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  1. Ya, that happens often if the pumps are left on. I've had to chase a few down😊
  2. I agree its shoddy of the owner but if his focus is reptilia, maybe he is fazing out of the aquatics so selling it all off to those who are willing to take the time to remove the aips.. You can get aiptasia regardless if you see one or not. It can be amongst polyps. At 1 point or another, ppl get them. If its on the plug, you can remove the coral off the plug and ditch the plug. Or cut the plug down with cutters, or treat the aiptasia with aiptasia x
  3. I've used: Mag float Two little fishies Razor blades Credit cards Scrub pads Flip mag My favorite is the flip mag. 1 side is soft for standard algae and 1 side flips to use the scraper blade. Then i like the 2 little fishies because its tiny. I don't like the mag float. Bulky, can't get into tight places, the felt always comes off!
  4. My experience with leathers: they can live in the lowest light out of most corals but they like and do better in good lighting. In low light they will brown, in good light they get the nice pinky fleshy colour. They also need flow. Low flow builds detritus on them causing them to become irritated which makes them wax over to shed the buildup. This waxing over is normal but when it becomes constant/too frequent, the coral is not happy. Leathers take time to acclimate. They don't like being touched or thing changing and will shrivel up and be grumpy for a day to a week. Pick a spot with decent flow and decent lighting and let the leather get used to it
  5. Vacuuming your sandbed is important, ensuring you have adequate flow in all areas, changing floss 2 times a week will all help reduce issues. Adding a few nassarius and ceriths can help
  6. Bubble algae is pretty much normal. Gently twist and remove without popping it
  7. Honestly a stupid simple system is far easier for new hobbiests. You don't need all the bells and whistles or the highest end product. Everyone says you'll want to upgrade, thats not always the case. Many are happy with what they have or add another tank for a different set up. Some invest loads of money to end the hobby within a yr because life changes, its too expensive, too much time dedicated to it. What you really need: The tank and light Heater Powerhead Sand(or even barebottom) Rocks Water- buy ro/di or distilled. Investing in an ro/di right off the bat isn't necessary. Refractometer Buckets(with handles) Salt Api(honestly i've gotten the same results with api as all the others excluding phosphate, that you need low range kit) Regular carbon like kent or seachem matrix Filter floss Laster when you have a phos issue add phosguard. All the other stuff isn't necessary and can be added on after.
  8. Agree. Yellow toadstool is beautiful.
  9. Depends on the system you want. You can do a far more affordable tank. There are many options in this hobby. The cheapest is a standard tank with hob filter, powerhead, heater, and a good light. I don't use an ato-manual top up takes 2 mins. No dosers- manual dosing takes 2 mins. I don't use chemipure- way over priced and didn't do any more for my tank than buying a container of seachem carbon and phosguard which lasts a hell of a lot longer for a lot less with better results. More control on product qty use too. Chemipure doesn't last 4 mnths. Most change it monthly. You could simply get the biocube, filter floss, heater, powerhead, carbon, test kits, salt. Rock and sand.
  10. I have 2 sw-2 in seperate tanks but I'm going to put both in my 15g to get a nice swaying motion. Not sure how to sync them. Do you run both controllers and whats the best time between both.
  11. Nothing. If you don't test for it, don't add it. Your salt provides the essentials your tank needs. You only dose alk, ca, and mag when its being consumed by corals. So you need corals in the tank to determine what they are consuming daily. When you get to the point of having enough corals that consume those elements, then testing is required before dosing.
  12. Sponges- they are horrible for nitrates even when washed regularly or replaced. Thats probably the culprit. Buy a bag of filter floss, cut it to size and replace 2 times a week. Socks need regular cleaning as well. Most have 2 on hand, replace dirty one with clean one and rinse the other one. Rinse your bag of carbon weekly to remove detritus and replace it at least every 3 weeks. As for feeding, feed daily small amounts, enough that lasts no more than 1 min.
  13. Fyi- 53x flow rate may end up being too much for softies and lps. Thats more of a rate for sps dominated tank. When adding corals, keep an eye out for too much flow
  14. Coral compulsion has a par38 thats 35watts, full spectrum, dimmable and covers a surface area of 24x24- that would be plenty for a 5.5 I had a par38 on a 15g.
  15. I have the tidal. The surface skimmer works great, my surface is spotless. The aquaclear surface skimmer sucked. My surface was never clear, it's an eyesore in the tank, a PITA to clean, and broke after 6 mnths