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  1. 180 Gallon Dream (Now Reality)

    Looks good! Love the CBB!
  2. We have clownfish!

    Nice looking clowns!
  3. Louisiana Reef Club would like to invite everyone to a shrimp boil and frag swap on March 10th, 1-6pm. Location: Coral Connection 2637 Delaware Ave # B Kenner, LA 70062 More info & please RSVP here: Pics of last year’s shrimp boil below. Hope to see you there!!!
  4. Holley-Navarre Water

    I went ahead and bought a Maxcap just to play it safe: You know how it goes... You lose livestock to something unknown, and then start second guessing your decision not to use DI water. Hopefully I won't have to change the membrane/DI resin too often. However, I will still post tap water nitrate, phosphate, silicate results once I get my new test kits.
  5. I'm doing some testing on the tap water here in Navarre and wanted to share my results. My day started off by contacting Holley-Navarre Water & Sewer, and they confirmed they only treat the tap water with chlorine (NOT chloramine) mainly to combat the smell of Hydrogen Sulfide in the water. I've taken many TDS readings of the tap water in the 3 months since we moved here and it is always within 25-30ppm (which is OUTSTANDING for tap water BTW). I also tested the tap water for the following: Ammonia: 0 Free Chlorine: 0.5ppm Alkalinity: 40ppm pH: 6.6 Total Hardness: 30ppm *Some really soft water* (I need to order new nitrate, phosphate, silicate test kits.) Armed with this information, I called Jeremy @ Spectrapure, and he confirmed I technically would only need RO water for fish - relying heavily upon the carbon block to remove the Hydrogen Sulfide and chlorine. If any Hydrogen Sulfide reached the membrane, it would exhaust it very quickly (so invest in a really good carbon block .) Whether or not RO water would be good enough for corals/inverts will depend upon my forthcoming nitrate, phosphate, silicate tests (will post those soon). Also, too much phosphate & silicate would fuel nuisance algae even in a fish only, unless I wanted to run GFO nonstop. So, I might still want to use RODI for everything or at the very least use a SilicaBuster for the final stage. More to come!
  6. Trying to convince my wife that we NEED to go to this!
  7. My 100 Gallon

    That's a nice looking tank!
  8. Sealing plywood

    Thanks for the great suggestions everyone!
  9. Sealing plywood

    Based upon my calculations, I could seal 2 sheets of plywood using the marine varnish I linked above. 4X8 sheet of plywood = 32 sq ft X 2 (both sides) = 64 sq ft (or 128 sq ft for 2 sheets) At $13.57 per quart, it would cost me $6.78 to seal a $32 sheet of plywood if I went this route. Just curious to know if there are more cost effective options to consider. TIA
  10. Sealing plywood

    Long story short, I am stacking quarantine tanks on these: However, I’m not comfortable putting the tanks directly on the metal grating so I plan to use 3/4” plywood all the way across to more evenly distribute the weight. Obviously, the bare plywood will not last long if it comes into contact with saltwater; so I’m looking for a cost effective sealer to use on it. I like using this varnish on my “good stands”, but it will get kinda expensive using it on plywood:
  11. Genicanthus spp. (Bellus, Watanabei, Spotbreast) are gonna be your best bet because they are primarily planktivores by nature. I can't say I've never seen one nip, but at least their small mouth seems to limit the damage they can inflict. But it's just a nip out of curiosity (I think) or to eat algae growing on a rock, because they will usually just move on afterwards. Regals will sometimes nip at LPS and clams, but generally leave SPS and soft corals alone. All other angels are hit or miss IME, especially the dwarfs. With the latter it seems to take 2-3 years sometimes before they develop a taste for corals.
  12. A Rock Beauty Angel will eat them, but he'll probably also eat most of your corals.
  13. Salt Mixes

    I'm a big fan of Oceanic salt, although it can be hard to get sometimes. Most batches test at: Alk 8.5, Cal 580, Mag 1650. Cuts down somewhat on dosing; you can always add baking soda if you desire higher alkalinity. For fish only, I just use Instant Ocean. FWIW; IO isn't bad reef salt if you just bump up the calcium by adding Calcium Chloride.
  14. Starting a new swtup and quarintine swtup

    Different 40 breeder than your fish QT, right? Just checkin'
  15. Adding Folks to the Forum

    Thanks for the help @HolleyN with getting added.