Jstan84

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About Jstan84

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  • Birthday 08/21/1984

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  1. Jstan84's PA 65 rimless

    I got the results back from the ATI ICP and had some interesting results. I tested my water the day I bottled up the samples and got the following results from my kits: Salinity - 1.025 (digital refrac) Phosphate - 0.00 (Hanna) Nitrate - 0.00 (red Sea pro) Calcium - 444 (Hanna) Alk - 7.9dkh (Hanna) Mag - ~1400ish (aquaforest) My ICP results were as follows: Salinity - 32.40ppt Phosphate - 0.01 Nitrate - 18.93 Calcium - 451 Alk - 8.08 Mag - 1443 The nitrate reading is concerning considering I got 0.00 on a reputable kit, but I have been feeding very heavily lately so it's not unreasonable. At this point how do I go about lowering nitrates while raising phosphates? Test also showed pretty low iodine levels which should be an easy remedy. How should I go about lowering mag? Also seems.that it is time to change my rodi filters, getting high silicon reading from ICP thoughy TDS meters read 0 and my color change DI only appears half depleted.
  2. Jstan84's PA 65 rimless

    Not sure, it's an ora green stag looking acro but I don't think it's green slimer. The other acro that is much harder to see in the pic is an ora Joe the coral that is getting some nice color and a bit of growth.
  3. Jstan84's PA 65 rimless

    Another year later and here is how this tank sits now. Tank continued to be neglected until about 3 months ago. Since the last picture I have lost the bluejaw and the black clown mysteriously disappeared. That left only the orange clown and a mandarin. in the last months I have added a small sunburst anthias, another black clown, a female swallowtail angel, and a small multibar angel, as well as a few corals. Orange clown is currently in the sump, she got mean as hell when I added the new black clown. I am currently fighting low nutrients, as everything pretty much just seems to exist but not grow, and colors are light. Sending off an ICP test Monday to learn where all my parameters truly are, and I have started feeding 2-4 times a day (once dipped in selcon) instead of once ever few days. doing 10-15 gallon bi-weekly water changes. I am hoping to keep the tank on track this time around, every time things start going well something happens that kills my interest in keeping it up. But now I am expecting my first kid in a few weeks and I want this to be the one hobby that I can share with her that will be educational and maybe pass down a few real world skills.
  4. Kirk’s 350-ish build

    Has planet raised their prices a lot over the last few years? When I bought my tank in '14 I thought the price was great for what I got. Though my tank is only kinda custom, standard 65 gallon dims, rimless, black silicone, and external overflow. I guess the all out custom tanks come with a premium?
  5. Free gsp

    You wanna trade some for a toadstool head?
  6. Nem 4 sale. Sold

    Jerry, I'll take it if you still have it
  7. Jstan84's PA 65 rimless

    Sounds good, I cant kill a badge!
  8. Jstan84's PA 65 rimless

    Thanks guys, I am looking forward to getting this thing back on track and looking better. I think I am going to try to keep to simple and hardy corals this go around because I know how I am and I know I will go through phases where I don't want to keep up with maintenance properly. Hopefully after a few water changes I will be able to get the algae on the sand under control.
  9. Jstan84's PA 65 rimless

    It has been 2 years and a day since I updated this thread. After I lost all of my fish except the clowns while QTing (which by the way I will never use formalin again!), I was so disgusted I became largely disinterested in the tank. It has had maybe 2 or 3 water changes in that 2 years, I have gone months without emptying the skimmer cup or changing filter socks, and at the worst I have let the algae grow on the glass to the point it would flake off in sheets. Over the last 2 months I have made some progress on getting better about some maintenance. I have been running some carbon and GFO, changing socks more frequently, and I built a stand and components for a water change station that still needs to be plumbed together. Here is how the tank sits now. I know it isn't great but it looks quite a bit better than it did at its worst and the few corals that are there seem to be doing well. 2017-03-21_05-56-12 by Jeff Stanley, on Flickr Here is the future water change station. I have a panworld 50PX that needs to be plumbed in and I can start using it. The hope is that if I can make water changes simpler that I will do them more often! 2017-03-21_08-02-03 by Jeff Stanley, on Flickr
  10. Bluethroat or Sargassum Trigger?

    I've had 3 blue jaws and none have ever gone after cuc
  11. LF 40b

    I have a drilled 40 breeder you can have in Slidell, has some scratches, drilled in bottom with overflow.
  12. Grill masters ... I need your help

    Indirect with the plate setter, I never cooking anything that is going to take more than 15-20 minutes over direct heat.
  13. Grill masters ... I need your help

    Last year I did a spatchcock turkey and was some of the best turkey I have ever eaten. I went back and forth on brining it, but it ended up not brining just because I ran out of time. You can use whatever non-sugar based rub you like. Cajun seasoning or any of the dizzy pig rubs, or even a homeade rub will work well. I cooked it at 375, but don't remember how long or to what temp, a quick look on the BGE forums will tell you though. I always use pecan for wood because I get it for free. I agree with JT for the most part with wood you wont tell much difference from one to the other, unless you are using something like mesquite. Here it was on the grill. Juiciest turkey I have ever eaten. IMO no reason to do a bird low and slow. This bird definitely took less than 2 hours. If you are cooking on a large BGE and want to go this route, DO NOT buy a huge turkey. This was one of the smallest turkeys I could find I wanna say it was like 12 or 13 pounds.
  14. Looking to sell my Bubble Magus 3 channel dosing pump setup. Comes with doser, mounting rack, 3 dosing containers, 3 1 gallon brs containers, and 2 nearly full containers of brs calcium and alk suppliments, and a hang on tubing holder. everything is in great shape. everything you need to get started (minus mag supplement) $200 Cat not for sale. she whines too much anyways.