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  1. Merman

    Struggling with acros in a reefer 525

    Obviously the people commenting here know what they are talking about and you should follow the tactical advice given. My advice is more strategic. Like others have suggested, your tank is really young and it just takes time. I would focus on getting montipora to grow first since they are one of the easiest and most forgiving. You could also try pocillopora to start with. It sounds like you're on top of your maintenance so you're probably better off not worrying about it too much and enjoying your tank. It's a long process and you'll get there. I would also put the Acros on hold temporarily and save yourself the expense and frustration. I have both Hydra 26s and Hydra 52s and, based on my experience and observation, I think it will be a challenge to get anything but the most robust Acros to grow under 26s. To put it into perspective, my tank has similar height and length dimensions as yours and I have 3 Hydra 52s. I still get shading and have not been able to keep the more challenging, light-hungry Acros. That being said, you don't have to have a tank full of exotic Acros for it to be awesome. I know that's not something you want to hear since you just bought those lights less than a year ago. Probably isn't even true, just my personal (i.e. worthless) opinion having used AI lights over the last 5-6 years. If you're interested, I'm happy to help out. I know how frustrating it can be to watch frags you spent your hard-earned money on inexplicably die off. I have several different montiporas that have been rock solid in my tank over the years. I'll break you off a couple frags for free if you want to try them. I also have a PAR meter you can use. I think you'll find the 26s are not as powerful as you think they are.
  2. Merman


    I ran a 230 on my 150 gallon for a couple years and eventually retired it. Cleaning is really difficult and they need to be cleaned often. Makes for a brutal maintenance experience and sucks the fun out of owning a reef tank. Looks like other people have had better luck but I hated this pump long term. Never considered selling it because I didn’t want to pass the frustration onto someone else.
  3. Merman

    Anyone know what this is?

    Thanks for the info! I really appreciate it.
  4. This thing started growing in my buddy’s tank over the last couple months. Any ideas?
  5. Merman

    ISO Chaetomorpha Algae

    I should have enough for 2 good sized portions. I trim it about once a month so I always have some. Send me a PM whenever you're ready.
  6. Merman

    ISO Chaetomorpha Algae

    Yep deal is still on. Good timing, was about to pull some out anyways.
  7. Merman

    How to setup a Calcium Reactor

    You need a way for gas (air or undissolved C02) to exit the reactor(s). That's probably why he suggested you switch them, otherwise it will build up in your secondary reactor.
  8. Merman

    How to setup a Calcium Reactor

    Also +1 on carbon doser. It’s much easier to use than others I’ve had. I use a smaller sized media in the second chamber and TLF reborn in the main. Works great. Interestingly enough I rarely have to dose magnesium since switching to that a few years ago. Another effective way to raise your tank PH is to run an airline from outside to your skimmer air intake (if you can). Possibly the most effective strategy though is to not even worry about PH and move on with your life. My final piece of advice is to start with a higher PH (6.8 - 7.0) and work your way down. Melting a reactor sucks.
  9. Merman

    How to setup a Calcium Reactor

    For as long as I’ve owned a CaRX I’ve had to constantly baby sit the effluent flow. Faster stream helps but I still have to watch it because it slows down over time. I ran it off the manifold for a bit and it was even worse. Isn’t an issue for some so maybe it’s just my setup. A couple weeks ago I bought a peristaltic pump: https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/fx-stp-peristaltic-dosing-pump-kamoer.html. This is the first pump like this I’ve seen specifically sold for CaRXs. Peristaltic pumps are commonly used in the hobby but in the past you had to go search for a used Masterflex on eBay and it still cost a lot (no thanks). I’ve only had it a short time and can’t speak to it’s longevity but so far it’s freaking awesome. Calibration is easy and the flow rate is exactly the same as when I first set it up. My alkalinity is also exactly the same where before it would fluctuate by 0.2 - 0.5 dKH (depending on how disciplined I was about adjusting the effluent valve). It feels pretty solid and robust so I’m hopeful it will last. One of the coolest toys I’ve bought for my reef. BRS did a video on it if you want to see it in action: https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/video/view/dose-your-tank-24hrs-with-the-continuous-duty-kamoer-fx-stp-doser-brstv/.
  10. Merman

    ISO Chaetomorpha Algae

    Price is now a low five because @FarmerTy is busting my balls. @Sierra Bravo already beat me to it but a fist bump gets you free pods. I have also decided that I will GIVE high fives for frags. You’re welcome ARC.
  11. Merman

    ISO Chaetomorpha Algae

    I will sell you Chaeto for a high five if you’re willing to come to South Austin and get it. Price is non-negotiable.
  12. Merman

    Juiceman's AGE 200 Gallon Reef

    How do you like it so far? Is the programming any different in the newer version? I went from an ancient reef keeper to the new apex so it’s a huge upgrade for me. I am very impressed with it.
  13. Merman

    Rimless 240 build

    Love the equipment choices! Can’t wait to see your build.
  14. Merman

    Can I borrow someone’s Par meter?

    I have an apogee par meter if you’re interested.
  15. Merman

    Chaeto, south Austin

    I live in South Austin and have plenty. Let me know if you want some.