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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. Nano Sapiens 12g - Ye Olde Mixed Reef

    Already done yesterday I relocated a few types of Zoas that were in the process of being slowly killed off by my Rhodactis.
  4. Nano Sapiens 12g - Ye Olde Mixed Reef

    Thanks, Dawn. Very true about keeping the tank manageable and enjoyable. It's really nice to have the tank fill up with all kinds of coral growth, but after many years that growth can lead to issues that need to be dealt with. When I ask myself the question "Am I still enjoying their maintenance", and the answer is "Not so much", then it's time to change things up to lower the work/frustration level.
  5. Nano Sapiens 12g - Ye Olde Mixed Reef

    Thanks, Felicia. I've found over the years that the branching type SPS, in particular, can become problematic as there just isn't enough real estate in a small nano to support their typically fast growth without constant pruning. The Setosa wasn't exactly branching, but at 6" across and nearly 4" high it just got to the size where it needed larger quarters. Of the two remaining branching SPS, the one Birdsnest 'Phonape' coloration type forms a tight ball formation with intricate branching that is just perfect for a small nano. The other is an 'Orchid' type BN that is exactly the opposite forming sprawling branches. The polyp extension is so long and flowing that I want to keep it, so will have to prune it every month or two. Being a typical reef keeper, I just have to fill in blank space so I went looking around the tank this morning and found some languishing Zooanthids (mostly under my huge Rhodactis). I even found two tiny nubs of the Petroglyph Zoas that I thought had been wiped out, so high hopes I can bring them back again. In a few weeks, I should have a nice little Zoa garden growing up top
  6. Nano Sapiens 12g - Ye Olde Mixed Reef

    Thank you. Can't go wrong with Rics It's a small system so it's pretty easy to keep it relatively clean.
  7. Nano Sapiens 12g - Ye Olde Mixed Reef

    Changes... Removed large centerpiece Setosa and neighboring Purple Stylo colonies. The 9 year old Setosa colony was growing upwards too fast and blocking flow, shading out too many lower level corals, was getting very dense and tough to trim properly and had to be glued back onto it's rock too many times (due to the trimming difficulties). Young Setosa typically has a very brittle and porous skeleton, as this one did a few years ago, but like an old tree it seems to get denser with time. The Purple Stylo was just a super fast growing vertical specialist blocking flow and trimming every month or two without breaking it off it's base rock was an issue. So, now I have a 'Low Boy' nano tank, but at least I can now see the corals on the rock behind This change opens up all kinds of possibilities for the existing coral: Mounted a small colony of 'Shadow Prince' Zoanthids to make things interesting. Will be interesting to see how they all interact as they attempt to colonize the cleared space.
  8. Diatom Issue in Established Tank

    If this were a high TDS makeup water issue and/or the LFS was making their salt water with high TDS, one might expect to see green algae proliferate on the glass and on the rocks. But definitely worth investigating as a possible contributor to the current issue...and for general piece of mind. As a collective, we tend to assume diatoms whenever we see this light brown/coca-cola color and spread. But there are a number of other types of organisms that look very similar and are often mistaken for diatoms. In a young immature system, diatoms are a good guess. But in a well established system, certainly possible but less likely IMO.
  9. Diatom Issue in Established Tank

    Or you can 'Rip-Clean', as Brandon suggests. So now you have (3) options to consider
  10. Diatom Issue in Established Tank

    I have no experience with commercial products that can be used for this, but I can relate what I've had to do to beat it naturally (I don't use any chemical or continuous mechanical filtration). In the near 10 years I've had my 12g running, I've had this pop up twice. Debatable if they are actually diatoms, cyano, dinoflagellates...or a mixture. At any rate, I've found the issue directly tied to my overfeeding and the resulting excess waste that accumulates in the sand bed and under the live rock. I could go a few weeks adding lots of food without any symptoms, then one day 'Bam' it would start up. I've beaten it both times (including this last month) by being careful with feedings (only feed what the fish can consume in a minute or two and remove any excess, if present) and most importantly a weekly schedule of removing detritus wherever it resides. Be forewarned that it can be a long process to eradicate. The first time when I had two adult Ocellaris Clownfish, it took me ~8 months to completely get rid of it, This time with six smaller fish in the aquarium, it has taken ~2 months. My theory for why it persists so long is that when one starts to feed properly and remove detritus/excess food from the system, the sponges and other organisms that have naturally flourished due to the excess feeding start to gradually die off and they continue to feed the pest organism even when the tank has been cleaned well. Persistence is the key and when it finally does subside it'll do so rather quickly (within a few days) and the sand bed will be back to it's former pest-free glory Good luck!
  11. Sorry about the fish loss. Never a good feeling, especially when there is no apparent cause Tank is young and it should straighten out given enough time. Personally, I'm not a fan of these 'remedies in a bottle' and prefer the patient and steady/stable approach to resolving these imbalance issues. Whatever you decide, best of luck!
  12. Sancho's old ass Solana sprung a leak

    Sorry to hear this. One of those 'reefer's worst nightmares' things... As mentioned, could have been a lot worse if no one was at home. Any plans to restart...or going to chill for a while?
  13. What I can tell you is that my 12g has run for nearly 10 years without any chem/mech filtration. Each system is different, so hard to predict how each will react, but it will likely take a little while to adjust to not having the products. After a while (likely a few months) you'll need to be a bit more diligent with detritus removal since you won't have a sponge trapping the debris (good thing if you want your corals to get more nutrition). You can monitor NO3 and PO4 regularly for a few weeks to check if any trends start to develop. Keep an eye on the corals, especially, as they're the best indicator we have for a system's health.
  14. TeenyReef's 10g Fusion - February FTS

    I've had the same thing happen and it's hit-n-miss. As long as just a few polyps survive, there's still a chance.