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Old 11-15-2013, 09:20 AM   #1
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Tank Issues - Need Help

Hello All,

So, I've admittedly been neglecting my tank for a while, just doing the min but not even keeping up with regular water changes. I'm ready now to put some $$ and time in to reverse the trend.

Tank:

125 gallon SW reef, 9 fish, a decent number of LPS and soft corals, 30 gal sump/refugium, 2 PH's on top, 1 on bottom, 4x80w T5's

Problems:

  1. tons of aiptasia and majano
  2. tons of algae, but not as much hair algae as there used to be - bubble algae in the display where before it was only the sump
  3. Distressed-looking fish - my blue tang has what look like lesions all over him, and ,y yellow tang has missing fins like she's been attacked. The others look okay and ALL eat just fine at feeding.
  4. I'm sure I lost at least one fish - a diamond goby
  5. Losing SPS and soft corals like green star polyps and montipora capricornus


Solutions:


  1. Replace light bulbs. It's been a LONG time. (ATI T5's)
  2. Replace my skimmer - decided on a Reef Octopus Classic 150 space saver - (Reef Octopus Classic 150 Space Saver Protein Skimmer - Bulk Reef Supply) Any feedback?
  3. Water Movement. I'm thinking i don't have enough. I THINK I have2 Koralia 900gph. I don't know the power for sure since they were used. I have a Maxi Jet on the bottom - either a 900 or 1200.
  4. Get more chemi-pure
  5. Change water weekly!
Questions:


  1. Any reservations on that skimmer?
  2. Do I have enough water movement?
  3. Any other factors I'm missing that equipment can address?


Thanks everyone in advance!
Mark
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:27 AM   #2
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How much live rock do you filter in any other way? do you use RODI water when changing? and what stock do you have? tangs may be hurt due to conflict or something. may need to manually remove the hair algae too
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:39 AM   #3
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How much live rock do you filter in any other way? do you use RODI water when changing? and what stock do you have? tangs may be hurt due to conflict or something. may need to manually remove the hair algae too
Probably about 250# of LR, I use only RODI. Blue and YT, 4 clowns, royal gramma, 2 chromis. I have never seen any fighting because I got them all young. The last one was added like 2 yrs ago...
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:51 AM   #4
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I've read that emerald crabs and foxface's will eat bubble algae. Seems hit and miss though. Some say to let the bubbles get bigger then try to carefully remove them from the rock outside of the tank because if one pops it releases spores.
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Here's a video on removing bubble algae. It helped me. http://youtu.be/MeqtPe3XukM
I probably would have gotten a little bigger skimmer. These are good but I've always benn told to go 1 size up
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Here's a video on removing bubble algae. It helped me. http://youtu.be/MeqtPe3XukM I probably would have gotten a little bigger skimmer. These are good but I've always benn told to go 1 size up
I would go up a size if it fits. I am leaning towards the space saver because of its footprint. Any recommendation for an external under $300?
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How big is your skimmer area in your sump
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How big is your skimmer area in your sump
Probably 8x13". less because of the return bulkhead
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What about this? This is an in-sump model, right? http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/super-...n-skimmer.html
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That should do you pretty good
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