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  1. I don't have much in soft corals, but I do have a nice neon green toadstool leather that I'd be willing to sell for $30. I have a few small colonies of Blue Ridge Coral as well as some green paly colonies I'd be willing to sell very cheap. If your interested (or anybody else is) and want to see a photo, just let me know. Or PM me your phone number and I'll text it to you. Ron
  2. I collected one in the Keys and put it in my refugium. I'd do it again with my new refugium if I collect one. Rick O has a way of finding them pretty regularly at the Horseshoe snorkel site. I think he gets them out in the channel off the end of the quarry where all the boats go by... because it's a channel! But he may chime in a tell you exactly where he gets them.
  3. Check more sites and pick a specific type of Cowrie. They are all carnivores and some, like the Tiger Cowrie may eat things you don't want it to eat. While small, it will eat some algae and scavenge for scraps, but as an adult, it will eat some anemones, sponges, and soft corals, and is best housed with starfish, sea urchins, and tubeworms in the reef aquarium.
  4. Matt, is it cowie snail you are after? Or is it a cowrie snail? Live Aquaria sells cowrie snails. We find them occasionally in the Keys. And if you don't mind my asking, why would you want one?
  5. Adolfo, I am familiar with the Current Orbit line of fixtures. They are very reasonably priced and have some very nice features like color control and sunrise/sunset rampping control. The problem is they only work over very shallow tanks. This light will not be worth buying for your 23" deep tank. That's why the price is so good, it's only good for FOWLR (Fish Only With Live Rock) or 12" deep coral tanks. You can get the exact same kind of control as the Current Orbit USA has in a fixture that will work, but it will cost a lot more... because it works and will grow coral in a 23" deep tank. Don't waste your money on this or Marineland led fixtures. They use 0.5 watt leds which just don't penetrate the water. All the other fixtures use 3 watt or 5 watt leds. Two Reef Breeder Photon V2 fixtures that are 32" long will do just what you want for $575 each (that's $1150 total). Other fixtures like Aqua Illumination, Eco Tech, Kessil, Maxspect and others will do the job as well, but they will all cost even more. You'll need 3 Eco Tech Radions at $800 each ($2400 total). If you are willing to give up the multiple channel (6 or 8 ) for 2 channel color control (which still works very well) you can get a fixture that still has sunrise/sunset control for less. Euphotica has a 30" fixture for $400 each ($800 total).
  6. Adolfo, if your tank is only 12" that led fixture will work OK. If it 18" deep it's OK for soft corals and zoas. If it's any deeper, no this fixture isn't any good. The leds in this fixture are powered to only about 0.5 watts per led and that just isn't powerful enough. The range of inexpensive or economical ‘black box’ fixtures runs from very basic $100 units to $600 with lot of features (even better looking cases than the basic black box). The name ‘black box’ refers to the fact that the case is just a rectangular box and not exactly aesthetically pleasing. That's OK inside a canopy, but some may not care for the look so much when it's just sitting on the tank. Most are either steel or aluminum (better) and painted or powder coated (better). To be sure, I have missed or left out some brands here. This isn’t an effort to review every brand, just to give some basic understanding of the features available and some basic costs. Two features I didn’t cover are how many power cords each fixture uses, some have 1 and some have 2. Or the fact that basic fixtures have manual only controls, but those with more features may have remote controls, or wifi, or apps. MarsAqua ($100): The case is the very definition of a black box. It is the least expensive and has the fewest features, 2 channels of leds, one blue & violet and the other all white with a couple of red and green tossed in. It has 2 manual dimmer knobs and no timers. As with all the true black box fixtures, it uses Bridgelux or Epistar leds. They work just fine and they cost less than Cree leds. Each channel also has a manual dimmer to control the intensity of the light. They also drive their leds at a 15% to 20% lower power level than all the others. So it doesn’t produce as intense a light as the others do, but it’s adequate for 24” deep tanks. It comes with a hanging kit but no legs or rear bracket mount. SB Reef Lights ($140) has a very similar version with legs and run at higher power levels equal to all the other brands other than MarsAqua. Reef Breeders SuperLux and SB Reef Light ($200) are better fixtures that are almost the same but have built-in timers and digital dimmers with a remote control and both have adjustable legs. There are Viparspectra and Galaxyhydro brands (various sizes and prices) that are just like these Reef Breeders fixture, but they don't have legs. A better looking version of the 3 above is the OceanRevive T237B ($200). I own one of these. It's well made with an aluminum case, good fans and heat sinks. Like the RB SuperLux above, it has built-in timers and digital dimmers and adjustable legs. But instead of the standard black box case, it has a more modern looking case that is thinner and the upper surface is curved at the front and back edges so the top curves down to meet with the bottom surface. The spread of leds in this fixture is better as well. If you like the idea of having a sunrise/sunset/moonlight controller and a standard black box case (with rounded corners), look at the Euphotica led ($265). Or the SB Reef Light version in a standard 30” long black box with legs ($400). They look to be very similar to the EverGrow made Reef Breeders Photon original design (not to be confused with the Photon V2 which is a much nicer fixture). Probably the least expensive Chinese made fixture that comes in a much better looking case is the Reef Breeders Photon V2 ($340) and the EverGrow version (common outside the US). This is what I have over my display tanks now. It's only 1" thick, very streamline and modern looking and has adjustable legs. It also has lots of extra features that cost more, but the light for the tank is about the same (actually, a little better) than all the true black box fixtures as it uses 3 and 5 watt leds by Cree and OSRAM. It has the sunrise/sunset controller, but it also is the least expensive fixture to have 6 channels of led control (a channel for each color of led) that can ramp up & down separate from each other. This gives great control of the exact color in the aquarium, if that’s important to you? Just to be clear, your corals are happy with lots of blue, half as much white and maybe a dash of red.
  7. For people in the club who are with Lee County Water Utilities, this may be of interest: http://www.leegov.com/utilities NOTICE TO LEE COUNTY UTILITIES CUSTOMERS Lee County Utilities will be temporarily converting its disinfectant process from chloramines to free chlorine residual from May 1st through May 29, 2017. This is a routine measure that is common for water utilities using chloramines as its primary disinfectant. Anyone who uses a kidney dialysis machine at home should contact his or her equipment supplier so the proper filtering equipment may be installed. Tropical fish or aquatic animal owners should contact a local tropical fish store for appropriate pretreatment of water before adding water to tanks. Customers may notice a temporary change in the taste, odor, and color of the water, which is not harmful. Again, this is a routine measure to ensure our customers of clean, safe potable water.
  8. Brad, that's a very cool concept and I'd love to see you make it work. At some point vI'll have clowns again and I'd be happy to see you harvest the eggs and raise the young. That would be cool. Good luck.
  9. As I understand it, the issue isn't as much with getting them to spawn as it is with not having anybody (including the parent clownfish) eat the eggs and then keeping them viable until they hatch. That's when the real work begins.
  10. Are you asking about replacing evaporation water (fresh water top off) or water change water (salt water)? And either way, why do you want to raise the pH to 8.2? The 7.8pH is only on the low side of the acceptable range IMHO. And pH changes based on the amount of carbon dioxide in your water. If it's 7.8 when you put it in and the gas exchange in your tank has the tank water at 8.2, the new water will adjust to 8.2 fairly quickly. It's not a parameter you need to match when doing water changes or even chase in the tank water parameters. The pH in my tank ranges from 7.9 to 8.1 depending on the time of day (higher during the day due to photosynthesis in the tank using CO2 from the water) and whether the house is open to the outside air or closed up (closing up the house raises the CO2 level in the house and therefore lowers the pH in your water). Chasing a pH number that is within the acceptable range is futile. I never test for pH in my tank unless something is going seriously wrong... and even then the odds that it's a pH issue is probably 1000:1. BTW, during the first couple of years that I was in the hobby I chased the pH level as well. There are 'buffers' to add and pH test kits and fancy pH meters and even Apex offers a pH probe, they make you think pH is important. And it is, but IMHO 99.9% of reef keepers tanks will fall within the 7.8 to 8.2 very acceptable range of pH in their tanks naturally. There is no need to try and raise it by adding anything to the water. The only 2 things I can think of that raise pH naturally and long term are photosynthesis and gas exchange. Long term being the hours that photosynthesis is going on or that you improve the CO2 level in the air that your tank water is doing gas exchange with. Adding a 'buffer' or soda ash to your tank will artificial raise the pH for a very short time frame. A calcium reactor can also have a long term affect on the pH in the tank water, but that's a whole different can of worms for another discussion.
  11. I suspect the number of people infected is exceedingly small, but just the thought of getting this parasite is scary! http://gizmodo.com/a-brain-invading-parasite-is-believed-to-be-spreading-b-1794144135
  12. Yes I have two Photon V1 32" and one 16" and I have a Photon V2 in 50" and 16". It isn't that one is better than the other, but that are different. The V1 has 2 channels and uses 3W Bridgelux leds. It has a built-in controller to do sunrise/midday/sunset/moonlight by hourly changes or steps. The case is a typical Chinese black box. The Photon V1 by Reef Breeders is no longer sold. But a company called Euphotica still sells the same fixture. I'm not sure it's made by EverGrow in China like the Photon V1, but I'd be willing to bet $10 on it. The V1 has 6 channels of contol (6 different colors of led) and they are 5w Cree and 3w OSRAM. It has the same basic sunrise/sunset program but it's done with a much better remote control. It has a very slim, modern looking case compared to almost any other fixture on the market. The V2 sells for roughly 35% more than the Euphotica.
  13. If I were going to have a 7500g aquarium, it would just be a swimming pool full of coral and fish.
  14. What is a Photon breeder 24? Do you mean a Reef Breeders Photon 24" led light fixture? And if you do, do you want an original Photon or the Photon V2 version? They are quite different.
  15. All the green zoa colonies are sold. One of the 3 war coral colonies has sold. Only 2 frags left. Two of the blue ridge frags has sold. Only 3 frags ($5) and the parent colony left. $25 for a big colony! I have 3 small colonies, 2" to 4" in diameter, of neon green birdsnest available. Two for sale and I'll keep the third. $10 each.