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  1. banasophia

    💥The Bad News Bar & Spirit Lounge💥

    Haha yep... pretty much in read only mode on brief intermissions.
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    💥The Bad News Bar & Spirit Lounge💥

    So true... some bars really screw you like that, or add way too much ice... then I just tell them to make it a triple, straight up 😂
  3. Okay, this journal is never going to happen if I don’t at least start it, so here it goes. 🙂 It all started with my daughter’s wish for a fish tank about two years ago. In the beginning, I thought it seemed so boring - why would anyone want fish, you can’t pet them/snuggle them/take them for a walk? Haha...little did I know back then what the future held in store for me. Anyway, she wasn’t able to get her room cleaned up to get one for Christmas 2016, but she worked up to it for Christmas 2017. As I researched what was needed for her new freshwater tank, I read about Ecospheres - the little sealed glass spheres that come with tiny shrimp - and ended up getting myself one and loved it. I was totally enthralled with those tiny creatures, and the balance sustaining that small ecosystem. We then got my daughter’s Fluval Flex 9 freshwater tank up and running this past December/January and I realized I really wanted a tank of my own. I was intrigued by the idea of a saltwater tank, and my husband is a landlocked surfer, so the idea of having our own little bit of the ocean in our home was compelling. I was going through a lot of work stress back in February, so I took my mind off work by delving into the research needed to get off to a good start in the hobby. I would stop working at the end of the day and visit my LFSs that I had gotten familiar with while setting up my daughter’s tank, and it was so therapeutic to peruse all the fish and corals. As I posted in one of our recent threads, I remember visiting one LFS on a particularly stressful day back in February, being mesmerized by their beautiful pink pulsing Xenia, and deciding for certain I needed to start my own saltwater tank. So I started up my first tank, my Biocube 16, on 3/3. And I was so hooked that I immediately wanted an additional tank and started my second tank, my IM Nuvo 10, on 6/16. Here are some pictures; I will plan to post more details soon, but I just wanted to get this going tonight... I’m a total procrastinator! I really appreciate all of the knowledge and support in this community... you all may not have known it, but you got me through a tough time in my life, so thank you for that! I’ve learned so much in the past few months, and I’ve enjoyed the beauty and wonder in all your tanks!
  4. banasophia

    💥The Bad News Bar & Spirit Lounge💥

    No that’s my hubs 😂
  5. banasophia

    💥The Bad News Bar & Spirit Lounge💥

    Well fine then... obviously I need to play a little harder to get 😜😂 No sister wife for you haha
  6. I use filter floss, Purigen, Chemipure Elite and matrix media in my Biocube 16, my Nuvo 10, and my daughter’s freshwater tank... works for me, but I think there are a lot of options that can work. I think those rings you’re using are like matrix media, and just increase the surface area for your beneficial bacteria to colonize.
  7. banasophia

    💥The Bad News Bar & Spirit Lounge💥

    Aaand a convertible mustang? Did I already say... hey sancho
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    Lawn’s IM 10

    Gorgeous. Especially love the maxi that looks like a watermelon slice. 🍉🍉🍉
  9. I like Chemipure Elite and Purigen together.
  10. banasophia

    Palytoxin- how scared should I be of it?

    This article came out in Coral magazine this past March, just as I was starting my tank. I held off on stocking any zoas for the first 6 months or so, but now I that I’m more comfortable with my tank I keep zoas and enjoy them. https://www.reef2rainforest.com/palytoxin-in-the-marine-aquarium/
  11. banasophia

    💥The Bad News Bar & Spirit Lounge💥

    Sounds like a good thing to me... maybe I need to play a little Guns and Roses and night around here
  12. banasophia

    💥The Bad News Bar & Spirit Lounge💥

    You don’t already? Then definitely!!
  13. banasophia

    💥The Bad News Bar & Spirit Lounge💥

    Welp I told ya guys I wanted 6 foster/adopt kids before we got our daughter... once they dropped her off, plans changed haha. Maybe @kimberbee can help ya out... she could use a built in babysitter... your daughter’s just about old enough, right?
  14. banasophia

    💥The Bad News Bar & Spirit Lounge💥

    Haha it’s always good to have a backup plan 😜🤗
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    💥The Bad News Bar & Spirit Lounge💥

    Hey spectra 😘😁
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    Biocube 16 Set Up

    I use the Cobalt Neotherm 50 W ... works great for me.
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    Banasophia’s Biocube 16 & IM Nuvo 10

    Ah cool... I was just taking a pic of my mandarin back behind the spider sponge just at the moment the lights were transitioning to the whites:
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    Banasophia’s Biocube 16 & IM Nuvo 10

    Thanks so much! ☺️ Your tank’s looking great... post up more pics, I see you’re only on page 2 of your journal?! Need... more... eye candy!!!
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    Banasophia’s Biocube 16 & IM Nuvo 10

    Aaah, that is beautiful!!! 😍 BTAs didn’t seem to do as well in my Biocube, so I have mine in my Nuvo 10 under the AI Prime.
  20. Most of mine are on the rockscape
  21. banasophia

    💥The Bad News Bar & Spirit Lounge💥

    And for all you reptile lovers out there:
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