I did shoot in RAW and it still didn't come out as nicely as I'd hoped. I talked to Jessy about it and she told me that I'd have to set the white balance first to get a better result. I can't seem to get the camera to accept the WB color I'm shooting. It always says "No gd" (no good), and I tried at least 100 times.
Marc, I am assuming that is the 60g that is under LED. Shoot those pictures in raw and then you can change white balance in photoshop.
Thanks guys. It would be hard for me to imagine not having a reef tank in my home, as it continues to be source of learning and discovery. Take that double spawning event less than two weeks ago - I hadn't seen that in years. I was so excited that night, running around shooting pictures and video to share.
The infrastructure of the system is rock solid, so now it just has to settle in and start growing. This maybe the hardest part, especially when I stumble upon older pictures of my previous reef. That was a stunner, and frankly I'm amazed at what I accomplished a few years ago. I hope this one will look equally nice.
Marc, when my house flooded in 08, walk away is exactly what I did. Fire sale on all the live critters and eventually everything else. I was fine with it as I spent the next couple of years repairing and remodeling my house. Once we were finished I was left with this large blank area that no piece of furniture seemed to fit. Finally I decided to setup a small tank in my office thinking that would satisfy my taste for salt. Next thing I know I'm back to drooling over your beautiful pictures, scouring the internet for answers to whatever question I had and finally ended up ordering a new 200g tank. Unfortunately it's still waiting for water, but it will happen in due time.
I'm thankful for people such as yourself who are passionate about the hobby and willing to share their good, bad and ugly experiences. It is motivating to see you get back on that horse when no one would blame you for throwing in the towel. Thanks for everything you do to help others and advance the hobby.
I know it has been an extremely hard up hill battle.
Not only for the continuous upsets but also all of us constantly emailing and asking for updates and questions and bringing up the bad memories. (also, having no control because your waiting on all the other people and shipping and what not.)
I am glad to see the pictures and amazing updates.
i commend you for being so strong. (when my 240 crashed and i lost 100% of all corals that i had been growing for 4 years….. My fish looking at me kept the water clean and things going. I couldn't just quit and give up on them)
I hope it brings you years of happiness.
I want to thank Marc along with everyone that help me load the 215 as well as Frank's Tanks for use of the suction cups. I couldn't have done it without all the muscle. 1100 mile round trip and its on my front porch full of water, vinegar, a Mag 18 and a heater. I will let it soak overnight, clean & pump it out tomorrow and move it inside.
That is supposed to happen very soon. Maybe before the end of the year.
The unit doesn't currently work with Vortechs you say? When do they expect this function to come online?
That's a lot of work in one day.
I am thinking you should check your mail Marc? That space does look better empty.
Not much. You see the new plumbing but the gear is pretty much identical.
Melev, Have you made any changes to any equipment since getting your 400g tank up and running?
Can't wait for it to make it to production.
Not sure yet. YES I want a reef BAD! I will have to see if the budget allows.
Congratulations, Henry. A new home and a new tank on the way, right?
Yay, I'm back! Nice to see some of the normal posters too! Marc, your tank looks awesome already! And, MidNight ya kitchen looks awesome too! Waiting for more pics of both! I'm glad to be back though, I am starting to get the reef itch. I moving into a home this weekend, sold my condo in a week and a half. Woot! I have been VERY busy with grad school. That is why I haven't been here. Hopefully I can make some time. I can't wait to catch up on everyones reef.
Just to clarify, I meant that I tested my meter against the same photometer the GA Aquarium uses with the same water sample to see if they matched. I didn't care about testing my specific sample with their meter. I just wanted to see how both meters matched up with a control sample.<br><br>I haven't tested my premix SW in a very long time. I was resigned to the fact there was PO4 in it. Well, it just so happens I recently changed all the filters in my RODI except for the membrane. I tested my premix SW and it tested 0.00. <br><br>To answer your other question, I keep my PO4 between .03-.05. It's .05 right now. I do this by design because I find so much color is lost in my acros when I drop levels close to 0.00. I'm actually about to drop them lower for a while. I'm going to try increasing the "blue" lighting period time and shorten the 14k lighting time in an attempt to help with color. I run a MH/LED hybrid with 800w of MH and ~330w of LED. I run 6 on and 6 off. I'm cutting out the MH completely in one of the photo periods and using a 22k+ spectrum in it's place. It's more in depth than I'm going into here but too lazy to type ALL the details out.
I'm going to keep checking my water periodically though. I'm very relieved to see a 0.00 flash up. I usually test twice if 0.00 shows. Did not do that today.
This one looks close to what I have, but it's 1.5" slip/slip:
Smaller version, but not clear:
The one I've had in my inventory for a long long time, waiting for the day I was going to set this up. I had different configurations running through my mind, but finally opted to go this route as pictured. I'll probably wrap something around it (like a coozy?) to avoid algae growth within from the light shining on it.
I love the idea of the check valve. I have anti siphon holes on my current plumbing and they don't always stop the water at the convenient level. Do you have a link or a part number to order one? I'm in the process of building my 300g and definitely want to incorporate that into the plumbing.