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Old 07-15-2011, 07:29 AM   #61 (permalink)
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LEDs are free, it's a no brainer.

What's a good site for DIY kits?
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I got mine from Rapid LED, I don't know of any other site
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you can also check on ebay if you know exactly what you're looking for but for kits yes rapidled.com is a good place to start
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:07 PM   #64 (permalink)
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you can also check on ebay if you know exactly what you're looking for but for kits yes rapidled.com is a good place to start
Need to check it out, It true what Paul says.. I works out in the long run, Just shoving out the big buck up front hurts though.
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Old 07-24-2011, 05:58 AM   #65 (permalink)
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Yesterday while hanging out behind the boat this little 2" pipefish swam into my hand.
He was a cute little fella and he just came by to say hello. I could tell by his eyes that he wanted to stay in his home so after the short visit I let him swim away. The water is just full of pods and I had them all over me (and the boat) when I got out of the water.
In a little while we will be going back to that spot (where we have been going for many years) for some partying, I mean nature watching.
I will bring my net and hold it behind the dinghy as I putt around the inlet collecting amphipods. What can I tell you? It's what I do.
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Old 07-24-2011, 01:45 PM   #66 (permalink)
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pipefish nice. Where in LI are your taking your boat out?
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Port Washington.
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I used to collect them under the rockway bridge but they don't fare well in a tank, unless you can dump in a lot of pods....like you (Paul) can. Very interesting creatures and very easy to catch.
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Port Washington.
Nice. Wish I had a boat. Let me tell my wife I want a boat and she be like
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Old 07-25-2011, 02:24 PM   #70 (permalink)
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Take her out on my boat, she will love it. A nice tour of the Sound. Of course it would have to be during the week as the boat is booked for the weekends for the rest of my life.

The boat is always stocked with Italian champaign


Today I did some collecting and added about a million amphipods to the tank. Probably too many but it is what it is. I also added a bunch of large pregnant grass shrimp. I will find them on the floor tomorrow as the dragon wrasse is trying to eat them and they jump out when chased.

I really need to do some massive re construction of this tank as the rocks are not where they are supposed to do. It is a huge job and it will take an entire day. I need to remove all the rocks and corals, after I find a place to put them, then the fish. I will then stir up everything and suck out the detritus with 3 diatom filters. Then I will give away the Dragon Wrasse and put everything back.
Before I do any of this I want to make some more cement "pillars" that will support the entire reef. The way it is now very little rock is actually touching the gravel but Ideally I don't want any rock touching the gravel. That is not going to happen as it is an engineering nightmare but if I can get the rocks to touch on only 3 or 4 places, that would be perfect. Some of the structure will be supported from cables above the tank and the rest will be on a few thin cement pillars.

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Old 08-07-2011, 12:34 PM   #71 (permalink)
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I will be doing this cleaning/aquascaping job tomorrow, monday. I have vats all over the house along with tanks and mixed up water. 2 diatom filters are standing by for after I remove all the corals, fish, rocks, bristleworms, Loch Ness Monsters etc.

I will remove all the water except about 30 gallons, then I will stir it all up (with gloves on because of the huge bristleworms) and suck that out. Then I will add more of the old, clean water and stir that up and suck it out.

After a few cycles of that, I may lift the UG filter plates but it depends on how much time I spend on the initial cleaning because I need to complete this in one day as the next day I have a big job on my boat I want to do. I like to see what is under the plates as I have only done it a couple of times.

Also the fish and corals will be in small tanks and the last time I did this I was called away for a family emergency (my Mother died) and so did a bunch of my fish including a moorish Idol.

So I want to get these things back in the tank as fast as possable.

I built some new cement supports for the rocks and I will put everything back and run the both diatom filters.
I will also catch the 5" dragon wrasse to give it away to someone who can take care of him

It's a good thing I like to do this stuff.
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I finished in just 4 hours. I didn't lift the UG plates because the gravel was not that dirty.
I was surprised. I took out everything except about 3" of water, then I stirred that up and dumped it out. Then I added some of the clean water that I removed, stirred that up and dumped it out.
Then I ran the two diatom filters with just a few inches of water so they didn't have much water to clean. After an hour of stirring and diatoming, it was crystal clear and I started adding the rocks. First of course I added the cement stands that I built previousely. Very little of the rock is touching the substrait. It is almost all suspended on cement pillars so I can see all the way to the back under the aquascape.
This is what I was going for. It is kind of flimsy in spots so I have to be careful not to move too much.
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Old 08-12-2011, 01:49 PM   #73 (permalink)
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Now that I gave away the dragon wrasse one of this pair stays in the front now. Ever since I had that wrase both of them would hide in the back. I noticed after I removed all the rocks that one of this pair is missing. I am not sure how long watchmans live but this pair I got as babies and I think it was about 10 years ago. But I am not sure.
They have spawned numerous times during that time and I saw the both of them a couple of weeks ago. The missing one could have jumped out but I never found her or she could have died of old age, but I would assume them to live at least 15 years.
I am just not sure. I know she was not sick because their last spawning was just a few months ago and my fish generally don't get sick.
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My tank now is much too clean. Next week I need to go collecting for worms and amphipods. I will also add some mud for bacteria. I was at my collecting place today but I had a boat full of company so I didn't collect anything.
But I really don't like it this pristine.
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Today I added a copperband and long nose butterfly. These have always been my favorite fish and I have always had them in my reef. The copperband is not in the greatest health, he has flukes and some wounds. It is not very easy getting a very healthy one of those.
I knew that when I saw him but I got a deal I couldn't refuse.
There are a bunch of local NY grass shrimp in my tank and the copperband thinks they are cleaner shrimp. He keeps hanging around next to the shrimp waiting to be cleaned, but they just look at him funny.
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:11 AM   #76 (permalink)
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I am very happy with the way my tank is running now. It has gone through many cycles over the years and now the LPS, SPS and fish all seem very healthy and there are no problems that I can see. These cycles usually only last a year or so and then something or other changes and either the LPS, or SPS gets in moods or too much or too little algae grows, flatworms will cover everything or an invasive algae will start to take over. Actually I do have a new, wierd red bubble algae but it does not seem to be advancing on much "yet". I find all this stuff amazing and never worry about any of it. Remember, it's a hobby and if it is not fun, or is a cause for worry, or if I can't afford it, it goes in the garbage. There are plenty of things I could go broke on, my boat for one and there are plenty of things I could worry about, My family's health but one thing I will never lose any sleep over is a fish tank.
Last week I added a few things. A combination shrimp /gobi, but they seemed to have lost each other in the tank. And a yellow wrasse.
There must be an abundance of bristle worms because I see them sticking out of the rocks in the daylight and if I look close I see large amphipods scurrying from rock to rock.
Brittle stars are having a hard time finding homes because all the real estate is taken up and they are on a waiting list. Today I found a large snail in my algae trough. I am not sure how he got in there but I don't want him there so I put up a "keep out" sign at the entrance.
This year I added a load of local NY grass shrimp which are kind of cool, but, unfortunately, they are clear so they don't add any color. I also added a dozen or so local mud snails which are free and are great at finding errant pellets or any othet left over food.
I have a grape coral that I got when a LFS went out of business and it was in terrible shape with very little tissue left alive. for about 8 months I have been feeding it every day with fish oil soaked pellets and about 3/4 of it is back to full health. I would imagine that in a few years it will re grow the dead portions. I got the thing for free so it is a win win situation. I also have been feeding the frogspawns every day with the same thing and they have almost doubled in size in the same time.
I have been experimenting with jell food mixed with fish oil and they eat it but it is too soon to know if it does any good.
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Very nice Paul!
As always, thanks for the great read..
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Wow...That's such a beautiful tank! It's amazing!It looks ever nicer after you cleaned, I love your gumdrop goby.
Even though it's way too late to say this, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY for your tank~
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Thanks, I do like it after the cleaning and now all the rocks are off the substrait so I can see under the aquascape all the way to the back glass in most places.
Every re aquascape I remove more rock and try to make it more open. To do that I have to build light, airy structured to support everything. But it works.
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