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General Help : Grape caulerpa outbreak

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 20:53
Author: Mark Peterson
Subject: Grape caulerpa outbreak
Posted: September 25 2017 at 2:53am

The right amount of snails is something you have to "play by ear". When there is a good crop of Macroalgae, the nuisance algae that Snails would eat just doesn't get much chance to grow. Less nuisance algae means fewer Snails are needed.
Refugium Algae should be harvested frequently if it's growing well. Harvest no more than half of the algae at a time. As I may have said above, if too much Macroalgae is removed from the system all at once, a nuisance algae problem can easily bloom. This is what happened that caused an Ugly Green Haired Mermaid to appear in my first reef aquarium. It was a terrible situation back when I was a new hobbyist, but now it's kind of a cute story, in my opinion anyway. 
GFO is not nearly as efficient as my special AA, but if the right amount of either one is used, it will allow a balance in the aquarium so that Macroalgae can still grow, albeit more slowly. Notice in the previous post where I said that in a system the size of yours, 2 tablespoons of my special AA is all I would use.
I recommend that you save your money by removing the DI cartridge and leaving that canister empty, with pure water just running straight through it. After removing the DI, make and discard a gallon of RO water before checking the TDS. As far as I'm concerned, DI is just trouble. It's relatively expensive and must be changed more frequently than the 6 month Sediment and Carbon filters. With all the different organisms we want growing in our reef to make it a healthy reef, making the water too pure is just as bad as having it not pure enough. That's my opinion.
Speaking of top-off water, many hobbyists use tap water. A reef with a proper biological filter, including generous algae growth, eats up the minerals and impurities in tap water.
Here is something regarding water that you might find interesting or crazy. You choose.   I have replaced the RO Auto-Top-Off for my reef system with "Amazon River water". See this new thread: http://utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=83235
Aloha,Mark  
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Tank Threads : The Amazon is flowing into my reef !!

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 20:42
Author: Mark Peterson
Subject: The Amazon is flowing into my reef !!
Posted: September 25 2017 at 2:42am

I have just changed the reef system at my shop to be topped off with water flowing out of a newly set up 20L (20 gal. long) freshwater aquarium, replacing the RO reservoir previously used for auto top-off.
I say it's Amazon River water because of how I set up this freshwater aquarium. A thin layer of a mix of potting soil, dirt and peatmoss was placed on the bottom glass under the gravel. I also used quite a lot of waterlogged driftwood in the aquascaping. I collected the driftwood and all the gravel, including the silt that came mixed in with the gravel, from the creek catch basin near the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. 
The water has a slightly golden brown tint because of the mud and peat. I added some large plants to purify the water; Water Hyacinth and Water Lettuce. The plants, mud, silt, peat and driftwood makes this new tank the kind of environment and water quality I want for tropical South American fish. If you have heard of "Black Water" that's kind of what I did here. I set it up on Friday and added 13 fish on Saturday; 3 Guppies, 5 Neons, 2 Green Cory Cats and 3 Black Mollies. I was confident in adding the fish so soon because I used Live Sand, Live Rock and Live Water from the creek. Also used the Live Water that I got extra with the Plants and all the water the fish came in. The remaining ~10 gals of water needed to fill the 20L tank was RO water. 
Oh, a small HOB filter provides water flow and particulate filtration. The light is again, another Chinese Black Box LED (for any that have seen the thread about my tropical plant lighting setup using a Black Box LED fixture).
I'll get some pics up soon. 
Aloha,Mark  
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General Help : Great minds please come together

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 20:31
Author: phys
Subject: Great minds please come together
Posted: September 25 2017 at 2:31am

I'm going to be that opposite guy.... I believe dosing is a necessity once your tank gets enough coral to call for it, despite the size. Doing it more often keeps things more stable, which is a really good thing if you want to keep your SPS healthy. If you're dosing what you say you are, you're to that point. 

As was mentioned (kind of), why not build a small cabinet in the back where that plug is down to the floor? Doesn't need to be more than 4 inches wide to vertically mount all your power and your dosing unit. Tall dosing containers would work in there also. Go out to 6 inches, you can fit gallon jugs in it. You can kind of color match your current wood on it so it looks like it was made for the set up. You could hide everything you have in that little unit and mount it to the current spot so it can't be ripped off easily. 
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Free GSP

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 18:39
Author: Mwells
Subject: Free GSP
Posted: September 25 2017 at 12:39am

Located in north provo. I have a large rock covered in it. Feel free to bring a frag, if it's nice I'll give you the rock as well.

Edited by Mwells - 6 hours 58 minutes ago at 1:02am
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : FS- LR/LS

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 18:11
Author: twolow4law1
Subject: FS- LR/LS
Posted: September 25 2017 at 12:11am

Do you still have some rock
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : LF Birdsnest Coral

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 16:32
Author: Brett Richins
Subject: LF Birdsnest Coral
Posted: September 24 2017 at 10:32pm

Correction, I'm looking for frogspawn not torch coral. Thanks!
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : LF Birdsnest Coral

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 15:51
Author: Brett Richins
Subject: LF Birdsnest Coral
Posted: September 24 2017 at 9:51pm

I'm in the market for nice, colorful birdsnest corals. I'm looking for multiple small to medium sized colonies or large frags. PM me or text at (8oh1) 85oh-389oh. Would also be interested in torch coral, stylophora and a designer clownfish. Thanks!
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Equipment : Calcium reactor

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 11:48
Author: Krazie4Acans
Subject: Calcium reactor
Posted: September 24 2017 at 5:48pm

Loaded question. It real on how you have your reactor adjusted and how much you are having to dose. Some last 6 months some 2 years. It just depends on how much you are using.

You can buy empty tanks at harbor freight, full tanks and refills can be done at air gas and many of the soda companies and brewing companies. No need to buy a new one each time. They are certified for quite a few years of refills.
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Equipment : Calcium reactor

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 10:30
Author: goin2disneyland
Subject: Calcium reactor
Posted: September 24 2017 at 4:30pm

How often do you need to change the CO2 canisters for your calcium reactor? Also, where is the best place to buy the canisters?
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Lf: small one spot fox face

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 10:16
Author: Zack801
Subject: Lf: small one spot fox face
Posted: September 24 2017 at 4:16pm

Like the title says! Text is best 801-647-9578
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Bta for sale

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 09:46
Author: Zack801
Subject: Bta for sale
Posted: September 24 2017 at 3:46pm

Have this guy in a basket in my frag tank but it's taking up too much space. Just looking for best offer. Would consider trades for frags. Text is best 801-647-9578
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General Help : Grape caulerpa outbreak

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 09:26
Author: startreefover
Subject: Grape caulerpa outbreak
Posted: September 24 2017 at 3:26pm

Thank you Mark,

So a couple followup questions to your response.

First, my experience is that too many snails always leads to die off. I was told a snail a gallon when I first entered the hobby but that led to a lot of dead snails. So how many and what kind of snails? I have never felt like I have been successful in figuring out the right mix of the different types of snails and crabs.

Also, the algae in my sump is very thick and I probably should trim it anyway, so I don't think my lighting is a problem yet. I am sure the bulb will need to be replaced in the next little as it has not been replaced in about a year but it is growing the macroalgae well so far so right now that is not my priority. I need to figure out how much macroalgae to cut out of there and how much to leave at some point too. If I ran GFO or AA and it prohibits macroalgae growth, won't that kill all the macroalgae in the system? I really only want the macroalgae out of the main display, not the sump.

Lastly, I have not tested the TDS and between that and the DI that could be a large part of the problem. I should probably figure out how to test the TDS and to replace the filtration for the DI portion. Thanks for the advice on that as I had not thought about that. This is the first ro/di unit I have had so I am still figuring that out.

Thanks for the help and advice.
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Need chaeto

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 08:36
Author: Lexnano
Subject: Need chaeto
Posted: September 24 2017 at 2:36pm

I've have some you can have. I'm in Riverton
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : 90gallon tank for sale

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 08:32
Author: Braxton
Subject: 90gallon tank for sale
Posted: September 24 2017 at 2:32pm

i'm selling 90 gallon tankSale comes complete with:
Stand (white)
Tank (90 gallon left overflow with black silicone.)
Canopy (white)
Sump (36"x12"x17")
ASM G3 skimmer (with pump)
Magflow 9.5 return pump
(2) eheim jagear heaters
(2) 165 W black box LEDS8 5 gallon water jug's
Other odds and ends (filter sock, net, timers, etc.)
comes with a mated pair of black clown fish,a file fish and a diamond gobe hammer coral about 10 heads, star burst polyp about 6 inches on a rock, neon green poylp about 8 inches on a rock , purple mushrooms couple heads around the tank, red and green brain coral about 6 inches of rock taken up, a frag of some green poylps and about 4 inches on another rock of it. only 2 pieces of rock dont have coral on them 80 pounds of live sand/ 80 pounds of live rock.750$ for all located in roy text for any questions 801-698-4824


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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Nano tank / stand, pump, sump for sale

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 07:58
Author: Rama
Subject: Nano tank / stand, pump, sump for sale
Posted: September 24 2017 at 1:58pm

Tank and stand have been sold. Sump and pump are still available.
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Need chaeto

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 07:54
Author: backwards32
Subject: Need chaeto
Posted: September 24 2017 at 1:54pm

I have a ton. You can have some. I'm in kaysville
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Tank Threads : 60g Cube

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 06:29
Author: shaggydoo
Subject: 60g Cube
Posted: September 24 2017 at 12:29pm

Well things have been amazingly crazy. I broke over a dozen bones in both my hips and needed major surgery. So that slowed down things in the tank arena. Luckily, my mom is extremely nice and knows a thing or two about tanks, and she took care of basic maintenance while I was down. All in all, they put humpty dumpty back together again somehow....

Then, I decide I feel better enough for a new tank adventure and start a simple biocube thinking about doing a seahorse tank. Unfortunately, it cracked after I started it for only a couple days. All it had in it luckily was water, sand and rock (no livestock).

Wife nearly shut down the hobby after 30 gallons of water began shooting unto my desk and floor, but things worked out well for a disaster and nothing was ruined in my house. 
I am now enjoying just one tank. I've had a few fish deaths and a couple corals died while I was in the hospital, but mostly things have been going well. My current fish list includes a yellow tang, 2 clowns, cleaner wrasse, leopard wrasse, ruby red dragonet, pajama cardinal, banghai cardinal, yellow goby, and a cling fish (so cool). Since my last update, I have lost my fairy wrasse and anthias, both jumped. The butterfly also did not make it more than three days as he developed an eye issue and died shortly thereafter.  
Here are some updated tank shots:

Things are growing well and I'm pretty happy with how things look especially at the top. 
Top down.
Hope you enjoyed. 
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Innovative Marine Media Holder FS

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 05:58
Author: chuckfu5
Subject: Innovative Marine Media Holder FS
Posted: September 24 2017 at 11:58am

Too big. Thanks GLWS.
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : LF: Fiji Yellow Leather

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 05:42
Author: Boxfish
Subject: LF: Fiji Yellow Leather
Posted: September 24 2017 at 11:42am

Man if you find some let me know I would also like a frag or a whole one
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : LF: Fiji Yellow Leather

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 04:11
Author: Rex
Subject: LF: Fiji Yellow Leather
Posted: September 24 2017 at 10:11am

Hi,

I'm looking for a Yellow Fiji leather. Any size will do. Please let me know if you have one you want to sell.

Thanks, Rex (801)915-5119


Edited by Rex - 4 hours 51 minutes ago at 11:09am
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