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  1. Will do! Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  2. I have been growing my own Phytoplankton and have been separating out each batch into 16oz jars. If anyone happens to have some sps, Duncans, or hammerhead coral frags they would like to trade for a jar or 2 just let me know. soon ill be raising copepods as well so they will be up for trading as well in a few weeks.
  3. I can take it off your hands. I can pick it up tomorrow. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  4. Either way I think it looks fantastic man. I've always had troubles trying to take good photos that aren't washed out in blue light. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  5. So much has happened since I set this tank up. I'm going to keep it all in order though. I decided that the bare stand looked like crap so I went ahead and finished up the stand myself. It was the fastest and cheapest route to take. I encased the stand in wood and attached an outlet to the end that just ran straight to an outlet on the wall with an extension cord. this has since been removed though. After a short while, I switched out my cheap LED lights with 4 Kessil 360s and added a Neptunes systems Apex to the tank. I built a housing kit out of wood for the lights that just rests on either side of the tank. Everything was going good for a while until.... it wasnt.... I got a new job working out in cape coral and I really slacked on the tank for a while. I still replaced the gfo, cleaned the skimmer every now and added food to the auto feeder. But for the most part of about 9 months, the tank really got neglected. Towards the end of this 9-month period, I started to get this nasty thick alga in the tank. I've never seen it before. Once this crazy thick algae popped up, the fish and corals all started dying so I immediately started doing an extreme tank overhaul. After doing some research on the algae, some people were saying that It could be caused by carbon dosing while others say it could be caused by chemicals in air fresheners. Both of those sources could have caused it in my tank. so I ripped everything out of the tank, sprayed all the fuzzy growth off of the live rock with RODI water and did an 80% water change. I used this experience as an excuse to redo my rock work like any normal reefer. After putting all the rock back in the tank I used 2x4s and string to make arches and used Maco reef rock cement to lock it all in place. After the great tank overhaul, I decided to evaluate things that I could be doing better and learn from them. So I decided to remove the refugium (SInce i couldn't seem to grow chaeto that well anyway) and add a ZEOvit reactor. At the same time, I bought two 4 foot T5 fixtures and added another DOS to conduct continuous water changes. All this was done about 3 months ago and its been doing amazing. I have lost a few anthias because they seem to like sitting inside my powerheads when they are off. so ive lost 2 so far to getting chopped up in the powerhead. Hopefully, the others will learn from their fallen sisters. lol Now the only other venture that I have is growing Phytoplankton and pods. I bought this system from Poseidon's reef systems and its working pretty well. Eventually, id like to get into trading pods and phytoplankton for corals and such but well see how it goes. Here's a random shot from when the wife didn't want to go out to dinner for her birthday so I brought the restaurant to her. lol
  6. The test kits I have are brand new and have expiration dates in 2020 so I'm sure they should be good. I'll go with trusting them. I did buy a new hydrometer which did show my salinity was high so I've begun slowly bringing it down. Thanks for the input! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G935A using Tapatalk
  7. I brought some tank water to the LFS just to check all my parameters since I only have salifert calcium, alk, and mag test kits. But that created more problems than it solved because I found out that not only was my old hydrometer bad but I'm getting completely different readings for calcium. This leads me to my question. Would you guys trust your own test kits or go with the LFS?
  8. Coming along nicely. I'm waiting on my dosing pump for my 2part and my new return pump so I can run my UV sterilizer and reactors off of it but overall it's coming along well.
  9. Based on what you have said, I believe it was just because of the sand that your water is still cloudy. Cleaning out the socks and maybe add a biomagnet water clarifier to help. The pic shows my tank, I set this one up 3 days ago. Still a big cloudy but every day it gets better with this stuff. I have been switching out my socks every other day as well. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G935A using Tapatalk
  10. I like the overflow, had to dial in the pump to make sure I wasn't pumping more than it could handle since the pump I have is rated twice the flow as the overflow. I'll definitely post the results of it. This is the first time I've used one. I'm assuming it will be slow at first since I don't have any bio load except for some chromis. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G935A using Tapatalk
  11. Up and running now. I have a chaeto raactor so I don't need to have a refugium running but I didn't want to kill my mangrove trees. I don't see myself running them both for very long though. I also had an issue with my return pump so running an old one while I wait on the new one to come in. Other than that, no leaks in the overflow holes that I plugged so that's always good.
  12. I'm still unsure. I'm still trying to decide if I can get away with only 1200gph. Drilling the tank wasn't fun. Lol My return pump is a DC controllable pump that pumps 2377gph of which will be split off and used for my reactors and UV light but I still definitely have room to add the other h20 overflow. The progress so far:
  13. I added the H2o overflow to the side so that if I need to add another one to add more flow then it will be really easy to make the addition.
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