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    What's your biggest oops?

    I was out of town for work, and either I forgot to label the magnesium jug as such or my husband can't read... Instead of a gallon of RODI, my 40g tank got a gallon of magnesium. It wasn't pretty, but it wasn't terrible either. (This happened like 10 years ago, so I don't remember all the details.) Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    Respect and Thanks to our Veterans

    We're a military family that came from military families, so thank you all for your support! I don't know what we would do without the random acts of kindness from strangers we've met along the way. Thanks to everyone that supports veterans and their families... and thanks to those that just practice random acts of kindness. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    DYI Tank Stand question

    We used giant metal studs attached to the wall studs. The canopy just slides over them. We also added some wires going to the ceiling studs just as an extra security measure. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    Need some help

    Small bubbles may be from a pump or your skimmer. They shouldn't be harmful for fish (it is just more oxygen), but they could be harmful to the pumps (i.e., cavitation). There are some thoughts that bubbles of a particular small size may actually be beneficial to corals (last I saw, this was still debatable). Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    DYI Tank Stand question

    We've built a couple, including this one. Do you have any particular questions? I'm anti-nails in this application. With saltwater, you're going to have rust with most fasteners you'll probably use (marine-rated materials are expensive). Screws will give you more room to deal with rust through the length of the fastener - you won't get as much loosening as quickly. We only used a brad gun on the trim. It's 2x4's skinned with birch, some big leaf maple burl, and marble. We line the bottom with pond liner with about 2" vertical just in case of an overflow. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  6. High dkh or high pH? There is a difference. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  7. I built my own sulfur denitrator and ran it for about 2 years. If built and run correctly, it won't drop your pH or alk. You can buffer the solution before it enters the tank with calcium reactor media. It'll essentially act like a tiny calcium reactor. If you don't want sand, you'll eventually have the same look as bare bottom with anything else.... coralline encrusted whatever. I assume you tried high pH to get rid of the dino's. If not, you should... if you're 100% positive it's dino's. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    Work tank?

    Avoid clown gobies with small shrimp... you'll end up with no shrimp. We learned that the hard way. A cleaner shrimp might be ok though. For maintenance, yeah, I just lugged the water in... a gallon of fresh water and a gallon of saltwater each week. I had to do water changes on Fridays at the end of the day or people would complain about the smell. [emoji849] Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    Work tank?

    I had a work tank... once... Only do it if you don't have a long walk to your desk. And have a good support structure to hold it (other than your desk). And make sure the company doesn't turn off the HVAC on weekends (that was one tank crash thanks to an office that got above 90 degrees one weekend.) Harlequin shrimp are fun to keep if you can regularly feed them. It's an awesome conversation starter. "Hey, check out these shrimp that only eat starfish. Wanna watch while I cut this leg off a live starfish that I keep alive just as food and then feed the leg to the shrimp? No? I swear I'm not a psychopath dearest coworker!" Pistol shrimp are cool but will probably drive one coworker insane if it clicks a lot. I'll think of more later. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  10. AlanM, that was my thought process too. I was going to be in the parts so much... and all of my design/build time... and no support... and then all the Apex coding without quite the fancy interface... ugh. It was fun five years ago, when there weren't many good systems. I analyzed various heat sinks for thermal conductivity, and my design incorporated a safety factor for heat dissipation without active cooling (fans) just in case they failed. I can't remember the brand I used, but every other design failed with the number of LEDs I needed to run. I seriously wonder what safety factor the radions use, as mine are ridiculously hot, even with the fans. The leds heat up my tank about two degrees, whereas I never had a heat increase with my old design (running the same wattage approximately). Anywho... that's enough nerd rambling... Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  11. I ran a DIY LED setup for it for five years (it was my thesis in school...lol). It grew SPS amazingly well, and I had better results than with metal halides (I ran a design of experiments between the two systems, controlled parameters, and considered success off the increase of elements used.) After five years, that system was aging too much for SPS, so I just switched to two XR30 Gen4 Pro. They were roughly $1500 versus my DIY setup that cost $1200 in parts back in 2013. I just don't have time to redesign and build a new system nowadays. Keep in mind, there are cost savings over the life with LED. I did some break-even analysis, and my DIY setup was cheaper than metal halides around the 2-year point. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  12. Thank you! That system (or at least parts of it) date back to 2009. We built the stand back then with an enclosed hood (when metal halides were all the rage) in 2009 for a 150g tall tank. In 2016, we switched to a 120g rimless, so we built the suspended hood to match. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  13. I just found your sps photos... I see that we'll need to chat soon! [emoji16] I just got my corals shipped to me a few weeks ago, and my 120g is cycling! We're rockin! The third pic is of my Jason Fox Fire Ecinopora on display at MACNA. The setosa was shown in one of the display tanks at MACNA as well. Who all is in my neck of the woods? I need to find some folks that aren't all the way over in MD! Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    Old rock cleaning/curing?

    I've always muriatic acid washed, RO rinsed, sun-bleached, then bleached, then RO rinsed, then sun-bleached. Total overkill. But, that's me. I try to extract heavy metals, phosphates, remaining organics, whatever as much as I can. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  15. I can't pull up locations anymore on profiles. Am I going crazy too? Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk