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cmw328i cmw328i
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  • Posted on: 31/8 21:27
Re: Reefer XL 425 Lighting #1
Ah, so sad! This used to be a busy place back when I was keeping my nanoreef! Oh well. In a few years time when I'm ready to take the plunge and get back to it, maybe it will pick up again :)


cmw328i cmw328i
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  • Posted on: 26/8 11:50
Reefer XL 425 Lighting #2
Hi all,

I'm planning to return to fishkeeping in the next few years (will take some time to sort debt and save for system).

I'm looking at the Red Sea Reefer XL 425. I see that the deluxe option comes with two Red Sea ReefLED 90s. But I also notice that the Reefer 250 has the same thing. This suggests to me that two ReefLED 90s is probably insufficient for the XL 425. After all, it's practically twice the size of the 250 and running on the same lighting.

I like the single lens which eliminates any disco effect from multiple single LEDs of different colour spectra and I've seen very positive reviews on YouTube exploring the PAR ratings for the Red Sea lights.

So, my question is, should I purchase a 3rd ReefLED for a tank this size? I'd like to be able to keep any coral I want in it, including SPS. Alternatively, is there a different light that you'd suggest instead that wouldn't break the bank?


cmw328i cmw328i
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  • Posted on: 16/6/2016 17:33
Re: Timer Plugs #3
very nice for the price!

Unfortunately, I have 3 pieces of kit that I need to run on different timers. I've got my CO2 injection, main lights, and dawn/dusk lights. I'll have a look around for something similar though, it's a great idea and I may be able to find something with more timers on it if i look hard enough :)
Safety tip 1: Water + Electricty = ZAP


cmw328i cmw328i
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  • Posted on: 15/6/2016 16:41
Timer Plugs #4
Does anyone have a recommendation for decent timer plugs that aren't so big that you can't use the socket next to it in the power strip? My old mechanical timers are getting less reliable lately and i'd like to replace them. Currently, I have to put a 2 or 3 way cube on the power strip to elevate the timer so other things can be plugged in between them. I'd like to put together something safer and saner :)
Safety tip 1: Water + Electricty = ZAP


cmw328i cmw328i
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  • Posted on: 29/5/2016 19:04
Re: Interesting correlation #5
and so we have it!

thanks for the explanation! :)
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cmw328i cmw328i
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  • Posted on: 27/5/2016 18:41
Interesting correlation #6
Hi all. Been a while since I posted. I'm a former marine aquarist who for the past year has delved into the world of planted fresh water tanks.

I'm not entirely sure what my plants are, I ordered a starter pack of sorts and frankly, i lost track of what was what.

The reason for my post is that I've noticed that usually my plants are pretty healthy looking and give off bubbles here and there and that's great and grand. However, I noticed whenever I do a large water change (i typically do about 60ish%... one jerry can of water out, another in) my plants go nuts and bubble like there's no tomorrow! I use RO/DI water supplemented with Tropic Marin Remineral to KH/GH of about 3/8.

I have no idea what it is the plants are getting from the water change that they don't get from their usual fert feed. I give them TNC complete at the moment. Any ideas why the plants are so happy with the water changes?


in other news, I got a bunch of amano shrimp on ebay...apparently they don't get on with heavily dosing of ferts.. i double dosed my ferts yesterday as I'll be away at the weekend and my shrimp got wiped out... big water change ensued, new shrimp on order... I have learned a valuable lesson!
Safety tip 1: Water + Electricty = ZAP


cmw328i cmw328i
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  • Posted on: 10/5/2015 7:04
Re: Empty 60l tank, what to stock - Inspiration Needed #7
I found some at destination aquatics in Milton Keynes and the Maidenhead at St Albans has them in stock as well. I believe the yellow ones are the same species. They're kinda rare which is why I want them... I want people to see things they haven't seen a million times before at the pet shop :)

http://shop.sweetknowleaquatics.co.uk/Tropical-Fish

they have the yellow version as well. I don't know enough about them really, but it could be the green colouration comes out when kept in the right conditions and in large groups?

I'd think the best bet would be to find the larger stockists in your area and give them a call or email. Some places can order in more unusual stock for you.
Safety tip 1: Water + Electricty = ZAP


cmw328i cmw328i
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  • Posted on: 10/5/2015 7:03
Re: Empty 60l tank, what to stock - Inspiration Needed #8
I found some a destination aquatics in Milton Keynes and the Maidenhead at St Albans has them in stock as well. I believe the yellow ones are the same species. They're kinda rare which is why I want them... I want people to see things they haven't seen a million times before at the pet shop :)

http://shop.sweetknowleaquatics.co.uk/Tropical-Fish

they have the yellow version as well. I don't know enough about them really, but it could be the green colouration comes out when kept in the right conditions and in large groups?

I'd think the best bet would be to find the larger stockists in your area and give them a call or email. Some places can order in more unusual stock for you.
Safety tip 1: Water + Electricty = ZAP


cmw328i cmw328i
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  • Posted on: 8/5/2015 17:16
Re: Empty 60l tank, what to stock - Inspiration Needed #9
not entirely sure, but i'm going with the neons and the green rasbos so i can up the numbers as well. Part of me almost wants to go with just one species, a species only tank can be quite impressive if done well and its always nice to have something different which is why I was thinking the wild green neons because you just don't see those often
Safety tip 1: Water + Electricty = ZAP


cmw328i cmw328i
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  • Posted on: 8/5/2015 11:01
Re: Empty 60l tank, what to stock - Inspiration Needed #10
This video inspired me to go with a heavily planted tank with wild green neon tetras and green neon rasboras. There are also galaxy rasboras in there.

Currently doing my fishless cycle and its progressing well, hopefully by next weekend i'll be ready to stock :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x6AmU1Tse8
Safety tip 1: Water + Electricty = ZAP



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