Keith

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  1. patching pipe

    Why not just get an adapter for the 1" to upsize it into the 2" opening? I have a bulkhead adapter that does just that and works great and is screwed in underneath so isn't going anywhere.
  2. 75 gallon stocking list

    I love our Zebra Barred Dartfish. Shy at first but now always out and schooling together. They may not like the lack of sand though. Also, I'd beware of the Flame Angel. Even though they are "normally" reef safe, I had one that decided to start tearing into my zoanthids. Love the fish, but she had to go.
  3. Hammer coral struggling

    I was always under the impression that hammers and frogspawn got along. I keep my torches on the other end of the tank. I plan to separate the hammer and frogspawn but would like to hear thoughts of other people that have had this issue. Also, it started deteriorating on the opposite side of where it was touching. Just FYI.
  4. Hammer coral struggling

    Greetings. My tank is doing well with all parameters where I want them. I have a Frogspawn and Hammer in close proximity (touching). The Frogspawn is growing and looking good but the Hammer has been showing signs of wilting away. It is getting smaller and looking weak. They are literally in the same flow and light location and everything else looks normal. Any suggestions? I can add a picture later, when I get home. 120G Reef Tank (6'x1.5'x2') PH - 8.2 Alk - 8.8 CA - 392 Temp - 78 Salinity - 1.026 Ammonia / Nitrate - 0.0 PO4 - 0.0 Mg - 1400 Thanks for the advice.
  5. So upset right now!

    I feel your pain. There are days when I just can't keep my hands out of the tank and it ends up being better when I started than when I finished.
  6. I just read through the entire thread from the initial home build. It's impressive the thought and work you've put into it. I may not be able to build a system like this, but it gives me ideas for my 120G. I got my tank from George and he really does nice work. It's nice to know that even experienced reefers with much larger systems than me run into problems. I've battled my share of issues over the last year and a half. I have had times I just want to quit. It's inspiring to see others go through adversities and keep pushing and thriving. The pictures and videos are awesome. Just a few thoughts: - If you get a cheap orange gel filter, your pictures will filter the blue and look even more amazing - did you purposely put the rocks in the center for swimming lanes? I'm used to smaller tanks and stacking against the back wall. - with your QT now hosting frags, how do you deal with fish that need medications, i.e. copper? - how much water change do you do and how often? I struggle with always having enough salt water on standby - any suggestions on getting the chaeto to grow better? I am using a 6500K CF from Lowes in my sump but it never seems to grow. Thanks and keep the pictures coming. I would love to see this tank in person some day and pick your brain for ideas. Keith Evans, Slidell
  7. Low Alk and PH

    Hey. I just got the new exact iDip test kit from MACNA and am checking my tank chemistry. I seem to be running low Alkalinity and PH and am not sure how to raise them. I have heard Kalkwasser would work but my Calcium levels are good. I don't want that to spike. I have decent airflow in the house and am running a carbon reactor, which I've heard can affect PH. I have heard about Baking Soda but would like some advice. I can add to my auto top-off if need be. The internet can be very confusing. I have a mixed reef tank with mostly soft and LPS corals. Thanks. Tank: 120G with 20G sump Ammonia / Nitrate: undetectable Calcium: 398ppm Phosphate: 0.04ppm Alkalinity: 6.95dKH Hardness: 356dGH PH: 7.6 Salinity: 1.026 Temp: 77 Magnesium: 1302ppm
  8. Parade of Tanks

    I'm up for this. My 120G in Slidell is early in its development but it would be fun to see others if this happens.
  9. Oct 7 meet at Coral Connection

    I'll be there. Always look forward to picking up new additions