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  1. Emperors and other fish pairing attempts

    Wish you luck. What are they eating?
  2. POTM November 2017 Winner

    Thought for a second you may have learned how to Photoshop. Lol
  3. POTM November 2017 Winner

    Congrats Jerry. What is the name? Very nice colors.
  4. Stoned's 210 Upgrade

    Alk crept to a little over 9. Nitrates went to 0. Just don't understand how a 4 year old tank with 15 fish has 0 nitrates. Once I saw a couple of corals with burnt tips, I dose stump remover to raise nitrates to 5 ppm. I purchased a doser to keep nitrates up. But it was too late, now every SPS coral, monti's and chalice looks like crap. Lost several already.
  5. Stoned's 210 Upgrade

    Decided to upgrade to 6 footer. Sold my 120 gal before Christmas. I have everything in a rubbermaid tub. Losing a lot of large coral colonies and lost 3 fish. Plans are for a steel stand, diy led lighting, recir skimmer, 75 gal sump running GFO and bio pellets. Also using filter socks and a refugium. I will be using my 6105 tunze's for circulation. I will be adding 2 more running a total of 4 on a 7096 controller. Will be posting pics as soon as possible.
  6. Stoned's 210 Upgrade

    I think I'm gonna take a break from the hobby after doing the same mistake twice I six months.
  7. WTB Chaeto Reactor

    Something I forgot to add. Since you lost most of the nitrate consuming corals, nitrates may rise fast. Need to test often. I let my nitrates go to zero again. Losing more SPS colonies. Knee jerk reaction was to buy a dosing pump and container. With less SPS to consume nitrates, dosing is causing high nitrates. Some SPS are now RTN on a daily basis. Keep up on your testing.
  8. WTB Chaeto Reactor

    I would try to maintain that with water changes.
  9. WTB Chaeto Reactor

    Cheato also absorbs nitrates. I would wait a while before going there. Test for both until you see things kinda stabilize. See where the added fish will take you. If phosphates gets too high, there is always water changes.
  10. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    I ordered some Cepex valves from bulk reef supply when they was on sale around Thanksgiving. Just haven't gotten around to replacing them. Getting lazy in my old age. lol
  11. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Looks good Jensen. I would not use ball valves from Lowes/Home Depot. I used them, after awhile, they are very hard to turn. If they turn at all.
  12. Natural Reefkeeping

    Very nice. I'm amazed at how good your tank looks with some simple stuff.
  13. Fraghouse corals

    Very nice. What are names on the bigger ones? Look like they ready to frag. Lol
  14. Natural Reefkeeping

    Tank looks great. Are you replacing the sand you take out?
  15. You're welcome. I think it states you can raise nitrates all at once with no ill effects. I found cutting off the dead tips off increases the corals survival. I cut my Joe the coral colony down to the encrusted/nub. When it liked the conditions, it sprouted with growth again. Let me know if you need anything else.
  16. I know your corals isn't bleaching. But same principal. It is explained better then I can. Hope this helps.
  17. POTM October 2017 Winner

    Congrats Jerry
  18. I use Red Sea test kit. It's 2 ppm accuracy. That is why I keep it at 5 ppm.
  19. That is what mine look like. This why i'm dosing nitrates. If I don't dose, it goes to 0 and corals start to die. I keep alk at around 8 dkh and nitrates at 5 ppm. Those corals that look like that may or may not survive. With all the water changes you been doing, I'm sure nitrates are at 0 ppm.
  20. Using Red Sea nitrate test kit.
  21. I don't know how a tank that is 4 years old and has 18 fish doesn't produce nitrates is beyond me. Too much live rock?
  22. Sorry to hear this. I'm killing mine with low nutrients. I would have never thought I would be buying a doser for nitrates. Hope it turns around for you.
  23. Stoned's 210 Upgrade

    I give up. All coral was looking real good. Alk creeped up to 9.3. And nitrates at 0 ppm. What a pisser.
  24. upgrade from 25 Gallon Hex to 180 gallon

    Glad to see your tank coming along. Those squids are notorious for stop working after some time. And hard to clean. You may look into the 1 inch squid, it has a cap on top for cleaning it. If you go that route. Since you have the ocean motion, you may want to eliminate the squids all together. And just add a couple of power heads. I would recommend not eliminating the squids.
  25. Natural Reefkeeping

    Thanks for sharing those first days of keeping a marine aquarium. How long did everything live? What kind of filtration did the tank have? Or did you just do water changes?