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Discussion in 'Welcome!' started by Marin Cardinal, May 9, 2017.

  1. Marin Cardinal

    Marin Cardinal Erin's fault

    My tank is somewhat "established", but it was neglected as we had a baby -> toddler -> soon to be kindergartener that took priority for a bit. During that time, we had only had two clown fish, chromis and damsels that I thought were chromis until Erin told me they were imposters.

    I met Erin through Dr. Heath's office. He takes care of their tank and I was always in awe of the corals. They are my favorite. He's been by a few times with his magic natural saltwater for water changes and tank recommendations.

    He's made recommendations along that way like adding more light, flow and a skimmer. We had a skimmer years ago, but it died and when I couldn't find a replacement pump, it went bye bye. Skimmer is doing well and pulling grossness from the tank. I can't believe we went so long without one.

    I made a huge mistake a few weeks back and Erin is helping to get the tank stable again. Corals are doing much better, Erin. They aren't nearly as pissed off as a few days ago. Thank you!

    My question was going to be...if you had to use a mix over the magic Erin saltwater, what would you use??? Thank you for the recos! I will search for the thread on Fritz.
  2. Marin Cardinal

    Marin Cardinal Erin's fault

    Yes! Kensington Reefer Erin...I will update. :)
  3. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Just a note:
    The exact type of salt water is not particularly magical.
    Doing large water changes, as Erin loves to push, is the real magic.
    And it really is. So many tank issues are basically some sort of water quality issue.
    And those can be so well solved by a period of large water changes.
    We just don't listen to him enough ... because water is heavy, and we are lazy. :)
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  4. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    And he is Erin...jk
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  6. Marin Cardinal

    Marin Cardinal Erin's fault

    Question 2: I have to replace my Blue Life water containers. Do you have any recommendations? I have only been able to find them on Walmart and PetMountain.com. I checked some of the BAR sponsors, but am coming up empty.
  7. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Are those the 5g white containers? Why do you need to replace them?
    I still have a few of those left (I'm the hobbyist that's not "in the hobby")
  8. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    They sell them at Neptune Aquatics. Also curious why they need to be replaced. Cracked, broken, dirty?

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  9. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Aquatic collection
  10. Marin Cardinal

    Marin Cardinal Erin's fault

    I've had two containers full of water break inside of the house as they were being transported to the tank. Sigh... They were sometimes stored outside and Erin mentioned the sun could have degraded them. They were also 12+ years old.

    Thanks for the recos. I will try both companies.
  11. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    I can spare a couple, in SF. I might cross the bridge soon.
    UV rays degrade plastics badly; cable, phone and even tires are black due to that issue.
  12. JVU

    JVU Supporting Member

    I actually flinched when I read you had full containers break inside when carrying them. One more little nagging worry to have in the back of my mind... and another reason to set my top off and water changes up to be more automated in my new tank.

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  13. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    I'm too lazy to carry bucket. A cheap pump + 100 ft of 1/2" vinyl tubing = no more bucket.
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  14. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    I actually found a 2 buckets to be easier to carry than rolling out and rolling back up 40 feet of tubing. Now you do bigger water changes, and I do smaller changes more frequently so that might be part of it too.

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  15. Marin Cardinal

    Marin Cardinal Erin's fault

    Thank you very much for the offer! I was hoping to buy these guys new.
  16. Marin Cardinal

    Marin Cardinal Erin's fault

    Interesting. The buckets were carrying RO, I store a container next to the sump to top the tank off. Erin mentioned there was an easier way to do this...probably next on the list of things to-do.

    I called Aquatic (super nice) and unfortunately, they might be a bit too far a drive. I was hoping to be able to purchase them online/over the phone and have them shipped.

    Ok, for the site experts, how the heck to I change my profile name? I realized that everyone uses a screen name. LOL (slightly embarrassed).
  17. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    There is a way to do it. But I don't know how. I just thought you wanted to be like @Bruce Spiegelman.

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  18. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

  19. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Vice President

    Depending on your needs, Drs Foster and Smith will ship for free and carry several brands with reasonable pricing.
  20. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I imagine marine depot or bulk reef supply would ship as well

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