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  1. Macsreefs

    20 gallon Par Meter Experience and Results!

    Hello fellow reef enthusiasts! The Journey to a Par Meter: I'm thrilled to share that I finally got my hands on a Par Meter! After struggling to find someone with a similar tank size, I decided to take the plunge. I ordered the "Vabira Par Meter" from Amazon for under $200, a steal compared to...
  2. N

    Advice for changing sand on established tank with sand sifter

    So my uncle passed away back August and left behind several of his tanks, only one saltwater tank with life in it. It’s a biocube, but he was pretty weak towards the end and admittedly it got a little out of hand. I somehow managed to drive the tank and fish from Colorado to Washington and keep...
  3. A

    What can I improve in my equipment?

    Hey everyone, I am new to the hobby. I’ve been lurking on Reddit for about a few months now and slowly gathering materials and I would like to get some insight before I even start thinking about cycling my tank. I know there’s a lot to learn and I don’t want to waste money starting too early...
  4. A

    Hello New to the hobby - Equipment insight?

    Hey all! I’m new to the hobby from Edmonton, Alberta. I just snagged a 28 gallon nano cube off Facebook marketplace! I’ve been lurking on Reddit for about a few months now and slowly gathering materials and I would like to get some insight before I even start thinking about cycling my tank. I...
  5. Hezam

    Critique my First Time Plumbing Design 200g Reef

    Hello Everyone, Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and had a wonderful time. I've been trying to design this my reef tank for a year now, I went big and I am struggling with plumbing. I have like 500 tabs open in my PC and I am starting to get really dizzy trying to incorporate everything. I am...
  6. I

    Zoa shrinking…?

    Hello fellow reefers! I have a few colonies of zoas which are doing amazing but one particular zoa has been getting smaller rather than bigger despite other corals showing no signs of stress… change in lighting is due to the lens I’m using not the actual light. Bluer photo is before, whiter...
  7. J

    75g reboot after 1+yr of not being touched

    Hey everyone, I've finally decided to get started again after a year of not touching my tank and could use some advice. Around last Thanksgiving while at a tech conference in Vegas, there was a power outage, and my apex for whatever reason didn't kick back on after power returned. I came home...
  8. SaltyCabbage

    60g breeder or 125g for a mixed reef?

    I’ve been wanting to setup my 125g for a while and I just finished moving so it’s finally time to start planning everything. My issue is that I only plan on staying in this house for 3 years before I move into a more permanent home, I hate moving tanks and moving my 125g the first time made me...
  9. Matt Bravo

    Fallow, or let antibodies develop?

    So I recently recently a cleaner wrasse as a gift from a family member, it came from the ocean (I was told) so it likely wouldn’t do well in qt. I’ve successfully qt a six line wrasse so I hope the same happens with this cleaner. However I already have 2 clowns and a royal gramma in qt...
  10. Dae

    Automated Parameter Reader Advice

    Hello, I was wondering what your experience with the different brands that have testers that can give you real time updates on important parameters in your reef tank. The ones I have been looking at are Neptune's systems, GHL, Reef Factory and Reef Bot. Does anyone have a suggestion on what...
  11. Dae

    Nem Tank lights

    Hello, Does anyone have a light suggestion for a anemone only tank? Its a 20gallon AIO with one clownfish in it. I want something that will work well for them but something that wont cost a lot. I've been seeing the new blade lights but I am not sure if they are strong enough to support...
  12. V

    New tank low nitrates to phosphate ratio

    New 7ft long 650 litre mixed reef running for a couple of months although I did use a mix of live rock from my old established system and new dry rock. Things are going pretty well but currently going through the uglies with hair algea and cyano. But both of these are reducing. My issue is I...
  13. L

    Will changing from plastic decorations to algae cause an ammonia spike? (IMPORTANT)

    I think my fish would be happier if his tank was decorated with algae instead of plastic, but I don't know if I can do it inmediately or have to wait for the tank to cycle :( I'm pretty new in taking care of plants and all the algae I've tried to inmerse in the tank died, so I'm thinking of...
  14. B

    Parameter question

    Hey all, it's been a few years since I kept a saltwater tank - my expertise is definitely in freshwater and turtles. In the past I had 2 thriving reef tanks with fish & LPS but once my ex and I broke up I kept the freshwater and he took the salt tanks (he was definitely the salt expert!) So...
  15. belly14

    Is my tank crashing? - Advice needed!

    Hi All, So I have posted a few times with various issues over the last 6 months but am at a stage now where not entirely sure what to do... My 300L tank has been through hypo to treat a case of Ich and has been back up at normal levels for around 6 weeks. Ich seems to be back and my dog-faced...
  16. Surf985

    Uncommon Advice

    What advice have you picked up along the way that doesn't seem to be common knowledge, but may be worth sharing? It could be random theories or something you know actually works. I stopped by the local coral shop late yesterday and got some interesting insight on coral keeping that I hadn't...
  17. Y

    To buy 3 meter (9.84 ft) tank or not?

    Hello Reef2Reef community, Firstly, pardon any newbie mistakes in this post; I'm still getting acquainted with this platform. A bit of background: About 5 years ago, I was the proud owner of a small reef tank. However, circumstances led me to sell it. I also have a history with freshwater...
  18. Matt Bravo

    Worms on alveopora skeleton

    Hey guys so I recently went on vacation and left my my mom in-charged of my tank. It was a week and everything looks pretty normal but I was inspecting my alve today and realized some worms appeared on the skeleton. I’ve had the alve for 4 months now and it’s been growing well. Any thoughts on...
  19. W

    Can someone help me figure out what’s wrong with my torch

    I’ve had this torch coral for about 4 months now and recently has been looking like this. It looks like the head of the torch is showing and it’s almost pushing itself out to show its head rather than the thick tentacles covering it. My two other torches are doing just fine and have thick...
  20. S

    Scaping advice.

    Hello guys. So recently i saw this photo of a reef tank. I think it looks beautiful. But ive not seen many people with this kind of setup. Thin sandbed and deep sand on the side. What are the cons to this kind of setup? Will the heavy sand leaning to the side put pressure on the glass panel...
  21. IIDRYWATERII

    Copepod culture

    Hi Phyto culture been going well so decided to start doing pods…. Noticed plenty of pods running around but also build up at bottom of container….. Picture attached….. Can someone give on-site to what it is…. Either contamination, dead pods or other and correct me if I’m doing anything wrong…...
  22. N

    Restarting My Reef

    Hello! After 2 years of stepping away from the hobby I am trying to get my tank back to a good point where i can start adding coral and fish again. I never completely shut the tank down but did not complete a water change in those 2 years, i only topped it off with RO water when the pump...
  23. Matt Bravo

    wavemaker for 40 gallon breeder

    Hey guys so I just upgraded to a 40 gallon breeder and was wondering if you guys think that the ai nero 3 would be a good fit?
  24. T

    Skimmers Scammed? How do you think you'd pay this "BRAND NEW" skimmer? May just clean up and sell to break even.

    Got this magtool skimmer off eBay that was listed as Brand New, fresh in the box, cool specs, the whole deal... Paid 73.27 total (I know this wasn't a good idea to begin with, I don't even remember putting a bid in). Look at the pictures, they're self explanatory. Contacted the seller and was...
  25. F

    Month old tank

    So I started my 55 gal tank up in the beginning of the month, and I’ve been posting updates every now and then. This is my third attempt at starting a saltwater tank, and so far I haven’t had any catastrophes yet. I just did another weekly 4 gallon water change, and all of the brown algae is...
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