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Kimber's Tank Thread - a mental break from reefing

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8 minutes ago, Dirté Sanchez said:

How is everything today? Jack said the leather and toadys could be shedding; they don't look dead, so I'm hoping they'll be okay.

 

2 minutes ago, jack1978 said:

Pictures would help- they might be dying.....

...... or could be shedding.  
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I've had them for many years, so I know what shedding looks like. Flesh is turning black and disintegrating. Pics aren't great cause the lights aren't on yet. I'm using a desk lamp to see into the tank now. 

 

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kimberbee
11 minutes ago, Tamberav said:

Reef putty almost killed my fish once. Yet every other time I used it.....it was totally fine.

 

All I could find is that if it manipulated too much it can mess with pH?

 

Idk I have seen problems like this over the years after weld but it seems very uncommon. It seems reef safe 99 percent of the time and 1 percent shit gets pissed.

So lame. I won't be using it in the future on anything but a dry scape...

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jack1978
4 minutes ago, kimberbee said:

 

I've had them for many years, so I know what shedding looks like. Flesh is turning black and disintegrating. Pics aren't great cause the lights aren't on yet. I'm using a desk lamp to see into the tank now. 

 

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That’s not shedding .... but it might pull through 

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Dirté Sanchez
9 minutes ago, jack1978 said:

Pictures would help- they might be dying.....

...... or could be shedding.  
:flower:

Dont say they could be dying! No one needs that level of negativity to start the day with! 😝

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30 minutes ago, kimberbee said:

So lame. I won't be using it in the future on anything but a dry scape...

Yeah... Note taken, I wonder what it is which can sometimes crash a system and other times never even end up in the water.... 

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kimberbee

This black nastiness moves fast. Never seen anything like it... 😥

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Dirté Sanchez
2 minutes ago, kimberbee said:

This black nastiness moves fast. Never seen anything like it... 😥

you still doing daily water changes? At this point the corals are probably putting out their own toxins in response to whatever the water weld did to them. You probably need to change the carbon and water daily to stop them. 

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8 minutes ago, Dirté Sanchez said:

you still doing daily water changes? At this point the corals are probably putting out their own toxins in response to whatever the water weld did to them. You probably need to change the carbon and water daily to stop them. 

Meh... no way I have time for that!! 

 

The only things irritated in the tank are the hammer and the sinularia. I've already swapped out the carbon, and will to that every other day for a week. The hammers are coming around, so I might only lose 1 or 2 heads of that. 

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Dirté Sanchez
2 hours ago, kimberbee said:

Meh... no way I have time for that!! 

 

The only things irritated in the tank are the hammer and the sinularia. I've already swapped out the carbon, and will to that every other day for a week. The hammers are coming around, so I might only lose 1 or 2 heads of that. 

That's good. The media must be working.

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kimberbee

Could look worse right? I think the worst is over by now. 

 

 

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debbeach13

Any news? How are the corals doing?

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mipster

Did the corals pull through?

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kimberbee
On 4/22/2020 at 9:34 PM, debbeach13 said:

Any news? How are the corals doing?

 

7 hours ago, mipster said:

Did the corals pull through?

Somehow, I wasn't even following my own thread... 🤦‍♀️

 

The hammers took a week or two to start recovering, and then after that, started to thrive. I was actually super suprised that I lost NONE of the hammer heads!

 

Everything was looking great till last weekend a few hours after I did a water change... 

 

The hammers were suuuuuper pissed about something and were back to a half dead state - mostly retracted, black tips on the tentacles, receded flesh. I did a round of testing and everything tested out normal. I changed out the carbon and hoped for the best.

 

I'm completely baffled. They're still hanging on, but looking ragged still, almost a week later. 

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debbeach13

Stop pissing them off with water changes. JK It is such a pain in the butt when some corals start looking like crap and every thing seems fine. I hope they recover for you. Are you getting any feeding response from them? You probably know more about their care then I do. I am a softy reefer by heart. I only have one hammer that would look good - then wouldn't. I am so lazy I always broad cast fed my tank. I started spot feeding the hammer and a couple other corals just a little before broad cast feeding the tank and since that small change the hammer has looked great since. Knock on wood. 

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On 3/20/2020 at 12:53 PM, kimberbee said:

So. I really messed up... 

 

I've been pretty lucky at avoiding disaster for the past 5.5 years. Other than the move where I lost half the corals in my lagoon, I really haven't dealt with too much bad. Until yesterday...

 

I thought I was doing good by mounting my various hammer frags onto some rocks, but it turned very bad, very quickly. I used JB Water Weld, which is definitely reef safe once cured. I used it to create the rock structure in both of my tanks. So it must not be ok to use in the tank when still pliable. My hammers are pissed the eff off, like turning black, losing flesh, totally shrunken pissed. And my sinularia leather, the one that came with my tank when I purchased it used, is turning black and disintegrating. 

 

I changed out my chemipure packs, added additional carbon, and did a 4.5 gallon water change. That's about all I can think to do. Not sure if fragging anything is even worth it at this point. Do I mess with my corals and risk pissing them off even more so they die? Do I sit back and wait, but then they die cause I do nothing? 

 

I'm pissed at myself. Finally felt like things were back on track and I could start adding to my tank after 2 years and now this. About to lose 2 of my first corals. 

 

I know it sounds dramatic, but if they don't bounce back... the future of this tank looks bad. 

 

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Oh no 😞 hang in there!

2 hours ago, kimberbee said:

 

Somehow, I wasn't even following my own thread... 🤦‍♀️

 

The hammers took a week or two to start recovering, and then after that, started to thrive. I was actually super suprised that I lost NONE of the hammer heads!

 

Everything was looking great till last weekend a few hours after I did a water change... 

 

The hammers were suuuuuper pissed about something and were back to a half dead state - mostly retracted, black tips on the tentacles, receded flesh. I did a round of testing and everything tested out normal. I changed out the carbon and hoped for the best.

 

I'm completely baffled. They're still hanging on, but looking ragged still, almost a week later. 

Oh thank god! 
 

 

 

wait the hammers aren’t doing well again? So many mixed emotions 

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kimberbee

So, 2020 has sure been quite the year already...

 

I've taken a bit of a mental break from the reefing hobby - I still have my tanks and go through the motions of upkeep and maintenance, but most weeks I'm really just doing the bare minimum. 

 

With the stay-at-home orders in place, my husband and I are not 100% immune to the economic effects. We're getting along alright for now, and luckily have that "for a rainy day fund" if we need it, but I certainly have been a lot more careful with our money. I made a few bulk purchases in March to get me through year end if needed (things like salt, filter floss, and replacement cartridges for the ro/di unit), but other purchases, like livestock and pump upgrades, will just have to wait. 

 

My heart and focus just isn't on the tanks right now. 

 

In addition to that, just before Thanksgiving, my cat was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease - something that he will not recover from. It was quite a shock - I was told he was only 5yo and I'd only had him for a little over a year. We've managed for the past 6 months, but it's becoming... unmanageable... another reason my attention is away from my reefs. 

 

Just wanted to give an update. I'm around, lurking... but most of the time I can't come up with a response to what's been posted in other threads... my heart and mind are just focused on other things. 

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Dirté Sanchez
1 hour ago, kimberbee said:

So, 2020 has sure been quite the year already...

 

I've taken a bit of a mental break from the reefing hobby - I still have my tanks and go through the motions of upkeep and maintenance, but most weeks I'm really just doing the bare minimum. 

 

With the stay-at-home orders in place, my husband and I are not 100% immune to the economic effects. We're getting along alright for now, and luckily have that "for a rainy day fund" if we need it, but I certainly have been a lot more careful with our money. I made a few bulk purchases in March to get me through year end if needed (things like salt, filter floss, and replacement cartridges for the ro/di unit), but other purchases, like livestock and pump upgrades, will just have to wait. 

 

My heart and focus just isn't on the tanks right now. 

 

In addition to that, just before Thanksgiving, my cat was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease - something that he will not recover from. It was quite a shock - I was told he was only 5yo and I'd only had him for a little over a year. We've managed for the past 6 months, but it's becoming... unmanageable... another reason my attention is away from my reefs. 

 

Just wanted to give an update. I'm around, lurking... but most of the time I can't come up with a response to what's been posted in other threads... my heart and mind are just focused on other things. 

I get it. I was devastated to lose my kitty girl a year ago yesterday. I was in such a funk, thinking it was my fault, the vet made a mistake, could I have saved her if I’d just done x y or z different? I loved her she was my girl and picked me out, and I felt like I failed her. The new girl is sweet and *mostly* my girl, but she’s not my Lily. Having to say goodbye to a pet is awful. 

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