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  1. RedPhotog

    Media for Aquaclear 30?

    Did you go by the volume in your tank when adding the amounts? What kind of bags did you use? Is poly filter the same as filter floss?
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    Media for Aquaclear 30?

    Hello! I’m swapping my marinleand penguin 100 for the aquaclear 30. I want the options of running media but am flustered with what to put into it. I’m not really seeing any problems running my marineland HOB, I’m using only the store bought cartridges that come with the filter, I replace them every 2 weeks. I do a weekly 1.5 gallon water change, tank is 10 gallons. Phosphate is non existent with Salifert, I never see color and the nitrates are always 10-15ppm. Im looking to progress with a more versatile filter for media options to perhaps get my WCs to a bi-weekly schedule. Should I run filter floss with chemipure blue? GFO? Are the options all that critical for a sustainable 10g system with a solid weekly water change already? It’s hard nailing down exactly what I want to use, there seems to be a lot of opinions regarding media in HOBs. I don’t plan on ever running a skimmer for my nano, what will assist in organic removal without busting the bank? Thanks in advance.
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    Can Someone Review This Light?

    Link is below... I have never had corals before. I picked out this light from amazon because it had decent reviews and the price was very nice. Being that I am new to corals I really do not know how to gage if this light is doing any good for my corals, besides them not bleaching, always open and whatnot. I don’t really know what to expect in terms of growth. I have an elegance coral, purple monti cap, zoa rock, and Kenya tree. All are opening during the day and look happy. The Zoa rock has been in my tank for about 2 months now, I don’t know when I’m suppose to see polyp growths and births. Is that something a light produces or water chemistry? I habe noticed my elegance coral coral has grown some more white rings around its skeletal base. There was an opening that I noticed that recently closed from what I am guess due to propagation. Any kind of review and advice about this light would be greatly obliged. Thanks! Leite LED Aquarium Lights Nano Asta... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075H8QN4R?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
  4. You can see above the zoa polyps are small grassy bush like patch that is growing on the rock. It’s green under whites, but black under actinics. I have no idea what this is, if it’s some kind of algae or “grass”? It looks like grass. Anyone know what this is?
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    Changing salt brands

    I plan on switching salts today. I want to move away from IO into the Red Sea club. My tank has only been up for about 3-4 months. I’m wondering if the blue bucket will be ok for my system. IO doesn’t advertise their params but everywhere I’ve read says it’s 10. My api tests fresh batches 10-10.5, depending on how you see the yellow. Is the blue bucket usually for more mature systems that have had a lot of growth? Would going down from a stable 10 to 7-8 be problematic? Seabass i quoted you because I really appreciate your advice, we’ve gone back and forth before. Also... my purple monti cap is currently depressed from a leaking scenario that I had to switch my reef to a different tank from. It went about 2 days without adequate light, now it’s slowly turning white and it’s peeling, polyps aren’t as hairy as it was before the leak. Is this thing dying? What’s the final count for a monti cap? Will the new salt make that worse? Thanks in advance. Is it normal to think about reefing as much or more so than sex?!
  6. So the worst case scenario happened to me last night...which, in a way was totally my fault. I got back into the hobby recently after over a decade of being without a tank. In haste with excitement, I setup my system without leveling the tank. I realized this about 2-3 weeks into the cycle and I never repaired the situation. Total fail. For months my tank sat with the water weight being distributed to the front, making the weight uneven in the water column. The wife called while I was on the train home yesterday and said the tank had started trickling water onto the floor. When I got home about an hour later, there was only 6 inches of water left in my standard 10 gallon tank. I had to scramble and get my fish, crabs and coral into buckets. It was awful. If it wasnt for my QT tank that I kept running with cycled water since the day I started my DT, my reef would have died. I had 3 heaters, 3 pumps for 3 buckets with all my livestock and sand and rocks in, until I was able to sort out the mess from the leak and dial the new tank in. ALWAYS LEVEL YOUR TANK BEFORE ADDING ANYTHING!!! I brought the DT in the garage and filled it up with water to investigate the issue. The front seams along the 20 inch wide trim got buckled from the weight and caused a leak in the rim. Totally sucked. ALWAYS HAVE AT LEAST ONE EXTRA HEATER AND PUMP ON HAND. I don’t know what I would have done without the extra gear and water from my cycled QT. Wouldn’t have had time to get to a pet store for what was needed to keep animals alive. QT tank is identical to my DT. QT is now DT. Tank is totally level. Rocks and sand are exactly scaped the way the other tank was, and fish are eating and corals are opening. I can’t wait to get home to do a precautionary high volume WC for good measure. I’ve turned into some tough corners recently. Lost my job. 10 months out of work while my son was born. Family on Medicaid. I have been channeling all of my stress and anxiety into a reef tank to achieve balance and peace. Things would be a lot different now if I didn’t have QT water and extra gear. Does anyone else have a situation where extra gear and QT’s have saved their reef?
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    MarineLand Penguin HOB Mods?

    What kind of media and floss do you use? How much do you put in the filter? I’m thinking about bagging my own media but I really don’t know what kind of media to use. There seems to be a lot of debate over using carbon. How often do you change the media and floss? I don’t really have the means to go anywhere beyond an HOB for my nano system, so I am exploring options and advice I’m reading on the forums. I just don’t know what route to take. Do I need to run carbon on a tank that small with weekly water changes? Thanks in advance.
  8. Hello folks. I’ve been using a MarineLand penguin 100gph HOB for my 10g tank. I’ve operated HOBs fine with fish only systems but now that I’m finally getting into coral, I’m realizing other methods are more efficient and less maintenance for my reef. I do 10% weekly WCs, I don’t have the bio wheel running, and I change out my carbon cart every two weeks, while completely rinsing them the week prior during a WC. Does anyone have any advice on specs to modify the HOB? I don’t have much experience with sumps, skimmers, and whatnot. Should I ditch the carbon MarineLand carts all together? Run filterfloss or sponges? Im not seeing any dire need to change anything other than progressing in the hobby. I keep up on my husbandry daily, just wanting some options to increase flow and perhaps utilizing the space in my HOB. Can anyone express success and failures with these MarineLand type HOBs? Thank you in advance.
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    Elegance Coral Troubleshooting?

    Thanks for the all the responses. I reversed the flow in my system, switching my HOB and powerhead flow from each side. The EC was originally on the opposite side of my koralia, so it was getting a lot of turbulent flow connecting with the HOB return. Now that it’s on the same side as my koralia, the water isn’t as turbulent and the elegance coral has opened up more than I’ve seen it in my tank. So I’m guessing flow was the issue. Now the tentacles are longer and the flesh is open overlaying the skeleton onto the sandbed. Looks really really happy now. Thanks for all the responses.
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    Elegance Coral Troubleshooting?

    I don’t know exactly because I didn’t ask, but it resembles more of an Aussie elegance. Green, purple tips. I only know from seeing videos. Looks to be out more today, not by too much but enough that I can tell. It accepted a little bit of mysis too. Im gonna take your advice and let it chill for a few days. Increased the whites a little bit. Hopefully it will stretch out soon. I’m seeing no discoloration or mucus or anything like that. Just a little closed up.
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    Elegance Coral Troubleshooting?

    Does the skeleton sit inside the pvc pipe, or is it on the curved edges under the sand? What does the pvc pipe do for the elegance coral? Shield the skeleton? I’ve seen them inside some LFS tanks. With the flesh opening around the pvc opening.
  12. My elegance coral has been in my tank for about 4 weeks now. All seemed normal until I added some zoas and a monti cap. I put the monti up high on my rocks with the zoas down below on the sandbed about 6 inches from the elegance coral. I had to move the elegance coral to place the zoa rock, so after 3 weeks the elegance was moved to a different spot about 3 inches away. Things looked normal for about 3 days until I came home one day and noticed my EC was closed up as if the lights were off. It looked as closed as it does when the lights are off. I waited a couple of days to see if changes would occur, unfortunately nothing changed. So I dipped the EC is Seachem reef dip iodine solution, and removed which looked like a small white fleshy substance in between the V of the skeleton after inspection. I also did a 30% water change 5 days after my weekly 10% WC. The EC original position in the tank was in the sandbed center light. I don’t have a very powerful light for my 10g system. 48w full spectral light. Whites are at 7%, while running a blue spectrum. It was always open and flowing in its original position. Nothing changed until about 3-4 days after the EC was moved when I put the zoa rock in. My real question is this... My LFS sold me this elegance coral with the skeleton glued to a small flat round piece of live rock. I buried the rock in the sand so that the skeleton sits in the sandbed based on what I’ve read about elegance placements. During the dip, I removed the rock from the skeleton hoping the animal will be happier with its bare skeleton in the sand, it can grow or breathe or do whatever it wants without the rock weight it down. I’ve always seen somewhat of a cone shaped skeleton under elegance coral. The skeleton under mine didn’t seem too cone shaped, and how could it? The rock is glued to it. Was removing the rock a bad idea? Should an elegance coral skeleton be free in a sand bed or on a reef where ever one is found in the wild? I haven’t been home yet to see any changes, I’m hoping for improvements. I now have the elegance coral in the corner of my tank in low flow and low light hoping it will be open when I come home today. And dont ask params, I don’t test for DKH, Mag or Phospate. I’m still very new to reefing. First month with corals. Getting the foundation kit this weekend. My api levels are... ammonia and nitrite zero, PH 8, nitrate 10-15. Thanks in advance to whoever wants to chime in, I’m learning a lot from these forums. Removing a skeleton glued from a rock like that is what I’m curious about.
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    Aquarium top off

    I also manually top off a 10g. What kind of lights and pumps do you use? How much are you evaporating. I’m at about a cup-cup 1/2 a day. I’m always paranoid about forgetting and I am also hunting around for a good ATO for a tank this small. I’m worried the auto switches and whatnot will be too cumbersome for a tank that small.
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    Aquarium top off

    I’m interested to learn more about this hampster bottle method. Care to provide any details, perhaps pictures? Does the water automatically drip out of the bottle once the spout is airborn?
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    Clownfish aggressiveness?

    I’ve had a pair of black and white ocellaris clownfish for over a month now. They are the only fish in my 10g tank. I dripped acclimate them in the same container because they were in the same system at my LFS, so he bagged them together. Little guys. First week or so everything seemed normal, but after they knew they were only getting fed every other day, one of them, I call him Dos because he has two white lines, other one has three, Dos started being a total jerk to the other one. Constantly darting at the other one during feeding, bullying him to the same piece of rock, just being a really big jerk. I feel bad for the other one. I wanted to feed every other other day because it’s a small tank but now I’m feeding once a day because I think the fish is aggresssive from the lack of feedings. Is this normal for clownfish? I thought pairs dropping at the same time offers a nice marriage to watch in the tank. They seem to be normal when I’m not viable to them, but once Dos knows I’m there he thinks he’s gonna eat and starts being a jerk again. Does anyone know how or when clownfish choose to switch sexes? Is it dominance related? Is Dos being a jerk because he’s slightly bigger and blacker than the other one? Should I exile him into oblivion (LFS)? Or will this go away after regular feedings? I drop food from each side of the tank to give the submissive one some room to eat but once Dos sees the other one go for a price of food, he rushes towards the fish and acts like a jerk preventing the fish from a decent meal. Both fish are eating. Dos is just a jerk. Total jerk. My hermits are jerks too. My zoas can’t open fully because my 3 crabs are constantly walking all over the rock. Jerks.