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Forum: New to the Hobby 01/24/2007, 11:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 265
Posted By AllenFord_SC
Yeah. The kind you eat. Just don't fry it first....

Yeah. The kind you eat. Just don't fry it first. lol
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/24/2007, 11:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 304
Posted By AllenFord_SC
I think the biggest concern I have with the use...

I think the biggest concern I have with the use of ozne is the potential of a leak within the home. This is an excert from a great 3 part article by Dr. Randy on the use of ozone in the home...
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/24/2007, 03:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 366
Posted By AllenFord_SC
For your wtaer to be that hot, it's more than...

For your wtaer to be that hot, it's more than just the pump. Check your heater(s) and make sure it's not operating when it shouldn't be. Set it around 78 and let it be. How close are the lights to...
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/24/2007, 12:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 148
Posted By AllenFord_SC
Just as long as it's closed it should be fine.

Just as long as it's closed it should be fine.
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/24/2007, 12:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 304
Posted By AllenFord_SC
I don't use either. I think the UV kills some of...

I don't use either. I think the UV kills some of the beneficial bacteria along with the bad stuff. Ozone is just to risky for my taste. But there are lots of people who use both with great sucess.
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/16/2007, 07:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
Posted By AllenFord_SC
If the rock is "cooked" properly there is still...

If the rock is "cooked" properly there is still life in it. Cooking is just a way to kill bad algae on the surface of the rock but the life inside it should still be there.
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/15/2007, 07:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 194
Posted By AllenFord_SC
Here is where I get mine from. I like it because...

Here is where I get mine from. I like it because it's black but the also sell white, gold and silver egg crate as well. You buy it in 2ft. x 4ft. sections.
...
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/15/2007, 07:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 194
Posted By AllenFord_SC
Why not just use eggcrate?

Why not just use eggcrate?
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/15/2007, 08:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 192
Posted By AllenFord_SC
Turn the tank around. I don't know of any...

Turn the tank around.

I don't know of any way to fix a scratch on glass. If you find one let me know because I have about 3,000 on my tank.
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/15/2007, 08:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 251
Posted By AllenFord_SC
I second the U-tube models. I had one on my 55...

I second the U-tube models. I had one on my 55 for over a year and a half without ever losing a siphon.
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/15/2007, 08:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 271
Posted By AllenFord_SC
Glass: Pros: Widely available. ...

Glass:
Pros: Widely available.
Doesn't scratch as easy.
Cheaper.

Cons: Heavier.
Not as clear as acrylic.

Acrylic:
Pros: Very clear.
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/14/2007, 09:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 152
Posted By AllenFord_SC
Spa Flex...

Spa Flex (http://www.plumbingsupply.com/spaflex.html)
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/14/2007, 09:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 152
Posted By AllenFord_SC
You could use spa flex tubing to cut down on the...

You could use spa flex tubing to cut down on the cost of all the elbows and it is really easy to bend wherever you want. I don't really think you need the ball valve or union on the drain side but...
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/14/2007, 09:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 201
Posted By AllenFord_SC
Could aslo be a faulty thermostat on the heater....

Could aslo be a faulty thermostat on the heater. I had a heater that was set at 78 but never shut off. Tank temps kept rising and I realized the light on the heater was always on.
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/14/2007, 09:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 152
Posted By AllenFord_SC
I got bored.

I got bored.
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/14/2007, 08:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 152
Posted By AllenFord_SC
http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/500/87675diagr...

http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/500/87675diagram.JPG
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/14/2007, 08:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 152
Posted By AllenFord_SC
The plumbing from the overflow to the sump is...

The plumbing from the overflow to the sump is easy. Make sure not to plumb the pipe vertically or horizontally as this will give you a flushing sound. Always leave some sort of angle in the piping.
...
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/14/2007, 10:25 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 112
Posted By AllenFord_SC
Here is a link to find a reef club in your area. ...

Here is a link to find a reef club in your area.

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=80

:thumbsup:
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/14/2007, 10:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 285
Posted By AllenFord_SC
To use that kit you would need to first test your...

To use that kit you would need to first test your water for copper. If no trace of copper is found, fill the tank with water and allow it to sit for a day or two to let any copper leach into the...
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/14/2007, 10:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 285
Posted By AllenFord_SC
Copper Test Kit...

Copper Test Kit (http://www.marinedepot.com/md_viewItem.asp?idproduct=SF1119)
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/14/2007, 09:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 208
Posted By AllenFord_SC
Will the return pump be in sump or external? The...

Will the return pump be in sump or external? The recommended flow through a sump is 3x to 5x tank volume. If this is for your 75 then 225 - 375gph would be a good pump for the return, after factoring...
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/14/2007, 07:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 731
Posted By AllenFord_SC
Make sure the new water is being aerated by a...

Make sure the new water is being aerated by a powerhead and is the correct SG and PH and Temp as the tank to reduce stress on the inhabitants. Putting it in a sealed bucket won't help with the...
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/13/2007, 01:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 245
Posted By AllenFord_SC
Yes those are shims. You can either make...

Yes those are shims.

You can either make your own shims if you have a miter saw or you can buy them from Lowes or Home Depot. The long, thin shims are the best.

To make your own with a miter...
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/13/2007, 01:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 146
Posted By AllenFord_SC
Basically if you have LR or LS or other...

Basically if you have LR or LS or other nitrifying bacteria sources, all 3 will drop to zero. It's not going to happen over night but it should take care of itself.
Forum: New to the Hobby 01/13/2007, 01:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 170
Posted By AllenFord_SC
Drilling for a closed loop is all dependant on...

Drilling for a closed loop is all dependant on where you want your outputs and drain(s). Some people drill in specific locations that they have determined to hide all plumbing behind rockwork, while...
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