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About davelin315

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  1. I have been keeping sharks and rays on and off for the past 25 years but recently with my efforts with NoVAquarium I have focused on them as touch and program animals. Mostly I have been using the brown banded bamboo sharks for these programs given their easy husbandry and their easy going nature but came across a gem that I could not pass up recently. Figured I would show it off (along with my school of silver sailfin and lyretail mollies as feeders) a bit here. This Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray (Taeniura lymma) has perhaps a 6" disc and is eating mainly squid and ghost shrimp. I was super excited that it arrived in great condition and ate upon arrival (even ate a vitamin with the piece of shrimp) and has been doing well for the past week. Also have an angler fish that usually lives with @dbartco due to lack of space for it at my house but it came back for a visit so I took some video. https://photos.app.goo.gl/wFxHyM6vXzvt17mh8 Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  2. Glad you're back amongst friends here!
  3. My biggest fear is that they would split open. I used to use them for various things until that happened to me, now I don’t use them for anything. They really are not designed for holding high density volume like water.
  4. As Tom said, that last one is a DIY Calcium Reactor. In the first picture quoted below the bubble counter is just really dirty - looks like they filled it with water that grew algae or picked up some of the corrosion somehow from the copper. In the 3rd picture below the red is to bleed air off - this is just a modified whole house water filter. On the left side is the feed from the tank and on the right side is the effluent line. In the 4th picture, that green tube is for CO2 to be fed into the reactor as was previously mentioned. The black is for a pH probe as Tom mentioned. By the way, up above the blue thing with holes looks to be some sort of air dryer to me or possibly a silencer.
  5. Hey Evan, you aren't kidding, this thread is responses from some of the "old guard" members.
  6. Hey everyone, if you have any Montipora Eating Nudibranchs in your tank one of our members would love to hear from you - Brittany Grouge, formerly Brittany Shemanek. Brittany used to work for Reef eScape and if memory serves correctly she presented at a meeting years ago. She and some of her colleagues are currently doing research on these and would like to have the opportunity to photograph and collect some specimens. If you happen to be unlucky enough to have these, let me know what your email address is and I'll put you in touch with her! Thanks in advance!
  7. Be careful, weldon is a known carcinogen and you should avoid skin contact.
  8. I always kept my old sand but gave it a thorough rinse. Basically stirred it around and siphoned water off until it was clean.
  9. Water changes are really the only way unless you have something in there that will accomplish denitrification through anaerobic ways or adding on a refugium. If you have no means of exporting these currently (none of the typical mechanical or chemical means really do much for removal of nitrates) then water changes are the only thing that will get them down. This is natural as our tanks are set up to remove ammonia and nitrite through biological processes but having anaerobic zones for denitrification isn't really that easy to accomplish in a typical tank. Deep sand beds or denitrators will work as will a refugium with lots of macroalgae or some sort of carbon dosing but in your average reef aquarium you probably won't find all of these in play. If you need some powerful skimmers and can handle some noise, let me know, I've got a storage unit full of equipment that I would be willing to donate to your school as I was one of the first in WAMAS to start tanks in schools and even created our school tank program along with the grant program years back. Best to reach out directly if you want any equipment rather than listing it here and I can see what I've got that might fit your needs. Not a huge selection but I do have a decent amount of stuff.
  10. I would apply weldon #4 first and let it seep into the crack through capillary action and then apply a bead of weldon #16 along the gap. I did this to an acrylic tank that had a concussion crack in the bottom and pressed it together with #4 first and then when that dried to the touch I added a bead of #16 on all of the seams and along the edges of the crack (I only waited about 10 minutes as my goal was that if it separated at all the gap would draw in the #16 and provide a better overall seal). Worked great and I would recommend the same to you (clamping is always good as you mentioned but I would think that clamping might pose some issues for the seam at the top and bottom of the cylinder as well so am thinking that you should just leave it be.
  11. If it's not far and you can get into it before hand I'd arrange to make some water there and then just transport your rock under wet paper towels to ease the inevitable back pain from moving and only keep sps and lps corals (softies should be OK in a towel for a short period of time - 30 minutes or so) in water, more to prevent damage than anything else. Many corals get exposed to the air at some point in time during the tidal sequence and although soft corals don't often get exposed, I feel like they can handle it better for short periods of time due to the slime they put out. If you can transport in water then do it, but again, might make life easier to not do so. I would do completely new water for the tank if you have the means to have it ready at the new place and remove the corals and then clean your substrate with the existing water as you drain to remove as much detritus as you can and give your tank a nice reboot. I used to move multiple tanks back and forth every single year when I was teaching and I used a combination of Brute garbage cans (I could fit them standing up in my SUV), random tubs, buckets, and styros. Since it wasn't ever more than about a 15 minute trip for me I seldom packed in water and would simply pull the rock and corals and then head over to the new place and add water when there. Once I got the tank set up again and halfway full I would add the rock and corals along with the water I had poured into whatever container they were in and then top off whatever else was needed.
  12. Angle makes it tough to tell. Definitely an Acropra but hard to tell what species. Can you get a shot of a branch with a profile of the corallites? This is the most telling as each species tends to have a u ique corallite structure amd then you can attempt to distinguihs between similar soecies by growth pattern and coloration.
  13. The winter season could be a contributing factor as DFR said above. Saltwater causes contact dermatitis for me at times (oddly enough, only synthetic saltwater, not NSW so it must be something in the formulas that does it as it has happened with 2 Little Fishies salt and also Instant Ocean which are pretty much the only two I've ever used with any sort of consistency). It is far worse in the winter than in the summer months for me and I typically can expect my skin to crack and bleed if I'm messing around in tanks with any regularity. Dermatitis can manifest itself in many different ways on different people so the red spots to me would suggest a slight allergic reaction or contact dermatitis (which I think is the same thing?).
  14. Careful, a receded foot is not a great sign. They can pull their foot back into their body but if there is a gaping hole, it's kind of similar to gaping in the mantle and is never a good sign. The mantle coming back out is a good sign but keep a close eye on the snail, are you sure you have no predators in there? Seems kind of bad that the byssal threads tore to me, tridacnids to the best of my knowledge don't often do this and it's more of a factor of something else doing it to them (or at the very least causing them to do it which I would not think a simple snail on the shell would do).
  15. Agree with Treesprite, some sort of limpet. Hard to tell without seeing the shell and the foot which is very clear in the picture. Next time give it a tap and see what the shell looks like when it pulls its foot back under.
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