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Old 09-12-2016, 11:32 PM   #2231
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sorry to hear about this


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Old 09-13-2016, 09:25 AM   #2232
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Hank,.... Wow !!!! Just when you thought your life was screwed up you turn on the jerry springer show and suddenly you feel normal again., same case on the tanks here.
Wow,.. What brand of powerheads were you using ? Seems weird that they'd go to half power and stay there ,..but ,I guess that's the downside of high technology .
Sounds like a lot of intense investigating is ahead of you ,... Stay calm ,.. Take one item at a time ,... If you still have any hair left at the end of the project pop a cold one,...I may just pop one myself while following along . Good luck my friend


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Old 09-13-2016, 10:23 AM   #2233
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The power heads are vortechs. I'm thinking that it was like a soft reset and they got stuck in a loop. Most likely will be able to schedule them through the website but haven't had a chance due to what is currently going on. One step at a time ya know?


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In quick follow up, I have no clue where the water issue was. My brainstorming last night was that the hob overflow lost siphon. It would make sense as my system is on a tilt and it would only overflow out the back corner of the display. But the water level was below the overflow when I discovered it. Tie this together with the last 30 minutes. I've sat and watched as I filled the tank back up with 5 gallons of saltwater I mixed yesterday in prep for this test. Not a single drop out of place. Plugged the return pump back in and everything started up like normal, including the overflow. Didn't have to suck air from it or anything it just went to work, so the aqua lifter is also working properly. No complaints, but what on earth.


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Old 10-16-2016, 03:35 PM   #2235
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Things have been going along as expected. There has been progress made in the algae battle. That said, probably won't be a complete victory until I have ro/di water again instead of store bought distilled.
I ended up down at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium yesterday with the wife. I didn't think to take any pictures, but it was a good chunk of fun. I got to spend a ton of time running my mouth to my wife about what was going on in the systems, the different saltwater life in the systems and their needs, what was going on in their coral save the reef system, and so on. At some points, I ended up having quite the crowd as families would stop and watch the tank as I talked about what livestock was in the systems, their needs, and so on. There was one tank in general that I found quite interesting. Strangely it was one that had star polyps in it. They were red like I had in my system before it was wiped out by a fungus or something. Literally all over the tank like a beautiful red field of grass. Got to open up the discussion about how the things we try to keep in our system and people actually pay money for to have can turn into invasive creatures.
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Its funny how much we enjoy the passion of the hobby and sharing it with others. I had a guy at work who wanted to keep some little Blue Gill and boy did I ever gush on and on, lol! You realize, wow, I know a lot of stuff about that (and then also how much you don't yet know)!
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Very true. For the fish I didn't know what they were...I really wanted Tony Gil to be there lol.
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Purple Tang right?

After looking up those guys, I think I need have a 125G-175G SW tank too now, lol. (probably not but... ) He is a great looking color.
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There are a ton of different niches in this hobby...I for one am one of the ones that need a huge tank. Tangs are amazing fish and cover such a wide range. When it comes to dream fish, several are tangs.
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