kirk_m

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About kirk_m

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  1. Reef 238 Photos

    Sheesh...what a difference. Did I see...gasp...a SCWD and HOB overflows?
  2. Sharkys Reef in NOLA?

    I think I went to Palladium once or twice. Wasn't my kind of place. Gators and Senor Frog's were fun places...ah back when Metry had a night life
  3. No, just the tank and a metal stand. I think it's on the high side...but, I haven't bought a tank in over a decade, and the last one (the 120) only cost me $700 with 3/4" thick glass. Thanks, all for the encouragement. I'll have to see how things look today when I go pick the kids up.
  4. So, my livestock's been living in rubbermaid tubs at my mother in law's house the last 6 months or so while we built our house. Early on, I had a few losses of old colonies, but things then stabilized. Then, last week, my Oregon tort colony, 5 years old, somehow got knocked down onto a chalice and burned, and now this week, it's a skeleton. Well, just when it couldn't get any worse, it did. Wife called me today when she went to pick the kids up from her mom's house, telling me the osmolator alarm was sounding. She said the 10 gallon topoff reservoir was empty, no big deal. But, then when she looked closer, she noticed the sump was all but drained empty, and all the corals in it were being baked under the T5s. She valiantly bailed water out of the main tank while I rushed home over the causeway, to try to get things covered up with water. Needless to say, a lot of stuff is now going to die. After I got home and mixed up some new salt water to add, I could clearly see tissue sloughing off almost all the large LPS colonies I have living in the sump. Less than 4" of water in a 100 gallon stock tub remained. The culprit? The skimmer, which hadn't skimmed out crap in the last 4 weeks decided it was going to go into overdrive. It overfoamed and drained about 50 gallons of water out of the system, overflowing the jug I had it draining into and flooding the garage (thankfully, it didn't get into the house). I am beyond pissed, and, now I really don't even want to buy a new tank. I got a quote today for $4000 pre-tax on the 300 gallon system I am interested in from Planet Aquarium, but, now I just don't think I can justify spending it. It's times like this that I really hate this hobby.
  5. Really nice picture!
  6. Trav's 70g CadLights Artisan II

    Looking good, Travis!
  7. Pickin up the pieces

    Glad to hear about the reboot, and, still stunned by the loss!
  8. Korallenwelt Class

    Sam, What's the lead time on having structures made? I may be interested in using this in my new build, as I have a few pieces already that I obtained years ago, and love.
  9. Crash, 100% loss

    Damn! What the hell?
  10. Crash, 100% loss

    Where'd the Rubbermaid come from? Was it one you'd used before?
  11. Crash, 100% loss

    Damn! I hate reading stuff like this. What happened?
  12. Hawaii closed?!?!

    The governor vetoed the bill. Then some asshat judge granted an injunction against it, closing them down until further notice. This was all Over reef builders yesterday.
  13. New frag system

    I was wondering why I didn't see you at MAcna...have you lost all sps?
  14. I love the subject matter/thread title!
  15. A few phone pics.

    Those really are good pics from a phone. Droid?