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Hello there,

It’s been about 10 years since I was last here. I ended up settling down, getting married and starting a business in Austin. Oh how time fly’s by. Over the years I have thought about this hobby many times and missed it dearly. I would often look at my old 30 gallon tank pics and videos and comment to my wife about how much I enjoyed it and I should start it up again…..

Well we recently relocated to San Antonio and into a much bigger house. I just ordered a new Waterbox tank and I’m super excited to be back. I’ve been combing YouTube lately and it’s very cool to see all the new tech and educational videos available. This hobby has come a long way and I’m ready to dive in head first. 

I plan to take advantage of some of this cool tech and build out a nice SPS heavy tank over the next year and looking forward to this journey. 




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Welcome back!  Research has revealed quite a bit about how reef ecosystems work as well, especially the roles of Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) and sponges (it's a whole lot more than just nitrates and phosphates).  If you haven't seen these videos you should find them pretty interesting as well.


"Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas" This video compliments Rohwer's book of the same title (Paper back is ~$20, Kindle is ~$10), both deal with the conflicting roles of the different types of DOC in reef ecosystems.  While there is overlap bewteen his book and the video both have information not covered by the other and together give a broader view of the complex relationships found in reef ecosystems

Changing Seas -  Mysterious Microbes

Nitrogen cycling in hte coral holobiont

BActeria and Sponges

Maintenance of Coral Reef Health (refferences at the end)

Optical Feedback Loop in Colorful Coral Bleaching

Richard Ross  What's up with phosphate"


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I just finished the first video. Very interesting to see the direct correlation between death and stress. How viruses live on the surfaces of coral even while they are healthy. The segment at the end about the lagoon and clams was cool also. 

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Thanks, my 110 gallon is almost done cycling. I placed a nice order through BRS. One of the items was the COR-15 return pump. After ordering I realized it needed the Apex controller. I visited a couple of local fish stores and the last one “Salty Fish” just happened to have a lightly used setup on consignment. I basically got the controller, energy bar, probes and auto feeder for less than half off, and everything works great. I love a good deal. 

I used the money I saved here to buy a Pax Bellum and a UV Sterilizer. 

how is your tank coming along? 

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