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    Carmel, IN
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    180 FOWLR,34 Red Sea Reefer Series Reef Tank

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  1. Thinking about getting an Alkatronic and Dosetronic. Does anyone have experience with these? Or is the apex trident better?
  2. Glad you are getting another tank. What size you thinking?
  3. One trick I've done in the past is to use a flat plug or cut the bottom plug part off a frag plug and super glue it right next to the coral so then it will grow on the flat plug. Then it is easier to just pop off the plug when overgrown. If you want to frag due to overgrowth it is a little more difficult. Many times I just have to try and cut/chip the rock it is on.
  4. That stinks! That has happened to me to, it never goes back the same way.
  5. Thanks Mike. Yeah the current size pipes is working and I got good flow, my main thing was not wanting to replace all the expensive Spears and Cepex ball valves and unions I have now. I realize I will still have to cut some pipes and redo some of the plumbing for the new sump as everything in this sump is reversed. Meaning my return will now be on the right side instead of the left. Figured I could use couplers to join the existing valves to the new plumbing. Or I think I can order new union sides of the gate valves and not replace the whole thing that's the good thing about these brand of ball valves. My not look as nice but I am hoping it will still work that way.
  6. I used these flat plugs on my energy bar. Makes everything fit nicer and looks sharper. You might want to look into these. I was short 2 plugs and had to order more so in my photo you can see two of the plugs are still the regular ones. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01IBICKIC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  7. I am thinking of getting a new sump for my 180, currently have a 36" ruby red trigger sump. The problem is one compartment is behind another compartment and with all the equipment in the front compartment it makes it impossible to clean out and maintain the back compartment. I am looking at a Bashsea 48" signature series sump. All the compartment are in a row. This will make maintenance a lot easier. Currently I have from the tank: 3/4" drain and goes to 1" into the sump. New sump has 1.5" drain holes into the sump. I would like to keep some of my current unions and Spear valves to reduce the cost. My question is can I put a reducer , 1" to 1.5" at the sump and leave the rest of the plumbing as is? Or what is the best way to do this? I will use only 2 of the drains also not all 3. So what can I use to plug the 3rd hole? Here is a picture of the new sump
  8. I ended up getting a new lid with a shut off float switch that is available for the Reef Octopus skimmers.
  9. I have a lot of tile in my house so went through the crawl space and found what I wanted. A 12x12 piece fit perfectly. I still need to put the trim piece around the tile to finish it off. You may want to check with some of the stone places and see if they have any remnants and get it cut to your specifications. A granite, marble, or even quarts would look nice.
  10. Those are all metal and will rust is they get wet. I know the ones I posted are expensive but they are sealed in a plastic. You know the saying...you get what you pay for. And considering what everything else in this hobby cost I think they are cheap in that respect. I have a marble tile top on mine too, it just wanted on yet in those photos.
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