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    C & A's 30L

    It's been a while since I've posted. My tank has been doing well, as are Chip and dale (clowns). Been keeping up for the most part with all the maintenance except had a 2 week stretch at the end of July that was oddly hectic and missed a few duties. All the algae is basically gone (none on my rocks). some dusting the sand bed but that is new and it's already going away since the photo below was taken 2 days ago (that was right before a water change) I have a small tuft that's being stubborn between my acan heads but it's partially my fault as I keep moving it around. I have to decide on where to put it and glue it down finally, it's been around for a while now and seems to be very tolerable to my maintenance and being bullied by a hermit that likes to help it move around... Now that things have calmed down since the major re-engagement int he hobby, I've taken to tracking my parameters better and most things seem to be stable now. A few weeks with a power head turned basically off did wreak havoc that takes a while to bounce back from! The LFS sent out it's stock list as per usual on Friday (past) and to my amazement, for the first time since I started researching this hobby (>2 years now), they had 3 green banded gobies in QT!!!😮 (Apparently they are not available in Canada very often😞... don't know why.) So ofc I emailed the store up asking when they will be out of QT (Saturday) and I reserved 2! They have been on our shopping list for a while, one of the fish my wife and I both really liked. In any case, long story short, we now have 2 very small GBG's in QT at home and a 6-line wrasse (who hopefully won't hurl himself out of the QT tank the day before move in again... 🙁 better lid on the QT tank this time). It's been a long time coming to get a new wrasse but I wanted to make sure things are stable and not rock the boat too much as I re-learn everything. One GBG is bouncing around, eating when fed and looks in great shape/spirit, the other one is a bit slower but I've seen him eat. I hope the whole traveling ordeal didn't get him hurt, they did post 3 available and I would have taken the third after thinking about it but he was gone by Sunday when I got to the store, not sure if he was sold, if they kept him or if he didn't make it. I'm getting to a good point in the hobby I believe and will be slowly allowing my tank to mature. Don't get me wrong. I'm NOT going to run out and buy 20 corals to fill the tank and hope that they live, Just going to keep what I have in good shape for now and enjoy our new baby that is due in the next few weeks! (I couldn't pass the GBG's though... otherwise the wrasse would have also been a fall purchase) Here is a FTS with my cell phone without filters (sorry it's dark and makes the sand look a lot worse than it is) and one of the 2 GBG's - Going to need to come up with names...
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    C & A's 30L

    Quick update. We just got back from our two week vacation, which means the tank had even less experienced hands in it for the two weeks. With minimal training and as much prep as I could do I set off across the ocean praying that everyone would survive. The only maintenance that was done while I was away - feeding, every 3rd day filter floss change, ATO fill up. Crazy to think that's all but I'm thankful that was done. Some interesting results though!!! Right before I left, I did a bunch of water changes over the few days before, probably equal to 50% of the water in 1 week all with my new RO/DI water. My last day, when I was filling up the ATO jug, I noticed my MP10 was only 2 or 3 lights in from the left, which I thought was low or for some reason it caught my attention, so I turned the knob to see what the programmed level was... only to realize somehow it had been turned down to 25% max power!!!!! so not thinking twice, I cranked it up to the second last dot (right below 100% power) I washed my hands and got on a plane after that. When we got home, we were really happy to see everyone alive and SHOCKED to see the growth on the rocks to have been cleared off the entire right side (MP10 side) of the tank! Overall the algae is much LESS!!!! I think not only the use of proper RODI water but the newfound increase in circulation seemed to have started solving my problem. (ooops edit - I also restocked my hermits 1 week before leaving with 10 new blue legs). As a result, I'm looking now for another MP10 to put on the other side of the tank to increase the overall circulation and utilize their pairing function. The length of the 30L must be too much for a single MP10 I guess? it is 3 feet. Will need to pop that on the father's day list
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    Cyano battle ends - onto a new guest - Dino's...

    Thanks @mcarroll It's been a busy week, our trip with a 2 year old is proving much more hands on to plan and I haven't had time to do the full scrubbing this weekend as I hoped I'll do those tests asap and let you know. (Water change is tomorrow so I'll do it along with that) - How long could it take for them to regroup? I haven't done any dosing for a while now, waiting on this to clear up, good to see I'm on the right path there, however I've thrown in a bag of chemipure blue. Will remove that for now. Only reason I did that was an uneducated guess, because a few of the corals didn't look as happy as they were prior to this rebound outbreak, I'm guessing it was the wrong decision. They don't look any better for having that in for the last 5 days. I have noticed a difference in the "growth and re-growth" of my problem. It has been significantly stunted in the last week and the only change was the RODI water vs just the RO. All my water, including my ato water is now the proper RODI stock as is any saltwater I've made (two 15% changes so far). My water is now testing at 0 TDS consistently from the source, though the resin is already 1.5" yellow. The "friends" on the back wall of the tank that I managed to siphon off last water change had not grown back to the same extent. I'm still going to pull out the rock step by step, and remove all the growth and do a thorough cleaning, and clean the sand bed, the question is just when now. I don't see any evidence of the cyano in the tank atm, looks like the chemiclean worked as it should for now. I'm cleaning out the filter floss daily/every-other day atm, it's catching a lot, and skimmer is being emptied every other day as well. This need to clean out the floss daily is new, only the last week I've noticed it's dirty by the next day and change it out, previously it would be ok for up to 3-4 days. Learning all my lessons the hard way of course, no matter the research done beforehand. Nothing like hands on experience. I really appreciate the help from everyone!
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    Cyano battle ends - onto a new guest - Dino's...

    Looks like I have my hands full for next weekend Small stupid question. I just got a new RO/DI after going on about a year without DI (for some reason I thought my system had it and well no excuses here. my mistake) I've done all the usual flush of the RO portion, does the DI resin need to be flushed before use? it's a refillable canister with bulk colour changing DI resin. Thanks guys!
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    C & A's 30L

    Been quite busy, and keeping up with my maintenance. Seems to be running smoothly apart from the blob photo above. I've progressed in the filtration fix, and now I'm in the process of getting a new RO/DI system which will help. With regards to the nasty blob that has overrun the tank...... I shouldn't run from it now, it must be dino's. can't let it get to me like the cyano did. So I've asked around, done tons of reading, and I'm going to try hydrogen peroxide dosing for a week at first. I'm putting together all my numbers now on dosage and length of treatment. Will post up results when (not if - I hope) I see them. Feel free to post up advice. I feel I'm close in fixing all the issues and having a smooth running tank.
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    Cyano battle ends - onto a new guest - Dino's...

    Quick update. The cyano is all good and gone. Haven't seen any sign of it. New problem though. I've noticed the snooty what i thought was GHA - turns out i think it's actually dino's... I've been on my maintenance and as it's well published, dino's love water changes... Can someone post up the proper hydrogen peroxide dosage? here is an image of what it looks like. The colouring is a bit off due to filters and my up and coming photography skills... DSC_0964
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    C & A's 30L

    I've been doing a lot of reading. I'm beginning to think/hope it's not dino's. The growth lacks the snotty nature and the main body of it doesn't really go away at night. The dusting on the sand bed is gone but that's all it looks like, a discolouration of the sand, nothing growing there. It is very tricky to get a photo that isn't way out of focus, still learning. I've attached the best one so far at the end of this post. My best description of the problem is that the "algae" looks hairy, simple stringy structures no longer than 2cm (0.75") with some bubbles at the end. It is not easily blown off with a turkey baster, nor does it come off easy when siphoning! Seems to be attached and doesn't have a snotty look to it. All this makes me think it's more like calothrix. I think my original plan would be incidentally the best course of action for this problem? (posted above) Something odd happened on Friday on top of everything. I've have a frag of Acans doing great for over a month now (or close it it) and all of a sudden, when i got home on Friday they were all closed up and small, not puffy and open like before. Forgot to test the water in the situation and set up everything for a water change on Saturday first thing. They must be mad at something, they didn't open up on Sunday either. With the water change, I pulled out 1 of my 2 ancient sponges finally (the one upstream of the media block and popped in a chemipure blue bag in the caddy. (still using clean floss as my first stage) Not sure that was the right reaction, but something isn't right and carbon well, I don't think it can do any more wrong than what the acan doesn't like. Will test my water tonight. (still waiting on my order with the phosbond to come in.) Also I did by copepods & rotifers, but with the acan being mad, i've stored them for the weekend. I think I'll add them tonight pending water tests results. DSC_0964
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    C & A's 30L

    I've had a bit of a hick-up since my last post. I have some photos to go with this but I'm not able to post them atm. Will try to post tonight. The brown hair algae that I thought I had, I think is in fact dino's which was kept under control by the cyano outbreak... With the cyano gone, they've take over the rock. Backing up to my last post, It was just brown, filamentous and had no outward signs of a dino colony, since then, I have noticed bubbling and that my sand is clear overnight but when I get home in the evenings it is brown. I noticed some sensitivity of my snails and they seem to keep to the areas it's not as prominent, haven't noticed any extra shells beyond what was there for the moment. It hasn't gone onto the corals, mainly taken over where the cyano died off (from all the nutrients left behind probably). If it isn't one thing it's the next, I know all self inflicted, but I really need to fix it. Current plan was: to keep running filter floss in my filtration compartment left side, do one last water change for the next while and try to get as much of the algae (dinos) out as possible - not sure i should do this atm add phosbond in a nylon bag sitting on paper-towels changed every 2-3 days so that the flow goes through the media, then through the paper-towels and then the biofilter media block that is already in there. Add microbacter7 as directed for high nutrient system for 2-3 weeks and some copepods no water changes for the next while This may all change since I fear it is now Dino's. I was looking at DinoX, 2-3 days of dark, and H2O2 dosing in addition to the above. I've purchased also a silicate test. not sure that matters with dino's... Was hoping the worst was over but I hear about people re-setting because of Dino's. That's not really in the plan atm and would be an absolute disaster. So I need a new plan or continue with the above plan, not sure once again what to do . Photos tonight.
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    C & A's 30L

    Working through keeping things nice and clean. It's looking a lot better IMO now. The micro-bubbles were indeed my skimmer needing adjusting, all clear now. I do think that cleaning off my live rock in the tank was not a good idea. I think my parameters for 24 or more were severely disturbed by my disruption. Apart from fixing my filtration compartments, I have 2 things on my list to fix and may need some advice on these. 1. Getting rid of the brown hair algae that has shown up, I think it was there during my cyano issue just not as prominent, but with that gone, it's the biggest eyesore left now. 2. Cleaning off my live rock better and re-scaping (guess that's 3). I was thinking of taking each rock out of the tank, blasting it in a bucket of tank water (either fresh mix or during a water change) with the turkey baster to get all the deterius out of the crevices. Not sure how else to clean them? any suggestions? 3. Re-scaping the rocks properly. Any suggestions? I'm thinking I have too many in there in the first place plus some stuff has to go. I'll post a FTS tonight to capture all the rock i have in there now but it won't look too different from the FTS's in the last few weeks Also picked up a filter and a 1x,2x,4x,10x lens for my camera. only had a few minutes to play with it. here is a shot of my scoly with the regular lights on, not photo mode. DSC_0911
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    C & A's 30L

    Things have settled down today. I'm getting a lot of micro-bubbles in the tank. I think I have to adjust my ghost skimmer? I'll be cleaning it tonight anyway so I'll re-adjust then. Tux is on the back wall, made a huge trip to get all the way up and middle back. I hope he's just scoping out where he wants to be. Chip and Dale are just in heaven, I've forgotten how social they are! They do still frighten away sometimes, not sure why... no one knocks on their glass (my daughter's too short!) Pep shed his shell overnight and now is hiding, managed to wrangle it away from a bumblebee snail this am! I want to post a picture of the moticap/motipora that survived all of this and I think even the original green one is "alive-ish" but I'm working towards those amazing macro shots that people post and I don't think I have a lens for them. I'm using a decent camera I'd like to think, with the Nikon D7200 but I only have a AF 18-400 and a G1.8 lens which are not made for that. Going to do some photography research on here and see what lens type I need.
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    C & A's 30L

    Things are looking good. I went to the LFS to re-stock my dwindling CUC. Got 4 margaritta snails, 4 Nassarius snails, 2 astrea and 2 mexican turbo's. I also was coerced into getting a blue tuxedo urchin. Never had one, have been reading about them and they were in my original plan to get one. We'll see how he does. Wanted to get a sand shifting star but they didn't have any, so urchin it was! Those aren't venomous they said, from what i read, that's correct i hope. After dripping everyone in, I noticed a bit of debris on a monticap frag, and blew it off with my turkey baster, and well i also blew off some debris off the rock beside etc and now EVERYONE IS MAD at me. all my corals acted up! Even the brain/scoly puffed up and in level all across! the torches are letting off long white strings which i hadn't see since i glued them down! I hope things calm down. I didn't want to make everyone mad... The big torch looks like a bowl with little green balls sticking up, it's a mess in there! I hope i didn't stirr the bee's nest too much!!!! On the bright side, that turbo that died on me suddenly after a year, I think he left an offspring. I see a small snail on the glass no more than 1/4" working his way around and does not look like the other snails.
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    Cyano battle ends - onto a new guest - Dino's...

    Hi All, Been a week since the start of the treatment. I did my water change at the 48h mark. Next one planned for Sunday again. Any thoughts on if or when I should throw in a bag of chemipure blue? Also I've replaced any basic equipment that may have been dipped into the aquarium when it contained the cyano. Of the items that may remain, any advice on how to clean them? namely my algae scraper, don't want to have to replace that As per the state of the aquarium, It's looking very clean, can now see all the other algae, and realize my CUC needs re-stocking but nothing too crazy imo. I have a conch and some Nassarius snails (probably need more) that are doing a great job on the substrate. Better times moving forward
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    C & A's 30L

    Clean up well underway. Chemiclean did wonders to the tank! Still need to scrape the back and Since Sunday I've been going in daily with a turkey baster to mix things up. Seems to help move things out of the tank. Lot's to do still but it's looking better. I've forgotten how to take photos.... so here are a couple bad ones. the second is of this coral that has been through everything with me and surprisingly looks unscathed. Yesterday he got reefroids for the first time in months and he plumped up and ate like a champ. Not actually sure what he is, the store just called him a brain coral, was sold to me for $10 way back in the day. DSC_0909 DSC_0903
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    Cyano battle ends - onto a new guest - Dino's...

    Threw the chemiclean in Friday and I have to say, Why didn't I just do it months ago!!!!!!! I wouldn't have let the algae build up or all the other neglect happen!!!! It's clearing up amazingly. Here's to a new life for my tank!
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    C & A's 30L

    Quick note, The chemiclean is working wonders! It seems to all be clearing up. Even the main colony of cyano looks to be dwindling away. By end of day, I'll do my water change and see if I need to re-dose since it was such a widespread infection, however I think it's going to get everything! The surface of the water is clear and Chip and Dale are eating off the surface again! (they were waiting for their food to be falling to get it) All the corals look much happier too, more plump and what not. I'm not going to let this happen again!!!! Things look so much better now! A bit of regular algae remaining to deal with but that will be easy I'll attempt photos tonight.
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