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Nov 2015

STN event spotted

By: melev | Tags:

I noticed three areas in reef today with white skeleton showing, which seemingly came out of the blue. Not sure why so I did a full set of tests to see what may have changed. Nothing major cropped up but these are my findings.

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Nov 2015

Frag Tank Stand - completed

By: melev | Tags:

I've been talking about a new frag tank system all year. It's November and I'm finally getting it done. The frag tank was made a month ago, but I needed a stand. I'd considered a steel stand to match the rest of my setup, but the cost just didn't justify itself.

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Nov 2015

Two year comparison (picture)

By: melev | Tags:

Back in November 2013, I set up the 400g anew after a very long wait for the aquarium to arrive.  I got my rockwork just right, added my corals, adjusted the lighting period, and tended to my reef.  My general rule is keep my hands out of the tank, something I tell people often.

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Nov 2015

Favorite picture of the day

By: melev | Tags:

I took this picture yesterday, and once I pulled out the blue fog via Lightroom, I was blown away by how pretty this coral is.  I see it from the front of the tank all the time, but I just don't get up on the walkboard to gaze down into my reef nearly enough.

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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.