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Old 11/23/2006, 11:51 PM   #801
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Always amazing to see photos from your reef


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Old 11/24/2006, 02:11 PM   #802
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Something I'm giving serious consideration to is setting up a secondary tank in the front doorway of my home, which will tie into the main reef/sump. I saw the ideal setup on reefvideos.com, and would love to do something similar. All I would need is to run the plumbing through two walls to the sump, and run some electrical through the same walls. The rest would be cared for in the tank.
I think you have to finish the woodwork before you can start another tank

But when you do start, I'll be paying attention! I've thought about replacing my 125 planted tank with a 180 and plumbing it in with the rest of the system as an unsafe reef fish habitat Aside from the tank, I think I have everything else sitting around and watt for watt, should be cheaper to run than the planted tank


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Old 11/24/2006, 03:23 PM   #803
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Woodwork?.........What woodwork???


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Old 11/24/2006, 04:03 PM   #804
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Yes, that is silly talk. Who needs woodwork when you have a reef to photograph?!

I should revive that old poll yet again. I stated long ago it would take 1000 votes for me to finally pursue it, and I think we are well over 600 away from that ever happening. Gotta thank people for that!


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Old 11/24/2006, 04:42 PM   #805
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My Calcium reactor is about 50% empty, and I'm guessing I'll have to clean it out and refill it soon. I checked my Log, and I just filled it up July 10th. That wasn't even 5 months!


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Old 11/24/2006, 05:27 PM   #806
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As long as it's not just the coralline sucking it up


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Old 11/24/2006, 05:41 PM   #807
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Yes, that is silly talk. Who needs woodwork when you have a reef to photograph?!

I should revive that old poll yet again. I stated long ago it would take 1000 votes for me to finally pursue it, and I think we are well over 600 away from that ever happening. Gotta thank people for that!
You know once I got down to business it only took a day and a half to get all the woodwork done... And then I had a nice sense of accomplishment


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Old 11/24/2006, 05:44 PM   #808
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where do i go vote for woodwork? maybe i already voted, who knows.
Any ideas on the size/contents of the seondary tank?


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Old 11/24/2006, 05:57 PM   #809
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Old 11/25/2006, 10:59 AM   #810
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I think we could get 1000 easy. I cant do my wood work until you get yours done and the wife is starting to get grumpy


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Old 11/25/2006, 01:07 PM   #811
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where do i go vote for woodwork? maybe i already voted, who knows.
Any ideas on the size/contents of the seondary tank?
This is the poll that you couldn't find.
http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...5&pagenumber=1

The secondary tank won't be large, as it is something to see when you first walk in. I hope it is a good idea, honestly.

I was doing some measurements, and I think 24" wide and 16" front to back will be good enough. I'm not sure about height yet, because of the angled front.

If you recall the light fixture I have over my prop section, I have an extra that would work nicely over this other tank. It has a 150w DE (double ended) MH (metal halide) bulb.


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Old 11/25/2006, 05:05 PM   #812
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I've been putting it off for far too long, as I didn't want to know the answer. Still, it had to be done. Water tests.

pH 8.21
Temp 80.8F
Salinity 1.027sg
ORP (297 - very questionable)
Alkalinity 9.6 dKH
Calcium 450ppm
Phosphate .03ppm
Magnesium 1360
Nitrate 5ppm

Not too bad, after all. Whew! Something is wrong with the pH probe of my Aqua Controller. I just calibrated it with some 7 and 10 solution, and it still says my tank's pH is 8.48 and I know that isn't true. My Pinpoint pH Monitor was calibrated as well, and it says 8.21, and the same solution checked the pH controller for the Calcium Reactor and it was dead on at 7.0

So, I think the false pH reading on the Aqua Controller is giving me a false reading for ORP. It isn't that it matters that much as both numbers are just numbers that I check daily for consistency, but it would be nice if they were the truth.


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Old 11/25/2006, 08:38 PM   #813
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the temp. probe is the basis for the other probes. Try soaking the pH probe in vinegar and brushing it off with a toothbrush. Also check its connection to make sure that it isn't loose or corroded.


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Old 11/25/2006, 09:09 PM   #814
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I did all of that.


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Old 11/25/2006, 09:33 PM   #815
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Maybe it's time to get re-probed


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Old 11/25/2006, 09:42 PM   #816
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Old 11/25/2006, 09:55 PM   #817
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well they do get old...talk to Curt yet?


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Old 11/25/2006, 11:26 PM   #818
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Melev - what test kit do you use for your po4 tests??

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Old 11/26/2006, 12:38 AM   #819
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I have a new pH probe in my backups, but I'd like to open that when this one is officially kaputt. I posted in Curt's forum, but he'll reply when he has time.

I use Salifert for my water tests.


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Old 11/26/2006, 10:02 AM   #820
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I have two conductivity probes that keep getting plated and I can't seem to get it to stop. I worked on that problem for a couple weeks and gave up to deal with business stuff. I'll get back on it soon...Curt feels that it is stray current causing the plating.


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Old 11/26/2006, 09:52 PM   #821
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Today, a new DFWMAS member came over to get a Devil's Hand frag. He asked if I had anything else to share. His tank is 1.5 years old, and he has MH lighting. Basically, ready to delve into the SPS world with the rest of us.

I forewarned him that I've had red bugs and acropora-eating flatworms, but he wasn't worried. I didn't really want to give him a twig, so I looked at the one piece I figured he'd be proud of. I did tell him to take pictures, so that in two months we can observe the growth or talk about the Acro he used to have.

Here it is:




And here's another view of some of it, in the foreground of the purple coral.


Let's wish him success.


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Old 11/26/2006, 10:15 PM   #822
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Wow! I need to come visit and pretend I don't have any SPS. JK That was very generous of you.


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Old 11/26/2006, 10:55 PM   #823
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very nice acro, you gave the whole colony?


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Old 11/26/2006, 11:01 PM   #824
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No, just a spec of it. Here's the parent colony. The piece I fragged is in the upper left corner of this picture.


I have another piece of it in the back of my tank.



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Old 11/26/2006, 11:10 PM   #825
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Marc the Philanthropist. what a guy. I wish I had enough SPS colonies to do that. I totally believe that you get out of this hobby what you put in. I'm just at the point where I can give back. great job marc.


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