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I have a Red Sea Reefer 170 and like most people I've become tired of cleaning filter socks. As a result, I spent some time searching then internet for inspiration and came up with an alternative that works pretty well using a filter pad. So, here is what I came up with and the steps I used to make it:
1. I cut the sock portion off a filter sock so I ended up with the plastic ring.
2. I searched the Dollar Tree store, Walmart, and any other store I could think of that might have a plastic container to fit the plastic ring. I finally found a liter bottle at a store call Tap Plastic.
3. I cut the top portion of the bottle off and placed the ring around the top of the bottle. I used silicone to glue the two pieces of plastic together (inside top and outside).
4. I then marked a series of holes approx. 1/2" up from the bottom of the bottle, all around the bottle. I used a 1/4" drill bit and drilled the holes in approx. 1" segments around the circumference. You may need more or less holes, or bigger, depending on your flow. I got lucky and my initial pattern worked great without raising or lowering my sump water height.
5. Once the silicone is dry and the holes are drilled, then I cut a piece of filter pad to fit inside the bottle. You can fill it as full as you'd like. I chose to use a single layer on the outside edge so the water can flow down into the bottle, then though the floss and out the holes.
6. You could make two and simple pull one out and insert another with a clean filter pad or just pull the dirty pad out and replace with clean pad. Easy Peezy, Lemon Squezzy, no filter sock to clean. So far its been three days and everything it working great. I figure if I can get a week out of a filter pad it will be worth it.
Hello! Everyone! This is my first reeftank,it`s a sps tank. The tank specs, equipment, and livestock are as follows:
Aquarium and Stand
Tank size: Marineland corner flow 40*40*40cm
Sump & Skimmer
Return pump:AT104 (2000L/h)
Water Circulation:MP10*1 WP10*2
Heating: 200W heater
Lighting: DIY LED 75W, DIY 24w blue LED
Kamoer Doser for Two little fishies C-Balance
Current params (Salifert kits), stable for over a month now:
Phosphate 0.03 (by hanna)
I feed fish everyday that use HIKARI SEAWEED EXTREME and Firstbite Marine Pellets.
I do a 10% water change once a week. At this time I also vacuum part of the Standard that I can reach.
I clean the skimmer cup once a week.
I clean the skimmer once in 6 months and clean the Water Circulation once in 1 month.
Established May 2015
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....
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.
UPDATE 9-11-17: This is gaining a lot of steam and it's gonna cost a ton of money. We want to create it if you will use it! PLEASE VOTE and please continue to add your ideas and input! If you click MAYBE please comment with what you would want to see in order to use the marketplace.
Hello R2R Members!
We have been mulling the idea of a comprehensive classified system that I hope would really change the face of how people buy and sell saltwater aquarium items on R2R and even on the internet. Many have tried to create an ebay style system for just this thing but they fail because they don't have the community of users like we have. Whatever it is we will have to pay to have it developed and it would be a pretty big undertaking.
We are looking to create an Amazon(ish) style market for all things saltwater aquariums.
With that being said I want you to pretend that there is no limits on what we can do and I would love to hear your ideas for a Reef Classified System that would be the all in one place to shop for aquarium related items.
What would you like to be able to do?
What would you like to see?
How would you like to buy, sell and trade?
Integrated Robust Feedback System for keeping people accountable?
How would you like it to look within the forum?
Seller levels from hobbyists to commercial?
Trading? What could set that apart?
Let the ideas fly! Nothing is too little or too big!
Name: Anton Post
R2R Username: @p0st
Build Thread: https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/p0st-h0me-reef-dutch.209931/
Hi! My name is Anton Post and I’m a 29 year old guy from the Netherlands that got into reef tanks three years ago. I’m currently keeping a Red Sea Reefer 525 that has been running since January 2016. I’m very honored to be featured in this month’s Reef of the Month article on R2R! I hope you enjoy the article and pictures. If you have any additional questions please feel free to ask in the tank thread!
- Display tank: Red Sea Reefer 525
- Glass or Acrylic: Glass
- Stand: Provided by Red Sea
- Sump: Provided by Red Sea
- Protein skimmer: Vertex Alpha 200
- Carbon/phosphate filtration: Vertex canister filter with Rowaphos and Red Sea Carbon (both in separate bags)
- Return pump: Jebao DCT8000
- Water circulation: Maxspect Gyre XF250 w/ advanced controller
- Lighting (display): Giesemann Aurora 150cm
- Calcium/alkalinity/magnesium dosing: Yes, Balling Classic method
- Auto top-off: Provided by Red Sea
- Heating/cooling: Teco TK500 for both cooling and heating
- System control: Nothing specific, my Jebao DP-4 is doing the dosing, that’s it
- Any other details: UV-c 36W for water filtration, Dosing vodka/vinegar for no3/p04 reduction
Water Circulation and Flow Summary and Objectives:
I’m using the Maxspect Gyre to create a good circular flow in my tank. Before the XF250 I had an XF150 with the regular controller, and the XF250 with the advanced controller is definitely an upgrade. I have it running in a 10-60% random pattern which really creates a nice flow through the entire tank. My reefscape is fairly light which enables good water circulation, even in the bottom areas. I did also apply a Loc-Line double outlet on the standard Red Sea outlet to aim the water coming into the tank to where I want.
- Temp: 25-26 degrees Celsius
- pH: 8.0
- Specific gravity: 1.026-1.027
- NO3: 10-20
- Ca: 450
- Alk: 8.0
- Mg: 1600
- PO4: 0.20
Lighting Summary and Objectives:
I have chosen a hybrid light since this gives me the most flexibility in setting the light intensity and coloration. The fixture has 4x75w LED units and 4x80w T5 bulbs. For the T5’s I’m using ATI’s Coral Plus bulbs in all four slots. For the LED pads I’m only using the Royal Blue and Marine Blue channels. This combination of T5 and LED gives me a color scheme that I really enjoy. Also, corals thrive under these lights.
Photoperiod: 8:00 am until 23:30 PM. (See scheme for reference)
Filtration and Water Quality Summary and Objectives:
Since my reef is LPS, Zoanthus and Ricordea heavy, I try to keep at least some nitrates and phosphates in my tank for better growth. Additionally, I have some fish that eat quite slow so I tend to overfeed to give every tank inhabitant time to fill its belly properly. Luckily the nuisance algae are kept to a minimum, the only minor inconvenience is that I have to clean my glass every other day to get rid of the green layer that slowly builds up.
Calcium/Alkalinity/Magnesium Summary and Objectives:
Since I’m using the Balling Classic method, I always dose my Ca, Alk, and Mg in the same amounts, this keeps those three values very stable over time. I try to stick to recommended values for Ca and Alk (450/8), but I tend to keep the Mg a little higher (1600) since I’ve seen good results doing that (less nuisance algae, good coloration and polyp extension).
1. Copperband Butterfly (since November 2014)
2. 2x Mandarin Fish (Synchiropus splendidus)
3. 2x Pterapogon kauderni
4. 4x Evansi Anthias
5. 2x Macroparynghodon Meleagris (male + female)
6. 1x corythoichthys intestinalis
7. 1x ostracion cubicus
8. 1x salarias fasciatus
9. 1x Bristletooth Tomini Tang
10. 1x equetus punctatus (juvenile)
1. 2x Sea Urchin
2. 2x Sand Sifting Seastar
3. Various snales, including an Abalone Snail
Tank Inhabitants— Corals:
I could list them, but I’ll leave the pictures to speak for themselves. My tank mostly has soft corals varying from LPS to zoa’s, softies and ricordea. I do have some SPS pieces but they are scarce and positioned on top of the reef to give them as much light and flow as possible. Also, since my nitrates and phosphates are relatively high, SPS won’t be as colorful as they could be in an ULN system.
So here are a few pics that I saw floating in an old post recently:
What are some things you've done with skulls or other cool forms in your reef?
I remember when the zoa craze of 2004 hit and the world was changed forever! Well the aquarium world that is! Since that time many many different morphs have entered the trade and with it the prices increased! Old popular morphs lost value and excitement and new morphs broke record pricing.
That being said has the zoa machine slowed? Is it still as popular as it once was or am I the one who lost my zeal for those little beautiful animal buttons?
A few old school I don't see anymore...
Cat Eye (looks kinda plain but that yellow/green mouth popped)
Armageddon (not the fake ones)
We are ramping up our video presence on Youtube and Facebook and we're looking to feature your tank and hobby videos on our channel and page here.
If you are willing to allow us to feature your tank, or any hobby related videos then please submit it to us one of the following ways.
- Post a link to it here in this thread as well as a link to your build thread or video thread from R2R.
- Email me at email@example.com and I'll send you a link to upload it to.
- Private message me a link to it.
Please also keep in mind that videos need to be as high quality as possible. We're living in a HD and 4K world so just submit the best video possible.
If we use your video then your tank/thread will receive recognition and you will receive a spiffy new "R2R TV Featured" badge under your name! Please note that submitted videos must belong to you!
Here is an example of what we will be doing!
- Post a link to it here in this thread as well as a link to your build thread or video thread from R2R.
This one is for the moms out there. First, we hope you enjoy your special weekend. Let's see how many moms are the primary reefer in the household. If you are, feel free to post up a FTS in the thread below.
Happy Mother's Day to all the R2R moms out there!
It is official Reef-A-Palooza New York is excited to announce that we will be back at the Meadowlands Exposition Center for another spectacular show for 2017!
We are celebrating our 11th year anniversary this month and will be hosting a live sale here in this thread on Reef2Reef Saturday July 14th from 6PM-11PM EST. There will be lots of Zoa's, Chalice, Acans, Acros, Mushrooms, and more at rock bottom prices. We will also be doing give aways and $1.00 frags throughout the sale.
We will post up 5 photos at a time. Each photo will have a name, be numbered and priced. First person to post the Item number on the thread gets the coral. We will hit "LIKE" on the post to notify the customer. Please only post one Item number per post. During and at the end of the sale, we will message each customer for payment options.
Preferred payment method is PayPal and Square.
We will be posting lots of $1 frags throughout the sale. You must buy at least 1 normal priced coral for each $1 coral you purchase.
Every shipped box will also have a freebie frag included on top of all purchases.
Shipping is a flat rate of $40 Fedex Priority Overnight. No combined shipping with orders outside of this sale. No piggy back shipping. We only ship to the continental US. Local pickup available.
Sponsored by Reef-A-Palooza Orlando & Reef2Reef!
We're super excited to announce that Reef-A-Palooza and Reef2Reef are sponsoring a fun contest where we're going to send one LUCKY winner to the RAP Orlando Show in May! The trip will include Airfare for two, 2 Nights at the Caribe Royale Resort and Tickets to the Greatest Reef Show On Earth, ReefAPalooza!
The ReefAPalooza Orlando Getaway Rules for Entry:
1. SHARE the following Reef-A-Palooza Flyer on your Facebook Page. You must use hashtags #reefapaloozaorlando and #reef2reef when you share.
2. SHARE the following Reef-A-Palooza Flyer on your Instagram Account. You must use hashtags #reefapaloozaorlando and #reef2reef when you share.
3. Make a post in this thread once you completed the Facebook or Instagram requirement. If you completed both then you will have 2 posts in this thread which will result in 2 entries.
(To enter you must complete at least #1 or #2 and then #3 for your official entry. You must be at least 18yrs old to enter. Airfare available from anywhere in the continental USA only. If you are the winner and you are within 3 hrs of the show then RAP will work with you to provide money for a rental car and gas to the show instead of a plane ticket if you choose to drive)
To save this flyer right click and save as. On mobile touch this image and save.
The winner will be drawn via random number generator from this thread on April 5th 2017. Winner will be subject to verify that the requirements for entry were met in a timely manner.
Check out the details for the RAP Orlando Show Here.
Huge thanks to Reef-A-Palooza Orlando for providing this awesome prize!
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