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  1. RobR

    Rob’s 150 reboot

    Hey all it’s been awhile since I did anything on a build thread and I would Really like to document the reboot of my 150. My wife and I moved from Round Rock to Georgetown back in May and we have been pretty busy getting settled and getting the new house set up, so there hasn’t been much time for the tank which was sitting in the garage til a few weeks ago. My brother in law came up and we finally got it moved into it’s new home after getting it cleaned up. The few fish and corals I have left have been chilling in my QT and I am sure ready for the big tank to get set up. last week I got the rock soaking in some bleach to get all the organics from the old tank off. Decided to try this after watching the BRS investigates the best way to cure rock. We’ll see how it works out so far the rock looks really white.... This weekend my dad came up with his power miter and helped me get the plumbing cut. We had started with a hand miter and what a pain that was. Took less than half the time to get it all cut with the power miter. I like the way the blue and gray looks so hopefully there won’t be any leakswe did come up a little short on the return pump end and I had to order a new union and male adapter for the pump. Thankfully I have plenty of PVC left so that won’t be an issue. Hopefully I can get that taken care of later this week. This is the first time I have ever heard plumbed a tank and I’m hoping it will hold up better than the felxible stuff I have used in the past. Today the new skimmer came and it looks really nice. It’s an SVS-24 from Jeff at life reef. I have read really good things about his skimmers so I wanted to give one a try. Hopefully it will live up to the hype gonna use a laguna maxflo 1350 to feed it. All the other equipment at this point will be from the old tank. 2x250 radiums on magnetic ballasts. BML super actinic strip for dusk dawn. Return pump is a sicce syncra 5. 2 MP40’s for in tank flow and a Neptune Apex to control it all. My goal is for this to be an SPS dominant tank with a bunch of wrasse. In the past I have used two part dosing and have had mediocre results with my SPS so I am looking at something that will keep the tank super stable. For dosing i’m Still up in the air. I have been doing some research on the Triton method and have seen some pretty good results, but there are just as many so-so results it seems. Plus I would need a 4 dosing pump set up, but I’m not totally against trying it. If anyone has any experience please let me know. The other option would be to bite the bullet and get a CARx, and honestly this is the way I may be leaning right now. I have never run one before and they seem kinda complicated. If I was to do it I think I would do a geo 618 with the aquarium plants carbon doser or a dual stage. I am still researching these things so if you CARx gurus have any advice I am all ears other than that I have ordered some tropic Eden reef flakes for my new sand bed and some Red Sea blue bucket to start things off. Hopefully I’ll get it leak tested later this weak and get it cycling in the next few. Til then gonna continue reading about triton and CARx to try and make that decision. Like I said any advice from the CARx gurus or folks that have used triton will be much appreciated.
  2. I realize "Beginner" and "240 Gallon" is kind of an oxymoron, but go big or go home... I recently acquired a 240 Gallon tank that is set up to be a reef tank, although the farthest it every got with the previous owner was about 1 month with water and some rock in it. It has been sitting in a garage for about 7 years. I purchased the whole set up and I want to get started assembling the tank and getting it going. I have no idea what I am doing, but I have been doing a lot of research and I think I have a few ideas... 1. I want an Apex controller 2. I want (2) Kessil AP700 lights. The light box that came with this tank is old technology and I don't want to deal with the big metal halides. I also like the look of a more open top tank. The tank was custom built, the stand was custom and the sump was custom. It has a 4', 60 gallon sump which seems about right from the research I have done. The skimmer was the latest and greatest when it was new, 7 years ago, but it hasn't been run but maybe 2 months its whole life. Although it has a crack in it, not sure if i can fix that with some aquarium silicone or epoxy or what not. I'm looking for some direction and some help if anyone can help guide me in the right direction. I want it to be high quality, and I like redundancy too. Also, I like to have as much automation as possible. At this point, I'm not even sure what questions I need to ask...So I'm hoping someone can spur some conversation and help me figure out what the right questions are to ask. I look forward to joining this community and learning from anyone that is willing to take the time!! **Note** These pictures are of the tank when it was originally set up approx. 7 years ago, it is in pieces right now, in my dining room.**
  3. The thumbs up has been given and Ty has agreed to host the club so everyone can check out his tank and fish room. Please be aware that he does have a baby under 1 year old so if you are sick, just recovered, or your kids are sick, please help him out and skip the meeting. With that said, he will be catering the usual Vietnamese food as snacks for all that attend and frags will be available for purchase. You can bring frags to trade or buy but make sure you have your own container to hold them. PM Ty for address This event will be held from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
  4. Vernon Saunders

    Tank Testing Log

    Hi all, I have made an Excel spreadsheet for me to use to help keep me on track and honest about my water testing. I have formatted it with average parameters for a mixed reef tank since that is the tank I am currently striving for. The parameters are completely customizable to what you want in your tank with about 15-20 minutes of work depending on your knowledge of Excel. With the formatting I currently have set up it will let you know when your parameters are inline with what you desire for your tank. I set in a dosing calculator for additives and medications (if you use them) to help you quickly figure out how many mL of the solutions you use and it is able to figure out a daily dosage based on the recommended dosing procedures on the bottle. I have included it on the post if anyone is interested in the file. If you have a hard time changing the parameters to the ones you desire let me know and I will gladly set them up for you. If any of you do end up using the file, I would love to hear any feedback about it on how it works for you/how to improve it for easier use. Tank Levels Shareable.xlsx
  5. Vernon Saunders

    New corals inbound

    Today R2R had a live sale going on that I participated in. I managed to snag these little beauties and wanted to share/brag.
  6. Gig 'em @ NDstructible

    Corals! Corals! Corals!

    The frag rack is full and it's time to thin the herd! Sorry for the terrible photo quality, iPhone is easy to snap pictures with, but the color balance is horrendous. Feel free to come over and look in person if you want a better idea of coloration! All frags are roughly 1". There are some corals on the frag rack not listed here, which you're more than welcome to inquire about. Indigo tip stag similar to Northern lights - $25 $20 Azure acro (purple tips, green body) - $25 SOLD Will frag on request (Parent colony shown here) Blue tenuis - $25 $20 (Parent colony shown here) GE's PCP - $25 (Parent colony shown here. Various size frags available) Sunset Mille - $50 $45 (Parent colony shown here) Red planet - $50 $45 (Mother colony) GE's key like breeze - $20 (Parent colony shown here) Sunset monti - $20 Frag rack shot
  7. rchavez

    June SPS Corals!

    Hello, have some colorful SPS fags for sale. Red Dragon $25 - 2 available Sold Large Red Dragon $30 - 1 available Sold Cali Tort $25 - 1 available ORA Borealis $25 - 1 available Sold Rainbow Stylo $20 - 2 available 1 Sold, 1 pending pickup Paletta Blue Stag $10 - 2 available Green Body Blue Tip Stag $10 - 2 available Green Tip Torch $20 - 3 available Red Dragon- awesome deep red color Cali Tort- deep blue with hints of green ORA Borealis- green with radiant light blue growth tips Rainbow Stylo- cool multi colored stylo Paletta Blue Stag- blue body with baby blue growth tips Paletta Colony (nfs) Green Body Blue Tip Stag Colony (nfs) *white tips are blue in person Green Tip Torch- large frags with awesome color! Come by and get some great looking corals. Other fresh cut frags available. Roland.
  8. Kevin S.

    SPS Frags for sale

    I have some wild SPS I got from AAF a year ago ready for sale and a few others. 1. - Blue/Green Acro $25 2. - Montipora Veracosa $20 sold 3. - Blue/Green Acro $25 4. - Blue/Green Acro $25 sold 5. - Blue/Green Acro $20 6. - Blue/Green Acro $30 7. - Green Montipora Digitata - $10 Pickup near SH130 & Gattis School Rd. Paypal accepted, no trades. Home M-F after 4pm and off weekends. Thanks for looking! [emoji4]
  9. Kevin S.

    Corals for sale- SOLD

    Neon Green Leather 6"- $30 - SOLD Green Lantern Zoas - $20 - SOLD Purple People Eater Zoas $20 Blue polyp, green with purple rim Monti - $15 I have some blue/green wild sps - the larger one is $30 the others are $25. - SOLD Green torch coral with some red mushrooms attached at the base - $30 - SOLD SOLD - SOLD - GREEN LEATHER - PENDING Pick up near SH130 and Gattis school rd. No delivery will hold with PayPal.
  10. Question, if I buy a piece of SPS from a store or fellow reefer I usually try to find out what lighting it was placed under. But I think I should be asking what are the water parameters they were grown in. I would think if you buy a piece that is grown in Alk of 7.5 and drop it in a tank with a Alk of 9.5 this would shock the crap out of them. We all have had issues were the KH has dropped below par by accident and have seen the results. So what is the best way to acclimate them to the tank? Or am I overthinking this.
  11. Hey friends, have a few frags to clear off the rack. Red Dragon $20 (2) Rainbow Stylo $20 (2) Paletta Lovelli Blue Stag $15 (1) Green/Pink Pocillopora Mini colony $25 (1) Green with Green tips Torch frag $25 (1) Available evenings and weekend. NW Austin Thanks! Roland
  12. rchavez

    February SPS Frags!

    Hi friends, clearing frag racks. Chips Acropora Frags $25 (2 available) 1 available Cali Tort Frags $25 (2 available) 1 available Blue Tip Stag Frags $25 (2 available) 1 available Paletta Blue Acro Frags $25 (2 available) 1 available Watermelon Stylo Frags $25 (2 available SOLD Rainbow Stylo Frags $25 (2 available) 2 fresh cut available Pink Stylo Frags $25 (2 available) 1 available Green Stylo Frag $10 (1 available SOLD Option: Choose 5 for $80 Mini Colonies Chips Acropora $60 (1 available) Great color and fuzzy polyps! Purple Stylo $25 (1 available) Great color and fuzzy polyps! Green/Pink Pocillipora $20 (1 available) Great color and fast grower! Torch Frags Orange Torch $25 (1 available) SOLD Green Torch $25 (1 available) Super colorful and wavy polyps! All are very healthy and very colorful! Located in North West Austin. Thanks! Roland
  13. Jonathan Gonzales

    Cultivated Reef Order

    Hola Austin Reefers! I just heard from Holly at Cultivated Reef and she said with another group order we could get free shipping (as long as I can get multiple reefers to order). So would anyone be interested in going in on a group order? One great thing about Cultivated Reef is if you ask they will send you wysiwyg photos of the frags you're interested in to choose from. I want to get a feel from the group before completing the order, but I was thinking within 2-3 weeks. They have a really great selection and I did place an order with them from the previous group order(everything came in great shape), and I was thinking about getting some corals I haven't been able to find around town. http://cultivatedreef.com/ For making the payment what we did last time was order threw cultivated reef and for shipping select "Pick Up" and in notes type in "Group Order for ARC" It was pretty simple and they wrote my name on each bag to make picking up my corals a breeze.
  14. Anyone here using peroxide dips on SPS frag plugs to combat algae? If so, what is your technique?
  15. rchavez

    SPS Frag Packs (Mix & Match)

    Hello, clearing my frag racks and have some nice SPS corals for sale. Start off the new year with some new corals! Choose 5 of the following for $80. Grape Juice Acropora (2 1 available) SOLD Blue Millepora (1 available) SOLD Cali Tort (2 1 available) Paletta Blue Acropora (2 1 available) Green with Blue Tips Acropora (2 1 available) Rainbow Stylo (2 1 available) Hot Pink Stylo (2 1 available) Purple Stylo (1 available) Green Stylo (1 available) Green & Pink Pocillopora (2 1 available) Green Torch w/ Pink Tips (1 available) 1 Green Torch w/ Green Tips Frag for $25 left! (not part of frag packs) SPS Frags Green Torch Frags on left Come by and get some corals Thanks! Roland
  16. ​Hey friends, Clearing the frag racks and have some super colorful SPS frag packs available for sale. Come and get some Thanksgiving frags! Here is a picture of one of the frag racks. SPS Frag Pack (5 colorful SPS frags, 3 packs available) $90 each! 1 Sold, 2 left! Hot Pink Stlyo (awesome pink color) Rainbow Stylo (very colorful and cool) Cali Tort (deep blue body with green polyps) Blue Green Staghorn- Blueberry Acro (awesome color and grows quickly!) Paletta Lovelli Acropora (blue with baby blue tips ) 1st pic L to R: Hot Pink Stylo, Rainbow Stylo and Cali Tort. 2nd pic L to R: Cali Tort, Blue Green Blueberry Acro and Paletta Lovelli Blue Milipora Frag (1 available) $40 Blue Millepora (beautiful blueish purple with blue tips) Blue Mili center SPS Stylo Frag Pack (4 colorful SPS frags, 1 pack available) $60 SOLD! Green/Pink Watermelon Stylo (awesome two tone color!) Rainbow Stylo (colorful and cool, recently fragged) Purple Stylo (beautiful deep purple color, fast growing) Green Stylo (nice color and fast growing) Watermelon Stylo 2nd from left, Green Stylo 3rd from left. Rainbow and Purple not shown. Will post updated picture soon. SPS Acro & Stylo Mini Colonies (large and very colorful!) Purple Stylo $20 (beautiful deep purple color, fast growing) Paletta Lovelli Acropora $40 (blue with baby blue tips ) SOLD! Mini Colony on left, partial mother colony on right (not for sale) Blue Green Staghorn- Blueberry Acro $45 (awesome color and avast grower!) SOLD! Mini Colony on left, partial mother colony on right (not for sale) JF Grape Juice $70 (Greenish yellow body infused with purple tips and polyps, pretty sweet) I have lots of time to meet today and this whole week, come by and get some really awesome corals. Here is a video I made a couple of week ago to get an idea of the color and health of the corals, check it out! Thanks Roland.
  17. Hello everyone, Here is a short GoPro video of my 65 gallon SPS dominant tank. The corals and colors are coming along nicely. Just trying to organize it and glue down some more colonies. May have to move some corals out, there are some stunners on the frag rack that I have to find room for. Hope you like it! Sorry for the music haha. Roland
  18. rchavez

    Torch Frag Pack Part 2

    Torch Coral Frag Pack for Sale Part 2! Includes Green Torch with Green Tips, Orange Torch with White Tips and Green Torch with Pink Tips $65 All 3 are nice and healthy and attached to frag disks. Frag pack pictured below along with video! Will hold with Paypal. Thanks! Roland Lots of SPS frags available for sale if interested!
  19. Hey, Looking for a Green Slimer, Tyree Pink Lemonade & Pink or Sunset Mili. Trades or cash. Let me know, thanks!
  20. rchavez

    Sunday Coral Pack Special!

    Hey friends, Undergoing some tank aquascaping and need to move some corals out fast. These are corals from my other sale thread. Its a a great package deal with some awesome corals. LPS and SPS! Here is what you'll get: Green with Green Tips Torch Frag (beautiful, 2 heads) Green with Purple Tips Frogspawn (classic, very nice, 4 heads) Large Green Capricornis (great rich green color) Large Electric Blue Digi (great color, lots of branches, fast growing) Purple Stylo Mini Colony (Beautiful purple color with 4 branches and 5 tips) ORA Montipora Lantana Frag (Blue-Purple with Orange-Yello polyps) Coral Pack price is $75 Sold I'm in North Austin and available today. Paypal is good to reserve. Thanks! Roland Check out pics down below!
  21. rchavez

    Corals Corals Corals!

    Hello friends, making room in the tank this weekend. Have lots of healthy and colorful corals for sale. Frags, frag packs and colonies. Take a look! Mike Paletta Blue Acro Frag Paletta Colony (not for sale) Amazing Baby Blue color and growth pattern! $40 Still Available! LPS Frag Pack! Sold Green with Purple Tips Frogspawn & Green with Green Tips Torch! $40 Purple Stylo Colony $50 Sold Very colorful! 6" x 5" Flower Pedal Capricornis $50 Sold Huge! Green with Blue polyps and Blue rim Large Electric Blue Digitata Frags $10 Still Available! Very colorful and fast growing Leather Coral & Blue Digi Pack $10 Still Available! Large Blue Digi Frag and Toadstool Leather Frag. Great for starting a reef! Very hardy corals. Birdsnest Colony Pack! Neon Green Birdsnest & Hot Pink Birdsnest $30 Great color combination! Sold ORA Montipora Lantana Frag $20 Sold The aquacultured ORA® Marshall Island Lantana Coral has a yellowish green colored tissue interspersed with delicate polyps ranging in coloration from purple to blue. Green Capricornis Frag $15 Sold Bright Green with Green Polyps 4"+ Purple Stylo Mini Colony $20 Sold ​Fantastic Purple color with 5 branches! Available this weekend. Reserve with Paypal if you like. Thanks for looking!
  22. Hello everyone! I have (2) nice Stylo Frag Packs for sale. They are $50 each and include a Purple Stylo, Green Stylo and Rainbow Stylo. All are very colorful. Plus 2 free frags! Hot Pink Birdsnest and Electric Blue Digitata. (This is a great pack, Rainbow Stylo frags are $50 online) Sold Below are some pictures of the frag pack and mother colonies. All pictures taken with iPhone 6. Large Colonies for Sale: Colorful Green Birdsnest 4" diameter (green body with green polyps) $40 Sold Flower Pedal Capricornis 7" x 5" (green body with blue polyps) $75 Hot Pink Birdsnest (Massive!!) 9" x 8 " $100 Below are some pictures of the large colonies. If you are looking for some big show pieces to fill your tank, these are great! Save you a year or two to grow out. Thanks for looking! Other misc. frags available. Located in NW Austin.
  23. Hello, Tank is starting to fill out and I need to make some room. Thanks for looking! ORA Marshall Island Lantana Montipora Frag- $25 (different and unique) Available LiveAquaria Photo Purple Stylo Frag- multi branch $15 (nice deep purple, fast grower) Sold Tylee Green Stylo Frag- large 3" multi branch $15 (orange body with green polyps) Available Green Torch with Green Tips Frag- $15 (beautiful green color, single head) Sold Stangturismo Green Torch Mother Colony (not for sale) Blue Montipora Digitata Colony- $40, 5"x3" (nice electric blue polyps, large colony) Sold Brooks Blue Montipora Digitata Frags- large multi branch $10 1 Sold to Tylee, 1 Sold to Stangturismo. Plenty left Birds of Paradise Mini Colony $20 (yellow green body with shaggy purple polyps) Sold TyLee Green Capricornis Large 3" Frag- $15 Available Neon Green Birdsnest Frag $10 Available Bright Pink Birdsnest Frags- $10-$20 Available PM if interested in the entire colony, its very large! Thanks, Roland
  24. rchavez

    Very Nice Toadstool & Blue Digi

    Hello, just making some room in my tank this weekend. I have two very nice Toadstool leathers. Very healthy, about 6" tall. $10 each or both for $15. 1 Available Short Vid Leather.MOV I also a brightly colored Blue Digita. Awesome color! Large frags for $10. Photos taken with iPhone Close-up I'm in North Austin Parmer/620 area I have more SPS as well. Thanks for looking!
  25. Hello, I'm trying to make some room in the tank for some new corals. I am selling some really nice sized and colorful colonies! Birds of Paradise 4"-5" Great color and polyp extension! $30 Sold Purple Stylo 4"-5" Great color and nice polyps $30 Sold Picture of both Video- Very happy, great color and polyp extension. trim.29794953-3B2C-444F-A707-DC7509D2BDE9.MOV Pink Birdsnest 4"-5" $20 Sold Original Colony (not for sale) Great color and fast growing Flower Pedal Monti Cap (Green with blue polyps and blue rim) 3"-4" $25 Green Stylo Frag (orange body with green polyps) $15 Sold I'm in North Austin Parmer/620 Thanks for looking! Roland
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