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I received some queries about how to load the AI Hydra64 light setting file since everything is on the mobile phone nowadays. Here are the steps for iPhone. I suppose it should be similar for android systems.

 

Step 1 : Click on the .aip file (similar for whatsapp or facebook)

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The text screen appears. Click on the icon on the top right 

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Click on the row showing the applications. If myAI app is not there, click on ' More'

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Scroll down & look for the myAI app

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The preset will then be loaded & ready to use.

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Hosting this chalice for a fellow reefer. Can see its covering a little more of the frag plug.   Found a baby Banggai Cardinal yesterday morning. Scooped it out before it gets eaten by

Review of the  DD Clarisea Gen 2 automatic Fleece Filter   Roller Mat filter systems provide robust mechanical filtration for extended periods of time are getting popular these days. 

Currently the Kalk stirrer is hooked to the Apex & switches ON for 2min. Once every hour. Quite a waste to use the Apex for this simple purpose.  Tried using one of those standard smart wifi

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Very sad to see my Achilles Tang pass away several weeks back.

Its sense of sight seems to be affected & tend to miscalculate the location of falling pellets. And then there was bullying from the now larger Atlantic Blue Tang. Started to slow down.

Moved it to a holding box but it continued not to eat.

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Died a week later. In retrospective, more could have been done. Taking it out earlier. A larger holding tank with better filtration.

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With the Hawaii ban, another AT will probably be out of reach in the near future.

RIP. August 2018 - January 2021. 

Day 1 pic from 2018

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Sad to hear your loss. I had similar experience with my previous blue tang. Seems to have lose his vision and in the end starve to death. Tried putting it in a small tank and hand feed it but not successful. Maybe there should be a euthanasia service for fishes to put them out of their misery when it is beyond hope

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4 minutes ago, Maipian80 said:

Sad to hear your loss. I had similar experience with my previous blue tang. Seems to have lose his vision and in the end starve to death. Tried putting it in a small tank and hand feed it but not successful. Maybe there should be a euthanasia service for fishes to put them out of their misery when it is beyond hopeemoji25.png

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You can use clove oil to euthanize fish. Clove oil is a sedative which at high doses, can put the fish down humanely very quickly. eg. a few drops of it in a plastic bag with the sick fish.

 

Now Foods, Essential Oils, Clove, 1 fl oz (30 ml)

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On 12/10/2016 at 10:19 PM, SubzeroLT said:

Tank is now about 1 month old. Still trying to stabilize things (CR tuning, light setting......)

Some photos to share :

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  • The very effective skimmer does a fantastic job of removing organics fast & helped keep nitrates quite low. 
  • Diatoms appeared during the 1st week then disappeared after 1 additional week & never came back. I'm attributing the reduced diatom / algae in the display tank to the ATS.

1.5wks of hair algae from the ATS screen.

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Green Monti nicely encrusted on back wall already.

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This has lighted up significantly

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Jade green digi 

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wow nice

 

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Alkatronic regent finished already. Think this bottle was since Aug 2019 :)

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A random pic from this week :

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Full tank shot (with DD Coral Lens)

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The torch tentacles can be quite long. Can be quite devastating for the gonio garden nearby.

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There were many vermatid snails growing on the torch colony. I've found it useful to break the vematid snails' shell with a frag cutter and bubblebee snails will home it within a few hours.

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Often we don't clean the skimmer due to the hassle of disconnecting the skimmer pump wire through the spaghetti of wires in the cabinet. What I did after the warranty ended was to extend the pump wire with a IP67 waterproof connector. Then dismantle the various parts for cleaning.

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As for the pump, just dismantle & wash the parts in a bucket of water there.

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Don't forget to clean the venturi valve as there can be calcium deposits blocking the air flow. 

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Inter-dental brushes are great for cleaning the tiny slots of this piece. This was from Daiso.

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A friend was planning to put some fish in his sump & requested a skimmer guard. I printed one for myself as well.

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I switched over to the DD FR75 fluidized reactor for Rowaphos.

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My previous reactor was short & had a flat base. Noticed that not all media inside the reactor tumble. Just a small section only. 

The DD reactor has a concave base which re-directs water upwards to improve tumbling effect.

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Its also quite long - which is actually very important for fluidized reactor - so you can get high flow rate through the reactor but yet allow the fine bits to lose momentum as it rises & fall back down. i.e. not flow out.

To emphasize, the concave base & extra height is important for media that needs to be fluidized like rowaphos & biopellet. Not critical for media that do NOT tumble such as activated carbon or zeo stones.

 

Someone asked me about the salt I'm using now. This is it :

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