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About gettareef
I am a reef addict! I am 27 years old and am a "late bloomer" in the hobby, just discovering reef keeping when I was 25. I currently have a 75 gallon reef tank and am loving it! The tank is less than a year old and I can't wait for the corals to grow out and to upgrade!!
Coralville, Iowa
Reef keeping, marine life, helping/serving others, reading, growing bonsai trees, and partying.
Currently in the masters program in Social Work at the University of Iowa


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All Sorts of Dosing Questions

by gettareef on 02-15-2015 at 06:31 PM
Marc and any of you that can help,

I have been dosing for about a year now using 2part, and dosing alk and cal unevenly. I seem to be dosing much more alk...I dose about 2.5oz of alk daily, and maybe dose calcium once per week if even that. It seems my alk drops daily where calcium drops at a much slower rate. Would you suggest I begin dosing in equal volumes of alk and cal daily? Would I then dose 2.5oz alk and 2.5 cal? I didn't dose in equal amounts as I believed this would increase

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Setting Up AquaMaxx Biopellet reactor on my 75 and have SEVERAL Questions

by gettareef on 01-04-2014 at 01:48 PM
Hello everybody!,

So this Christmas I decided to treat my reef with a needed piece of equipment: the AquaMaxx Biopellet Reactor. I got the XL reactor as it was only an extra $40 or so and for when I upgrade to a larger system in the future. I went with the AquaMaxx brand mainly due to Melev's advice/review and bc I was impressed with AquaMaxx's quality, price, and customer service. For pellets I went with Ecobak, for no reason in particular, getting the 1000ml package.

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Updated 01-04-2014 at 04:59 PM by gettareef

Questions - Need some input , ‎ Tank Entry , ‎ Water Chemistry , ‎ Plumbing , ‎ Equipment

Update on My 75

by gettareef on 08-04-2013 at 01:45 PM
Well, here is a short update of my 75. The reef is reaching the 1 year mark and I am happy to report it is feeling just fabulous, and as healthy as a horse! I did get a bit lazy near the birth of my daughter and slacked on water changes. The tank and I suffered a heartbreaking loss; a small Acro frag decided to take the plunge into the big blue yonder by bleaching out. BUT after grieving we got back to work and have stuck to 10% water changes weekly, no excuses. For a while now I have made

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Tank Entry , ‎ New Additions , ‎ Photography/Video

Help Identifying Some of the Life in the Refugium of my 75 Gallon

by gettareef on 04-15-2013 at 12:12 AM
Hello All! ,
I have a few things I would like help identifying in my aquarium. They are mainly found in my refugium.

So I captured these videos the other day. The first one is from my refugium which contains live rock, chaeto, and 1 miracle mud as substrate. It is filled with life, and some type of snail and possibly mysis shrimp(?) breeding has been happening. The first video is a close-up of one of the rocks in the refugium. If you look closely you can see little white

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Updated 04-15-2013 at 12:56 AM by gettareef

Questions - Need some input , ‎ Tank Entry , ‎ Photography/Video

Update: New Equipment and Coral

by gettareef on 01-02-2013 at 08:41 PM
Well, since the Holidays are now over I figured I would give an update on some new equipment and coral I got as gifts or purchased myself. Gotta love aquarium related presents!
Here is a list of all the new equipment (pretty long list now that I have typed it out):
BRS Dual DI Canister for RODI
RODI Pressure Gauge x2
Dual TDS Meter x2 for RODI
BRS GFO 1 Gal. 4lbs.
BRS Biopellets 1000mL
Some tube Coral glue
Hanna Calcium Checker
Hanna Phosphate

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