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  1. Hi Tony, welcome! Covid really curtailed active meetings but thinks are starting to thaw back out. Similarly social meeting, Facebook in particular, have filled in some of the socialization gap. As Deririck said, though, there are still definite advantages to history and documentation that the forum provide. We really view it as a hybrid solution. Definitely check out FB, one of the groups has a frag swapped planned for January. That said, it's nice seeing new members here. We're glad to have you and look forward to seeing your setup and build thread! Mike
  2. Feed a good mix of food and you should be fine. I like the cubes you find in the freezer in the fish section of the pet stores. I feed a mix of the mysis, bloodworms, and spirulina. I also have a suction cup clip and fold over nori sheets and clip in the tank. You shouldn't have a problem getting it to eat and it should be reef safe. The biggest issue with powder blues is that they are very susceptible to ick, and if they get it bad enough they can spread it through your whole tank.
  3. I've got plenty of RBTA clones. Are you looking for a Sherman specifically?
  4. There are a few ways we plan to deal with the recurve front. The overflow and returns are via 3" pipes near the center of each circle, with returns being smaller lines that come up through the 3" and distribute via directed loc-line near the water surface. This should let us direct specific currents to create eddies in the curves. Then I was thinking of adding a gyre for overall tank movement, augmented by a few powerheads. By WAVs you mean Neptune WAVs? Would I need just the pumps or something like the Neptune Systems WAV 2 Powerheads Starter Kit? I still have (2) EB8s on my system, no EB832s. Do I need one or can I run them from the EB8s? Which brand gyres do you recommend?
  5. Gyres, Vortech, man I don't know which way to look. The sides are 3/4" acrylic and the back is 1", I'm really thinking of going with gyres and strong magnets, but I'm looking for advice. I do have an Apex, if that figures into the equation.
  6. Pics or they don't exist.
  7. In preparation of our move and transfer to the new recurve tank we will be selling the 226 peninsula tank (build thread and extra pics here): I'll be transferring the majority of the livestock to our new tank between 8/15-8/25, so buyer will need to pick up from our house in south Austin no later than 8/30. Pickup could be sooner as soon as we have things transferred. Included are: tank - Deep Sea Aquatics, dimensions 84" x 24" x 27 1/2" tall. It has (2) 2" PVC cross braces, a PVC bottom, and the overflow is centered on the left side with (5) pre-drilled holes for drains/returns/electric. 226 gallons, 433 lbs empty. stand ( 7' x 2' x 36") - interior painted with white marine epoxy, cabinet has been painted black and has a black melamine layer on the back. The two left cabinets house the overflow/sump/ato reservoir. right 'dry' cabinet is used for storage and equipment. canopy - custom hand-made low profile includes the Tunze wavemaker build into the overflow, sump & return pump in stand, BML light fixtures in canopy, and custom auto-topoff reservoir in stand. No fish included, but happy to convey some of the rose anemones, leathers, and other corals (gold midas paly, rodactis, etc). Some of the live rock will be available as well since we aren't transferring everything. Because of the timing and trying to simplify this for the move, I'm asking much less than I think it's all worth. $850 $750
  8. Made decent progress on the outer stand skin yesterday. The bottom and top surfaces were painted with Rustoleum Appliance paint to protect against water. We then installed some plastic mesh to the bottom to provide a little standoff for any trapped water to evaporate, and ended with a sheet of rubber attached to the stand front and sides that will redirect any water back into the fish room and drain. We pre-drilled (2) 3" holes through the top of the stand. These will be used for the internal overflows and return lines, there won't be any external overflow on the system. After that we installed a trimmed down piece of 4' x 8' trim board as the skin's initial layer.
  9. Lots of progress specifically in terms of house construction, stand, and tank assembly. We're on target for moving in on 8/15, so we really want to have the stand and tank in place and ready to stage the rock and equipment for adding water by the start of August. The builder is being great about allowing us 'early' access to the house so that we're ready to go when we get the actual keys. The stand is roughed out and has been put in place in the house so that we can start working on shimming/leveling and doing some marine epoxy to seal it. Next we'll start planning the skin that faces the living room and begin looking at the canopy. Tim continues to make great progress on the tank itself and I'm incredibly happy with how it's going. The seams where the front connects to the sides will be masked on each side with the framework and trim.
  10. Yep, I submitted online and then they scheduled a remote session.
  11. I went through the same after an electrical storm a few months ago. I spent about a week messing with mine and couldn't get it working, I finally reached out to customer support and they scheduled a meeting via Teamviewer. Within 5 minutes they confirmed there was a problem and had me send the unit to them. It was an older model without wifi built-in, and I was ultimately told they couldn't repair or replace that model. They gave me $300 toward the purchase of a new one and I bit because I had all the other modules that were dependent on the main unit. I'd reach out to them and if they can't help I'd figure out how much you have invested in that ecosystem and look at some alternative controllers if your needs aren't that complex. Best of luck!
  12. Love the glitter bomb and the overall scape. This is looking fantastic!
  13. Cabinetry Build The stand is made from a series of 2x4s with plywood pieces cut to match the top and bottom contour of the tank front. The fishroom floor is approximately 2" lower than the living room floor so the stand has a dropdown `step` on the back portion to accommodate the floor transition. 2x4s are sturdy and cheap, and this design should allow for easy access from the back of the aquarium.
  14. Tank Build It was really rainy the day we finished constructing the oven. The tank construction itself is a fascinating process. Tim built an acrylic `oven` out of lumber, metal sheets, insulation, and a clothes dryer heater element. The oven is basically a large wooden frame with insulated sides, top and bottom. At one end the plywood is covered with sheet metal to both protect the wood and to trap and redirect the heat that is provided by the dryer heater element. A fan provides circulation to move the heated air throughout the oven and around the form. The custom form for the acrylic is placed in the oven to the right of the element. Wool blankets are placed over the form to provide a consistent smooth surface, we don't want nail or screwhead indentations in the finished acrylic. The sheet acrylic is then placed on top of the form, and the doors and top of the oven are put on. The heater element is turned on and then you wait until the internal temp hits about 300 degrees. Even at that temp the acrylic doesn't become goopy, just droopy. As it heats up it starts to sag, and if you're lucky it conforms to the form. If you have significant dips or other challenges you might have to add some force or weight to the top of the acrylic to push it down into place, but that obviously risks marring that side of the acrylic. In our case the temperature was enough to get the shape we were looking for. Once the shape is achieved the heater is turned off and the oven is allowed to cool while the acrylic hardens. You don't want to rush this step as the acrylic has absorbed a lot of heat and needs to cool slowly. As you can see here, we think it came out pretty nice.
  15. It's been a crazy year and a half with Covid and all the other radical changes, so It's been a while since I've posted. The biggest change for us has been the determination to build a new house. In designing the floorplan and rooms my wife suggested I build a dedicated fish room and incorporate the tank in the wall. She didn't have to ask twice. In talking with Timfish I expressed that I wanted the tank to be more than just a "window" of fish, I wanted it to be more dynamic and engaging to people as they watched. He pointed me to Aqua Vim's piano aquarium. I really like the design as it is unique, made of glass, and gives the viewer a central location where they can stand and be nearly surrounded by the aquarium. What I didn't like were the fixed sizes, dealing with shipping from overseas (cost and timing), and the need to incorporate their stand and cover into the design and style of our new home's walls. That lead to the discussion of doing a custom acrylic tank. There are several advantages to this: we get exactly what we want, customized to the home and fish room; lower cost and virtually no shipping. Disadvantages: acrylic scratches easily; requires some specific tooling and setup for forming the tank; requires custom projects for carpentry and lighting. Budgets say even with the tooling that we can build a larger acrylic tank at about 1/3 of the cost. For those savings, even if there are scratches later (which ultimately could be sanded out), I can replace the tank in several years more cheaply than buying glass to begin with. A few basics to begin, starting with the living room/fish room layout and the rough design of the tank. Aqua Vim's piano shape is nice, but didn't have as much of a dual curve as I wanted. With some brainstorming we came up with what we are calling a Recurve design. Dual half circles create a central viewing point that should allow you to be surrounded by the aquarium in nearly a 180 degree radius. So with a basic plan in mind, we started construction and had the foundation poured in October 2020. That proceeded to framing, electrical, a/c and all that follows. We're on track to be completed and move around July 2021, so we've got to get moving on the tank construction so that my wife doesn't have to deal with a gaping hole in her living room wall!
  16. My assumption so far is that what members have lost is livestock rather than equipment. I know that I have lots of extra equipment if members needed that. Additionally I have some frags and corals I could share out. Perhaps we should start a donation thread where we list what we have to offer to help bootstrap members who need it? We could piggyback on one of the LFS distribution efforts and give out LPS or SPS packs.
  17. I've sent an email to BRS, will post responses accordingly.
  18. As we come out the other side of the most recent power and water outages I know there will be a lot of members and stores hurting and recovering. Please don't hesitate to let us know how we can help or what we can do to assist.
  19. So sorry to hear what you went through Lewis, I know you weren't alone. We're also looking at getting a standby generator. I have friends who have solar and the powerwall but during this the panels weren't charging and a single powerwall battery pack isn't enough to run a furnace, frig, etc. It seems like generator is the way to go, at least for us.
  20. Welcome to the hobby! If you're still going to buy water I'd suggest investing in an RODI setup and making your own water. If you're running two tanks then you'll need it.
  21. I've never had an issue with inking, the main issue is removing them quickly if they die. As for macroalgae, they'll eat whatever is most convenient and tastes the best so you may need to protect them.
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