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Pinside Aquarium Club, The Other World Behind Glass


By sataneatscheese

1 year ago



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#24 1 year ago

I’d post my tank, but I’m embarrassed. My coral is half bleached. I will however post a picture of my automated water change setup.

The computer was just there for initial programming. It’s all handled by the Apex now.

Left side is saltwater, right side is RODI. When it gets low, I get a text and it suspends water changes. I open a few valves, throw in some salt and viola’ the water changes resume.

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#26 1 year ago
Quoted from Mayboyz:

Hi all
We do aquariums for a living. This is an aquarium we just competed in Pennsylvania [quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

Wait, isn’t this like some of those TV shows. Aren’t you supposed to throw 38 fish in an uncycled aquarium?

Seriously though, I love the peninsula and I’m happy not to see any fish in an aquarium that was just finished. Thanks for not sacrificing fish for the sake of cycling the aquarium.

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#38 1 year ago

I finished setting up my Alk dosing pump about a month ago and have it dialed in. It runs for 32 seconds every hour. Alkalinity has been between 7.88 and 8.18 dKH for almost a month with no intervention. The plan is to tackle Calcium next, but I'm out of relay outlets on the EB8 in the basement. My options are start moving equipment under the tank and using the relay outlets on the other EB8 (no thanks), or purchase a EB4 for $120.

Then again I could keep manually dosing Calcium, but when everything else is automated you start to get lazy.

#40 1 year ago

I'm not sure how long ago that was, but things have come a long way. Almost everything can be automated these days. With redundant systems and text alerts, it's pretty easy to maintain a reef tank.

I change filter socks, empty my skimmer cup, clean the glass and feed my fish. If it wasn't for the fact that my sump was under the tank, I could automate the filter socks and skimmer cup. Once a month or so I have to turn a few valves and dump in a bag of salt.

#45 1 year ago
Quoted from Chitownpinball:

LOL. No way I am spending that kind of dough on something that MIGHT work while I am out of town.
Also, Im a fresh water guy. Salt water is WAY too much work.

It's not that it might work, it does work. I've been running a controller for years and it's saved my ass quite a few times.

As for being too much work, that's not true at all. It takes me literally 5 minutes to set up the water changes for a month. About 5 minutes to change the filter socks once every week or so. Another 5 minutes to empty the skimmer cup every week and a minute or two to clean the glass.

Other than that, I test once every few weeks for Ca and Alk, which takes all of 5 minutes. All in all, under an hour a month is a good estimate.

Quoted from ralphs007:

A cyanobacteria outbreak,caused me to leave the hobby,close to 20 years ago! I had a 90 gallon reef tank,and I lost a ton of live corals corals,from the outbreak. I tried a ton of water changes,but I lost the battle.
The hardest part,was selling my clown fish,that I had for seven years. I miss the little guy.

Things have definitely changed in those 20 years. The hobby is light years away from where it was back then. Cyano is pretty easy to get rid of now with something like Chemiclean.

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#51 5 months ago

Anyone want any Orange Ricordea?

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