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  1. Thanks! I’ll fix the first post Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Very interesting article. Obviously, very biased, but well written. I don’t agree with everything(most), but it’s often those nuggets of truth that hurt most. The one time I visited a wholesaler in LA, attests to his quote of “only one fish in ten makes it to the hobby alive.” There were dead fish everywhere. “Why it’s time to put an end to the cult of the aquarium.” https://aeon.co/essays/why-it-s-time-to-put-an-end-to-the-cult-of-the-aquarium
  3. Got a director for the Vega today. I wanted to dim the whites, two hours before sunset and it’s great. I couldn’t resist taking a few blue pics. I love how the colors pop with the whites off. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I’ve kinda intentionally not answered this yet. Lol. Now that “most” of the sand is out, I don’t have sandstorms but the bottom is still 80% covered. Single gyre is set up vertically with only one propeller. Switching between 100% and 10% every 4 seconds. No sandstorms and the water is moving pretty good. I still have dead spots though, with detritus piling up on the intake side of the pump. Seems to have taken care of my cat I problem though. I’ll give it another week to see. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. How’s she looking? Any eggs? Still fat and happy? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Hi! Show us your tank! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. How big do you let your nems get before you cut them? What’s too small? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Added one of the gyres this week. It works well, vertically, but I couldn’t raise it above 10 %, so the sand had to go. Large water change yesterday. Siphoned out 3/4 of the sand. I’ve been intentionally over feeding the gargantuan green BTA (18”) in hopes of a split with no success. So while I was doing the water change, I picked him up, rock and all, and set him on a wood plank outside the tank for about 30 min. Success! I stressed it enough to split last night. Now I have two green beasties. Tank looks so much more blue with parts of the bottom glass showing. Far less white reflection. I’m curious to see how the nems respond to the diminished light. Granted, I’m still pushing the vega at 100%, 12 hours a day. I found someone on R2R that’s selling me a director for $75. I’m gonna dim the whites on the Vega a bit in the evening for some more blue pop. Gonna give it another week before I siphon out the rest of the sand, but the single gyre is pulsing at 30% now. I probably won’t need more then that once I add the second gyre. My biggest complaint with the gyres is that I can’t sync them without a controller. I’m thinking about building an arduino board to control their power, alternating between the two every 3-4 minutes. What I really want to do is have them on an “off” sync where one is on/off every 2-3(or ???) min and the other is on/of every 3-4 (or ??? Greater than the other) min with a direct overlap every 18 hours, to match tide cycles. Pics for your time: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Yup. Completely normal when you first mix it in. Once the water becomes saturated, the nice thing about kalk is that the impurities settle out to the bottom as sediment. Important not to have a circulation pump keeping it suspended all the time though. Let it settle, and don’t have the ato intake at the bottom. You don’t want to pump the sediment into the tank. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. The floating canopy is awesome! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Nice! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. This is easy to do, but hard to make “perfect”. Sand with 120 grit paper, so the paint can adhere. Use krylon spray paint for plastic. It’s not “high temp” but it’ll be fine for the temps we’re talking about. Definite below 120°. And it’s reef safe. Start with two-three super light coats and let dry. Then sand with 220 grit sandpaper in between 2-3 moderate coats. Not heavy (dripping) or light (dusting). Let dry completely. Top it off with krylon clear coat in the finish of your choice (matte, gloss, whatever). Again, sand in between coats. Consistency in your coats is the hard part for a perfectly smooth surface. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I love the clean plumbing! It’ll look great once you fill it with water! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Thanks! I’ve actually been contemplating an experiment. I can seldom find my two, giant maroons amongst the tentacles. I never see them, unless I’m feeding or looking really, really hard. What if I were to add 5-7 baby Lightning’s in there? (I know, loaded question. We only seem to see large harem tanks or single pairs. Harems in the wild aren’t always 20-50 fish.) I suppose, I would just have to monitor closely. There will definitely be aggression, and I can pull them if it gets out of hand. Great. Now I need to find a clownfish breeder. Thanks guys... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Thanks! I’ll keep that in mind when I pull the sand. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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