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Old 09-30-2013, 05:06 PM   #1371
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Today was the weekly water change. Nothing really outrageous, just more algae control. I also changed out my filter media. The Cobalt media was great...until it was spent in 15 days. That isn't something they advertise. So, on to PhosGuard. I like Seachem's stuff as Purigen is the bomb. Kept the old Purigen in, changed out the ChemiPure Elite, and added some PhosGuard in their The Bag. The thought on this, as it was either that or putting it in pantyhose, to keep the media from getting clogged into the sponge pads. Had that issue with Purigen and it hurt the flow through the reactors. So, the flow is greatly improved through and am happy with it. Removed more algae and pushing on as best possible. There is more recession on some coral. Fight continues.
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Old 10-02-2013, 03:42 PM   #1372
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That 150 gal cube looks awesome, pretty good price.
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:54 PM   #1373
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Well, a state of the tank. My red planet acro died off sadly. My pink pocilopora is trying to follow, it ended up with vermetid snails on it! I was content leaving the ones on the other side of the tank live, but I think their time is coming to an end. Smashed the ones into fish food on the pocilopora and hopefully it recovers, noticed when I got back from my weekend in Ohio.

When I got back, I obviously had to clean the glass. Covered in pods. I was quite excited. I didn't think my population was doing so well with the mandarin, but he'll be ok if he decides to stop eating mysis.

The open brain is still receding, but it has slowed down. There might be a chance at recovery. I was thinking about just abandoning it, but decided not to give out hope. The skeleton hasn't been taken over with algae like the others so I'll keep pressing on.

Algae. This stuff is pretty annoying. It made its way back when the cobalt resins were spent. Now with the phosguard going with chemipure elite and purigen it should square itself away again. Going to need to clean the power heads to get it off them and scrape what I can from the rocks.

I've also grown tired of my massive birds nest colony. It's too big for the tank now. That and several frags of it scattered around the tank. In early planning on what to do with it, but it needs to go for sure.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:05 PM   #1374
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Well, a state of the tank. My red planet acro died off sadly. My pink pocilopora is trying to follow, it ended up with vermetid snails on it! I was content leaving the ones on the other side of the tank live, but I think their time is coming to an end. Smashed the ones into fish food on the pocilopora and hopefully it recovers, noticed when I got back from my weekend in Ohio. When I got back, I obviously had to clean the glass. Covered in pods. I was quite excited. I didn't think my population was doing so well with the mandarin, but he'll be ok if he decides to stop eating mysis. The open brain is still receding, but it has slowed down. There might be a chance at recovery. I was thinking about just abandoning it, but decided not to give out hope. The skeleton hasn't been taken over with algae like the others so I'll keep pressing on. Algae. This stuff is pretty annoying. It made its way back when the cobalt resins were spent. Now with the phosguard going with chemipure elite and purigen it should square itself away again. Going to need to clean the power heads to get it off them and scrape what I can from the rocks. I've also grown tired of my massive birds nest colony. It's too big for the tank now. That and several frags of it scattered around the tank. In early planning on what to do with it, but it needs to go for sure.
I'm sorry to hear about the dead/dying coral and the pest snails. And you have been having the worst luck battling that algae! Just keep on keeping on. I'm glad to hear the pod population is doing so well! How are your other fish doing? Does the betta come out much?
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Everything fish wise is doing great. The betta is shy, but it is a shy fish. It comes out more but never when the lights are on and always stays in the caves and crevices. Typical betta behavior IMO. It's fun to see it, the engineer goby, and mandarin feed. It's crazy the luck I had with the mandarin, not even eating mysis but straight out of the water column with the rest of the fish.
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See now it's definitely time to cut that birdsnest up...,,.and ship it here lol.
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If I can't find anything local if be open for swaps if I can find a way to overnight and a styrofoam container big enough for it.
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If I can't find anything local if be open for swaps if I can find a way to overnight and a styrofoam container big enough for it.
If that bad boy is still needling a home when I get all my tanks up then a swap would be cool. At this time I have zero real estate left lol!
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I think I could wait that out.
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Well, weekly maintenance day. Took out a ton of algae, from both the sump and display. Then went and murdered the vermetid snails. Found one in my montipora. The pink pocilopora is officially gone today due to those things...but sadly not the only issue.The green pocilopora isn't doing so well since the red hair algae swarmed it. I've fragged it twice to try and save it, one frag is doing ok...other isn't going to make it.
The brain corals are both receding now and the meteor shower is almost all gone. I've increased the amount of Phosguard being used as the Purigen looks spent and I'm out of prime to recharge it.

As for everything else, the fish are fat, clams are doing great, coco worm still quick to retract showing off its health.
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