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    I try to convince people to unwreck their tanks. we meet at different phases of invasions-in-progress. the psychology of reefing invasion intrigues me, the biology of it is pretty simple.

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  1. And I’m sure you have spent zero minutes (ever) contemplating that MAYBE you would see significant results in your own tank if your “miracle” cure works 😂😂😂 this all flows from the reefbowl outbound... we agree there. All the sand rinse thread and the cycling thread and the peroxide threads are doing is taking what runs the reefbowl and upscaling it for large tanks. No harm no foul there for sure. Lynaea, I’m ok if you don’t use or advocate the method your system is nice and your prose is normal heh that makes communication nice. idea: this is the last of multiple threads harry is allowed to derail BEFORE closing, all upcoming he has to wait for the final stamp. Watch from the chair and force self restraint till we are done then hammer away sir That order of operations alone will be ideal going forward
  2. I’m literally sure zero minutes have been spent reading the threads linked here before making attacks. It’s simply not open for debate if we are able to restore aquariums. The pics are right there. It’s funny how far you take it Harry, you’re a trip man Make commentary about the hundreds of pages of others feedback, were they misled in their takeaways? i wasn’t expecting any actual work threads linked here, even low quality data ones, that was just a funpoke Test rocking really should be a focus before anyones full restoration. It’s the incremental step that the prudent feel better about before big aquarium action, we’re working against the adage to go slow and orderly in reefing, this is law breaking agreed. There is a lot of money on the line in people’s coral purchases here, so of all these pages, how common was your attitude to the situation Harry? Did the posters in the thread speak as meanly and angrily as they could in doubt, or were we friendly trading science?
  3. Where’s y’alls work threads post them right here. Even the anecdotal ones, the lowest quality collection of people running your method with direct feedback to be discounted, hundreds of others written testimony to discount let’s see what you are countering with. The deal is: I take all the risk for reworking tanks and present the bulk data for pattern review WITH the public slant towards the negative, not the positive, so that everything produced is against a gradient filter. People who run this method will nail you on losses in typed history...its actually pretty common to not even follow up on the successes as life moves on w a happy tank. For years the method is tried against a gradient of pure skepticism, we like that. do with the data what you will i myself do not mind armchair evals, I have not fixed anyone’s reef standing up We can look at your fts and direct you to the year and site of the same reef being fixed, bc of the volume that’s growing...that’s helpful to some and others despise it. Post works you made Harry, in the end, I just wish you would let me have at the red algae. It’s a tragedy you are rock blocking me man. Your corals look like the antlers of a Canadian moose fed testosterone but it’s wearing a red toupee. if you’d just chill and give me your aquarium for a minute we will Johnny bravo it you could have at least test rocked once to have pics and direct feedback. Even a test rock of your invader is excellent info... it’s challenging and I know eventually some fish or snails might control it but what harm is measuring and taking follow up pics of surgery mode, it’s just an option among many. At least we can mini model it- name another method that doesn’t involve subjecting the whole tank and corals to the water impacts/treatment as a guess if it will work. ever seen coral bleaching in my threads since 2002 whats the harm in a little reef rework with unsolicited pattern analysis. zero loss in the sand rinse thread with that level of large tanks and fish being flipped and beds being rinsed means repeatable science is being used. Everything you have typed about our tank restoration threads I can link you to a reef sage on reefcentral saying the same thing about pico reefs back when there were only two.
  4. I’ve seen people use toy squirt guns with saltwater or mister bottles to keep rocks and corals wet while outside working, a creative technique. This will preserve many pods and worms for sure, and the anems are less stressed this way too. If some algae is left in crevices or around the nems, not a concern. Get what we can on pass 1 and the rest likely dies off or if not, only very few touch up spots for April will be in place and then your tank is aligned for cleanliness in that you can rearrange and lift out and siphon out expressed detritus without causing a nutrient cloud. We are setting up your tank for deep future access too if needed, a setup for manual gardening which no algae can beat over the course of time. Humans as grazers are unbeatable
  5. Well done planning i think it’s solid. I wish we always had this good of a lead up Agreed those anems are nice and if you have to scrape around them and leave a little bit of this algae in place to save them, that’s not a concern this is not a horrible dangerous strain, peroxide will buzzsaw it and you’re about to have no fuel left in place for minor patches. They might even die off in time since the bulk tank will be so clean. The rasping is for sure better than rock dipping. Dips allow that peroxide to wick in and REALLY hits pods and worms hard, some die in dips. It gets in deep the anchors for that algae don’t go that deep and it’s safer for rock pods and life to not dip you’ll get a feel quickly for the right amount of dental pressure and picking to use which isn’t harming rock much at all, but better focus than the metal brush option and the algae will come off. Rasping is never anti pods that final direct 3% pipetted on former algae spots isn’t a dip, it’s a 1-2 minute topical cell burn then a rinse in salt, then ready to go. Much less pod contact and heavy heavy contact for the anchor spots but briefly, it’s perfect. On my last page of the sand rinse thread we talk about expressing rocks of their detritus and over the next couple weeks they should be pumping out some waste and this can cause minor growback challenges we are prepared. **if you have algae from mars and after our work the growback begins, it’s not a fail. This work positions your tank correctly for future alternate options. There w be hardly any mass left of target, there will be no sand fuel for targets, and only pent up rock detritus is the issue in that case or the rare too white light issue. We blue up not white up challenge reefs for a while during recovery guiding, something about heavy blue light suppresses algae better than white while still covering coral growth, the point here is no loss skip cycle work and a clean tank, and in that process a massive mass arrest. It’s positioning, different than the past. It doesn’t have to be a total cure in one pass, though you can see we earn that mostly. De eutrophication is a stepped process just like eutrophication is we just happen to mostly be dealing in one approach cures, for the occasional non compliant I don’t run to the hills, this is all step one
  6. HippieHS I’d value that data and pictures tremendously and link it in both those threads. If reefcentral hadn’t kicked me out for purveying peroxide in the early years, always against the grain by nature I guess, heh then that 65 page pest algae challenge thread would have the data too. Check it out: http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2082359 if you can numerate isolate and photograph all or most of the organisms in a sandbed you will remove most of the remaining hesitation people have for letting junk build up in the bed, bc you can put them back into a rinsed or new bed sans waste. concern over killing those animals, that diversity, literally prevents waste export from happening understandably in many reefers as compounding occurs we lose the greater system to eutrophication so we need to be catching these at some better balance time... without careless loss of the bed fauna, ideally, if someone will bother to branch out and document that method. Merely seeing more than ten isolated worms from an actual sand bed will be totally new info for our thread, it’s usually just waste mud down there. I’ve admittedly deemed bed fauna not even worth considering, hesitating over, but that needs to be pressed and challenged and it’s ideal to see how many live animals you could somehow tease out of that mix. You can see nobody has bothered to even try in all our reefing boards, use nylons too as various filtration levels be creative. your sandbed (outside the tank sensitives) can be experimented with as a method for extracting the good Landen well said that is in line with just a massive amnt of data from other comparative runs. The ideal method of nano reefing is to never need a rip cleaning and still get tanks out past six years or better as a recurring lifespan. I have not found a repeatable method for that which involves housing a sandbed that cannot pass a drop test occasionally, some form of export reset. Most of our older pico and nano examples have periods where we cheat burned off some algae...however they may have turned out without the peroxide occasion wasn’t an option to find, because we weren’t letting the plants call the shots any longer.
  7. check out E. Y's thread, you two have the sameish challenge Hippie does his tank minus some worms, and their poo, in the bed look negative? Be careful about preserving invasions, sandbeds that cannot pass clouding tests, due to these incidentals. buy the worms back form algen if needed...an option. algen sells everything we want regarding bugs and worms look at his skip cycle work...the sand, the 11 day report, nothing is going to turn 180 degress haywire after that long, this reef is restored. the only diff between you guys was his rock anchor work wasn't as deep in the sandbed thread we directly show how life goes back into the sand, from the rocks, and how pods on the rocks remain. in no way have we stripped live rock life, make inferences from the posts not from assumption. Those threads either have the after pics you want, or they do not, pretty simple. agreed there's many ways to beat algae outside of making a sandbed become compliant
  8. Harry, just so we don't get side tracked for the fiftieth time: that's my only response to you here, ill not derail another thread on projections considering whats linked there and at the bottom. back to the challenge: the knife tip allows you into the pores you can get in. for the ones you can't liquid peroxide w be fine but do dig. Im not saying we're gouging train marks into it HAHA just a good scraping like a dentist does...you can feel that pressure, and blood comes about but not actually enough to ruin your enamel, we're simply dislodging holfasts a bit better than before, making the peroxide portion for the least possible amount of mass we can pre condition. you just angle the knife tip a little, slicing here and straight in gouging lightly there, dragging those plants out and up, rinsed off w saltwater, big work indeed due to having ever waited. if any of this feels weird, you can try a single test rock. I bet it doesn't grow back hardly at all once the scraping is nailed down relative to your unique rock variables. sandbed fauna/decision point. our system rips them out, but they can reseed from the rocks, and no the rocks aren't rendered neutral in the peroxide and knifing. Those animals didn't help any in the current condition, and I know they're ideal but that's a cost of forcing a tank into compliance. They added a good bit of the waste causing the issues here, that's a tough one. Im going to link the threads Im getting data from: https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/the-official-sand-rinse-thread-aka-one-against-many.230281/#post-2681445 sand rinse above. below is recent peroxide work: http://reef2reef.com/threads/reef2reef-pest-algae-challenge-thread-hydrogen-peroxide.187042/ <------how much did worms and some sand pods matter there, or keep those tanks from requiring our help>? Everything we're doing to your tank is already modeled there, ready for outcome checking. My system isn't the best way, or infallible, its just a large collection of actual work on the matters in one clickable place.
  9. hey thanks for those pics, you have the makings of a shocking turnaround coming up. yes the bed needs cleaned for sure. vs linking us to giant 15 page threads, this is the exact procedure for that setup above. Ill be able to riff on this both in the sand rinse thread and in the few peroxide threads, nice. remove fish and put in sep holdings away from rock, that rock has detritus in it we need to express out. hold corals that you can remove in another bucket, detail the algae if applicable off them with a smaller knife and scraping accordingly around flesh. q tips and peroxide dabs on the small target scale for corals that might have picked some up on the skeletons or something if applicable then you would take out the rocks and the ones with corals and begin the dental surgery on the rocks, it will take a while, dig into those crannies and cause some damage for once vs brushing and weed-eating. This is where we use a backhoe with a ten foot swatch to eradicate a few dandelions heh rinse those rocks as you scrape only in clean saltwater, keep rinsing and scraping free then use your pipette to deliver the 3% right onto the former target areas, this doesn't kill your filtration bac because they cover so much of the rock and our peroxide time is brief. by clearing the mass first, that's the right order of ops now you have fish and coral held fine, and totally clean rocks that are slowly starting to leach back out their detritus...in the new system, prepare to hand guide and change water better for the next 3 mos to guide this process of expression of waste that was held in place by plant massing. replace the whole sandbed with new, don't even use the old unless you must. rinse the brand new sand in tap for about 30 mins until its 100000% cloudless, then do a final rinse in saltwater. scrape off the empty tank, burn it clean with vinegar or peroxide rinse out reinstall clean tank and cloudless sand, fill the tank w water and it doesn't cloud bc you rinsed forty million times. sparkling clean first fill/different than the masses eh remount the rocks and the corals/post pics excellent man that's a very low bioload tanks, the rocks are fine carrying that fish waste and your new caribsea sand still retains filtration bac even after a brief tap water rinse. the risk here is any form of detritus transfer back into the clean tank, try and rinse out those rocks ideally on first go using only clean saltwater growback will be what we chart, its easy to produce a skip cycle clean tank nowadays. if you are concerned about true growback, then model a single test rock first before doing all. Id do all though brushing and manual removal is nice, that keeps it from being worse but that knifing and raw meanness is the next step up to force compliance. your challenge is not hard to beat, id prefer this over any form of dino challenge even in beginning stages. peroxide w tear this stuff up, but we'll never see that happen bc in 2018 we apply peroxide to rasped surfaces, we can't see any invader. <---that was our response to all the growback challenges from round 1 peroxide work in the last 10 yrs. the anem you have a bit sensitive to dosed peroxide, our method never contacts a nontarget with peroxide its all surgical/skip cycle work. **since its a big job, a one off catchup process* when this is complete and you set up your sparkling redone tank, have enough water for 50% water changes the next two days no matter what. that's insurance for any partial rinsing we might miss on the first go. after done and filled and back with animals and corals, a few hours after completion change 50% then next day, change 50% again done. safe. I bet growback is nil and totally manageable in ways its never been, where a CUC might actually work.
  10. in a nano, don't dump the peroxide in the tank use it during bulletpoint #1 above we can do a test rock before you do the whole system if you want, to prove how it works or just do it all. You would remove the rocks then use a metal knife tip to -gouge- and scrape roughly that algae free from its holdfasts. once your manual steel, not scrubbing, damages the rock and rips the plant out, rinse all that off and use no chems so far. once the rocks are cleaned by force, and scarred a little as proof of not playing around this time, then you pour 3% right across the previously invaded areas, only as cellular cleanup this time then see how it does, this is worlds better. -lastly, the sandbed matters here and in all challenge tanks. if that bed cannot be grabbed and dropped without clouding, in a full running tank, we should make it that way as part of the solution. after the tank, and the rocks have zero detritus stored up (gha rocks will keep some, we need to express it) then we can check on topoff water details, lighting etc. take pics Ill link them nicely around
  11. A few questions regarding pico jar reefs.

    On this one I prefer not to use cc since I can go longer without the bed requiring cleaning, but if you like the look of it then just make sure you take it apart nicely and detail clean it when the window cleaning work starts to be daily, that should be ok in my opinion to allow for flexibility when running a bed in a small pico
  12. Very cloudy water

    Really well done I linked to thread for many to see in time as they scan the thread and look for tanks like theirs in comparison
  13. Very cloudy water

    That was it, a very small percentage of cloudy water tanks was the keeper dosing two part incorrectly where it was precipitating This tank looks nice! So you basically did a takedown cleaning is that right? I'll link to the sand rinse thread if so, after pics look really great
  14. Diatom bloom started. Should i use prodibio ?

    I can’t make a personal recommend as to what you should use, I can only post the results of those who chose to clean manually
  15. Diatom bloom started. Should i use prodibio ?

    just meaning that I would clean your tank, I wouldn't have the algae in place to need the animals. others prefer to wait, and let the animals clean it, there is no right way to proceed its all a matter of choice. if someone does decide they want a clean tank immediately, we use in that linked thread many examples of other people's tanks like yours, so you can see how things turned out.