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  1. Should have (3) new couples sign up for membership to INDMAS and should be attending this there 1st meeting. Vince should be joining the club tonight. Vince & Katie Roberts Paul & Janet Rhonda & Curtis Bowen
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  2. Well the break is over. Bought a tank this week, I’m thinking of doing a build thread if anyone would be interested.
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  3. lower right in 2017.. Boy Ryan aged from 2016 to 2017
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  4. This was from a club meeting in 2016 at Tryfin's (bill's house) I believe it was one of the retro frag swaps
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  5. So the early bird gets the nicest pick, but the last bird gets the discounts lol
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  6. Becoming a member is a good call, coming to a meeting is even better as you can talk with a number of people with experience in the hobby. (Also, seeing the various systems in the group and learning from our successes or mistakes.)
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  7. Well I would normally start a build thread before my tank is fully up and running, but in anticipation of the Frag Swap, I may have hit the fast forward button to get ahead. I will still try to cover most of what I have done, my process what has worked and not worked, and everything in between. To start out with let’s talk tank. I was not planning on doing a tank for a long time, but the dark Indiana winters+ being WFH again for who knows how long, made me realize how much a tank can help someone. From the sound of water, to the sun replicating lights, a tank can really be a piece of therapy, and adds some much needed brightness to a winter home. I was looking at doing a Red Sea reefer XL200, but could not find all the plumbing in stock(stock valve is problematic), and with supply chain issues, I decided to build a tank based on what was available, that still fit my needs. I wanted a smaller tank(space limited) that I could do LPS and SPS in, with a few nice fish. I went by Modern Aquatix just to take a look and see if my youngest (4) had any interest in reef aquariums, and low and behold he had a 25g Innovative Marine Lagoon tank and APS stand in stock. I was torn thinking this tank might be too small, but based on the actual footprint, it had the same room coral wise, and was much cheaper overall allowing me to spend on the rest of the equipment. So here is my new tank.
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  8. So the next step was aquascaping. Before even deciding on equipment, I take the time to create my scape. Originally I was looking at using the Marco rock like in my previous tank. I am very glad I did not. I went with the new Tropic Eden Morroca dry rock. It has made a massive difference in the early time of the tank. Normally I would be fine with the year of tan dry rock, but you no longer need to. So I got 15 pounds of the rock and went to work trying various layouts. Don’t be scared if the price per pound, if this is a tank you are staring from scratch, this stuff light, easy to stack, has tons of caves for fish, and gorgeous in person. My brand new tank looks like it’s been up for years just because of this rock. I finally landed on a layout and grabbed a bag of dry CaribSea Special grade. You will notice a theme “Dry” everything for the tank. I was trying a new cycling technique which I will cover in the next post
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  9. INDMAS is pleased to announce that the 2022 Frag Swap will be Saturday April 2nd at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds 1900 East Main Street, Danville IN from 12-4 Remember must have ticket through Eventbrite for admission. Over the past year the club has been hard at work to bring you one of the top swaps in the Midwest. There are multiple threads in this forum that should answer a lot of your questions. If you do not find it please ask. Returning again as our Platinum Event Sponsor The Reef Free frag supplied by the club for new members for the first 50 new members Free admission for club member otherwise a low $10 for admittance We will be using eventbrite this year. Membership is just $21 a year Look for our guest speaker announcement Food Truck will be available
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  10. I went ahead and ordered the Reef Brite 175 watt Metal Halide/LED Hybrid. Also got the dimmer controls for the leds so I can have sunrise/sunset ramp up and down times on the tank.
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  11. I have used Dr Tim’s a few times with good results. I’d imagine that most of them are pretty equivalent but you might do some reading on the “bigger ones. I flunked out of med school, and that makes me a doctor in New Jersey, so take my opinion as such.
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  12. You can also consider the flip side a Kessil a500x / T5 combo
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  13. I’ve got 3 xr30 pros and a 2 bulb t5 fixture to take care of shadowing on the 180.
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  14. I've been running Halides again for 3 years. I use the Reefbrite XHO for my blues and I love the look!
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  15. Amanda. I had amphidinium dinos before my switch to LED. It never got too out of control even when the tank was lit with only the LED. I did manage to get rid of it now. Not sure which nail it the coffin it was. Only thing I was strict about was bi-weekly water changes with sand bed siphon, and weekly microbactor 7 dosing (now bi-weekly)
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  16. Chanel said she would start with the Achilles. Lol. Happy wife happy life.
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  17. Burn out can happen. Sometimes breaks are warranted. I’ve had saltwater for 43 yrs. (Thats not a typo!). Literally, The inception of the hobby. Experienced burnout from time to time myself. Sometimes life becomes more complicated limiting the time with a system. The once enjoyment becomes something else to do, and then it turns into a job taking the fun out of it. Happened to me. I can’t see myself without a tank, but i have reinvented what i keep to ignite the spark. Have had macro algae tanks with mangroves and different livestock. A Caribbean biotope. I found reinventing and simplifying a system can help, however, breaks can be good to refocus until the next system.
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