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11 hours ago, mfield16 said:

Brings out the negative space, and actually makes it look bigger!

Almost like that’s the way it was supposed to be aquascape! I had it cluttered up for quite a while. 😅

 

Cyano is back. That took all of a day. At least it’s not so much on the left where the new power head is.

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Firefish15

Got another piece of reef keeping equipment that I probably should have had a while ago: a temperature controller!

I went with the Inkbird ITC 308S, on recommendation of some others here on N-R. Setup was easy, and so far it seems to be working without a hitch. 
My 75W Cobalt Neotherm has been doing a great job, no fluctuations or anything. That being said, it is almost three years running. Can’t help but think that it’s a ticking bomb now. 
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mfield16

Nice! I literally got 2 of these in yesterday. One is for my planted tank. I run 2 heaters on every tank I have, and split the heater plug so the Inkbird controls both. That way if one fails, the other one still runs for me. The backup heater is set 1° higher than the main, so I'm saving the backup from turning on and off constantly.  

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Firefish15

@mfield16 Hey, that’s a decent plan! I’ll have to file that away for later use. 
 

Well, I was stirring my sandbed yesterday after sucking out some cyano with a turkey baster. I stirred a patch of brownish slime, not thinking much of it. Then I noticed the tell-tale snot strings hanging in the water

column. I think I may now be dealing with a dinoflagellates outbreak as well as the cyano. 
Been doing some reading, and I think this may also be stemming from my bottomed out nutrients. More research is needed.

At any rate, I’m not looking forward to dealing with this issue as well. :unsure:

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Hey all! I think that I’ve been making some progress on the cyano. 
It has been about a week since I have stirred the sand bed or cleaned the glass. This is what I have now. There are still small patches, but nothing like the carpet there was before. 
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There are still some patches of what is possibly dinoflagellates back here, but so far they don’t seem to be bothering anything.

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I have been pretty diligent at trying to raise my nutrients to detectable levels. Been feeding Reef Roids every other day or so. 

I also got a second Hipargero Aquaknight set up over the tank for better spread. Between the two of them, I should also be able to illuminate my planned upgrade tank as well. Also got in a new 100W Cobalt Neotherm, still sitting in the box. At this point, I have pretty much all the equipment I need to upgrade to the IM 25 lagoon. Just a bit more patience and saving until I buy the tank and stand itself!

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Firefish15

Hey all! 
Been a little while. Yesterday I took in some more frags to my LFS and cleaned things up a little bit. I didn’t even buy any new coral, just some more frozen food! 😆

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I also got a Nannochloropsis phytoplankton culture that I’ve been dosing daily. That should help compete with the cyano with the other measures I’ve been taking. 
 

Tested some parameters yesterday.

Ca: 450ppm

Alk: 8.5dKh

NO3: ~0

PO4: Trace

 

Didn’t change water, just scraped glass and turkey basted the rockwork. 
More Reef Roids! 
 

I have some bubble algae that’s spreading unfortunately. The little female emerald isn’t keeping up, so have been manually removing when I see it.

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Christopher Marks

Good to see the cyano is almost beat @Firefish15!

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Firefish15

Hey, thanks @Christopher Marks! I’m glad I tried natural methods and didn’t nuke the tank with chemi-clean. The forum was helpful in that decision. 🙂

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Firefish15

Well, I’ve had the upgrade bug for a while. I started with this small budget tank, and I’m very pleased with how it’s gone. I’ve been considering the IM Nuvo Fusion 25g lagoon, which would be quite a jump in terms of hardware aesthetics and volume. A decent bit of money to drop though. 

And then I started looking at bigger tanks, particularly the IM Nuvo Fusion 50g lagoon. I mean, if I am going to pull the trigger on something, the 50g and stand is only $300 more than the 25g.

 

I don’t know, what are people’s thoughts? It would be a jump out of the nano realm for sure. Are 50g AIO tanks feasible? Or should I be looking for a sump at that volume?

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DGibster
2 hours ago, Firefish15 said:

Well, I’ve had the upgrade bug for a while. I started with this small budget tank, and I’m very pleased with how it’s gone. I’ve been considering the IM Nuvo Fusion 25g lagoon, which would be quite a jump in terms of hardware aesthetics and volume. A decent bit of money to drop though. 

The Nuvo 25 is a fine tank that I would love to upgrade into at some point. If you have the money and space, I say go for it.

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Firefish15

Well, woke up last night to the Inkbird giving me a low temperature alert. Between that and a warm plastic smell, I figured out that the heater was shot. 
 

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No obvious signs of damage to it, cracks or melting or anything. 
I got almost three years of use out of this 75W Cobalt Neotherm, so not unhappy with it. As far as a failure goes, it was pretty benign. Tank dropped to 74F for a few hours, and then was brought back up by the new heater. 
 

Thankfully I recently bought the 100W version for my eventual upgrade to a bigger tank. Glad to have that on hand. It doesn’t fit in the HOB filter though, so it’s sitting in the display for now.

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Well, it’s still too early to declare total victory over the cyanobacteria, but I am extremely happy with the progress made so far. 
It has been a few weeks since I have stirred or siphoned the sand bed, but I still only have a few isolated patches of cyano left. I cleaned the glass yesterday, and things are looking good! A little bare in a few patches from trading in some bigger corals, but it’ll fill back in. 
 

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dferrari13
On 2/28/2021 at 3:49 PM, Firefish15 said:

Well, woke up last night to the Inkbird giving me a low temperature alert. Between that and a warm plastic smell, I figured out that the heater was shot. 
 

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No obvious signs of damage to it, cracks or melting or anything. 
I got almost three years of use out of this 75W Cobalt Neotherm, so not unhappy with it. As far as a failure goes, it was pretty benign. Tank dropped to 74F for a few hours, and then was brought back up by the new heater. 
 

Thankfully I recently bought the 100W version for my eventual upgrade to a bigger tank. Glad to have that on hand. It doesn’t fit in the HOB filter though, so it’s sitting in the display for now.

This makes me nervous cause my neo therm is about 5 years old and still kicking....but as electrician I know, all things will fail eventually

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dferrari13

What's that spinstream attached to?

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Firefish15
9 hours ago, dferrari13 said:

What's that spinstream attached to?

Just a cheap little pump. 
 

https://www.amazon.com/Homasy-Upgraded-Submersible-Water-Burning/dp/B078XQ3FCL/ref=asc_df_B078XQ3FCL/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=241884620788&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16832113385121663092&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9033284&hvtargid=pla-456081066852&psc=1

 

I’m not a fan of how long the whole contraption is, but I did need just a little bit of dispersed flow.

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TatorTaco

Did you make a decision on the Lagoon 25 vs 50?  I've had the same considerations myself. 

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Firefish15
1 hour ago, TatorTaco said:

Did you make a decision on the Lagoon 25 vs 50?  I've had the same considerations myself. 

I’m still a ways from having enough saved up for either, but seeing as how I already have all the equipment for the 25, I’m thinking of going that direction. I’m a young adult still, so my living arrangements may change semi-frequently as well. Moving the 25 will be easier. And it’ll still be an awesome boost to volume and aesthetics. 
Possible frag tank down the road? 🤨

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