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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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#36292 Could you tell me....What are these?

Posted by AimeeT on 15 February 2010 - 05:53 AM

They appear to not move or be alive. For lack of a better word for it. They look like pellets of some sort. I have some of what looks like white spaggetti noodles on the corraline in my LR. These look like that to me only in small little bits. They do not apear to be alive or moving. But, yet them seem to multiply down on my sandbed. The ones of the rock were there when we bought it.

Our tank is new but was professionally set up. We have hermits and snails in the tank currently. 90 gallon.

Any thoughts, ideas or suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks so much!

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#36145 Serk's 300 gallon in wall Build Log

Posted by Serk on 13 February 2010 - 03:33 AM

Replacement Flame Angel is still doing well (*Knock on wood*)

Overall I love my MSX300 protein skimmer, the thing's a BEAST and pulls some thick NASTY stuff outta the tank, daily...

However, it's Achilles Hell has been the Sicce pumps... The slightest issue and the pumps seize up, requiring a large amount of manual fiddling with 'em to get 'em going again. Even with giving the pumps vinegar soaks, trimming the mesh, etc, they are just incredibly flaky...

So... I've been scrimping and saving for a while now... Just placed an order for an MSX300a, slightly redesigned, but main difference is it uses a single Askoll pinwheel pump instead of the dual Sicce meshwheels of the original MSX300. Higher air pull, and from the reading I've done, FAR more reliable...

I might try to sell my MSX300, or I might just hang on to it for an emergency backup, we'll see...

Anyway... I'll post more pics and writeup once the new skimmer arrives, theoretically sometime late next week...

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#34837 My Tanks 1st Set of Pics

Posted by Rincie on 31 January 2010 - 03:14 AM

I wanted to share with you some of the corals in my 140 gallon and my new paly rock in my 46 gallon tank.

The pics are not that great but gives you an idea of what my tanks look like. Hopefully after Jerry is done with his in wall project we can get a better camera.*hint hint Jerry*

Enjoy the pics and let me know about the snails.

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#34788 Nano Links to information

Posted by capthlp on 30 January 2010 - 09:54 PM

I was looking through our forum and making sure we had some reference materials for each section that our members and guest could benefit from. I noticed the Nano section was a little lacking so I am posting some links that may be beneficial to our Nano tank hobbyist.

Besides the Nano section this site also has many great articles about saltwater aquarium care

Great Step by Step Nano article. The author put a lot of time into this.

Gil & Liza's Nano Reef They maintain a nano reef website which also has some great articles, they share their experience and some great links to other sites as well.

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#32844 Flow and Lighting has Changed Over the Past Decade

Posted by Derek4real on 16 January 2010 - 05:21 PM


came across this article recently.

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#31726 Refractometer calibration at DMAS January Meeting

Posted by Serk on 10 January 2010 - 06:37 AM

If there's any interest, I can bring my refractometer calibration solution to the January meeting and calibrate people's refractometers...

If you're interested, I request the following:

Please post in this thread so I know there's some interest.
Please PM me the night before the meeting so I have a reminder to get everything together.
Please bring your refractometer and any adjustment tool it came with (Typically a small flat-head screwdriver.)
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#15091 New member from the frag swap. Hi Yall!

Posted by waterhog on 30 April 2009 - 03:23 PM

Hi yall!
My name is Ed and I joined officially at the frag swap. My wife and I had a great time and I picked up 5 pieces while there. I joined while there also.
I have a 100g tank recently reworked to make a reef aquarium. previously I had FOWLR and sump, with a no name skimmer.
I drilled holes in the bottom of the glass, added a homemade reef barrier for the drain and return. Added a H&S skimmer and am currently building @ 60g acryllic sump with interanl fuge.
I have 150 pounds of Corpus Christi sand and 150 pounds of various types of LR.
I had the tank over 4 years going on 5 with a few steep learning curve lessons I think everyone in saltwater has time and again....LOL(Not funny when it happens :freaked-out:) I still have a yellow tang and tomato clown to keep the frag corals company.
I am looking forward to meeting everyone along the way.

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#10199 Dave's 40 breeder

Posted by Daveg99 on 14 February 2009 - 05:42 PM

Well I have had my current tank running for a couple months. Its a 36"x15"x17" and its not reef ready. So I went and bought a true 40 gallo breeder today at Petco. They have all their tanks 20-30% off until the 21st so I got a great deal. I plan on using my existing lighting for the time being and Im going to build a custom stand that is much taller than the one I have now. No more bending over to look in the tank! I plan on adding a 20-30 gallon sump. And this breeder will be drilled and an overflow will be installed. I'm going reefready! And just incase you dont know a 40 gallon breeder is actually 45 gallons.

Here are a couple pictures.....

the sticker $79! thats $20 off the price.
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The tank next to my currently running set up...notice the extra width..
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