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  1. Installed a 20g water change reservoir on the top shelf. Now I can make fill the water change reservoir, ATO reservoir, and refill the tank during a water change with just a few valves.
  2. We can pretend that our fish have a much nicer life in our aquariums, but most wild-collected fish don't live to their natural lifespan in our aquariums. This is not intentional, but it is how things often end up. A perfect example occured when the GFCI my aquarium recently died for no apparent reason while I was at work. I lost a kamohara blenny and an orchid dottyback. My only consolation was that they were captive-bred, so that incident didn't directly contribute to the consumption of our reefs (even in small measure). I do understand the desire to keep wild-collected fish because the captive-bred selection is so limited, but I often hear complaints about the expense of captive-bred fish relative to wild-caught fish. Meanwhile, the same people often spend absurd amounts of money on various tiny frags of trendy corals. Why spend >$100 on a tiny frag of some named coral, but not $90 on a mandarin dragonet every bit as beautiful and interesting? The reality is that our purchasing choices will drive the industry. If the hobby as a community starts paying the premium to preferentially purchase captive-bred fish, more captive-bred fish will become available. Rather than appreciating the truly mind-numbing variety of corals that are already in the hobby, I've seen many focus on how we can't currently take more from the wild in places like Indonesia. Although I'm sure there are plenty of really interesting and beautiful corals that are not yet widely available in the hobby, I don't think anyone truly needs to buy wild-collected corals to have a beautiful aquarium that is fulfilling to maintain. I would advocate for a system in which only licensed aquaculture facilities can import corals for propagation with some mechanism to prevent resale of the wild coral. It isn't sufficient to simply assert that the aquarium industry isn't the greatest threat to the reefs, so we shouldn't do anything to mitigate its impact. Traffic accidents aren't the leading cause of death in the US, but we still enact legislation to improve traffic safety. Finally, I think the gripes about coral importation bans speak to the "collector mentality" of many hobbyists. Unlike Pokemon, the sea creatures we keep are real animals and we don't need to "Catch them all!". I often see people treat corals and fish as consumables or decorations rather than living things. This is the aspect of the hobby I dislike the most.
  3. This is why I really limit my purchase of anything not bred or propagated in captivity. I only have a few wild specimens and they are all inverts like snails and crabs. I generally try to propagate whatever I keep to reduce the strain on wild collection as well.
  4. Well, almost everything is complete now. I moved and plumbed in the display, did lots of cable management, and set up the dosers. I bought a second light for a larger diy algae scrubber that I'll make sometime in the next several weeks and I have a moderate skimmer upgrade on it's way. I also need to set up the mixing station on the top shelf. Here it is now though:
  5. I just wanted to thank Ben and Supreme Reefs for the awesome frag pack I won at the last WAMAS raffle! Great way to start populating my new frag system!
  6. Thanks! I made some more progress today. I installed some shelving, ran an RODI line up from the basement, and started installing some cable management raceways. Almost done now.
  7. I'm very close to getting it wet! I'll probably leak test before this weekend! I need to order some raceways for cable management.
  8. It's PVC trim board, so it's fine with water exposure. The light rack is mostly aluminum, powder coated steel, and stainless screws, so I'm hopeful that it won't rust to quickly. My main display has the lights resting directly on top and I haven't had any issues with the lights themselves yet. I'm not sure yet, but I may end up using a glass top to keep in fish, protect the lights, and reduce evaporation as well.
  9. Making progress.... I got the frag tank and sump plumbed and I ran plumbing through the wall to where I will eventually move the display. I also made a mount for the frag tank light that flips up out of the way. Although they are too long for the frag tank, I chose those lights because they are the same as the display. It should make it easier to transition between frag and display and also gives the system interchangeability. I'm going to mount the Aquael LED strip that I won in the club raffle between the other two light strips. Things left to do: 1) mount shelf for dosers 2) mount Aqualel light strip 3) make a panel for various equipment controllers and route wires 4) run RO line into closet 5) move and finishing plumbing display
  10. I love how the zoas have filled in between everything! Great top down view!
  11. I just wanted to thank saltwateraquarium.com for the Aquael light that I won in the raffle this past weekend. It looks great and it will go to good use over the frag system I'm building. Thanks again!!!
  12. Yea, this is really cool. Congressional aquarium had some awhile ago and I was tempted to set up a tank for them. What are they eating?
  13. Thanks, it's definitely more sturdy and gives more options for mounting things.
  14. Well, I abandoned the shelving unit. It seemed strong enough and I could stabilize it by mounting to the walls, but I couldn't get the shelves to lay flat enough. I ditched it and made my own shelves. Still need to do the finish work on the shelf frame, make the raised decking for the floor, and install the vent fan.
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