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So just a quick update. Did the three day black out. I had to resort to cutting up a cardboard box as we didn't have a single black garbage bag in the house. Kept on all the equipment (except for the light), but evidently, the light from a Smart Micro ATO is enough to encourage these buggers to grow 😓. So, that had to be shut off a day after the black out began. 

It's been about 24 hours since I uncovered the tank, I've reduced my photoperiod to about 4 hours. I plan on ramping it back up slowly by an hour a week (depending on how happy my tank inhabitants are). 

 

I've also been switching out my filter floss daily and added in a culture of phyto and copepods to the tank as well. So far none spotted, but it's too soon to tell. Fingers cross.

Oh and in case any one was curious my current tank parameters are:

 

pH: 8.1

Temp: 78

Salinity-1.024

 

Ammonia-0

Nitrite- <0.01

Nitrate-<0.01

Alkalinity 3 (?!)- not sure I trust this, I was struggling with the test, will retest at the local fish store later. 

I need to pick up a phosphate test kit (I know, I know), but perhaps my tank is a bit too clean. It don't know if I should be proud or not, my last two tanks constantly had nitrate issues and the last tank I had to shut down to a bad bryopsis outbreak. Does this mean I'm maturing as a reefer? 😅

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On 6/17/2018 at 10:22 AM, Genie382 said:

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So just a quick update. Did the three day black out. I had to resort to cutting up a cardboard box as we didn't have a single black garbage bag in the house. Kept on all the equipment (except for the light), but evidently, the light from a Smart Micro ATO is enough to encourage these buggers to grow 😓. So, that had to be shut off a day after the black out began. 

It's been about 24 hours since I uncovered the tank, I've reduced my photoperiod to about 4 hours. I plan on ramping it back up slowly by an hour a week (depending on how happy my tank inhabitants are). 

 

I've also been switching out my filter floss daily and added in a culture of phyto and copepods to the tank as well. So far none spotted, but it's too soon to tell. Fingers cross.

Oh and in case any one was curious my current tank parameters are:

 

pH: 8.1

Temp: 78

Salinity-1.024

 

Ammonia-0

Nitrite- <0.01

Nitrate-<0.01

Alkalinity 3 (?!)- not sure I trust this, I was struggling with the test, will retest at the local fish store later. 

I need to pick up a phosphate test kit (I know, I know), but perhaps my tank is a bit too clean. It don't know if I should be proud or not, my last two tanks constantly had nitrate issues and the last tank I had to shut down to a bad bryopsis outbreak. Does this mean I'm maturing as a reefer? 😅

Feed the tank more often while you're doing all this. 🙂  And yeah, I ran my tank too clean as well, and also because my previous tank had algae issues which made me think that all nutrients is bad. I went crazy with the nutrient export, but there must be a balance. And just out of curiosity, did you start this tank with dry rock? 

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2 hours ago, Orangutran said:

Feed the tank more often while you're doing all this. 🙂  And yeah, I ran my tank too clean as well, and also because my previous tank had algae issues which made me think that all nutrients is bad. I went crazy with the nutrient export, but there must be a balance. And just out of curiosity, did you start this tank with dry rock? 

  • Yah, I typically feed coral frenzy twice a week and every other day I’ll feed the fish. I’ve bumped it up to once daily feeding. The fish seem happy at least.
  • First big loss to the tank (I am not counting the candy cane pistol shrimp that my watchman inhaled as a tasty treat when I introduced it to the tank), my fire shrimp had gone missing. He’s been in the tank for about 2 months. Don’t know if it had anything to do w the dino’s (My glass shrimp is fine), but he had been hiding more a few days before the blackout. I figured he was molting. I guess not. 
  • Yes, it was with base rock and live sand (Carib Fiji pink)
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On 6/19/2018 at 4:41 PM, Genie382 said:
  • Yah, I typically feed coral frenzy twice a week and every other day I’ll feed the fish. I’ve bumped it up to once daily feeding. The fish seem happy at least.
  • First big loss to the tank (I am not counting the candy cane pistol shrimp that my watchman inhaled as a tasty treat when I introduced it to the tank), my fire shrimp had gone missing. He’s been in the tank for about 2 months. Don’t know if it had anything to do w the dino’s (My glass shrimp is fine), but he had been hiding more a few days before the blackout. I figured he was molting. I guess not. 
  • Yes, it was with base rock and live sand (Carib Fiji pink)

I thought gobies and shrimps are friends! 😄 Did you find your fire shrimp?

 

Not sure how true it is, but as you know, the R2R thread has a theory that dry rock doesn't have all the good stuff to fit dinos. Interesting.

 

Dinos getting better?

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1 hour ago, Orangutran said:

I thought gobies and shrimps are friends! 😄 Did you find your fire shrimp?

 

Not sure how true it is, but as you know, the R2R thread has a theory that dry rock doesn't have all the good stuff to fit dinos. Interesting.

 

Dinos getting better?

I did too 😭. I got the pistol to pair w the shrimp mudering goby. I hear they can get fiesty when mature, I’d say that’s true in my tank. He’s the meanest fish in the tank (and I have 2 clowns!)

 

The fire shrimp is still MIA. I wonder if it’s unrelated to the Dinos tho, I have a small glass shrimp and Pom Pom crab that are still going strong and I don’t  appear to have lost any snails...

 

In regards to the Dinos, none have reappeared so far. Have some whitish algae on the glass but no slimey, stringy brown stuff so far. Unsure of when I can declare an official victory but I plan to up the photoperiod to 8 hours tomorrow, so we’ll see!

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