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About TotesMaGoat

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  • Birthday 05/30/1990

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  1. I feel ya. I thought I’d enjoy a summer system a lot more. Started losing time on my other hobbies because seemed like I was taking care of this thing majority of Saturday’s. Something about smaller nanos I just enjoy more. Just more minimalistic. Now I find myself looking back at a IM system of some type to fill the void
  2. Yeah I just wasn’t enjoying it. I had a lot more enjoyment from my 10g. Thanks though, put a lot of effort into it
  3. Sold everything off. Fun while it lasted!
  4. I took it offline about a month ago and haven’t been running anything since. I was having issues with 0 phosphate and nitrate and washed out colors. I have run it pretty wet, then ran it dry before finally taking it out due to not seeing params increase. I was running it in around 7 inches of water I believe on setting 2.5ish. I didn’t have any issues on getting it to produce. I don’t think one clown is enough bioload for it to really produce much skimmate but I’m a noob. i started dosing nitrogen last week after a month of taking the skimmer out and increased feedings still had nitrate and phos bottomed out. Colors have done a complete 180, everything’s growing and looking good finally. I believe I was also running way too much grape bubble macro in the sump. I had been letting it fill the refugium area on the sump, but have been keeping to fist sized with a trim every week. added 2 emerald crabs for some bubble algae and a peppermint shrimp to curb an explosion of aptasia. I hate both crabs and shrimp, but my Lfs sells berghia for 15$/per and with the number I’d need, taking my chances with a shrimp instead. Crabs have been working, time will tell how the peppermint works out. picked up a few frags since last update. Forest fire and bubble gum digi colony, pc rainbow colony, pink diamonds, jubilees, Nirvana colony, number of other zoas or sticks I’m forgetting. Sps frags have been encrusting at a good clip, and just started dosing brs 2 part. Had just been doing weekly WC but tested alk for first time in months and it was at 5.5. Now keeping it at 7.3 as that’s what my salt mixes to. Switched from Red Sea blue bucket to HW few weeks ago, everything’s responded real well to it. crappy iPhone pictures. Still need to grab the real camera I have back home being used by my dad.
  5. Toss affected corals and rock and start over or fight them? Branching hydroids my frags from the 10g had them, I tried manual removal for a while but it’s impossible to eradicate them with just that. Came back fast and furious the past few weeks when I upped feeding
  6. Planned to go with a softy tank, find myself buying more and more sticks..
  7. Super cool your pistols spawn, I’d love a pair
  8. Dino’s either went away or it was brown cyano, after I started feeding more, added 2 cardinals and skimmed dry they went away and I had several different algaes and a little red cyano pop up. Performed a 30% wc today and will turn skimmer a little more wet. So relieved i dodged the Dino bullet. I have a couple really nice acros coming next weekend from a local reefer. The slimer and digi made me want a few more sps. Right rock scape is going to get some more acans or shrooms, and will fill some spots with some zoas or shrooms.
  9. Yeah I just like the back and forth sway the jaebo does to the corals. Had really high expectations for it and like the larger flow pattern but just not real thrilled with it. Maybe I would have been happier with the bigger size
  10. It is! Thought I’d really like it but I much prefer the pulsing of the jaebo, I’m going to sell it for a rw8. Not impressed by its output, my rw4 can get my whole tank swaying, can’t say anything good about the 1k
  11. Saw a tiny spot of this a few weeks ago, chalked it up to cyano and a new tank. I upped nutrients in the tank and added 2 cardinals as coral were washed out and nitrates/phosphates were 0. 2 days of having the skimmer off and what I think are Dino’s spread to multiple places. Had them a few years ago and after months of battles I tore down the tank. Going to switch skimmer back on and see what happens.
  12. Picked up a few new sps pieces to celebrate getting through the first week of the new school year. bubblegum digi, green slimer, and several birdsnests. Bought from a local reefer, he was extremley generous. Time to sit back and let everything grow in. Few pics have a gel filter because my iPad can’t take pictures
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