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I wrote an article a few of years ago providing some guidelines for preparing for vacation. Well I thought that I had captured most of the items, and what wasn’t mentioned, was brought up in the ongoing discussions.
Well I just got back from being gone for ten days and while I was away (actually on the second day) I was reminded of one item I hadn’t thought of. My controller alerted me that the temperature in the tank was rising. Fired up the webcam and noticed the lights were not on in the middle of the day. Checked and noticed the heater was not stuck on. Sent my tank sitter (aka daughter) to the house to discover the house was up to 90 degrees!!!
Turns out the house A/C decided to go on vacation along with us! It was repaired within 24 hours, on a Sunday – so a $15 part cost me $275…lol. Tank temperature got to 87 but thus far it doesn’t appear to have done any major damage.
This got me wondering…we plan, plan and plan, and yet, things can still go astray. Wondering if others have experienced issues while away that were not technically tank related. Figured I would throw a poll up and see what others say.
I guess the moral of the story is to add having your home A/C serviced to the list of items to prepare for vacation!
We're happy to announce that we will be hosting a Sizzling Summer Sale starting June 24th through June 30th, here on R2R, where sponsors of R2R will offer super HOT deals to help you cope with this summer heat! This will be a sale similar to Black Friday or Cyber Monday and we're hoping to have a week full of awesome deals! What we need is as many sponsors to participate as we can! The more sponsors the more deals for you! So we need your help!
We're putting together a list of R2R sponsors who are going to participate but we wanted you to tag your favorite sponsors so they can see that you want them to participate!
So we want to give someone a $250 gift certificate to spend with a Sizzling Summer participating sponsor! We will draw a winner from this thread, via random draw, at the start of the Summer sale. If we draw your name then you'll get $250 to spend with the participating sponsor of your choice!
HOW TO ENTER
TAG your favorite R2R sponsor or sponsors in a post in this thread and you will be entered! To tag a sponsor just use the symbol @ in front of their username like this example @R2RSponsor. If you win you can choose whoever you wish to spend your $250 with. TAG multiple sponsors!
The drawing will be held on June 24th at some point during the say and we will contact the winner.
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And now for some teasers
So let me preface this topic with a disclaimer that I am in no way making "light" of issues, problems and crashes that hobbyists have encountered.
I've seen many threads and posts over the years about hobbyists who's tanks had "crashed." Heck I've used the term myself before sadly. But many times I read about a tank crash I often wonder did it really crash, what does the owner mean by using the term crash and why did it happen. So I would like to hear from you!
So what is a "tank crash" and what does it mean to you? What justifies using the term? Is it a crash if it was initiated by lack of attention to the tank? Is it chemical? What is it to you?
image via this thread
Hey guys! How many of you have kept barnacle blennies? What was your experience like? Would you do it again, and what might you do differently?
This is one of those fish that I've always wanted to try but never had a system that would have been a good fit IMO. Maybe on the next tank...
Here are a couple that @VKP01 has in their 4g nano reef: https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/4...ics-crystal-aquarium-softies-blennies.583084/
Photos by @VKP01
Reefers check this one out!
A while back we tested elevated Alk, Ca, and Mag levels on four separate tanks and found some pretty noticeable increased growth!
So, as promised at the end of those videos, we moved that experiment into two reef tank systems to see if the growth was reproducible in a real world environment AND TODAY... we get our first look at how they're doing after about 4-months of growth!
Just wondering how many out there are reefing solo?
My significant other will feed flake food, and every now and then notice if something has gone catastrophically wrong (noticeable dead fish, spill, etc), but aside from that, couldn’t care about the hobby. I’ll try to show off new fish, but get an eye roll. Definitely doing this for myself!
What about you guys?
So nutrients in your tank is good and bad. If you don't have enough them some corals don't thrive and if you have too much nuisance algae thrives! Most of the time the latter is what happens and algae gets uncontrollable! The goal is to have a low, controlled amount of nutrients.
Nutrients that require exporting:
- Dissolved Organic Compounds (DOC)
How are you controlling nutrients and what has worked best for you?
image via @CoralAddict645
Do you prefer to leave your sand bed empty or do you like to cover it in corals? I personally think the lack of corals on the sand bed makes the corals on the rock stand out more (positive/negative space and all that) but i know some of us just cant stop collecting when the rock's covered
Clean sand bed, looks great
Cluttered sand bed, also looks great
Which do you prefer?
No plans, no motives, just a simple question from someone who would pay quite a bit more for quarantined fish and was wondering if others would as well!
Would you pay more for certificated quarantined fish that you could acclimate and drop straight in the tank? If so how much more would you pay? 2x 3x 5x?
I personally would pay up to 3x more.
This could be a great conversation!
Let's be honest here. I would imagine that most hobbyists don't quarantine (QT) livestock, fish or corals. If I were to guess I would say somewhere around 80/20. Is quarantining livestock a good thing to do, HECK YES! But that's not this discussion is about.
So for those of you that don't QT fish or corals what steps do you take to mitigate the risk, as much as possible, of infecting your tank with disease or parasites?
image via Mark Poletti
Regarding the dreaded “I’ll just add ONE more fish” syndrome, could some brave folks post pictures or videos of their ‘successfully’ over-stocked tank? (A picture here says a thousand words. ) What are your tips— such as ‘scrupulous adherence’ to large water changes, abundant live rock, extra large refugium, etc? (It goes without saying that fish selection is crucial to avoid aggression/conflicts. I’m interested more in the equipment aspects.) Not to push it, but does anyone brave a tank heavily stocked with fish, and only do ‘seldom’ water changes?
“Thanks” to anyone posting photos/videos and tips... and not throwing tomatoes...
UPDATE: Direct links to the livesale event
Day 2 https://tckcorals.com/product-category/livesale-day-2/
Day 1 https://tckcorals.com/product-category/livesale/
We will be officially kicking the summer season off Friday June 7th here on Reef2Reef! There will be some amazing deals on some really sweet corals!
Friday June 7th 2019 starting @ 3pm EST
Continuing Saturday June 8th starting @ 3pm EST
Giveaway details posted below
We will post up 3-5 photos at a time with links to the website tckcorals.com. All purchases must be made through the website. All purchases are final. Please register with the site ahead of time
Shipping can be pre-purchased for $35 Fedex Priority Overnight, or $21 for NYS and nearby states. No combined shipping with orders outside of this sale unless arranged via PM. No piggyback shipping. We only ship to the continental US.
Shipping Modules HERE
We will also be entering everyone who registers with the site and purchases a shipping module into a drawing for a $200 credit/gift certificate code. The drawing will be 1 hour before the sale starts (3pm EST 6/7/19). Deadline to enter is 2pm EST 6/7/19
Local pickup will also be available at A Reef Creation retail location
*Every shipped box will also have a freebie frag included on top of all purchases.*
Title, Ive seen YouTube videos and read that sometimes people "accidentally" pour some of their skimmate back in their tank...
How many here dose trace elements into your systems?
The reason I ask is , I've been having problems keeping the colors of the SPS corals vibrant and I'm wondering if there is a correlation between these trace elements and the coloration of the corals?
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