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So I thought this topic would make a great discussion for us!
I've never been one to "black out" my tank. I've tried it a couple of times for a couple different reasons but never stuck with it. To be honest I've not been a huge believer in it. Sorry and maybe that's changing!
That being said for the past couple months I have had an outbreak of a green algae, not hair, not slime or anything like that but a really dark green algae that doesn't cover corals but covers the rocks and sand. Tried a couple different algae "medications" to no avail.
It also blows right off with a turkey baster and blows into a ton of tiny particles but comes right back. Here is my thread: https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/green-cyano-type-algae.527256/
Here is the algae under a microscope:
This photo was taken well over a month ago and it has only gotten a lot worse since! The algae is actually way more green than the photo shows.
Ok fast forward to last Sunday. I arrived home from the Fl Frag Swap, great show btw, and my in-line frag tank was totally covered in this algae and just being overrun. So I decided to try lights out! I also decided to buy a new cleanup crew but until they arrived I would try lights out.
Yesterday, Wednesday, I checked the frag tank and the tank was clear! Like totally clear. So I turned the lights back on schedule for the frag tank and turned the lights OFF for the main display to see what would happen.
Today, one day later, the main tank looks a ton better with the algae started to release on it's on.
Check out the video:
Then I noticed that the skimmer was producing some really nasty GREEN waste see the video!
So I am not sure how all this will end but it did get me to thinking that maybe there is more to this "lights out" on algae theory, or at least certain types of algae. Which leads me to my question for you.
Have you ever tried the "lights out" or "black out" method and did it work for you?
As Members of Reef2Reef...
- We embrace the idea that community and family are at the core of who we are.
- We embrace the idea that everyone is to be treated with respect and dignity although at times we disagree strongly about certain issues or topics.
- We embrace the idea that we are more than strangers creating posts in forum format rather we are a reefing family with a common interest here to learn, teach and enjoy saltwater aquariums together.
As a member of R2R you are my brother and you are my sister and I will treat you as so.
PS. Feel free to sign this thread with your post if you’re in agreement.
This hobby is always evolving and changing. Equipment changes, theories and methods change, our minds change and so on!
What is one thing you would upgrade or change right now if you could?
Tell us why!
image via @Detlev
It's that time again! A UC LiveSale is not to be missed! We have a full program lined up for you guys, and bargains and gems galore. There is something for everyone!
If you do not buy anything, we will gladly refund your $ in full for the shipping module on Monday, when our offices open.
SPS heavy hour 10am. LPS heavy hour 6pm.
(All prizes will combine with your shipment, or ship at no cost to you)
- Dalua Great White Skimmer - value $329+tax+shipping
- Croc Island Scoly - value $349
- Rainbow Lord - value $399
- Triton N-DOC + ICP test pack -value $100
Every purchaser will receive an entry. If you do not purchase, you can "check-in" or participate in the convo every hour (12 times total) to qualify and receive an entry! You really can't go wrong either way.
Limit of three $5 corals per person, for every $5 coral, you must purchase one non-$5 coral. Every purchase will receive UC Rewards points good for a future purchase.
You MUST first purchase a shipping module HERE https://uniquecorals.com/collections/live-sale. Then shop as much as you like and we'll automatically combine shipping for you.
During the LiveSale, please check out by selecting the "Add-On/Pick-Up/Test Only" option for Free shipping (since you have purchased a shipping Module already).
Lots of $5 SPS frags, amazing prizes, and killer deals! Frags, colonies, signature corals, limited releases, and more! If you have participated in any of our past live sales, we thank you! And you know UC will not disappoint! Earn UC Reward points on all your purchases. And we combine all shipping automatically for free (provided one shipping module was purchased), so checkout as many times as you like!
All orders are final, no refunds, exchanges, credits, promotional gift cards, coupons, or extra discounts will be applied in the sale. Our Guarantee covers all the corals we ship. If you have a question please ask through thread posts or PM, as our admin office will be closed on Saturday. If you call the office or send a message through the UniqueCorals.com site, you will not get an answer until Monday morning. If you ask for a customization or substitution, we will try to accommodate you but please understand this may delay your ship date. The $5 doorbuster corals will be spaced throughout. With so many choice items, competition is fierce, be ready for some fast clicking! We do suggest you register with UniqueCorals.com first with your shipping information so you will have a fast checkout experience. If you are already a registered UniqueCorals customer, great, you are all set to go. There is NO FREE SHIPPING unless combined with another order from our website over $150 in Livestock.
Please include your full name and order details in any PM or communications so we may properly identify who you are. Our admin office opens on Monday and will get to your requests ASAP. Thanks for understanding. If you see something else you like in the non-LiveSale store, just choose the "Add-on Order" free shipping option upon checkout, and we'll combine shipping with your Live Sale order (provided you have purchased a shipping module, offer only good for livestock orders).
Feel free to check for info here: link: https://uniquecorals.com/collections/live-sale
Have any of you considered going solar for just your reef tank? Is this something that is even feasible? I must admit I have zero knowledge about this topic so educate me!
Also how much energy is your tank consuming monthly?
Well it's the season for LOVE and we LOVE this hobby right? Well most of the time!
I got to thinking about reefing in 2019 and what's not to love about all the technology and the how much easier it is to keep a saltwater aquarium nowadays. So my question is this:
What do you LOVE about reefing in 2019?
2 days of corals discounted up to 70% off or more, Over 200 $5 frags, raffle prizes, and tons of fun! There will be 2300+ frags, etc offered up during the sale, which is our most ever!
Sale starts Saturday, February 23rd at 11 A.M. est and goes on for 12 hours straight until 11 P.M. EST. Then the sale will resume again on the 24th for 12 more hours from 11 A.M. to 11 P.M. est.
We will post "what you see is what you get" (WYSIWYG) corals in this thread with a title, picture, the sale price and a link to purchase it from our site. You can only go through the link posted here to buy the coral. You must complete checkout first to win the coral. The same item can be in multiple carts simultaneously, first one to finish checkout wins it and takes it out of stock.
ATTENTION - REWARDS POINTS CANNOT BE REDEEMED DURING LIVE SALES. You can however, earn points for every purchase made during the live sale. We enable rewards spending Tuesday morning.
All orders are final, no refunds on livestock. No exchanges, credits, promotional gift cards, coupons, or extra discounts can be used towards any items in the sale. Our 10-Day Guarantee applies to all corals we ship.
Communication will be through thread posts and Private Messages only. Over 2300+ corals total will be posted at random times throughout the whole 24 hours. Expect a batch of 4 - 10 new corals posted every few minutes. You snooze, you lose! It can sometimes be difficult to win items at peak times. Just have patience it is a long sale and items are easier to win as time goes on, please stay positive.
NO FREE SHIPPING unless combined with a non Live Sale/Aftersale and/or eBay order that already has shipping paid for. You must purchase a shipping unit for your Live Sale / After Sale purchases.
*Please include your full name from your order in any PM or post communications regarding orders. We cannot identify you from your R2R screen name.
We will post corals priced at $5 each throughout the sale! You can buy a maximum of 2, and you must buy at least 1 non-$5 coral for each $5 coral you purchase.
There are 2 ways to enter the drawings. Make a purchase during the sale, or make one post in this thread every hour during the sale hours (11 A.M. - 1 1P.M. both days 23rd - 24th). If you do both you get 2 entries. You can only win one prize.
Drawing results will be posted within 1 week of sale. Those who make a post every hour PLEASE DO NOT say "check in", just make at least one meaningful post every hour during sale hours. You must PM us after the sale if you believe you qualified so we can verify your posts and include you in the giveaway.
Shipping during the sale and after will be $29.99 ($19.99 for FL residents).
Purchase your shipping unit as soon as possible to secure your delivery date as shipment numbers are limited by day.
You only need to pay for one shipping unit. Just choose "Live Sale Shipping/Local Pickup" at checkout so you are not charged for again for shipping.
No piggyback shipping with other people. We will not hold any orders except for weather/FedEx related issues.
In-store pickups will be allowed by appointment only (call or email) before 3/2, on or after Friday you may come in without appointment. Just choose "Live Sale Shipping/Local Pickup" at checkout.
Out of state shipments will be delivered Wednesday 2/27, Thursday 2/28, Friday 3/1 and Tuesday 3/5. (Florida shipments will be delivered on Thursday 2/28 and Friday 3/1). Click below to purchase priority overnight shipping. Choose which day you would like to receive your order. We will refund your shipping unit if you do not purchase anything during the sale.
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Who has the biggest Homophyllia Bowerbanki?
Not you, but Chris from ACI Aquaculture does! WOW! I was informed that this particular coral is 23”x 15”
Also if you want to see it in person you can see it at ReefAPalooza Orlando at the ACI booth!
How big is your largest coral or coral colony and what type is it? (leave a photo in the thread)
What are the top 3 things you buy most consistently in your "hobby?"
Please exclude water and electricity. HA!
diver image via debconcierge.com
Tell us the months you are most active in reefing and why this is!
You can choose multiple months on the poll!
Photo via @Tenji
So I'll keep this short because I want you to drive this conversation and I have a lot to earn myself. I once took a class at the "Old School of Reefing" that said the correct answer is that all and any Nitrates are bad. But now the "NEW School of Reefing" and especially sps keeping says some is good. How much and why is what i would like to discuss. So my question is the following:
Do you believe Nitrates are actually a good thing and if so how much and why?
Image via @Ryan Rioux
Don't miss this sale! Sunday February 3rd,
500+ corals will be heavily discounted up to 50% OFF! Some will even be $5 or $10!
We know you want to watch the game so corals will be posted on our website at 11 AM, 4 PM and 9 PM EST.
Make sure you're ready when the corals drop, they're gonna go quick!
How to create an account on our site:
How to track your order:
Rules and FAQ:
Placing the coral in your cart does not reserve it for you. You must completely check out before you receive a confirmation email from the site stating that it is yours.
We will not be combining orders from different users. If you would like to share a box with someone you must have to do it under the same account.
Shipping will be a DISCOUNTED 19.99 for Florida residents or 29.99 for out of state. This is the lowest shipping we've offered all year!
You do not have to buy a shipping module, just check out and select whichever shipping is applicable to you. On every subsequent transaction just add them to your existing shipment.
Make sure to select the correct delivery date. If you need to make a change please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours before your order ships.
If none of the open dates for ship out are convenient for you, select a shipping date and write your preferred date in the order notes. We will change it for you when we combine orders.
Local pick up begins Tuesday February 5th. If you email us the day and time you want to pick up your order we can have it pre bagged for you.
I have had a 14 gal bio cube for the last 5+ years and I am thinking about making the jump to a much bigger tank. I am thinking about going used to save thousands. I found a tank that is working, but appears to be filled with slime algae and who knows what else I will find when I look in person. My question is: how much effort will I be putting in to get this thing functional. Will I be strapped with nasty diseases forever and will it be worth the "savings"? Link to tank: https://offerup.com/item/detail/564834272/ I have learned from research it is an Aqueon 72. Not sure what all was done to get to functional for salt or if the lighting will suffice. I assume it will.
Will be interesting if this tank that been for sale for over 3 months sells "all of the sudden"
Two Part Calcium and Alkalinity Questions for those of you who dose!
1. How much are you dosing daily?
2. How much water volume do you have?
3. What is your target DKH and Calcium?
4. How heavily is your tank stocked with SPS coral?
5. What are the biggest pros and cons you have found with two part dosing?
Amazing Reef Image via @Bacon505
Wooooo, it's cold outside!!!
What better way to spend a cold Saturday night than with us on a LIVE SALE?!
BE HERE at 6pm EST on Saturday February 9th for our
WINTER CLEARANCE LIVE SALE!
Want to win a $200 gift card for use DURING the sale? It's pretty easy. Follow the steps below and you will be automatically entered into a drawing for a $200 gift card that can be used DURING (or after) the sale.
1 - "LIKE" our Facebook page:
2 - "SHARE" our Facebook post about the sale:
3 - Sign-Up for our newsletter
4 - Make a post in THIS thread
5 - When completed with the steps above, send an email to email@example.com with your name so that we can verify your entry and I will send a confirmation reply.
DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8th at 8pm EST
The winner will be drawn and listed in this thread on Friday February 8th at 9pm EST
A few corals teasers!!!
I am happy to announce our GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be receiving a new Ecotech MP40QD. Ecotech pumps are unparalleled in their performance and quality! See below for entry details
ROD'S FOOD - WIN A 6 MONTH SUPPLY!!!
Rod Buehler of Rod's Food has GRACIOUSLY donated a 6 month supply of his fine foods to the GRAND PRIZE winner. Please read the details at the end of this post for more information on HOW TO WIN!
I am happy to announce Mark from ME Coral has donated a ton of product for various giveaways. A "one-shot" of ME Coral Dip and/or Super Food will be in EVERY ORDER. A perfect amount for one dipping session and/or feeding of your new corals. We also have several other products such as amino acids, coral food, KH and CA additives and more. Be sure to check them out at www.mecoral.com
Todd from Todd's PODS has graciously donated 3 sets of tisbe sp. copepods (2 bottles in each set) to our live sale customers. These will be given out randomly throughout the sale. If you are ever in need of pods for a fuge, restocking or new tank, Todd is the guy. Checkout their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Todds-Pods-246647835705931/?fref=ts
Joe Knows Reefs Live Sale Rules:
- WYSIWYG corals will be posted in this thread beginning at 6pm (EDT) on Saturday February 9th.
- Each post will contain a picture of the coral, price and a link to our website to purchase the coral.
- The first person to successfully "checkout" with the coral will "win" the coral. Just because the coral is in your shopping cart does NOT mean it is yours...the "checkout" process must be completed.
- We will accept both PayPal and Credit Cards during the sale. Our website is encrypted with a dedicated SSL Certificate for security measures.
- You MUST create an account to purchase any of the...
Join us on Reef2Reef Saturday February 2nd for our YR Reef Bowl 2019 Live Sale (2nd Annual). Kickoff Time is at 10:00am (pacific)/ 1:00pm (eastern). Over 700 amazing corals & many frags priced at $10 and under!
Purchasing Guidelines (How the sale works)- We will be posting corals in our Live Sale thread on Reef2Reef in groups of approximately 10 corals every 5-10 minutes. Each picture will have the pricing information as well as a link that will take you to that coral listing on our website. You must complete the entire checkout process on the YR website before you win that coral. Adding it to your cart does not prevent someone else from purchasing it before you.
No sales will take place via personal messaging, phone or email. No emails will be answered during the live sale & please keep PM’s to a minimum. Please post general questions to the Live sale thread so everyone can benefit from the answer.
In order to purchase anything during the Live Sale, you must have a customer account on the Your Reef website. Please include your R2R screen name when creating your account. You may also provide it in the “comments” section of your order. To increase your chance of purchasing the coral of your choice we suggest you create the account and become familiar with how our shopping cart and checkout works prior to the sale.
You may use Credit or Debit cards to complete your transaction. Paypal is not recommended (see below post). Paypal checks cannot be used during the Live Sale as the clearing time is 3 or 4 days.
All items in the Live Sale are first come - first serve. If two orders for the same item go through, we will do our best to find a duplicate item to honor the sale. If no suitable coral can be found, a full refund will be issued to the buyer.
Live Sale Prizes & Giveaways-
Shipping Module Raffle!
Every customer who purchases a shipping module prior to the Live Sale will be entered into a drawing to win one of the following.
- $10 Gift Card (1 available)
- $15 Gift card (1 available)
- $25 Gift Card (1 available)
- Frag Pack- 5 miscellaneous frags of our choice (you may choose sps, lps, zoas, softies) (2 available)
The Shipping Module raffle will be held within the first 2 hours of the Live Sale.
Grand Prize Raffle!
We will be raffling off 4 Gift Certificates after the Live Sale. Everyone who participates in the live sale will be entered into the drawing. These Gift Certificates may be used on any future coral orders from our website. Winning names will be posted in this forum within the next week.
Grand Prize- $100 Gift Certificate for Coral
2nd Place- $50 Gift Certificate for Coral
3rd Place- $25 Gift Certificate for Coral
4th Place- $25 Gift Certificate for Coral
· Each of the following will earn you 1 entry into the drawing:
o Each coral purchase
o Every 100th post
o Follow us on Instagram & Tag 2 Friends on our Live Sale Post- https://www.instagram.com/yourreef/
o Like us on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/yourreef
Certificates are good towards any future coral purchase. Dry goods, fish, shipping charges, & live sale purchases are excluded.
Shipping - Purchase $250 in items during the Live Sale and we will ship your order for free! You may combine items purchased during the Live Sale with livestock from the YR website to reach the Free Shipping level. For orders less than $250, the UPS Overnight shipping is only $39.99.
Purchase your Shipping Module before the Live Sale at a Discounted Rate ($25). Available now thru Saturday 2/2 before 9am (pacific time). You select the shipping module with the corresponding shipping/delivery date that works for your schedule. There are a limited number of shipping slots available each day. Please make your selection as soon as possible to ensure your desired shipping date is reserved.
If you purchase the shipping module in advance and you reach the free shipping threshold your shipping cost will be refunded. Saturday Delivery will have a surcharge of $20 (free shipping applies to only the standard shipping fees).
Local Pick Up - Will be available starting on Wednesday 2/6 after 1:00pm. Please verify with us the day you wish to pick up your order so can be sure to have everything ready for you.
Live Arrival Guarantee - We offer a 7 Day Arrive and Thrive guarantee on all Live Sale items as well as the majority of items on our site.
For more information, please visit- http://www.yourreef.com/acclimation-and-live-arrival-guarantee.html
Good Luck everyone & thank you for being a part of our Live Sale! We appreciate your business!
TCK January website Livesale
Saturday January 26th 2019 starting @ 6pm EST
Giveaways will be posted throughout the sale.
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.
Shipping can be pre-purchased for $35 Fedex Priority Overnight. We will provide links to pre-purchase shipping modules shortly. No combined shipping with orders outside of this sale. No piggyback shipping. We only ship to the continental US. Shipping will be a flat $45 if purchased after the sale.
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 (5pm EST 1/26/19). Deadline to enter is 4pm EST 1/26/19
Local pickup option will also be available
*Every shipped box will also have a freebie frag included on top of all purchases.*
This will be a great chance to pickup some sweet frags! Thanks everyone!
As a keeper of reefs there are certain challenges that we all WILL face from time to time. Those things that challenge us might not be as challenging to others and some things maybe not at all. I wanted to hear your thoughts on the following question.
What are the biggest challenges, FOR YOU, in maintaining a healthy saltwater tank?
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