the tank and hook it up with an inkbird that I see so many of you have. My Problem is I don't know which Inkbird I should buy. Can anyone provide me with Amazon Links for which to buy that would be best in your experience? TIA!!! Ok now for an update with an FTS. Tank is doing pretty good, we got a big piece of GSP which sat on the sandbed for a few weeks, til I realized it just wasn't really happy about two weeks ago we glued it down onto a flatter rock on top and have since moved and glued down our 5 headed Branching Hammer and it seems much happier with the placement. Students have also decided on the next additions to the tank, based on my understandings and perusing the forum here these should be fine. They want to get a Pistol/Goby Combo, gonna see if we can find a good deal this next week on that and they want to have some sexy shrimp in the tank, so hopefully the LFS can get in some of those for me over the next few weeks. I think we will also be adding a few more corals into the tank hopefully next week, so keep an eye on us. Thanks for checking in! FTS as of Today!
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    STL Reef Odyssey

    Well the LFS gave me another good deal so I have another Gobie!!! At this moment he has gone to hang out on the overflow grates that have been modded... Not pretty but they work.
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    STL Reef Odyssey

    @Tamberav thanks for the help. I just pulled out the pump and did a good water change, he got sucked into the pump, found his decomposing body in there 😞 I'm gonna try to beg the LFS to give me another at the same price if they still have them... Sucks but it is what is and I know what happened now. I did buy mesh covering so if I get another this doesn't happen again the mesh did raise the water level a bit so I'll have to keep an eye on that.
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    STL Reef Odyssey

    @Tamberav thanks! I'm just concerned with how small those back Chambers are, I haven't seen him all day looking back there with a flashlight, tomorrow is water change day, bought some plastic clips and plastic cover peices that people use for yarn stuff, hopefully that will keep him out of I can find him and get him out. I'll keep y'all posted... The bad party is how that bottom goes all the way across... I think I have an idea and a have plan... Fingers crossed!
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    STL Reef Odyssey

    So I haven't updated in a while. Having a newborn will do that for you 🙂 Anyway, here's a quick update and I'm looking for anyone that can help me with an issue, but before that... Here's some picks, excuse the bubble algae, I just got to emeralds to help me out with that 🙂 here's what I got for Black Friday sales, I think I did pretty good! Two Emeralds for 2.99 each! Then I got a Pistol and a Watchman Gobie for 9.99 each, you can see the pistol with the Crabs and here's the Gobie! He's my issue, but I'll get there... And I got a Rock Flower for $30! It's got a Red Center and Frilly white skirt. Here's a pic of my hammers that are seriously growing in this tank! And a FTS, yeah I need to clean the glass better Alright now for my issue, my wonderful New addition Gobie decided he was small enough to go through the return grates and is now in the back Chambers of my Nuvo 20, anyone for any ideas on how to get him out? I was thinking pull out the pumps and stick a hose in there too sick him out, but not sure about that. Second question, how should I go about keeping this from happening again? Thanks! Hope to hear from a few of you, I'll be updating the classroom tank thread this week.
  7. Water Test - we have an API test kit. Ph - 8.1 Am - .3ppm (it is higher then usual. We will get it checked by professionals) Ni - 0ppm Na - 0ppm They are doing good, none of the fish have died yet. We are seeing some growth in our corals. some are very big.
  8. we got two new snails and two new corals. Water test for today - Ph - 8.1 Ammonia - 0ppm Nitrates - 0ppm Nitrats - 0ppm
  9. One of our nemo fish died so we got a new one Go follow our instagram page - affton_reef_club
  10. My students did the post above and the photos ? One thing we noticed after posting yesterday and acclimating our new additions (two Clown Fish and two hermit crabs) to our tank was that one of the clowns looked a little off colored and on closer inspection looks injured. I am hoping he will pull through. We got each of our Clownfish for very cheap because they were in a tank were they were being bullied so we rescued them. Here is the damage near his mouth, what do you think, do you think he will recover?
  11. We got two new clown fish and we got a new hermit crab. We also have an urchin who is eating are macroalgae too. Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/affton_reef_club/ Our test levels for today - Ph - 8.1 Ammonia - 0 ppm Nitrites - 0 ppm Nitrates - 0 ppm
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    NanoBox Mini Basic : On/Off Nano/Pico Light

    Hey not sure how I missed this. But I was wondering do you have any of these left?
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    Soon to be new dad question?

    Nope, been non stop diaper changes, trying to sleep/eat, or getting him to do the same, in between family coming and going non-stop ? Gonna try for one this weekend once my family leaves and we can start getting our new routines together with little one. Thanks @Christopher Marks! I'm grateful for the advice that's been given here and throughout this community! Trying to remember that! Thanks!
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    Soon to be new dad question?

    @GraniteReefer our little reefer entered the world on Wednesday at 4:17am. Hope that your doing well and your little one is bringing you lots of joy. I may still be able to get that water change in ?
  15. Hey just reading this, I'm not as experienced as some of these fine folks here, but I did see one thing that might help others. In my experience, with 10 RFAs now, if you want them to attach to a specific spot in tank and not roam around. I've found that gently holding them in place for 15-30 seconds in that spot with flow off will help them "grab" on to a surface. Then 10-15 minutes after that turn back on pumps. I'm referring to step 4a. Just my two cents, anyone else want to chime in? Otherwise sounds great to me! Hopefully soon I can order some from y'all!