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  1. Paul B

    Happy Veterans Day

    Happy Veterans Day and welcome home. I just came back from I Hop and got my free breakfast. Later we are going out with other Veterans for a free dinner. Remember, if it were not for Veterans, we would not have any other holidays. Just something to think about. :cool:
  2. Paul B

    Question How I would start a new tank now with all new Water, rock etc.

    I am fairly sure I will never start up a new tank. If my tank ever crashed now, I would probably leave the hobby as I have been in it since the 50s and I think that is long enough. My wife and I would do some more traveling and maybe buy another house in the tropics someplace. Maybe open up a...
  3. Paul B

    Looking for powerhead

    I want a new (or old) powerhead and I can't find one. I have 3 of these and they are at least 40 years old. They never needed any maintenance except occasionally sticking my finger in the intake screen to clean out amphipod shells, Godzilla larvae and bristleworms. They work forever and are...
  4. Paul B

    Maintaining Old Reef tank with Diatom Filter

    Doing a little maintenance with a diatom filter. Sucking out some Cyano and general tidying up. Using a reverse UG filter requires that I do this occasionally so nothing clogs. This is the beginning. In a minute or two, you can't see anything in the tank but the copperband loves it and looks...
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    Crash

    No, Not my tank. Don't be ridiculous. I use an undergravel filter so it can't crash. My white worm culture crashed. :smokin: I think it may be ten years old and the worms are disappearing. They may be to inbred or have a social disease. I am not sure what it is but after the last worm...
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    White worms for food

    IMO worms are about the best food you can feed along with clams. These foods contain bacteria "That our fish need" to stay healthy along with the fats, minerals and everything else to keep them healthy. I hear all the time that worms are to hard to keep and they have to be kept cool. No, they...
  7. Paul B

    Sponges

    Sponges. As I was washing my car yesterday I was thinking about sponges. I added this light blue sponge to my tank maybe 15 years ago and the thing really took off. I feel that is a good thing because for it to grow like that it has to be filtering a lot of gunk out of my water which is probably...
  8. Paul B

    Please, Lets Honor memorial Day

    A Memorial Day fact everyone should know is that the first observances of what we now refer to as ?Memorial Day? were intended to honor those who died in battle during the Civil War. Claiming more lives than any other conflict in U.S. history, the Civil War required the establishment of the...
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    Everything I know in case I go senile (From 2014)

    I posted this someplace 5 years ago and figured I have nothing to say today except build things in my Man Cave so I am Re-Posting it again. If it contains anything not PC, irritating, racist, not ethical, unrealistic, argumentative, political, religious or anything else that is considered...
  10. Paul B

    I wish I had a Lateral Line

    I Wish I Were a Fish?with a Lateral Line System! March 30, 2016 by Paul Baldassano Leave a Comment Notice the lateral line on this Anthias in my tank Everything about fish is amazing and fascinating. To me, the most fascinating thing about fish (beside their taste) is their lateral line...
  11. Paul B

    Using Bricks in a Reef

    One big problem with some Quarantined tanks. This is not a debate on weather you should quarantine or not, but rather IMO a big problem in quarantine or hospital tanks. In an effort to minimize chemical and drug absorption we generally shy away from real calcareous rock and prefer to use...
  12. Paul B

    Today my reef reached 48 years old

    I moved it three times, the last move was 8 months ago. I moved 60 miles and transferred everything from my old 100 gallon tank into a new 125 gallon tank. The old tank was 40 years old and the front was very scratched. I wanted a larger tank anyway and that old one was built into a wall and...
  13. Paul B

    Church Bullitins

    Church Ladies With Computers.... They're Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church ladies with computers. These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services: -------------------------- The Fasting &...
  14. Paul B

    Aquascaping

    I see a lot of Noob Threads asking to comment on their aquascape. That is a good idea but the scape is your preference. But I see in most of them too much rock, especially with flat surfaces sitting on the bottom. I know this is the easiest way to stack rock and it probably looks nicer, but...
  15. Paul B

    Clams, the absolute best food for a reef

    The title says it all. If I could only feed one type of food, it would be regular, common, cheap, (near the coasts of the US) available, clams. I myself feed clams almost every day to all my fish and have been since the 60s. Virtually all the fish eat it, that includes mandarins, pipefish, queen...
  16. Paul B

    My 3 Alexa"s

    We have a cleaning girl who comes once a week to help my wife who is a cleaning fanatic, I mean she even cleans the light bulbs (she has MS and hired a girl for the last two years to help her) Anyway, her name is Alexa. We also have an Alexa (annoying electronic thing that talks to you) in out...
  17. Paul B

    Moving my 47 Year old Reef tank

    So about six months ago our closest friends got a new Grand Son and he lives in Long Island right near where I live. Of course they wanted to see him all the time and they moved to Key Largo a couple of years ago so they bought a condo 60 miles east from my home out on Long Island in wine...
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    Respect memorial Day

    When I was a kid memorial Day was called Decoration Day and it was a day of remembrance of all the people who died defending the United States and people would go to cemeteries and decorate the graves of our brave hero's who died so that we didn't have to. Today, sadly, most people think of...
  19. Paul B

    Marble/Onyx Chess set Free

    I am not sure if I can put this here but I looked around and I can't find a place for it. You can play chess as you watch your fish so this is a "fish post" Almost. I got this set in mexico when they were the big thing in the 70s. Hand carved no chips all the pieces there. Must pick up in New...
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