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I went to the fish store today intending to buy a couple snails and walked out with three new corals as well lol. I bought two more trochus snails to help out the one I already had plus a tiger sand conch to give my sand bed some much needed attention. 

 

I also added a green star polyp, a zoanthid and an acan. So far they all seem to be happy with their new home so hopefully I can keep them that way 🤞.

 

My fish store was also nice enough to give me a free bottle of coppods since their culture tank was getting low on water. I'm hoping they will start a colony or two and create a decent (and hopefully sustainable) food source for a mandarin or gold mandarin goby in the future. 

 

Here are some pics of my tank and new coral. It's nice to see it finally moving in a positive direction. 

 

 

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My ugly algae bloom is starting to recede. I'm not real sure why but I'm not going to complain image.gif.8ecabde6c0b62faa485d33b8236cb08b.gif! I did a water change on Wednesday, removed the chemi-pure blue and changed my filter pads. Also, my tiger sand conch has been doing a great job cleaning up the top of my sand bed. I was hoping he would dig around deeper into the sand but he's probably had plenty to eat at the surface so far.

 

I also added a frag of cloves and a small amount of chaeto macroalgae to my tank. My lfs gave me the chaeto out of their refugium and I'm hoping it will help promote copepod growth in my tank. 

 

My current water parameters are:

pH=8.2

Ammonia =0

Nitrite=0

Nitrate=20-30 ppm

Phosphate=0.1

Alkalinity=5.6

 

I don't know why my alkalinity is still running so low. Everything in my tank appears to be happy but I'm going to try using Seachem marine buffer to bring it up. It's supposed to maintain pH at 8.3 and also raises alkalinity by 1 meq/L. Hopefully this will bring it up where I want it at a safe rate so I don't freak out my coral.

 

Here's a few pics of my tank.

 

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Hi, sorry I haven’t popped in for awhile. I really love the scape you ended up with! Cloves are probably my favorite coral - hope you end up loving them in your tank too. And I really like your other coral choices as well. 
 

Weird that your alkalinity is that low. What are you using as your water source and your salt? Also, I’m wondering if you might need more cleanup crew (snails) to help control the algae? I have at least 30 snails in all my tanks, typically order a custom cleanup crew from reef cleaners and add some Mexican turbo snails as well. 
 

A couple things that I notice from your pic is that if your chaeto is able to stay there where you placed it on the sand bed, you probably don’t have enough flow. Also, I noticed your return nozzles are pointed downward... you may want to aim them (and/or your powerhead) up toward the water’s surface to break the surface... this helps with oxygenation and helps the water chemistry.
 

I’m no expert on water chemistry, so maybe others will chime in with further suggestions. 

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33 minutes ago, banasophia said:

Hi, sorry I haven’t popped in for awhile. I really love the scape you ended up with! Cloves are probably my favorite coral - hope you end up loving them in your tank too. And I really like your other coral choices as well. 
 

Weird that your alkalinity is that low. What are you using as your water source and your salt? Also, I’m wondering if you might need more cleanup crew (snails) to help control the algae? I have at least 30 snails in all my tanks, typically order a custom cleanup crew from reef cleaners and add some Mexican turbo snails as well. 
 

A couple things that I notice from your pic is that if your chaeto is able to stay there where you placed it on the sand bed, you probably don’t have enough flow. Also, I noticed your return nozzles are pointed downward... you may want to aim them (and/or your powerhead) up toward the water’s surface to break the surface... this helps with oxygenation and helps the water chemistry.
 

I’m no expert on water chemistry, so maybe others will chime in with further suggestions. 

Yeah, I fell in love with those cloves as soon as I saw them at my lfs! I can't wait to see them after they've fully adjusted to my tank and start showing off they're full colors again.

 

I can't figure out why my alkalinity is so low. I always buy my water from my lfs since I don't have my own RODI system yet. Could this have something to do with not getting enough oxygenation in my tank? I'm really thankful you brought that up. I never thought about it and no one else has said anything or noticed it. I actually turned my flow down recently because my acans seemed to like it better. I'm going to turn it back up now after pointing my return nozzles toward the surface. Hopefully they'll like it better if the return nozzles aren't pushing into the tank.

 

Whatever algae I'm fighting with, my current snails and hermit crab won't touch the stuff. I'm a little nervous to add more because my tank is still so young. I don't know if there's enough to keep them all fed if they won't eat this brown stuff. It is definitely on my list of things to add though.

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3 hours ago, Jerad81 said:

Yeah, I fell in love with those cloves as soon as I saw them at my lfs! I can't wait to see them after they've fully adjusted to my tank and start showing off they're full colors again.

 

I can't figure out why my alkalinity is so low. I always buy my water from my lfs since I don't have my own RODI system yet. Could this have something to do with not getting enough oxygenation in my tank? I'm really thankful you brought that up. I never thought about it and no one else has said anything or noticed it. I actually turned my flow down recently because my acans seemed to like it better. I'm going to turn it back up now after pointing my return nozzles toward the surface. Hopefully they'll like it better if the return nozzles aren't pushing into the tank.

 

Whatever algae I'm fighting with, my current snails and hermit crab won't touch the stuff. I'm a little nervous to add more because my tank is still so young. I don't know if there's enough to keep them all fed if they won't eat this brown stuff. It is definitely on my list of things to add though.

Hopefully the adjustments in your flow will help. Looks like you have plenty of algae, may just need some different types of snails. I’m on my way to get a sea hare and an urchin to rotate between my tanks to eat up the algae patches that are growing. 

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11 minutes ago, banasophia said:

Hopefully the adjustments in your flow will help. Looks like you have plenty of algae, may just need some different types of snails. I’m on my way to get a sea hare and an urchin to rotate between my tanks to eat up the algae patches that are growing. 

Yeah, I definitely need to do some more research on clean up crew members. I know I don't have enough variety and will benefit from having more.

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Sorry it's been a while since I posted anything, things have been a little crazy lately. It looks like I've gotten rid of my algae problem finally. Hopefully it stays that way this time lol. I've also added a couple new coral. I now have a duncan and a second ricordia. I also found a baby snail which got me pretty excited. Overall, my tank is doing well and starting to look like a reef tank. Now I just need to find a couple fish to add to it.

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OMG!! I just found this little guy in my tank and have no idea what it is, where it came from, or how long it's been there! Whatever it is, I think it's pretty awesome! Plus it's my first ever hitchhiker so I'm a little over excited about it lol.

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So, after doing some research I've decided to add a refugium to my tank. I started raising copods in my tank a few weeks ago with the hope of creating a sustainable food source for a mandarin or gold mandarin goby that I would like to add. So far the copods are doing great but I'm worried they won't be able to reproduce fast enough to keep the fish fed and happy. I'm hoping a refugium will help fix this potential issue before it happens. Plus I've also learned refugiums are great for raising small shrimp and other tiny critters that can act as a food source for other fish and coral as well.

I scored this little tank for free from a friend who was cleaning out their basement. I'm not sure exactly how big it is but I believe it's between 3-5 gallons. The sides are plastic so I'm going to drill a hole in the side towards the top for an overflow tube to return water back to my tank. All I need now is the tube/pipe, a small pump and some tubing to pump water out of my tank and into the refugium, and a small rack or stand to prop the refugium up so the return pipe is above my main tank.

The refugium tank also came with a lid and light. My only question now is can I use a regular light bulb or do I need something special for it?

My goal is to have it set up and running by this weekend. My fingers are crossed that everything works like I planned.

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