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  2. Hi, pretty new to reefing (around 10 months) although had tropical for around 10 years previously. Hopping to learn a few bits and pieces whilst in here, and maybe add to the collective knowledge myself
  3. Yesterday
  4. Stock Update From Santa Monica Filtration®

    2 - RAIN2 with 4 lights 1 - RAIN2 with 2 lights 1 - RAIN2 with 1 light 0 - SURF8 (four week ship time) 0 - SURF8x (four week ship time) 2 - SURF4 1 - SURF4x 5 - SURF2 4 - SURF2x 2 - SURF2xx 6 - HOG3 4 - HOG3x 3 - HOG3xx 4 - HOG2 3 - HOG1.3 20 - HOG1 15 - HOG1x 11 - HOG.5 2 - DROP1.4 1 - DROP1.4x 6 - DROP1.2 6 - DROP1.2x 4 - DROP.6 3 - DROP.6x 0 - DROP.2 (temporarily unavailable) 14 - Fusion 700 air pumps 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - black 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - white 21 - 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 2 -- 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 12 - 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 3 -- 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 9 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 2 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) Purchase at: www.Santa-Monica.cc Selection chart: http://algaescrubber.net/WhichOne.jpg
  5. Last week
  6. My tank while on Holiday?

    Generally, when I was not in town or at home for 3-4 days, my fish has no problem with the feed. Because I have a good quality automatic fish feeder like this . It will give my fishes a timely feeding schedule without my presence. I must say this feeder also efficient because when I went a long time vacation and believe me after coming back, my fishes was absolutely fine as I except.
  7. Live rock

    Howdy, folks! I just wanted to thank you for the information you have shared with us! I enjoyed reading your opinions regarding the live rock!
  8. Earlier
  9. Stock Update From Santa Monica Filtration®

    2 - RAIN2 with 4 lights (1 week ship time) 0 - RAIN2 with 2 lights (1 week ship time) 1 - RAIN2 with 1 light 0 - SURF8 (four week ship time) 0 - SURF8x (four week ship time) 2 - SURF4 2 - SURF4x 6 - SURF2 4 - SURF2x 2 - SURF2xx 7 - HOG3 4 - HOG3x 1 - HOG3xx 4 - HOG2 3 - HOG1.3 17 - HOG1 16 - HOG1x 9 - HOG.5 2 - DROP1.4 1 - DROP1.4x 7 - DROP1.2 5 - DROP1.2x 4 - DROP.6 1 - DROP.6x 0 - DROP.2 (temporarily unavailable) 15 - Fusion 700 air pumps 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - black 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - white 7 - 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 2 -- 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 12 - 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 3 -- 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 3 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 2 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) Purchase at: www.Santa-Monica.cc Selection chart: http://algaescrubber.net/WhichOne.jpg
  10. Help

    Thank you much appreciated Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  11. Help

    It's being stung by the anemone next to it Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  12. Help

    Hi could any one help to identify what is wrong with my coral please Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  13. Live rock

    how did the rock end up ? hope all the nasties died off ? Ste
  14. Apex dos

    I recently added a dos to my system and what a great bit of kit it is, the down side being if you want the fluid monitor in your dashboard you have to buy a DDR - well no you don’t after messing around with my multimeter and searching the net I made it display without the DDR by adding two wires To two of the inputs and a float valve I had lying around i have bought the correct plugs and associated bits and bobs to make my own sensors to connect to the Dos Watch this space
  15. Stock Update From Santa Monica Filtration®

    0 - RAIN2 with 4 lights 0 - RAIN2 with 2 lights 1 - RAIN2 with 1 light 0 - SURF8 (four week ship time) 0 - SURF8x (four week ship time) 3 - SURF4 1 - SURF4x 6 - SURF2 5 - SURF2x 2 - SURF2xx 8 - HOG3 1 - HOG3x 1 - HOG3xx 6 - HOG2 3 - HOG1.3 17 - HOG1 16 - HOG1x 11 - HOG.5 3 - DROP1.4 1 - DROP1.4x 7 - DROP1.2 7 - DROP1.2x 5 - DROP.6 3 - DROP.6x 0 - DROP.2 (temporarily unavailable) 17 - Fusion 700 air pumps 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - black 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - white 7 - 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 2 -- 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 12 - 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 3 -- 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 3 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 2 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) Purchase at: www.Santa-Monica.cc Selection chart: http://algaescrubber.net/WhichOne.jpg
  16. Chaeto Reactors compared to Algae Scrubbers

    Chaeto Reactors compared to Algae Scrubbers, part 2 By Santa Monica Filtration Now for some basic differences; more detailed differences will be in subsequent posts. The first and maybe most important difference is that chaeto reactors grow only in saltwater (fish only, or fish with live rock, or reef) whereas algae scrubbers grow (filter) in both saltwater and freshwater. Growing = filtering. But even if you are exclusively freshwater, understanding the differences between reactors and scrubbers enables you to optimize a system for your tank. There have not been any experiments of chaeto in brackish water however. A second difference is size; a chaeto reactor needs to be much larger than an algae scrubber. Many saltwater tanks have large sumps, and even dedicated fish rooms, so this may not be an issue. Through experiential results of individual aquarists running chaeto reactors over the last few years, and through many thousands of aquarists running algae scrubbers over the last ten years, it has been observed that a chaeto reactor needs to be 4 to 8 times the physical size of an algae scrubber to provide the same rate of filtering capacity (rate of nutrient removal). A third difference is seeding; a chaeto reactor needs to be seeded with a small amount of chaeto, either from another aquarium, reactor, or from your last harvest (i.e., you don’t harvest all of it), whereas an algae scrubber will self-seed from invisible algal cells in the water. When self-seeding, algae scrubbers usually start out with a slime type of growth, and this sometimes progresses on to a green hair algae growth, depending on the nutrients in the water. A fourth difference is in how you clean (harvest). For a chaeto reactor, you disassemble the reactor usually by unscrewing several screws on the top of the container, and then by pulling out a tube or frame from the container; the chaeto growth is then removed from the frame and the frame is replaced back into the container, and the lid and screws are put back into place. Since chaeto does not attach to a surface, you often get broken chaeto pieces that flow into your tank or sump when you harvest; a filter screen in the reactor can reduce this. For an algae scrubber, cleaning (harvesting) varies on what design it is; freshwater versions will usually be taken to a sink for the cleaning because of the thin and slimy growth (saltwater versions can also be cleaned in a sink, but are sometimes harvested in-place). A horizontal river design will have a light that you lift up off of the container, and a screen that you remove from the container. A waterfall design will have a screen that you remove from a pipe; sometimes the whole pipe is removed, and sometimes the pipe is in a container that you need to open first. A bubble upflow design has at least part of the container under water, which you lift out of the water. And for all algae scrubbers, since the growth is attached to a surface, broken floating algae pieces are not common when you harvest on a proper schedule. Bubble upflow scrubbers almost never detach because the growth is supported by the water. A fifth difference is fish feeding; by feeding your fish from the growth, the fish eat naturally and you don’t have to buy and add food to the water (which creates nutrients). Very few if any aquarium animals eat chaeto, so the only option is to remove the chaeto and either throw it away or give it to a friend. For algae scrubbers, it depends on the growth: Slime (although full of absorbed nutrients from the water) is usually not eaten by aquarium fish and thus is scraped off and thrown away or used as garden fertilizer. Green hair algae however is eaten by almost all herbivore fish and many snails (it’s their nature food), and thus some of the growth can be fed back to the fish, especially in freshwater where algae scrubbers almost always grow this type of growth. A sixth difference is overgrowth of algae on the lights. Chaeto reactors usually have a large surface area light (such as a long coiled light strip), and the illumination from these is not enough to “burn” off algae growth on the surface of the clear wall (this growth reduces illumination output). So you will need to clean these glass surfaces in order to keep the illumination at full output. Most algae scrubbers however use discrete (separate) high power LEDs which produce enough illumination in a small space to burn off algal growth on glass surfaces; for these you do not need to wipe the growth off because it does not grow there. A last difference is overgrowth of algae on the algae itself. Chaeto is a slow growing species of algae because of it’s thick cellular structure, and if conditions favor faster growing algae you will get green hair algae which attaches on top of the chaeto, causing the chaeto to be blocked from light and flow, and eventually causing the chaeto to die and rot. There is no easy way to wipe green hair algae from chaeto; the chaeto must just be harvested earlier instead. For algae scrubbers, green hair algal growth on top of more green hair growth is how scrubbers operate in the first place, so earlier harvesting is not needed.
  17. Stock Update From Santa Monica Filtration®

    Stock update from Santa Monica Filtration 2 - RAIN2 with 4 lights 0 - RAIN2 with 2 lights 1 - RAIN2 with 1 light 0 - SURF8 (four week ship time) 0 - SURF8x (four week ship time) 5 - SURF4 2 - SURF4x 6 - SURF2 5 - SURF2x 0 - SURF2xx 5 - HOG3 3 - HOG3x 2 - HOG3xx 5 - HOG2 1 - HOG1.3 16 - HOG1 13 - HOG1x 19 - HOG.5 5 - DROP1.4 0 - DROP1.4x (two week ship time) 6 - DROP1.2 9 - DROP1.2x 5 - DROP.6 4 - DROP.6x 0 - DROP.2 (temporarily unavailable) 14 - Fusion 700 air pumps 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - black 1 - GEM5 set of four grow lights - white 7 - 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 2 -- 4x6 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 12 - 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 3 -- 5x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) 3 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (1 mm thick) 2 -- 7x7 Green Grabber Screen (2 mm thick) Purchase at: www.Santa-Monica.cc Selection chart: http://algaescrubber.net/WhichOne.jpg
  18. Hello from me to you

    Ok, thanks, may look. Into that, but I'd be surprised if that was the case. I use good quality fermentation buckets for my water.
  19. Hello from me to you

    Ah cool - would still be worth testing it with a pen though if you can. I found that the container I was keeping my water in was leaching silicates. Wouldn’t have found out if I didn’t get a pen to test it [emoji1303] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. Hello from me to you

    Right, to last 2 posts, thanks. Had an orange spot goby in for 3 weeks, as said never stops and really seems to have helped. New ro membrane 2 months ago with di resin chamber after ro membrane so pretty sure silicates aren't getting through. No3 10, po4 0.03
  21. Hello from me to you

    Welcome to Reef Face Damo! What’s your NO3 and PO4 reading? I went through a period of this and once I started dosing Nitrate to maintain 5-10 constant it went away (my SPS coloured up amazingly too!). Before that I had an issue with my RO water - have you checked your RO water? It could be due to silicates in your RO water, so water changes will make it even worse. [emoji1303] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. Hello from me to you

    Also when I had it the last time I bought a blue cheek goby and he cleaned the sand so good the cyano never came back. He was a top little worker Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  23. Hello from me to you

    thanks Kamran, I'm sure I will 😊
  24. Hello from me to you

    Welcome to the forum! I hope you like your stay! -Kamran
  25. DIY Macro algae reactor

    Thanks I'll still be about but something had to give sadly due to time. As it is in at work all day and then strait from work and working on the car till around 10pm and weekends spent on it. Once racing Saturdays normally a prep day and Sundays racing so time is limited. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  26. DIY Macro algae reactor

    Well I wish you well in your future endeavours buddy Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  27. DIY Macro algae reactor

    Yeah with going back to oval racing something had to give and it would not be fair on the tank as it would end up neglected due to how much time is taken up racing ect Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  28. DIY Macro algae reactor

    No way dude!! I didn't even know you was selling up Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk
  29. DIY Macro algae reactor

    It's been working absolutly spot on with mega growth Sadly my tank is going tomorrow so I will not be able to offer anymore updates of it but from what I have seen it has worked excellent true value for money Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
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