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  1. VTBig053

    Check Out Our New Website!

    Looks great!
  2. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it to FragFest today. It’s my last day of leave with the new baby before returning to work, so I need to spend it with my family. Bummed to miss it, especially since I haven’t been able to make it to a meeting since the winter. I wonder if some club members might be interested in getting together for a happy hour sometime between now and the fall meeting? We could propose something in the members only forum to gauge interest.
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    Thanks for sharing this. I didn’t even realize WAMAS was a 501©(3) and eligible to participate in SMILE. My wife and I order so much on Amazon that we suffer from primenesia.... Glad there is new way to support the club! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Nice tank and moving it from Louisiana is some serious dedication! If you don’t mind, could you provide some details regarding the moving process over such a long distance? Did you move your livestock as well? If so, how did you go about this? Buckets in a car or did you ship corals and fish? My family will likely be moving out of the area (to Charlotte, NC) in 9-12 mos time. I plan on using that as an opportunity to upgrade tank size, so I plan to have a new tank set up in the new house before moving the livestock from my current tank. Just curious to see how others have done this. Thanks!
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    GoPro 5 filter for tank pics?....

    Curious to hear how this works out for you. I’d love to find a good way to easily take better (less blue) pictures of my tank with out a big fancy camera. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Thanks and excited to see what you do with your EVO. Funny you brought up my build thread because I was just thinking about updating it earlier today. I didn’t realize it had been so long. In Dec 2017 I decided I wanted to try my hand at creating an SPS dominant nano. I added a second AI Prime HD, dosing pump, very regimented weekly maintenance schedule, etc. Things were going pretty well until around May. I had a lot of frags that were encrusting well and a few that had even grown into mini-colonies. My nutrients (No3 and Po4) ended up bottoming out while I was dealing with algae issue. I was hesitant to accept that both were indeed true zero as the test results indicated because I still had algae growing in the tank. I believe the tank having no nutrients eventually caused my acros to stop consuming Alk and Ca, both spiked. I didn’t catch the Alk spike because I got lax in my testing. Life got in the way (expecting new baby and beginning new job) and I took my finger off the pulse of the tank. My acros began to pale and fade, and before I could get things turned around I had multiple pieces RTN and STN on me. I tried to frag up some of the larger pieces to save them but I am not sure they will make it. Anyway, with a new baby in the house and starting a new job, I thought it would be best to simplify the tank and try my hand at SPS again in the future, once I’ve upgraded to a larger tank. Sticking to softies and LPS for the time being. Here are some crappy cell phone pics of my tank as of today. FTS (the derasa clam went to a new home yesterday) Acans Some zoas abd palys Two of my RFAs Small BTA Sarmentosa, MiYagi Tort, and Aussie Highlighter mini colonies before the tank took a nose dive. All three are on life support at the moment. And new(ish) picasso clowns, lets see if this video works.... https://youtu.be/0w_0PQhCjK0 Anyways, I began dosing 1 ppm a day of No3 about two weeks ago and I finally have some nitrate registering (0.25 ppm) on my red sea test kit. Corals are beginning to look a lot better and hopefully I can salvage the remaining pieces of SPS. I’ll try to update my thread more regularly. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Aqua Illumination LEDs

    I have two AI Prime HD over my Fluval EVO 13.5 (I know, way over kill) and I like them very much. I’ve never owned any Radions or Kessils, so I can’t offer a comparison there. I found the Prime HDs very easy to set up, program, and control trough the app on my iPhone. Pairing the second unit was very easy as well. I like being able to use my phone to be able to make any adjustments to schedule (which I don’t do very often, but still nice and easy) or change the spectrum for a minute so I can get a picture that isn’t washed out in blue. Overall I’ve been happy with these lights and would recommend them. I plan to incorporate the two Prime HDs with an Aquatic Life T5 Hybrid when I eventually upgrade to a larger tank.
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    Ebay auctions and store hours!

    Yeah, I logged out and back in to the ebay site and it started working. Thanks!
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    Ebay auctions and store hours!

    Hey Ben, this may just be me, but when I click the link to the ebay auctions in the post above, it loads the ebay site but returns zero results for available auctions.
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    Coral ID

    Here is my guess... 535 - Acropora (not sure what name though) 446 - Radio Active Dragon Eyes (I believe these are a zoanthids) 433 - Leptastrea 435 - Favites or Favia (These two corals are very similar but have a slight difference in the structure of the head/polyp skeletal wall. What that difference is specifically, I can never remember.) 417 - Duncan Coral With the exception of the acro, these are relatively easy corals to care for.
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    Waiting for RODI

    I only flooded the basement floor twice last week while making RO/DI! I need to set up a float switch on my water containers....
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    Help ID green hair algae or bryopsis

    A pest worse than algae!
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    Green Hair or Turf Algae? + Treatment question

    When you pull a clump off the rocks does it hold its form or does it turn into sloppy green goo when out the water? IME, hair algae has lost its form and turned into green goo out of the water and turn algae has held its form. This should help you identify the type of algae. It does look more like turf algae to me from the photos. The GHA in my tank is longer and more stringy looking. I’m not going to be much help with treatment because the only time I have ever had to deal with turf algae it was just one tuft that I manually removed and it never came back. You could try Vibrant. I used this to treat GHA in my tank and it worked. Just be sure to stick with the dosing for a while once its gone to make sure its really gone. You may also have a cyano outbreak once the algae begins to die off. You could try turning up your skimmer to try and combat this.
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    Anyone try vibrant

    I've used it for GHA and it worked well when combined with a strict routine maintenance regimen. I only have a nano size tank so I combined weekly water changes/sand vacuuming with vibrant and the GHA was cleared up in a few weeks. I did experience a significant cyano outbreak on my sand bed from all the GHA die off but 2-3 more weeks of vibrant and water changes/sand vacuuming took care of the cyano as well.
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    Heavy winds coming tonight

    Spoke to soon. Back out again here. So frustrating.