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About drauka

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  • Birthday 07/06/1981

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  1. Frags fs

  2. Is this site dead or on life support

    Its a cycle locally. Club is active for a few years and then it falls off for a few years. I'm still around but not as into my tank like I was, its still going and working pretty much flawlessly, but its not pretty.
  3. mad scientist strikes again5 tanks build

    MAD... MAD... I tell you!!! Have fun
  4. Salt mixing poorly

    I've never had clumping issues with any of mine, but I do add salt cup by cup and have a TON of flow in the mixing container. I've used instant ocean, reef crystals, red sea and seachem salinity. Red Sea was the worst i've ever used for stability.
  5. mad scientist strikes again5 tanks build

  6. 180 gallon reef

    keep us updated, we all like builds. Any particular equipment plans? Strange for the 3 overflow holes to appear to not be in line. I assume the previous owner had an DIY overflow system, elbows maybe. I would suggest for a reef to build some kind of overflow box that uses those holes and plumb it down to the sump that way. Also be sure to buff out any scratches in the acrylic before you get very far in the setup. You will never do it if you wait till its almost setup.
  7. Scary, I have almost resigned myself to the idea that I will never have a disease free tank. Just to many chances for something to be introduced or it going dormant to only re-emerge later. To quote a movie line I seem to recall (I don't remember the movie name, maybe Prometheus), "Life will find a way."
  8. Curb pick up bowfront project (finally started)

    Nice, Looks really good.
  9. So many stars

    Years ago, my first tank was setup with "real" live rock. When you would feed the tank the rock work would turn "fuzzy" it was all the serpent star legs poking out of the rock holes trying to grab a bit of food.
  10. 75 gallon mixed reef build.

    75s are a nice sized tank. Nice "simple" setup. You like the algae scrubber?
  11. So many stars

    always been good in my tanks, good detritus eaters
  12. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    Oh and apparently one of my Fire Shrimp did make it through the long sabbatical in the counter top 20 long. Also added 3 bangai cardinals a week ago and a helfrichi firefish this weekend. Everyone is doing well. The tank does have a pretty bad algae bloom going. Also bryopsis on the rock my GF brought with her. SO... will be dosing flucanozole in a bit to see if we can knock that out and possibly help with the hair algae too.
  13. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    Did the second water change with they system in place. Takes 45 minutes to do a 45 gallon change. That could theoretically be cut in half with me refilling as the sipon was pulling water out but 1 gallon a minute total time seems fair to me and with no buckets its mostly just watching the water levels. Just a few hoses and flipping a few switches
  14. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    Did a 45 gallon water change on Sunday afternoon. The best part.... NO BUCKETS!!!! Setup one of the switches on the APEX breakout box to turn off the return pumps, heater and skimmers. Mixed and warmed up ~55 gallons of new saltwater in the #2 barrel, turned on the mixing pump with the other switch on my APEX breakout box. Calculated after the water level settled to where the water line would be on the display for the 45 gallon change, Hooked up the Phyton water change hose to a faucet and pulled out water to the line. Shut that off. Flipped off the mixing pump and hooked up a hose to the pump out port on the mixing station. Flipped a few valves, filled the sump to where I was comfortable and then switched back on the returns with the same switch that turned them off (the skimmers and such are on a delayed start). Once I hit my normal sump level I flipped the mixing pump switch off and flipped a few valves to refill the mixing barrel. Did that with one more flip of a switch and then put everything away. Tonight I'll get the rodi barrel completely refilled and be ready for another water change when its time. A few kinks that need to be worked out but for that large of a water change it went very smoothly and probably took less than an hour. I'll time it next time. 45 gallons is about 15% of the total system volume.
  15. I have Officially Lost my Mind, 240 Build

    Few more updates. Tank is running with salt. Upped the Varios 8s to setting #2 on the 1-5 (5 max) they only pull about 44 watts each and move a lot of water. Hung the lights over the weekend. I like them. 2018-07-09_12-38-25 by drauka99, on Flickr Also got the mixing station plumbed. Using an external pump, can direct the flow into either barrel to either mix or move water as needed. Should be able to do some water changes pretty fast. 2018-07-09_12-41-33 by drauka99, on Flickr the barrels are completely open top so i can remove the lid and dump in salt easily or inspect the inside of the barrels easily from a step stool.