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About teenyreef

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  • Birthday 11/16/1963

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  1. You are correct, no lanthanum chloride for you 🙂 It requires some way to get the precipitated phosphates out of the water, either by a fine particulate filter or a skimmer.
  2. That's all I use now. I hated gfo and other methods that started strong and then ran out over time, because my phosphates were continually bouncing from too low to too high, and they would crash every time I put in new media.
  3. Just followed that link - holy crap! Was he selling at those prices or were they discounted for the show? Nice pickup on the JF fire dragon. It looks like a cross between a fox fire and a red dragon.
  4. I like the scape, it looks balanced and there are lots of good spots for corals.
  5. Glad to hear things are still going well!
  6. Some quick pics I took tonight just because I haven't posted any in a while 🙂 Reefgen smoldering cauldron, RG vulcan blood, RG portal punks, Sunny D zoas: A wider view: Utter Chaos, Armor of God, Baby Back Blue Eyed zoas: Favites: Rainbow acans getting rainbow-y on the sides where the light isn't so bright: Blastomussa: Unknown acropora that has never ever colored up in three years is starting to color up a bit. I'm looking forward to seeing what color it actually is 🙂 It's purple and blue on the growth tips where it gets more light:
  7. Acan garden: WWC Carolinia: Monticap garden: Jaon Fox Hate Raid: WWC yellow tip (left), ORA Bird of Paradise (right):
  8. Some pics of fish and corals. The gobies (yellow watchman and green banded) didn't come out for the photo session, but they're doing fine. Dilbert guarding the eggs: Humphrey keeping everyone away! Boris, the yellow coris wrasse:
  9. I'm still chasing high levels of nitrates and phosphates in the tank. While I don't want to worry about specific numbers, I do know that the problems I had with corals in the tank earlier this year was definitely due to overly high levels, so I'm trying to stay ahead of it this time. I also know that since I removed the sand bed, the tank is probably going through a new period of instability and adjustment. I'm doing weekly 25% water changes, but even so, nitrates are still going up slowly and phosphates are going up rapidly. So I'm also doing regular PhosphateRx dosing, a drop every three or four days. And when nitrates get too high (above 16), I do a 50% water change. So far it's working great judging from the growth and colors of the corals. But I sure wish I knew where it's all coming from. I feed about 1/4 to 1/2 a cube of frozen daily, and I only have two small fish. I've made sure the back chambers are clean, and there's no detritus accumulating in any corners. So for now I'm just chalking it up to changing conditions after removing the sand bed, and giving it time.
  10. Overall the tank is doing well but the nuisance algae is increasing. I've been dosing PhosphateRx to bring down phosphates because the algae turf scrubber still hasn't started to produce. I hate artificially lowering phosphates since that's probably inhibiting growth of the algae in the scrubber, but I just couldn't let it keep getting out of the control. To help deal with the algae, I got a "nano" Foxface (rabbitfish). He's small, and I'll probably be able to keep him at least a year before he starts to outgrow the tank. So now I have a deadline for a tank upgrade I haven't been able to get a really good picture of him yet, but he's already on duty picking at the algae. Meet Franklin:
  11. In other news, I just realized this tank is almost two years old now! Other than the AEFW, it's doing really well. No algae problems, and nitrates and phosphates stay naturally low. I actually have to dose nitrates every once in a while to keep the nitrates above zero. I have to kill the occasional aiptaisia and vermetid snail, but corals grow great and the fish are happy.
  12. While clearing out frags with some local buyers, I discovered that there are acropora eating flat worms (AEFW) in the tank. Grrrrr I don't really know how they got in since I always dip new frags, but clearly I either missed a frag or I didn't dip long enough, or didn't use a dip that would kill them. Since I can completely remove all the acropora frags from the tank for dipping, I'm going to try dipping them once a week for the next six to eight weeks and then let things be for a while to confirm they're all gone. If that doesn't work, I'll have to set up a quarantine tank so that any AEFW eggs that hatch in this tank don't have any acropora to eat. The good news is I don't have any acros in this tank I can't stand to lose - right now most of them are frags of the ORA Pearlberry, and I have a couple frags already in the other tanks. The bad news is I don't know if there are any that have made their way into either of the display tanks. Only time will tell. In better news, I did a zoa swap with a local reefer. Six out of seven have already opened up after the dip: From left to right: Magicians, LA Lakers, Emeralds on Fire, Gobstoppers, Twizzlers, Rainbow Incinerators, Reverse Space Monster.