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Reeferdave1960

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  1. NooB Introduction

    Welcome, I'm a Noob myself. This forum is awesome more knowledge then you can imagine. Enjoy your new hobby !
  2. Petco

    I have two local Petco's to me in Portsmouth NH, the one furthest from me is outstanding, a couple of the aquatics staff are reefers themselves and have been great help to me, their fish selection is good and they have a large frag tank with some nice specimens and the staff is knowledgeable enough so even though I was just looking they would ask about my lighting and tank and steer me away from ones that wouldn't due well in my tank. The other store across the street from me have three great people in the store that know reefs, the others are lie it is mentioned in an earlier post, just a job.
  3. Reefer Dave's Happy Hippie hangout

    Tank you !
  4. Time for my first inhabitants :)

    Thanks for the heads up? are they trouble makers? I want a peaceful tank...
  5. So, Yesterday was day 21 in my initial cycle, I started with Dr. Tim’s ammonia and a bottle of Bio-Spira, my last dosing to 2 PPM was on Monday night and last night Ammonia = 0 PPM, Nitrite = 0 PPM and Nitrate was 10PPM. I did about a 50% water change, all the above parameters are 0, PH is 8.1 and specific gravity is 1.025. No algae that I can see, so I am going to add a couple of hermit crabs and a Yellow Watchman goby tomorrow. I’ll test daily and see how the tank looks then the plan is to start adding to it every 2 or 3 weeks. Stocking list plans are Pistol shrimp to go with the Goby A pair of clowns, 1 Orange and white and 1 black and white Either a Royal Basslet or a Orchid Dottyback And one more not sure what any suggestions? Maybe a Cardinal or two if I watch my water parameters closely with weekly water changes? Clean up crew as needed I'll wait for a bit and start with some soft corals and mushrooms. Does this plan sound realistic? Thanks link to my build thread
  6. Reefer Dave's Happy Hippie hangout

    Thank You!!! It's been a fun learning curve so far
  7. Reefer Dave's Happy Hippie hangout

    Hi All I have asked a lot of questions and got wonderful support Thank you ALL I have been working on my tank slowly and thought it is about time I start my build thread. I plan on slowly building up a colorful mixed reef tank this is my start I was debating what tank to get and found a Corallife 32 Gal LED online on sale with stand for $349 delivered so I couldn’t pass up the deal. So far I have A intank media basket Colbalt Neo-Therm 100 watt heater Inkbird controller 20lbs of CaribSea Agra live sand 10lb of CaribSea dry sand Approx 30 lbs of Reef Cleaners rock A Jebao PP4 waver maker BRS RO/DI system Refractometer Various testing supplies Plan on upgrading the stock lights with Nano-Box retrofit I’ll be buying an ATO next week. Depending how the system runs Tunze 9001 skimmer if needed A friend of mine who I call Mr. Wizard runs the fabricating shop at my work and is making be two frames on the 3-D printer to fit the feeding door on the hood. One to hold an automatic feeder for when I am gone on long weekends, and one to hold a computer fan to run off the Inkbird in case I have heat issues. Yesterday was day 21 in my initial cycle, I started with Dr. Tim’s ammonia and a bottle of Bio-Spira, my last dosing to 2 PPM was on Monday night and last night Ammonia = 0 PPM, Nitrite = 0 PPM and Nitrate was 10PPM. I did about a 50% water change, all the above parameters are 0, PH is 8.1 and specific gravity is 1.025. No algae that I can see, so I am going to add a couple of hermit crabs and a Yellow Watchman goby tomorrow. I’ll test daily and see how the tank looks then the plan is to start adding to it every 2 or 3 weeks. Stocking list plans are Pistol shrimp to go with the Goby A pair of clowns, 1 Orange and white and 1 black and white Either a Royal Basslet or a Orchid Dottyback And one more not sure what any suggestions? Maybe a Cardinal or two if I watch my water parameters closely with weekly water changes? Clean up crew as needed Here is a list of the corals I have seen that I liked over the past few months of research and am thinking of starting with, I also love the looks of Frogspawn and Hammer corals Bright Green Toadstool Coral Zoanthus Corals Green Star Polyps Mushrooms Kenya Tree Corals Thanks again for all the help I have received, pictures will be added tomorrow. First algae is starting to appear
  8. Can't decide, Steve's led or Nanobox retro

    Thank you, I am still cycling but will be upgrading in the next couple of weeks Was the controller fairly easy to set up? Thanks again
  9. Can't decide, Steve's led or Nanobox retro

    Thanks for your insight, I was wondering how the distribution was going to be. Seems like the light source was kind of narrow compared to the stock lights. I am still in the cycling stage and will be interested in how you feel about them with a little for time. Thank you
  10. Salt question / Hopefully last question before cycle

    Ok, thank you !!! I'll get it close in the garage can then finish tweeking it in the tank. Thanks for the help
  11. Can't decide, Steve's led or Nanobox retro

    Awesome Thank you !
  12. Hi Ok, bought a RO/DI system and now have approximately between 25-28 gallons of water in a garbage can in my condo kitchen (having nightmares of coming home and finding it sprung a leak while at work, my downstairs neighbors would not be happy lol) I am not sure of the exact volume. Can I bring the Salt mix up to approximate correct specific gravity (ill shoot for a bit low and adjust up from there) and put in tank and adjust slowly from there since this is a new fill? Using dry rock and Agra live sand. Should I wait to get the mix perfect before dosing with the pure ammonia / Bio Spira? I have been reading that the instant ocean salt needs to be mixed for 24 hours before using, is this true of an initial fill? or just for water changes in established tanks. I feel like such a noob (and I am) I know there is no such thing as a stupid question but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots lol (which right now I am one) Thanks for your help Tank build thread coming soon !
  13. Can't decide, Steve's led or Nanobox retro

    I will soon, right now doing everything by my phone, picking up a new laptop tomorrow. Then I will start my build thread
  14. Please critique my rock placement.

    Hi Ashley, I have to give your tank a nod to this, I looked at it repeatedly and was kind of my inspiration!
  15. Please critique my rock placement.

    Thank you ! I'll try it that way
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