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Building a loose rock reef

Posted 08/01/2017 at 08:42 AM by Sk8r

'loose rock' reef
I'm not into gluing rock unless I just want to make a bigger rock.
I build a reef that's easy to unbuild and rebuild---there are reasons that come along.

How I do it.
I lay down a layer of eggcrate lighting grid to prevent point load on the bottom glass, I place several ugly and large rocks to use as pillars to support the rest, I add my sand---which leaves the tops of the pillar rocks exposed. I then set a bowl in the sand and start adding water---the...
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The NixPack Nano

Posted 07/31/2017 at 10:56 PM by Nixy
Updated 07/31/2017 at 11:02 PM by Nixy

I've been researching salt water tanks off and on since 2003. I first registered with Reef Central in 2005 as NixPack. I have since forgotten my password and no longer have my old email address so I can't access that account.

I've had a Biocube 14, brand new in the box, sitting in my basement since 2009. One thing or another kept us (husband and I), from starting our tank. Two weeks ago I bought a Biocube LED 16 and we started cycling the tank July 22, 2017.

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NixPack Nano Week 1 Cycling

Posted 07/31/2017 at 10:43 PM by Nixy
Updated 08/01/2017 at 04:56 PM by Nixy

[ATTACH]116[/ATTACH]More Pictures from the first 9 days of cycling.

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Aiptasia. Baaaad. We killed him.

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Mojana...bad news bears. We killed him.

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AV99's custom 600g Reef Savvy on site build-Lots of pictures

Posted 07/04/2017 at 07:55 PM by aquavista99
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[QUOTE=aquavista99;24537604]It has been a few years in the making, but when my wife and I decided to move to our forever house in the Summer of 2013, we encountered a small problem...the only way I could fit my dream reef aquarium into our new house was to build the entire project on site in my basement. Somehow I was able to convince Reef Savvy to close up shop for two weeks and fly up to Ohio from Miami, Fla. to build my dream tank.

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Understanding alkalinity and ph---the easy way.

Posted 07/04/2017 at 09:11 AM by Sk8r

"In chemistry, pH (potential of hydrogen) is a numeric scale used to specify the acidity or basicity of an aqueous solution."---wiki. Ie, is your water acidic like lemon juice---or alkaline like a desert pool?
On that scale, battery acid (ph of 1) and drain cleaner (ph of 12)---both extremes can burn.
Your tank should be between 7.9 and 9 for the comfort of fishy skin and gills.

BUT--- ph in a marine tank wanders all over the map during a given day. Pretty...
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