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dasoxx

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  1. dasoxx

    Hammer coral is receding

    THIS. Turns out this was the problem. Alk was at 6.4 and calcium was at 360. I checked the water from LFS that I was using and the alk is 6 and the calcium is around 340. I was doing large water changes with this water over the last couple weeks to combat a nitrate issue. I will be mixing my own sw or at least checking ALL parameters moving forward. I am dosing carefully to raise my alk 1 per day until I’m back to normal levels. Some solid water will be brewed up and water changes will follow.
  2. dasoxx

    Hammer coral is receding

    So I’m doing a weekly water change of 10-15%. I also do a daily water change off the top with a couple scoops of water for the sake of keeping consisten parameters. I rock the turkey baster on the bottom and rocks daily before my water change. When I do my weekly change, I pull from the bottom and stir up the sand. I do my best to follow all the best practices I’ve read on here. I believe alk could be the culprit, but I don’t have a test for it! I’ll be picking that up today. Could phosphates be an issue? I’ll pick up a test for those as well
  3. dasoxx

    Hammer coral is receding

    There isn’t any direct flow and I’ve checked the temp with two methods. I will try alk levels and see if that helps. No visible detritus and I’m seeing more of the skeleton than I should. It appears to be dying.
  4. I have a tank that is a few months old. Specs looked solid and I added my first corals. Zoas and star polyps are doing fine, but my hammer seems to be pulling in a lot more as of late. My temp is 77 magnesium 1350 calcium 400 nitrate 2 Any thoughts on what the issue might be? Could this be related to flow or light? I have stock lighting in a bio cube LED 16g, which should be more than adequate. The hammer is in the sand and has been in the tank doing fine for almost 2 weeks.
  5. dasoxx

    Dasoxx's 16g LED Biocube

    That glass idea may be the cause. The temp reading is different when I open the lid and take it from the surface
  6. dasoxx

    Dasoxx's 16g LED Biocube

    I actually use an infrared thermometer gun so I can grab temps from all over the tank, etc.
  7. I’ve also seen some people suggest picking up a clown that is smaller but spent time in a tank with a larger dominant female. This could also make it easier for him to back off and accept his role.
  8. Have you considered doing less qt time and focusing more on rearranging the tank when you add the second clown? This can help to void the sense of “ownership” that your current clown feels towards the tank as the territory will appear new. I had a troublesome clown for a period of time and this ended up doing to trick to get her to accept a new buddy.
  9. dasoxx

    Dasoxx's 16g LED Biocube

    So I was able to pull out the bottom of the first chamber and put my heater back there. I may have unplugged it partially (I just now noticed when adjusting the flow of the tank). I plugged it back in all the way, but my temp dropped to 75. Not dangerous by any means, but I’m just curious if anyone’s heater has seen issues when trying to maintain water temp from chamber 1.
  10. dasoxx

    Dasoxx's 16g LED Biocube

    I hadn’t thought of that, I’ll try pointing one of them up to break the surface. I have been trying to figure out the flow in this tank, so I’m trying all kinds of things. Haven’t seen any gathering on the surface yet.
  11. dasoxx

    Dasoxx's 16g LED Biocube

    Thanks so much! I'm going to try that as soon as I get home! Glad to know I don't need that filter and I can finally get that heater out of sight. The rock work was a lot of fun and there is actually a natural cave formed by one of the rocks on the left side of the tank. I'll need to get a side view to show it, but it's great. As for the hammer, my LFS has an amazing selection and he's go so many great deals. That hammer is actually two tone and the green on the front looks amazing in the night setting light. The purple is on the other side and a little out of sight in this pic.
  12. dasoxx

    The FTS Thread!

    My couple month old 16g Biocube. Hopefully, I'll have some better pics to upload once I've filled it up with more corals! Dasoxx's 16g LED Biocube
  13. dasoxx

    Dasoxx's 16g LED Biocube

    My chamber one does go all the way to the bottom of the tank. I stole a pic from the site that may help with the understanding on this one. The first chamber goes all the way down (as far as I can tell) but it's covered in this pic so it's hard to see. The carbon stock filter cartridge goes in there and it's long, so I wouldn't be able to put that in chamber two (separated by the tray setup) without completely removing the tray. I'm going to have to play around with the options as there may be space to fit the heater in chamber one right next to the filter cartridge, but I don't know how safe that is. Do most people keep the carbon filter cartridges in these tanks?
  14. dasoxx

    Dasoxx's 16g LED Biocube

    The way the 16g works is there are 3 chambers. The first chamber has the filter cartridge, the middle has 3 tiers to it that I'm using for floss and chemi-pure and the 3rd is for the pump (which obviously is usually too low to properly house the heater. I'll see if I can fit the heater in the first one and if I can't, I may get a smaller heater. This one is overkill anyway.
  15. dasoxx

    Dasoxx's 16g LED Biocube

    Because I'm a tool that hasn't thought of that and will be doing it when I get home 😂 Does it fit well in chamber one even with the biocube filter cartridge?
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