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  1. I have a junk drawer but it’s not for aquarium stuff.
  2. Are you sitting the tank inside the sock?
  3. My guess is the pos Windows pc I have to use to update it lol.
  4. From what I can tell GHL refuses to give release dates. They don’t want to miss them with false promises.
  5. Not sure exactly but something between the pc and firmware had a hiccup. The same exact firmware worked once I used their emergency instructions. Mind you I updated firmware when I first got it and it updated smoothly.
  6. Jesse

    Petco gem tangs

    You need two of them.
  7. Jesse

    Petco gem tangs

    hah I don't think I could ever pay that much for any type of livestock. But never say never right?
  8. Jesse

    Petco gem tangs

    I haven't. How many do you plan on buying?
  9. See if this scenario sounds familiar – you get a new protein skimmer and it works great, body is full of foam and it pulls lots of gunk. Over time you find yourself raising the water level in the body, and little by little you see much less air in the body and much less brown juice in the skimmer cup. Protein skimmers are one of the most vital pieces of equipment on a reef tank but you need to clean much more than just the cup of waste it produces. Like everything we own with any kind of moving parts, you really should cleaning and servicing certain key parts to keep things in peak working order. For a protein skimmer the most important part to keep clean and free of obstructions is the air-injecting pump, also known as a needle wheel pump in most home reef aquariums. There are two main components that need regular attention, the aspirator valve – often erroneously called a venturi – and the pump’s impeller and needle wheel itself. Seriously though, keeping the air intake clean is the easiest thing to do on a biweekly basis, give or take a couple weeks depending on the local relative humidity. Dried salt aka salt creep tends to build up inside the airline where the air is drawn in and mixes with the water, and all you have to do is submerge the intake line, either into the aquarium itself, or preferably with warm freshwater for as little as 10 seconds to clear the obstruction. The pump itself needs to be cleaned every few months, at least twice a year to both remove film and residue from the impeller assembly so it can freely spin inside the motor body. But more importantly you should get a good look at that needle wheel as all those closely spaced teeth are almost tailor made to catch debris – little shells and biofouling both reduce the ability of the impeller to mix air & water, resulting in less air and smaller bubbles, and it also creates an unbalanced impeller leading to noise and eventually wear and tear on both the impeller and magnet. This post was inspired by recent measurements made by Danilo Ronchi on his UltraReef skimmer before and after servicing the pump. Even on a high performance protein skimmer like the UKS 180, his air draw had dropped by almost 50% at around 400ml/hr and after cleaning it was back up to a more desirable 800ml/hr. Cleaning a protein skimmer and watching it spring back to life is easy, effective, and most of all very beneficial to the well being of your reef tank. https://reefbuilders.com/2019/04/18/the-importance-of-cleaning-our-protein-skimmers/
  10. The Purple tang has been captive bred and it comes to fruition from a familiar player in the world of reef fish aquaculture, Bali Aquarich. It’s only been a couple years since the breakthroughs in breeding the closely related yellow tang by the Oceanic Institute and the purple tang is only the third species of surgeonfish to be fully captive bred. The purple tang, Zebrasoma xanthurum is an endemic of the Red Sea characterized by a nearly solid purple color with a bright yellow tail, and a variable pattern of dark spots on the head and stripes along the body. The purple tang is highly conservative in its appearance, almost always with normal coloration, with very rare instances of solid purple specimens like ACI’s Purple-Purple Tang, and even more rare is the piebald variation so far only documented once. For several years a Sri Lankan company has been collecting post larval purple tangs and rearing them to sellable size in captivity but Bali Aquarich’s recent milestone is the first complete closure of the larval cycle of Zebrasom xanthurum. This is very exciting for a number of reasons, especially since Bali Aquarich has a long track record of breeding and raising angelfish hybrids, so it would be a remarkable achievement if we ever saw hybrids of the purple tang with any number of Zebrasoma congeners. The yield for this first successful clutch of captive bred purple tangs doesn’t appear to be very high but hopefully Bali Aquarich has success in refining the protocols and we see many more of these fish available to the reef aquarium hobby in the future. https://reefbuilders.com/2019/04/22/purple-tang-captive-bred-by-bali-aquarich/
  11. This was posted in February but new to me. Take my wallet GHL. It’s been a long time coming but finally we have firm evidence that GHL will be releasing an automatic fish feeder. This detail was leaked in a graphic for GHL’s forthcoming Profilux 4e aquarium controller showing all the ports of this new machine, including a ‘Port for DCF-Receiver or automatic feeder’. We have it on good credibility that this is not any random fish feeder but GHL’s own model that will soon play nice with their flagship Profilux. We don’t know if GHL will be building this unit from scratch of saving some time by retrofitting an existing device like Neptune did with the Lifegard Intellifeed for their AFS auto feeder. That latter option is a lazy if economical route to take and frankly that doesn’t fit in with the GHL playbook so expect them to make the best feeder possible from the ground up. The image above is a simple graphic we mocked up but we believe the GHL Auto Feeder will be revealed and made available sometime this spring and we’re very excited to see what they come up with. https://reefbuilders.com/2019/02/04/ghl-leaks-forthcoming-auto-feeder/
  12. I had a firmware update fail on my GHL ProfiLux controller tonight and went into a panic. The controller went completely dark except for a small GHL logo on the front was lighting up. After a few google searches I figured out that GHL has Emergency instructions posted on their website. I simply wanted to share this here for anyone who ever runs into this issue. The process was quite simple and my ProfiLux is updated and running like normal again. ProfiLux Emergency 4 Update Instructions https://www.aquariumcomputer.com/downloads/profilux-4-emergency-update-instructions/
  13. Thank you for the reply @GHL. This will be ordered soon as I love the option.
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    I bought all BRS pukani for my 90 setup.
  15. Jesse

    Yellow Coris Wrasse

    Don’t forget these guys destroy flatworms. If you have flatworms this guy is your friend.
  16. Jesse

    What is this?

    I say it is a baby shroom. That’s exactly how a Yuma creates new ones.
  17. What will this system become once you defeat the caleurpa?
  18. Good to know. I will have to try it out and see.
  19. Are you on the old apex or new?
  20. You sure this is possible? This still wouldn't allow me to rename the outputs on the ATK would it?
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