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  1. OPtasia

    How high to fill the biocube 32

    Yep, the ammonia loving bacteria get established pretty quickly. It's the nitrite loving bacteria that can take time. Good luck.
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    How high to fill the biocube 32

    That's fine. I usually fill the tank up so that you have a nice flow from chamber one to chamber two and then stop filling.
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    Copepod bloom problem

    This is a common part of NTS. NTS stands for New Tank Syndrome. It's very common to have a pod population bloom on you when there's something for the pods to eat and no natural predators. Usually, this happens when you have a new saltwater aquarium with some liverock and live sand in it that isn't completely cycled yet. It can also happen any time after your tank is established and fully cycled, too. Also common to NTS are things like green and diatom algae blooms. Most clownfish I know love to snack on copepods and eventually whatever the pods are feeding on is either going to get eaten up or managed with detritus removal during water changes. So, be patient. Your tank has a thriving colony of zooplankton (free fish, anemone & coral food) which are fantastic detritus pickers and tank janitors all on their own. Don't buy a goby or any specified pod feeders unless you're also prepared to culture those pods for them once they've eaten everything in your tank.
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    Feather duster worm placement

    Zooplankton would be fine. Mine get a mix of reef roids nano (their smallest grain size), phytoplankton and rotifers (zooplankton). Our feather dusters are all frag hitchhikers, but we love them because they're so interesting and fun to feed. You can place them anywhere. They appreciate modest flow though.
  5. 1) Your volume measurement might be a little off depending on how you're measuring up your RO/DI water. For example, I use a five gallon food grade bucket when doing water changes and sometimes go a little over or under that 5 gallon volume accidentally. My RO/DI unit is tabletop operated at the kitchen sink and it takes approx. two hours for a whole five gallons of filtered water. For my makeup water, a 2 cup addition of Red Sea Coral Pro Salt comes to 1.025 with 480 Cal, 8.1 d/kH and 1420 mag.. 2) You might've added a little too much salt. You can try topping it off with small amounts of RO/DI to dilute it to where you want it, say 16 ounces at a time. Measuring yours salts by weight instead of by volume can also help, so once you have it dialed in you write down the weight (in grams) and you'll have more accuracy at hitting your numbers. 3) Measure readings on the existing tank water. If the tank is sufficiently low on those parameters then your water could help bring the overall values up when added to the tank. If not, see step #2.
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    Neptune's Trident for Apex controllers

    I'm ready to set up the 90 gallon tank now, so I went with the DOS/DDS system for dosing 2 part instead of waiting for triton. If and when triton comes out in the future, I can always switch over the DOS/DDS unit over to kalkwasser/ATO or some other form of dosing (vodka, etc.). Right now, whatever helps to automate the dosing process on the new tank would be awesome. Then, I can set up dosing Alk at night and Cal during the day to help further buffer up the pH at night. As to wireless vs. Ethernet, you can connect the new apex brains to either option. I'll be going the wireless route as I have no issues with wifi signal in the house. So here's what I have for my Apex: The new wireless Apex brain The probes The 832 Energy bar The 2 WAV two powerhead controller kit DOS & DDR (for two part) Two Kessil 360WE Tuna Blue lights (left side, right side) Aquasun 24" x 4 bulb T5 light (center) with actinics A COR-20 DC return pump Everything is adjustable to my specs except for the Aquasun T5 light. It's basically a hard on/off function when plugged into the energy bar but that's okay. The aquarium itself was a custom glass build/inherited tank and it has an extra wide glass center brace flanked by two iron supports on either side of it. I'm going to set the T5's on that center glass between the iron supports for a little extra punch of light on a four hour light cycle in the middle of the day and let the Apex control the Kessil lights from dawn to dusk.
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    Neptune's Trident for Apex controllers

    I don't think the price is out of line if it can deliver what it promises. @HarryPotter, that's awesome news. @Ebn, I figured they'd get asked about it often at sponsored events like MACNA. Good deal.
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    Building a refugium

    The AF2SM would be fine for a small 10 gallon tank.
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    Need help regarding this pests

    Most of us speak from experience, that we've all dealt with hydroids like Aiptasia and Majanos in the past. IME, the best solution is to thoroughly inspect your new corals and frags for them when you first get them and remove them outside of the tank. Using aiptasia-x and other injectable based removers will kill the adults, but will also cause them to implode and spread tiny little bits of aiptasia tissue around the tank and very soon you'll have tens, if not hundreds, to deal with. In a bigger tank without palys and zoas, you could try a few polyp munching fish to get rid of them. Lasers are dangerous and you'd need very powerful ones to effectively melt them. Also, with lasers, tissue will be left behind which will sprout more of them. If you only have a few of them, try smothering them with coral glue. If you have a lot of them, seriously consider investing in Bhergia nematodes. Bhergias are what ultimately wiped them all out in my tank.
  10. The last update (March 2018) on their website suggests the Neptune Trident automated Cal/Mg/Alk tester & doser system for Apex controllers would be ready by Q2 of 2018. Neptune systems had a sign up for beta testers (now closed) and i'm wondering if anyone here signed up to beta test the trident. Anyone heard anything? It's one of the main reasons I invested in the latest Apex brain, energy bar, COR-20 DC pump and LED light choices for my 90 gallon tank.
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    cycle done?

    I think that if that sponge is seasoned and broken in that you probably do have it cycling your tank. I also think that the sponge filter is going to be a never ending nitrate engine in your tank in which you'll never get your nitrates below 10 ppm consistently. That's less than ideal for corals and inverts and you'll have issues with problematic algaes down the road. When you force water with ammonia in it through a filter sponge, the filter sponge takes the place of your liverock. It works so well that it keeps those nitrates in your water column right where you don't want them. It's better to let the liverock do the bacterial filtering so that the nitrates stay in the liverock and not in the water column. That way, the bacteria in the rock work break down the nitrates and keep it out of the water. If this is to remain a FOWLR and macroalgae tank, then nitrates are fine and you can begin adding fish and a hell of a lot more macro algae. If this is eventually going to be a reef tank. consider switching to an HOB filter with polyfill pads for mechanical filtration (replace weekly) and loaded with nitrate and phosphate absorbing filter media such as carbon or purigen and GFO (replaced monthly).
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    Building a refugium

    You'll need a small overflow box to get the water out of the main tank to some PVC that'll run down to your sump. On a small tank like that, probably 1/2" to 3/4" pvc (whatever the size is on the overflow box). Overflow boxes work on gravity feed so they don't need a pump, but they will need to be primed if and when the power goes out. CPR aquatics makes decent hang on overflow boxes that use an aqua lifter pump to re-prime it if the power goes out or if you cut off the power for feeding corals and whatnot. Then, you'll need a return pump to get the water pumped from your sump back to your aquarium. For a small tank like that, i'd recommend a small submersible DC pump such as the innovate marine mighty jet line of pumps. DC pumps enable you to adjust your flow rate which will be important in a small tank like that. Don't forget to install both a check valve and a break siphon hole on the return line so that if the power goes out, the water WON'T back-flow back into your sump and flood the sump. Head over to youtube and search for videos on sump installation and you'll get the gist of it. If it seems like too much work and effort, consider hang on back sumps from CPR aquatics or building your own out of an aquaclear HOB filter. That's pretty much all an HOB filter is, is a hang on the back sump.
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    Could be, although the dinos in my tank always have a more golden color. It could also be just another in the myriad of slime algaes.
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    White egg under my Yuma? Help!

    Not sure what it is. It's rather large and could be a few things like new growth or a pineapple sponge or something. If it's not attached to the coral itself, i'd just consider plucking it out from underneath the mushrooms with tweezers.
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    Making mushroom corals bounce

    So let me get this straight, you can make a Ricordea or a Rhodactus mushroom bounce by giving it a ton of blue light... and people are paying mad money for them. Am I wrong?