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About jestep

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  1. jestep


    Looking for an Apex Energy Bar 8, preferably lightly used, if anyone has one they are wanting to sell. I have one freaking out on me.
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    Mantis Shrimp Tank Mates

    No inverts, literally, it will eat / destroy any other invert in the tank. I'd be leaning towards cheap, fast, open swimming fish. A few damsels would be my pick. As it grows, they may be fair game as well though. Peacocks get huge, the tank will be his eventually.
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    Odd request

    Super deep red. I don't think I have any recent pictures, but I'll try to get one when I get a chance. One of the best colored BTA's I've seen.
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    What did I miss?

    A bunch of stuff went down in November...
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    CO2 Regulator Suggestions

    Yeah, figuring that out is harder that you might think though. Since CO2 is a liquid and not a gas, the pressure gauges aren't reliable for telling how much CO2 remains in the tank. I would suggest a kitchen scale and know the weight of the tank empty. When you think you're down to about .5 - 1lb of CO2 remaining, that would be a good time to plan on changing it out.
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    CO2 Regulator Suggestions

    You basically have 3 options. The carbon doser is hands down the best and most accurate option, but it's probably unnecessary for a CaRX. Other 2 are single and dual stage regulators. Dual stage are significantly better and when you see suggestions on building your own, this is typically what people are suggesting building. I've done them a few times using retired O2 or CO2 medical regulators, and it then just involves changing out the input and outputs and adding a bubble counter to match the standards used with CO2 delivery. Good quality brass connectors are expensive though, so this is a way to get a top quality regulator, but you're going to pay quite a bit to get it in tank-ready condition. The specific reason they are better is they offer a consistent flow rate no matter what the bottle pressure is. Single stage regs will have a variable output depending on the bottle pressure which becomes very apparent as the bottle gets closer to empty. In SW, this isn't such a big issue, because you're adding CO2 very slowly and mostly confining it to your reactor, while just dripping reactor effluent into the display system. In FW planted tanks, the CO2 input can be very high, since the entire tank's PH is being lowered, not just the few gallons in a reactor. Without an electronic controller, single stage regulators are a disaster waiting to happen, and additionally will wear out a solenoid and even the wiring and house breaker quicker as the solenoid is relied on more to control CO2 instead of the bubble rate. Solenoids tend to draw a lot of power when switching so can trip GFCI's or even breakers. As far as a budget setup, Milwaukee, Tunze, and a number of other single stage regs are all about the same in reliability. Many of the reviews are likely the solenoid and not the regulator, there's very little that can malfunction with a regulator. I found that I didn't need to run my CaRX off a PH controller, but I seriously eased into it. If you have an Apex with an extra PH port, you can automate the PH in the reactor this way. However, it can become a bit of a battle since you have to balance the flow rate as well as the CO2 rate. It's sometimes difficult to find the perfect amount, I would use a PH probe as sort of a last resort to shut off your CO2 if it gets way out of control. I wouldn't use it for CO2 switching to control ph for the same reasons listed above.
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    Nano tank question

    Water changes... Biopellets and GFO work well. If you can fit one, the marinepure bricks will facilitate denitrification. There's nano's running full zeovit and other ULNS systems as well, definitely helps to have one with a sump. But really, water changes and selective stocking and feeding are the bulk of most nano and pico tank's nutrient control.
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    Acropora browning

    Either too low of light, or excess NO3 or PO4.
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    Nudibranch hitchhiker, seems benign

    Speaking generally, nudi's very often match their source of food. Completely guessing, but maybe a xenia or soft tree coral predator. Also, definitely resembles a berghia, maybe a little blue'ish, but I've definitely seen them look this color.
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    Proper ways to euthanize animals

    +1 clove oil. Cheap, works, can technically also be used as a reversible anesthetic if you have some innate need to anesthetize a fish...
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    Austin Aquarium

    I can't believe this thread stayed so benign... I would pass for a number of reasons but really it's geared towards very young and reef-ignorant guests, and it's not cheap for what you get. Corpus has an outstanding aquarium as well as the others mentioned.
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    GFO media to use?

    Yeah, and then when the sock gets clogged up and water flows over the top, it still happens. I think I need my sump next to my sink or something. That way there's no chance I don't deal with it every day.
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    GFO media to use?

    ebay GFO or whatever you can find cheapest. One thing I will say is get extra mesh filters for the BRS reactors for both GFO and carbon, I run at least 2 in each chamber at the top. It's all too common for me to end up blasting my sandbed with GFO or carbon if my filters get dislodged or I have my flow too high and I grind a bunch of GFO or carbon into dust...
  14. That's interesting. Trapezia crabs will host acros and seriatopora and are beneficial to them. It seems like your emerald might have the same idea.
  15. I catch mine in birdsnests as well, usually it looks like they're trying to catch passerby particles or pinch algae of nearby rocks. I do think there is a chance they could irritate them to cause damage or recession, but I haven't observed them eating undamaged corals.