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  1. ReeferND

    30l Build

    I cannot wait for those to come down in price a bit. I am running the reefkeeper and it's like living in the stone age.
  2. ReeferND

    30l Build

    Thanks @specore and @micoastreefing for your responses! Yeah, finding live rock is quite difficult. I have looked at ARC life rock before (as I like their conservation mindset) but since Irma they lost their offshore reef. I am still using the marine pure balls.....could you enlighten me as to why removing them would help? Not that I don't believe you, I am just looking for an education on it. Is it because they could be harboring the bad bacteria? This idea gets as to why I am trying lights out. When I scrape the sump area out or just move things around, there is none of this stuff back there! None that at least I can see. It seems to only be in the display. Now that could be because I am working furocously to trap any and all of this junk before it gets into the sump. But if it is a bacteria, random sprays should seed it enough to find it back there. Today is the first full day without light and I will have to change the skimmer cup since I am using waste away so I will take a quick peek to see if anything has happened....I am figuring not but here is to hoping. @specore do Drew's Dosers have a higher flow rate? Would it be recommended to place a cheap powerhead in the sump as to avoid precipitation? I really like the idea of going "old school" and keeping this whole thing simple in the future. Another question for you two, I have 1 gyre pump (2300), and spin streams (running off of sicce 1.5). Is this too much flow? Not enough? I was thinking of getting another gyre to place on the other side so I can actually utilize the functionality of the controller. Right now I am only running the gyre at 20% max (short periods) during the day and sporatic 10% at night. I was thinking of putting a gyre on the other side at those same intensities.....worth it? Not? Again, just trying to think in advance should I have to tear this tank down.
  3. ReeferND

    30l Build

    Also, I have now been through the struggle everyone talked about in this hobby: lost fish, lost corals, fought invaders, and now probable tank tear down. Starting over provides me an opportunity to correct my known mistakes. What I would like to know from you folks, what are some things you have done that you would change if you were in my shoes? Would you even use a skimmer? UV sterlizer? Just curious so I can avoid things I don't need and do things better this time around. Thanks! Sometimes I wonder if I just stick with bats and leave this reefing thing to those pros but boy do I love this living peices of art!
  4. ReeferND

    30l Build

    Well everyone, I was optimistic about the waste away but this stuff came back with a vengence. To be honest, I am tired of battling it for so many months without any success. So, 2 additional routes before I give up and start over. First, the tank started a 3 day blackout period. I know that if it is bacteria it won't do anything but maybe it's something else (even though I did test it with methalyene blue). If that doesn't work, I have ordered some refresh and waste away from BRS. If that doesn't work, I have exhausted all potential methods I have found for this stuff. I got money to burn which I was hoping would be for a doser and such but might end up getting new rock and sand plus some bacteria. The new BRS video came out recently about the 4 month cycle. I will be doing that exactly. I have learned a lot since I first set this tank up so hope round 2 is better. I love these tankantoo much to ever give up. Success will find me eventually!! Hopefully
  5. ReeferND

    30l Build

    It's been a while since I posted anything. Tank is doing pretty good I think. I finally (and definitely) found out what was in my tank causing havok. A lot of people apparently have this problem and all you have to do is search "white slime on rocks" in these forums. It is definitely a bacteria as I stained it using methalyene blue for positive ID. Talked with the guys at BRS and they suggested Dr. Tims waste away. Holy moly, that stuff is working. I was truly on the verge of tearing down the tank but I am on day 5 of dosing waste away plus daily scrubbing of rocks. That white stuff is taking a beating. I am so impressed with waste away I may just keep adding it to the tank even when this stuff is gone. I have seen absolutely zero ill effects of using it. Corals are much happier and all color is back. Fish are in quarantine and I will be moving them over soon. I have been dosing the tank with One and Only for a while to prep the tank for new bioload. Got 20+ corals coming from unique corals! Super excited. Tank is almost 1 year old. I have really adhered to the "take it slow approach" to reefing as I still only have a handful of corals and no fish in the tank. I hope it all pays off in the long run. Question: do any of you use All-For-Reef? I am about to get a doser and I can't decide if I should get a bubble Magnus T011 or just a single BRS doser. IE should I dose 2 part or one of these all in one supplements? Thoughts are appreciated.
  6. ReeferND

    30l Build

    Hello everyone. So, I decided to get 2 clowns, 1 6 line wrasse, and 1 goby. The tank is looking good. I will post some pictures later.
  7. ReeferND

    30l Build

    Anybody have any advice? Anyone?
  8. ReeferND

    30l Build

    Thanks for the reply @specore. Yeah, I am really contemplating taking the skimmer out. I do two 10% WCs each week....religiously. My skimmer has never pulled really nasty stuff out but of course I don't have any fish and only a handful of corals. In that same thought, I tell myself not to remove or change anything because all my corals are looking great again. Stability is the name of the game so..... Anyway, corals are looking great. I was sure I was going to lose the paly but all color is back and they are open and happy. Same is true with the others. I am still fighting what I now believe is a bacteria all over the rocks. It is white and extremely brittle..... literally can't touch it with it disintegrating. I have read other people have had this problem without any great success in identification or treatment other than time. So, I am going to continue plugging forward. My wife has agreed to let me spend some money so I am going to be purchasing about $600 in corals soon. I have been looking really hard at unique corals. Have any of you ordered from there? Any issues? Also, a complete noob question, should I be cautious introducing too many corals at once? Should I spread them out a bit or is it ok to put them in all at once? I will be getting softies and lps if that helps you to answer. I am also looking for fish suggestions. I have to get clowns because my daughter is has to have her Nemo so I will definitely be getting two of those. Any other suggestions would be awesome. I am thinking 4 or 5 fish total. Again, thanks everyone for helping me out and giving me feedback. Gotta love this community. Happy reefing!!
  9. ReeferND

    30l Build

    Thanks for the input everyone. I am struggling on what to do next regarding equipment. I was thinking of getting a new return pump but I would also like to setup a refugium as well. Unfortunately, the tunze skimmer I have will only fit in the left or right chambers of the sump. I have a customcaddy in the other side. Here is my question: do any of you run a system without a skimmer and rely on a refugium to control nutrients? Do any of you use 2 return pumps and split the return line so that a skimmer can fit in the return section?
  10. ReeferND

    30l Build

    Hey everyone, So here is the honest review of the spin streams.....at least for the first week. They are fairly noisy to be honest. Definitely the first thing you hear even with the return, gyre and skimmer on. The return is a sicce 1.5 so no surprise there. For those of you with a gyre (2300gph), I would say the noise is similar in loudness to the pump on 30%. Of course it is a different type of noise. I will be keeping them as I do think they will quite down as they get work in. They produce pretty awesome movement and I can imagine with a softy only tank, they would probably be all you need. @A Little Blue you are definitely correct in the reduced flow from the return, I would guess I lost about 20% of flow with the spin streams. Looks like I will be getting a new return because I do think the spin streams are worth it. On that note, has anyone tried or know more about the mighty jet dc pumps from IM? They look appetizing for the price and flow but they also look unappetizing because the price ? ......makes me wonder about quality and noise. But 500+ gph flow for $100 is pretty amazing, especially considering they are controllable. Any information would be great! Tank is looking much better! I have come to the realization that when something looks off in the tank I just need to increase wc and not do drastic things. It is so easy to say, "OMG, why aren't my corals extending, I should start looking at dosing things" or in my case to add snake oil that killed 3 corals. I know they would still be alive if I wouldn't have done the Hydroxs. It did kill the hydroids and who knows, maybe they wouldve killed my corals, but more wc and diligence probably would have fixed it too. Live and learn I guess. PS. 7 stage RODI system is pretty amazing. It is so nice to be able to produce my own water. I am sure it is over kill since my TDS leaving the RO unit is only 4 but it is really clean water after the DI stages. Love it.
  11. ReeferND

    30l Build

    Yeah, I took a peek at the RFG from VCA. I really wasn't sure about them but it does seem like people like them. The reviews on the spin streams seemed so various that I just decided to pull the plug. If they don't work...oh well I will try the RFG. I did hear about the reduced flow but I have a gyre in there that I can always ramp up. I will let everyone know how it goes and a fair review of them shortly.
  12. ReeferND

    30l Build

    @A Little Blue thanks for that advice and I apologise for my delayed response. Life gets busy sometimes. Anyway, I have been having trouble with hydroids and recently (about 3 weeks ago) used Hydroxs to treat them. Well......hydroids gone, for the moment, and a clove is dead and zoa is looking really bad. I guessed this would probably happen but I am still bummed. Good news, hydroids gone and they were beginning to kill all corals anyway. Everything else looks good. See pics below. I also received my BRS 7 stage RODI system today and got it installed (see pic). Producing 0 TDS water for the first time in my life. Before I was using either water from lfs (very rarely) and water purchased from Walmart (purple and green lid) and neither I recommend. Let me restate that to any new reefer that might read this.....Purchasing an RODI system is as important as the tank itself. If you short yourself by putting bad water with unknown elements in it to begin with, you are probably going to have issues. I thought I could get by and the answer is no. Learn from my mistakes! I will keep everyone posted. I also ordered the spin stream to increase variable flow. I hope they help.
  13. ReeferND

    AI Prime HD Settings

    Thanks everyone for responding. @ffoott what I mean is that the only coral that has shown any growth at all is the zoa. It has put on maybe 4 new heads in 3 months. The galaxia is the same as it was 3 months ago and the same is true for the hammer. Perhaps I am just impatient? It really looks like people like the David Saxby schedule and I agree with reduced whites. My white is never above 10% I should have mentioned that is one change I made to BRS AB+ schedule. @lpsouth1978 what kind of corals and tank do you have for that intensity of light? I really like the idea of making Saxby's schedule for with the AB+ settings. Do you have a file you could share?
  14. ReeferND

    AI Prime HD Settings

    Hello everyone. I am in need of some assistance as to the lighting schedule for an AI Prime HD. I have a nuvo 30l and have been running it for about 7 months now but I am not getting much coral growth (temp 78, ph 7.8-8.1, cal 420, alk 9-9.5, mag 1300-1350, salinity 1.026) I am fairly good at maintaining those parameters and check alk daily. Still, not much growth. Right now I am running the AB+ variant for lps that BRS suggests for the AI hydra 26 (one of their videos about setting up a red sea reefer) and have been running it that way for probably 2 or 3 months. I don't have many corals, been taking things really slow, and have a frogspawn, hammer, galaxia, paly, and clove polyp. My plan to have mainly a softy with some lps in there when everything is all said and done. Do any of you fellow reefers have any suggestions about the lighting? I am really looking for someone who has been running the light for a long time with good results. If you could post you .aip files that would be awesome as well. Thanks everyone.
  15. ReeferND

    Please Help ID

    @RayWhisperer that is a great idea. Thanks mate, that is exactly what I will do. I wonder if I could dip the whole rock too??
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