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Old 02-29-2012, 05:28 PM   #31
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I went to the fish store yesterday to pick up 10 more hermits for my CUC and found a new fish friend while I was at it. He's a little bi-color blenny.

He's found a little perch above his favorite cave.

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Peeking out.

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Occasionally he ventures out in the open.

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Old 02-29-2012, 05:39 PM   #32
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YouTube video I made to sort of review my protein skimmer and show how my tank is doing.

http://youtu.be/UYJLpeeo4jY?hd=1
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:01 PM   #33
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What a difference a week makes! After a couple months of battling cyano in my tank by means of manual removal and adding filtration I finally gave in and decided to use Ultralife Red Slime Remover. I did my homework and found a lot of people recommended this product over others. Now, I can say I know exactly why. This stuff is a miracle-worker! It arrived on Wednesday, and I immediately added the first dose. As recommended on the box, the second dose was added 48 hours later, on Friday. By Sunday morning I had gleaming white sand, and practically no cyano to be found anywhere in the tank!

Water testing this morning all came out perfect, as it has for the last month since adding my Phosban Reactor.

Now comes the real test, waiting to see if it comes back again. I can't dose again for at least a week, so we'll see how at goes. I'll dose again if it comes back, until it's gone for good.

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Old 03-12-2012, 02:10 PM   #34
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Hereís a before shot:

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This is as bad as I let it get without manually removing as much as I could. I usually kept it a lot cleaner than this, but I wanted to see if the improved water quality would make it die off after I installed my Phosban Reactor and nitrates dropped to undetectable levels. Needless to say, it didnít.
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:36 PM   #35
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More shots of the tank looking so fresh and so clean:

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Old 03-12-2012, 07:12 PM   #36
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Wow very nice tank hopefully mine comes out like that when the whole process is done.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:21 PM   #37
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Awesome tank, I wish I could afford a saltwater reef!
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:32 PM   #38
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Went to the fish store today to get some chemi-pure elite, and found a really great deal on a nice looking Galaxia Coral. It fills out the empty space on the left side of my tank nicely, I think.

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Old 03-14-2012, 02:04 PM   #39
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Added Chemi-pure Elite as a 2nd stage in my phosban reactor. It worked just like I had hoped.


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A little side note: I might switch the order of the media in the reactor so that the chemi-pure elite is on the bottom to prevent any of the GFO from getting into the tank in the future. I had to adjust the valve to reduce flow a little, because there was GFO getting blasted up and into the tank. I had to syphon the GFO out of the tank and add some new salt water to replace the water I took out. Which actually works out well since I havenít done a water change in about 6-8 weeks. I couldnít be happier with how smoothly the tank is running now.
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Galaxia coral looks much better today. Fully extended and waving in the current.

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