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Old 11-15-2013, 02:30 AM   #1
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Hey all. I've been absent long enough I bet no one remembers me! I just went through a period of upheaval that included end of a relationship, change of career, two moves, and loss of my primary vehicle. As a result, my reef tank suffered greatly. Things have stabilized quote a bit, and I think it's safe to begin investing in the hobby again. I've only lost one fish, but all my hard corals perished, probably because I wasn't able to keep up on water changes or change my T5 bulbs.
Newcomers, let my story be an example. This hobby is not cheap.
I'm caught up and anticipating a very nice bonus next month, so this is the agenda. I just purchased a 4-stage RO/DI unit from purewaterclub. It's the $60 one. Carey mentioned having used it in a different thread, and that's all the endorsement that I need! The only corals still alive are mushrooms and Kenya tree, so I'm not bothering with the lights until the bonus check next month. At that point, I'm getting two of the taotronics reef LED lights. The dimmable ones. I considered getting the programmables, but since I already have a spare timer, it seemed excessive.
Another lesson for newcomers! Invest in lights! My T5s were never good nough for anything more than hardy LPS, and now that the bulbs are more than a year old, all they really grow are algae. Pics to come. You won't like them.
Anyone in the tacoma, Washington area with a healthy tank willing to share some micro fauna, I'd be happy to pay. I'd rather not have to buy bristle worms online. Just seems silly.
So, kiddos, the moral of the story is to always have money in savings, and make smart long term plans for not just yourself, but your fish tanks.
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:27 PM   #2
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Great to see you back! Can't wait to see the recovery project. Also glad to see you coming over to LEDs as well! They grow algae real good . But really, I love my radions and am sure you'll enjoy the taotronics. Remind me to try to get the containers together at some point and I'll try to overnight some green tipped birds nest that has become a weed in my tank.
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Thanks, man! I won't have the new lights for about a month, but when I get them, I'd love some bird nest! PM me with how much you want for a frag or two.
I'm attaching some pictures of how bad it is now, so that it'll be more impressive once everything is up to where I want it. Lol
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Woot! RO unit arrived! Already flushed it and am making my first bucket now!
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And on that note, my bathroom faucet apparently sucks and cannot handle the back pressure. Have to use the kitchen sink.
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I am following this! Looks like it has potential for a very beautiful finish
Too bad about your bathroom & backflow, I got hubby to install a whole NEW utility sink and cabinet for me downstairs. I can now have him mount the new RO/DI system right in the cabinet, when I get it
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Thanks! When I first set up, I took some shortcuts and paid for it over the last year. Now it's time to spend the money to do it right!
I added three Astraea snails and a few blue leg and red leg hermits. With the ability to control water quality now, I figure they can help get the algae under control. The snails have already gotten started on the back wall.
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I think I found a slightly lower priced alternative to the taotronics LEDs I was planning on buying. Now, I don't recognize the brand, so can anyone tell me anything about this?

http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...d=181256767592
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Looks like someone in the us buying them bulk and selling for profit to me.
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Looks like someone in the us buying them bulk and selling for profit to me.
That would seem to imply that you might know a cheaper place to get these directly. If so, please share! Lol
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