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    OT...So, you think you know it all?

    SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING? A dime has 118 ridges around the edge. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear. A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue. A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a...
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    It's been a bad day so far, but I am so very thankful that it wasn't worse. I came home from work this morning after a particularly hard night to find the faint odor of something burning in my basement. My whole SW system is in my basement along with all sorts of other stuff I treasure. I...
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    BTA problems

    I seem to be having a slight problem with my BTA. Started as a single medium to small size fella about 1.5 years ago. About 9 months or so ago, it split. I wanted to remove one of them and take to the LFS, but they were each attached in hard to reach areas. About 3 months ago, the original split...
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    Terry B

    Just wanted to compliment you on your excellent article again this month in FAMA. Just got the October issue today and really enjoyed reading part 2 of your thoughts on HLLE. It was interesting and very informative. THANKS! :D
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    Gotta love the Medusa!

    Yesderday I had a real special sort of day. First off, I had to do 45 minutes of CPR at the END of a long shift (for those of you who have not done CPR, it is physically exhausting after a short while). Then, when I grabbed a handful of snacks to replenish my energy stores I popped off a crown...
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    Happy Birthday Bang Guy!

    I hope you enjoy your day! A big happy birthday to all the rest with birthdays today also!
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    Large silversides out of season?

    This is my first summer with the lion and I have just found out that the large silversides are seasonal and presently unavailable. I didn't realize this would be a problem or I would have stocked up ahead of time to cover this situation. He is the only fish I have that eats the big ones. I have...
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    Kalk and auto top off is one of those stupid questions that I'm sure many of you know the answer to readily. Sure wish my feeble brain could figure it out with equal ease, but alas age (and lack of sleep) takes it's toll... I use a 20 gallon rubbermaid container filled as needed with water from my RO/DI...
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    Population Explosion!

    One of the coolest things about keeping a reef is the incredible things that appear out of nowhere! About a year and a half ago, I put half a dozen wee little teeny mini brittlestars in my reef. Never saw them again and frankly sorta forgot about them! Then last night I'm checking out the...
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    Where is the "Coral of the Week"?

    What happened to the "Coral of the week"? How am I supposed to make my weekly shopping list without it? :confused: :D
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    Sea Swirls

    Just wondering what is the best way to prevent back siphoning from a Sea Swirl in case of a power outage. There is no reasonable place to make an air hole. There is a shut off valve on the return line, but that assumes I am here when the power goes out. If any of you use Sea Swirls, how have you...
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    Installing a R/O-DI unit

    Well, I finally broke down and bought a new R/O DI unit the other day. I asked the fella prior to purchase if it was fairly easy to install and was assured that anybody at all would be able to install this unit in under an hour. An HOUR????? I know they're kidding! I'm on day 2 struggling with...
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    I.D. filter feeding crab

    I have 2 of these fascinating little crabs in my refugium...hitch hikers on some live rock from the Florida gulf unseen until about 2 months ago. They have a marvelous marbled look with both large claws to catch and eat bigger things and also webs on the ends of the orange looking legs in front...
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    O.T. Snowbear...HELP

    Sorry...I know this is WAY of topic Snowbear--I have misplaced your email address and need some advise urgently. In short, I'm having a problem with coyotes hanging around my pasture and barn. I have never seen them this close before, but I think they must be feeling desperate due to the snow...
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    10 good reasons to own a steam cleaner

    Reason #1...just in case of an equipment failure Reason case you have just put down brand new berber carpet near your fish tanks Reason #3...just in case you innocently go out to dinner and the equipment demon decides to strike at your house Reason #4...just in case you would have to get...
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    Goldflake Angel

    My goldflake is about 7" at present. Since I bought this fella a while back, I have noticed he has an insatiable appetite. I feed him multiple things 2 to 3 times a day. He wolfs down everything that hits the tank and then scarfs whatever may have made it to the sand. He is plump and appears to...
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    Coral Heaven

    Does anyone use this product to feed your corals? If so, how long have you been using it and how do you like it? Is it worth the expense of having it shipped from Hawaii? I have a small sample bag of it that came with an order and have used it just a few times. Corals seem to like it, but am...
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    So long Mr. Snail

    Well, Mr. Hairy Snail has now consumed his 5th turbo. His speckled hairy self has been removed to the sump until I can give him to one of the LFS's in the area. I don't mind if he eats a snail every now and then, but with his ravenous appetite I'd be at the store constantly replenishing the...
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    Caught in the act!

    Guess there's no doubt any more about what Mr. Hairy is eating. BUMMER :( Now the big decision...what the heck should I do with a predatory snail? Do I remove him from the FOWLR where he was recently placed or keep buying turbo's for him to eat? If I remove him, gosh what do I DO with him...
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    What IS this thing?

    After multiple attempts to upload this pic, I hope to have finally accomplished the nearly impossible. It is a safe bet that I'm not QUITE as skilled at this stuff as many of you...especially you, Rye! Can anyone ID this oddball snail? Just want to know if he's okay in the reef. P.S. I posted a...