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  1. Vincerama2

    What do you use for mechanical detritus removal?

    I had considered filter socks, but my sump is a temporary (Hey, it's only been a decade) glass tank with a plastic storage bin in it and the main tank drains are just PVC pipes dumping into the storage bin. My one attempt at adding a really fine mesh filter sock resulting in a flood (it's...
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    The wet side of my MP-40 died, considering replacing with a Gyre pump ... recommendations?

    Are gyre pump still the thing the cool kids do now? My MP-40 wet side failed. They are like $90 to replace. Although cheaper than a new gyre pump, I am entertaining the idea of getting one as an upgrade. I may still fix the MP-40 and relocate it to another place on the tank. Any thoughts on a...
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    Do you guys use a filter sock or roller mat?

    My overflows just dump straight into the sump. I'm wondering if using filter socks might actually help me out. It would require some reconfiguration of the plumbing, but I'm willing to do that if there is value to the filter socks. As background, after all my fish died, I went and removed the...
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    Where can I find banded trochus snails?

    I've found that trochus snails (and astrea snails) are the kings of eating that horrible green stuff in my tank. But I don't have enough. If I add astreas most are clumsy and will die (from falling and landing on sand) until only a few smart ones (like one out of 5) are left but banded trochus...
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    So angry right now ... cleaning lady unplugged aquarium pumps (by accident) and my last two fish are dead.

    I can't express how frustrated and angry I am right now. After my main tank suffered a broken return pump impeller and all my fish died. I had my little QT left that housed two special clownfish that we won at a frag trade. My daughter (the same one who discovered the main tank death) just came...
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    Please recommend a good brand of refractomer

    My old refractometer's hinge broke, making it a bit of a pain to use (the plastic lens thing that flips up and down is detached) so I ordered a new one from Amazon. I was testing my tank water and it showed quite high. So I started to make up new water, then decided to check the new (factory...
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    When did Pickling Lime get so expensive?

    I can't find it at Walmart anymore, and online, it's selling for crazy prices. The cheapest is a 6 pack for $25. It used to be like, a 2 bucks/pound at Walmart. Even crazier are the higher prices ... like $20 for a pound of the same stuff that someone else is selling the 6 pack for $25! LOL I...
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    Club - Would a lender CO2 meter be a good addition?

    I've been reading up on CO2 scrubbers and it seems like a good CO2 monitor/meter would be a handy thing to have while setting it up, or even to diagnose if CO2 is an issue around your tank. I looked up CO2 meters and they are typically over $100, which seems a lot for something you'll not really...
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    Adding filter ... Tee off Return line or Tee off Drain line? Or use a pump?

    I bought an ATS filter and am puzzling over the best way to add it to the system. The simplest would be to add yet another pump to the system, but that costs power, however, I do have pumps I can use. Then I could use either the return pump and put a T in the line to steal flow from it, or tee...
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    The Reef Chili Spoon is 1/32nd of a teaspoon

    I'm posting this thread because I lost the spoon that comes with "Reef Chili" and the instructions states something like "Use the spoon supplied with the Reef Chili bottle. Mix half a cup of tank water and use one spoonful per per 20 gallons of Aquarium water". But if you don't have the spoon...
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    Cleaning your sump!

    I was looking to see how to plumb my new algae turf scrubber, so I removed some rocks from my sump, which I typically ignore, and to see inside, I scraped the crap off the walls of the sump. As I reached the bottom rocks, I felt ... 2 inches of much. Not sand, not rubble, but actual MUD. Wow...
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    Will BTAa and a clam survive under only blue lights? I want to shut off the whites to control algae.

    So, since all my fish are gone, and I've only got BTAs and a maxima clam, I've decided to try and rid my tank of algae before any attempt at restocking with anything. (Well, I threw snails in there). I was wondering if I shut the white component of my lights off and just go pure blue...would...
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    Aquarium Oxygen Levels

    Hi guys, since ... all my fish died when my return pump failed, I've looked into what can be done to avoid this. The easiest answer is ... use a backup return pump. I've also thought of an HOB refugion/filer/skimmer as well. I know it was oxygen levels/CO2 levels that killed them because a few...
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    All my fish just died. Return pump failure.

    Just now, my daughter ran up and told me all the fish are laying on the bottom of the tank. I run up and ... they're all dead. I've seen this before when a GFI outlet tripped and shut off my return pump... the fish were strugging to breathe and one fish was dead. Adding a maxijet with air...
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    3-D printed maxijet impellers ... ??

    I don't have a 3-D printer, but I was thinking that 3-D printed Maxijet (or other pump) impellers might be a cool product. The entire pumps are about $20, and I see the impellers sell for over $10 ... so if someone made them for like $5, I think they'd be popular ... with me. I see thinkverse...
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    Free dual 150W Metal Halide fixture (large self contained fixture)

    Hi guys, a while ago I had asked for ballasts for my halides, and NewJack was kind enough to give me his old halide fixture. However, I ended up buying some LED fixtures instead and never used it. I'll confirm specs and add a picture later tonight, but I wanted to post this here now since the...
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    Can I leave a clam on eggcrate? Or does it need to sit on rock?

    I picked up one of the rejected clams (it's brown and not blue) from Apon at the last frag trade. I wasn't planning on it, but I didn't want Arnold stuck with a bunch of "extra" livestock. Had I planned on it, I'd have grabbed a blue one! Anyway, so not it's sitting on an eggcrate rack that I...
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    My tank is a death trap.

    So randomly (it seems) the GFI trips on my tank like once every 6 months after some agressive splashing from the fish. And a few times I've shocked myself. This is because there is 110 VAC potential between the water and my lights ... yeah. I thought it was my old halide fixture so I replaced...
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    So who's been claiming the purple tip green BTAs I keep bringing to the swaps? How are they doing?

    So since Wifebane has been a nitrate factory and my only frags were some mushrooms and the BTAs, I've been bringing the nems to the last couple of frag swaps that I've attended. So I was wondering who's had them and how they are doing? They should have been fairly easy to keep. I think there...
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    Recommend a good "gyre" type pump please!

    My tank has an MP-40 on either side and a small Koralia in the center (so left and right random pattern flow, and a center pump with steady flow). I'm thinking that a gyre to replace the center (center back, between overflow towers) pump might help keep crap from settling and just to add some...
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