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Everything is still chugging along but something isn't  right.  Almost everything is shrinking and I have some kind of dusty brown algae thing going on that is trying to cover everything.  The astrea snail kept falling so I bought another and a cerith.  Both astrea snails parished and I never see the cerith.  I thought ceriths were supposed to keep the top of the sand bed clean.  If so it is either dead or a slacker.  I am battling the brown dust, and gha and all the lfs are closed so I can't  get any new snails.  Online vendors that have snails in stock don't  have any small inexpensive corals left to make ordering online worth while.  I am not paying $40 shipping for a few $2.00 snails and I can't  see adding an expensive coral while things are out of whack. I also noticed several dozen of those little jelly fish again.  I don't  know where they come from.  

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William

Can you post pics of it 

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Wingy

I can try to get pics tomorrow.

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Wingy

I can't get pictures that really show what is going on.  My other half reminded me that. I bumped the light period down when I first started noticing problems.  That combined with little feeding because the only inverts are the cerith snail and single sexy shrimp could be why my zoas have shrunk.  I am bumping up the light period and going to try feeding more and see what happens.  I have been using Reef Roids because the Duncan loves it but is there another small food that might be better?  

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Wingy

Did you know bristle worms climb tank walls scooch around above the waterline?  Did you also know that little baby bristle worms fly around in the current, wiggling like they are swimming.  I did not know this until tonight.  I wish I had not learned this.  

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Ratvan
7 hours ago, Wingy said:

Did you know bristle worms climb tank walls scooch around above the waterline?  Did you also know that little baby bristle worms fly around in the current, wiggling like they are swimming.  I did not know this until tonight.  I wish I had not learned this.  

Yes its freaky isn't it? Especially the epitokes

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debbeach13

No I had no idea. Although I have always thought that it is a very different world in the night tank. A little creepy.

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SeaFurn

How's the dusty brown algae now?  Have you tested the water recently?   Results?

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Wingy

I recently started doing a 25% water change every day so I haven't bothered testing  this week except for salinity.  I use boxed saltwater from Petco and top off with distilled.  I haven't  noticed much change in the dusty algae but feeding the corals more hasn't made it worse.  Still brown dust every day but I have no cleanup crew now, except for the useless cerith.  The gsp and knopia are growing well, the duncan is still fully open and I see one of the feather duster worms moved and attached itself to the base plug the duncan is on.  

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Wingy

I went to change out the filter material and thankfully took the entire media basket into the kitchen instead of dumping it into a container I keep in the stand.  The bag of carbon I had between the layers of filter material had baby bristle worms stuck to it.  I wasn't  wearing gloves since i wasn't  putting my hands in the tank.  I was very lucky.  

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SvenB
On 6/10/2019 at 9:55 PM, Wingy said:

I like the Pixie but I will probably like it more on a larger tank.  It doesn't have a gooseneck which limits where I can put it without hanging or building a bracket.  It's like the Asta with multiple channels.  I saw talk of a controller but I am not sure if it is available and for which lights/models.

Do you still like the pixie? Or are there better alternatives?

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Wingy

I don't know.   Its the only light I have ever had so I have nothing to compare it to.  

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Wingy
On 4/17/2020 at 9:23 AM, SeaFurn said:

How's the dusty brown algae now?  Have you tested the water recently?   Results?

I only have the API saltwater kit.  At lights on the pH was 7.8 to 8 ish, ammonia was 0, nitrite was 0 and nitrate  was more than 0 but less than 5.0.  

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Wingy

I stopped by a lfs that was recommended by a co-worker.  Their selection isn't huge but their prices are good.  I picked up an astraea snail, a blue leg hermit, a emerald crab, a neon candy cane trumpet with 2 heads, a frogspawn and a red cyphstrea.  $130 isn't bad.  My usual lfs doesn't have any euphyllia for less than $150 for a single head.  This new to me place had clean corals too.  I dipped and only saw a few pods in the bowl.  2 hours in the tank and everything looked happy and the new cuc was hard at work.  The lone sexy shrimp jumped into the frogspawn as soon as it went into the tank.  She has claimed it as her own and is snuggled in the tentacles.  Thankfully it didn't seem to mind.  

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debbeach13

Sounds like a place that you might visit again. Good luck with all your new livestock.

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Wingy

Yesterday I did a water change and today before lights on I found a strange clump of stringy snot.  After a search of the forum did the coffee filter test and I now have a cup full of stringy snot.  ☹️   I had dipped some stuff in hydrogen peroxide yesterday to get rid of some algae so I may have made it worse.  I am now reading through @Clown79 journal to come up with a game plan to beat back dino's.  

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Wingy

@Clown79 What pods and phyto did you use, did you continue to run carbon and if yes how often did you change it?  Oh and since I am being a pain in the rear what vac do you have?  I use a manual siphon type vac now but trying to attach a bag of floss on the end to recycle the water will be a real pain.  

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