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  1. 5 points
    Sorry it late it's been a while
  2. 4 points
    ErickS

    Weekly Tank Feature Thread 2018-08-24

    Coraline starting to cover the back glass .
  3. 4 points
  4. 3 points
    euphylin me

    New to buckeye reef

    Hey guys, I'm new to this forum but not to saltwater...figured I join the local reefing club since I have not yet!
  5. 3 points
    Let’s see those full tank shots!
  6. 2 points
    crimsonvice

    Dosing Nitrates with NaNO3

    So I have been struggling to keep my nitrates detectable. Most of the time they do not register on my Salifert test kit or will be somewhere in the ballpark of 0.2 ppm. I can tell when it starts to get real low because my zoas will close up and my polyp extension suffers. So I have been researching dosing nitrates. Seems that there are a lot of options out there, but I was looking for cost effective, easy, and not something super weird like chemicals to kill trees from Home Depot . I stumbled upon a thread on R2R where Randy Holmes explained his process for dosing nitrates with Sodium Nitrate (NaNO3). I found a food grade bottle of NaNO3 for $8 on Etsy. Then I followed this calculator to help in mixing the solution (You use the entry for Potassium Nitrate. If you are concerned about the difference between Potassium Nitrate and Sodium Nitrate, you would use 84% of the recommended amount). I found this recipe that Randy also recommended which I will probably follow if and when I need another solution. This is pulled directly from his post of Reef2Reef: Dissolve 10 grams potassium nitrate in 1 liter of fresh water. That 10 grams contains 6.14 grams of nitrate, so that solution is 6,140 ppm nitrate. If you add 1 ml of the solution per 2 gallons of tank water volume, that will boost nitrate by 0.8 ppm nitrate. As a rough estimate, 10 dry mL of powder weighs about 10 g. Granted this is for Potassium Nitrate and not Sodium Nitrate so keep that in mind. I would just lessen my dose slightly and monitor parameters. If you use Potassium Nitrate instead, you will want to keep an eye on your potassium and make sure you are preforming water changes. To make the solution I mixed ~4 grams of NaNO3 in a 500 ml water bottle. I shook the bottle vigerously until the NaNO3 had dissolved. I let it sit before dosing and made sure to shake the bottle before use. I preformed my first dose last night of 10 mL. My nitrates were at .2 ppm. This morning I tested and they appear to be more like .5/1.0 ppm. This should be bringing my nitrates up by .4 ppm per dose. I dosed another 10 mL this morning. We will see where I stand this evening.
  7. 2 points
    NoWaiAma

    Red Sea 525 XL Slow build

    At face value ^to me^ the apex looks more appealing. Maybe it’s the color scheme I don’t know. Reading of a lot of system failures has been my only turn off. The rest I reckon I could sort by annoying you guys. But reading that people wish they went the GHL route also lingers. Likely be my last purchase so have time. Skimmer and wavemakers being ordered this week.
  8. 2 points
    euphylin me

    New to buckeye reef

    Yes I have a small office tank I have a build thread on and I will have to post it on here soon...my tank at home I did not take pictures when I was setting it up. And thank you guys for the warm welcoming...just to let you know...Andy and I love coral so at the store we have about 4-5 large frag tanks that are going to be stuffed with coral...along with a small frag tanks for cheap frags! Along with fish and inverts in separate systems...all fish are going to be quarantined for a 2 week period before being up for sale
  9. 2 points
    Muttley000

    New store in Toledo?

    Awesome! And welcome to the forum. Glad to have you here! Keep us posted!
  10. 2 points
    euphylin me

    New store in Toledo?

    Hey guys figured I give you a little news....I am the "owner in training" lol for aquarium masterminds on secor. My buddy Andy (the owner) and I ran into some problems but we are getting them under control and are looking to set up within the next 2 months if all goes well....stay tuned and I look forward to meeting all of you!
  11. 2 points
    Muttley000

    Red Sea 525 XL Slow build

    Apex has been king for quite some time,,amd I think they are still ahead in the ease of use category based on what I read. Because of the sheer number of users and what truly has been excellent support including when I have needed it, they have a lot of fans. I count myself among them, but in general it seems like in the hobby people are obsessed with proving they have made the right choice. There have been a lot of companies come along with what I feel are better ideas, most haven't got off the ground. GHL has the resources to provide a great product. Even though the support apparently is still rocky, I'm sure they will get it going, do great at it, and the product use will grow. With that increased use possibly an Apex will not be the first thing most people think of when considering a new controller. I personally welcome this because the competition will force Neptune Systems to become better, and I don't have the resources to start over controller wise. I am so frustrated about the continued delays of the Trident that I do wish I had looked more seriously at the GHL. Another online vendor suggested I do so, and I did consider it, but at that time the number of GHL's out there was so small that I worried if it would continue to be supported in the US. That fear has been addressed in my opinion, and I feel the GHL system is here to stay. All that being said, decide what specifically you want the controller to do and pick the one that does those things for you well. In the end the brand name means nothing more than if it is a company you can count on being around in the long term to support you. Your time may be much better spent right now listing what you plan to do with the controller than worrying about whose to buy. Rate those things in terms of importance, and then see who does the most important things best. You won't go wrong with either controller.
  12. 2 points
    MarineDepot

    Red Sea 525 XL Slow build

    We like GHL a lot so far. We are a fan of German-made products (we love you, Tunze!). But the fact is we only started carrying their stuff (due to customer demand, so that's a good thing) one month ago. So I don't want to overstate our experience level with their stuff. The hardware is very nice; even Terence from Neptune Systems admits that much in a recent video Deven from Reef Dudes put out which I'll circle back to. We had a terrific lunch & learn session with Vinny Altamirano from GHL where he surprised a whole room full of MD staff with the capabilities and ease of use of the ProfiLux. We were so impressed with his knowledge that I begged him for an interview for our blog, which I think is pretty comprehensive: https://blog.marinedepot.com/2018/08/ghl-dosers-controllers-vinny-altamirano-interview.html We are going to get real hands-on experience with the ProfiLux soon as we're going to use it as our controller of choice for one of MD office tank builds. I think we'll all feel much more confident recommending their stuff once it's up and running for a while and we're familiar with the pluses and minuses. Circling back to the YouTube video I mentioned earlier, the video topic is primarily the ApexEL but GHL is talked about throughout so you may want to watch or listen in your spare time.
  13. 2 points
    watdachuck

    Masini's Dream Build

    Well I would say slow and steady is about right...yesterday I moved the MP60's higher in the water column to help increase flow across the entire tank. I was seeing a lot more new growth from the side of the tank closest to them, and could see the water was close to stagnant on the far side. Increasing flow was not working but this seems to be doing the trick. Its also the last thing I can think to change to help improve the health of all these sticks!! So far so good...below are some photos of what I'll call my favorites so far.
  14. 2 points
    saltfever

    It's about tie

    New additions today! Picked up a few frags from the cherry corals live sale on sat. Tyree flower petal monti, space invader mycedium, aussie blasto, green and purple acan, tyree pokerstar monti and a purple monster paly.
  15. 2 points
    NoWaiAma

    New to the Hobby 28G Nano

    Red now has an official name. It is Wrassehole. Everyone out swimming about today. Barry the trigger is a hungry fellar and is gorgeous to watch swim.
  16. 2 points
    crimsonvice

    Crimson's 120 wet dream

  17. 2 points
    Muttley000

    Muttley000's First Battlebox!

    Lighta still ramping up but here Is the group! Rack look familiar @Joe? Finally got it wet lol
  18. 2 points
    saltfever

    It's about tie

    A few top down shots before a water change.
  19. 2 points
    NoWaiAma

    New to the Hobby 28G Nano

    So since adding the MP10 coral weren’t doing well and I lost @crimsonvice sps he was kind enough to let me try. Water parems all good. I now understand the importance of flow. I had the MP10 dialed pretty low because it felt and looked a bit strong. Last night I said F it. Cranked it up, large grain sand mixed with small. Today? Excuse the filthy glass. Have been working mad hours. Everything open and the shroom and Duncan are HUGE
  20. 2 points
    NoWaiAma

    Muttley000's First Battlebox!

    You boys and your sticks
  21. 2 points
    NoWaiAma

    Well that was fast.

    Where do I even start lol. Smaller pieces in a box. Side note good thing I ordered early. Everyone’s out. Thanks again @MarineDepot
  22. 1 point
    V3 on the way!
  23. 1 point
    Ready for some cleaning. Still have some diatom along the back wall, ready for this to be a thing of the past.
  24. 1 point
    NoWaiAma

    Well that was fast.

    I’m aware. And it’s what I’m doing. Already have the brute can. But have to sort the scape prior to cooking....
  25. 1 point
    Muttley000

    Muttley000's First Battlebox!

    Not yet, I left that up to him. I know only that the Snipers blue will be in with them. I am super excited too!
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