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  1. Wood stands are usually the first choice because parts can be easily sourced, are pretty cheap, versatile, and pretty forgiving to work with. The only downside is that it takes up a decent amount of real estate. Wood stands can also be built on-site. Aluminum can also be easily assembled on-site providing you order all the pieces pre-cut. Because the aluminum is so modular, it is easy to add or retrofit various components to the stand, as well as reuse in different configurations if you were to ever break down the tank. Steel stands are extremely strong for its size and can last a lifetime. One issue (unless you are able to weld) is that it must be fabricated off-site then moved into desired location. This can be an issue for some larger systems as it will need to be transported and can be cumbersome to move around corners. I can not speak for cost of steel stands, but I can give you some numbers for wood and 80/20 Al extrusion. For a regular 24”x24”x30” stand frame (not including enclosure), a wood stand will cost sub $50, whereas the aluminum would be around $350. I do not know of any local shops where you can source the aluminum, but if there are any that could possibly reduce the cost.
  2. I can’t really see the object well, but as it’s more on the ridge between the two corallites, I’d say it’s probably a barnacle or a sponge. Does it sort of look like a “fan” that pulses in and out of an opening periodically? This is usually more frequent during feeding. (Google images of barnacle feeding)
  3. Don’t know if you got some, but I have some Caulerpa racemosa and chaeto if you’d like to try again with it. I live in 20737 for proximity reference.
  4. +1 on spaghetti worm. Typically they are hidden within small crevices with only their tentacles exposed.
  5. There aren’t any lists that I know of either, but maybe someone will chime in if there is. You are generally correct about compatibility. When planning placement, I typically OVERGENERALIZE. I typically treat most soft coral like they will engage in coral warfare. LPSs tend to have pretty long sweeper tentacles so I give them a little more space. When it comes to SPSs I tend to place them based on anticipated growth. Do you have any specific coral in mind that you were concerned with?
  6. Did you get rid of your red algae? Pics would help identify if you still have it. If it is red slime, chemiclean is great providing you have decent oxygen exchange (surface agitation, skimmer, airstone) in your system otherwise it could cause issues due to oxygen depletion.
  7. The Jebao 3000 models (wp, dcs/dcp) are all rated around 800gph, so with the head loss should give you a little more than 10x turnover at 100%. If this is your first choice, you will be fine with the output (even when it is on max), though I’d probably also run it around 50%.
  8. Man, that’s a nice looking anemone!!! Good catch
  9. Nice set-up, looking forward to seeing this tank grow out also. (Going further off topic). Are you part of a local home-brew club? I’m planning on getting back into winemaking, and found out that there are actually home-brew clubs when I was in PA for work.
  10. Looking nice! I see that you’re transitioning more to SPSs in this tank :D
  11. Wow, I usually don’t really hear of too many people that even know of the Virgin Islands, much less travels there! I’m from St.Croix and can personally recommend Buck Island if you are looking for snorkel locations. It is one of the few places that you can still see Elkhorns in all their glory. Since you are staying in St.Thomas, this will however take a plane ride (preferably the seaplane) to St.Croix then you will need to charter a boat to Buck Island. St.Croix is however a little more isolated. St.Thomas on the other hand is a ferry ride away from numerous cays and small islands as well as the BVI. I have been to the Baths in Virgin Gorda, and would also recommend it as a tourist attraction. I went with a “friends” and was more interested in socializing than really checking out the underwater life. The caves there are however pretty neat as they are literally on the shore and you will have to wade through waist deep water to make it through the caves to the other beach. (This is all bringing back so many memories) Ever since leaving for college, I haven’t really been to the VI as much as I would like, but I think they may still have a submarine that does dives off the coast of St.Thomas.
  12. They’re zoas, I think they’re also referred to as blondies. What is the name of the zoas on the right side towards the back in this pic (has about 14 heads).
  13. Haha, I love anemones but now that I’m into SPSs I’m staying away for now. I got around that by “allowing” my daughter to put one in hers. Lol
  14. If you are running the full system then yes, you’ll need it. It is used to tumble the zeolites which removes old / dead bacteria from the surface to be taken up by your skimmer. I am not running the zeovit system, but was contemplating it at one point. So I bought a bunch of the supplements (cv color, sponge power, amino acids, trace elements, etc.) and didn’t repurchase after they finished. To me, the conversion wasn’t worth it based on the results I saw. I did however continue with the amino acids and trace elements, just on an altered schedule to what was recommended.
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