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  1. We made a lot of memories in this place. For those of you who don’t know this was the home of the Buckeye Reef expo. “Former Holiday Inn French Quarter to be turned into mixed-use commercial center 'French Quarter Square” https://www.wtol.com/mobile/article/news/local/former-holiday-inn-french-quarter-to-be-demolished-rebuilt-as-multi-use-center/512-8e23a1b2-ed11-4781-8d23-16c82ed23c43
  2. i would buy one the day @GHL release it. It seems to be a dead product though.
  3. If you view this thread post a photo of your tank.
  4. With the recent reopening of Maricultured Indonesian corals, we (at Bali Aquarium) finally got back some corals that we terribly missed. Some corals are very popular for brief periods of time but other times like with the Pikachu Acropora which was popular two years ago, is still on top of list now. Bryaninops natans is a very nice tiny goby that lives in groups among an Acropora colony The Pikachu Acropora microclados is among these sorts of perennial coral strains. We got lucky in a recent dive in Indonesia to find few more of them and thought it would be interesting to describe where these bright yellow Acros come from, as they are really hot right now. Description: Acropora microclados is probably one of the most popular reef aquarium SPS corals being available in dozens of color morphs, from Strawberry ShortCake to Pink lemonade, and through the Pikachu. A classic small corymbose colony of Pikachu Acropora microclados is a pretty common species which forms large corymbose plates, with short, uniform, evenly spaced, tapered branchlets up to 10 millimetres thick at the base. Axial corallites are tubular and conspicuous and nearby incipient axial corallites are common. Radial corallites down the sides of the branches are irregular, mostly tubular and appressed, with sharp edged nose-shaped or ‘nariform’ openings. Note the tubular axial corallite and the sharp nariforme radial corallites Habitat: A. microclados adapt to a wide variety of exposed habitat but it doesn’t like perfectly still water for sure. While the classic Strawberry shortcake has been thoroughly documented to thrive in crystalline, low nutrient water, the Pikachu Acro prefers turbid water, but slightly exposed as it often colonizes the most exposed part of turbid bays. It’s not a deep water Acro, even if in clear water you can find it all the way to 20 m (60 ft) but in turbid water it seldom settles below 10 m (30 ft). The same colony in its slightly exposed, turbid habitat Maintenance and Coloration: According to its habitat, it’s just common sense, that the Pikachu Acro coral loves light but also flow, and it should be provided with plenty of it. Some phytoplankton feedings would be highly appreciated too. Two different pieces of mariculture Pikachu from Bali Aquarium. The left one grown in calm water and the right in high flow. Obviously this species reacts very well to deep blue aquarium lighting maintenance. The bright yellow coloration just glow under LED blue light while the brown/pinkish tentacles that we see in wild colonies tend to become red in aquarium. But one of the most crazy feature is space betweens corallites, that become pink in aquarium – the tips tend to stay whitish as it’s where the calcification happens. Tips of the colony where calcification happens are white. https://reefbuilders.com/2020/05/25/pikachu-acropora-microclados-a-new-og-reef-tank-coral/
  5. Equipment maintenance is very important and I really try to be diligent and keep up with it. If you let it slide then breakdowns or malfunctions are inevitable. It is especially important to keep up with the required maintenance for a peristaltic dosing pump. I use the GHL Doser 2.1 pump and if I don’t clean it on a regular basis it will not run at an optimal level. And that is not good since myself and others rely on it to be precise. My Doser Pump Maintenance Routine First of all, I inspect each doser head on a weekly basis to make sure I don’t see any cracks in the cover. I also manually run them to make sure the rollers are moving freely. Every three months I do a major cleaning. Step one is to remove the covers and the rollers. I then use Acetone on a cloth to wipe off any dirt that has accumulated on the rollers. I also clean the doser head shaft, the cover and the tubing. Make sure you don’t soak these items in Acetone. You can also use a q-tip and alcohol to clean these parts. Any damaged rollers or covers should be replaced. These parts are available in the GHL Doser Maintenance Set. The next step after cleaning the parts is to re-calibrate the dosing heads. You can actually do this on the GHL Connect app. This is a very important step since the calibration process will impact measurement results. As mentioned, I perform this maintenance every three months but it ultimately depends on how often a doser head is run. Someone using dosing heads for auto top off or automatic water changes will have to clean them more often than someone dosing 100 to 150 mls per day. https://reefbum.com/equipment/doser-pump-maintenance-tips/
  6. Jesse

    My Tank is Cursed

    Sorry to hear. Maybe the time to get to something knew will help get the tank right first.
  7. Ultra Reef Borei Skimmer Skims its Own Way The new Borei protein skimmer from UltraReef is perhaps one of the most exciting new designs of a smaller protein skimmer that we’ve seen in quite some time. At first glance it appears to be a simple enough fractionator but with UltraReef’s name on it, we know from experience that it’s hiding more than a few tricks. First of all, all UltraReef products are hand made with generous use of machined and lathed parts so the Borei Skimmer is the furthest from injection molded as you can possibly get. In traditional Ultra Reef fashion, all the tolerances are so tight that all the parts can assemble and disassemble without any tools, honoring the reefers among us who like to give our aquarium gear a nice deep clean from time to time. Even if you don’t speak Spanish, in the Seadreams video above you can see how easily the Ultra Reef Borei skimmer comes together, pump and all. One neat accessory for the Borei is an in-tank hang-on bracket which looks quite nice, and even includes a shield to prevent any kind of splashing even when the skimmer cup is removed. As far as we can tell the Ultra Reef Borei is one of the first to use a needle wheel Hydor SK DC pumps making the Borei one of the smallest skimmers with a controllable DC pump. We haven’t even seen the Hydor SK DC pump with a needle wheel impeller but the Ultra Reef configuration using a custom made venturi manages between 250 to 400 liters of air per hour, which is very respectable for a skimmer this size. Continuing in the tradition of hand-making everything, Ultra Reef has also included a long acrylic air silencer that doubles as the air supply ‘snorkel’ reaching above the water line, and probably very effective and silent. The last fun trick of the Ultra Reef Borei skimmer is the control mechanism that features the company’s own pipeless adjustment design – a simple twist of the protein skimmer body raises or lowers the water level as needed to achieve the desired skimming performance. https://reefbuilders.com/2020/05/22/ultra-reef-borei-skimmer-skims-its-own-way/

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