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Not sure I can explain this well enough, but I'm wondering how many people buy fish/coral that are known to be difficult to keep. I just finalized an order for a few fish to finally restock my tank after the losses from a hurricane last year. I really didn't want anything that would be too difficult to keep. I have my tank running quite well and I'd rather try to enjoy it now than have to "fight" to keep something alive.
Is that bad thing? Am I taking the easy way out? Curious how others approach their stocking. I realize this poll may be geared to folks that have been at it a while and not just getting in to the hobby. But I'm wondering how folks approach new additions.
Curious how many reefers are actually making their own of fish food. Could be a blend of prepackaged foods or a mixture of "raw" ingredients that you've come up with. I guess I'm too lazy so as I just use a combination of foods.
Feel free to share your recipe with others.
I am currently in the process of growing out some zoas and was curious what the community prefers when it comes to frag size. I'm not referring to the actual frag plug size (that will be a later topic ) but how many polyps you tend to buy.
Obviously price is a pretty huge determining factor, but is that the only factor? Do most of you prefer to buy just a few and watch them grow out, or do you prefer to buy mini-large size colonies?
We've all seen those magnificent reef tanks with the beautiful bright white sand that just makes the aquascape and coral pop! But attaining and keeping that beautiful look seems like an almost unattainable goal. Something to remember is that before these full tank photo shoots the owners are probably cleaning the sand to make for a better photo. One of our members even has his own "white sand method."
I don't know about you but I want it! I want white sand! But to what end?
It's a lot of work right?
You can get your tank chemistry out of whack messing around with the sand too much right?
You need a good "live crew" to help right?
You need the proper tools right?
Is a consistently clean sand bed an attainable goal?
Not so much a poll on circulation pump preference, but more on how you choose to program them. This will obviously be dependent on the pump brand you are using and/or the use of a controller. I'm curious if you simply use one of the manufacturers "canned" programs or do you program them yourself?
Feel free to discuss your methods in the thread and if you're willing, go ahead an share your programming. It may help others who are trying to figure out their flow.
The last couple of days we looked at stands and sump preferences. I only wish I had the space to have a dedicated fish room/area. I'm in Florida and live on a slab, so no basement. Given the location of my tank, I have no adjacent room either. So I'm stuck with having all the equipment under the tank.
I'm curious how many have a dedicated fish room/area. My guess is most are like me and are confined to the space under the tank, but let's see how many have the luxury of not having to cram everything underneath.
Okay SPS dominant guys and gals at what level do you keep your alkalinity at and why? Have you always ran it at this level or have you changed it to another level? I would like this to be a discussion on what you keep your alkalinity at and why.
The reason I ask is that I recently had a spike to 9.3 dkh in my system which has led to some tissue loss. With this incident I have lowered it to around 7.0 dkh and I have some Acropora with polyps extended that have alway had very little polyp extension. I know everyone does reefing differently and I'd like to see what other heavy SPS users are doing.
We see a lot of threads/questions regarding sumps. Questions like what is the best sump for this tank or how do I build one for my needs? I'm curious how the members feel about sumps and whether they built their own to get a specific design, shape or size for their particular needs. Or did you find a prebuilt model that worked for you?
So, what does your sump look like. Feel free to share pictures of your setup. I'll start by saying I originally did a DIY sump out of an old 55g tank. Although it worked perfectly well, it was a pain to use. I ended up picking up a prebuilt sump and changing it out.
Curious what your preference is when considering a new tank stand? Do you prefer to use the factory stand for that seamless look? Do you have one built custom for you needs? Do you prefer to build your own? Lastly, what material do you prefer?
Let's see what folks are doing when it comes to their stands.
Ok I'll just go ahead and admit it. It's embarrassing though. I hate it. I want to change it. I have tried everything.
I suck at keeping sps.
I love all types of corals. I love moving and swaying corals. I love corals that grow in little button colonies. I love those monstrous big mouthed meaty corals that love to eat! But I also love colorful sticks and protruding acro polyps.
In the past I have kept some some acros and montipora successfully but as of the last few years success has been pretty abysmal. I should also say that over the past few months I have been doing "ok" with a few tester frags but I'm tired of tester frags! I want to buy some NICE pieces but I'm afraid. To those that can grow them like weeds it even seems as easy as riding a bike but I'm stuck here with bike and still have the training wheels on.
Encourage me please!
Enlighten me please!
Teach me please!
Whine with me please!
What about you? Do you like SPS corals and wish you could keep them more successfully?
@Sahin's Sps Dominated Reef for fun....
With the rapid advancements in saltwater aquariums over the past decade we have also seen a rapid advancement in different equipment for our tanks. I think they somewhat go hand in hand! Things like Lighting, Flow, Control, Testing, Dosing and even Cleaning equipment to name a few, have gotten better and better and better. Tools that are available to us now were unheard and seemed almost unattainable not too many years back.
So I have questions for you and I hope you'll put your thinking cap on and think outside the box if you will.
What do you think the future holds in regards to saltwater aquarium equipment?
What do you think the next BIG thing is?
What would you like to see more advanced?
Hello it's me again!
Back at you with another question to get your mind working and data flowing! This is something that is near and dear to my heart and that is commerce within our industry. Plain and simple, we want it to be better. We want to hold bad people accountable and to reward those that are good. We want people to be able to shop with confidence and have a variety of options when buying, selling and trading.
So that being said my question to you is this.
Is buying, selling and trading within our hobby where it needs to be or can we do better as a whole?
Finally got a Neptune System PMK (par meter) and was able to test it against my 10+ year apogee par meter and the PMK is testing about 80 par higher than my old meter. Which really explains a lot of confusing coral deaths. I love the long wire on the PMK and that I can place it anywhere and just eye the reading on the controller display, ipad or phone. I know this sounds a bit like a commercial but it's not, I'm just really happy with it so far and super happy to have some better data on par levels in the tank!
- So with all that said I am wondering how many of you use a PAR meter of some sort and what brand do you use?
- Have you ever found discrepancies between par meters?
Thought it might be nice to honor our veteran's going in to this holiday weekend. Yes, I realize the meaning behind Memorial Day, but it's always good to say Thank You!
Let us know if you are a US Veteran so we can pay our thanks. I for one am eternally grateful for your service.
So, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.
My clowns spawn every two to three weeks. When they first started this, my bride wanted me to try to raise them. After extensive research, and sharing that with her, we both decided it was too much trouble and we were getting free fish food.
Curious how many have actually tried to raise their fry. Feel free to share your stories, success or failure, here. Might provide some details for other considering to give it a shot.
Back in early September of last year, we did a poll discussing the various Alk monitoring options. It looked at which one you were using or considering. I though it might be interesting to see where we stand today on the topic.
So, which are you using or considering to use today?
I'm curious how many folks enjoy watching posted videos. I've never been a big video guy so I don't tend to watch them, but it seems like they are becoming more and more popular. I'm starting to wonder if I'm missing out on something.
So do you enjoy watching them and do you also like sharing the videos that you shoot of your tank?
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