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Old 02-23-2014, 12:32 PM   #1611
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Foster & Smith has Kent 200g boxes for $45...I think with a few extra bucks added, the shipping is free. I've never ordered online, but that is less than anything local to me. I may add some coral dip to push the order into free shipping.
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:35 PM   #1612
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That's how I did it from them last time. I did enjoy kent.
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:40 PM   #1613
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Any experience with seachem salt?
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:18 PM   #1614
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Nothing major at this time today really. Did the water change last night. I 'rolled' the macro in the refugium some as well. Clams are doing well, though I still keep a close eye on the small b/w maxima. Still debating which salt I'll be trying out this time around, I might end up back at kent.
In other news, I stumbled upon this gem this morning:
Ecotech Marine & Aqua Illumination announce landmark merger
All I know is 'holy crap'. Looks like we will be forever killing the 'which is better, Radion or AI' debate and adding into 'man the radion or ai were so much better before the merge' argument instead. But really, they will all still be there how they are now. Still means big things. Can't wait to see what comes out now for my beloved Ecotech products.
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Old 02-27-2014, 05:29 PM   #1615
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Still situation normal here in the system overall. I finally had a full cup of skim to be emptied last week and was very happy to see that. It was also reminded by aquaplanner that I needed to switch out my Phosguard. I somehow misplaced it and since I had to fix an issue with my kitchen sink, I put the remainder of my GFO in. Going to use this as a small experiment by watching my phosphates, as I do have a fresh pack of reagents to monitor. Once the GFO needs changed out I'll see what the Phosguard is doing in terms of phosphate removal. One thing that you can read about with Phosguard is people posting about how it will be very effective for ~4 days before it can't handle anymore and then 'leach' alumina out...I know the alumina part isn't true under normal pH levels so this isn't a worry at all. I am more interested in seeing phosphate levels in the system after day 4, 7, and so on through that month by weekly testing. It'll be interesting.
My concern for the smallest maxima clam is growing. I actually thought that it had a hole in the middle of the mantle today. Upon really looking at it, you can simply see through it. Mantle is still extended, just no real growth seen on the shell that I can see. Just not really sure what it is doing...hoping more experience chimes in with experience with this. I see the signs of 'not good', but I'm not sure what the next step is since this isn't a 'freshwater dip' cure or pyramid snail issue that I'm familiar with.
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While we're at it, anyone know anything about this salt? I've never heard of it before. Crystal Sea Marinemix Bioassay Laboratory Formula Salt Mix - Bulk Reef Supply
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Through continued observation and thought, the translucence in my smallest maxima is most likely pinched mantle. I'm going to try to warm up some RO tomorrow in the tank and do a freshwater dip as I am quite attached to this little b/w clam. I don't have much luck with these small clams and I'm going to keep going with this guy.
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Did a freshwater dip on the b/w maxima. Has pretty good reaction time, I was surprised. We'll see how things go from here.
So, what are my phosphates with the GFO currently running? .06 ppm. Not bad if I don't say so myself.
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Hope your clam responds well

And very nice on the phosphates, I'm jealous lol
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Thanks Carey. How are things going in your tanks? I've been struggling to juggle the threads and knowing what all is what.
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