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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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Will only place the order if we get enough interest to keep shipping down to a minimal. 4-5 orders at least
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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.


http://www.reefs.org/library/testkits/
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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
http://www.marinebre...&t=4299&start=0
http://www.thescmas....read.php?t=4464


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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#36385 February Meeting - Fish Gallery 2/20/2010

Posted by albert7753 on 16 February 2010 - 03:32 PM

just a reminder its this Saturday @ noon
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#36331 Salifert Test Group Buy

Posted by renmar on 15 February 2010 - 06:31 PM

You folks have got a week left to get these orders in. I am hoping to close by Friday, give everyone until Sunday to get me paid ... then I am placing the order on Monday!
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#36265 A sad day

Posted by Derek4real on 14 February 2010 - 09:39 PM

Watch your water parameters, with all the recent deaths in your tank, they might spike. Also check your fuge, hope your algae does not go sexual.

Hoping the best for tankmates.
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#35823 3/4" Flow Accelerator

Posted by renmar on 10 February 2010 - 01:26 AM

I have a 3/4" Flow Accelerator still in its packaging. It produces too much flow for my little 40gal breeder. I am asking only what I paid for it, as I am taking a loss on the cost of shipping! Therefore, the price is $17.00. I just got this in from DFS order that I made.

http://www.fosterand...14&pcatid=19714
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#31387 Post a picture of your tank

Posted by Mark on 07 January 2010 - 11:04 PM

Would like to see front views of our members and guest tank or tanks.
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#26644 280g tank build

Posted by Serk on 19 October 2009 - 05:37 PM

If you're going through the trouble/expense of running a new circuit, if you've got room in your breaker box, run more than one...

I ran 3 separate 20 amp circuits to my fish room, and am very glad I did it...

One other thing - I HIGHLY recommend running an outlet (if not a circuit in to itself) up high on the tank wall above the tank to hang the lighting off of, that way you won't hafta run wires up the wall on the outside... Makes things a lot nicer on the fish room side...

I'm available most evenings after 6:30PM or so, we can hook up in chat, or PM me if you like...
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#1995 Serk's 300 gallon in wall Build Log

Posted by Serk on 18 October 2008 - 02:49 AM

Aaron - Yup, actually planning on putting a wire mesh shelving unit (That I've already got :wink: ) in that spot. I've gotta have somewhere to store chemicals, test kits, supplies, etc... How's your schedule look for Sunday? It's looking like Saturday might be booked with family things for me... =\

Pete - You were right... What I thought was a stand alone flow restrictor on my unit was just a check valve. I've now re-done it with T-connectors before and after the combination valve/restrictor so that the computer controlled solenoid can bypass the whole thing, but it's flowing through the restricted valve the rest of the time:

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I went ahead and got a wire shelving unit to put near the ceiling. This will hold the ballasts up above all the action, and it sticks out far enough (And is stable enough) that I can suspend my lighting fixtures from it.

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#11136 Debs 40 gal upgrade Tank Build

Posted by debddp on 27 February 2009 - 02:45 PM

Well been a while since last post. Lots going on with all the tanks. After a hectic 3 days of work w/3 hours sleep Wednesday night I took a break to work on my tank. The cyano cleared up with the help of ChemiClean and then I found flatworms so had to treat both my 20 with the corals waiting to go into the new 40 and treat the 40 as well, both using Flatworm Exit. I tried the BlueLife at first but saw no results. I totally emptied the 20 of corals leaving behind only the sand and water and mysids I couldn't get out... all corals were dipped in Tropic Marin Pro cure, moved to a 10g temp tank and then a week later treated the tank with Flatworm Exit. All the rock I had issues with green & red bubble algae I dried out, bleached, rinsed, bleached then final soak in Prime treated water. Then moved to my suncoral tank to collect critters & bacteria. Probably not long enough but tired of waiting. So hence the reason for the white rocks. With all the moving around I completed the lighting set up, where part of my 4x24W setup was over my frag tank. So now the 40 has 8x24W T5HO and the acros are really doing well. It's close quarters and things seem to be growing fast so I'll probalby have to do a lot of fragging to keep things in order.

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The 20g is now holding my new fish for the tank, but I'm nervous about compatibility. My Gramma seems to have matured and has become a lot bolder so I'm not sure how he'll react to a new fish. The new guys is a Filamented Flasher Wrasse I picked out from Diver's Den/LiveAquaria. The 20 is about 2 feet from me so he sees me a lot. Got him Tuesday... and last night he started venturing out from his safe spot (under a frag eggcrate shelf I left behind. He spent his first day out snatching every live mysid he saw. I had put some rock rubble in for the mysids to hide and breed and he found a spot to squeeze into and that's where he sleeps. I like the QT process mostly because it allows me to watch the fish and see its habits. This is the Diver's Den photo... eventually I'll get one of him when he starts exploring his surroundings more.

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I lost one of my cleaner shrimp. They were to be the last to be moved from the 20 to the 40. I found it dead on the sandbed in the 20 in the morning the next day after emptying the tank. The mate didn't eat for 2 days afterwards and I was starting to get concerned. I moved it to the 40 and I think it got it's antennae caught in the Vortech because I saw the antennae on the sandbed and saw the shrimp missing one. It has chosen now to stay on the oppostie side of the tank behind the minijet and doesn't go on the Vortech side at all. It did start eating. My concern had been that my cleaner's would harrass the peppermints, but they're fine. I think the shrimp that died was the bully of the pair as one was bold and aggressive and the other very shy and timid. The Gramma didn't help by charging at it a couple times when it first got in the tank. It now ignores the shrimp.

The little tiny blue acro I picked up from Mark at the member's only DFWMAS frag swap quite some time ago, it's really starting to grow now. Its colors are just brightening up. The mint green acro I got from Mark not long ago is also changing under the new lighting. The green is brightening up, still a pastel mint green but with neon blue tips. Really cool. You can barely see the millis on the front left near the top, one is blue and one is red with yellow tips. But both are starting to color up as well.

I still need to work on the suncoral display side. Right now I've slipped 2 peppermint shrimp in there and have been siphoning the live mysids and putting them there so they'll have a peaceful place to breed. I'll eventually get my cleaner another mate and between the two pair of pepps in the refugium, the two pepps in the display, the cleaners and mysids all breeding there should be plenty of larvae to keep corals and fish pretty happy.
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