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About Leakytree

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  1. After a long hiatus from the hobby, I am setting up a reef tank with my daughter, and we figured we would take you guys along for the ride. We are using a 42-gallon hex that I have owned for many years and I still have a lot of my rock from before, including the large coral skeleton you see in the photos. Before anyone asks...I did not kill the coral, I bought it along with a complete 180 setup that had been really neglected. The rest of the equipment is left over from that tank along with many others that I have had throughout the years. Currently, I am running a 150w MH for lighting, and I was able to fit a 10 gallon into the stand as a sump. It's is certainly a tight fit for the return and a large ASM G-3 skimmer that Ty sold me many moons ago. I will post a full gear list and livestock when I get a little more time. I do have a couple of questions though; Does anyone have any good recommendations on a good/cheap LED light for a deep tank? It's rather deep, and I am not sure how much technology has changed in the past few years. I am not looking to break the bank on this build( I plan on saving up for a larger tank in the next few years). I have done some research online, but most of the cheap Chinese knock-off lights are very vague about the quality, and PAR of their fixtures. Any information or product recommendations are greatly appreciated. Also, what is the consensus on Bio Pellets? I loved them when I used them 4 years ago, but I only used them for 6 months or so before shutting down. I do not currently have any nitrate issues so this is more of a preventative measure. I want this tank to be super low maintenance for my daughter. Thanks again, and its good to be back in the community.
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    Back in Action

    It's been almost 4 years, but I am finally back in the hobby. After getting married, kids, career changes, and other distractions I have convinced my kids that "they" want a reef tank. It's good to see some familiar faces like Juiceman, ty, and others are still very active on this forum. I look forward to talking with you all again.
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    Starting a new tank with dry rock and I need some pods to start growing for future fish. I used to buy from a company called reefs2go, but they seemed to have changed their name ( Aquarium Depot I think), and they no longer offer free shipping on pods. I don't really want to spend $35 for 250 pods shipped to my house. Does anyone have a local source?
  4. I'm thinking of turning a 35 hex into a poison dart frog/ brackish theme. I may model it after this! Lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Sorry the glass is a little dirty in a few of the pics. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    This morning when I removed my tang from qt he was eating and was spot free. After being in the tank for 5 hours some spots appeared. I can't tell if they are defensive wounds from my sailfin or ich. Any ideas? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I'm looking for old power head magnets that can hold through 1/2 glass. Not necessarily looking for working power heads, but will consider any offers. Thanks Eddie Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. I also use a small razor to split mine. You can also use a dremal and a pair of pliers to breakup any rock under the foot. Then I toss them into the sand to grow back. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Well everything made it without issue so I guess I didn't have to much stuff on my arms. I will try the wtb section for the magnets. Thanks guys Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. New update how they work: http://www.dvh-import.com/index.php/products/all-in-one-biopellets.html Did some reading on reef central and there are a several good reviews! http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2410056 Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. I work for a church and Home Depot is always willing to donate a couple dozen every year. Give them a call. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. I had a powder blue tang that had a similar issue. Dark black blotches all over its body. I used some melifix in a qt and it seemed to clear up. However, the fish starved to death before it started eating again. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. When I returned home from swimming I heard the sound anyone in this hobby doesn't want to hear.... The splash splash of water leaving there tank. I ran in to find a power head pointed up and spilling water over the side. There was minimal water that was sucked up by a wet vac. Then while vacuuming up the water it dawned on me, when I reached my arm into the water to move the power head my arm was still covered in the dry remains of chlorine and whatever else they used to clean the pool. I smelled my other arm and I could barely make out any chemical smell, but some was still present. So that leaves me to my questions: 1) do you think I have contained my tank to the point that I should worry? It's a 160g display with a 70g sump. I'm not currently running any carbon because I'm out. I know chlorine evaporates out quickly, but what about any other chemicals? 2) does anyone have any veteran tricks for keeping a suction cup power head in place? I've tried magnets, but I can't find any locally that are strong enough. Thanks Eddie Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Still have some frags if anyone is interested. Pm me and we will setup a time. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. My concern would be running the nitrates completely to zero. I have heard of this happening with zeovit and other low nutrient systems. I agree with Ty it could be very messy and when do you change the media? When the GFO stops working or when it's dissolved? That could cause a potential disaster if it's timed incorrectly. I may call the company and ask some questions. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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