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Oct 2015

Running Carbon (GAC) Properly

By: melev | Tags:

Using carbon in your reef will help improve water clarity, which allows better light penetration for your corals to utilize. I've been using GAC in a reactor for years, and never had any problems.  Perhaps because I follow the rule of thumb of using only 1/2 a cup of a carbon per 50g of water.

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Oct 2015

Month 23: Day 690

By: melev | Tags:

Today my reef turns 23 months old.  I've still got plenty to do: Install the NYOS protein skimmer, plumb in the Vectra L1 return pump, and get a new frag system built.  Here's a picture of the two tanks side by side.

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Sep 2015

New items added to the shop!

By: emasis | Tags:

Not a week goes by I don't see new things I like and want to use for my aquarium, and whenever that happens the next step is adding it to my shop for customers to use as well.

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Sep 2015

2015 MACNA Overview in D.C.

By: melev | Tags:

Instead of a write up with pictures, this year I opted to shoot video. It was a fun event, and I ran into a lot of friends as well as a bunch of happy hobbyists bursting with excitement.

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Aug 2015

Making my Durso Standpipe even quieter

By: melev | Tags:

Last week's video was mostly about how I made it quieter, despite the lid that sits on top of the overflow.  There were a few helpful tips included, which is easy to do when you stand around my tanks and look at the little things I do to make things work better.

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Aug 2015

A sneaky alkalinity swing

By: melev | Tags:

I recently had an alkalinity swing creep up on my reef.  Normally I like to keep the tank around 8 dKH, and yesterday I noticed the duncans in my frag tank (part of the same system) were closed up.

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Aug 2015

Day 669 - 22 months update

By: melev | Tags:

The reef continues to do well. I mentioned on the first what I'd done for the reef. I treated the tank with Phosphate Rx to knock down PO4, and have pretty much only kept up with wiping the glass down every couple of days.

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Aug 2015

August Update

By: melev | Tags:

Over the last couple of months, I've been busy with work and physical therapy to strengthen muscles in my back that are meant to work with my neck.