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  1. Nano sapiens

    Natural Filtration

    GFO was originally marketed correctly as a substance to lower abnormally high phosphate conditions and it was not meant to be used continuously. However, through effective marketing and backed by selective scientific articles, it became a 'must use' substance that many reef keepers incorrectly believed that their aquarium couldn't do without. As Subsea mentioned, corals are amazingly adaptable in regards to feeding strategies. Natural methods of reef keeping are highly unlikely to strip a tank of enough nutrients to seriously effect coral health. To know what it takes to actually do so in a naturally filtered reef aquarium, I can say from my own experiment a number of years back that one needs to remove all fish, severely limit the cleanup crew and don't feed the tank at all for about 4 months. The corals then became quite pasty colored and growth nearly stopped, but even under these extreme conditions all the corals survived and rapidly recovered once the system was run normally again.
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    Looking good, congrats on the NTOTM! Oh, and don't forget to 'keep it simple' 😉
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    Can't get rid of cyano

    Seen this a few times before and elimination of the bloom can take from a few weeks to a few months. The trick is to find our what the pest organism is thriving on and then reduce the substance(s) to a level to where it can no longer bloom. This multi-pronged approach has worked for me as a control: 1. Substantially reduce the processed feed (pellets in this case). Flakes and pellets contain vitamins and minerals (of special interest is iron, which is known to stimulate algae growth). Suggest rinsed frozen daily and pellets or flakes either in tiny amounts and/or occasionally. 2. Cut down on the red wavelengths (if your lighting allows that specifically, and if not, reduce 'white' light gradually). I used to run 20% 'Red' channel and about 40% white light and by gradually reducing both (especially red) I noticed a substantial improvement over time. 3. Removal of detritus will help to reduce iron and other substances in the system. As well as typical sand bed vacuuming/rock work blasting, I suggest doing so under one base rock each month or so (assuming you can move your rock work). Can be a long battle (a few years ago when I had two Clownfish in my 12g I battled this for 8 months until the bloom was completely eliminated), but persistence paid off. With (6) fish in the same tank today and feeding 50% flakes (we all like the convenience of dry foods!), I had it come back a bit and had to implement controls again (it's nearly gone now). Good luck!
  4. Congratulations!
  5. Yikes! Since things went south very quickly, I wonder if someone ("Kids home...spring break"...cough...cough) didn't dump something in there
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    WV Reefer's 12 Gallon Long and Dirty.

    Congrats on the two year anniversary!
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    Natalia's reefbowl is 2 years old!

    Congrats on the 2 year mark!
  8. Nano sapiens

    is this ricordia mushroom?

    Rhodactis, I believe. One can tell by the small tentacle structures on the oral disk.
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    Dawn's multi-level seahorse garden.

    Everything looks quite happy in there Speaking of sand, due to the susceptibility of Seahorses to bacterial buildup/infection, are you planning on vacuuming under the live rock on a regular schedule? It's amazing what gets stored up under there!
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    Nano Sapiens 12g - Ye Olde Mixed Reef

    Ricorida (in all their puffy-goodness) Under 'Dusk' Actinic Lighting: iPhone 5 tried it's best under these lighting conditions, but it's definitely a bit 'blue-challenged'.
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    Pest ID Please

    I see pineapple sponges, if that's what you mean (white vase like with feathery tufts on top).
  12. Or...for ultimate stability smaller amounts more frequently (some do very small amounts daily). Personally, I've found 10%/wk (split up into 5% 2x/wk) works rather well for my small system.
  13. Both Sicce and the Tunze (which is what I have) work really well. Good to hear that the Dinos have abated. Fingers crossed they stay that way!
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    Nano Sapiens 12g - Ye Olde Mixed Reef

    Spreading SPS do look really nice, but they do make cleaning a small tank quite difficult as there is not much room to maneuver. I'll be keeping the BNs well pruned for that reason. Going with a Zoa garden up top