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  1. If you are sure you have the B word there is just one cure: its not nutrient control though because the algae has the uncanny ability to compost under itself. Kent brand Magnesium. use a salifert test kit and slowly dose the Kent brand Mg to 1500 or a little better. This will cause the algae to lose control of its photosynthetic process and ultimately kill it. Know that the spores will remain viable for an extended period of time so I would strongly urge you to continue with the kent treatments for a few months after you have eradicated the pest. No cleaning crew or water change will win this war. Hair algae is much different and is very well controlled with a clean up crew and proper water parameters but not this genus.
  2. thanks Joe, Much appreciated !!
  3. no doubt an urchin
  4. I am so grateful for all of your support It means the difference between surviving as a program or not. BTW that video was me 20 lbs ago. Man to I need an exercise plan
  5. I know, I can't draw a straight line with a ruler LOL
  6. I am not sure I am in the right tab If not please accept my apologies I am putting together an adult coloring book (coral reef/ marine themed) as a fund raiser project for the Bellevue High School Marine Bio club. I have gathered a few artists who have agreed to submit an original piece for consideration and working with students to develop pieces. I wanted to invite anyone in our community here who fancies themselves an artist or knows of someone who would be willing to donate a piece to our project. We will be including a bio of the artist and contact info for those who are actively seeking sales of their work. The famous photographer and wrasse expert Lemon Tyk has agreed to send us a photo to be interpreted by an artist to add. As have some former students who work in all sorts of media such as tattoo art and oil paints. It is going to be a very eclectic mix of styles and interpretations of the central theme. We want to print on artists grade paper and make the book a quality piece. I would consider it a real honor to add any of you(r) (all's) work to our project. I still have 6 weeks of high school and three weeks in my masters classes so I am to the gills with work right now: So not too much beyond securing artists will happen until June.
  7. I have trouble with that from time to time and that is why I have found the need to stay on top of testing everything. (I used to not do that very often) Usually things straight themselves out with water changes.
  8. we run reef octopus on the small tanks They are little beasts
  9. I love the calculator at Bulk Reef, I don't have a dosing pump we just measure out and pour into the sump about the same time every day. We have a really tough time keeping up some times as the demands are not as constant as one might guess, Invest in the bulk reef mixing kit as its great, invest in good test kits such as salifert, and test often
  10. I aim to turn the water over with the internals at a rate of 30 times an hour or so. I like a lot of water movement but am a stony keeper. Soft corals like more flow than most folks would guess but not that much flow.
  11. Larry, that is great news, I have never seen or tried that product but will be sure to grab some up the next time I visit Salty Critter (they stock Larry's line of feeds!) For those of you that do not know: Larry and his wife donated a box of their foods to my students. Very good line-up of products and we have had great results. We try to keep a package of "emergency foods" that we know will work when everything else fails. As that package gets closer to expiring we just add it into our regular foods to not waste it and as a treat for the boys and lots of inverts too.
  12. tagging along to watch the build: when I retire, I planned to set up a 90'ish cube just to stay in the hobby end of reef ecology. Good luck with the build
  13. I have read a great deal of positive commentary on those lights: someone will be getting a good unit !
  14. We use the one from Bulk reef: I used to get nearly 100 psi but now it will only do about 90ish. Still plenty for what I need. For reference we are using seven stages at 100g/day
  15. rods eggs are my go to with guys who are hesitating to eat. Loads of nutrients and the eggs really stimulate feeding. adding a little squirt of selcon if you can get them to eat and garlic are great add ons here