Coral Cove NOLA

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  1. What Salt?

    Wanted to do a quick report of my findings so far with the Aquaforest Reef Salt. I've gone through roughly 12 boxes this last month, and each batch I've tested has mixed within the specified ranges for the big three. I mainly tested for Alk, so I didn't test every single batch for Calcium or Mag, but when I did test, Ca/Mg were within range. I haven't had to change any 2-part dosing amounts since switching, and all the tanks I'm using the AF mix in haven't skipped a beat. It doesn't leave almost any residue in my containers, mixes clear pretty quick, and I can leave it mixed for more than a day without worrying that it will cloud up like the hW reefer mix did. I'm going to stick with the Aquaforest salt for awhile and will report back with long term findings. -Jeremy
  2. Powerhead needed, suggestions?

    Haven't heard any updates on the wave puck, it seems that it's still not quite ready for some reason. However, one of my customers on the Northshore has been using the Apex power heads for awhile now and really likes them.. he says they put out some serious flow. I've heard of quite a few people that are happy with the performance of their Jebao pumps, especially at the price point their listed for, but I haven't had any daily experience with them yet. -Jeremy
  3. Fragniappe 2018

    Fragniappe 2018 is definitely going to happen @vertigo! As Greg stated, a big chunk of BRK's user base has seemed to migrate over to Facebook, but many of the long-time reefers still use the forum.
  4. Dumping LEDs. Back to T5HO we GO!

    I had a long run with LED's before finally switching back to T5's.. It's made a huge difference in growth and color for me. I'm sure you won't regret this decision! I've tried Kessils, Radions, and the Black boxes.. all of which produced pretty good color, but not like T5's do. My previous bulb combo for the 6 bulb fixture I have was 3B+, 1UV, 1C+, 1P+ (all ATI). I had really good growth and color with that combo. I recently added two Reefbrite XHO's onto my fixture to add a little more blue saturation and allow corals I sell out of that system to adjust more easily to tanks that use LED. My new bulb Combo is 2 B+, 1 P+, 1 C+, 2 UV, and the 2 Reefbrites on 50%. The corals took awhile to adapt, but I'm getting a pinch better color with the extra blue saturation from the Reefbrights. Hopefully some of this info is useful for you! -Jeremy
  5. looking for softies

    We'll be bringing a bunch of shrooms and a few green nepthea frags to Fragniappe!
  6. Fragniappe teaser video

    We did some more cutting this evening....
  7. Fragniappe teaser video

    Good afternoon fellow reefers! Here's a quick iPhone teaser video for fragniappe... we've also got a number of zoas and sps that aren't pictured, including 2 frags of JF Homewrecker! We hope to see y'all there!
  8. Trav's 70g CadLights Artisan II

    Looking good Travis! What's the current fish list for this tank?
  9. What Salt?

    I've used HW Marinemix Reefer for the last 9 months and it tests within the label almost every time. The last few boxes have mixed up super cloudy for some reason and a few have had large chunks in it, but the chunks break up easy by hand and dissolve quickly. If you don't mind the mixed water being cloudy or breaking up chunks occasionally, it's a solid option that yields good results. Disclaimer - I mix multiple 160g boxes at a time, so if you use smaller amounts and don't stir your box before using it (to fix settling), your results may vary. I just started testing the Aquaforest Reef Salt mix this past weekend because it mixes a lot cleaner than the HW (customers don't like their tanks to be cloudy for a few hours after I leave), and it's suppose to have the levels that I'm aiming for. I have high hopes for this mix after looking over the batch ranges, and I'll report back on my findings for you guys after a few months of use. -Jeremy
  10. LF Chaeto

    @Patncori I've got a bunch if you'd like some. I'm in Thibodaux all the time, so just shoot me a pm and I'll give you a chunk. -Jeremy
  11. Method for managing nitrates

    Good morning fellow reefers! We've been developing this method for a while now, and wanted to share this quick tip for managing high nitrates: 1) Prepare enough water to perform a 100% water change, making sure to match temp and salinity in your prepared water. This will help bring the nitrates down to a manageable level. We usually drain the tank down to about 2-3 inches to leave room for any fish to swim (the 3" of water in the bottom and some other water will be deep in the rock and sand, so you won't reduce the nitrates all the way to zero and that's okay), then refill using your temp and salinity matched water. The main goal here is to get your nitrates to 25 or less. 2) Get some Seachem de-nitrate and run it passively in a media bag as pictured below. We literally just place it in a lower flow area of the sump and leave it alone. In about 2-4 weeks, your nitrates will start to fall and level off at around 2-5ppm. Done! We've used this technique on quite a few customer tanks to get them back into shape quickly and haven't lost a single fish or coral with this method. The range of nitrate that results from using this method is ideal for coral coloration and health. Do you have a questions about this quick tip or need help getting your tank's nutrients back under control? Contact us! Note: We do not sell any Seachem products and have not been paid or encouraged to endorse this product.
  12. Mark's Marine artificial rock info

    I definitely agree with you on scrapping the rock Ken. I had suggested replacing the rock as soon as I ruled out the other possible causes of tank issues, but the customer wasn't ready for a tank overhaul that involved. The tank is a 180g, so it's going to be a bit costly to reset the tank with all new rock, labor costs, probably new sand, etc.. so I told the customer I would ask around first to make him feel a little more comfortable about pulling the trigger on a full tank reset.
  13. Zoanthids

    Jeeves, be sure to check the market section here at BRK. Many hobbyists are listing corals for sale there.
  14. cycle a new tank.

    Mike, you can start cycling the tank now with dry rock and sand if you would like. You can put a small piece of live rock in the tank to have a starter culture of bacteria, then feed that bacteria with an an ammonia source (I like to use Dr. Tim's ammonium chloride drops for cycling dry rock). Normally your fish produce the ammonia that feed the bacteria, but you can substitute the fish for ammonium chloride to keep your bacteria populations healthy while you finish getting the tank setup.
  15. Hammer coral struggling

    Keith, try separating them to see if that helps.