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Christopher Marks

How's your reef doing these days @slowngreen? Were you able to get your lighting dialed in?

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19 hours ago, Christopher Marks said:

How's your reef doing these days @slowngreen? Were you able to get your lighting dialed in?

 

Lighting is good. For the most part everything is healthy. Power was out for 3 hours while I was at work and 2 days after that I had two sps die but everyone else is good. Fish all seem healthy still too which is so refreshing.

 

I'll try to get some pics soon. 

 

Thanks for asking too boss!

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slowngreen

I got a new job a few weeks ago which will require me to be out of town for 6 weeks. This makes me nervous about my sps. 

I plan on getting an ato but other than that the only other thing I thought about is getting rid of all my sps and going softies/lps.

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seabass

Congrats on the new job.  Yeah, that'd make me nervous too.  Good luck with both the job and the tank!

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59 minutes ago, slowngreen said:

I got a new job a few weeks ago which will require me to be out of town for 6 weeks. This makes me nervous about my sps. 

I plan on getting an ato but other than that the only other thing I thought about is getting rid of all my sps and going softies/lps.

Good luck. I just returned from a working trip. Gone 20 daz. Wife was looking after tank. I lost a crocea clam and tank glass was covered with a brown algae film.

 

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If anything else I  wanted to prove to myself that I could keep sps which I have successfully. Some peices have grown far faster than I expected. But i don't find them as cool as lps or softies and wouldn't be down on myself for changing things up.

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Having trouble keeping color in some of my sps. My cal is 460, alk 9. I skim pretty wet. I feed my fish once a day pretty heavy but I only have 3 and dont spot feed very often. 

I have no detected nitrates which I assume my be the problem but I really don't want to stop skimming and not sure I want to dose anything if I don't have to.

Should I add more fish? Feed more than once a day? 

I feed Tiny Seas flake (with Astaxanthin, whatever that is). I've tried New Life Spektrum but they dont seem to eat the little pellets. 

 

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Christopher Marks

Adding another fish should help add to the bio load and increase your nitrates. Do you have anything in particular in mind?

 

Do you have anything else that might be consuming nitrates, an algae reactor or chaeto in your sump?

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seabass

Phosphate may be low too.  If nutrients are too low, your current alkalinity levels can burn the tips of SPS.

 

Pale SPS can occur from low nutrient levels, or they may be bleaching due to too much light.

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I dont have any fish in mind yet. I'll just have to take a trip to my lfs and see what he has. 

I don't have any reactor's or macros growing either.

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I added a pink spot which is eating like a pig. 

It's been 15 days and nitrates are still undetected. 

I think phosphates are 3+. I have a hard time though as I'm partially color blind. Can someone look at the pic and verify?

My green sps are all still real faded and pale.

 

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48 minutes ago, slowngreen said:

Can someone look at the pic and verify?

Yeah, or even darker than 3.

 

Tank looks great!

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Should I consider dosing nitrates? Or stop skimming for a while? Or?

 

I'd like to add more fish but I've had such bad luck with fish from my lfs. Any really reliable online fish suppliers? 

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seabass
2 minutes ago, slowngreen said:

Should I consider dosing nitrates?

Maybe.  I'd like to see phosphate down a bit before you do that though.  Eliminating nitrate as a limiting factor might spur a growth spurt in algae.

 

4 minutes ago, slowngreen said:

Or stop skimming for a while?

I wouldn't.

 

4 minutes ago, slowngreen said:

Any really reliable online fish suppliers?

I still like Live Aquaria's Diver's Den, although I've read more complaints more recently than I used to see.  Blue Zoo Aquatics is often recommended.

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slowngreen

Should I get some gfo and a reactor? I liked the one I had years ago on my 75g, think it was a two little fishes.

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Maybe.  I'm personally not a huge fan of GFO, as it binds alkalinity too.  For media, Phosguard is an alternate option.  Water changes can also make a difference.

 

Make sure you don't lower phosphate too quickly, or too low.  Things are looking pretty good, I'd hate for you to upset things now.

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ReefahBarra84

What about chemipure products 

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7 minutes ago, ReefahBarra84 said:

What about chemipure products 

ChemiPure Elite contains some GFO, but not a lot.  For the money, it's not an especially efficient phosphate remover.

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slowngreen

@seabass I wonder if my phosphate jumped because I started feeding frozen food? 

I'll run a reactor and just watch it. 

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