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  1. 5 points
    Don't owe me anything, glad to help out.
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    DSC_0205.jpg by Joe Naquin, on Flickr
  3. 4 points
    It's been a very long time since I posted an FTS of my 120. Since losing all the huge acro colonies, my tank has just looked empty. Things are coming along, but, the new SPS frags up at the top of the tank just aren't growing quickly enough for my liking. All my LPS and softies recovered a few months after the crash, and, are doing very well.
  4. 4 points
    Man its hard to believe its been 5 years but this website has just gotten better with age.
  5. 4 points
    Pm sent JT For those of you guys who dont know Scott he is a selfless individual who is a great guy. This is a great cause to donate to or purchase tickets. If you cant go to the meet like mysel, atleast try and make a donation or purchase a few tickets. Lets get it going guys!
  6. 4 points
    This is gonna sound crazy to some but... what keeps me interested is going down to Petco, finding diseased fish and then curing them in my QT. Doesn't hurt that I get the fish for 1/2 price just by pointing out the disease to the manager. I guess they know it's just going to die in their care anyway. I learn something new every time I do it, get a little better at it, and have the satisfaction of knowing I saved a life which would have otherwise been lost.
  7. 4 points
    Well it's obvious now.....he's adding an overflow to that cardboard box.
  8. 4 points
    Reposted in the right place! I wanted to thank the club for a GREAT event which was well thought out and executed. We set up a table at several of these "smaller" non-MACNA type events a year and this was one of the most impressive we have attended. The venue was formal, the booths and backdrops far better than the normal folding tables we often find upon arrival. As a "first time" event you guys knocked it out of the park and should be very proud. I posted pics all day on my business Facebook page and already one vendor, "Coralgasm" from Florida, posted he wants to attend next year. We were very grateful to all the folks who came buy our table to learn more about our foods. I had no idea so many of you had learned about our foods from word of mouth and online forums since we are a family business and don't advertise formally in publications. Many of you purchased food and thanked us for making the 11 hour trip to LA to introduce Reef Frenzy to the locals. We are proud to say that after we left our coolers were nearly empty, we signed up Adventure Pets and Aquatic Specialties as LRS Stocking dealers, and we liked you guys so much I offered to sponsor the Bayou Reef Club for 2014. When we find a club with this much motivation and good people we would like to help keep the energy going. Great job everyone in the BRK and thanks to all our new customers, who I consider friends. See you next year, and be sure and stay in touch on Facebook at Facebook/Larrysreefservices Larry and Veronica ReefFrenzy.com
  9. 4 points
    not good with photography but I'll give it a shot to enter.
  10. 4 points
    Hello everyone, Some of you here know me from many years ago. A few I've run into recently It's nice to be here and I'm sure I'll be a more regular poster as I get back into the hobby! Background about myself... I am 33 and I am the owner of Exotics by Nature Co. based in the Covington LA area. For 10 years we operated a retail pet store business that specialized in exotic reptiles and amphibians. Now we are strictly a private breeding foundation, selling our inventory via the internet, trade shows and shipping worldwide. I have been an aquarium hobbyist since age 13 and worked in the retail pet industry since I was 14 and I've ALWAYS been a hardcore marine aquatic addict. Sadly in July of 2012 I suffered a very bad fall that has left me paralyzed from the chest down and confined to a wheelchair. I have managed to overcome a lot of my physical issues in the few months that I have been back home and now to get my 300 gallon reef back up and running... 96x24x30" Main Display with additional 96x8x8" Coast to Coast rear overflow trough. Tank constructed of 3/4" Birch Plywood (Front frame is double thickness) all corners filetted with West System filetting epoxy then 2 layers of woven polyester fabric wetted with West System epoxy. Painted with two part Aquatic Ecosystems Blue epoxy paint. The front glass pane is 1/2" tempered Starphire with about a case of silicone sealant Currently running with water with no issues since late 2005. MRC 36" Reef Sump Del-Tec AP-902 MRC Large Nielsen (Kalk) Reactor Blueline 100-HD Pump (sump return) with Oceansmotions 4way (4 outlets on the surface) ReeFlo Hammerhead Pump (closed loop) with Oceansmotions 8way (2 rear outlets & 4 bottom outlets) Pacific Coast 1/2 HP 110v Chiller Lighting Currently : 4x 400watt Metal Halide (20K Radium SE) Lighting Coming Soon : 4x Aqua Illumination VEGA LED Pendants In late 2005 I started construction of this tank in my shop and in 2010 it was relocated to my new office at our facility. Here are various pics I have from the build back in my old shop ...
  11. 4 points
    Hi everyone, Over the past twenty-four hours, several people have asked us about our policy concerning the privacy of personal conversations (aka private messages) here on Bayou Reefkeeping. It is the policy of BRK that we will not, for any reason ever read any personal conversations on here. We also will not read parts of those conversations or utilize intrusive tools in order to scan your personal conversations here. Here at Bayou Reefkeeping, we have a genuine respect for the privacy of personal messages. Many of us use those to talk with friends here on a personal level; discussing family issues, everyday stresses, or just catching up on general matters. We have no business in making your personal business our concern. The content of your personal conversations here is owned by you and whomever you are communicating with. In short, Bayou Reefkeeping Staff will never view any or all parts of your personal conversations. It is highly unethical to be so intrusive upon members. Regards, Bayou Reefkeeping Staff
  12. 3 points
    Got the ATI Sunpower mounted to the ceiling today. Unlike @Reef Tank Greg, I didn’t opt to give myself additional attic ventilation by putting my foot through the ceiling, lol I had to screw one side into a joist directly because it was right where I needed to put the right side’s mount. I didn’t want to go that route, as I really wanted to mount it to a 2x4 straddling two joists, which is what I did on the left side. I guess it will all still hold, since I used a 3.5” deck screw to affix it to the joist.
  13. 3 points
    This about the best FTS I have ATM .
  14. 3 points
    This mystery tank does indeed exist. Electrical and plumbing runs in the walls have all been installed and the walls closed up. We thought we were on our way but the material used instead of drywall, which had better insulating properties and resistance to moisture, started sweating a slick, clear, greasy fluid. Fluid analyses were inconclusive other than indicating it had high concentrations of magnesium. Since this material was on the ceiling over the tank as well as on the walls, it all had to be removed. Currently, we are renovating the fish room for Reef 173 at IMCT (many of you helped with the reef trimming several years ago) to bring it up to our current state of our art. Once that is complete, we hope to finally move forward with this monster project.
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    Good old Instant Ocean. $40 for a 200 gal box from the Docs. Been using it for years and if it ain't broke... I dabbled with the expensive mixes years back and never saw any difference other than a lighter wallet.
  17. 3 points
    @Bob Loblaw Thank you very much for your purchase. Since our trip to Indo last year we met with and instructed some of our suppliers how we wanted the nems collected along with shipped to us. Since our trip we have brought in numerous carpets and had zero DOA from Indo. We are not a flipper when it comes to our animal lives and we will not carry anything to a show to pump and dump onto consumers. To me that hurts the consumer and also the industry. Currently we are working on a propagation method overseas to allow us to stop the collection process all together and only harvest propogated carpets. Our rate of success currently is above 75% but we are striving for greater than 90%. Our goal is to be the first in the industry to offer aquacultured news to the public. This is the first place I have ever made any mention of this but I feel that once we start receiving the nems and nail down the process scientifically we can share more of our experiences. This April I am returning to Indonesia to monitor progress and hopefully bring the first harvest home. That nem is going to be missed by our midnight clowns for sure. I am extremely happy that it went to a good home with someone who understands their care and special needs. If you ever have any questions or need assistance please reach out to us @unlimited color corals. Chris
  18. 3 points
    Spent a wad of cash w/o even attending. Thanks to Adam and Greg for bringing it to my attention and a huge thank you to Eric from bringing it to BR
  19. 3 points
    I'm going to go off topic and go with equipment regrets. Several of my DIY projects over the years have worked out great and saved money. Some ... not so much: DIY dual chamber acrylic cal reactor (It actually worked for over a year but was "challenging" to operate and it eventually busted seams) DIY media reactor (before vendors started using the term media reactor) using Lowes 4" PVC DIY Mag 5 mini closed loop (bawhaha .. just typing it makes me laugh) DIY sump return plumbing with 5 outlets in tank (what can I say .. I was a rookie with zero concept of head loss and pressure) and the epic fail(s) ... DIY chiller using freezer in the garage (tank plumbed to garage) DIY chiller using window unit AC coils submerged in ice chest full of water ... in the garage!!!!!!! Where did I find the time for all that madness?
  20. 3 points
    Aptaisia Carpet Anemones Kirk M In that order.....
  21. 3 points
    .... Sure does make the 55" tv seem small...
  22. 3 points
    Here is a throwback sticker. My BRK pride and joy.
  23. 3 points
    With all of the success we have had with Fragniappe, it was time to have a website that matched the quality of the event. Over the past couple of days I have worked towards accomplishing such. Hopefully it's been a successful endeavor as I have created an entirely new website for Fragniappe! I encourage each of you to visit the link below and then share your thoughts here within this thread. Thanks! http://www.fragniappe.com/ Also..... If you are like us and can't wait for next year.... Well then visiting the Fragniappe website frequently will let you know exactly how long the wait is until next year. Plus you may find some new and interesting information there over the next year!
  24. 3 points
    I started this thread 8 months ago, but this has been in the works for almost 2 years. Today I am pleased to announce that today, this beast got its heart beat!!!
  25. 3 points
    We received this one in our staff inbox: "To all the wonderful Bayou Reefkeeping Crew, I just wanted to personally thank you all for putting on another great event. Your groups attentiveness is second to none and as a vendor it's an important part of this business. I so appreciate your help, kindness, and hospitality. Thank you for the dinner invite, it was very thoughtful and a hilariously enjoyable time was had! I am ready to return and look forward to seeing you next year! Patti Reef Deep Aquatics"
  26. 3 points
    Those are my pics, Jensen! Coffey just posted a few. The rest can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/120097123@N02/sets/72157648947910524/ And did I look that bad??
  27. 3 points
    Thanks everyone! I've said it before and will say it again, you guys have a great club. Clubs like yours are valuable to the longevity of our hobby. I'm proud to be apart of BRK!
  28. 3 points
    Un update pic, a few days away from having enough saltwater to crank up the sump and skimmer
  29. 3 points
    So, you want some SPS!? Aqua Hut sent us some pictures of just a FEW of the MANY SPS frags they'll be bringing to Fragniappe 2015! They have assured us they'll be bringing some hot sticks!
  30. 3 points
    During Isaac I ended up losing everything. A couple days before the storm hit I had to move. Put everything, literally, in a big 55 gallon tote, and brought it to the new place. Storm was coming so I let it ride in the tub. Long story short, I ended up being stuck at work (mandatory 24/7 untill the parish sees otherwise) and the rbta decided to nuke everything before I could get it all back in the tank. I had finally aquired everything I ever wanted for my tank...and lost it all so for the last couple of years I didnt want to get back in the hobby and I sold almost everything except my biocube. Last night I finally put the tank and stand in the hosue and cleaned it up. Tomorrow I am going to de-rim it and remove all the chambers in the back, as well as drill it for an overflow. Plans are to run a 10 gallon sump with it, just to add a little more volume and have a space for a skimmer, heater, pumps, etc and keep the tank as clean looking as possible. Here is a little list of what I kept from the last tank that will be used in this one: BC29 Ecotech MP10 Titanium heater I-tech cone skimmer (might be too big for tank) Viper 150 watt MH light Couple of mj1200's This is going to be a LONG build. If all goes well the tank will get some water by saturday. Hopefully at some point next week I can get some sand in it and then add some rock. If it all goes according to plan I am going to wait till about the 6 month mark to add fish. Livestock wishlist: Pair of black ice snowflake clowns (daughter picked them out....couldnt outsmart her with plain black clowns) Green mandarin rbta Thats it for now, pics to come as I make progress.
  31. 3 points
    Had 2 problems go down last week with some tank equipment. First was my Tunze skimmer, the drive came out in shipping and cracked all the pins on the wheel. Talked to Roger and had the part in 2 days.... Love it!!!!! Next my Hydra kit that I bought a few months back decided after a firmware upgrade to blow out the royal blue channel. AI had a new board and pucks shipped out the next day... Nothing out of pocket and handled very promptly... I wish all customer service would go this smoothly
  32. 3 points
    He never did. Looks like he only eyes for you.
  33. 3 points
    How well did you like the Harbor Center venue? As mentioned with previous post it was a great venue but a little crowded. I did like how the center was not in a crowded area and could be located very easily. What did you think of the host city location? Slidell is a little drive for me but its not to bad because I could spend time with some family members their. What did you enjoy most about Fragniappe? Seeing how well this event was put on and being able to talk to all of the vendors. I have never been to any kind of event where they had vendors come in, so it was pretty cool to see where they all come from and learn what they have to offer. What did you not like about Fragniappe? Besides what others have mentioned; the PA system and how crowded it was, I would have to say the lack of sps that were brought in. Was there anything that you wish Bayou Reefkeeping would have had available but didn't? I really can't think of anything that wasn' covered by you all. What could Bayou Reefkeeping have done to make it a better experience? Besided giving me the RODI unit, nothing really. Will you be attending next year? Hell yea I will. Looking forward to next years event. Have any other comments, questions, or concerns? Great job to everyone who put on this event. It was very well organized and all of yall's hard work showed.
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    Certainly let me know what I can do to assist. I will make every effort to be a part of this.
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    Bringing in well known vendors. WOW Sounds like an event I definitely won't miss.
  40. 3 points
    Still trying to figure the pee vs honey ratio.
  41. 3 points
    Have you been wanting to support Bayou Reefkeeping but just haven't been able to afford the twenty dollars yet? Well, then this just might be the topic for you! I am willing to purchase a one year subscription for one of you and hopefully others here will follow suit. If you're looking to have a subscription purchased for you, then simply post here in this topic and tell us how Bayou Reefkeeping has been valuable enough to you to merit supporting the club. Merry Christmas All! EDIT: I decided to contact someone I had in mind. Alex (alto8345) recently returned to the hobby. He has had some struggles with his new setup though. I am happy to see him back in the hobby and I am proud to have gifted a one year subscription for him! So, the rest of you feel free to choose someone. Contact them first to make sure it is OK. Or, if you would rather staff pick someone then you can simply purchase a gift subscription now and let us know: http://www.bayoureefkeeping.com/store
  42. 3 points
    I'm not eligable, but thought I'd chime in anyway. Sometimes pictures work better than words. Basically went from this: To this: Crappy phone pic, but you get it...BRK worked for me, Thanks BRK! lol
  43. 3 points
    how about pulled pork? thats been my new food thing i've been smoking.
  44. 3 points
    Those of you who were there saw the whole presentation by Bob Fenner. For those of you who did not attend, here's 2/3 of the presentation. Here's the presentation done by Bobby (Saldarya) made:
  45. 3 points
    Well I really don't have the extra $$ right now due to some personal issues, but what I can do is post a couple of frags for sale and in turn give the profit to BRK if thats ok. I have a montipora setosa, pink lemonade acro, and a purple gomezi already fragged if someone is wanting to buy a piece. Just let me know.
  46. 2 points
    I'll be there to pick up that new Rodi unit and win the supporting member raffle too!!!
  47. 2 points
    Just figured I'd point this out to the few who didn't know this (probably just reminding most of us).. BRS will price match some of their bigger competitors like marinedepot, drsfoster-smith, etc, if you call them. Example- I just had them send me another bag of special grade aragalive sand for 22$ instead of their 38$ asking price. 16$ difference is pretty good for a single item.
  48. 2 points
    Julian Sprung followed closely by Randy Holmes-Farley...
  49. 2 points
    GCRS would like to thank the Bayou Reefkeeping staff, volunteers, members and everyone who had a hand in helping out with this incredibly successful event. It truly was something extraordinary. We are unbelievably proud to have been a part of it, and had an absolute blast all day. Bring on Fragniappe 2015!
  50. 2 points
    I thought it may be interesting to share with you all an interesting observation/experience in my tank the past month that may have value. About 4-5 weeks ago I noticed that my Lt. Tang, which is a pig and very healthy, started to show signs of HLLE on his cheeks. Small pits on both sides were starting to appear. I had done the research and read the articles that suggested the aggressive use of GAC, especially the lower quality Lignite, could cause this, or at least the dust in the water column. It didnt concern me much as I have always used Rox .08 which is of higher quality and I rinsed it very well. That being said, I figured I would experiment a bit and pulled the carbon completely. I use to run about 2 cups of the Rox 24/7 in low flow in a 220g tank. I now run 1/3 cup for 24hours 1 time a week (I am currently on 10 days and may go to every 2 weeks) I have 2 observations after a month. 1. The pitting on the tangs cheeks is gone. Period. Clearly this could be anecdotal, but either way, it seems to have helped. 2. Secondly, and more importantly to me, my corals in the past couple of weeks are really starting to take off. Prior to this I had been dealing with some burnt tip issues as well as paleness in the SPS. Alk has always been stable, so that wasnt an issue. At this time however, growth is taking off and the color is getting richer. I know it makes sense, I am not stripping the water of needed nutrients, but my 'trates still read 0 and Phos is at a .02 which shows the nutrients remain low. Water clarity remains as good if not better as before. I have always been a proponent of running GAC in a reactor as being neccesary, or at least helpful. I am going to continue to watch and learn and see if what I think is true which is that it may not be. I will say this, I have a pretty regimented and consistent maintenance schedule with water changes, tank cleaning, rock cleaning, etc... That being said, some of you with the experience to understand how your corals (mainly SPS) respond to changes might want to consider this and play around with it a bit. Keep us posted if you do. Bobby