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  1. ryansweet

    Tank upgrade

    Looking for information, advice, and opinions. I've been in the salt water hobby for 21yrs this year and enjoyed (mostly) every minute of it. Started when I was 19yo and only taken a little over a year off when I moved back from Florida to Indiana after some schoolin'. This will be the first time that I've upgraded a tank, and kept any livestock from the old. My plan is to keep the 75gal up and running while I get the 120gal ready for the exchange. I'm getting rid of some live rock due to some unwanted palys that rode in on a frag years ago and started to take over. I'm moving the remaining rock, all fish, and wanted coral/inverts to the new 120 once it's ready. I'm getting all new sand (using none from the 75), some new dry rock to replace what I'm not moving over, and add some for the extra space. Biggest fear (and excitement, really) is, what will I find in my sand after 9yrs of a running reef?? For those of you who have done a tank upgrade/transfer like this, what are things that you would do different/same/NOT do at all/etc? Also, I've been looking at rock scapes online and trying to decide which way to go, so if you have any pics of your design (before and after stocking), or suggestions on that, I'd be grateful. Thanks!!
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    80 shallow

    Super glad to hear your mom is doing good, Greg! Good choice on the ATI (imo). Always liked the design of them. If you need any help at all, don’t hesitate to reach out.
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    Weird little things

    I’m in for a vote on chiton. Not sure the species, or if they’re juvenile
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    Tank upgrade

    @tanknovice, I'll def get that Brut from you. If you can bring it to the swap I'll grab it then, if not I can swing by and grab it. I can't count how many different renderings of rock work I've sketched or looked up online. It's exciting to plan, but probably the biggest headache I've had for a long time (I don't live a hard life...lol). Don't have a clue what else I'll need...yet. @Gonzo620, I thought about doing a rinse, but with leaving the old tank up with live stuff in it until the new tank is ready, I don't think it'd be a good idea to disturb it and take the chance and things going bad. Maybe I'll just buy a ton of sps and some parrotfish, they'll make all the sand for me! @Luke33, glad to see you still around. No tank but still keeps in touch. He's a trooper! I sort of think the same way about sand in a closed system, but I just can't get into the look of a bb tank. I tried one when I lived in Florida and ended up adding sand after 5 months of running it. I'm having some issues (in thought anyway) because I'm going to use the same skimmer and lights on the new tank. I don't think it'll be an issue since there won't be any coral, or much livestock in the new tank until I'm ready to transfer over, but I'm wondering about cycling with no lights and how diatoms will react to a low nutrient, low-no light environment.
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    Tank upgrade

    That sounds pretty close to my plan. I do have 2 55gal barrels that I'm going to have salt water in (and 3 - 15gal that I'll have fresh in), so that I semi-prepared for. I don't want to keep my sand; 1) It's 9yrs old and I'm afraid of what has gathered as I don't keep any sand sifting inverts aside from a few nassarius. 2) I overdosed calcium and alk at one point and have an appx 6in area where the sand has fused together. It's never caused issues in this tank (been that way for at least 6 of the 9 years), but don't want to take any chances. 3) I sort of just want to have all new sand to play with. Lol
  6. I was having some small algae issues (just a few strands of hair algae) and couldn't figure it out for the life of me. Everything tested good, with new Salifert kits (nitrate under 10, but detectable, phosphate 0.03 on Hanna ultra low, ca 440, mag 1430). I changed my filter sock, deep cleaned my skimmer and pumps, even pulled my plumbing and cleaned that. I was about to give up when I glanced at my lights (48" SB Reef led) that I've had, and loved, for a few years. The cover that protects the diodes from splash and salt creep was, well, doing it's job. It was covered in salt creep, so I tested PAR at the bottom, center and got under 150. I cleaned the light really well and retested to see a pretty amazing difference at 225. This was a couple weeks ago and I've seen the algae dropping off and my corals looking healthier and brighter since. Just a reminder that when we get tied up in the numbers and the chemistry of the hobby, sometimes it's the little things we overlook.
  7. Bright and early. I volunteered for Saturday morning setup and education room.
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    2019 Frag Swap Volunteers

    Amber is on-call swap day, but she will be there as much as she can (she's a trooper). Shirt size small if she needs one
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    2019 Frag Swap Volunteers

    I'll recruit Amber if she doesn't have to work as well. She can do just about anything, even security. She's tiny, but bites really hard.
  10. Let me know what you want for it and I’ll take it. I like programming challenges
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    Give a frag get a ticket

    Put me down for 5 too. I’ll make some newbies happy with some hammer frags I need to trim off
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    New addition

    Nice! Picked one of these up from Modern a week or so ago. I’m liking it a lot
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    February Meeting

    Hoping to make this one. Should be +1 if I can
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    Greg’s 30g cube

    Welcome dude! Nice to have another lifestyle reefer in the house. I wasn’t as far south as you, but I did marine mammal training in Florida and worked on a few different coral prop/preservation crews there. Love the look of your tank, livestock and equipment.
  15. Anyone here have (or had) a KH Guardian, or any experience with them? I have been having some bad alk swings and am looking to get one of these in order to balance things a little more easily. Or does anyone have suggestions/experience with anything like the KG Guardian?
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    Angel picking at Acans

    Have to agree with Luis on this one. If your flame has a flavor for acans he won’t lose it, and he may develope a taste for other coral as well.
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    January 2019 Meeting

    Anyone know if the club microscope will be at this meeting? @ReefNewby82 @MrsBugmaster @tanknovice @Been Mired
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    More mystery critters

    Google white cryptic sponge and see if that may be it
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    Algae just won’t go away

    Just to add to the others (and reaffirm), I'd do larger water changes until your nitrates are down, and also dose alk to get that upcloser to the 8-9 range. Both of those will have a positive effect on algae and coral health.
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    It finally happend!

    Took me 2yrs to get my clowns to make a home. Was probably the best feeling I've had when I came home one day and they were both in the nem.
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    2019 Frag Swap Volunteers

    I’ll volunteer for Saturday setup, and can help out with the education area from time to time too.
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    New skimmer??

    Does anyone here have personal experience with the Vertex Alpha 200 protein skimmer? I’ve been looking at it for an upcoming project and was hoping to get some feedback from someone that’s used one (or any of that line, really). Wondering how touchy they are when adjusting and dialing in, and how difficult disassembly and cleaning is.
  23. Are you in Creekside Crossing? That’s where I live. I can def help unload, and maybe go to Modern with you. Can’t help with a truck or anything like that, but depending on when you go, I might be able to ride along (or meet) and give you a hand with it all.
  24. What condos do you live in?