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Old 05-11-2015, 12:18 PM   #2091
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Continued with adjustments today. I tuned back the pumps to the dual reactor to get a better 'boil' through the Purigen. GFO is tumbling as well as I expect it to. The sponges end up getting filled with the Purigen and has to be restricting flow. The experimenting with Purigen in panty hose is over, I didn't like it at all as it would get gunked up and restrict flow.
I also pulled out the hairy mushroom that has been battling the LTA. Good and dead. Now that one is down, I'm considering another that might be moving towards my big blue acro colony. Any closer and it's a goner. Done playing around with this common, ugly soft coral.

Boy if there was one thing that I wish I had never introduced into my tank it would be the hairy mushrooms ,.. They seem to take over and destroy everything in their path ,... I've been slowly trying to take out what I can , they are relentless ,... For anyone considering them , word of warning ,... Don't !!!


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Old 05-11-2015, 12:25 PM   #2092
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I feel the same about pulsing xenia...cool at first, then they spread like wildfire!
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:26 PM   #2093
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I have yet to try it but I found some cross-stitch plastic canvas at Joannes crafts that has a very, very small hole size that I think will work as a rigid screen for Purigen.
Same stuff you are using for the ATS, but much finer. I think it's #14.
other than that there are the plastic media bags that Seachem sells.
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Yeah. Sadly, it isn't the only thing spreading in the tank like a weed. There are some green palys and a pretty common zoa...don't recall their name off the top of my head, that are slowly spreading their way around. No one ever seems to have that problem with a tank overrun by rastas...
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I have yet to try it but I found some cross-stitch plastic canvas at Joannes crafts that has a very, very small hole size that I think will work as a rigid screen for Purigen.
Same stuff you are using for the ATS, but much finer. I think it's #14.
other than that there are the plastic media bags that Seachem sells.
I have also tried "The Bag" as Seachem calls it. It gunked up too much as well. I thought a mighty fine product considering it is basically a plastic mesh bag held closed by an easily reusable over-sized zip tie.
I don't believe that I noted that I turned things up when I put things in 'bags'. It was today's realization that I didn't turn them back... After I check on how my mother is doing and getting some more things accomplished, I plan on shutting the reactor off again to rinse the Purigen out of the sponges in the BRS reactor.
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Oh, I didn't update on how the ATS is doing. Since widening the slit and increasing the flow, have more algae growth. It has officially begun to grow 'stringy' algae rather than whatever the brown 'dusting' is that starts off covering the screen. All in the right direction, but I still would have felt better if I had been able to hold a piece of screen that someone had used to feel how rough it needed to be. I roughed it up line no one's business, but am second guessing simply due to the roughness not being the extreme jagged some advertise. We'll see.
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Been some time, how life can get busy all at once. Ats is going strong. Algae is starting to grow thick in places but just starting to take foot in the circular area where the lights are. Hard to believe there is a thing called too much light.
Since removing several hairy mushrooms the green long tentacle has recovered. Color is back along with normal extension.
I've been feeding more. Might have been too soon for the ats as there is noticeable algae growth in the tank. Easily removed, but still. Cut back some.
The black sun coral has stopped opening. It hasn't moved, so assuming the new light in the living room is too strong or that nitrates are too high for it. Going to try a double water change this week to hope to get it back out as teasing with food hasn't done it. No signs of any recession.


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Been some time, how life can get busy all at once. Ats is going strong. Algae is starting to grow thick in places but just starting to take foot in the circular area where the lights are. Hard to believe there is a thing called too much light.
Since removing several hairy mushrooms the green long tentacle has recovered. Color is back along with normal extension.
I've been feeding more. Might have been too soon for the ats as there is noticeable algae growth in the tank. Easily removed, but still. Cut back some.
The black sun coral has stopped opening. It hasn't moved, so assuming the new light in the living room is too strong or that nitrates are too high for it. Going to try a double water change this week to hope to get it back out as teasing with food hasn't done it. No signs of any recession.


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Hank , so how physically did you get rid of some of those hairy mushrooms , I've got a bunch more I gotta take out , they've become a " invasive species" now


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Toothbrush and siphon...
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Mine are the size of small pancakes, I may need a wire brush and a vacuum cleaner


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