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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
So apparently there comes a time when your coral grows so much that you run out of room and you have to start "cutting it back" just to keep it in check. Also it seems that some people actually have to just throw the coral clippings away because there isn't anyone local reefers or stores to give it to!
So that leads us to today's poll and question.
Have you ever thrown away coral clippings and how does it make you feel?
image via Robert James
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)!!
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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:
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4. Front Circle Logo with back R2R Logo
I am a Tangs, Angels and Wrasses kinda person (and clownish). IMO, the Powder Blue Tang is the most beautiful of the tangs that can be comfortably keep in medium to large tanks. They are not the most expensive or the rarest, but their color and grace is arguable the most beautiful of the tangs.
Please give us your opinion of your MOST BEAUTIFUL (not most favorite, most expensive or rarest). A beautiful picture or two would really help you drive-in your points.
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
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- 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.
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We change out equipment over time for various reasons and the same goes for RO/DI units. With that is mind...
What RO/DI unit are you currently using and why did you choose it?
From BRS: Aquarium reverse osmosis systems are an economical, convenient way to put consistently pure water into your reef aquarium without running to the store to buy RO or distilled water. Your reef tank will certainly benefit from the installation of RODI systems, carbon blockers, and sediment filters, to name a few. Tap water, even when treated, will still contain traces of impurities, microorganisms, disinfection byproducts, inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals, and radionuclides. Although it is safe for people to ingest, this may not always apply to other species; especially reef tank residents like corals, exotic fish, and other invertebrates. Risks that come with exposing your reef tank's inhabitants to untreated, unfiltered water can be easily prevented by installing the right reef aquarium filtration system.
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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Click bait title but I'm really curious to see what NEW type of product would you like to see come into the aquarium hobby. Maybe it's completely new, out of the box or maybe it's just something we already have but better. Maybe someone will see your idea and build it or make it better!
So if you could think it up or dream it up what would the next big product, tool, etc. be?
fish image via ChristopherKriens
You get it by removing coral ILLEGALLY from the Philippines! SMH! DON'T DO IT!
Seriously what are these people thinking? I know this was probably someone looking to make a profit but what goes through these peoples mind?
From the photos it looks like the coral might die as well.
FB Story Here or read the quote below.
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....
I am just curious as to how much of our membership QTs their fish? This can be something as simple as observe and treat if symptomatic, or prophylactic treatment.
Starting a poll to see what everyone does.
We are working on some updates and interested to know what portion of our membership actively QTs new livestock.
Ok let me preface this question with this statement. We do not want to know who it was that you feel like cheated you or scammed you. (we will remove names to keep this thread on track) But I do think it's important to discuss a few things about this issue so please share some of your responses to my questions.
It's inevitable in life that at some point or another you will be taken advantage of, scammed, cheated or just plain stole from. BUT that doesn't mean it should be happening in our hobby and we want to do our best to make sure it happens less and less here at R2R! So help me out here..
1. Have you ever felt scammed or cheated and what are some details? (no names please)
2. What are some good tips to keep from being scammed or cheated?
PS. While I have your attention I have some one of a kind polyps to sell you!
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