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Simple question in hopes of generating some conversation regarding potassium. Do you or do you not test for potassium? If so, what are you using to dose for it? I personally have never measured for it so I'm curious to see what folks are doing when it comes to K.
Yesterday's poll looked at the integration of upgrading to the new Apex brain and the use of existing modules. There were a few members that indicated they do not use the Apex and offered other options. So let's take a look today to see which, if any, controllers your folks are using.
I've put the mainstream "brands" on the poll but as usual there is an "other" option - feel free to discuss what you're using.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for advice.
My tank is 55 gallons in display (system total 70 gallons) with a 2-3 inch sand bed. It's been set up for almost 2 years now. Based on what I see when I vacuum the gravel (it's gross) I've been thinking of getting something to help turn over the sand bed. I already have a tiger conch and some nassarius snails but I think I need a bit more turnover.
I don't have room to add another fish so no diamond goby for me. I was thinking of adding a cucumber. My concerns include the toxicity if it dies, is there enough food and will my mantis shrimp go after it?
Should I go for it? Or should I try something else?
How many of you like the idea of packing your reef aquarium as full of coral as you can get it?
I mean it's tempting to get as many frags and colonies as you can possibly afford because there are so many colors and variations! But when is it too much? Should you be selective and plan for future growth?
In the beginning of my saltwater reef aquarium journey I was constantly on the lookout getting as many corals as I could and packing the tank as full as I could get it. Now for me it's more about what I REALLY like and thinking about the future growth of all the corals.
That being said anyone have frags for sale?
My old 120g didn't have much room for more coral!
I am always interested to see what and how much food people are feeding their tanks! But in order to get a real understanding of this we need to know some details about your system and inhabitants.
So please help us put the puzzle together and answer all of the questions.
1. How much food are you feeding daily? (one cube, a pinch, etc.)
2. How are you feeding? (Broadcast, Food Clip, Target, etc.)
3. Do you thaw your food, rinse your food, etc?
4. What type(s) of food are you feeding? (list all)
5. Size of your tank in gallons? (total water volume of water including sump, etc.)
6. How many fish do you feed?
7. How many BIG fish are included in your fish number?
8. Anything special about how you feed? (turn off pumps, say a blessing, etc.)
9. How many times a day do you feed?
If I have missed something that I should add please let me know!
image via @jsker
With the recent storm of sales over the long weekend, it got me thinking. How many folks have ever upgraded their tank at one point or the other. Let's assume a tank upgrade in this case is a larger tank and it's your main display tank. I for one started with a 120g and am still running with it. I actually find it to be the perfect size for me and the space it's located, and don't see an upgrade in my future.
So, let us know if you've ever upgraded (gone larger) from when you first started in the hobby.
Yesterday’s featured poll discussed whether it’s possible for a tank to be considered ich free. The results, as of this writing, were 52% said yes. The consensus is that if a proper QT protocol is adhered to, it’s possible to maintain an ich free tank. I’m not suggesting this is actually the case or not, simply sharing my interpretation of the results.
I thought it would be interesting to see what the preferred method of QT is for those that do so. No real way to capture all the possibilities/methods for a poll, so I’ve tried to include the most popular methods I’m aware of. There are certainly other methods, which is why one of the choices is “other”. There is even an option for those that don't QT at all.
So I changed out my ATO this weekend and it got me thinking - if a person doesn't have a RODI unit, what are they using to replace evaporated water. I realize, or at least hypothesize, the majority of people have a RODI but thought it might be interesting to what other sources people are using/available for those that do not.
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.
Wondering if anyone has every noticed/experienced any corals spawning in their tank. Let us know. The poll is multiple choice. Would love to hear the details if you have had noticed spawning - coral type, lighting, major element numbers, etc. The more details the better.
Does your tank take a back seat in the summer for other hobbies? I know when summer comes my tank doesn't take a back seat as far as maintenance (mostly auto) but I really don't get much as far as frags or livestock. I'm usually tinkering with the cars and going to car shows on the weekends. Can't wait. What is it your waiting for warmer weather to do?
Member @Why-Me had a good suggestion for a poll. We're curious to see what people's thoughts are on Coralline algae. Do you just let it do its thing or do you try to control it in some manner. There was a poll on Sea Urchins earlier this week and it was discussed there. I for one just let it go because I've always been under the impression Coralline growth is a sign of a healthy tank.
So what's your take on CA?
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.
So I’ve created a thread and I’d like to hear your thoughts and experiences with alkalinity. My tank is about 5 months old. I initially started running alk at 7.5-8, dosing ever hour. My LPS and softies looked good. I decided to increase the alk slightly and am now running 9.8. My LPS has never looked better. More polyp extension and my acans, blastos and lobos are puffier than ever. I plan on making this tank primarily a SPS tank here soon and I know I’ll have to lower my alk, but for now I’m loving the way the everything looks.
What are your thoughts and experiences with alkalinity and polyp extension?
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