Selling everything- taking a break from the hobby

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  1. ReeferAl

    ReeferAl Well-Known Member

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    As a few of you may know, over the past year or so my tank has gone down hill due to one mishap after another (alk too high, alk too low, Ca too high, Ca too low, temp probe malfunction, lights tripped GFI- off for a week, etc). I've lost nearly all my corals, although the fish are fine. I've decided to sell everything. We expect to move in the next 4-5 years, so I don't plan to restart until after we've moved and I've retired. I've made a list of everything for sale- it's a pretty long list. Some of the things will have to stay for awhile. Those I've marked with a "+". Some will have to wait until the tank itself is ready to come down. I've marked those with an "*". Everthing else can go now, although I'm not in a great hurry. I've priced things at about half of new to start, a bit more if unused and a bit less if showing some wear.

    Here's the list:

    Lighting

    Icecap 250 watt MH ballasts-#11 $60ea
    Sunlight Supply Reef Optix-III, 250watt DE-#7 $60ea
    Spyder reflector $30
    Fulham workhorse ballast-
    dual (220watts or less) $20
    VHO quad 3-ft ballast
    (contains 2 Fulham WH 7 ballasts) $160
    Icecap 430 fluorescent ballast $60
    ARO electronic VHO ballast, dual, 220watt max $30
    PFO 150watt dual HQI MH ballast $125
    PFO 150watt DE reflector- #2 $30ea
    PFO 250watt DE reflector- #2 $40ea
    VHO super actinic 3ft bulbs-new-#4 $10ea

    Pumps

    */+Sequence Hammerhead -#2 $250
    *Sequence Dart $150
    Extra seals-# $25ea
    Dolphin AM3000 $125
    ECO Plus submersible pump (similar to SEN) $ 80
    Iwaki WMD40 $100
    Little Giant 2-MDQSC $60

    Water motion/wave makers

    Tunze Wavebox with extension
    (boxes camouflaged) $500
    *Sea Swirls, 1â€- #4 $95
    Replacement motors, new $30
    Hayward 2†motorized 3-way ball valve $250
    Surge controller, DIY $50
    *Oceans Motions 8-way $230

    Calcium dosing

    MRC -6 dual calcium reactor, new $350
    CO2 regulator with solenoid $50
    DIY kalk reactor with stirrer and level sensor,
    5 gal bucket $50

    Filtration

    Magnum canister- Magnum 350, used $50
    New $60
    HOT-#2 $30
    UV sterilizer, Lifeguard, 25watt $50
    Red Sea ozonizer, 100mg $125
    Precision Marie venture skimmer
    With waste collector (to 50 gal tank) $50
    Aqua-C skimmer 180 with waste container $200
    ASM G4+ skimmer, no pump $140
    *Bermuda Aquatics K-14 skimmer $1000

    Monitors, dosers, electronics

    *Neptune Aquacontroller 3 Pro and accessories $800
    Pinpoint pH monitor $40
    Pinpoint salinity monitor $30
    ATO top-off $50
    Omega dosing pump, 115 ml per min $40
    Reefdoser peristaltic pump $50
    Apogee quantum light meter $150
    Hach spectrophotometer 850 $450
    Phopphate, ammonia, nitrate
    Ogles mesoscope $200

    Tanks and tubs

    *Display tank, 400 gal glass, 1400 lb empty ( you're on your own to move it, although I can offer some tips) $200
    *Welded steel stand $100

    +Glass cages 40 gal reef ready, 48X18X12h $150
    Glass breeder tank, 40 gal, 36X18X17h $100
    55 gal with metal stand and
    NO black ABS fluorescent hood $100
    Acrylic sump, DIY $200
    Polyeth tubs, 48X24X15h in- #2 $75
    +23X12X18h $25
    Polyeth water barrel, 60 gal,
    with Spectrapure top-off system-#2 $30
    Gyre tank- DIY modified 10 gal $5

    Misc

    Magnetic stirrer, variable speed $25
    Clear PVC check valves, 1 ½â€- #4 $8
    Brine shrimp hatcher, Aquatic Eco Systems $20
    Air pumps $2-10
    Aragonite fine sand (and a bit of gravel) $0.20/lb

    Livestock

    Live rock $1 per pound
    *Sailfin tang, 8†$50
    *Yelow tangs, 4-5â€- #2 (not together) $40ea
    *Kole tang, 4†$20
    *Hepatus tang, 5†$20
    *Angels- Genicanthus melanospilos,
    1 male and 2 females $40ea females, $50 male
    *Orangespot rabbitfish, 8†$30
    *Flame hawkfish, 2 ½†$20
    *Ocellarus clown pair, 1 ½ - 2†$15pr
    Open brain coral- very hardy $30
    Soft corals-toadstool leather,
    branching leather & green leather $10ea
    Skunk cleaner shrimp, 4 $10ea
    Urchins $10ea
    T. maxima, blue, 3†$30
    T. squamosa, 8†$50
     
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  2. ReeferAl

    ReeferAl Well-Known Member

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    I forgot to add:

    The Aquacontroller includes these accessories:
    temp, pH and ORP probes
    DC-8
    DC-4HD #4
    Socket Expansion modules #4
    PX-1000 probe expansion module with temp probe
    Breakout Box
    Aqua surf
     
  3. customcolor

    customcolor The coRal nuT

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    wow!!!
    i under stand !!

    but ill take both the Polyeth tubs, 48X24X15h in- #2 $75
     
  4. ReeferAl

    ReeferAl Well-Known Member

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    I read my post again and I'm not sure it was clear. I'm asking $75 each. They were almost $200 each originally. All of the prices are "each" escept the clowns, which I'd prefer to sell as a pair.

    If that was your understanding, then they're yours. One of the tubs is empty right now. The other won't be empty until I get rid of some live rock.

    Allen
     
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    pm sent
     
  6. ReeferAl

    ReeferAl Well-Known Member

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    I've gotten a couple of requests for shipping items. I will not ship any livestock. For dry goods, I'll only ship small items. If things haven't sold after a few months maybe I'll reconsider, but for now that's my policy.

    Allen
     
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    I'll take the following:

    2 - Skunk cleaner shrimp $10 each
    1 - Blue Maxima clam $30
    1 - Open Brain coral $30

    Let me know how to proceed with the purchase.
     
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    I'll take 5 pounds of the aragonite gravel, too.
     
  9. customcolor

    customcolor The coRal nuT

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    thats what i thought al...yep i want them both for $150 total....how much live rock is in the one that you need to rid of?? if not to much..less than 50lbs i would take it off your hands too.
     
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  11. ReeferBill

    ReeferBill Well-Known Member

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    We will miss you in the hobby. Your tank was that of legends around here. What happened to call it quits?
     
  12. ReeferAl

    ReeferAl Well-Known Member

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    I suspect that I have more than 50lb, although I could probably find a place for some of it. It's laid out in the tub in a single layer with space around all the rocks. It's in near darkness so it's had the effect of "cooking" it. The live rock tends to have a lot of sponges and some small tube worms, but little algae of any kind. You probably won't see many pods as they were a casualty of the alkalinity fluctuations.

    Allen
     
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    I went into a little of that in the first post. Here are a few examples.
    I mixed up a new batch of calcium chloride for the 2-part doser. I turned the doser to "on" to fill the line and forgot to turn it to "run". It dosed the entire 6 gal of CaCl2. Not only did that drive the calcium sky high, but the alkalinity plummeted. It took quite a few major water changes to correct that, but some corals had died along with all the urchins.
    Later, I mixed up a new batch of sodium carbonate. I thought I had it mixed the same strength as usual, but it was apparently more concentrated. That time the alkalinity went too high and the calcium plummeted.
    Not all of the problems were human error.
    The Aquacontroller pH probe malfunctioned (essentially died) and the controller was calling for heat even though the temp was 84 deg. It was only when I stuck my hand in the water that I knew something wasn't right.

    Every time I would correct one problem something else would go wrong. I found that the more things died, the worse the tank would look and the less I wanted to look at it. As a result, I wouldn't catch problems as early as I should have and it just cycled downward. It's been pretty stable for a few months now though, as I considered whether to keep it or not. I just can't even think about starting over now.

    Allen
     
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    Wow so sorry to hear that Al. I always loved your tank and fishroom.

    I'm looking for around 15-20lbs of live rock to set up my nano.
    I can come right away.

    kass
     
  15. customcolor

    customcolor The coRal nuT

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    pm me with your phone number and a good time to do a pick up al.....and kass is just a little was away from me..i could pick up for here if she wants.
     
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    Where are you?
     
  17. ReeferAl

    ReeferAl Well-Known Member

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    Kass,

    I'll be home all day if you want to come today. I'll pm the phone number.

    Allen
     
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    ReeferAl Well-Known Member

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    I'm in Appleton, WI. I've updated the profile so it shows.

    Allen
     
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    Fishcrazy06 Reefing Addict

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    Is the Fulham ballast the Fulham workhorse 7 ballast? I am interested in this. Also have sent you a PM as well about other things we been discussing!
     
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    ReeferAl Well-Known Member

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    Yes, it is a new Fulham workhorse 7.
     

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