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Forum: Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 02-10-2017, 04:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,093
Posted By PB_Smith
it would have been better to add the trigger(s)...

it would have been better to add the trigger(s) last.
How much of a size difference was there?
Undulated triggers are often the ones who systematically kill everything else in the tank but they do...
Forum: Saltwater Reef Aquaria 06-30-2016, 12:04 AM
Replies: 3,803
Views: 292,107
Posted By PB_Smith
Yeah, I removed the return pump, swapped the...

Yeah, I removed the return pump, swapped the in/out connections and ran it in a 5 gallon bucket.
The way I have my mini refugium tied into the tank with it's own pump I could probably turn off the...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 06-28-2016, 11:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,109
Posted By PB_Smith
Piranha, while cool and vicious looking with a...

Piranha, while cool and vicious looking with a reputation that is the tale of legend's,
in captivity they are rather wimpy, nervous and an overall boring fish, IMHO.
While it is true that a school...
Forum: Saltwater Reef Aquaria 06-28-2016, 11:33 PM
Replies: 3,803
Views: 292,107
Posted By PB_Smith
:thumb: I need to do the same with my...

:thumb:
I need to do the same with my pumps/powerheads.
I ran vinegar solution through my main return pump and backflushed the chiller for about 4 hours the other day, big improvement in flow...
Forum: Saltwater Reef Aquaria 06-27-2016, 10:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 948
Posted By PB_Smith
what is happening is you are getting a vapor lock...

what is happening is you are getting a vapor lock and it's causing it to restrict the flow.
Increasing the hole size to at least 1" is also advisable.
You don't need an overflow box, bot it makes...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 06-23-2016, 01:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 704
Posted By PB_Smith
unless you live within a few miles of the coast,...

unless you live within a few miles of the coast, you don't need the heater from May-October around here a chiller maybe, a heater, nope, LOL
even with the chiller mine has been hitting 84...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 06-22-2016, 11:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 704
Posted By PB_Smith
fish about the same as salt water, but inverts...

fish about the same as salt water, but inverts and coral are pretty sensitive to temps, especially coral.
you can be safe with any South American fish in water anywhere from 76-86.
they do come...
Forum: Saltwater Reef Aquaria 06-22-2016, 03:01 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 20,142
Posted By PB_Smith
Those are sponges, pretty much harmless, no need...

Those are sponges, pretty much harmless, no need to remove them and do dip.
Forum: General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 06-22-2016, 11:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 452
Posted By PB_Smith
IMO, YES! definitely overkill for a ten...

IMO,
YES!
definitely overkill for a ten gallon.
I imagine the reef keeper will cost more than everything in the tank.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 06-22-2016, 11:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 704
Posted By PB_Smith
what type of fish are you keeping? my little...

what type of fish are you keeping?
my little ten gallon of tetras and other south American fish stays at 85 and all is fine.
most tropical fresh water fish can handle temps in the 80's easily, but...
Forum: Saltwater Reef Aquaria 06-22-2016, 11:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 557
Posted By PB_Smith
:confused: only things I can think of is...

:confused:
only things I can think of is drastic temp change, drastic water parameter change or poisoning/contamination of some type.
maybe stray voltage in the tank?
and they had no signs of...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 06-22-2016, 11:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 611
Posted By PB_Smith
at that point you should have sighed and walked...

at that point you should have sighed and walked out.
I can't begin to tell you how many times I have gone to a store, cash in hand ready to buy and left with nothing because of suspect fish.
...
Forum: Saltwater Reef Aquaria 06-22-2016, 11:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 557
Posted By PB_Smith
heater off or stuck on? how big is the...

heater off or stuck on?

how big is the quarantine tank? 10 fish is a lot to add to any tank at one time.
Were they purchased from a local store or online? if a local store check and see if...
Forum: Saltwater Reef Aquaria 06-21-2016, 06:34 PM
Replies: 3,803
Views: 292,107
Posted By PB_Smith
Ok, just confused at your reply because all the...

Ok, just confused at your reply because all the pumps he mentioned are mag drives.

by virtue of their design, electro magnets such as are used in these pumps have a "dead spots" where the...
Forum: Saltwater Reef Aquaria 06-21-2016, 04:40 PM
Replies: 3,803
Views: 292,107
Posted By PB_Smith
what brushes and starting capacitors are you guys...

what brushes and starting capacitors are you guys talking about?
the mag drive pumps are electromagnet drives.
There are no brushes, it is simply a coil of copper wire wrapped around a magnet...
Forum: Saltwater Reef Aquaria 06-21-2016, 04:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 680
Posted By PB_Smith
fair enough, but I personally don't see how...

fair enough, but I personally don't see how employing a method that requires regular dosing of an element and testing to ensure it's working is safer.
Using bio-pellets is pretty much a "set it and...
Forum: Saltwater Reef Aquaria 06-21-2016, 11:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 680
Posted By PB_Smith
increase the water change amount and frequency...

increase the water change amount and frequency and that should take care of it.
you should be doing ~10%-20% weekly, at least in my opinion.
I guess if you went 25 gallons weekly, the nitrate...
Forum: Saltwater Reef Aquaria 06-21-2016, 11:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 680
Posted By PB_Smith
how long has the refugium been running? If you...

how long has the refugium been running?
If you are expecting de-nitrification from the deep sand bed type of action, know that it takes on average 12 weeks+ for the bacteria colonies to be...
Forum: General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 06-21-2016, 11:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,021
Posted By PB_Smith
if it's 5' long, than I would say yes, you should...

if it's 5' long, than I would say yes, you should repair the brace and not remove it.
at 5' wide there is a very strong likelihood of the glass flexing without the brace.
Forum: Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 06-17-2016, 05:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 685
Posted By PB_Smith
you need to find a different store. They are...

you need to find a different store. They are selling you too many fish too soon and giving you inaccurate advice.
Lights have nothing to do with oxygen levels in the way they are saying.
the only...
Forum: General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 06-17-2016, 05:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,050
Posted By PB_Smith
your couch or entertainment center weighs more...

your couch or entertainment center weighs more than a 20 gallon tank will.
it will be fine.
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 06-16-2016, 01:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,813
Posted By PB_Smith
I've been using rigid airlines with holes for DIY...

I've been using rigid airlines with holes for DIY bubble bars and airstones for decades.
If they clog, a little vinegar and a needle and they are as good as new. ;)

I also have the same...
Forum: Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 06-16-2016, 12:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,813
Posted By PB_Smith
in addition the aeration and turbulence in the...

in addition the aeration and turbulence in the fluidized portion will also help dissipate chlorine.
all that's needed to remove chlorine is light (sunlight preferably) and good gas exchange.
That...
Forum: Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 06-16-2016, 11:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 706
Posted By PB_Smith
fish know what anemones are. the only types...

fish know what anemones are.
the only types that you need to concern yourself with are fish that don't actually swim a lot, but spend most of their time perched on something or scooting along the...
Forum: Saltwater Reef Aquaria 06-16-2016, 11:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 683
Posted By PB_Smith
I have that exact light and have no complaints at...

I have that exact light and have no complaints at all. Have had it 14 months and no issues.

you would need at least 3-4 for your tank size.
They also have a wifi remote controlled unit as...
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