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Old 03-18-2012, 11:38 PM   #481
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Oops... a couple replies as I was typing.

Zig - The algae that came in on my frag plugs was red, almost looked like a red variety of chaeto. It has since departed, and the plugs are all clean. I think the bryopsis came in on the LR. It has gone away for the most part, except for one piece on the rock with my red millepora that I really need to just yank out.

cmor - No additives. I'm lucky to remember to feed, much less dump a bunch of crap in that I don't have the test kits to test for. With the few corals I have, I'm just *assuming* that the salt mix is giving them everything they need. Probably a bad assumption, but safe > sorry IMO and I'd rather them show signs of deficiencies than to risk causing other problems by blindly dumping in stuff. And yes, filled and only do pwc's with RO/DI
You have immaculate algae...
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I have something... that's for sure.
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:29 PM   #483
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Overflow + filter sock + clownfish = dead clownfish. Sigh... back to square one.
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:38 PM   #484
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Aww man sorry to hear that!
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:38 PM   #485
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That's no fun. Sorry bro. How'd he get through the stand pipe? Amazing the things fish can get themselves into.
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I honestly have no clue. I've tried to figure it out. He had to jump, there's no way he could have went between the teeth.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:27 PM   #487
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Sorry for your loss.

They will jump, though I'm lucky that mine never have (9 years). I've had other jumpers though. You may want to get some netting from BRS in the next group buy.

Get Salifert test kits. They use titration with a sharp color change for most tests. At least for Ca, Mg, and Alk. NO3 is a color sample. I seem to be able to get that one pretty easily though.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:46 PM   #488
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Sorry about your Clown mfdrookie.
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Ok... got my new RO/DI unit hooked up yesterday. I got a drain saddle and a tee that fits inline on my sink faucet plumbing (so much better than the behind the washing machine setup!) and the unit is hooked up in the closet behind my tank.

I replaced the 100gpd membrane and flow restrictor with a 75gpd membrane and restrictor. I'm still getting twice as much water with this config than I did with my old unit. The pump keeps the pressure right at 100psi. I'm getting 0ppm on the tds meter at all times, even when flushing and just starting up (something I'd heard doesn't always happen). I still think I'm going to get a separate canister and move my sediment filter over, and run two carbon blocks, as I've heard that prolongs the membrane when on tap with chloramine. No idea if that's true or not, but for $15, why not?

As far as the corals are concerned, I'm still seeing a lot of new growth. My green millepora has grown another inch or so, and has a couple new places about 1/2" coming off of it. It also has encrused about a 1" diameter circle around it, and looks like another one is coming off that. The red millepora is also showing good growth. I've got 4 1/2" new shoots coming off (pardon my lack of proper terminology here) and overall, probably about 2" taller. The zoas are all growing fine, lots of new polyps. One frag has actually grown off the plug and started growing on the rock beside it. The frogspawn looks bigger, though I'm not sure how to judge its growth yet.

The algae has subsided in a big way. The only algae I'm seeing now is remnants of what was there that I missed on the back wall. The caulerpa is growing in the fuge at insane rates, as is the chaeto. I've seen several pod carcasses floating around, and I have witnessed both my goby and cardinal eating them.

All in all, things have really turned around on this tank. I'm pulling a cup and a half of dark brown skimmate every week, and the socks are getting full about once every 2 weeks. I've come to the conclusion that the less I do, the better it is. I haven't done a water change in about 2 weeks, but things are really turning around. I'm going to get on a good schedule with things, and just let everything happen on it's own instead of forcing it.
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Awesome! Glad to hear the tank has turned a corner. How about some updated pics?
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