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The evolution of a living tank...FYI

Posted 01/17/2017 at 05:50 PM by Sk8r

There was a time the earth was pretty much rock and water.
Somewhere, probably around volcanic deep sea vents, in the pores of the rocks, life got started, chains of amino acids, dna, rna, etc---and we got, yes, slime.
We got algae.
We got cyanobacteria which happily took up carbon and water and spat out oxygen after absorbing energy from the sun (photosynthesis)---this was a bad thing for things that didn't like oxygen, but it was good for, well, everybody who wasn't a microbe...
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Slime coats---important for your fishes' health.

Posted 01/11/2017 at 11:38 AM by Sk8r

Slime coats and you...yes, they matter.
Fish have an insulation, a slime/moisture that coats their bodies and protects them from both iffy water acidity and chance encounters with parasites; it also may limit bleeding in injury and promote healing of minor scrapes.

Things that diminish the slime coat: the alkalinity of your water being out of bounds (the range should be 7.9-9.0 on the dkh scale, and if you aren't testing your alkalinity weekly, you should be. Daily, when just...
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Is there a frag swap this weekend?

Posted 09/23/2016 at 03:51 PM by Lacy

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Yes, I will be there selling some frags. Buying some too.
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Stop before buying coral. Read this.

Posted 09/10/2016 at 12:59 PM by Sk8r

Do NOT buy coral while your tank is still having problems like massive algae, excessive cyano (most tanks get a little now and again).

Do not buy corals until you have 1) proper lighting 2) test kits to be sure your water is ok. And supplements to KEEP your water ok. 3) dips and in the case of softies (and stonies you don't trust) an observation tank with proper lighting.

First, the lighting. If you do not have light it hurts your eyes to look toward, no sps (colored...
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Updated--FS: Nuvo SR 30L Reef w/ Radion lights

Posted 08/27/2016 at 05:57 AM by d9sccr

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I have a Nuvo Fusion SR w/ 2 Ecotech lights and numerous other accessories for sale. Everything is about 18 months old and in great condition. I'd prefer to sell everything at once. Off the top of my head, here's what I have:

Nuvo Fusion SR 30L Tank w/ stand
2x Ecotech radion lights w/ tank mount kit for each
Tunze osmolator
Aquamaxx Nano skimmer
Apex Controller
Hanna Calcium, Phosphate, and Alkalinity Meters

Also have snowflake
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