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    Why does this man talk about peroxide so much? is he insane? why does he hate api test kits?

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  1. I agree its sad in parts but its also showed usable information for our systems, it would be neat if the public was being trained in those locations to grow/house/nano reef their own coral frags. The lights to grow corals cost 25$ on amazon now. took notice when: -algae grew back on the corals solely because living corals were not there. Bioexclusion principle of algae management. The algae didn't grow because of elevated Phosphate levels, or nitrates, when did they mention waste one time in the context of algae growth in that doc? The algae always had the potential to grow on every reef, but it was excluded. We run our tanks totally backwards to that natural model, but dont have to in all cases. Excellent tidbits imo. They talked about the action of surface destruction/algae grazing and how sands of the ocean and largely excrement from algae foragers, handy translatable info for us too. -they should be shipping frags of staghorn around to reefers to grow and then ship back more frags, bunches of contributing coral scientists are armed with ten gallon tanks that can do it for sure. Any tank in this forum can grow brown acropora staghorn frags and quickly build up stores. True they wont have the genetic diversity required upon immediate transplant back to the wild, but given selection and a few generations they sure could redevelop them again. At least the core materials would ride out natural loss events in everyone's nano reef. -teach people to nano reef. Nobody can afford to stock 200 gallon reef tanks in every home, but as a grassroots effort in some areas we should be spreading the techniques of nano reef keeping for the communities to actually grow and replant their own local specimens. If the doc says right there its temp extremes doing the death, then clip some frags and get to sharing the techniques in cooler places (homes and businesses) where practical. What I didn't like was the lack of approach for this mechanism, they all wanted to curb global warming, good luck getting all countries to agree on that in any due time. What there is time for is a bunch of frags from dying reefs to get brought up to a bunch of nanos on main land.
  2. This is a fine summary to avoid confusion in cycles: after 30-40 days, none of the approaches matter, the ends are the same. We use different cycling techniques to get done under thirty days... You are well past that. The number one determinant of your filtration abilities is now not related to cycling technique, it's the amount of surface area you have running, post a tank pic Yes the death of a snail can have such a spike but it will be transient and not sustaining If you have the most minimum use of live rock, and no sand, then you could be running low on critical surface area meaning any small loss is beyond processing ability But if you have live sand, or a few pounds of live rock, then you are set. Approaches matter when are trying to beat a 40 day clock After that time, only the surface area amounts matter
  3. Its among the tunable options for cyano, not guaranteed to work, but I run my kessil one click off full blue because of that apparent tuning option. id prefer seeing whiter light...but the window wiping is so diminished by going all blue, and corals don't mind, so I stick with it. remember back in old days when VHO lighting or MH bulbs got old and shifted spectrum, the result was typically a cyano bloom changing no other params, and restored lighting put it back under control. Im sure theres ways to run po4 media, force out the cyano anyway, and go all white but its a fact we tune to bluer lighting in tank restoration threads, the impact of heavy white on my tank alone instantly convinced me even before Id collected the observation from others
  4. Fitz I claim gha is the easiest to fix wanna try a tank rebuild real quick its all skip cycle work and you can set it all back up without the algae after a thorough fonging of the substrates. for all the prevention and containment methods above, the trick is you don't run them in the presence of the actual algae. you run them after the rip cleaning.
  5. by jar rotators I mean people would literally come up to my reefbowl when it was on display, grab it, and rotate it 180 so they could see the back. I thought it must be the psychology of being 8 yrs old, and then when multiple adults took the same liberty I became amazed and po'd lol. you have a sign no touchy. I literally had to sit there, along with a no touch sign, and intercept rotators it was amazing what humans do your work environment is probably less cra lol
  6. Yes that's the good bugs! In time as your system ages and the sandbed cruds up they get this busy (if you have no fish predation) i tried to grow as many as I could. Back during 2005 ish when this was shot I was feeding them frog pellets lol for a pet frog, they weren't even getting reef food. Corals too, frog food for the first three years only cuz it was fun and different and still protein anyway
  7. I asked my college professor that same question in exactly 1996. I noticed a gammarid shrimp, kinda orange in color, foraging around the school tank and inquired. I came to think of them like he did over time- like an ant farm freebie that comes along with my live rock! some species get really large (rare) and people don't like them foraging around zoanthids and such, but the small normal ones we mostly like and consider them reef clean up crew, feed for some fishes, eggs from them are feed for all, basically an indicator of the first animals that show up when new reef real estate opens.
  8. Post pictures of the tank let's check it out
  9. What a perfect fit for our thread. A nice take away from all those pages is that your rock will be doing the same thing in 100 days that it's doing right now regarding ammonia It feels so weird to bring home live rock and understand we simply don't have to do anything... one can start reefing in any mode as the cycle was skipped. Another neat detail is that the fan worm being open means you don't have free ammonia so you don't need to test for it at all
  10. This is pretty neat info about draining our tanks. Given enough time all Pico reefers will discover these similarities which initially seemed at odds with greater Reef keeping The reason I do it is to demonstrate the ability we have it to clean these and access these tanks without causing a recycle, it builds confidence Strong water changes of any percentage are just fine and I wouldn't drain it all the way if I had fish. Here's a video of a drain and my coral banded shrimp Simply hung out for 20 minutes LOL PS turn your speakers down I never said I was a music editor A surprising amount of the cleanup crew members we use come from high energy reef zones that have natural air exposure anyway
  11. I wrote this thread solely for your type of tank setup. its overkill detail on why we don't dose true live rock the claw, that's a benthic verifier yes indeed if you will post pictures of your setup Ill gladly link it to that thread to show the intercept of ammonia dosing via benthic life form verification. Once set into true live rock, you cant kill the bacteria by withholding anything, only what you add might kill them. once established, these bacteria use nets and slimes and biocoatings to catch feed on their own, even if we add none. cool intercept man.
  12. that works if you know the strength of solution for the ammonia. You should not dose ammonia to live rock systems though, so before we begin post pics there's live claimed, then there's really live, and we take opposing actions with ammonia based on true condition of the rock. Live rock already carries full bacteria so we don't need to help them. with pics and a brief history of that live rock we can set the record straight on whether we dose ammonia to it. dry white rocks that had no bacteria, they need ammonia in the ratios that calc shows above. Its all pretty confusing in the beginning
  13. right now I was just reading A Berry's jar thread and the last post mentions a dead anemone, and the resulting swoop water change / CPR and that's excellent habit. got something offensive in a pico reef's water? hit the reset button, water becomes instantly fresh reef crystals or IO or oceanic or fritz salt etc thank you for feedback! I used to practice partial water changes too after reading about system upsets etc. then one day I pushed it to 75% and felt like Id cheated doom. im making a video soon that shows me simply draining my whole tank to zero, leaving all corals in the air for 25 mins (vid sped up that segment w time clock in background) then refilled with 100% new water, there's always ways to keep pushing how we condition these little tanks very neat flexibility they have. my current record for drain air time is 35 mins and that seemed to really push things lol, w do 25 for the vid its plenty good enough to show strength in these systems. anyones pico here can do it, mine's not tuned specially. has to be fishless though, for obvious reasons lol
  14. there is a phenomena in pico reef observation called impulsive jar turners with very little to no permission I see you have some
  15. Your setup is pro right from the start Natalia remember that time you saved me eighty bucks from ordering a bunch of those opulae for my rb heh the dedicated tank you have for them looks amazing, has self-cycled and selected into a pure balance for them. I think I remember reading those shrimp if in ideal conditions can live a very long time, amazing colony you have there and the system looks amazing. They have unlimited natural feed avail. I was never able to keep goni in my tank, something doest mesh and all the corals stay closed so I had to boot one. that yours is the system canary and looks perfect only shows the variation we can stuff into these tiny bowls, everyone should try one to see what they can do.