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About Nola26

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  1. Nola26

    Complete Reef Setup

    After thinking about this for several months, I have decided to sell my tank. With the kids getting older and having activities that take up most of my time, I just dont have the time to dedicate to the maintenance the tank needs. I am selling the tank as a complete setup, including livestock. Here is an equipment list: 120 gallon tank Dual 1" overflows Screen Tops 40 gallon three compartment sump Custom stained wood stand Stand has been sealed and auto activating LED lighting added to sump area. Stand has two side cabinet doors for sump access and custom Apex mounting. Two Aqua Illumination Hydra LED lights with Aluminum rail mounts. APEX controller Salinity monitor, two temp probes, breakout box, Apex feeder, ATO controlled through Apex, AI control module Two Jecod DC power heads with Apex module. One Tunze powerhead Jecod return pump (New-Never installed) Eheim Return pump-installed Reef Octopus NWB150 Filter socks About 100 lbs. live rock Black sand with about 20 lbs new sand in box. Spectrapure CPS90 RODI system with membrane flush Bulk Reef Supply media reactor Two heaters Python water change system 30 gallon brute can with rollers Misc. plumbing parts Livestock Live rock and sand Zoa colonies Red Monti Cap Green Frogspawn Red Mushrooms 2 Ocellaris Clowns 1 Chalk Bass 2 Yellowtail Damsels 1 One Spot Foxface I'm sure I'm forgetting some stuff, I'll add to this post if its anything important. I'll post pictures if anyone is interested. I would like to sell everything at once. Asking price is $2500.00 I would like to thank everyone here for the answers to my many questions over the years. I will probably start another smaller tank in the future when my schedule allows it.
  2. Nola26

    Started dosing Vibrant

    Mine is still doing pretty good. Most of the hair algae is gone with the exception of a few isolated spots. Turf algae is dwindling away and the bubble algae I had is now gone. .
  3. Nola26

    Started dosing Vibrant

    I started once a week with 12ml, but I increased to twice a week until all algae is gone. .
  4. Nola26

    Started dosing Vibrant

    The tank is doing well. Most of the hair algae is gone with the exception of a few spots on top of one rock. The red algae that is on the sand bed, is starting to die off as well. My corals are doing great and the rate that algae grows on the class is almost non-existent. All my water specs are where they should be. I have been doing weekly water changes and this is working to keep everything in check. I still say this stuff works very well. I was very skeptical as well. I have always followed the advice of "old timers" in the hobby. Their advised is almost always the same; there are no short cuts, routine maintenance is the only way to ensure a successful tank. I still believe that, but this stuff, to me, is a bit of a helping hand getting rid of a problem that plagues most reefers eventually. When I researched Vibrant, I figured it was worth a shot at only $20. Of the huge thread on R2R, there were almost zero bad reviews. I say "almost" because I didn't read all 60+ pages of the thread, but I read a good bit and did not read one bad review. I figured, that's very rare today, so I gave it a shot. I'm glad I did, I'll be ordering a larger bottle next time.
  5. Nola26

    Jecod Return- Programming

    On and off for sure, and I will need to adjust flow rates since the pump moves more water than my drains can handle quietly. I know all of this can be done with the energy bar and a ball valve or the Jebao controller, but I got the apex so that I can control all aspects of the tank automatically and through one interface. .
  6. Nola26

    Jecod Return- Programming

    I have had a Jecod (Jebao) DC return pump for several months now and never got around to installing it. Now I want to put it in, but I also want to control it with my Apex. I currently have the Jebao Apex link for my power heads, but was wondering if anyone has used the Apex to control a Jecod return pump?
  7. Nola26

    Started dosing Vibrant

    Most of my die off was either in the over flow, cuc took care of it or I used a net to scoop it out when I did my WC. .
  8. Nola26


    What brought you to BRK? I don't really remember, but I think was a customer at Aquatic Specialities. What keeps you coming back? The good advice I normally get when I ask a question. What keeps you away? Nothing has really kept me away, I haven't been active on any forums lately, but I did notice there was not a lot of new threads compared to when I started. What would you like to see us do differently? I don't think anything needs to be done differently as far as the site goes A few suggestions would be to pick new products in the reef industry and randomly select members to test them and post their findings. Maybe some frag swaps at local LFS. I haven't heard of any of those in a while. And also if there is a way to send out email notifications of events like a frag swap, for those of us who don't get on the forum daily. Its hard for me to attend events. I work 6 days a week and with two kids who have ballet three times a week and baseball practice twice a week and games on weekends, its hard to find the time to all the other things that need to be done around the house.
  9. Nola26

    Started dosing Vibrant

    I'm dosing once a week. I just did my third dose yesterday. So far I have noticed a significant reduction in algae, both on rocks and on the glass, but I also noticed the water is super clear and my corals seem to have more color, especially my monti cap.
  10. Nola26

    What is this?

    Good/ bad? Should I do anything about it? .
  11. So I found this under my candy cane coral which is on the sand bed. .
  12. Nola26

    Started dosing Vibrant

    No, not yet. With the results I'm seeing so far I'm not sure if twice a week is necessary! I think I'm going to stick with once a week for at least a month to see the progress. May do twice a week after that if I still have algae present. .
  13. Nola26

    Started dosing Vibrant

    One week after the first dose of Vibrant and I have to say so far I am impressed, to say the least!! Here are pics to compare. The first pics in each set are prior to the first dose of Vibrant and the second pic was taken today, which is one week after the first dose. I have not done any maintenance to the tank yet this week. I have not scrubbed or blown off any rocks yet. I have the say the results are pretty amazing. The glass is cleaner, the water is clearer and the fish and corals have not been affected whatsoever.
  14. Nola26

    Started dosing Vibrant

    I finally just made a new photobucket account. Couldn't get google pics or google drive to work. And the files were too big to upload to the site.
  15. Nola26

    Started dosing Vibrant