Beautiful pics HP! I don't think I shared with you that I'm a Potterhead, hahaha.HarryPotter said:
I used to shop for RFA's at RareReef here in Florida, but they got shut down for scamming customers. It was like $120 for 8 of them! Great colors too, nothing boring. I can't really afford any of the nice ones at VIP.stella1979 said:Beautiful pics HP! I don't think I shared with you that I'm a Potterhead, hahaha.
Anyhow, I wondered where you shopped for RFA's? Have you been VIP Reef on 137th Ave. ? They seem to be the RFA kings in town. Also, are those porites I see on your RFA garden rock? I've got a small porite colony that I picked up from WWC for $5 They're growing really well too! Saw a video once of an Australian tank with a large porite covered rock hosting Christmas Tree worms. Totally rad!!! I'd like to try it, so maybe someday.... Have you looked into that at all?
Fed the frags I got from you for the first time today. I feed my LPS and softies like this....
and the torch loved it! It had a way stronger feeding response than my first torch ever did and it was so fun to watch. The stonies got a thinned out version, more like a cloud of roids/phyto, and they responded well too. I still can't get over the mille and the slimer. Love them! All the frags are super healthy and happy. Thanks again man.
HEY, I never said you could keep the plugs!!! unch:unch:unch:stella1979 said:Hehehe... ever since seeing you, I thought that keeping frag plugs might not be a bad idea too. I've preserved the two that I popped the acros off of and have several more I can save for someday.
One of the questions I forgot to ask when I was standing in awe in front of your tank.... What methods do you use for nutrient export? I'm not having any trouble with my own and am quite happy with my little fuge, but still wanted to know how you do it.
Yes, if I had the space for a dedicated frag tank that was plumbed into my main tank I would love that! It would have to be plumbed into my main tank because I do not want to test and do water changes to two different tanks haha.stella1979 said:I'll gladly trade your frag plugs back for more frags! JK...jk... You can have 'em back for sure, just keep selling those cheap frags HP!
Thanks for the advice, I may get a frag rack sometime soon, I've just been trying to avoid one in a small tank. The acros are mounted though, glued them down pretty quickly so I could get them safe and in higher light. Working on spots for everything else and will have it done by the weekend.
Good to know about your filtration, thanks for sharing.
That is my 300 gallon African Cichlid Tank. Comically easy to take care of, every 2 months I siphon out 50% of the water and refill it with a hose. Found the tank and stand on Craigslist around 6 years ago- including all the white rock, sand, filtration, lighting, etc for $1300.stella1979 said:Not to be nosy HP, but I've been wondering about the tank near the entryway at your place. What were those fish I saw in there? Pretty impressive schoolers.
Ive thought of doing that in the past, but I would need a reef light to go down there. Right now I have a refugium light that is more red/purple.stella1979 said:Love it! Saw a bunch of them swimming pretty tightly together when I was there. It's definitely impressive.
Hey, Nart just posted a pic in his thread showing how someone put a frag grow out station in a partition in their sump. Thought of you when I saw it, but perhaps you have too many huge colonies that need fragging for a setup like that.
I can definitely see going to Cichlids instead of reefing; they are very low maintenance. Every couple months I just drain half and refill with hose water. The 300g Cichlid tank is significantly less expensive to maintain than my 70g reef. For the Cichlid tank, the only expense is fish food. I buy it in bulk 20lb containers, which ends up being cents a day. Equipment required? A pump, and some cheap fluorescent lights from home depot.grantm91 said:Your sps is so impressive, the reef tank in general, those frontosa go for quite a good price here, African cichlids in general have boomed, I think a lot of not true hobbyists use them as a substitute to salt water because of the color variety and the ease of keeping them, our tap water is ideal for them here, you have some cool stuff fish wizard.
grantm91 said:The t5,s are under appreciated, I never even considered them but your sps under those look phenomenal. I see you use RSCP salt too, has that been since you started out ? Also I use this salt and love what its done for me, but as my tank matured I maintain a lower KH with my WC schedule, salinity is kept at 1.026 as best as I can manually topping off but the KH I Keep around 9. What do you keep your kh at ? Also what do you dose and do you dose manually ? I literally only dose kh as its all I test for but as I get on and want mor sps il broaden my testing and dosing if I have to, looks like your the guy to ask.
grantm91 said:Awesome harry that's tonights read sorted after my tea, its just the acros man they are something else, I tried some easy stuff, montI digI then birds nest and then montI hirsuta, they look great and I fell in love with watching the branching start to reach out after only 2-3 months but I'm not looking to try acro until I sort some stuff out, nutrient export, more testing kits and maybe even wait until I have my new light, thanks for sharing, also good to see a RSCP user on here.
I agree bare bottom stinks! I mix up my sand bed with an old powerhead before water changes. Prevents nutrients from building up.grantm91 said:Yeah I do pretty much all I can to restrict “import” super strict feeding, only have 3 fish, even coral feeding is restricted, that's why I'm looking to increase export so I can indulge with the Roids and salifert and nutrafin suspension food a little more. Even gone bare bottom but its horrible and I'm sick of looking at it now, everyone has sand and watchman gobys and I'm jealous. Ive not checked the thread out yet but Il be doing so later.
My thoughts on LEDs was mainly based on the nature of the point-source lighting. If you can spend $10,000 on your tank to get 12 $750 Radion fixtures, you’ll get enough light spread!Nart said:We got a little discussion going on here! Definitely T5s are tried and true. Though, I wouldn't discount LEDs completely. But yeah, you do need a good amount of LEDs to get a good spread and prevent shadowing.
Reeferxbetta you should look up tanks on YouTube like Rico's Reef, Sanjay Joshi's reef tank, Mike Paletta, and WWC. They all use Radion LED lights exclusively and grow all their corals very well.
Is it? Not sure. I’m a SPS guystella1979 said:Can't wait to see it Potter. So hey, is that a blasto colony on the frag rack on the upper left?
It just caught my eye at frag swap, back when it was one or two “eyes”. I liked the yellow center. I would Frag it for you if I knew how!stella1979 said:Oooh... It's a pretty little acan, maybe a micromussa. Thanks for the heads up, I'll have a look for the app.