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  1. Last purple tang for $50 came in great condition. Just ordered a gem tang for $500.
  2. As mentioned follow the instructions at the website. Solutions can be found at many of the local fish stores or online. I’ve never been a fan of the probes. I’ve had particular problems with the salinity probe, no mater what I do.
  3. I did more of pillars. However, I’ve seen shops use acrylic rods with drilled holes to have really cool effects.
  4. The coral plus is likely getting the pinkish color. Switch with a blue plus. you’re going to have more blue like you see in a lot of the tanks around.
  5. The separation of a system is definitely a benefit. However, personally chose to plumb a frag system to the main so I only need to test/dose a single system, easy of plumbing for my system, added stability increasing the water volume. I use astrea and a couple Mexican turbo snails. I had a tang in the frag tank when I had more algae, but you need to supplement nutrition with dried algae to prevent problems over time.
  6. It’s sitting on the frag rack so the top is sticking out of the water.
  7. Just transferred to plugs. Basket small enough mushroom frags won’t go through and diffuses the flow.
  8. Thanks for the tips on mushrooms. Seems like no secret gluing technique. Previously when I glued they all popped off. They were secure, but maybe the slight flow was enough. Used a floating basket with rubble in a frag tank.
  9. So... that’s a good point with mushrooms. I’ve tried gluing some and they all broke off and they were secured firmly. I’d like to frag and glue an OG Bounce any tips? I’m thinking a floating basket with rubble. I’ve used an upside down closed container with rubble before. Any better ideas? I’ve had good luck with zoas. Just squirt the glue out and push them in making sure the mouths aren’t covered. I’ve lost a couple, but overall success. I for one, love the glue you guys sell and it’s cheap. Definitely picking up some.
  10. Sandwich method also let’s you mold a base as opposed to using a crap ton of glue. Are you guys selling glue at the next meeting?
  11. Locktite is good, but such a small size. I’ve found all the gel reef glues are essentially the same. As mentioned above reef apoxy is great, even better when used with gel glue. Sandwich the apoxy between glue and works well. Best deals are the tubes sold at the swaps, cheap. I usually pick up 2-3. If you’re careful you can easily recap and the tubes last a long time.
  12. Red slime? aka cyano? If so chemiclean works wonders.
  13. Luckily more fish have become captive bred. I was happy to see the recent release of yellow tangs. No doubt the hobby takes a toll on reefs. I’ve worked at a store in the past that focused on keeping fish alive. Still you’d end up with a percentage of dead on arrival, and irresponsible buyers.
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