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  1. 11 points
    I know this is probably not the best section to post this but it indirectly is related to reef keeping so I'll post it here. One of the many reasons I really enjoy ARC is because of the fellowship you can actually feel even from being behind a computer screen. I am one of the few members here who lives out in the BCS area (go Aggies). This really limits our interactions and transactions we can perform on here. That being said, I recently posted my reef breeders photon 48 for sale on here. I, later that day, received a personal message from Reburn offering to be my mode of shipping to get the lights to a buyer in Austin. That would save me about $65 in shipping. He says he's constantly close to our area and would be more than willing to meet with me to get him the lights. Well thanks to his generous offer, Neon Reefer now has himself a set of photon 48 and I recovered a large portion of my ATI lights expense. People like Reburn, Dustin Pedretti, mFrame, to name a few, make ARC not only an enjoyable place to pass some time, but also a very convenient and efficient way of getting some items out to the Austin area. They definitely make transactions between us alot more convenient and realistic. Most notably, all of them have always done it out of good will and not for a price. I guess this is a shout out to all of you guys for being awesome.
  2. 11 points
    A reminder that we have no validation that Jake's post was actually from a former employee and as such it was removed. There's no issue discussing the facts as we know them and having a healthy dose of skepticism but please adhere to the Forum Rules. That said, the director of the aquarium, Shaun, has made the following offer. With pending litigation he's limited in how he can publicly respond until then. The Austin Aquarium has offered to host our club and to allow interested members to take a "back stage tour" to determine for ourselves what we think. There's a lot that can and will happen before then, but let's keep in mind that there is at least the offer of some transparency once their operation is actually running. I'm reserving judgement until then.
  3. 10 points
    Ok, here's my orange passion update. It's finally started to take off a little. I think it could be my favorite coral ....
  4. 10 points
    We are so very thankful for each and every one of you who has supported our business Make sure you read all of the rules to enter, because we will be verifying to make sure they are followed when we draw the winners' names! Here's how to enter: You must like and comment on the post to be entered. Only one entry per person. Must contact us within 48 hours of name being drawn or a new winner will be drawn. Contest will end on Saturday June 11, 2016 @ 11:59 PM.
  5. 10 points
    We welcomed our newest frag 2 weeks ago A third boy. I'm hoping to pick up working on my tank really soon. It's been hanging in there pretty well and I'm excited to be able to work on it again and be more active on here. Baby willing
  6. 10 points
    I sweep my floors and throw the dirt up in the air.
  7. 9 points
    Ok, so I'm not one to boast but I have to say this is the best vacation yet. I am swimming with Morish Idols, Toby puffers, box fish, butterflies, tangs I have never seen in the store, and some fish so pretty I don't even know what they are. Tons of GoPro and stills shot when I get back Sent from my XT1096 using Tapatalk
  8. 9 points
    Upgraded to this bad boy Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. 9 points
    I have been contacted by an individual on the club that has purchased the RBTA split in my tank for Makena. They wished to stay anonymous and I will respect that wish. They also wanted to commend Makena's contributions to the club, her contagious enthusiasm, and her always respectful manner in which she conducts herself on the forum. Congratulations Makena! I'll let the little guy heal and then work on getting him off that rock! [emoji4]
  10. 9 points
    Well, for anyone that did not realize... I was joking. ct67stang, you are right he is a noobie. And yes this IS ridiculous... I mean come on I can prove BOTH these points with one excerpt from his text: "this is not a drug deal"... WHAT?!? That alone show both, noobie and ridiculous. Not a drug deal... We spend money on coral, fish, fish food, equipment OVER paying our bills, we lie to out friends and family about how much we spend, and how often we "fix". First thing a reef junkie does in the AM is want to see how the tank is doing, wake in the middle of the night cuz nature calls, flashlight in hand... come on, admit it, you've all done it, checking out who's sleeping were, and can we catch a gimps of the worm tonight! When you have not been with your tank for a long while YOU WANT JUST A GLIMPSE, then once you've had one, even if you just spent 3 hours gazing into the tank you step away, you're wondering. what's changed, I need another FIX!!! I could go on... this is not a drug? Both a noob and a ridiculous statement!! Can I get an amen!
  11. 9 points
    I've been thinking all day about what I wanted to say about this, but I think CT hit the nail on the head. We're all here because we love and want to care for these amazing animals. All of us have been guilty of less-than-stellar husbandry at some point in our learning processes. All of us want a public aquarium in Austin, and want it to be an amazing advertisement for this hobby and the incredible creatures and habitats our world has to offer. It's hard, given the track record here, to believe that this will be provided in the current venture. I would think that anyone who is going to manage hundreds of species in dozens of habitats with varied environmental, health, and nutrition needs would either need a degree in marine biology/zoology or would need to have such on staff. Are there degreed and experienced marine biologists on staff, Makena? Also, not to be rude but to be honest - it's difficult to take your word that they are doing the right thing and the animals are being cared for the right way. I understand you do a lot of research, but you are new to keeping saltwater. How are we to know and trust that you recognize all the species that may be on site, their exact needs, and the daily care and maintenance of those animals, all based on your one visit? You attest that the owner really wants to do the right thing. That's fantastic! But wanting to do the right thing and having the skills, knowledge, and capability to do so are two different things, and without a proven track record of success, I'd be hesitant to trust that he has those. In my job, I spend a lot of time organizing people and events. I try to be smart enough to have people around me who know what I don't. If I were a broker-turned-businessman, especially one with prior legal and PR problems, and I was trying to win over the trust and business of a new community (in the internet age, where all history is instantly accessible), I would ensure that I had a lawyer well versed in local, state, and federal law in regards my plan, and I'd make sure I had an experienced biologist/zoologist on staff. And probably, to be honest, a local PR whiz as well. None of that seems to exist here. Mistakes can happen and be corrected, but at some point one has to connect the dots and recognize the pattern of, at best, laziness in regards to paying attention to details. (And keeping saltwater tanks is all about details...) Yes, a disgruntled former employee is not the best source. Yes, journalists can color their words, quote selectively, and even make mistakes. (I do not and will not believe that a majority of professional journalists, and I'm making a distinction between journalists and people with websites, intentionally lie; and I say that not only having written on my HS paper, but having graduated from a top journalism school and having written professionally for awhile.) But when a preponderance of reported information contains credible doubts about the abilities and willingness of the parties involved to care for the many, many lives for which they are taking legal and ethical responsibility, it is difficult at best to discount it. I hope - for the animals' sake - that I am wrong. But as allllllll the old sayings go: where there's smoke, there's a fire; once bitten, twice shy; fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me; doing things the same way over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity... Again, I hope - for the animals' sake - we are all wrong. Regardless, it's hard to see any way we can stop it moving forward and opening. Only time can tell whether it will be a success both financially and in terms of animal husbandry.
  12. 8 points
  13. 8 points
    In the past few days we've seen posts by members new and old that have demonstrated some changes to what we consider the "norm" of our club. While we encourage discussion and debate of topics here, we've always strongly discouraged overt or passive aggression toward people and businesses in an effort to make this a welcoming alternative to other no-holds-barred forums. We've started to lose our way. These recent threads have made me sad. Due to some major events going on in my life I haven't spent as much time here recently. I don't always immediately see every post, but as the guy who runs things here I should have. I've obviously missed some things, but I'm working to correct that. Many of you haven't been around long enough to know that in addition to me we used to have three very active moderators. Two of them have moved, leaving us a bit shorthanded, and it's obvious now that some things slipped by that previously wouldn't have. This has started to give ARC a bit of a different feel. We're working to correct this by doing the following: We've added more moderators and we'll all be reviewing more content more frequently. Part of that means that we will be vigorously enforcing the forum rules. Rules violations will be moderated and the posters will be contacted. Repeat violators will be warned, culminating in bans for members that continue to violate them. Dan has taken over as meeting coordinator and will be working with me to try to make sure that all members feel welcomed and acknowledged at our events. We'll also be watching for members that exemplify positive behaviors and rewarding them in various ways. It might be a gift certificate to a sponsor or a free Premium Membership, but will recognize members and their actions that build and maintain the community that originally attracted us. I'm sorry to those on the receiving end of those negative behaviors and appreciate the restraint shown in their attempts to defend themselves. Those behaviors don't reflect the type of community and forum that we want this to be. I've reached out to several members and hope they'll see that they were heard. I'd love to have them continue on in the club, but either way the staff and I will continue to try to make ARC a better place. As members here you can help. First by being positive and supportive of each other. This means that if you're new, speak up. I know it can be intimidating to be the new voice, but I also know that the vast majority of our members are great, friendly people who love the hobby and love to help new members in discovering it. Our staff are all volunteers, demonstrating their commitment to keeping this thing going for everyone else's benefit and enjoyment. Secondly though, you can help us in making this the type of place you want it to be by notifying me or the moderators when you feel that we've missed something. There is a "Report" button at the bottom of each post that should be used to flag content that deviates from our vision. Using it is anonymous to all but the staff. We all have stresses and bad days, but when posting keep in mind that most of us were attracted to this hobby for beauty and relaxation it can provide. We come to ARC to add a social aspect to that enjoyment, so please help us keep ARC as a place where that hobby can be shared. Mike & the ARC staff
  14. 8 points
    We have polyp extension And here's the rasta colony
  15. 8 points
    What other hobby encourages you to literally install cameras in your home with the intent of having other people watch them.... ? Weirdos.
  16. 8 points
    This club and the Austin area has been lucky to have an event like this, which not only let people buy frags and fish, but listen to great speakers, and to support great causes. There are numerous people and companies that put in effort for this to happen. First and foremost, a huge shout out and thank you to Mike for being the driving force behind this event and the club. His tireless work is what made this event happen. And a big thank you to our speakers who took time away from their busy schedules and families to come give us insight into the marine hobby. All three gave us great new views and information. And Gary's addition to the speaker panel was great. And speaking of, this event would not have gone off without our wonderful and amazing event sponsors. Not only do they help fund the event and bring great things for people to buy, they also went above and beyond with tank donations for the scholarship raffle. Thanks are also needed for the ARC staff and volunteers that helped setup up, run, and break down things. It is great that they also took time out of their schedules to make this event a success. A big congrats to our two scholarship winners! Through the generosity of sponsors donating tanks, attendees buying raffle tickets, and ARC premium member dues we were able to fund these two scholarships and set up to fund more in the coming years. For those that were not in attendance, you missed a moving tribute by Mike about Tim, and you also missed Tim's family being there to give out the scholarships. Finally, I wanted to thank all that attended. You are the reason this is put on. We hope you learned something and enjoyed the event. If you have any feedback, please feel free to PM myself, Mike, or any of the staff. We are always looking for ways to make this better! So here is to a successful 2014 C4!
  17. 8 points
    My earliest experience of trying to keep an saltwater animal was in the '60s when I was about 8 and on vacation with my family. We were staying at a family friend's cabin in Santa Cruz. On one of our daily sojourns from the mountains to the coast, going through the treasures that evening with my older brother a tiny crab was found on a clump of seaweed. Sadly our attempts to keep it with saltwater made with table salt to an unkown salinity quickly caused it's demise. It was twenty years before I attempted to keep saltwater again but I did read up a bit before my second attempt. (Now another twenty six years and I'm still reading up a bit.) Little did I know just how addictive, fascinating and thoroughly engrossing career I would end up with starting that first tank.
  18. 8 points
    Like this Post if you agree that PizzaHut/TacoBell should be the theme song!
  19. 8 points
    I heartily agree with everyone in thanking Andrew for all the work he has done to establish this site and a place in Austin where like-minded reefers of a different kind can gather. I'm hoping to take all the good things here and build on them. I'll be having discussions with the moderators and members to talk about what we can do to make this THE goto place in central Texas for reef advice and discussions. If you have an idea or opinion on how you think something should be done then drop me a PM and let me know what you're thinking. Look for renewed commitments to meetings, frag swaps, user and sponsor participation as well as a few new wrinkles that I have up my sleeves. The store will be opening back up in January for memberships and ARC products. More announcements to be made in the new year, but I look forward to having you all along for the ride!
  20. 8 points
    I would like to encourage more use of the reputation system. If you find someone's post useful be sure to click the green plus sign , , to give them a good rep!
  21. 7 points
    Here's a FTS I took tonight. Everything is stable so I'm leaving it be to take care of everything else going on right now and hopefully will be able to return to it in a few weeks to aquascape and start working on cable management and adding the frag tank.
  22. 7 points
    New bulb combo is SUPER blue. Just a hair whiter and a bit brighter than my dawn dusk. Which is fine because Zoas and lps just look better under this color. Adjusted the gas for the first time in a couple months on the calcium reactor as well. Alk falling a bit. Means things are growing! Can't complain there. What else. Picked up 5 gorgs today. A couple are iffy. I'll keep my fingers crossed though. They were dirt cheap. Been a while so here some pics of a few lps and some of my LOLtrash sps Old bulb combo fts New bulb combo fts Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. 7 points
    With the much anticipated Finding Dory movie releasing today, I'm sure many in the hobby have seen sales or kits targeting Blue Hippo Tangs. Many of our customers are seasoned saltwater hobbyists and have first hand experience understanding how difficult Blue Hippo Tangs can be to keep. We will be working to educate our customers on realistic conditions required for the long-term care of such delicate fish and will offer a substitute. Pseudo-Dori (Yellowtail Damsel) can make a great substitute. Inexpensive, does not require a large tank, and hardy. Yellowtail Damsels can provide a sustainable option for replacing Blue Hippo Tangs. These little guys require less care and will bring a smile to any kids face. So enjoy the movie, and if you get an itch to set-up a tank for the kiddos, swing by and we'd be happy to show you some options. This could be a great opportunity to teach and spark an interest in a child.
  24. 7 points
    Hey All, So in my welcome thread, I promised I would make a quite lengthy post with my various LED fixture experiences. A similar post became a flame war on another forum and that definitely is not what I want to happen here. I like to think that I am very versed in this area and I think a post about these would definitely help those of you who are looking to switch to LED fixtures. There are many factors to consider and many pitfalls that people face and are non the wiser as LED's are a different beast from T5 and MH. So with that, here is my experiences and honest recommendations for LED success. I will first list the fixtures I have owned, tested, PAR measures, etc. All fixtures were purchased brand new and tested over my 25 and 60 gallon cubes. The good thing about this post is that no one gave me any of these to test or sponsored me, etc. It is just real world results from my point of view. () means the number I have owned, either at one time, or multiple times which I will specify in each explanation. 1) Ecotech Radion Pro (2) 2) Aqua Illumination Vega Color (2) 3) Kessil A150 Ocean Blue (2) 4) Kessil A360W Tuna Blue (3) 5) Kessil A360W-E Second Gen version (1) - On it's way, have not tried it yet 6) GHL Mitras 6200HV (1) 7) Apollo UV 6000 (1) 8) Taotronics 120W non adjustable (1) 9) Ecoxotic Panorama Pro 17" Hood (1) I think that about covers it. Might be a few more that I will think of later. 1) Ecotech Radion Pro - I have a real love/hate relationship with this particular LED. The first one I purchased did great for about the first 2 months, then the software would not work (online software) and it started smoking from the power supply. Went through a ton of bs with Ecotech, customer service was horrible. BRS finally just refunded my money as they couldn't deal with Ecotech either. I purchased another Radion Pro about 4 months after that one and it did just fine. Had some software issues, but it was something I was able to figure the quirks out and get it working. All the PAR numbers that you see posted by Mrsaltwater (Mark) and others are very accurate. Probably the highest PAR fixture on the market that I have owned. The Radion Pro has a great preset called "Sipidian Reef" or something close to that name and it works great. I ran mine at 60% after a few weeks at 45% and my corals responded very fast. It would be my go to LED if I were having light issues and needed a quick turn around. I had 0 issues with the fan being under the fixture. No moisture or anything like that. I had it mounted 9" off the water surface. It never over heated and the only time it ever raised to a little warm was when I was running the LED at 100% testing the PAR. Very well made, very well packaged, etc. Good fixture, terrible software, sub par customer service in my experience. 2) AI Vega Color - I mounted 2 of these over my 60 gallon Cube. I purchased their controller with these lights and was also chosen as a beta tester for the AI Director. I won't mislead anyone on the board about these. They were hands down, the worst LED's I ever tried. Almost all of my corals took a huge hit from these lights and I lost corals I have had for 3 years or more. Why? I have no idea, however even with the whites adjusted way down, they still look pretty white overall. I think it might be the manufacturer of the LED's they use or something. PAR on the Vega Color is pretty high, but it does not continue through the water column. Shortly after the PAR meter goes under the water, it starts dropping very fast and is not consistent at all. AI products look to be pretty well made and I was pretty excited about owning these. My excitement turned into a nightmare as this was the worst experience in lighting I have ever had. I would not recommend these period. 3) Kessil A150 Ocean Blue - I had 2 of these over a 55 gallon reef when they first came out. They are excellent lights, but due to the nature of their spectral output, they will look dimmer than most lights out there. They are not, but they look that way. I only had 2 over a 48 inch tank and I don't think that was enough with this particular light. I would recommend 4 over a 48 inch tank. They are not adjustable, so they are turn on and off. I never read the PAR and it would have been useless anyway. Kessil's do not read PAR correctly from a PAR meter. They just don't. If you adjust a Kessil off a PAR meter, you will fry everything in your tank, trust me. The A150 series would be fantastic for nano tanks, cubes, etc. You could use them for anything if you wanted to put enough of them on. With the release of the A350, A360, there really is no use to now. 4) Kessil A360W Tuna Blue - I have owned 4 of these in total and I will tell you why. I purchased 2 of these and put them over my 60 cube after the Vegas pretty much did everything in. They were doing very well, but I was impatient and put another Radion Pro over it to get my corals back in shape. In hindsight, I should have left the Kessil's in place as they were doing very well and I really regretted getting rid of them. I purchased a new one off Amazon with saltwateraquarium.com being the retailer. When I received it, it had been opened and returned. Kessil also verified that it had been previously register. The light started going off and on randomly. I then contacted Kessil and they sent me what I thought would be another NEW light. It was refurbished and scratched all over. After a few calls and emails, they are sending me a new one. Kessil has excellent customer service and they do care about the buyer. I give them 5 stars. Now, I currently have the A360W over the 60 Cube. It looks better with 1 versus the 2 I had on it. If you lower the Kessil's a bit, you will get 0 light spillage and one covers a 24x24 area very well. Every SPS, LPS, Clam, etc. that I have now, is doing fantastic under the Kessil. I will say that it takes a bit of time for your corals to adjust to this light. More so than say a Radion Pro, but it colors them up and they grow very nicely. The Kessil is the ONLY true UV LED being sold. I will elaborate on why this is important a bit later. PAR (just wanted to see the consistency, see below) is very consistent throughout the water column, all the way to the bottom very much like a Metal Halide. The closest consistency to MH coverage of any fixture I tested. *** I am going to add this as an important addition. You cannot accurately measure PAR of the Kessil fixtures. They just do not measure accurately and if you crank these up all the way, you will bleach everything you have. I am currently running 70% intensity and 60% color (14k to 15k) and everything is doing great. I had the intensity at 80% and was bleaching my Acropora Speciosa. These are very powerful and if you will be patient, your corals will look absolutely amazing inside of a month. *** 5) The just released Kessil A360W-E - I will be receiving this next week. It is supposed to be about 15% more powerful than the 360W and uses a bit different power supply. I think it will be about identical to the 360W, except they are driving the LED's a bit harder. They also say it is a bit brighter, I think that is because everyone complains they are a little dim. I will report on the new one after I get it and see how it does. 6) GHL Mitras 6200HV - Not even sure where to begin on this light. They have great customer service, answer emails almost immediately, etc. Light has the closed MH look of any LED that I have tried. Good coverage, hardly any shadowing of the cube. I won't go into personal issues too much here, lets just say that when I wanted to try a different LED light, their North American rep saw it fit to attack me publicly on another forum as he saw it as a slight somehow. Anyway, The light initially impressed me and I still think it is one of the better LED's. My corals started to go downhill after about 3 weeks on this light. In all honesty, I think it was 50% user error as I might have had it a bit high on the power level. Software is ok, Packaging is horrible, Non existent "how-to" videos or manuals, very archaic construction. Has a cheap little slide that you move to hook up the USB cable. Definitely not worth $1300 dollars or the other price they sell it for $999. If in doubt, go with the Radion Pro if that is your thing. 0 USA support, One store sells in FL, ships from Canada, support is German. 7) Apollo UV 6000, Their newest LED - Apollo is a sponsor here and I hope I don't step on toes. I went through 3 of these fixtures. The first one looked like it came out of a dust filled warehouse and one of the Meanwell drivers was unglued and hanging in the breeze. The second , a replacement for the first, worked very good, except the controller (adjustment output panel) did not work and would lock up, thus you could not turn on the moonlights nor the red led's. The third, a replacement for the second, rattled right out of the box. I took the cover off and one of the Meanwell drivers was hanging loose and was missing all 4 screws....... The QC on these lights are atrocious. The owner told me he would specifically check the third one and make sure nothing was wrong with it, well he didn't and admitted that he didn't. So I returned them and we went on our way. Here is the terrible part. While I had a working light, I think it was one of the best LED's I have ever owned. The corals responded almost immediately, much like the Radion Pro, and was doing well. I think they have a great LED layout of their blues and it works. The problem with these lights are they are the typical Blue/White Chinese fixture and you can tell that by looking at your tank. You wouldn't know any difference in the look if you had not previously had a full spectrum light like I have. It still looks good, but you can tell a difference. It also had quite a bit of shadowing and was very focused to the middle of the light. I had one fixture over the 60 gallon. It hindsight, it would have probably took 2 to get proper coverage. Some QC (A lot actually) and they would do much, much better. PAR was good on this fixture. 8) Taotronics 120W Blue/White, 2 switch, non-adjustable LED - This was the first LED I ever owned. Honestly, it did well and my LPS and Softies grew well. There are a million different versions, same light, of this on Ebay and continue to be. All the current Reef Breeders, Apollo, etc. are based off this fixture. I can't say anything bad about it, it was cheap and it worked pretty well. Would I grow SPS or even try it under this older fixture? Nah, I don't think that would work out too well. I still have this over a small clown tank, it serves the purpose. 9) Ecoxotic Panorama Pro 17" LED Hood - This came with the Ecoxotic 25 gallon cube I bought and still have. I replaced the light with the first Radion Pro as I didn't think this would be nearly enough. Well, I was wrong. I have a couple of different corals growing under this and they are doing great. Before I purchased another Kessil, I thought of getting the set up that DrsFosterSmith have that is designed for SPS or LPS. The only downside is that you cannot control these via Apex or anything like that. Pretty much on/off, but it does have the ability to dim through a switch they give you with the light. I would recommend these to just about anyone as they will, and do, grow coral well. They have a more white/yellow MH look which I don't care so much for. Some people had issues with the LED strips burning out early on, I believe they have since redesigned the module and that problem is resolved. The only other issues I have heard of is when people mount these modules directly under their MH lighting and they die. Wonder why? That is a joke, it is definitely the heat. Ok, so if you have questions, ask. I am sure I haven't covered a lot of things here, I just wanted to post my experiences with the various fixtures. I have over 20 years of experience in saltwater and over 10 in reef. So, I like to think I know quite a bit about reefing and also LED's as you can tell. My experiences are trial and error. I have learned a lot in a relatively short period of time. Here are my major takeaways on LED lighting. 1) DO NOT adjust any LED for maximum output. Any fixture out there, I would start at about 50% and work your way up to about 70-80% MAX over the course of 4-6 weeks. LED is much different than T5 or MH. LED stays brighter all the way down, where as MH and T5 spread out more. It is very easy to bleach corals by turning them all the way up. Very easy. 2) As I said above, Kessil is the only true UV LED on the market. They don't mix too much as to harm your corals, they mix it in their spectral intelligence and it works. I believe that is why it takes corals a little while to get used to these lights. Radion Pro's and all other fixtures advertise UV, but it is just the UV spectrum, IE: 405, 420, 440, True Violet, etc. It is the color, but not true LED. *** Even with the coloration of UV, it helps. I noticed that the AI Vega Color did NOT have the UV Spectrum. I changed to the Radion Pro and my corals responded immediately. In my opinion, it is a MUST to have that spectrum in your lighting. It is the secret coloration that will bring you to another level. *** 3) LED's are not MH. Never will be in my opinion. Metal Halide just works. You will never be able to really replace it. I have never been able to maintain the coloration or growth of SPS under LED that I have MH. Now, with that statement, I should say that I have an Acropora Speciosa that was looking terrible under the GHL Mitras. I put it under MH and it colored back up nicely. After the MH, I went back to the Kessil A360W and it has continued to color up in places that it was bleached. It continues to grow and look great. I think the Kessil is the exception to the rule. Why? UV, simple. It replicates the MH like no other. The million dollar question. What do I recommend for immediate success? Kessil, there is no other substitute. I use them and I will continue to use them for the rest of my reefing days. For those of you who have asked for help with LED's. I will be happy to set up a layout for you. If you don't want a Kessil, that is fine. I can give you a good layout that will grow corals and do great. I am so confident in that ability, I would offer a money back guarantee, but you aren't paying me, rofl. I hope this post did not step on any toes as I didn't mean it to. As above, this was long and off the top of my head. So if you have questions, please feel free to ask. Thanks for the welcome everyone. Kessil is on a temp mount until I get the new one, watch in 1080 on Youtube.
  25. 7 points
    Lol, I just googled "purple finger of excellence". Here's an excerpt from a post back in 2009 on R2R: "An award for having the most purple background in a given coral photo. It is so purple, that even your fingers are the same hue... hence the Purple Finger of Excellence Award. Use it freely. Give it to those who you feel have wronged you. Tell them that you feel betrayed through their fake pictures."