ScooterV

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  1. Bleaching liverock

    I'd let them dry out. Any remaining bleach will be gone once dry.
  2. Misc free

    Two 3/4" Wye check valves One 1 1/4" Wye check valve Both unused and bought during a Black Friday sale before my build even started, but wanted the wye valves for easy clean-out. In the end I don't even need any siphon breaks and my sumps can handle it, so they were never used. Also have one Apex breakout box available. In the last week I've also tossed an old Reef Octopus skimmer and a couple unused 1 1/2" bulkhead fittings while in "clean the mess" mode I've also still have some excess BRS reef saver, Marco rocks, and some pukani I hope to list soon, but that won't be free. I just need to settle on how much to hang on to in case my wife says "I think that area, right there, needs a small piece of rock", lol.
  3. Apex I/O Breakout Boxes, brand new

    This thread can be ignored and/or closed. Going to list a few free things and include one of these but keep the other as a spare.
  4. ReefLink Help Please!!!

    Not anymore, everything is on my Apex with a WXM now
  5. Emergency/tank Moving Supplies

    I somehow JUST noticed this thread. If needed, and not in use by me at the moment, I have five 10 gallon tanks, two 29 gallon, a growing pile of air pumps and small heaters, tubing, airstones, a few totes, some suction cup glass moving handles, and a pretty well stocked medicine cabinet. Oh, and an Aqua medic fish trap when I ever get around to cleaning it back up and putting it back in its box where it belongs, lol.
  6. ReefLink Help Please!!!

    The setup program should be able to set it all back up. But, I'm assuming it IS the setup program that is continuing to ask for it to be plugged in? It should recognize it. You may have a hardware issue if it isn't even seeing it
  7. Any interest in a cookout and frag swap?

    My house. I'm in the Kings Road subdivision. Kingsfield Rd between Hwy 29 and Chemstrand.
  8. Any interest in a cookout and frag swap?

    Lets see how Nov. 17th at 1:00 PM works. If a few more are interested I'll confirm it. The weekend before would work fine as well if there's some festival or something going on I forgot about
  9. Just looking to see if there is any interest. I came here from NE Wisconsin, and the now defunct reef club there held numerous BBQ or cookouts and hosted parties. Someone from that area posting on R2R recently reminded me of those. If it looks like there's enough interest I'd be more than willing to host one sometime in November. After we're all done with Summer activity, but avoid the Holidays. I can provide something simple like burgers and dogs, but the grill open for anyone bringing their own thing. Anyone can bring extra munchies or sides and BYOB. More formal meetings are great, but I personally always enjoyed the lawn chair and chatting with everyone, or having someone do a topic like fragging, but see it happen in one of our own tanks. When hosting it was also great to get piles of awesome, or crazy ideas, to make it better Again, I'd hide my embarrassment for my own train wreck of this build to get more ideas! I also DID get permission from the boss lady, but she wants a date, so if there is any interest I'll try to set a date. I'm near Hwy 29 and Kingsfield Rd.
  10. Apex I/O Breakout Boxes, brand new

    I still have these. $20 each. Just to keep Trent awake at night again
  11. I haven't fully settled between vinegar and vodka but was leaning to vodka due to laziness, so the dosing container would need refilling less often, lol. With about 270 gallons total volume hoped the amount of vodka needed in the end would be high enough for the Apex doser to be accurate enough in what it dosses. Thanks for the input as well, I'll skip the Marinepure. Water changes fixed my boo-boo and seems stable anyway, so will work from there again. REALLY happy I had my new trash can delivered to replace my salt mix vat that was leaking just in time though
  12. Long time, no see Just as before, I'm just creeping along slowly. However, I thought I was getting close and ran into some issues, and then made it worse The tank ran empty and dark for quite some time. Once lit and a little bit stocked I went through the usual. Diatoms, then a little GHA, both went away as expected. Then red turf showed up. I've never had it. N03 and PO4 both remained at/near undectable but knew the algae was taking it up. I swapped GFO more often and increased water changes. If I changed 30-40 gallons a day for a few days I saw it recede a TINY bit. This was also fueled by excessive feeding, but it was hard to feed just three fish in this big tank and have them actually find the food. Putting the foam on my MP-60's due to a little clown am sure is adding to it based on how dirty they are when rinsing them about every other day. Looking around the internet more I became sure it was cotton candy algae that came in on a little TBS rock I used to seed the dry rock. Well, I was making no headway I found that Mexican turbo snails was about the only thing that would eat it so hoped that would work. At least get the nutrients back into the water column where I could remove it. Only 8 of them, so in this 270 it likely wouldn't have worked anyway, but that's when impatience hit I decided I would try some snake oil since many reports on Vibrant was that it did work. Ingredients look like the same ultimate concept as vodka dosing, other than being a single hit. The Vibrant worked. It worked too well, and at a time where it was really bad timing. The algae died off fast and all those nutrients released over maybe a 4-5 day period. Bad part is I had a new sebae anemone from DFS and a LTA from SBreefs. The sebae went fast, then the LTA. Day after that all three good size cleaner shrimp were MIA so I now had two dead anemones and three shrimp on top of the nitrates already climbing. I would guess it was higher at some point, but that day I checked and it was up to 40ppm and nitrites were slightly detectable. Water change time again, 20-50 gallons a day again. IT now seems stable at least. Nitrates will drop to around 5ppm if changing about 20-30 gallons a day. If I skip the change it will climb to around 10 but seems to stabilize there right now. So, the question part... Long term I had intended to dose vodka anyway, so thinking to start that soon. My nitrates running 5-10ppm now. My PO4 though tops out at .02 so if I understand vodka dosing correctly my results will be limited with NO3 so high compared to PO4. I do run GFO, but it's past due to be changed. I am thinking though I could leave what's left of that GFO and start the vodka, slowly increasing it. Besides watching NO3 though, stop increasing it once PO4 appears to be exhausted, remove the GFO entirely, and get back to increasing the vodka after I see a little PO4 again? I have two empty compartments in sump/fuge so considering a marinepure block in one of them to if lucky help a little on the NO3 side so they are more balanced for the carbon dosing. I would move much slower than most articles I've read, and determining how much is safe to increase at a time I'm fine with, but I'm hesitant on simply starting, what to do with the GFO, overall order, etc. Good news is, even with those nutrients all back in the water column the algae is only regrowing in a small way. The clean up crew now seems to keep up and the kole tang who turned its nose up at the red algae is now continually eating on the rock which appears to only have a small resurgence of GHA and very little of that nasty red stuff If I can get past this nutrient issue I may finally be ready for some SPS frags. Hmmm, only took two years, lol.
  13. Sadly breaking down my 90

    Much better plan I think we ALL know what happens when we "get out of the hobby", lol.
  14. Scooter 270G

    Just a little progress update, other than I take forever in general, lol. Tank just circulated in the dark with a small cycle from some pukani I used for what felt like forever. Phosphates and nitrates undetectable. When I finally got the lights up I had a very brief, maybe three days or so of diatoms. I added a little TBS rock to seed all the dry rock I used, and by the second morning hair algae had exploded Phosphate and nitrates are still undedectable, so the explosion of HA utilized it as fast as it was released. It also rapidly went from green, to brown, to a translucent yellow so I'm assuming it had utilized the majority of nutrients. I now have only a few spots still green. GFO has been running since the day I added the TBS rock. I also now have some macros in the fuge. It did return to getting a little worse while I was on vacation for a week and ran skimmerless so the house sitter wouldn't need to deal with it. I'm just crossing my fingers I can keep it short lived and bring the nutrients back down quick. In the meantime, while not a fix or cure all, I changed my stocking order and picked up a Foxface Lo today and is in QT. Maybe he can munch away soon. Anyway, so far I'm up to a pearly jawfish, firefish, blue spot watchman, four royal gramma (bought 5, one was DOA and all looked half dead but recovered in QT. Shipping box was broken and HOT), three cleaner shrimp, and pistol shrimp. I HAD a tiny yellow watchman I got at Mike's along with the pistol. It made it two days in the DT before taking a waterslide right down and into the skimmer. The blue spot I got is huge, so there will be no repeat, lol. I'll finally be ready for coral, and a single sebae nem once I get through the algae issue. Since I have my own server it looks like I also need to get all my pics moved from Photobucket and start just using my own server. I'll get around to that Thanks to all for past input, or answering questions in a PM, etc.
  15. Yuck!!

    Ok. I started the day with a plan!!! I was curious how well the Auto Temp Compensation (ATC) refractometers really worked. Newly re-installed mixing station in the garage is a sweltering 84 degrees, so I didn't want to trust the 1.025 I was seeing. So, it was time for a short experiment. A little water from the display in one little juice glass, some from the mixing station in another. Let them sit for a good while until both at room temp and exact temp as the calibration fluid. Yippee, all three still read 1.025. Hmmm. Be sure to dump that stuff when done!!! I left the juice glasses on the counter. A little later it was time for my blood pressure meds and thought "Oh, that's enough water left in that glass!". LOL, I doubt I need to provide any further detail!!! Very happy there is no Paly risk at least, lol.