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    Family, engineering, coral rehab, winemaking, gardening, and bead weaving.

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  1. Just saw this (sorry)... we have a generator if anyone needs to borrow it. Sorry for the situation. We were without power for 9 days during Hurricane Ike. Our tank faired well (thank goodness for the temperature!) but my stress level sure didn't. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  2. Wilsoni's can be finicky (as you can notice by this post). I've taken in a few over the years with bleaching and recession. They tend to recover with low lighting, heavy feedings, and low flow. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  3. I think Dana Riddle had some interesting articles a while back on photosaturation and photoinhibition levels of different species of coral. If I remember correctly, there wasn't a photoinhibition level of clams or soft corals, but I think it was like 400-600 for Acropora. It has been about six years since I looked into PAR versus PUR of LEDs, so maybe someone else has more recent knowledge. But I don't think PAR of LEDs is directly equivalent to PAR of metal halides or other lights. I think PUR is more applicable there, which is more difficult to measure. Recommend looking into this as well. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  4. Hard to tell, but they do look like aiptasia or other pest anemone. I wouldn't put them in my tank. Good catch! Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  5. Welcome and welcome back! That's too bad we weren't able to meet you today, but there are more coming up! I only moved to the area less than a year ago, and everyone is really friendly! There are some amazing tanks and knowledge in the area! Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  6. Day 1: freshwater dip with methylene blue. Into the bucket/tank with an antibiotic bath (type depends on what I see with the fish.) Start feeding a slurry of frozen food mixed with a binder and kanamycin. Day 2: 25% water change, amquel dosing, and freshwater dip. Add more antibiotics. Day 3: same as 2 Day 4: freshwater dip and change tanks. Continue antibiotics and food. Continue Day 2 regimen (no more freshwater dips though) until day 7. Day 7: tank transfer. Start Prazipro. Discontinue antibiotics unless there are still issues. Continue with water changes, amquel, and transfers through the rest of the time. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  7. I've been doing the TTM for years and swear by it. I use two 10g tanks on a metal freshwater stand. I use buckets too if I take in a bunch of fish. I could write all day about it. Ammonia is your biggest enemy, so I do 25% daily water changes in between transfers plus daily Amquel dosing. Plus the water changes help remove any parasites in the water. I've modified my TTM to help deal with all other parasites/issues I've found over the years. I don't recommend it for others because it is... probably overkill. More to come... (my Tapatalk app limits my word count for some reason). Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    Faaantastic piece! And if you ever decide a piece would look good in my tank, let me know! [emoji6] Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  9. Stainless steel doesn't mean it won't corrode. It just "stains less". It has been a while since I've dealt with material selection in a saline environment, but I think 316L is a fairly decent choice if memory isn't failing me. It would need to be passivated. So, good luck finding that, or any frag tools that'll actually tell you the metal and post-processing. Made in America or made anywhere else may or may not be better than the other. A lot of our metals come from other countries, and most places won't pay for certified metals (to US standards). American machining may be better, but the material may still be the same. You can find a few frag tools that are powder coated, but the powder tends to chip off. The corrosion then occurs under the powder where you can't address the corrosion anymore. I'm not a fan. I'd just avoid prolonged exposure to bleach and saltwater. Rinse well. I usually clean mine with vinegar, but I think citric acid may work as well. I keep mine in a pouch with a desiccant. I'm sure there's some sort of water displacement lubricant that is reef safe and compatible with stainless, but I'm out of top-of-my-head thoughts. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  10. No, I wasn't able to pick what I wanted. It was more along the lines of, "hey, here's some money. Pick the nicest stuff and bargains and send them to me whenever the money is gone and/or the box is full" kind of thing. I was open to anything, so I'm not sure how many (if any) acros are actually coming. Back when this started I was reluctant to get sps due to weather, but there may be some in there now. We'll see how this works out. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  11. Very nice write-up! Thanks! I don't ship to sell, but I do ship corals to myself when we move (I ship and my husband receives wherever we go). These tips will come in handy, I'm sure! Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  12. I'm getting in some colonies from the west coast shipped out to me. They're still getting in wild collected pieces. I just think a lot doesn't make it out this way without a hefty premium. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  13. I'm actually in Hawaii at Hickam right now. The diving was fun (yay nudibranchs, Montipora peltiformis, moorish idols, and all the normal stuff.) I haven't scouted out keeping a tank here much, but I think I would just live in the water as much as possible rather than the hassle of a tank here. Immersion rather than staring at a box! Good luck! Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  14. Well done! I bet the rest of the tank is much happier too! Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  15. Hey! Thanks for the condolences. That was about 8 years ago, so I'll have to dig through my notes if I can find them. I remember that it had ich and the HLLE when I received it. I started it in hyposalinity, and then I think I remember it also getting velvet. That part is a bit fuzzy, but I remember some freshwater dips. At the time I was a fan of copper and formalin, so I might've used those. After treating for everything, I didn't do anything specific for the HLLE. I kept fresh or sheet algae available 24/7, and I fed my homemade food (variation of the BLU coral method from back in the day). I had a healthy tank, and it recovered on its own. I don't remember the history of the tank it came out of... so I can't remember what might've been associated with the HLLE. Sorry that doesn't help much. When I get some time I'll try to dig up more info from my notes. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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