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    Brian's Red Sea Reefer 170

    Yeah definitely went too fast, in retrospect. On a livestock "break" for at least 90 days. Learning how to dose KNO3 in the interim.
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    Brian's Red Sea Reefer 170

    First, the good news. Have a bunch of coral in my display. I don't think I have any coral pests. I came to my senses on my rockwork and have two pretty islands now with a channel between.I took these shots randomly at night (pretty late) - you can't see the golden torch (left) or yellow hammer (right) out, both look great and happy. Zoas are obviously very happy. Spotted gobies + pistol shrimp are getting big, and picked a great spot where I can see the shrimp pretty often. Alk Spike / Burnt Tips / STN devastation. The STN brought on by alk burn managed to devastate the SPS that I had in my quarantine. Which at one point was quite a bit. Learned quite a bit from that mistake (I just calculated about $1k). Have some stylos in there that are still having STN - holding out a little hope but I think that they will be dead soon. Got just a bit ahead of myself. Yeesh. Trying not to dwell on it too hard. Placed another Jason Fox order (for significantly less), to give it a last shot. I think it should be better this time. Current SPS in there are a strawberry shortcake, vivid rainbow, PC rainbow, ORA red planet, Tyree pink lemonade, and rainbow monti. Good luck trying to tell them apart, sheesh! Nitrates too dang low. I am still struggling to get my nitrates up. Hovering around 0.25ppm. Feeding a ton, running the skimmer dry. My phosphates are OK (0.03 ppm). My acans aren't super happy, and I'm pretty sure it's because of the nitrates being too low (although it may be flow/light related). Particularly the acan to the right of the tank, get quite a bit of light and flow and I'm probably going to move it to a more shaded part of the tank. No iodine? Also, did my first Triton ICP test. Everything was green except that my tank has 0 Iodine? Ordered some iodine so I can dose. Ich or velvet. Unfortunately the devastation hasn't been limited to the coral. Either ich or velvet killed both purple firefish, a green chromis, a royal grandma, midas blenny, and one of my clowns. Currently planning on running "fishless" (e.g., not adding any more livestock) for 60 days post disease. My red firefish had it and recovered (pictured). Sump looking good. In the sump - things have been pretty stable. I moved my carbon (running BRS ROX) from a bag to a reactor, since it was really cheap. Added a Tunze nanostream to the refugium to keep all the detritus kicked up, it's super clean down there. Very little hair algae now, the chaeto ball is super super dense.
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    Brian's Red Sea Reefer 170

    Just realized that the Grizzly Adams _is_ really doing poorly - it's got burnt tips. I swung the alk in my QT tank pretty aggressively in prep of some travel (one day 7.8 -> 8.7, next day 8.4 -> 9.3) and it looks like it took its toll on this acro. Some of the others have been affected but not nearly this much. Alk currently sitting at 8.4 in the QT and going down 0.25 / day. Will keep observing. Oops. Looking back at some older pictures - realized the burn has been going on for some time I just didn't know to look for it. Another learning I've had - I have been using Red Sea black bucket as a salt mix and have constantly been fighting some of the insane (11 dKH) alk it has. I was still in the 9s when I added this to my QT. In retrospect, should have been using blue bucket and will make the switch at some point. For all the BRSTV I watch, never realized that there was a such thing as alk burn. Any advice?
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    Brian's Red Sea Reefer 170

    "Unhappy" acros? I don't know enough about them to know if this is good polp extension for my quarantine. WWC Christmas Mirabilis Acro WWC Grizzly Adams ORA Kelly Green Psammocora just because it looks cool ? WWC Firepower Chalice with feather duster worm in macro on bottom left.
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    Brian's Red Sea Reefer 170

    Got a ton of things in the quarantine, things are growing and it's sucking down alk like crazy! Dosing 1 mL of Triton a day to it. Some macro shots - Jason Fox Seriatopora Rainbow acan from the LFS Jason Fox Cry Babies WWC Grape Watermelon Chalice Some of the acros aren't really opening but basically everything else is doing great. One of the acans got stung and two of the polyps - sections of them turned bright white. I cut them off. Have some hair algae (really apparent on the macro of the chalice). Also have some small feather duster worms that have appeared (also pretty apparent on the right side of the base of the chalice) that I think would be OK in the display? 2 more weeks until the first group of corals hit 45 days and I plan to move them over to the display. Exciting!
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    Brian's Red Sea Reefer 170

    Big order from WWC came in today. So exciting to see the quarantine in my office filling up! Everything is open and happy.Lastly need to get a bunch of acros. Trying to decide between getting a Battle Box, Acan pack from WWC, or trying to pick and choose. There are just so many I find it very overwhelming.
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    Brian's Red Sea Reefer 170

    Have I mentioned how bizarre it feels that I haven't done a water change for the tank in a month and a half?
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    Brian's Red Sea Reefer 170

    Everything is going good right now - nitrates/phosphates at 0 so I think I'm done introducing new filtration.
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    Brian's Red Sea Reefer 170

    Picked up my first LPS, so game on! An acan and a beautiful golden torch. Also have blue LED strip lights now. I re-dipped the zoas, I intend to do that once a week for the next month. Didn't see any pests come off so that was good. The torch had one bug on it but otherwise pretty uneventful. I guess I'll just dip them once more right before I put them in the tank.
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    Brian's Red Sea Reefer 170

    Good news was they opened a few hours later, even under my ridiculous Home Depot LED strip lighting Left to right, Fiji Rainbow, WWC Blondie, and WWC Twizzlers.
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    Brian's Red Sea Reefer 170

    Yes that's what I meant by nudes, at least I think that's what all those tiny bugs were that fell off the frags. It's much more likely that I just ... don't go back to the fish store. Read later that the brittle star was a good guy, oops.
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    Brian's Red Sea Reefer 170

    Got a couple of zoa frags from a local fish store, yay! A WWC Twizzler, WWC Blondie, and a Fiji Rainbow.I can see tons of hitchhikers and other crap on them, boo. Guess that's why I have the quarantine. Wish me luck with dipping.Tiny sea starSpider So, post-dip. Found it to be a bit horrifying, TBH. Used 5 min Coral RX (5 mL in 1 L tank water), followed by 15 min Bayer (40 mL in 1 L tank water), two rinses, and into the quarantine for at least a month maybe 2. Had a turkey baster so blowing off as many pests as possible. Soooo many nudes, sort of horrifying, left in the CoralRX dip All closed up and in the quarantine. Not sure what next steps are. Guess because of all the nudes I should dip once a week for the next month, because eggs? Thoughts? Should I be disappointed with the LFS? Is that a normal # of nudes, etc.?
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    Brian's Red Sea Reefer 170

    Decided to go for it and set up a small 10G coral quarantine tank. Using a 10G setup with a hood, heater, and power filter from Top Fin, ~$50. It came with a hood, which I'm hoping will help some evaporation/stability. I added a Tunze NanoStream 6015 to get some flow, set the cheap 50W heater that came with the kit to 76, and added a 25W NeoTherm I had lying around to 78. Built some frag racks out of egg crate I had lying around. Added a block of MarinePure from the display to get the cycle going (although I don't have a source of ammonia, and I'm not sure if I want to add it? Since there never will be a source of ammonia? I need to get some blue strip lights to add since this will carry some SPS frags. In a closet in my office Planning to order corals this week! Initially flooded my display about 2.5 months ago.
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    Brian's Red Sea Reefer 170

    Another fun week of updates! Tons of livestock, it's so alive now! Swimmers 2 Ocellaris clowns 2 Orange spotted gobies w/ red banded pistol shrimp (shrimp currently MIA) 2 Purple firefish (one currently MIA) 1 Green chromis 1 Midas blenny Inverts 1 fire shrimp 1 cleaner shrimp ~10 hermits, ~15 snails Feeding time! Got through the massive algae bloom that developed when I was traveling. Turned off the lights for a week and added a bag of carbon, came back from traveling for 10 days and it was gone. Just the new tank things! I'm now planning an SPS dominant tank, with some zoas on islands in the bottom and maybe a cool acan + torch LPS. So my parameters that I'm hoping to hold are Salinity [35ppm] / Calcium [430ppm] / Alkalinity [8] / Magnesium [1280ppm] Starting to dial in my dosing. Have been doing daily alk testing with my Hanna tester. The tank was consuming ~0.1 dKH / day. I started dosing on 4/23, and have been steadily raising the alk (targeting 8). Getting the GHL Doser set up to Wifi was super frustrating, it was clearly intended to be done with USB and a Windows machine. I had to install Parallels on a Mac and it was super fussy. Instructions really unclear tons of Googling. It took me ~4 hours of fussing with it, and I dosed an arbitrary (~1-3 mL) of each Triton reagent as I was setting it up. I moved my Apex probes out of the refugium and into the return area, and the salinity was really different (~10%, eg. 1.022 -> 1.025 spg). That was a bit surprising. Had a spare firepad floating around, and now have a touchscreen dash for the tank. I bought a quarantine setup at Petco for my corals that I'm really unsure I want to use. If I'm going to be buying from WWC/Battlecorals/Austin Aqua Farms, sort of hoping that I could get by with just CoralRX/Bayer dips. I'm worried that I don't have the time to maintain two tanks, especially if one needs manual dosing + care. I ended up keeping the Vortech and getting the wireless module. It's really really nice having it on a schedule now, and being able to dial it way back at night so the fish can sleep.
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    Brian's Red Sea Reefer 170

    3 weeks into chaeto 2.0 and we are starting to see the crazy pH swings. Roughly 0.15-0.2 on startup/shutdown.
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