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  1. I'm not looking for a designer name, just looking to see if anyone can give me a definitive species. I think it looks like a rusty gorgonian, but I have no experience with them, so I could easily be mixing them up with another species. It'd suck pretty bad to assume that it's a Rusty Gorg, be wrong, and let it slowly starve to death in this tank if it happens to be NPS. Or, for it to be a species that dislikes super direct flow and medium-high light (which is where it's at), and for me to leave it there and die.
  2. That's a smart design! I'm actually just a college student living at home. Saving up for my own place next year, and for now, I'm space and cash limited. I ended up getting a new light anyway, so I just sorta DIYed a stand for it out of some leftover PVC. It's fugly, but it works!
  3. Hello! I was out earlier and dropped by my LFS for some fish food, and ended up coming home with a gorgonian. I've been wanting one for a while, but not one this big... it's "huge", at least for my 10 gallon. I got it for $5, though, and I just need an ID. It was listed as a Sea Whip 🙄 I was thinking maybe a rusty gorg, but I have no experience with ID'ing gorgs. Hoping it's photosynthetic! If not, I'll go trade it back into a store for credit or something. It's not opened up yet, but the polyps are a nice tan/white color, and the skin itself is reddish-tan, depending on the light it's under.
  4. This model has a single fan. Very quiet, and stays pretty cool. I took a nap with it less than 4' away yesterday and had no issues. I'll definitely look into one of the 5X11 fixtures - might be a worthwhile investment! But if there's still going to be some drop-off on the ends of the tank, why not just get another of the same fixture I have and get total coverage and more light than I'd ever need? I'd have to re-do and extend my mounting fixture, but that's not really a big deal. Not trying to be smart or disrespectful, just wondering if you maybe saw a pro or a con that I missed!
  5. It wouldn't surprise me. I am surprised by the quality of the fixture, though. My only other experience with an "off-brand" light was an Oddysea T5HO quad fixture I had over a 10 gallon in like 2013 or something. It worked, but it was insanely hot, was flimsy, had a terrible tank mounting mechanism, and had a shoddy power switch (you had to jiggle it to get it to come on). The only other reef lights I've used have been the ABI PAR 38's, and they've done well for me. This fixture is sturdy, has tons of venting holes, stays very cool, and seems to be super powerful. It'd be perfect for a 20-24" cube tank. I'm debating on how to proceed with the upgrade to the 20 gallon, as I don't think I could get this single fixture to cover much more than 24" or so - and that's quite a bit of dim tank to deal with. I could add some accent LEDs, but maybe I just order a second fixture since they're pretty cheap? Not sure yet, as I'm still thinking it through. I've got some time until the clowns will outgrow this tank, for sure. Regardless, I'm pleased with my purchase so far. I should have some zoas, rics, and a gorg or two coming from KPAquatics here in a week or two, so I'm excited to see how they do under this lighting.
  6. It's the 140W Wattshine. It's a black box LED that was reviewed pretty highly at a good price, and I had it recommended a few times over on R2R.
  7. Here are some quick and dirty pics! Tank is getting water changed tomorrow (was going to do it tonight, but I have paint on my hands, so I thought I'd wait...), but I got thinks settled in how I want them. I re-did my light stand, as it was a bit too tall for it's own good, and I'm happy with the result. It's not perfect, but whatever. The light itself is nice, and I'm adjusting to the purple hue pretty quickly - it's just getting everything in the tank acclimated. The hammer seems happy, even at the top of the tank. But, the RFA started moving around a lot more when I got the new light on, and I'm hoping he's just trying to find somewhere a bit more suitable. Doesn't seem to be overly stressed, so I think we're good. The colt coral is doing okay as well, and finally opened back up now that I've got the algae knocked down. Here's the light on the stand: And a picture of the panel itself: It seems to be a nice light so far. I'm impressed for how well it seems to be doing for $70, but I suppose I'll have a better idea once I have it on the tank for a while. The hammer is pretty happy, but maybe not fully open at the moment: The RFA is stressed, but is already doing better since I took this: Finally, a little pic of the urchin wearing a piece of dragon's breath like a hat. Love this guy. You can see it happening in the background of the hammer pick - the algae on the walls is peeling off in sheets. Any of you guys know what's causing it? I thought it was maybe just the urchin cleaning a bunch, but the algae isn't really growing back. Hopefully this ugly stage is almost over! The clown in QT is doing well. The thing I was seeing that I thought was brook or an infection was just trauma from being netted, I think. It's healed up now. I'll keep a good eye on it, though.
  8. After a chat on R2R with someone who has experience with a similar black box light, it appears the best way to proceed is to just remove the optics off of most of the LEDs (leaving just a few on the blues) and to hang the light between 12"-14" for maximum coverage and an even light spread. I'll probably be tackling that project once the 20 long actually gets here - for now, I'm going to let the light run for a bit to make sure it isn't going to suddenly burn out on me or something. I'll probably be re-doing the stand, although I'm not sure how I want to do it. Very happy with the light so far!
  9. Hey! So, I plan to upgrade my 10 gallon into a 20 long within the next few weeks, and have started buying stuff I'll need once I make the transition. The first thing I got was a new light, as one of my old PAR 38's had just burned out and I knew I wouldn't want to deal with a bunch of cumbersome PAR 38's over the tank anyway. I asked around on R2R, and got some good advice. Originally, I was going to build the light myself. Then, I was going to go a slightly less DIY route, but still build my own fixture using pre-made bulbs. I was researching that when someone recommended that I bite the bullet and look into some black boxes (which I had been avoiding), and that the Wattshine 140W was a great value. After some research, I ordered it, and it came in today. Right out of the box, I'm impressed. The fixture feels solid, and looks pretty sleek as well. Tons of ventilation slots, and the fan is nearly silent. For $70, it feels pretty unbelievable compared to the Odyssea T5 fixture I had on my first reef tank (my only other experience with iffy fixtures). The hanging kit sucks, like, a lot. But I knew that going into it, and I DIYed a stand out of PVC yesterday, and it's worked out fine. I had to get a bit creative with the hanging kit, and I think I'll eventually re-do the stand with some wood (as there is some bend in the PVC), but this is more than good enough for now. I got it hung around 8" above the tank, and powered it on - and the light isn't quite what I expected. I was definitely expecting something a bit more in the blue range (12000K+), but it's almost a white-purple color. I messed around with the blues and whites and got it to something I like better, but I'm not in love with the spectrum. That said, it's pretty bright, and my hammer immediately inflated and looks happier than he's been since I got him. So, it must be good for the coral - I'll get used to the spectrum, or add some aftermarket blues if I have to. My RFA is currently extremely pissed and is hiding in the shadows, but it's fluorescing quite a bit as well - so maybe once the tank has more coral in it I'll like the spectrum more. Or, my eyes just need to adjust. My question is about coverage. See, this is above a standard 10 gallon - 20" long. At 8" above the tank, around 16" are lit very well. 2" on either side are a bit dim. I pulled the fixture up to 12" for a bit, and the entire tank was lit, but, of course, I lost intensity. That's great an all, but I want to use this light on a 30" tank. How high do you guys think I'm going to have to hang this light to get maximum coverage? The optics are 90 degrees, and according to the Amazon page, this should light up to a 24" tank well. Could I swap out some optics to get more coverage, or am I stuck with the 24" max? Thanks!
  10. Hello! I currently have a 10 gallon aquarium that has quite a bit of algae on the glass. It doesn't grow super quickly or anything - I simply don't often take the time to clean the side/back walls, because it doesn't bother me much. I have some algae growing on the bare bottom, and a very small amount growing on the rocks. Regardless, I don't see the algae as an issue, all I'm saying is that I have plentiful food for any grazer that I happen to have. The other day, I was at my LFS looking for a tuxedo urchin. All the had was rose pink urchins, and they were all under 1" - after a quick google, I found that they're reef-safe, stay around 6" max, are only mildly venomous, and tend to keep their awesome coloration for their entire life. I picked the smallest one (he's about 1/2" from spines on one end to spines on the other), paid $4, and brought him home. So far, he's been great. As soon as he was acclimated, he started exploring the tank and sifting through debris on the tank floor. He disappeared into the rockwork for a few days, but tonight, he's been up on the side glass and powerhead DESTROYING a bunch of algae. I've spent the past 2 hours just watching him do his thing. Cool critter! Here's my actual question: will the algae and mulm in my tank be enough to support this guy at his current size, or do I need to supplement his diet with seaweed or something? I'll be moving this tank into a 20 long within the next few weeks, so he's going to be in a larger tank relatively soon, but I want to make sure all of his dietary needs are met. I'd imagine he's got more than enough food, but I want to be sure. I've also seen a 30 gallon minimum recommended for these guys (which makes sense), but do you think he'll be okay to grow out in the 20 long for a year or two, with supplemental feedings? My room here at home is like 10'x10', so a 20 long is really the max tank size I can fit in here. I'll be getting an apartment my sophomore year of college, so that should allow me to upgrade to something a bit bigger, but that's still quite a ways away. Worst comes to worst, I can rehome him locally once he gets to be too big. I personally think he'll be just fine - but I wanted to get input from anyone who knows more than I do. I've never kept an urchin before, and I couldn't find a ton of info about this particular species online, and didn't know if most info was the same across all species or not. Thanks!
  11. So, after some time settling in, getting some good food, and me keeping my hands out of the tank, it seems like my pom pom crab has settled into the life. He's out almost all day scavenging and such, and has become an avid digger - a behavior I wasn't expecting. He'll find a spot in the gravel, and start moving rocks around, like he's carrying a boulder or something. I'm not sure if he can sense that there's food there, or if it's just a habit, but he usually finds some mulm or something. I've noticed that his pom poms are also turning a bit green as well, which I hope is a good sign. I know that there are photosynthetic organisms that grow on their pom poms, so I'm hoping that's what's happening. Still one of my favorite creatures to watch, for sure. I'm considering changing this tank over to sand - I just don't want to accidentally hurt the little fella!
  12. So, the BG Chromis ended up dying in QT last week. Water tests came up clean, no signs of disease, good appetite, and no source of contaminants or chemicals in the tank. Very confused. Poor guy. I took down the QT tank and cleaned it with hot water, vinegar, and set it back up. I knew I'd need it soon. I plan to upgrade this tank into a 20 long in the next few months - I built a new desk that's large enough (and strong enough) to support a 20 long. I think I want to try my luck with a pair of clowns and maybe another small fish or two, so I figured I'd go ahead and get my QT tank going. I got myself a second clown (just a bit larger than my first), and threw her into QT. So far, the only issue I've had is a bacterial skin infection. Thought it might be Brook, but the only symptom was white patches on the fish's body. They weren't starting at the head, no heavy breathing, no extra mucous, no flashing, and no decreased appetite. Seemed perfectly healthy, besides the appearance. I dosed Metro, and it seems to be cleared up a bit. I'm considering trying my luck with a pair of yellow clown gobies as the other two inhabitants in the 20 long, but I think I'll stick with just the pair of clowns in there for now. Yesterday, I had one of my PAR 38's burn out. I was expecting it, as the fan had basically died a few months ago, but it sucks. I did some research, posted on R2R, and decided that a black box LED fixture would be my best bet. I went with the 140W Wattshine LED, and it'll be in tomorrow. Should be more than enough light for the 10 gallon, and should be enough for the 20 long as well (it'll be dim on the sides of the tank, but I can deal with that, or add accent lighting). I didn't want to hang it from my ceiling, so I DIYed a stand made out of PVC. Pretty simple, but it should work pretty well. I'll post pics tomorrow, once the light comes in. The tank itself is doing well! The clown is thriving, and is extremely interactive and fun to watch. I moved the hammer to a different spot in the tank (medium flow, higher light) and it seems to be happier there. It's grown a bit, and looks really nice near the end of the day once it's super full and open. It's kind of angry right now, due to the lighting being so weak, but it'll be fine. The RFA is looking nice, but has been moving around since the light burned out. I moved out most of the macros into a separate tank, as they weren't doing as well as I wanted, and I think they'd do better under a more daylight lighting. The only new addition is a Pink Rose Urchin, which is maybe 1/2" long at the moment. I realize it'll get large, but hopefully the tank size will grow with the urchin. Very pretty animal, and I'm prepared to spot-feed it if I need to. Pics tomorrow!
  13. Yikes! I had heard that they could be good escape artists, but I hadn't thought that they could actually crawl out of the tank. I have a glass lid on my tank, but I'll make sure to keep an eye out for that. Pretty crab, though. My guy has become much more active and bold. Out on the rocks, climbing up the val and the anacharis, and competing for food with the shrimp. Very cool little thing.
  14. All in ones are nice, but I'd personally just go with a standard glass tank and your own equipment to start out with. A lot of people buy AIOs and end up upgrading little bits of it, piece by piece. A powerhead here, a better light there, a back chamber mod there... before long, they could've done about the same amount of work and saved money by just DIYing their own AIO, or throwing a HOB and a powerhead onto a glass tank and calling it quits. Not all AIO kits will be like that, and not everyone will want the upgrades, but be aware that a lot of AIOs aren't going to support everything you want them to out of the box.
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