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Timfish last won the day on July 5

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  1. I have a couple baby purple tip frogspawn you can have.
  2. What did you do this July 4th weekend? I piddled around putting together some of my 300 gallon Recurve Bowfront.
  3. PM'd, Yeah, a lot of people lost stuff including myself. I do have several "baby" polyps you can have NC. You'll need to carefully super glue them to rocks, they're pretty boyant when expanded.
  4. Welcome back! Our understanding of how reef systems work certainly has changed quite a bit. I get daily updates on new research and it's just not possible to read all the papers and get everything else done. I'd have to say though, the most signifcant chnage for those of us who keep reef systems is Aquabiomic's 16sDNA testing so we can at least get somewhat of a picture of some of the microbial processes in our systems. If you haven't read it yet I'd encourage you to get Forest ROhwer's "Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas" (kindle is ~$10). Here's some video's you might find informative: Forest Rohwer "Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R2BMEfQGjU Changing Seas - Mysterious Microbes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7hsp0dENEA Nitrogen cycling in hte coral holobiont https://youtu.be/DWItFGRQJL4 Richard Ross What's up with phosphate" https://youtu.be/ZRIKW-9d2xI
  5. It's good to see a really detailed thread on setting up a control system for managing a reef aquarium!
  6. Sorry to hear you're leaving the hobby! Don't stay away too long!
  7. That was close! My tanks dropped to 57 and I had huge losses. :(
  8. Great to see your system survived the freeze!
  9. Both River City, (512) 219-7200 and Aquadome, (512) 442-1400, should at least have some limestone. I use a lot of local holey rock in my tanks along with some quality maricultured live rock. I would encourage you to use at least some wild or maricultured live rock. Besides beneficial microbial stuff that can't be culture you also get cryptic sponges that remove both hydrophillic as well as hydrophobic stuff that promotes pathogenic shifts in the coral microbiome/holobiont. I would only get it airshipped to minimize dieoff and then quarintine it liek anything else you'd get for your reef system.
  10. Those are disc or button thermostats. The tabs are very prone to rusting and I've stopped using them. If the light doesn't turn on when you apply 24 vdc you can check them by shorting the two tabs together with a paper clip or jumper. (It's low voltage so there's no risk of shock.) SOme silicone smeared on them will keep them from being an issue going forward.
  11. Looks like I'm committed now! This is going to be a fun system to build and setup.
  12. Hopefully someone here is happy to help. I would suggest to writing down a list for whoever you do get to help. List not only the things that need to be done and might need to be done but also things not to do.
  13. Only thoughts I have on two returns is if there is just one return pump and someone wants to match flow from both nozzles it's kinda hit and miss. I'm don't know how you are running the plumbing but I've seen one setup using a single return pump where the plumping for the returns was separated below the water line and a anti siphon hole was only placed on one nozzle so the other would continue to siphon. (Personally I would go with two small return pumps and 2 return lines for redundancy.) Put the returns as close to the overflow as you want. Look up KimP's setup, the two returns are actually in the overflow.
  14. Cool, thank you for posting this info and your reasons and thought process for choosing a generator!
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