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    Clown with ragged fins and white stringy poop

    ammonia is zero. There is a molly miller blennie, but they never interact. The clown has been in the tank for a couple years, but I've only had it for a couple months. The molly miller was not really QT'd so that could be a culprit, but I had noticed the clown having stringy poop in the past before the bennie was introduced. It was very sporadic, I'd only seen it twice before in the time I've had him.
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    Clown with ragged fins and white stringy poop

    I'm trying to figure that out, I think part of it was stirring the sand bed and releasing a bunch of stuff as well as overfeeding possibly at first. The tank was established when I bought it and I think the move stirred up a bunch of debris. I also tried no pox dosing, but I overdosed it at first and have been dealing with a bacteria bloom since then. I'm wondering if the bacteria had something to do with the fin issue besides the nitrates. I've since stopped dosing no pox and have cut back my feeding quite bit, but I'm still not sure how they got so out of hand so quickly.
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    Clown with ragged fins and white stringy poop

    I have noticed it after feeding mysis, but I haven't done that in over a week. They were 40-50
  4. I noticed last night that my clown's pectoral fins are looking kind of ragged. Nothing else seemed to be amiss with her and shes been eating well for awhile. I've been battling high nitrates so I did a 25% last night in case poor water quality was causing it. This morning she had a really long stringy white poop coming out. Can internal parasites lead to fin degradation?Right now I'm leaning towards metroplex and focus as my best course of action. If anyone has any better ideas though, I'm all ears
  5. skijumpersc

    Qt water woes

    Awesome, thats what I was hoping
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    Qt water woes

    I moved the blenny to the DT last week and so far so good. I added a sponge and some bio rings to the filter and I've been dosing aquavitrio seed for the last 5 days following their instructions to for seeding a new tank. I havent done any water changes since I took out the fish since I wanted to leave the ammonia. I figure once it begins to decrease I would know that I've got enough bacteria to handle it. Is this a good approach or would i be better of doing a water change?
  7. I stirred up a lot of debris today and it reminded me of another issue with the Red Sea 130 surface skimmer upgrade. The rounded shape sticking out into the tank creates a current that pulls debris down and under it, so unless debris is floating on the very surface it has little chance of getting pulled into the rear chamber and instead it floats in laps in the display tank until it finds a dead spot and settles out. I'd be really curious if a low profile surface skimmer like your design would solve this problem since it doesn't protrude out into the current so much
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    Skijumper's RSM 130

    Its been a bit since I updated, the last week or two has been pretty eventful. I bought a Molly Miller blenny. After a week in qt in which my ammonia kept creeping up despite water changes I decided to jailbreak him to my DT where he has been making himself at home in a barnacle rock. I think I didn't have a well enough established biofilter yet in the QT, so in the meantime I'm working on that. Today I woke up to find my juvenile clown stuck to my MP10, I got him off asap, but he was already gone. My shrimp swooped in and I had to fight him to get the little guys body back. I'm not sure what happened, he was quite small <1" still, I'm wondering if he just got too close while sleeping. I didn't have it on night mode since Ive been shutting power off to feed and that seems to reset my night mode settings which I'd forgotten to turn on. A lot of people say that healthy fish don't get sucked into powerheads, but up until I found him he'd been eating and swimming and acting healthy so who knows. In other news, after doing some research I've settled on trying my hand at a DIY up flow ATS. I think I'm going to try going skimmerless once I get that set up. With the way the rear chambers are designed on the RSM I find my skimmer isn't super effective because by the time water gets past it its already gone through my media basket with filter floss, chemipure and purigen. As I understand the most effective way to use a skimmer is to have it be the first stop in the filtration system, but there isn't a way that I've figured out to arrange the red sea in that order. I'm hoping If I put in the ATS and build a large rock rubble pod hotel to put in the rear chamber eventually I can build up a large enough colony to thinking about getting a mandarin someday.
  9. I’ll check when I get home, but I believe there is a gate on it
  10. I have a Red Sea max 130d. I’m currently running the adjustable surface skimmer upgrade. I find it does an ok job of removing buildup, but I find it takes up a lot of real estate in the tank, and the mounting system isn’t awesome as it tends to migrate down from where it’s set. This leads to a change in water level in the rear chambers which messes with my skimmer and ATO. I’d love to compare your new design to what I’ve been using.
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    Qt water woes

    If I can keep it below .05ppm through prime and water changes is it a safe environment for the fish? What level becomes too much?
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    Qt water woes

    I added a Molly Miller Blenny a couple days ago. I've got the Seachem badge and my ammonia is constantly creeping up. I know my bio filter isn't going strong in there, but I thought with only one fish and consistent water changes I could keep up on it. Its still below .05 ppm, but it seems to be getting higher. I did 25% water changes the last two days with fresh mixed water. After the first change the color got closer to 0, after the second change yesterday it didn't, and today its still going up. I don't want to have to do water changes every day to keep up on this, what can I do? I may need to just bail him out of QT and put him into the DT and roll the dice. Then I could work on building up my bio filter without worrying about keeping a fish alive. I don't know why this QT process is a pain in the ass for me.
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    Qt water woes

    I do have a sponge in there, the one I removed was from my display tank because it seemed like it had a lot of detritus that was driving my nitrates up. I put in a new one and was hoping it would seed from the bacteria I’ve been adding. I was also under the impression that anything including the glass and pvc pieces would be surface area for the bacteria, just a lot less surface area than live rock etc
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    Qt water woes

    Ok, that’s good to know, my thought was that the fish would be acclimated to my display parameters by the time quarantine is done. I haven’t added any live rock, the only media I had added was a filter sponge, but I took that out a couple weeks ago Ok that’s great to know. My ammonia has been at zero for a few weeks now
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    Qt water woes

    My QT tank has still been holding .25 nitrite steady. Beginning of July I started dosing seed to get the beneficial bacteria up and I’ve done a couple 2 gallon water changes with water from my established tank. Nothing seems to make a dent in the nitrite and it seems like I should have been going down by now. Last night I decided to do a 90% change. I did 5 gallons of new mixed saltwater and 4 from my other tank. I’m really hoping when I get home from work and test it my nitrites will be 0. If that is the case do i have to worry about them creeping up again or can I add a fish?
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