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  1. I’d definitely install a check valve. I’d also ditch the ball valves and use gate valves instead. The BV’s will generate enough torque to make the bulkheads leak
  2. Capital Aquarium in Manassas moves tanks. call Zack at+17034341517
  3. FWIW, I’ve known him for 25 years and he has always delivered on his promises. There have been delays but he’s always kept his word and he makes high quality components. Theres way more to the story that’s being told here by some members- I know of some of the details and I think people are throwing him under the bus.
  4. Stop chasing the numbers! turn down the doser and let it fall through consumption. when removing livestock, rock/clam, coral, consumption goes down and alk goes up. I test weekly on most tanks and I’ll only change the doser when it strays too far out of normal range. I have found that with dosing that the numbers rise and fall naturally and that when plotted, resembles a nice alpha wave.
  5. I’m guessing one of the 2 salinity readings were off and that’s the main reason for any confusion. I’ve worked on tanks that use the ATI method and all of them eventually needed water changes. In my opinion, it’s just easier and cheaper to go with 3 part dosing and a regular bi-weekly water change of 25g. This should take 1 hour every 2 weeks- cake. What are your nitrates and other parameters at?
  6. We call that “reef rash” in the service biz. one of the hazards of this job is that you’ll be stung thousands of times, develop unusual rashes, get tubeworm skeletons lodged under your skin, fish bites, uv exposure, and be exposed to harmful things like palytoxin.
  7. Cynthia- Brian and Spencer at TFYB can polish the tank and have the tools to do so.
  8. I use both sizes and they’re super quiet and powerful. i use them internally
  9. Vermetid snails are super beneficial. Killing it because the paranoid reefers club doesn’t approve of them seems irresponsible.
  10. Just keep the same old stuff. Why fix it if it ain’t broke?
  11. A six line wrasse can be an aggressive little monster and it’s not uncommon to hear of them terrorizing other fish. It’s a main reason why I don’t keep any in the service tanks. Pull the six Line, then see what happens.
  12. Real plumbing jobs by professionals always use check valves. And real plumbing jobs do not rely on check valves, but use them as another level of redundancy. Even with a check valve, you always allow for enough room in the sump in case of critical failure of the valve. As far as anything that might grow in them goes, if you’ve put the correct type in, you will be cleaning it from time to time and ensuring that it works correctly.
  13. I work on a 600g tank that has probably 2500 palys in it. Looks nicely grown in but super toxic. One end is dominated by anthelia with about a square meter of the stuff. I work on another 300 that has green, blue, and orange majanos- maybe 1000 or more.
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