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  1. Noonan

    GHA or Dinophlagelates?

    Do all of those things and also consider lighting to be a possible contributor. Maybe they are running for too long of a duration or they are not set to the right spectrum (red and green LEDs are being ran too high, for example).
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    What in tarnation is this stuff!?..

    like I said, supercar. lol I switched a few of my grow out systems from Hydra HDs to Radion XR30 G4s. When I did the switch I just matched the PAR levels but even still we were burning up corals that we have been growing out for 4-5 years FAST. I attribute this to the more focused/pinpointed lenses. We dropped the PAR levels down quite a bit and haven't had any issues what so ever since. We have recently added the diffusors and upped the intensities to make up for it. I am a huge fan of the lights as well as the diffusors if needed. We do not run the diffusors on our SPS systems.
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    What in tarnation is this stuff!?..

    To me, the Radion G4 is like a high end super car. It's capabilities have no limits but it's going to need some tuning.
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    What in tarnation is this stuff!?..

    What type of light? Some lights like certain black boxes have the red/green running on the same line as the white so you are not able to turn them down and forced to run them at whatever intensity the white leds need to be ran at. It doesn't sound like this is the case for you but it's just something that I felt was worth mentioning. I would highly recommend checking your tank with a PAR meter if you haven't already. Your lighting is literally a guessing game until you fine tune it with a PAR meter. Some shops will rent them out for the day which is plenty of time to check, adjust, and check as your adjusting.
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    What in tarnation is this stuff!?..

    As previously mentioned above: clean it out, starve it out, and wait it out. I want to add a huge algae contributor that is often overlooked with many high functioning LEDs... red and green LEDs should be ran at very low intensity. If not they would cause any algae growth to increase, add some nutrients and it’s taking over.
  7. Actually I had a house fire which wasn't tank related which left us displaced for 16 months as well as caused the tank to be without power/heat. The tank was the least of my problems after having half of my house burn down so I literally just turned my back on it and threw it in a dumpster a few weeks later- in its entirety. The tank, reactor, skimmer, kessil, mp10... now that the house is rebuilt and I want another tank I am not sure what I was thinking Here is the most recent image I have of the tank, it's from 4/2014. Edit: I maintain aquariums professionally. The clown trigger was ordered for a 700 gallon aggressive tank and that is what I received. They're my favorite fish and I decided to keep it as the third fish in my tank at the time until it matured a little and was able to move into a larger system. I kept it with a pair of percula clowns and one of the clowns mysteriously disappeared. I assumed the clown trigger got to it.. I replaced the clown with a watchman goby and they were all pretty peaceful after that. The one thing I did do after the fire was have a friend delivery the 3.5" trigger to my client where it still lives today.. it is around 8" now.
  8. I haven't had a tank in a while and I am looking to get back into it. I have a few options as far as tanks go. I can get a used Red Sea C250, it's a 65 gallon and it comes with the stand. Also included are the 2 return pumps, skimmer and skimmer pump, hood/lighting/fans. I would need to replace the lighting, and I would probably get a Hydra or 2 and the hood would come off. I also think I would get new return pumps. The tank has some scratches on the front corners, which are usually a pain in the ass to clean as it is curved glass. The plus sides of this tank for me is the size. For the same cost I could get a brand new Innovative 20 gallon drop off tank or a 30-40 gallon AIO without a stand. I would of course need a Hydra for this as well. The plus sides of this tank for me is that it's brand new. I have had IM tanks before and I liked the way they worked. I also really like the idea of a drop off tank if thats what I were to get, but I am kind of let down by its size. To Sum Up: 65 gallon Red Sea with stand, need return pumps and lighting, tank has some scratches in corners VS brand new (but smaller) Innovative 20 gallon drop off/30/40 gallon AIO would need to get a stand as well as lighting. Both options are around the same cost. Which do you think is the best option? I am wondering if I am limited to only buying Red Sea return pumps and skimmers, or can I fit another brand/size return pump back there as well as maybe a Aquamaxx HOB skimmer? That would be an ideal setup for me-- minus the scratches.
  9. All of the basics are in check.. pH 8.4, Alk 10, Calcium 460, Mg 1380, Nitrate 0, Nitrite 0, Ammonia 0 All of the corals were isolated. Tonight started running ozone and UV, and have been running carbon and skimming. I spoke to a few experts and nobody but really knows the cause other than some type of stress.
  10. Hmm now it spread to a pectinia coral. Here are a few pictures: The first 3 pictures are what we found when we noticed that whatever it was, was spreading to the pectinia coral. Moments later we tried blowing it off with a turkey-baster. This caused the mucus/strings/whatever to become really tightly bound together, as shown in this picture: About one hour after the tight bounds of mucus started to form - I checked back on the pectinia and I noticed that it was completely free of all tight bounds of string (or whatever)... but it was just starting to reappear in the loose string like form that I showed in the first 3 pictures of this post.. Very strange.
  11. Were there any corals in your tank that you deemed as aggressive or the culprit? This tank is a holding tank for many different species of coral. There are always different species coming and going and this is the first time we had this issue. A galaxea coral about the size of a soft ball was added during the last shipment.
  12. I added some new pieces over the weekend, and of course I dipped everything that came in. About 2 hours after adding the new corals I noticed that most of my brain corals (both existing and new pieces) had what appeared to me as either egg sacks or some type of secretion coming out of them. The white dots shown in the image are almost swirl like and stringy but they are all tightly grouped together. They cannot be blown off with a turkey baster --- they probably could if I used enough force but I don't want to damage anything any further. As mentioned, they look like egg sacks but they are still very different compared to the egg sacks that I am familar with (zoa eating nudibranch eggs, snail eggs, etc). What ever this is, it is affecting most of my brain corals and nothing much else... zoanthids aren't opening but there aren't "eggs" on the zoas either. Any help!?
  13. Lately I have been doing a lot of research for myself and my tanks, mainly about the benefits of adding phytoplankton, copepod, and rotifer cultures to my display and grow out tanks. There seems to be some debate on whether or not adding live phyto will help improve or worsen nitrates and phosphate levels. Does anyone have any input?
  14. I am just trying to get some information from you guys about these tanks. I have heard a couple of times from various people that these tanks have had issues with leaks. I remember when they first started production on these tanks they didn't have the best silicone work between each glass panel and that was causing some leaks.... I am assuming that this is something that has been fixed. I did a few searches and it appears that there are still issues with these tanks leaking, which I would imagine is standard practice with most tank companies but I just wanted to double check with you guys before diving in.....
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    Gold Zoa ID?

    Possibly Gold Mauls, maybe Soprano's, could be Scarface...... Any ideas?