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  1. Sascha D.

    When to add PO4 remover when cycling

    In a normal cycle the GHA would consume the PO4 and then start to turn white when it reaches the point of starvation. Since you've added fish, you've also added a source of food for the algae and it will be harder to remove. At some point the macroalgae and film algae will outpace the GHA and manual removal will be the best solution. You could also add a couple of CUC members to keep the algae in the display trimmed while the other parts of the system mature. I would be against stripping the water with carbon or GFO because you'll affect the refugium in a negative way and prolong the cycle. I would say around the four month mark you should see significant improvements. Unfortunately, the diatoms will grow until the silicate has been consumed and there's nothing useful that you can do about that one.
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    300 Gallon Disaster Reboot

    Mystery Acro - I don't remember what it's call or where I got it from, but I save the tiniest nub from a dying colony after my last crash. I never expected it to live and now it's doing awesome! 3-11-18 6-28-18 12-8-18
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    Futon

    81" long, 35" wide in the seated position, 45" wide in the laying position. Has a few scratches on the arms. $115
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    Reef Equipment for Sale

    Milwaukee Instruments Professional pH Controller MC122 brand new in box $110 Click hyperlink for more details Hamilton Aruba Sun T5 2x54w - Used for about two months otherwise brand new. Two units $150 each Click hyperlink for more details Versatile: install 1, 2 or 3 Aruba Sun pairs side by side or staggered in your existing aquarium hood 5 Bend, individual bulb, German aluminum reflectors - producing 300% more light output versus bulb alone Enclosed, high performance T5 electronic ballast – cool operating and energy efficient Moisture proof, 3 piece T5 sockets Hamilton Super White 10,000K bulb & Hamilton Actinic Royal Blue – growth & color! Individual lighting control – control the two T5 HO bulbs independent from the Moonlight LEDs Two separate 10 ft power cords Quick and easy to install 47”L x 5”W x 5”H Timmothy Hay Bale - About a handful taken out. Free if you want to pick it up. Unnamed return pump, seems like it's about 300-400gph, new in box $10 Circular frag rack, holds 16 frags $5 Sea Squirt Feeder, used a few times but my kids keep stealing it and it's easier to sell then try to find it when I need it $10 Fish trap 10.625" Long x 4" wide x 5" Tall 3.5" Diameter acrylic tube, brand new $40 Sexy Shrimp T-Shirt, Large, new with tags, never worn $10 Current Satellite 36" 96W lighting fixture, used as a backup light on a frag tank, new bulb $20
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    Help finding fowlr lights

    Current IC Pro, Aqua Illuminations, Kessil and Ecotech manufacture rear mounted arms for their fixtures. Some companies make universal mounts that you can use with any fixture. I've been seeing a lot of people the last couple of years start making DIY mounts for their fixtures. It's primarily motivated by the lack of hanging options with cheaper lighting fixtures. I ran the OceanRevive lights for five years and had good success with them. Another light that I've heard good things about is Viparspectra. Both come with built-in timers, but you'll need a way to mount them.
  6. Sascha D.

    Help finding fowlr lights

    Do you mean that you would like to avoid hanging lights from the ceiling or using legs on the rim of the tank?
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    300 Gallon Disaster Reboot

    Definitely possible. I haven't added any new equipment, but a pump or something could have shorted out. I don't get shocked when I put my hands in the tank, but I haven't tested it. From what I've read in the past, every piece of equipment touching the water leeches a small current in the aquarium. Any idea how much is too much?
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    300 Gallon Disaster Reboot

    The good news is that none of my corals randomly jumped out!
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    300 Gallon Disaster Reboot

    Hey everyone, I hope that you all had a great holiday. Mine was nice and quiet, a little too quiet! I guess I've been busy so long that it doesn't seem normal to have down time. I'll have to admit that Black Friday and Cyber Monday were disappointing this year. I normally wait months for the discounts and I didn't see anything special this time. Where's the grandness of the holidays? Thanksgiving is all about excess and these companies run 15% off sales routinely. Sadly, I didn't buy anything fancy or exciting. I found a 50% off deal on salt mix and bought a year's supply. I also got some routine items, like RODI filters and Hanna reagent. A strange thing happened with my fish over the holidays. I don't know if it's the new lights or the fact that we were home all day, but several fish jumped out of the aquarium. I've had some of these fish for years and it's strange behavior. I ended up losing my prized Dusky Wrasse, a Cleaner Wrasse that ate everything, the new Blonde Naso Tang, and Convict Tang. I guess I'll have to work on covering the back of the canopy after reworking the return and drain lines. Disappointment doesn't even begin to describe it.
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    Is it just me or are the Black Friday deals rather uninspiring this year?
  11. Sascha D.

    Happy Thanksgiving! A little late but I couldn't figure out how to click on the link to this thread
  12. I just bought two boxes on eBay for $33.01 each after coupon, free shipping and no tax. I've never seen Reef Crystals that low and it's too bad I couldn't get two more. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  13. Instant Ocean 200g box in on Ebay for $36.95 and there is a 15% off coupon today, bringing the price to $31.45. Only works using the app.
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    300 Gallon Disaster Reboot

    Snapped a few pictures before heading to the dentist for voluntary torture. I found this PBT about a month ago at Aquatek. Total impulse buy, but it's working out great! Reef Raft Nauti Spiral - I've had this coral for over two years and broken it twice, one on accident. It's turning a nice shade of red with a pink rim! JF Grape Juice - Survive two of my crashes and now it's really taking off. Green Slimer - One of my very favorite corals. When it gets a little bigger I may even propagate it to another spot on the opposite side of the tank. In the foreground you can see my Tyree Rainbow Stylophora as well, although out of focus. ORA Elkhorn
  15. IO ranges from $38-41 on Ebay and there's no tax until the feds mandate it. They regularly send out coupons for 10-15% off as well. It's not as cheap at this deal but it's something to keep in mind. I normally buy a year worth of salt mix on Black Friday.
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