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What a morning

19 April 2015 - 08:55 AM

To complete the merry-go-round I have been up early this morning and reeked havoc once again.

Got to get this moved today, then that's me over and done with when it comes to tank upgrade+downgrade + now this move, what a year!

Let's go back in time :)

28 March 2015 - 10:01 PM

So in perfect timing for Spring I have just fragged my time machines. Probably one of the trickiest zoas ive had to frag but fingers crossed they look ok. I'll try and get some pics up once their settled. Hopefully I'm not speaking too soon!. If all goes to plan there will defo be one up for swaps.

Advice needed please.

17 March 2015 - 04:13 PM

Im in need of some help with regard to hanging heavy lights.

I'm not happy with my current fixing especially as it ripped out from the wall the other day and almost broke my light.

I want to hang my lights from the ceiling rather than brackets on a plasterboard wall but my joists are not playing ball. The joist I want to use is a good 6 inches away from where I need it to be. So I located the next joist along and wondered...........

Can I brace between the two and hang my lights from the brace? I was looking at fixing a bit of metal cable tray type stuff to the two joists and hang off that?!? Can anyone offer some advice?

How to annoy the misses, the upgrade.

01 March 2015 - 12:04 AM

So for those of you who don't know I'm currently shutting two tanks down as we are getting a new kitchen, I've managed to bargain a brand new 4 foot shallow reef. HOWEVER,

This came up today and all being well I'm collecting it tomorrow

So looks like not only am I getting a new 4 foot shallow reef I'm also getting a new 5 foot too. My current 5 foot is only 18 inch front to back so it's quite narrow and has always irritated me, looks like it's going to be a busy few months ahead.

My age old battle with nitrate control

24 February 2015 - 07:53 PM

Apologies this is a bit of a read!.

8 years now, that's how long I've kept marines, relatively short in comparison with others and even my own fish keeping experience.

When I started to keep marines I started with a very small refugum which was a mere chamber in my existing sump. Over time I changed over to a nitrate removing media which performed better but became an added expense. I generally feed my fish 4-6 days a day so I need something that's cheap but ultra efficient!

In a quest for sheer colour and low nutrient I went to bio pearls in a reactor, I used this for about 2 years with great success and managed to maintain a no3 of 2-5! Perfect but for one reason or another I decided to give vodka dosing a go. Which also has amazing results but be warned Vodka has the potential to strip the system of any no3! It takes a while but once your done tweaking, it too could maintain a no3 of 2-5!.

So let's roll to today, today I sit looking at my no3 results in amazement, possibly basking in glory after a mammoth task completed at the end of last summer!. 2 is what was measured, I tested it on Saturday and it measured the same. Furthermore when I tested it about a week ago it too showed a result of 2. I've tested and retested and also bought a new test kit just incase, but it keeps showing 2 this week!.

So what's so amazing then?.

When I first set up marines 8 years ago, I was told the refugum was too small to be beneficial but it will aid the reef. The answer was there all those years ago, listen to the advise and go big!. So last summer the mammoth task was undertaken which involved a complete tank strip down, cabinet rebuild and a whole hell load of carnage in my wake. What I had achieved was a (l)36in x (w)14in x (h)10in refugum. I loaded it with cheato and left it. It's taken a while to properly bed in but I think I've finally cracked it. The refugum churns out so much cheato it's quite unbelievable, but because it's got almost perfect conditions and the space to grow, its going mad and out competing other algaes to get to the no3 and other nutrients.
Add to this my tank only gets a water change fortnightly!. I much prefer the natural approach to problems, almost an Organic reef lol

Thought I'd add a pic to help alleviate the eyes!.