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16 hours ago, ECLS Reefer said:

Wow a month (almost) goes by so fast! 
 

Updates: have done a couple of water changes but solely because the two tangs are abominably messy eaters and keep tossing seaweed all over. So more for siphoning purposes. Have started turkey basting daily again to try and decrease the amount of chaff in the water column. Am also trying out both Brightwell Razor and Clarifi-SW to try and get the floaties either to the sand bed, the filter socks or the skimmer. Was a bit clearer today so seems to be working. 
 

On the flip side of that the nutrients are pretty low, lower than the LPS has historically shown me they like. The mangroves seem a bit unhappy with that, so I may end up having to dose some phosphates, or feeding heavier. The fish requested the latter, of course. 
 

The flatworm situation isn’t necessarily resolved, though the melanurus is a hard working little hunter. Lost a pretty green/gold hammer today from the little savages 😡. But, replaced it with a stunning atomic balls goni from a fellow Houstonite. Excited about those prospects- it’s a gorgeous frag! 
 

Otherwise, things are coasting along, and corals are slowly growing. I’m not sure what the secret is to explosive growth but I haven’t figured it out yet. 

 

Pictures!

 

Smiths damsel

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El Guapo the powder brown tang

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Berry Manilow the purple tang

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Mel the melanurus

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Rey the yellow coris wrasse

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Dilly (he and Billy are killing it in the big tank now!)

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@mitten_reef’s Pink Lemonade

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Dragon soul torch

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Leather coral a la @jack1978

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Purple gold hammer

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The clown stop Big Blue wellsophyllia 

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Red goniopora 

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Purple stylo

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Favia

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The new Atomic Balls goni from @pokerdobe

 

 

 

Full tank video

 

 

Some more goni love

 

 

That new Goni is noice! 

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1 hour ago, WV Reefer said:

That new Goni is noice! 

Yes it’s fabulous! I can’t wait until the glitter goni and amazeballs gonis are ready. I’m sure I’ll have to sell a child to afford them but they’re so nice!

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FISHnChix

Haha nice videos!!! And those gonis are super sweet. Still my favorite coral!!!!

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Introducing my new reefing logo, designed by @yomu.art off Instagram. It turned out fantastic and I’m so happy with it. 
 

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The tank is doing well, and all the fish are seemingly happy. All six clowns are still alive though there’s so hold outs on joining the harem. They’ve got over the initial battery phase and have taken to passive aggressive hiding, but are still eating well. I’m hoping that as they settle they’ll move back to the front of the tank and all six will get along as a group. 
 

Pictures!

 

Clown harem in action

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Berry Manilow

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Atomic balls goni

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New sebae anemone 

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Green bubble coral

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Favia

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Ratvan

Interesting to see how the Harem will work out for you. its something that i've really been interested in trying for a while

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18 minutes ago, Ratvan said:

Interesting to see how the Harem will work out for you. its something that i've really been interested in trying for a while

They’re all settled down and are living something of a truce. One of the hold outs they don’t even chase anymore, so I think it’s going to work out.

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Lord it's already August, and I feel often that days just up and disappear on me lately. Round two of Covid + RSV is kicking my and my hospital's arse. Thankfully the tank is doing well, mostly on autopilot. Have been doing weekly small water changes lately, mostly for detritus removal to help with water clarity. It's still a daily struggle, because of the two elephants in the tank, their dietary habits and their never ending poop. If I didn't love those two fish so much, I'd probably sell them off because they really are like having my husband's horse living in the tank. (His specialty is never ending poop, too). Added a third wave pump to the tank to try and push water to the overflow, with all the chaff in the water column. Not sure if it's truly helping, but it also seems to have made a lot of the corals happier with more flow. 

 

In the future I am really considering going for an apex with triton testing setup. I feel like it would cut down on some of the weekly manual testing I do, plus give me a little peace of mind with the app tracking things. Those things are so expensive though 😵💫

 

Anyway, PICTURES!

 

 

The rarely seen ember blenny

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Berry Manilow getting some film algae

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Altuve II impersonating a tree

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Billy Frechette posing pretty

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Mel on his way to keep the tank free of flat worms

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El Guapo admiring himself in the mirror

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R' hllor on the cruise

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Tropic thunder montipora

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Kentucky blue grass zoas (I think)

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Magician zoas

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Purple stylo

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Atomic balls goniopora

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Red goni

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Sector 001 favia

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Amazeballz goni

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The clown harem


 

 

Some tank views


 

 

Altuve II is such a creep…

 

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Got my ATI results in today! All actually looked pretty good considering this is the first time I’ve done one of these. I’m still struggling with red cyano algae and fight it daily, but the tank has been leaning toward pretty clean, and I’ve been doing weekly to biweekly water changes to help the NoPox dosing. Hopefully in the coming weeks I’ll beat that red crap back. At any rate, here are the results. 

 

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Anybody with advice on the few pollutants such as silicates, aluminum, and such, or any levels that are out of range and should be better, please chime in!!! If it helps, I dose: 

MB 7

Part 1 and 2

Magnesium

Iodide

Vitamin C

Strontium

Nopox

Trace Elements

Phosguard and Carbon (once a month) for nutrients and impurity control

 

 

 

Also, here are the RODI results. Again the silicates

 

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1 hour ago, DevilDuck said:

Thats pretty high silicon. You may need to add a secondary DI cartridge after your primary DI that targets the silicate.

I haven't used this but heard good things about it:

SpectraPure® SilicaBuster™ DI Cartridge - Color-Indicating - SuperDI DI-SB-CI-10HC | SpectraPure

 

Hmmmm I’ll do some research. I don’t use the typical RODI system from BRS- I use a liquagen six stage system which has done well. Maybe they have something I can add in. 

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Murphych

I get cyanobacteria when my phosphate bottoms out.

I know people will disagree with that off the bat. But that's what happens for me. I dose 1ml X 3 times a day phosphate via my dosing pump to keep it above 0.03 ideally 0.05. as soon as it goes lower than that... Cyano. Bring it up and the cyano starts to break up in the current and gets sucked into the overflow. 

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40 minutes ago, Murphych said:

I get cyanobacteria when my phosphate bottoms out.

I know people will disagree with that off the bat. But that's what happens for me. I dose 1ml X 3 times a day phosphate via my dosing pump to keep it above 0.03 ideally 0.05. as soon as it goes lower than that... Cyano. Bring it up and the cyano starts to break up in the current and gets sucked into the overflow. 

Yeah I had an LFS guy already tell me that high phosphates is what causes it, but I’ve both bottomed them out and let them rise and stuff doesn’t want to go away. I started dosing Biospira in the Evo and put carbon in with the phosguard again, and it’s finally starting to recede, but the cyano in the big tank is being stubborn. Which is why I sent off the ATI tests to begin with. It makes me wonder if the silicates are causing some of this problem. Need to change out my RODI filters, and I may try some Brightwell Purit for a bit, see if that helps. 
 

 

I feed every other day and the phosphates have never gotten to zero in the big tank. Too many poopin fish.

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Murphych

How's the cyanobacteria? 

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23 minutes ago, Murphych said:

How's the cyanobacteria? 

Still there. Less in the 13g than in the 120g. It’ll seem like it’s getting better and then have a heavy build every afternoon. I’ve got the nitrates and phosphates way down, which scares me because I don’t want dinos, but I’m not sure what else to do. Dosed a smidge of chaeto grow today- there’s a ball of chaeto in the sump that’s not dead yet surprisingly. Hoping to get it going to out compete some stuff.

 

What really annoys and baffles me is the slow death of my euphyllia. They’re all just slowly disintegrating and I can’t figure out why. Not sure if the cyano is related to the problem. 

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Murphych

Yeah I get it on and off in areas. It's low phosphate in my case so dosing just a ml of phosphate works to keep it at bay but if I stop for any reason it's back across the tank fully.

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2 minutes ago, Murphych said:

Yeah I get it on and off in areas. It's low phosphate in my case so dosing just a ml of phosphate works to keep it at bay but if I stop for any reason it's back across the tank fully.

I tried the high phosphate route it didn’t seem to help, so now I’m gonna try low phosphates and dose chaetogrow for the iron and see. All the parameters I check for have been consistent- I switched my RODI filters today to try and attenuate the silicates and tin problem. The only other thing I can think is that my pH has been 7.9 consistently for a while, and maybe if I bumped it up to over 8 it could help? Not sure. 

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You know this is one of those times that are just aggravating and frustrating because I don’t have the answer but because of work I don’t really have the time to figure it out either 😢. I have only today to do all the maintenance like testing, making water, replacing media, cleaning some stuff up AND house chores besides, before diving right back into back to back shifts 🤦🏽‍♀️ My poor tanks seem mad at me. 

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5 minutes ago, ECLS Reefer said:

You know this is one of those times that are just aggravating and frustrating because I don’t have the answer but because of work I don’t really have the time to figure it out either 😢. I have only today to do all the maintenance like testing, making water, replacing media, cleaning some stuff up AND house chores besides, before diving right back into back to back shifts 🤦🏽‍♀️ My poor tanks seem mad at me. 

Yeah it's frustrating. But your doing good work both tank and your job! 

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So, some updates:

 

Replaced filters on the RODI system, ordered new sediment filters as well so that I can get after changes more frequently. Hopefully this pulls all the contaminants like the silicon and tin out before getting to my tank. The TDS meter read 0 at any rate, so there's that. 

 

Have still be struggling with the red cyano in this tank, and I've been blaming the slow death of many of my euphyllia on it. I have lost probably 6 good pieces of euphyllia - hammers and torches - in the past month. It's been very frustrating to watch. Have also seen it kill a couple montipora pieces, and it daily annoys the GSP colonies. So I finally decided to try some Red Cyano RX I had on hand. I tried it in the Evo with stunning literally over night success, but of course, that hasn't been the case in this big tank. It's taken multiple days of dosing to get it to start receding. I have seen some success finally in the last two days, but I noticed the pH on the water starting to drop out. That led me to install a hand made CO2 scrubber (pretty proud of myself there). Ordered some color changing CO2 resin by IceCap, a little media container and hooked it up to the skimmer and BAM. pH has been coming back up to the 8's finally. Keeping a close eye on the tank and the red crap to make sure it stays gone. 

 

Due to spending more time at work and less time on the tanks, I have been rather worried about all of my fish and corals. After all, I'm the single parent here when it comes to them - the family enjoys them but they sure don't put any effort into their care. So I finally bit the proverbial bullet and bought a Neptune Apex system with the Trident testing module. I figure it will give me quite a bit of peace of mind while at work to be able to keep an eye on things. How to organize the absolute mess in the sump? No idea. But guess that will be my next major project. But at any rate, hoping to get this tank off the struggle bus and back to looking great again.

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