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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!
I don’t want to start a debate about global warming since it a mainstream established fact. But, in addition to this, humans pose multiple threats to our ecosystem and wildlife. Pollution, loss of habitat, unnatural ecosystem changes, invasive species, and others all threaten the worlds coral reefs. The World Wildlife Fund has just come out with the statistic that, of all monitored wildlife species, their populations are reduced buy 60% due to human activities, IN THE LAST 40 YEARS. This fact I found to be chilling to the bone. With more frequent and worse bleaching events predicted, I’m fearful that everything we have in our tanks will become endangered, possibly in our lifetimes. My local fish store is actually initiating a “homegrown project” to buy and sell locally propagated corals to reduce reliance on imports. The recent Indonesian ban is foreshadowing the future of our hobby.
Given these revelations, when I look at my reef, I have a greater sense of responsibility, and am starting to think in much longer terms. I have very young family members who may never have the opportunity to see these creatures in the wild. They will also be the generation who has to deal with the consequences of our societies actions.
I was wondering if others here are also suffering this long term sense of dread?
There have been several discussions recently on the topic of automated alkalinity monitoring. My friend Daniel @mdbannister thought it might be interesting (and I totally agree) to poll members to see which of the new alk monitoring options (that are either in the market or in development) they're watching most closely.
So let everyone know which one has peaked your interest the most.
Great conversation taking place over the last several days (found here) regarding the involvement of your spouse or significant other. One of the things that came up is the sex of the main tank keeper in the house. I know this has been discussed before, and since it's difficult to tell by a screen name, let's do an updated poll of the membership.
I don't think so. In my opinion a successful tank that remains ich less is because the fish are always happy and healthy, so ich never shows. Obviously I'm sure there's some cases where tanks are truly ich free, I just think there few and far between. Hard to imagine one single parasite isn't somewhere in your tank just waiting to find a host. Opinions?
How close is the nearest Saltwater Fish Store to you?
Keep in mind we're talking saltwater store! For extra credit let us know what the name of the store it is!
I was thinking about ages and demographics of us crazy reef keepers and I thought it might make an interesting discussion about age. More specifically I'll kick it off with this question.
What, if any, does age have to do with maintaining a saltwater reef aquarium?
I'm also adding a poll about your age because it's been a while since we had one! Would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.
I often see posts from younger reef-keepers here, identified with little clues like "I'll have to wait for my Mom to take me to the LFS" or similar.
I think that's great and it's made me curious what different age groups the community falls in. I myself just turned 50 and only just took up this hobby last year.
So what age group do you fall in?
It's CLAM time whoaaaaa.......
Photo via @PacificEastAquaculture
Ok that was dumb but I do have some questions for you! I have a clam coming tomorrow, first for the "new" tank and it got me thinking about how many are actually currently keeping a clam.
1. Do you keep a clam?
2. What type of clam is it?
3. How long have you had it?
4. Where do you have it placed in your tank?
Share a photo of your clam for extra class credit!
We've all seen coral that we like or don't like, got to have it or don't want it. Some are overrated and some are underrated.
Of course most of this is a matter of opinion but there are those corals that most might consider to be overrated or underrated for various reasons. Could be because the coral does or does not look good in photos, could be because the price is too cheap or too outrageous, could be be because of how slow or fast it grows, etc.
Taking these things into consideration what coral would you consider to be overrated or underrated? Could be a named piece or a whole type of coral.
Most overrated coral?
Most underrated coral?
Photo for interest.....
Hello everyone, my name is Juan, this is actually my first post in R2R; I was full in the hobby in past years, but life took a turn on me and sadly I had to close down my system. Happily, I'm stepping in again and hopefully this time for the long run. This new system is quite different from my past ones, is not so big as the monster tank I had (1000 Gallon DT), main reason is that I moved into an apartment building on the 15th floor, main subject here is weight restriction, I had to oversee this point over and over and at a moment I was hesitant to move forward or not.
But after much planning and designing, I finally decided to go for it. The last months have been a real challenge to design this new system; many things can go wrong, too much weight, tank braking and having lots of salt water running all down the building, etc.
For this chronicle I will go through each of the stages so I can explain myself better on the overall system.
Tank specifications and list of equipment:
- DT: 260 Gallon DT, of 92.5" x 27.6" x 23.6" (235 x 70 x 60 cms)
- Sump: 67" x 23" x 19.9", water line up to 9", rest for emergency puporses.
- Stand: All metal stand with 2" x 2" metal beams
- Pipes: 1.5", All Red SCH 80 Red PVC pipes bought from BRS
- Piping connectors and Gate valves, SCH 80 and all bought from BRS
Main computer is a Profilux EX 3
Probes: PH, Conductivity, Redox and Temperature
Dosing: Profilux Doser with 3 pumps
PAB: 2, 6 outlet PAB's
Additional modules: Vortech Pump module and Profilux Touch
Level sensor for ATO, managed by Profilux.
In Tank flow: 2 Ecotech MP60wES
Return pump: Ecotech Vectra L1 (Quite impressed with this pump, really quiet and efficient)
4 Aquaillumination BlueSol connected to main computer for scheduled light program.
Also, used an AI 72" Rack for light placement.
Skimmer: Reef Octopus 300SSS Regal with DC Pump
Reactor: Vertex Reactor for running Carbon
Rock and Sand:
All Rock from Marco Rocks, dry rock (Though was used in my last system so maybe it's not completely dry)
1" Sand Bed, also used in my last system but filtered to remove small rocks and detritus using a Sift Screen.
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
SALE STARTS HERE - https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/9...date-and-sale-sat-9-2-17.323078/#post-4007756
Next ASD Update and Sale is Saturday 9/2/17, starting 4pm PST (7pm EST)!!
We will list all corals in this thread. To order, simply email the item number, description and price to: email@example.com. You can email it one at a time, or compile your order and email it all at once. Once you have finished ordering, let us know, we will then send you a breakdown with payment instructions and shipping information.
Sale is First to Email First to hold. You will receive a reply to every request, so you know what you got. If payment is not received within 24 hours after breakdown is sent, we will offer the piece to the next person in line. Majority of our frags, we have duplicates of, so there can be multiple winners to the piece (frags are the same size, same color, from same mother colony).
There's NO TIME LIMIT! Items will only be unavailable if we are sold out.
We will start listing the items very quickly, starting at 4pm PST (7pm EST) on Saturday 9/2/17
We ship Tues and Weds ONLY this week, Via UPS priority. We are closed Mondays. Shipping is a flat fee of $40, doesn't matter how many pieces you order. For orders picked up and shipped to in CA, there will be a 8% CA Tax to your order
For local pick ups, please swing by anytime during business hours (10a - 6pm) Weds, Thurs, Fri, or Saturday. There are no pick ups on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday
Our Guarantee Policy is taped in each box, but you can find it here as well - https://www.aquasd.com/shipping-policy
Help us decide which short we will have printed for our 2018 Partner Member drive!
Which version of the shirt do you like best? Remember these come in short sleeve too but would not have the sleeve print for obvious reasons.
1. Was one that you had already seen before we'll call this one: Square Original
2. This one is a pocket logo with sleeve text only we'll call it: Pocket Logo
And here is the logo that you can see better:
3. This was the original design added to the back with the pocket logo on front. Not sure how I feel about that back design. We'll call it: Front and Back
4. Front Circle Logo with back R2R Logo
The cool thing about this hobby is that there are a million ways to do the same thing! Or so it seems.
Since this is a hobby and something we do for fun getting to a place where it's "set it and forget it" is not always the most fun or most successful. Sometimes but not all the time!
That being said what "new thing" are you going to try this year? (approach, method, equipment, aquascape, species etc.)
image via @ChristopherKriens
What do I need to do to get coralline algae to grow like this?
2019 is speeding towards us like a algae bloom after your kid dumps a jar of fish food in your tank! I was hoping you all might share what things you have planned for your reef in 2019 and what excites you the most!
So what are your reefing plans for 2019?
If so, what kinds of butterfly fish have you been successful with?
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On Jun. 25th we will pick one winner by random draw from this thread and the winner will be verified to have completed all requirements including a facebook check.
The name drawn will receive brand new Puratek Auto Level Controller shipped to their door valued at over $230.00!
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