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About RedStickReefer

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  1. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Been trying to get a picture, but my phone cant get a decent pic. One of the snails I got from reefcleaners came with some kind of mussels attached to its shell, three of them. They've doubled in size in just the few weeks the snails have been in my tank. I'll post a pic whenever I manage to get a decent shot. Keeping an eye on the snail because if it dies I'm going to glue its shell to the rocks somewhere and see how long I can keep these mussels alive.
  2. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    My tank cleared up and the first fish has entered the 30g today. A captive bred bangaii cardinalfish I picked up from AquaHut. Hopefully it does well over the next few days. Looks healthy to me. 2018-02-02_04-44-49 by Jensen Esneault
  3. Twinn's 250/300g DD build

    x2 Looking awesome!
  4. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Thanks! Hopefully it'll be an epic lil 30g SPS reef, but I don't know if I'll ever achieve what I did with my 120g again. We'll see what the future holds...
  5. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Well, last week didn't go as planned (week 6). I added those hermits and snails the week before and ended up with another bloom in my tank. I was hoping to start adding fish, but I'm stuck waiting until the tank clears up again...Feels good doing some reefing again though. Blasting music, drinking beer, doing water changes, changing media, mixing up salt, etc. Wish I had some acro colonies to frag up!!
  6. CO2 Scrubbers

    Yeah, doesn't seem like it's worth it to me. Might revisit this in the future, but I definitely don't plan on trying it any time soon.
  7. Fragniappe 2018

    I can't wait for Fragniappe this year! My tank should be ready, so I might be able to actually buy some corals this year. I'm hoping Brandon with Fraghouse Corals is there again this year. He has some of the nicest SPS frags I've ever seen in person. In regard to the forum/facebook, I prefer the forum. I guess it's just easier for people to post to the BRK Facebook group, since most people are already on Facebook several times per day for one reason or another.
  8. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    CUC was delivered today from reefcleaners. 100% survived 2-3 day shipping...I got some cerith, nerite, zig zag periwinkles, and nassarius snails along with some blue leg hermits. I bought around 10 or so of each just to get me started. I plan on adding a few more hermits and a bunch of astrea snails in the near future. It's nice to get some life going in the tank!
  9. And it continues... 300DD In-wall Build

    Great news about the tank not leaking! I was worried you'd throw in the towel...That back up generator is going to be sweet!...and I was proud of my lil battery backup. lol. Good to see you're still moving forward!
  10. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    The bloom cleared up and I've done a couple water changes. Parameters look good, tank looks good and I've got a clean up crew from Reef Cleaners coming this week. Heading to Aqua Hut and Reef Coral next week to start looking at fish.
  11. Nano Cube

    Then I think what you're putting in the chambers should work fine. No need in getting super fancy for softies and LPS.
  12. Nano Cube

    What you're running in each chamber sounds good to me, but what kind of corals are you putting in this tank? I like the kessil tuna blue lights.
  13. What Salt?

    Well, I'm happy to report back that I'm both surprised based on my initial tests and happy based on tonight's testing that the first batch of Fritz salt I mixed up for my reef tested well. It mixed clear within 30 mins to an hour with no residue left in my brute container. I'm not sure exactly how many gallons I poured up, but I filled my 20g brute up to the top of the handles with RO/DI. I added 10 cups of salt and that put me right at 1.026 according to salinity readings taken with my refractometer after an hour of mixing. Something worth noting: I pulled the bag from the box and mixed very well prior to scooping the salt from the bag for mixing. I checked the salinity again more than 24hours later, today, and I got a very close reading of 1.025.5 with a freshly calibrated refractometer. I recalibrated my refractometer with new solution that I just got in last week, just to make sure the calibration solution I had wasn't off... I dropped a heater in the brute container and got the temp up to 78 degrees prior to mixing the salt. Calcium was reported at 475 and alk was reported at 9.2 dkh according to the hanna checkers I used, and is exactly the range I'm looking for... I didn't test Mg as I've never had an ill effect from overdosing Mg and was happy with the Ca and Alk levels reported right out of the box. I've found that as long as my Ca and Alk are stable, I've never had an issue. If this salt continues to mix at the values reported above I'll continue to use it. This is the first, more precise batch of salt I've mixed, so I'll continue to test and report back if anything changes. Based on these initial results though, I'm extremely happy. FYI: if anyone wants to see pics of my brute container during mixing I can post them. I took pics throughout the mixing process to show there is no residue, but didn't feel it was necessary to post as I'm sure most of y'all will take my word for it.
  14. Stoned's 210 Upgrade

    Dang, what was the mistake? Alk crept up on you again?
  15. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Major bacteria bloom today.