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  1. MP10 WES and LET 24" T5 Retrofit Kits

    They work great. Just to small for my tank.
  2. I have a couple things I am not going to need for the new build and figured I would offer them here first. 3 "sets" of LET 24" T5 setups (ballast, 4 waterproof endcaps, 2 mirro reflectors and wiring) The wiring harness has been shortened a little but there is still lots of wire for plenty of mounting options. These three "sets" will get you a 6 bulb T5 setup with the ability to turn on 2 bulbs at a time for a nice dusk/dawn effect. https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/t5-ho-miro-4-retrofit-kit-let-lighting.html New $120 each set, asking $75 each set, $200 if you buy all 3 sets. I have bulbs that I will throw in with the setup but they have 12 months of use on them so they are more for verifying that everything is wired right than reef use at this point. Vortech Mp10WES - still in great shape, these are not the newest Quiet Drive but most can tell you the QD doesn't really lessen sound much on the 10 size. https://www.marinedepot.com/EcoTech_Marine_VorTech_MP10wES_Propeller_Pump_w_Wireless_EcoSMART_Driver_Adjustable_Flow_Aquarium_Powerheads-EcoTech_Marine-EM1253-FIPHAD-vi.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjwhrzLBRC3ARIsAPmhsnWbuXdm5sbo3itHbhVb2J6x3IQ9vE9qjxcrQojh5fg4fhw9_ZTTVu4aAoRMEALw_wcB $100 each I can arrange pickup in Valparaiso (North of Fort Walton just a short way,beside Niceville)
  3. MP10 WES and LET 24" T5 Retrofit Kits

    I do, I think Richard was running 4 bulbs on that 45 cube an a Onyx fixture, 6 would be plenty of light for anything.
  4. Yes, you read that right. I bought a 240 gallon tank. 8'x2'x2' standard dimension tank. Does not have built in overflows (that's a plus since I want a slim internal box and a BeanAnimal style drain system). Tank is pretty much scratch free. Going to do some cleaning one day soon to see which side is going to become the front. This is going to be a slow build since I am also remodeling a house right now for a move. The tank won't be setup till I am close to the big move. Hopefully I can get it setup for a few weeks and have it cycling before I move the current tank into that system. Equipment plans currently: Lighting - Thinking seriously about 2 - 6 bulb 4' long T5 fixtures along the back part of the tank and 3 - Kessil 360we's across the front slightly angled toward the back. The bracing does not lend itself to single point lighting to well, so the T5s will be the main lighting and the Kessils mainly for night viewing and some shimmer. (this may change drastically before the tank is setup) Return - seeing all the locals with the Varios 6 pump, I am thinking about going with the Varios 8, looks like it will be a good fit, also planning on tank end of the return lines going into 1" SeaSwirls. Skimmer - Reuse my Vertex 180i until the bio load becomes an issue. Undecided on final skimmer, might go with a Lifereef Sump(s) - Need to measure the "fish room" adjacent to the tank but it appears I can comfortably fit 2 of the rubbermaid stock tanks, One will be a dedicated refugium the second as a skimmer and return pump and whatever other equipment i throw at this beast. Stand - Reuse the existing stank so long as it passes my inspection (I will likely add a sheet of foam insulation between the stand and the tank for peace of mind) Rock/Sand - Mixture of BRS Pukani and TBS cultured rock (about 50lbs of their rock to seed the dry rock) Flow/Powerheads - For now I have a spare Mp40 and a Gyre 130 and some other misc powerheads that should provide enough flow. Will likely try 2 of the Jeabo WP60 (or whatever is their MP60 equivalent) in the future. Possibly try one of the new Maxspect Gyre 280 models. a couple pics MP40 on the end of the tank for scale, that's a Gyre 130 on the side too. Thanks to Lobstergrabber (Richard) for his help getting the tank home. zT0tzKG8 miRcrWSE
  5. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    Thanks again to Lobstergrabber (Richard) for coming up to the middle of nowhere and helping build a stand on Saturday. IMG_20171104_125924 by drauka99, on Flickr got one coat of primmer/paint on it on Sunday. Stand will be skinned in oak and stained to match the rest of the trim in the house. IMG_20171105_130651 by drauka99, on Flickr All lumber is 2" x 8". The plywood is 3/4". To say it is built like a tank might be an understatement.
  6. What is this and how do you get rid of

    Looks like cyano
  7. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    So with the 93 busting a seam I am moving ahead with the 240 build a bit faster than I had hoped. (I was considering ordering a custom tank instead or a 180) I ordered the overflow box. the company has a new kit that was just coming on the market when I was looking before. When I emailed them my questions and requests they basiclly said - here's the new model that covers all those ideas. Modular Marine 3600gph overflow - 36" internal box This weekends plans include some repair on a big sump I have, placing stabilizing stands under my house (off grade residence) where the tank and sump is going, and possibly beginning the stand build. Most of the stuff I need to do the build wont be here till next week so I might as well knock out what I can.
  8. Some background first, My first "reef" tank was a 55 with tons of problems. Canister filters, wet dry sump, power compact lighting, tap water. Surprisingly this tank did well for almost a year before bubble algae took it over. I had been keeping both tank for several years prior to this and was honestly just burnt out aquariums at that point so I shut down that tank and moved on from the hobby for a while. A couple years later, while visiting friends I happened across a closeout deal on a 24 gallon bio-cube. At this point I had read much much more of reefkeeping and realized most of my mistakes I had made on the 55. I went all out on this tiny tank and kept it for a few years. During a move I inadvertently cracked the back panel on this tank and had to make a change and fast. Having learned from mistakes made on the 24 setup I moved ahead with the change out. I ordered a 40 Breeder locally and had it drilled for 2 internal corner overflows. I ran this tank for some time and finances and personal things got in the way of me taking care of this tank. Fast forward a few years and I have been bitten by the bug again. I still had my 40 Breeder and a bucket full of plumbing parts and a few other odds and ends from the last build but I vowed to take my time this time and make everything not only look nice but work well. For the past couple months I have been slowly building a stand and gathering parts. At this point the stand is about 90% done and I have about 75% of the stuff I need to get it running. That "working well" portion of the build has involved lots of planing, research and thinking about how would be the easiest way to accomplish some things. Now for a few pics, the initial plan A 40 Breeder over a 40 Breeder sump with a 20 Long for ATO. Once this basic layout was built I added lots of brace pieces to strengthen the connections. Luckily I work with structural engineers and I ran some ideas past him and he assures me the stand is way overbuilt with the bracing. the bones (this is before the bracing was added) A mock up before adding the removable front panel and staining everything. As it sits right now. I am letting some the the stain smell dissipate before I move it inside, shim the stand and complete the plumbing. This is going to take a few weeks since I am going on vacation and am waiting on a sump baffle kit from a friend.
  9. I have an overflow for the 240 I bought a while back ordered and have talked to a glass shop about drilling the holes. For the price its worth it for me to let them do it, since they are experienced. I do think I am going to build a stand for the 240, the one that came with it is a normal freshwater stand and is only 2' tall or maybe 28". I want closer to 36" height. Plus that helps with plumbing into the other room. Thanks, Richard and Aaron, I'll let y'all know if I need a hand.
  10. Update #1 Rhomboid jumped the first night after the move. I had left the screen top at the other house and figured i would be ok for one night. I was wrong. Update #2 As of Halloween the 93 Cube is no more. At 5:45 am as i was driving to work and my Apex sent me an alert that the tank temp had dropped. I had refilled the ATO that morning and just figured that I had moved the temp probe and it was out of the water. I have a camera on the tank that I can access remotely so once i got to the office I logged into the camera and was able to see that the tank seam had popped. The temp drop was from the sump emptying. I was able to leave work quickly and got home to the MP40s splashing water everywhere and the tank still leaking from the seam. I rushed and setup a 20 long I have as an emergency tank with the water left in the tank and about 1/2 of the rock. All the fish and inverts seem to have made it. I dried the floor with towels and have fans galore drying everything out. Also have a window ac in there turned down to help dry out the air. I was lucky to have a mixing barrel with some mixed SW in it and was able to throw the rest of my rock in there to keep it cycled. I do not think I will have a rimless tank ever again. I had worried about the seam that popped in the past but I had brushed it off as paranoia. Right now i am trying to decide how I want to proceed with the replacement. i didn't want to be rushed but a 20long isn't a long term solution for the fish I have.
  11. Hanna for the win on ALK (which will be the parameter you test most) Don't touch the Hanna Calcium with a 10' pole IMHO - better bet is to use Salifert or Red Sea test kit Magnesium - Salifert all the way for me, Red Sea isn't bad but takes longer Phosphates - if you just HAVE to test go with the Phosphorus Hanna Checker Nitrates - Salifert is quick and easy for the accuracy we need After much bouncing around my kit is Alkalinity - Hanna Calcium - Red Sea Magnesium - Salifert Phosphates - Hanna (that never gets used) Nitrates - Salifert All that said, I will probably be on the other first pre-orders for the Apex Trident tester when it goes on sale.
  12. 75 to 150 Doing to Great!

    Congrats on the upgrade! Glad it is going smoothly.
  13. Starting a new swtup and quarintine swtup

    It always draws you back in
  14. Adding Folks to the Forum

    Welcome to the Forum, @Humblefish
  15. Adding Folks to the Forum

    Humblefish would be a great addition to our club/forum. I think he is looking at moving to the area.
  16. Catching 3 Yellow Tail Damsels

    Once you remove the damsels then the tang mat come out more on his own. I have always just net caught fish so, sorry I am no help with the bottle trap. I think its just basically cutting a bottle in half and inverting the top into the bottom portion with a bit of food, once the fish is in then they don't seem able to figure out how to exit easily
  17. My 65 Gallon

    Looks good as always. You seem to have the touch
  18. Fish for sale

    I think he editted the first post with what was left. Probably easiest to text him. Super nice guy and sold me a very healthy fish a while back.
  19. apex

    Good deal, glad they followed through. My plan is to upgrade to the 2016 version when BRS has their christmas sale. I will say the Lite that I picked up used has been pretty bullet proof.
  20. apex

    Can't reboot? Whats it doing? I usually just remove the aquabus cables on mine and do a hard reboot that way. With ANY electronics you are going to run into quirks and issues especially with all the variables the APEX brings to the table. I had an issue with mine a while back and Brad on here was able to help me out with getting it back workign right. Recently mine did a little freak out when I was moving but I think that was mostly my fault, a reboot (and i reprogrammed it since the tank setup changed drastically) and I was back on track to automated bliss . If you are interested in Trident then you may want to read more on the GHL KH Director, I am seeing reports that they have an adapter to run it on APEX available. obviously that woudl be an option too if you wanted to go with a diffrent brand controller.
  21. Algaebarn.com

    He was showing off a new species that they are carrying now at MACNA. Very nice guy. New species was larger than tisbe but was a swimmer at juvenile and crawler at adult, this way you could stock the sump and the swimmers constantly supplying your display. I had planned on buying a few pouches but was worried about heat. And then I didn't see them on the last day.
  22. Was a great event. Got to meet and chat with several influential people in the hobby and see several of the vendors and chat with them as well. All very nice people. Its always sort of suprising how small this hobby really is when you see most of all the big names in one event like this. Some nice new products in the pipelines. lots of options for LED lighting seem to be coming, there was a Japanese light that they were looking for a US distributor that was very sleek, and very user friendly and also had great color and seemed right on top of what Kessil and Ecotech and AI have put out in a smaller form factor. Fish - there has been success in breeding several never before captive bred fish, Several large Angels (you know the ones that are currently over $1000 each wild caught. Also Blotched Anthias which we got to see up close in thier tanks. Very nice fish and hopefully with more successful batches his prices will continue to drop since those are now on my list of fish i want to keep. They will be distributed out of a facility in Ft Lauderdale to so that might help us here in FL. Apex -- Trident.... awesome looking product. Great price point - $500-600 measures ALK, Calcium AND Mag in one unit, reagents $40 for all 3 and I think he said monthly would be the usage. NO ONE ELSE HAD ALL THREE. Mindstream was there but still says they are a year away and it was $1K for the unit and $50 a month for discs (Not sure how much I trust the way they are reading the test results too, totally different than anyone else). The GHL KH Guardian was there too but seemed bulky to me and only handled ALK and their price point was higher. Jim Welsh who came up with the base for the Trident system was there and is a super nice guy. We chatted for a solid 10-15 minutes and was very personable and knowledgeable about the product. The only maintenance other than changing reagents they had came up with so far would be yearly or bi-yearly replacement of some tubing in the unit. Said the unit would not be completely APEX programmable, you will only have options for testing cycles not fully user specified, he was saying they were hitting some problems with reagent lifespan if you tested to infrequently so thir minimum was probably going to be 4 tests per day which seems great to me, at that frequency i think he said reagent lasts a month. It will need the latest APEX to run which is a bit of a downer but he said the processor on the old unit just couldn't reliably handle the computations and thats understandable to me. I am sure there could be a work around but it would have pushed the Trident unit price higher and they decided to go the other way. So all that said it looks like for the BRS Black Friday stuff I will be planning on buying a new APEX so I am ready when the trident comes to market.
  23. Just booked my room. Had already bought a ticket. The girlfriend and I will be spending 6 days there (we both like New Orleans and she has a reef tank too). Hopefully several from this area will also be making the trek. The Hilton is nice but we booked just over a few blocks for a good bit less per night and it looks like the room allotment they arranged for is running out. So if you are planning on going then you might want to get a room booked.
  24. Will be heading over to New Orleans next week. a few days before MACNA for some fun and then going to MACNA. don't know how many of y'all are still going. hopefully some of yall make it. It'll be my 3rd time going and the last 2 were way back.
  25. Generator 3750 Surge - $150

    Every reef tank needs a generator. This one is big enough to run everything on your tank and a small window ac unit. I had calculated up that it would be just enough to run all the necessities in my house with the 93 (refrigerator, chest freezer, small ac, and most of the tank life support) When I moved I setup the house for a bigger generator that I have now so this one isn't needed. Starts on the first of second pull every time even after sitting. Motor is small enough that almost anyone should be able to start it. It also comes on a 2 wheel cart that it easy for someone to wheel it around. Only 2 "bad" things on this generator: #1 - The gas tank is small, probably only 1-1/2 gallons, but it runs for several hours on that so not a huge problem. #2 the gas cap is cracked, I am sure with some searching a replacement could be found, I kept it in a shed its whole life so the crack was no issue for me. Plan was to use some bondo over the crack if push ever came to shove. Picture is not mine but is of the same generator model and is in similar condition.