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  1. Lorekeeper

    Lorekeeper's 3 Gallon "Shallows" tank!

    This little guy is awesome! Loving him. He's begun to perch on macros and around the tank much more. He's very active, for a goby. Lots of personality, too. He'd be a good candidate for a larger nano with other shy fish. I ended up simply trimming back the Blue Scroll, with advice from both @vlangel and a friend on R2R. So far, it seems to be doing alright. The majority of what's left is healthy algae, so I'm hoping that the new growth will come in fairly quickly. I also have a new "finger" forming on the Codium, and the Pink Galaxy is beginning to color back up as well.
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    UV sterilizers!

    I edited the photo. If not, you can barely see the tank due to how my phone picks up the blue lighting. It's intense enough for the softies and LPS that I want. It's looking much better! We'll see if it stays that way. Normally, I just run carbon. Right now, I'm running Chemipure. I used distilled, from a jug. TDS tests between 0-5 consistently.
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    UV sterilizers!

    This is as of today. Tank is a bit cloudy from the sand.
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    UV sterilizers!

    Not dosing anything, no. I don't have a skimmer on hand, and I'd rather not shell out the cash to buy one right now. I went ahead and done a complete tear-down last night. I didn't acid wash the rocks, but I did do a 100% WC. I also blasted the rocks with saltwater to try and blow away any debris. The tank got cleaned with vinegar. We'll see if it takes this time around. Here's a pic from a few weeks ago: Nothing has changed since then. As you can see... you can't see.
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    UV sterilizers!

    Okay, so I've been dealing with a bacterial bloom in one of my tanks for about a month and a half. I'm sure it's a bacterial bloom, and I've tried every trick in the book. I even tore down the tank, blasted all of the rock with clean saltwater, and then set the tank back up fresh. No dice. The bloom came back over the course of about 3 weeks. I've got two options left: UV sterilization, or doing a total restart. Soak the rock in muratic acid, clean all of the equipment in vinegar, and hope that my fish and inverts do okay while the tank re-cycles. The issue? I don't have time to babysit a tank while it cycles right now. I'm working 12 hours a day. So, UV sterilization is what I'd like to try first. I've been looking at either this pump: https://www.ebay.com/itm/9W-UV-Sterilizer-W-Submersible-Pump-Filter-75-Gallon-Aquarium-Fish-Tank-JUP-01/261526817765?epid=1231968777&hash=item3ce4368be5%3Ag%3AmAMAAOSwdV1XNohy%3Asc%3AShippingMethodStandard!40475!US!-1&_sacat=0&_nkw=uv+sterilizer&_from=R40&rt=nc&_trksid=p2322090.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xuv+sterilizer.TRS0 Or, I could try running a UV bulb above my HOB. Would that work? I'm truly out of patience and options. I've been trying my best with this tank, and it's been nothing but trouble for the past couple of months. It started with an anemone dying while I was on vacation, and since then, I've not had any luck with stuff doing well in the tank. The tank is stocked with a juvenile Pink Skunk Clownfish and a Blackline Blenny. Both will be moved into a 29 next summer, once I'm off to college. The tank gets a 50% WC weekly. Parameters are as follows: Ammonia/Nitrite: 0 PPM Nitrate: 5-7 PPM Phosphate: 0.12 PPM (working on it) SG: 1.0255 All trace elements (that I test for) are within range. If you need specific values, I can post those as well. Any help is appreciated. I've tried dosing peroxide, breaking down the tank, 100% WCs, increasing flow and aeration, and even adding more media for BB to grow on. No luck.
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    Delete me!

    This was mistakenly posted. Can I delete it?
  7. Lorekeeper

    Micro fuge

    I meant like on the container. Algae doesn't grow on the plastic/glass? Hm. Interesting!
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    Micro fuge

    I like it! Won't that grow algae, though? I'm looking for a similar solution, since I've got an emerald crab in my 10 gallon that seems to enjoy certain macros...
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    Lorekeeper's 3 Gallon "Shallows" tank!

    Little guy was out and about all day today. I think they addition of all the macros has really helped him settle in. He seems to really like the Halimeda in particular, for some reason. Does anyone have any experience with hair algae growing on macroalgae? The Blue Scroll I received is covered in hair algae. I know I can't treat with peroxide, and manual removal didn't do too much for me. Anyone got any tips?
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    Macroalgae Display Pico!

    Thanks! Here's the actual tank thread:
  11. Lorekeeper

    Macroalgae Display Pico!

    Okay, so my order came in. Had some issues, but 7 out of the 12 macros I ordered actually came in. I ended up just kinda throwing everything in the tank, since I was short on time. If anyone has any placement suggestions, I'm 100% open. What you see in this pic is definitely not the final placement. The biggest question I have is about the blue scroll algae. It came in with quite a bit of hair algae on it. How can I deal with that?
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    Lorekeeper's 3 Gallon "Shallows" tank!

    After a conversation with Reef Cleaners, the macros that I didn't receive were refunded. It was a quick and easy process, but it just really shouldn't have happened in the first place. Mistakes occur, but there were a few too many in this order for my taste. Let me know if anyone has any macro placement suggestions.
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    Lorekeeper's 3 Gallon "Shallows" tank!

    Order arrived today. Not sure if I'm happy with it yet. It definitely wasn't a great order, yet. Only part of my order arrived. I didn't get quite a few of the macros I paid for, and haven't been told whether or not I'll be getting them or not. What DID come in looks pretty good. Most of the snails have begun to latch on and crawl around, and all of the macros made it, to a point. A lot of the Fern Caulerpa died in the bag. I cut off all the dead matter, plus 1/2" of healthy plant, to be safe. The Carpet Halimeda doesn't look anything like what I've seen online, and I'm really not a fan of it so far. My opinion may change, though. All of the macros got a freshwater dip before they were put into my tanks. Helped me sort out the dead stuff from the living stuff, and got rid of quite a few pods. I hated to kill them, but I'm not sure I wanted to introduce all of those into my tanks without knowing what they were. I kinda just threw them into the tank for now, since I have some other stuff I gotta do. I'll be siphoning and dealing with all the sand (introduced by the Halimeda) later. For now, here's a pic of the tank pre-water change.
  14. Lorekeeper

    Brown Jelly Disease *sigh*

    War Coral is covered in brown jelly today. The Candy Cane doesn't look too good either. Should I just take them out before they cause issues?
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    Brown Jelly Disease *sigh*

    I went ahead and treated the candy cane as well. From here, I'll continue dosing peroxide, and keep up on water changes. Probably do 20-30% every 2-3 days. See if I can't turn things around!
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