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    Ai Prime

    They don’t deserve none anyways. Here on muttleyreef
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    Aquarium masterminds

    They are having a new years sale currently and if you mention their Facebook add you get 25% off now till January 6th
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    Baby Madalynns 10g Cube

    Someone made their arrival. 12/26/18. 8lbs even and 20 inches long.
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    I can chime in here a bit. having a calcium reactor has been an amazing addition to my 300! But when shopping around I strongly recommend against buying most every aquarium c02 regulator. Instead I suggest you get on ebay and pick up a stainless (brass works too but will corrode over time) dual STAGE regulator that is designed for corrosive gasses (others will work but the gaskets internally can fail over time) A lot of regulators are marketed as dual GUAGE regulators and that is very different from dual stage. A lot of the horror stories from calcium reactors are because of the regulator being used. So heres the difference between the 2 and why its important; A single stage regulator maintains a maximum pressure for gas flow in a single step, but as your tank is used up the supplied pressure decreases which means you will have to tinker with your valve much more frequently. It also means as you reach the end of your tank and the pressure drops significantly it results in a lot of c02 dumping into your reactor (as in everything that's left in the tank) Where as on a dual stage regulator, this is done in 2 steps which results in an almost set it and forget it scenario. This is because in the first stage the pressure is set, and the 2nd stage is where the flow is set. The only variance ive seen in c02 flow is at the very end of your tank, and it can not release more gas than you have set, only less. This is where your ph controller (in your case I believe its an apex) will alert you that your ph has risen above your specified range inside the reactor. On my regulator I used the bubble counter, needle valve, and solenoid valve from a Milwaukee unit and the bare dual stage regulator I got on ebay. ( a good solenoid valve is very important as well) Next is on to the reactor itself, I only have a single chamber reactor but I can definitely see the potential of a dual. With a 2nd chamber the ph of the effluent is increased a little more before being added to the tank which also makes the whole thing more efficient as well. You will need a ph probe, Neptune has two different ones now and I have been using the double junction as its supposed to be more accurate over a longer period of time. Don't cheap out on the probe, as its the key to maintaining a good ph reading in your reactor, which makes the difference between success and failure. Your reactor should come with a circulation pump so this shouldn't be a major concern other than making sure its not a cheapo pump that comes with it. My reactor came with a blue line pump. Lastly you need a feed pump. A lot of people like and recommend using a peristaltic pump because of its consistency over time, however I went cheap on this one and got a cobalt aquatics (mj-900 equivalent) and a little plastic air line valve to restrict outcoming effluent. setup seems pretty intimidating when your considering it all and especially looking at the hoses, and all the equipment, but its a lot simpler than what it appears. You can do a lot of things to adjust your output like changing the set ph in the reactor and adjusting the effluent flow output. Different brand medias start to dissolve at different ph values as well, so once you get things dialed in with one I suggest stick to that brand. Eventually if the Neptune trident ever releases I plan to put my dosing pumps back in place and let them make small adjustments as needed while my reactor does all the big work.
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    Victoria Musics 180 rebuild

    The clown fish graduate this week and I have been debating getting them an anemone right away. I am getting a school of azure damsels today to place in the QT. 5 damsels in a 20L. I should pick up more light diffusing grate first right? Do you see what eye see? Look closely, he was eyeballing me.
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    Crimson's Frags - Cincy Sway '19

    Great batch of stuff! Hope you have similar in March!
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    Ai Prime

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    Long lost update

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    Just a few of what I have in the tank. Rainbow, rose and 2 green. Working on splits so I have a bunch to add to a future tank. Planning on a 100ish gallon black storm clownfish harem tank. Need a ton of these guys to host 30 or so clowns.
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    2018 November FTS thread

    Here is my December pic. Merry Christmas to everyone!
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    Well when your setting it up, you will test the alk of the effluent coming out of the reactor and test your tanks calcium and alk. so at about the same time the following day test again and you will adjust accordingly. Remember to start low and slowly increase. Testing the effluent coming out is just a good way of getting yourself in the ballpark output number and to get a general relationship with how your adjustments are affecting the output. As far as taking out large amounts, I haven't dealt with that other than recently with the loss of many corals. My frag system isn't tied together with my display. however I have dealt with the opposite which is adding a sudden increase of alk demand. The calcium #'s don't really seem to be all that important, the alk is the real concern. So honestly its rare, and I mean really rare that I test for anything anymore. A lot of people would not agree with my methods, but I feel like when you've had a coral a while you can just look at it and tell when things are off and simply by applying what I know has changed I react accordingly. usually with a large addition I add a little kalk to my topoff water to counter the extra load, and things balance out after a day or so. If my lps isn't opening up as big as normal its usually bc my alk is a touch low. so I check my bubble counter and output of reactor to make sure nothing weird happened, and tweak the ph of the reactor a tenth or so lower. I would imagine most of you guys test more and can be more scientifically accurate than myself and simply adjust the other way if removing coral....or just kill the reactor for a day or so. The over time numbers don't generally change quickly once your not making big stock changes...so adjustments should be slow as well, and wont do any real harm if your not doing it right away.
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    220 Gallons of Eye Candy

    Hello. I would like to introduce myself. My name is Dan. I live in Akron. I have a in-wall tank in my living room. Here are some specs... The main display tank is 220 gallons mixed reef with a 110 gallon refuguim. The display is custom built into the wall.The Setup:The build all started with the purchase of my first house. It was known that a large aquarium was going to be part of the fun of renovating the new place. The idea was to use a third bedroom that shared a common wall with the living room, cut a giant hole and put the biggest tank that I could find inside of that hole. I could then use that third bedroom and turn it into my fish room.The main display is a 220 gallon (72Lx24Dx30H) standard tank with two overflow chambers. Under that sits a 110 gallon (72Lx17Dx16H) refuguim. The refuguim was custom built by me using the specs that I both wanted and needed for both functionality and maintenance. A 35 gallon brute trashcan is used for RO/DI auto top off with a standard float valve. In the basement of my house, is where I make and store both RO/DI fresh and saltwater. Drains and return lines are used to move the water from the basement to the fish room and from the fish room to the basement drain (great for water changes). My old 55 gallon mixed reef was broken down for this upgrade and made into a quarintine tank for new inhabitants.Equipment:The main display is lit with (3) Aqua Illumination Hydra 52 HD. Return pump is a Jebao DC-12000 DC submersible pump. The protein skimmer is a Coral Vue Diablo DCS Series In-Sump DCS250, this thing is a beast. The wavemaker consists of (2) Jebao WP-60's with controller.Husbandry & Maintenance:Everyday I have a short check list that I go over as part of my regular maintenence. That includes, checking the skimmer, temperature, auto top off level, ect. Most of the everday checklist is visual but needs done. I test water parameters once a week. I feel you can best tell how your tank is doing by simply looking at it and its inhabitants. I feed both fish and coral using a variety of different foods from pellets to frozen cubes to homemade by yours truely, chef Dan. Auto top off is filled every few days due to water evaporation. Water changes occur every week that includes about a 20% change. Cleaning is done on the regular which includes sponges, skimmer, pumps, glass and rocks.Livestock: (2) B&W Ocellaris clownfish (2) Banggai Cardinalfish (2) Blue/Green Chromis (1) Vlamingi Tang (1) Yellow Tang (1) Yellow Clown Goby (1) Wheelers Goby (1) Magnificent Foxface (1) Pistol Shrimp (1) Black Longspined Urchin (1) White/Purple Shortspined Urchin (35+) Red Bubble Tipped Anenome Coral include softies, lps, sps.Tank Specs:Aquarium:220 Gallons (72Lx24Dx30H)Refugium:110 Gallons (72Lx17Dx16H)Protein Skimmer:Coral Vue Diablo DCS Series In-Sump DCS250Lighting:(3) Aqua Illumination Hydra 52 HDSump Pump:Jebao DC-12000 DCPowerheads:(2) Jebao WP-60's with controllerAuto Top Off:35 Gallon Brute trashcan with standard float valve to sumpSubstrate:Indo-Pacific Black SandSalt:Kent MarineWater Filter:SpectraPure ProPlus 90 GPD RO/DI
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    220 Gallons of Eye Candy

    The fish room
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    Here is my haul from the swap.
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    euphylin me

    Phytoplankton and rotifers

    and this folks......is how you make mt.dew
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    The wife and I went for a short time. I was looking but didn't see anyone from buckeye. I picked up more than I was expecting too though. Ding dang pe, rr pink Floyd, rr orange passion, reef hero Canada blue devil, red devil acro, Kung pow monti, tiera del fuego, huge pink dragon, and an IED Mille.
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    Chemical Filtration

    Gfo on and off to pull out phosphates which worked but my system got large enough and it became non economical so I use lanthium chloride now when I need to drag them down a bit. i still run a small amount of carbon occasionally in a reactor like a month on, a few months off to no measurable benefit to the system, but it just makes me feel like I could be stripping chemicals the corals could be producing. interested in what others are running these days!
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    Ai Prime

    This is my own mix since i dont really have any coral in this tank....more of for aesthetics
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    My little heroes!

    Mine have kept the aptasia at Bay (haven’t seen any new ones). But I thought then dead. Until I had to remove all of my rock. Very much alive. Maybe nocturnal? Very cool
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    euphylin me

    Live Rock / Rubble?

    we have some that was completely cured dry rock that is in its own separate system with only fish then again...i see you are located in sidney. our live rock is around 6.50/lb
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    Long lost update

    They sure are! I hand feed the ribbon, chain link, cat shark and anemones either shrimp or squid daily and then I’ll drop in some ghost shrimp everytime I go to the LFS. Unfortunately that ribbon eel has made a snack out of a couple fish but that was when I was feeding him three times a week.
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    Tank plans for the new year?

    I am planning the long awaited house addition. I'm not sure I'll get it actually started in 2019 outside of all the design work or not, maybe some preliminary foundation work if all goes well! The wife asked me to add another 2 feet to the built in tank space wich I think will get me into a 12x4 footprint! That probably wouldn't get built until 2021 or 2022. In the mean time while I'm dreaming, this year I want to get my 37 cube set up for a smaller eel, and add a 40b dedicated frag tank. I also want to get a 29 set up as a permanent QT to use.
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    euphylin me

    Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays from your friends at Aquarium Masterminds!
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    Here are two I currently have