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#36179 Algae Filter Added to Our 200 Gal Tank

Posted by washingtond on 13 February 2010 - 06:23 PM

Here is the cleaning process for the screen on the algae filter that we performed today. Yes the light is on the sump 24/7 since there is macro algae in the sump.

Here is the filter right after being removed from the sump. Notice the nice thick coating of algae.
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Here is the scraping process using a credit card.
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A look at the algae that looks more like sludge or real thick skimmate without the smell.
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We had to use a tooth brush in order to get inside the screen.
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Here is the algae that was removed from the filter.
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And last here is a picture of the screen after it has been placed been place back into the sump and the water flow started up again. We did not let the screen dry while cleaning so it should already be seeded with algae and my guess is that the new growth will take place at a faster rate.
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#35901 Another cyno thread

Posted by Hoss on 11 February 2010 - 04:30 AM

I know many here would rather not turn to chemicals, but I used ChemiClean and the cyano hasn't been back. I tried all the tricks, cut down feeding, constant water changes, wet skimming, reduction of livestock, addition of cleaner crew, lights out.........nothing really worked. I dosed chemiclean once, followed the directions, and haven't looked back. To the best of my knowledge, I did not suffer any ill effects.

I will say that I keep my clean up crew consistent and do limit my feedings to 3-4 times per week.
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#35898 Skimmers

Posted by diablo on 11 February 2010 - 03:53 AM

What are some good skimmers to look at for a 40 gal breeder tank?
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#35877 Would like to thank our Sponsors for renewing

Posted by albert7753 on 10 February 2010 - 08:28 PM

Would like to thank these Sponsors for continuing to support DallasMAS ! They have renewed their Sponsorship please take the time to support our sponsors in town or online.

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#35859 Another cyno thread

Posted by Charlie101 on 10 February 2010 - 05:15 PM

I have had a Cyano issue for about 2 months now. It has pretty much been confined to portions of the sand bed. I added additional power heads and made lots of flow changes and water changes and it seems to be staying in relative control, neither increasing or decreasing much. I came across this thread on ReefCentral discussing Special Blend. http://www.reefcentr...d.php?t=1767673

Anybody have any experience with this.

Tank is just coming up on 1 year old. No ammonia or Nitrite and >10 Nitrate. Phosphate is .2 and I am now running Phosguard and Carbon in a canister filter.
Temp is 79 F and Salinity is 1.026. All fish, critters and corals and anemones are healthy.
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#35645 Salifert Testing Instructions Listed

Posted by renmar on 07 February 2010 - 08:08 PM

I have made a thread for each test kit that we typically use. There may be one or two that is not on that long list of Salifert test kits.

I have found myself without the instructions on more than one occasion. I thought there were others out there as well. I remember Derek asking if anyone had the instructions for a Mg test awhile back. Figured, post them in this section of the board, considering we don't have a Chemistry section.

Hope you enjoy!
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#35564 The Adventures of Sluggo

Posted by Rincie on 06 February 2010 - 09:25 PM

LOL Great story!! Sounds like the start of a childrens book to me.
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#35183 Invert Group Buy ( Snails, Crabs, & Shrimp )

Posted by albert7753 on 02 February 2010 - 05:18 PM

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Vendor – Soon to be Sponsor I hope so not putting their name just yet if you will not purchase from an unknown Vendor thank you for looking and hope you have a nice day
Payment will be by PAYPAL before the order is placed. ( lupe@vmcind.com ) Please wait until orders are confirmed before sending any funds
Pick up will be at my home in Balch Springs after 6pm or my work in <st1:city w:st="on"><st1>Dallas</st1> </st1:city>off I-30 East arrival until 5pm.
I would like to place this order no later than Feb. 21st to arrive Feb. 25<sup>th</sup>.
Pick up will be Feb.25th as soon as it arrives.
We have to buy in lots only if you don’t need as many maybe someone will split an order with you.

Will only place the order if we get enough interest to keep shipping down to a minimal. 4-5 orders at least
Group Buy Items<o></o>
Cleaner Shrimp/Small in Lots of 12 - $10.00 each
Peppermint Shrimp/ in<st1> Lot</st1>'s of 24’s - $3.00 each
Black Margarita Snails/ in Lots of 250’s - $.45 each
Nassarius Snails/Small in Lots of 200’s - $.35 each
Nassarius Snails/Lg-Xlg in Lots of 50’s - $1.25each
Certh Snails in Lots of 100’s - $.45 each
Astrea Snails in Lots of 200’s - $.65 each
Blue Leg Hermits in Lots of 200’s - $.40each
Red Leg Hermits in Lots of 250’s - $.65 each
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#3509 Test Kit instructions

Posted by fperkins on 16 November 2008 - 12:47 AM

Can't find instructions for your test kit?

Might find it here.

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#34168 February Meeting - Fish Gallery 2/20/2010

Posted by albert7753 on 25 January 2010 - 06:32 PM

Our Monthly meeting will be held @

Fish Gallery
6955 Greenville Avenue
Dallas Texas 75231
214 369 FISH (3474)

Date - February 20th 2010

Time - Noon - 2pm

Speaker will be James from Lonestar Aquaculture

Topic - Eric Borneman's Larvae Collection Devices

The collection devices are to collect coral larvae that are released at night. He will explain the process in detail and will also post a list of brooding corals so that you can see if you have one in your tank. James held a workshop at his business and will go over points of presentation for our group.
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#33564 Algae Filter Added to Our 200 Gal Tank

Posted by washingtond on 21 January 2010 - 12:42 AM

Now that I have two projects complete, the frag tank up and running minus the final trim pieces, and the new Apex controller running it is time to start my last project on the to do list before summer. This project is to add an algae filter to the sump on our 200 gal tank. This filter will be working in addition to the macro algae already in the sump and if it works should bring the nitrates and phosphates to zero. Here are a few links with more details on this method.

http://forum.marined...ht=algae filter

Some people go as far to say that you will no longer need a skimmer with this method but I will not be going that far.

The big challenge with adding this filter is that I am running out of space in the cabinet under the tank. The water feed for this filter will come from the main pump and the flow controlled by a gate value. The filter assembly itself will be suspended using fish line from the top of the cabinet.

Here are some pictures of the filter components that I am putting together for this project.

Here is the screen or plastic canvas assembly that I have put together.
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Here is the water supply and drip pipe.
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A closer view.
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How it fits together.
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And here is the filter installed above the sump and water running.
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And last here is a short video of the filter operating.

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The current Nitrate level is 02.5 ppm.
The Phosphate level is 0.00.

I will post pictures of the algae filter as the algae starts to grow.
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#33474 DIY Acrylic Fragtank checking interest.

Posted by Tommy on 20 January 2010 - 04:49 PM

Been talking to Albert and Geo, since we going to have our fragswap in April, so i was wondering if anyone would be interesting in a DIY fragtank build for the swap? Comment , Idea are all welcome...Albert have the tool........

Interested List for March 6th @ Ed's house & $20 dollars a sheet ( info .220 30x36 clear with protective cover )

1. Tommy
2. Albert ( ok with price and location - 1 sheet )
3. Geo
4. Misturrtinnie
5. Jay
6. Labrat
7. Hoss
8. Fuzzball
9. Tonymac
10. not going to make it (KJ)
11. not going to make it ( Mark )
12. Shrimp_Fried_Rice
13. Ed ( 3 sheets )

Poll set up here - http://www.dallasmas...read.php?t=4319 please vote so we can get this going. As soon as we know pricing we will let the intrested parties know.
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#595 Serk's 300 gallon in wall Build Log

Posted by Serk on 24 August 2008 - 05:16 AM

The prologue to this thread is in this thread.


I've started this thread on the DFWMAS forum, and I'll primarily be updating it there at the following URL:


But, I'll try to mirror the thread here as I update things on the MAS site, I'll update them here as well...

Okay... This is definitely no longer theoretical, so I edited the subject...

MANY MANY MANY thanks to Ashlar for all his help today!

It doesn't sound like much, but we got a sink with a drain installed and started the first preliminary hole in the wall from the fish room side to get a look see at what we've got to deal with back there...

Some pictures:

The fishroom to be, with the carpet removed, before we did anything today:

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The hole around the laundry drain pipe Ashlar cut to tap into for the drain from the utility sink we installed in the fish room:

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The drain and feed line coming through the wall from the laundry room into the fish room (We didn't bother with hot, I'll need to plug up the hot faucet or Y the feed line to feed into it to make sure water doesn't shoot out the bottom if both faucets are turned on)

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Oops... The point where we tapped into the drain line behind the washing machine was too high to mate up with the bottom of the new utility sink... Back to Home Depot again for lumber to build a platform to raise the sink up a bit:

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And... We have water! (And a Vanna White Wannabe!)

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Ashlar wasn't sick of me yet, so we decided to go ahead and do a preliminary cut into the wall from the fishroom side to see what surprises were in there for us. We chalk-lined the dimensions of the tank:

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We then came in 3 inches to give us some wiggle room, since this was just to be a preliminary cut, and started cutting... Here's the instant the first cut was made:

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Uhoh, there's a surprise... There's horizontal bracing running the length of the wall, right in the middle of where the tank's going. I cut a small piece of dry wall out to confirm the thickness of the bracing:

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And at that point we, or at least I, was beat and decided to call it a day...

The supply line to the sink splits off in a Y and I've got one end feeding the sink, the other had a 1/4" quick connect socket for the RO/DI...

I've also ordered a 12,000 BTU window unit for the fish room... It's probably a little over powered on the cooling side, but I really liked the 3.8 pints per hour de-humidification feature the unit I ordered has... (And the 10.8 EER)
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#36368 Marine Depot GB - Close 2/11/10

Posted by alex on 16 February 2010 - 10:37 AM

Can you bring my stuff at your work on Friday? also please pm me your cell to call you On Fri to make plans
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#35431 February Meeting - Fish Gallery 2/20/2010

Posted by Lone Star Aqua on 04 February 2010 - 09:03 PM

Howdy everyone! These collectors are easy to make and are a great tool for collecting larvae that our corals are producing. I learned how to make these a few months ago when the Reef Stewardship Foundation had a meeting up here and they showed us how to make them, use them and try to settle the larvae after collection.

The Larvae Collectors consist of: PVC fittings, a vertical support system and a 100-200 micron mesh surround.
Figure out how big your coral(s) will be and purchase the appropriate sized pvc fittings. ie: 3", 4", 6", ect

Here is the materials list for building 1 collector:
1 threaded female adapter
1 threaded cap
Gutter Guard (get the rolled up plastic type not the flat metal type)
Mesh surround (100-200 micron plankton cloth is best, but any nylon or polyester cloth of that micron size would work. If you can't find anything else get panty hose)
Fishing line

measuring tape
scissors for cutting screen material and gutter guard
super glue

I will have plenty of fishing line at the demonstration.
PVC fittings, super glue and gutter guard can be picked up at a hardware store.
For the mesh surround you have a few options. You can get plankton cloth from an aquaculture facility (florida aqua farms) or you can get some nylon or polyester cloth that is 100-200 micon in size. Or you can just pick up some panty hose and use it. :)
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#3501 Debs 40 gal upgrade Tank Build

Posted by debddp on 15 November 2008 - 05:03 PM

This was edited: I deleted the old stuff and redid this so you can actually see the pictures.

This is an upgrade from my 20 gallon long, although not a significantly larger one. The new tank is two pieces side by side with a display refugium for my sun corals and a main display. Technically I started this last December and asked Marc about building it in February.


The tank is in my home office and here's a quick layout of the setup. I have an extra water tank in the closet now to hold saltwater for water changes but I have to carry a 5 gallon bucket from the garage all the way around to the room. Which is ridiculous when the tanks are less than a foot away. So I'll be putting yet another hole in the wall and run a pump from the garage container into the smaller container in the closet. Also, since the RO Unit is right there as well I ran a line into the closet to fill up the top off container for the tank.

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A last minute decision I decided to utilize the closet for the tanks instead of my clothes and office supplies. Since there was already an outlet on the garage side, I had an electrical outlet added in the closet.
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Wire shelving was added.
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As noted above the RO unit is in the laundry room right behind the closet so a line runs into the 5 gallon jug which will be for top off. The electrical will be all in the center and the canister filter and the B-Ionic auto system is on the bottom shelf. There's a 750W APC unit that two pumps will stay plugged into. The vent duct runs to a Vortex fan which will pull the heated air from above the tanks out into the garage.
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Picture of the Vortex fan unit. (Light switches go to my 12 gallon nano)
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Rough cut for opening of electrical and vent tube above
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Framed in duct & electrical. I built a small box to fit inside the wall to run the electrical cords through. I used eggcrate to cover the duct opening more for aesthetics.
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Closet side view.
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I decided to foam the tank using black pond foam. Since I just finished foaming the background for my freshwater tank and got familiar with its properties, I decided to play around a bit more creating ledges by layering the foam.

Here's the empty tank.
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I started the foam by setting up a pocket to hold and hide the MiniJet pump that will pump water from the display tank to the refugium.
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I foamed the back and after that dried I began building foam ledges to set higher light corals. I used wooden blocks covered in plastic food wrap since the pond foam won't stick to the plastic wrap. I had already made the mistake of removing the blocks too soon in the refugium foam set up and found that it would keep expanding if not completely dry inside. The tank here is at an odd angle, so this is a top down view at the back and left side.
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A wide shot of the tank as the foam sets up.
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The dried background. The foam that dried against the plastic wrap left a smooth shiny surface. Also when I removed the brace it still wasn't dry and expanded a bit more.
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I cut out the expanded bulges and touched up everything with a bit more pond foam to get rid of the smooth shiny surfaces.
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Marc suggested I set the tank on pink foam. I hadn't originally planned for that and so now needed a way to frame the tanks and hide the pink foam. First I was going to just surround everything but I couldn't figure out how to secure it without damaging the laminate top. So I built a complete frame. I needed to paint everything in Satin to match the cabinets and needed a super smooth finish, so I decided to use spray. I used Rustoleum Universal but it had a horrible spray pattern so I ended up sanding everything down, repriming and ended up using Rustoleum's Painter's Touch Flat white and coating it with Painter's Touch Clear Matte. It actually worked out better because the White Satin was too shiny anyway. The underside of the frame and the inside were given 3 heavy coats of Helmsman Indoor/Outdoor Spar Urethane Satin on bare sanded wood. All the inside edges where boards meet were additionally filled with silicone sealant. Since I'm always spilling water, I'm considering running a thin bead of silicone sealant between the tanks and the wood frame as well (but that might be messier than I want).
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I moved the majority of the corals to a 15 gallon tank which had been cycling for a while and emptied out the water and simply slid the 20 gallon over, then refilled it. With the tank moved, I began by starting cutting out the opening for the air vent and electrical

I painted the background black. The decision was made before I decided to foam the tank.

Dry fit of the tank frame into the space.

Dry fit of tank in the frame in the space.

I'll be running a canister filter, so behind the refugium there's an opening to run both canister filter hoses up to the tank.

Above the tank sits a 12x36" cabinet, which I needed to modify for hanging the lights.

The boards are screwed into the upper cabinet and notches cut into the back support board for additional support. There will be another board going across the front after the doors are mounted which will give the bars additional support.

UPDATE 11/17

Almost done. After quite a few trials I finally got the cabinet doors to line up perfectly. The tanks had to go in first because the frames holding the cabinet doors both go over the tanks about 1/4" on each side. Next I'll need to cut and router a design on the board to go above the doors. The design will match the edge routing that's on all the cabinet doors.


Here's another shot with some spare lights put inside for effect.

A closer view of the foam background in the tank.
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#33673 DIY Peristaltic Dosing pump

Posted by bimmerzs on 21 January 2010 - 10:10 PM

have you hooked them up yet? what are you gonna use them for in your complex set up, LOL.

Got them ready to go and just got the buckets in from BRS. I'll mix up some potions later today and bring them on-line tomorrow.
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#32436 Dr. Mac's "Leng Sy" Purple Rim Green Cap

Posted by KJ on 14 January 2010 - 05:28 PM

Mark, I'll take one of those off your hands please.
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#32151 Bryopsis Removal

Posted by bimmerzs on 12 January 2010 - 09:46 PM

Actually...The Brightwell product magnesion works as well, he is an ex-Kents chemist that apparently replicated the Kent's formula(which could have been his formula). If you need to increase mg a lot then keep an eye on your salinity levels as they will rise. Turbo snail's may also act sluggish....I recommend getting up to the ~1700ppm range and do not exceed 100ppm increase a day or it may stress coral's etc. I use a pretty large UV and that definately doesn't stop bryopsis from growing in my tank. :D YMMV

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#2400 Serk's 300 gallon in wall Build Log

Posted by Serk on 27 October 2008 - 03:24 AM

MANY MANY MANY thanks to Aaron (Sunfun) and Geo (Capthlp)!!!

We worked hard today, and have most of the structural infrastructure in place now...

First thing we did was place temporary braces in the dining room side and on the fish room side, JUST to be on the safe side, to make sure the 2nd floor didn't become the 1st floor when we cut the studs out and before we placed the new header.

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Once we had the braces in place, it was time to start cutting the studs out... Trying to do this with minimal damage to the viewing side drywall turned out to be a MAJOR challenge!

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At one point, we were using a 2x4 as a straight edge to mark a line (Hey, ya' use what you've got), and since holding a 2x4 on the wall while marking the line is rather exhausting, I came up with this little field expedient that my co-horts found rather amusing:

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MOST of the studs have been removed:

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All the studs cut, header in place, and persuading the final jack-stud into position:

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Header in place, both jack studs in place and screwed to the regular studs behind them:

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We also had to cut the power to the power outlets in this wall so we could pull the wire back through the studs, drill a hole in our new jack stud, put a patch over the hole (Not sure what you call it, but when you screw a scrap piece of 2x4 to a stud, then drill holes through both, to add strength to the area with a hole in it), and thread the wire back through... I still need to wire the outlets back up, but that's something I can do on my own later...

I still need to rewire the outlets, put some shims around parts of the header and finish screwing it to the cripple studs above it.

You'll notice that the height of the cut studs seems extreme for a 24" tank, but Aaron talked me into going with a 18" hinged top that can be lifted up from the front to work on the tank from the viewing area.
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