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  1. I just bought some rodi tube and an auto shut off float valve kit because I was sick of carying buckets back and forth every few days to fill my ato bucket. I want something bigger than a 5 gallon bucket to hook it to for when I go on trips. What would yall recommend? I don't want it to be too huge but something that will last longer than a 5 gallon.
  2. I know it's affecting people who are trying to get jobs. They aren't doing physicals or background checks so nobody can get hired.
  3. thoeffe

    Freshwater molly

    From what I have heard the captive bred mollies are inbred and not as hardy in saltwater tanks. The wild mollies do better in reefs. That being said I had a few dalmatain mollies in my tank for awhile. When I get back in town I hope to start a small brakish tank as a transition tank and gather several molly varieties to breed a diverse population which I'll introduce to full salt. I'll hopefully make some selections and get a really good salt molly.
  4. Update: So after having added some more sps and lps I have had a huge drop in alk and calcium. I was keeping it at about 9alk and 440calcium, it has dropped to 350calcium and 7.5alk. I am working on bringing them back up. My red montipora, hollywood stunner chalice, purple montipora, and birdsnest coral are sucking it up I have seen much growth. I also visited tropicorium up in romulus michigan after dropping family off at the airport. I bought a clingfish it was only $15 and is very social and just hangs on the side of the tank.. It gets excited and wags its tail when I go to feed mysis shrimp.
  5. I have green star polyps already. If you want some kenya tree PM me and we can find a time to meet. I also have a frag of sanjay milka stylo, mohawk palys, and some zoas which sort of look like spiderman zoas(red edge purple inside) you can have if you are interested.
  6. First saltwater tank 20 gallon high This is a photo that should be a friendly reminder to wear safety glasses and gloves when fraging palys and zoas. This was what my eye looked like after getting paly/zoa juice in it when I was about 16 back in 2012. Setup of my 55 gallon reef in september of 2018 FIlling it up Added the coralbox wavemaker, protein skimmer made a frag rack and bought my first sps corals a few months later at the frag swap last year perrysburg. Corals: I have sanjays purple milka stylo, ora birdsnest, kenya tree, xenia, red montipora, devils fingers, duncan, green slimmer, a few mohawk palys, purple center red fringed zoas(maybe spiderman zoas?), some nuclear green palys, and a few others. Great growth. Had some issues with tank parameters in early December which bleached killed and shriveled several corals. Lost my red montipora. Candy cane coral and duncan coral - tissue recession from base upwards but has started to slow down. Lost my ora green birdsnest that was growing like crazy. Candy cane corals are now growing again but still have color loss. Lost green pocilipora but have a frag left that has a few small green polyps still extending but its very rough looking. Green Slimmer bleached but still alive, purple milka stylo lost a little of the purple color but it is showing the best recovery of all. Xenia coral shriveled back only hawhenve a few frags left and they're still angry, Kenya trees, devils finger leather, zoas, palys, green toadstool leather, green star polyps are all doing good and were unaffected by the parameter issue. Bought purple montipora which tripled in size within a few months. Made a trade for green hairy mushroom its now on my favorite list hoping for quick growth Have been making trades to restock my tank. More pictures and updates to come.
  7. Figured I would start a thread showing my tanks. Thought it would be cool to share and to go back and look at the progress of my tank after several updates. My Aquarium keeping history. The 55 gallon aquarium hand me down from my father that has been around for close to as many years as I have been , maybe even older, so somewhere between 23-27 years old. He started it as a freshwater, went to a saltwater for a short time, back to freshwater, emptied and unused for about 7 years, refilled when I was about 11 when I wanted a fish tank. I had angelfish, neons, raphael catfish, plecos, etc, even had angelfish breed and raised them. Shutdown the 55 and started a 20 gallon saltwater reef which sort of ended in a partial failure. Restarted the 55 in september 2018 as a saltwater to give reefing another try. Started the 20 gallon as a saltwater in 2009 or 2010 had some corals, firefish and 2 clownfish, with a junk t5 light, no skimmer, a heater, a large tetra HOB filter, a cheap rodi filter and two powerheads. Honestly didn't have much of a clue what I was doing when it came to coral. I had a little success growing kenya tree, palys/zoas and xenia but they eventually died off. I think part of the reason they died is because of the crappy t5 light not being strong enough, this was before leds took off. I had a neat experience when I was 16 or 17 with getting paly or zoa juice/water in my eye. Cant remember if it splashed up from a bowl of water from fraging or if it actually squirted when I was cutting it. Was freaking out when I looked up that people had died from palytoxin. My eye turned bloodshot and I wound up skipping school the next day to go to the doctors. He gave me some type of eye drop and it eventually cleared up. I wonder what the teachers thought about my excuse. I also had one of my fingers swell up at one point about a year later it went away but I learnt to never put my hands in the tank when I have a cut on my hand and be careful not to cut your hand in the tank. This 20 gallon eventually turned into a fish and invert only tank with some mangroves, macro algae, chaetomorpha and caulerpa, it is still setup like this today but the fish have been transferred to the 55. Equipment: 55 gallon eheim jager heater Reef octopus bh90 skimmer biggest size of tetra HOB filter 2 mars aqua led lights Jebao doser Coralbox qp-9 wavemaker from reefbreeders live rock large grained sand not crushed coral size and not the powdery stuff that blows all over. reef-pi diy ATO (might add temperature sensor in a few months) Pictures and updates to come.
  8. I have lots of Caulerpa lentilifera, caulerpa serrulata, caulerpa prolifera if anyone is interested in a trade or sell. Not the best pictures but each type has different shaped fronds - sword shape, long leaf/seagrass/kelp shape, and grape cluster shape.
  9. I am trading kenya trees for pretty much any other corals, I am trying to get as much coral diversity as I can in my tank. I'm located in the toledo area.
  10. nice tank, I need to make a thread for mine.
  11. I would love some. Do you come near Toledo ever. I also am out near Whitehouse and Waterville Sunday around 12 or 1 and Thursdays around 5 i think that might be closer. I have kenye tree if you want any.
  12. I'm interested in some mushrooms, gsp and sinularis but don't have much to trade besides. Pulsing Xenia and Kenya tree or three types of caulerpa if you want some for a sump or something.

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