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    Colorimeter Idea

    So I was looking into the Hanna Colorimeters for Phosphate and Alkalinity today and I thought of an idea that I wanted to see what everyone thought. I was thinking I could buy a colorimeter with all the regents used for the common testing of water parameters (pH, alk, ca, mg, nitrate...
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    Nick's 75 Gallon Mixed Reef Journal

    Hey everyone, I am finally getting around to starting this topic. I have been planning this tank upgrade for about 3 months and finally got it setup about 3 weeks ago. All the live rock I used for the tank was either dry live rock from a previous tank or live rock from my 30 gallon reef that...
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    What Paint To Use?

    I remember someone a while ago asking what type of black paint is best to use on the back of aquariums. I usually just put some of that black background paper on the back but its really annoying when water gets in between the glass and the paper and then it looks weird. If anyone could let me...
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    Nick's 6 Gallon Nano Build

    Alright, so I finally have some time to get my journals started. I just finished cleaning out the nano, and will be doing all of my mods this weekend. As of now, I plan to drill one or two extra holes through the back black plastic so I can add more flow. I will more than likely just throw...
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    Ro Unit Brands

    Has anyone heard of a brand called The Filter Guys? They seem to have very nice RO units for cheap. For $200 you get: $ 199.00 - OCEAN REEF + 1 FIVE STAGE 75 GPD RO/DI All systems are made to order with clear 10" canister housings Stage One NSF rated 5 micron poly sediment filter Stage Two 5...
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    Coral Pests

    So in the past few weeks I have noticed a couple montipora nudibranchs on a spongode and just threw away the whole frag. I still haven't found any more but am now noticing these TINY black spots that move around on the base of my Tri-Color Acropora and Green Slimer Acropora. I can't find much...
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    My First Freshwater Aquarium

    Hey everyone on the freshy side of the forum! My name in Nick, I am active in the dark side of this forum and have been keeping reef aquariums for the past 5 years. I am in the process of upgrading my 30 gallon reef to a 75 gallon. So now I have an empty 30 gallon and like any true aquarist...
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    My First Nano, Inhabitants?

    I found a great deal on a 6 gal jbj nano cube this weekend and am decided what to do with it. So for mods, I have just replaced the stock pump with a maxijet 600 that I had sitting around in my closet. I also cut out a small hole in the plastic grate that works as an overflow in the top left...
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    I Need Help - Especially From Moderators - Profile Issues

    I signed up to this forum about six or seven months ago and I am still in the "Validating" group instead of the "Members" group. I wouldn't have a problem with this except that I can't post in the Marine and Reef Chit Chat, or Nano Reef Forums. I have also wanted to start a Journal, but haven't...
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    Ro/di Units

    I REALLY need a new RO unit. I am looking at the Captive Purity Deluxe 35 GPD 4-stage RO/DI. I read a really good review on the brand in an advanced aquarist article. I have heard that you should install small ball value on each of the output to keep the RO membrane wet, is this true? My main...
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    Dream Tank Build

    I am in the design stage of my 75 Gallon upgrade. And I thought it would be cool to see how all of you would build the tank. So with a, -75 Gallon Reef Ready Aquarium -30 Gallon Sump How would you set up a nice mixed reef aquarium? Include your choice in, -Lighting -Flow -Skimmer -Pumps -Sump...
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    New Gramma Species Found In Cuba!

    Have you guys seen the new species of Gramma dejongi discovered in Cuba? A wholesaler in the Netherlands named Arie De Jong discovered it. Its really late here so I'm not going to take the time to post a picture, you can see them at My link There is also a possible new species called Gramma...
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    Slow Forums - Blastomussa Merletti & Wellsi

    Hey, everyone. I just somewhat recently came back to this forum maybe 6 months ago because I had such a great experience here back in 2006-2008. Back when Skifletch, Linden, and SteelHealr were really active on the site. From the short time I have been back, I have noticed that things are going...
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    Activated Carbon

    I have read a lot of differing opinions on activated carbon use in marine aquariums. I found that the general consensus is to use a about 1/2 cups (118mL) for every 50 gallons of water. and to use it around one week out of the month to remove dissolved organic material. What are your opinions...
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    Metal Halide Choice

    I went to thatfishplace today to get the HOB coralife 150 watt metal halide light. When I got there the guy working there told me that the K2 viper was SO much better, so I bought that. I like that light a lot better because it has glass covering the light to keep salt out and has a huge fan...
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    Metal Halide Choice

    I went to thatfishplace today to get the HOB coralife 150 watt metal halide light. When I got there the guy working there told me that the K2 viper was SO much better, so I bought that. I like that light a lot better because it has glass covering the light to keep salt out and has a huge fan...
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    Pcv Use In Aquaria

    Hey all, I have a couple questions for anyone who has used PVC in their setup. I currently have an overflow box that siphons water down to the sump with a return pump that pumps it back to the display tank. Both the overflow and the return pump use 1 in. vinyl tubing, which I want to replace...
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    Red Fin Waspfish

    Hey everyone, I went to my LFS last weekend, which luckily for me is ThatFishPlace 8-) I found a Red Fin Waspfish :drool: but I couldn't afford him so I figured I would research the species before picking him up this Friday. There isn't much info on them out there and since this is the most...
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    Rehousing Compact Fluorescence

    Hello, my name is nick and Im new to this forum. I live in the united states (pennsylvania), and have been keeping marine aquariums for the past 4 years. I had a 90 gallon reef for the past couple years, but had to take it down when I planned to move to my first apartment for college. Now that...
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    First Feather Duster

    Hey Everyone, this is my first post so I figure I should introduce myself. My name is Nick, I live in the U.S. (pennsylvania). I have been keeping marine aquarium for around four years now. I recently took down my 90 gallon reef because I just moved to my first apartment for college. As of...
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