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Steveanem's Upgrade Pics

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Reply #15

It'll be the rowa.  Congratulations.
I should really sort this out!!

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Reply #16

Well it would seem I did speak too soon!


I recently had the pleasurable task of moving house and therefore moving this set up.
Despite the fact I was only moving around the corner it actually took me 2 days to get it moved and organised and set up. Unfortunately, I lost my Clarkii clown, purple firefish and one of the green chromis but I have no idea why as I had them in a large container with live rock, circulation and heater.
Anyway, a couple of days after setting back up, I have more GHA than ever on one of my Riff system structures.
This is in spite of at least a 50% water change and replenishing the Rowaphos.


I have, however read that a few people with Riff system have had this problem and that, the structures are nowhere near as porous as the manufacturers and suppliers would have us believe.


I have been pulling loads out with my fingers but it's difficult to actually grip it and remove it all.

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Reply #17

tanks look nice !! Powder blues are indeed a gorgeous fish. such a wonderful colouring in a fish 1!


i have some GHA which i too get fed up with pulling out... bloody stuff. only people that like it are those with ATS.

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Reply #18

Thanks Mav but it hasn't changed much since those pics, if anything it is not looking as good. I tried and failed with SPS and At the moment I only have 5 fish having lost another 3 during the house move.

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Reply #19

SPS is strange old stuff though. some people have perfect conditions and it fails. others (like me) have o.k stats and the stuff grows nicely. i know it could grow quicker if i upped my levels but don't want to fix what's not broken. I would hate to move my tank and stock. must be a logistical nightmare !!!

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Reply #20

I get a bit down about it if I'm honest as I set out to buy all the decent gear from the start.
I have top notch Vertex lighting, a Deltec skimmer, loads of flow etc..
I am actually beginning to wonder if the problem is actually the ceramics and maybe I should get rid and go back to live rock...

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Reply #21

hmm. personally i'm not a fan of ceramics. no nothing about them but believe my LR is a god send and is the full success to my story as i got high quality imported stuff which is teaming with life. I got a deltic MCE300 skimmer to replace the Juwel i have. rigged it up and ran it for 3 days (not long i know) but it wasn't throwing no were near as much as my Juwel 3.0 was. I know my Juwel is rated for a larger tank but must say it pulls loads of crud out for a cheap skimmer. I will be selling the MCE300 for sure.


Keep persisting. Thinks take time in this game. Just throw some zoa's / softies in. (will send you some zoas if you want.) i know i promise Mike some SPS. (Mike accept this as my apology please) but due to my nem stinging loads of my SPS i'm holding on to the frags until the small colony pulls through. My tank looks a mess at the minute. one small thing and our tanks get looking ugly quick !!!.


On another note. i'm sure the lights you got were a winner. How often do you water change and what salt do you use?

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Reply #22

The skimmer does seem to pull out plenty of nasty brown stuff. I'm unsure about the lights as I suspect that they are responsible for killing off my SPS frags through being just too powerful! I tried to increase my whites above 40% a while back and my acans almost got nuked. They almost totally receeded. I think I may have just managed to rescue them as the colour is only just coming back having reduced the lighting level and periods.
So now I am really nervous about changing the intensity of the lights although I am confused having had the prior belief that SPS needed intense lighting, and having read that LED's aren't usually considered as being man enough for the job. So I'm surprised at not being able to increase the output without killing everything.


I have actually toyed with the idea of trying out softies but I feel that would be admitting defeat. I did think about adding zoas...but don't these tend to spread all over every surface of the rock and take over other corals?


Thanks that is kind of you to offer to send me some. If I decide to go that way I will certainly take up your offer.  :grin:


Well I won't lie. In the past I have been a bit lazy with water changes but I have tested my parameters regularly and the phosphate pretty much never registers with the DD test kit. Also I never seem to see any considerable levels of nitrate...never seen it as high as 5. I do find this strange tbh.


Since moving house and doing an approx 50% water change, I have been better motivated and am changing approx 10% weekly.
I have used Red Sea Coral Pro since day one.



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Reply #23

Seems very strange indeed. Nothing obviously wrong. Poor salt / rubbish RO / poor housekeeping are nearly always the problem. None seem the case in your situation. Softies isn't admitting defeat. I just out some soft trees in my frag tank and one has a lovely actinic green to it. Really is a lovely coral. Will end up in my DT I reckon.

Zoas do grow over everything but are easy to cut out. Some of the more expensive "rare" zoas don't grow too quickly either. Depends on your taste. I'm now looking at getting some of the high end zoas as the colours are phenomenal. Just waiting for my frag tank to settle or my nem to work out what it wants to do.

Keep persisting though. Success will come I'm sure.

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Reply #24

Could it be due to die off during the move?  The rock would have been at a different angle to the light in the buckets, so some stuff would start to die off.  Also, stiring up the sand may have released detritus = nitrates, phosphates and silicates for algae to use. 

Consider also that if the algae is sucking up the nutrients, there won't be any in the water to show in your tests.  Suggest reduced lighting, reduced feeding and waiting it out.

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Reply #25

Thanks guys. Yes I guess that could be a possibility as whatever I did stir up ended up killing some of my fish  :angry:

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Reply #26

losing anything in your tank is always rotten. I  am sure it will settle down with time

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Reply #27

Ive just realised that I kinda have 2 tank threads and that this one has not been updated. I can't really merge them or they wouldn't make sense with dates etc.

So if anyone is wondering, this is the up to date thread here:

https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/steveanem's-5ft-aquarium-upgrade/

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