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    @mFrame might know
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    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    I need to know more about this 2 for 1 deal!
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    Sump, radion pro, calcium reactor

    @ACampbell has a calcium reactor and co2 tank listed in the for sale section
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    BBMarlin's 76G - Skimmerless SPS Reef

    Tank looks very nice
  5. Good price! I picked up a couple of boxes ...
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    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    Great start, and I really like the rockwork, simple and well balanced!
  7. 'bout time you posted one or two pictures ...
  8. What a relief to come home and get that first inspection clear!
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    It does kind of look like ich to me. The only way I've ever gotten rid of it is to quarantine it with a chelated copper like CopperSafe. Not reef safe! Many folks here on ARC recommend just managing the ich through various ways of strengthening the fish's natural immune responses,. Hopefully some of those folks might speak up about their methods, I am not too familiar with them.
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    the jolt 1̶5̶0̶ 180

    Some of you know that I have a new rimless 150 180 gallon tank on order from Reef Savvy. It won't be here for a few months so I won't yet bore folks with details on that -- but I am excited and as we get closer to black friday I'll start to do the big equipment purchases! Between now and then I'll post some of my thoughts on equipment and I hope for your feedback on the tradeoffs of various choices Today's topic: So far my QT, RODI, and SW mixing facility has been geared towards my current 32 gallon tank. So I've spent the last few months doing a makeover to increase my capacity. I did not have much room to work with -- just a small closet in the back of the house. Fortunately it's on the other side of the wall from the washer/dryer so I am able to plumb and get electricity in there through a single hole in the wall. The real trick has been trying to figure out how to cram as much gear as possible into a minimal space. Here's a few photos and brief description. Today I finally started filling the RODI tank for the first time, after testing the float valve and the ASO valve. I'm getting kind of excited as the next phase is to bring one of the SW stations on line and then begin filling the 40B. Some details: Rock prep/Qurantine/Frag Tank I bought a 40B at Petco dollar-per-gallon sale. Drilled it and installed a glass holes overflow. Painted the back and bottom black, and made a stand for it. The idea is to sequence some things through this tank. Starting with preparing some seed rock for the DT. I bought 100 pounds of Fiji dry from BRS and I'm getting another box from Reburn down the road. I'm gonna start cooking some of it now as seed rock and then move that to the DT once I have it. Then I'll do another batch or two. I'm going to put a couple of small pieces of already seeded live rock in here to get the ball rolling. After that, the tank will transition to the QT for initial fish stocking. Eventually I will transition it to a frag tank, unless I have to use copper on the QT at some point. RODI reservoir I bought a 35 gallon tank and drilled it for a float valve and put it in a drip tray. It's plumbed with a union and is intended to be gravity feed to the rest of the system. I mounted it on a shelf I constructed over the 40B. The drip tray is plumbed into the washer drain. Then the float valve is plumbed into an auto shutoff system. So two safety mechanisms. Hopefully no more flooded floors!! Saltwater mixing. I bought two 10 gallon mix tanks that were wall-mountable. These have a sloped bottom sump. I plumbed the RODI outlet over to these and put ball valves for easy fill. They drain out the bottom through a couple more ball valves. There is a third ball valve for straight RODI water, and I'll have a short hose attached to that for filling buckets, etc. I drilled access holes in the top of these to get the wiring in for heater, pump, and digital thermometer. This is all plugged into individually switched outlets, wired through a gfci box. Here's the RODI tank mounted over the 40B: Here's the SW mixing tanks: A closeup of the ball valves for filling the SW mixing (notice the switched outlet bar above for the heaters and mixing pumps): And here's the RODI unit with the auto shutoff and triple TDS meter mounted to it (you can see the gfci box with drip loops beside that)
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    Struggling with acros in a reefer 525

    Sponge looks happy. I see a fair amount of coralline. But, even though that sounds like a high fish load, when I look at the pictures of your tank things look pretty sparse, and on the coral I see thin flesh and holes in the flesh, so I still feel it may be a nutrient issue. I do not use a doser for the supplements. I dose 20 drops of Pohl's per day, and 4-6 drops of amino LPS every other day. It does not require refrigeration. There are many supplements you could go with, the KZ ones are definitely expensive.
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    Struggling with acros in a reefer 525

    I would not keep alk that high with nitrate and phosphate in that range. I like to keep alk closer to 8-8.5 range, 5 nitrate and .04 phosphate. I also see a big phosphate spike in your chart. Is that a bad reading? If not, how did it go so high so fast and then come down so fast? And, if the tank is only 8 months old and started with dry rock there is a good chance it's just not mature enough yet for more difficult corals. I've never had luck with acros until I see lots of sponges and coralline algae growing in the tank. Another thing to consider: from the picture it looks like your bioload (fish) is pretty light right now. You might consider adding fish and using an amino acid supplement for the tank until the fish load is higher. I use Pohl's xtra and KZ amino LPS on my 67 gallon frag tank because my fish load is on the small side.
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    the jolt 1̶5̶0̶ 180

    Orange Passion, my favorite!
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    the jolt 1̶5̶0̶ 180

    So since the topic of frags sales recently came up, I thought I'd post pix of a few items that are cooking for future sale. I'm storing things up for a future Jolt frag tank blowout and/or ARC frag swap. Whichever comes first ... And there's more in the works
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    300 Gallon Disaster Reboot

    Fish fat and healthy, sand and glass spotless, corals happy. Nice work!
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    the jolt 1̶5̶0̶ 180

    ASD Rainbow seems happy enough in the display tank
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    Looking for red dragon

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    the jolt 1̶5̶0̶ 180

    Ah, I see. You need a private transaction. i.e., what happens at Jolt's place stays at Jolt's place
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    the jolt 1̶5̶0̶ 180

    Haha. There is a rumor that ARC is gonna have a frag swap sometime in the near future and I'm hoping to set up a table then!
  20. Looking forward to your build thread ... with pictures!
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    42 Gallon Hex Tank Build

    It's a shame the digital aquatics guys went out of business. I know a few people who got burned by that
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    42 Gallon Hex Tank Build

    Nice doser stand!
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    Just picked up a macro lens, holy moly

    Nice pics! The Wolverine is doing great
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    the jolt 1̶5̶0̶ 180

    Wow, it's been a long time between updates. I've been fighting a major cyano outbreak in my display tank. It's been massive. I think I might be turning the corner on that. Here is an FTS just after a recent cleaning. I've finally started back up on moving frags into the display from my frag tank. All the colonies in this photo have been in there for about 8 months.