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  1. I'll be there! Who will be bringing frags???? I bet Doug and Cheryl may have one or two for sale or trade!
  2. I will make it to the meeting. I look forward to seeing all of you there!
  3. Sorry for the late response, just back from vacation and I will plan on attending!
  4. Connie and I will be there. We'll bring potato salad.
  5. I see a lot of write-ups on various websites regarding co2 scrubbers and Ph and ALK being areas of issue. Since I do not run a scrubber I'll let someone else or other websites be your guide. I agree the dkh reading is quite low and Calc quite high it may be helpful to look at lowering Calcium (maybe even by a water change)... why type of test kits are you using? Has anyone else tested your water to verify (roughly) your readings? The good news is the corals look good (which is why I ask about getting confirmation on your test readings). A water change may be enough to make a gradual change and maybe a short term best solution. My two cents anyway... of course, I usually don't get a penny for my thoughts...
  6. I'll be there. Really looking forward to seeing the new system.
  7. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend....๐Ÿ™
  8. How does the turf scrubber work for you? Are you seeing a lot of algae growth in the scrubber and are you then harvesting that algae with any frequency? You may want to "find" that star fish as its demise might be part of that rise in nitrates. I agree with SilentKnight you may want to consider some form of bacterial additive and get into a regular schedule with filter cleaning. I still occasional use Bactiv on my 20+ year old system and there are other bacteria additives in the market that are good. Also, I see you have a fairly deep sand bed. Many people like and advocate for that type of system however, given past neglect, you may want to "vacuum" a section of the bed with each water change. Maybe 20% of the sand with each water change. (just a guess but do it small stages). Before I began with corals 5 years ago, and just had a fish and live rock tank, my nitrates also ran very high. It never seemed to bother my fish, but algae grew like crazy. Keeping up the water changes will help (they certainly helped me)! It will just take more time, be patient. You may find in the future that more changes to your system are needed depending on what you are wanting to achieve. You should come to our monthly meeting, its mostly experienced reef keepers socializing and having fun. Usually there is an educational topic, but meeting the group you will find they are happy to help you. You'll also see some really nice reefs and learn how the host of the month is running their system.
  9. Just an update, but I will be bringing Li Smokies.
  10. Well Done! Always more time consuming and nerve wracking then you think it will be initially. I've moved mine now three times without incident.
  11. Always a really fun meeting to attend, I will be there! Hmmm, I'll have to figure out the food item, but will participate in the gift exchange.
  12. Unfortunately, I will not be able to make this meeting.
  13. Looking forward to meeting some of the new members. Trust me you'll be impressed with this system (and the hosts!).
  14. Im sure there are others that can make it, let Luis know if you'll be there so he can have a feel for the number attending. Thanks!
  15. Connie and I will make the meeting (another family obligation earlier so I can't make the field trip). Looking forward to seeing everyone at Gonzo's!
  16. cmrun

    New video!

    Nice trumpet corals!
  17. cmrun

    New video!

    My DIY controller board was also a case of trial and error. None the less I like the finished product!
  18. Thanks for the kudos! Sorry about the Powder Blue tang. They do have awesome colors but can be troublesome for tank mates as they become established. I do like the Naso addition I hope it does well... always one of my favorite tangs! I hope you can make the August meeting over at "Gonzo's" he has an awesome set up and easily puts mine to shame. (I have a number of corals from Gonzo and they look great in my system too!)
  19. Thank you for the warm hospitality and great ideas! I certainly enjoyed seeing the way you run your system and the excellent results.
  20. Looking forward to seeing your display tank, system, and of course learning your tricks on maintaining a stable sustainable reef!
  21. Any one missing their Ray Bans? Found on the bar counter.
  22. What a great time! (Even in spite of the short rain delay) All the pitch in food was great, and the company even better! Thank you all for coming... so far everything is on track to make it until 1:30 this afternoon so I think the host and hostess will make it ๐Ÿ˜.
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