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So how do you go about feeding your coral? Are you using something as simple as a turkey baster you stole from the kitchen drawer or did you purchase a specific tool to feed your coral? Or do you even directly feed your coral?
Let's see how you're handling your coral feeding. Multiple choices are allowed if you feed in different manners for different corals - but please explain in the thread.
I thought this might be a fun discussion. How many of you guys and gals keep backups of your equipment, and what are you backing up?
I personally have backups for my:
- Lights - I have a few spare lighting setups that I keep in case I have an issue
- Return Pump
- Powerheads - I have 1 extra MP40 and 1 extra MP10
- Controller - I have an extra Apex brain
- Tank - I have an extra tank (ok...more than 1) that I could use to hold livestock if my tank were to fail on me
- Heater - I have 3 back ups for my heater...I'm paranoid. LOL
- ATO - I have a B grade ATO on standby in case my ATK ever goes on me
One additional thing I'll note is that my backup equipment is usually bought used (in good working order) to save a little money on something I hope I don't need.
I might also add that while it's a great idea to back up your equipment with what you currently have, having something that may e a B grade compared to what you usually use is still MUCH BETTER than having nothing.
What are you using? I'm putting in a poll, but definitely let me know if I need to add more categories.
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Pretty frequently I see posts on the forums or on other various social media outlets from reef aquarium hobbyists who live outside the US commenting on "how they wish they could get these types of corals or this type of equipment."
It got me thinking about the US and "how good we have it" when it comes to saltwater reef aquariums.
Is being a hobbyists in the US better because of what is accessible in this hobby or is this just really an unmerited perception?
Would love to hear some thoughts from those of you in other countries as well as industry people who are "in the know" about this subject. Also would love to hear from regular US hobbyists and what they think about the question.
PS. I think the aquarium industry as a whole could be so much better and so much more viable long term if most modern countries had more equal access to everything that is available in the hobby.
Curious what folks do with their old saltwater after a water change? I'm sure most just dump it and get rid of it. Are there other uses for it? At one point a long time ago, I offered it to local reefers who might be wanting to cure some rocks, start up a tank, whatever. Only once did someone take some to cure some rocks. I rarely do water changes anymore, but now it's just dumped out.
Anyone have any suggestions to reuse old saltwater? Let's here them.
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Over the past week @dbl has been asking you how far off the water you have your lights mounted. Now what I want to know is how you get your lights there. Hanging kit, canopy, custom leg mounts, wall brackets? Please share your mounting solution below personally I have my metal halide t5 suspended from my ceiling
Please feel free to share pictures
My wife says i'm addicted to r2r.Sense discovering r2r I find my self trolling this site more than I watch or maintain my tank,Like an alcoholic one thread (drink) is to many and 100 in not enough.I actually find myself rushing home to check the days posts.Is this a problem that needs an intervention?Should I start a 12 step program in the basement of my local church?I also wonder if i'm the only one experiencing this problem and how many members if any feel they have a the same problem.It would be nice to know I am not dealing with this demon alone.Maybe one day I will here the words hiiiiiiiiiiii mike and know I have the support my wife thinks I need.
Please post some pics of corals on your back glass or overflows.
Yesterday I asked about the hanging height of T5/T5 Hybrid light fixtures. The majority of the responses were "I don't use T5's".
So today let's ask the LED only users how high they hang their lights above the water line. Hopefully it will prove to be useful for others and for new hobbyists wondering how high to hang their new lights.
I'm getting back into Reefing after 1/2 decade break. I'm planning to make my Display Tank something different and WOW if possible. I've been looking into some high quality BLACK Sand. I see where you've got to be careful because some of it has high levels of iron/ie Magnetic.
I fully realize that I'll not get the "reflective" qualities of light colored sand but that's fine with me. I'm looking for something to possibly help the corals etc POP color and look different than most other Reef Tanks you see around.
So what are your thoughts and even better first hand experiences with Black Sand in a full blown reef tank?
Ready, set, GO . . .
Reefing keeping to me as a hobby has just as much to do as enjoying the work/maintenance....as it is enjoying watching things grow.
Much like a Gardener likes to dig and toil in the mud to eventually see beautiful things grow....
or a Car Enthusiast always under their car with a socket set to make their car perform better.....
.....as a Reefer, I like all the work/maintenance of a reef bc I get to see my work (husbandry) pay off in coral growth and color.
My family knows to LEAVE ME ALONE when I'm working on the tank. I'll listen to the radio or just listen to silence and enjoy TIME TO MYSELF working.
I dont understand a reefer who just wants to sit in front of the tank 15min a day and think everything else is a flipping chore.
The only thing I HATE is equipment failures...and personal failures when things die bc it was my fault.
Do you dedicate yourself to a single tank? Or do you have multiples?
I've juggled multiple tanks before, but it usually doesn't last for long and I go back to a single setup.
I feel like I just can't give the proper attention to more than one tank at a time.
How about you?
It's finally here!
We've wrapped up our initial testing of T5 bulb longevity and in this episode we share the results of running bulbs for a simulated 2yrs as well as results we found from using them in dimmable fixtures at 0%-100% as well as 0%-50%.
Before you watch this episode, please do the community a favor and vote in the poll above so we can all get an idea of when a majority of us change bulbs.
We often see posts about which skimmer is recommended, or even which skimmer is the best. I vaguely remember a long running debate about whether a skimmer is even necessary. So, what is your take on using a skimmer? Do you use one? I think the vast majority of us do utilize a skimmer but I'm curious to see how may do not. I would love to hear the comments from those that don't explaining the theories for not doing so.
Yesterday we discussed when to permanently place coral. One thing often mentioned is dipping of corals for pest control/eradication. I realize this can be a debated topic, but let's look at your preferred coral dip. I am of the belief that coral should be dipped to help prevent the introduction of nasty's in your tank. I actually use Bayer which I also realize is another debated topic, but it's what I've always used.
So let's see what your go-to dip is. I may have missed one on the list so feel free to let us know what you're using.
As I sit tonight watching my tank I thought,am I completely satisfied with my reef?my answer to that question is no,i don't think I have ever been completely 100% satisfied.i think if I was I would get bored of it.i'm always looking for ways to improve what I already have as I think most reefers are.
we all strive for perfection and few attain it but I believe we all want it.
What would you like to do now or in the future to try an achieve your version of a "perfect"reef?for me I just want more and more corals to fill that want.i'm fairly happy with my fish but always seem to see that one more fish I would love to add but can't have for various reasons.so please chime in and let us know what you would do or like to do to improve your system.i hope we can have some fun with this one.
oh and if you give your tank a 10 PLEASE share a pic.we all gotta see those tanks!i'm a 6.
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