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Old 03-01-2016, 01:14 PM   #2221
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When I worked at a lfs we had one in our coral tub. He was about 3" and always looking to fight something lol. There was a 5" clarki clown in the next tank over and the clown tang would flare against the glass lol. Beautiful fish but man are they mean!!


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Old 03-01-2016, 01:20 PM   #2222
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Yes, they sure are supposed to be mean. This guy didn't seem to care much about the other fish it was with. Was a big ol wrasse that I don't remember. Pretty impressive considering they were in a 40 breeder...
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Old 05-18-2016, 10:54 PM   #2223
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It has been some time since I've updated.
The biopellets were doing as I wanted. The red turf algae was easy to remove and was on the run. It was then quickly replaced by hair algae brown gunk. It has been a constant battle keeping it off the coral via manual removal. I added three turbo snails and a lawnmower blenny to help as I was struggling to keep up. Things aren't as overwhelming as it stands, but it is far from where I am happy with what happened and feel things were fine before I fiddled.
Currently running the ATS and skimmer, which is now working well after having to be taken apart twice due to stopping skimming, the biopellets and GFO. Feeding remains every three days, but the difference between this today and having fat pleased fish a year ago isn't the same. My small orange clown vanished a week ago and the b/w female is skinny. Both were eating and don't see why they would look like that when a fish like the marine betta, which gets much less food due to being a slow stealthy feeder, is fat and healthy. Can only assume that whatever occurred during the time frame where I had to use distilled water from Giant Eagle something happened, be it from that water or the bacterial bloom that occurred during the same time frame would be any guess but I believe the bloom to be a nail in the coffin...just odd only the clowns were affected, not the coral beauty or marine betta.
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Hank ,...what's your water parameters?


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Old 05-19-2016, 09:42 PM   #2225
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Never had a nitrate reading, though I always suspect it being the culprit from the distilled water.


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Well, I do a pretty bad job this year of keeping things updated in my thread.
The battle of the algae that came about when the turf was eliminated continues. I'm doing a large water change today on top of the weekly 10%.
Currently the only remaining fish are the coral beauty and marine beta. The loss of the clowns was confusing as they always are but literally withered away. The confusing part was that the beta, who would sometimes miss a feeding due to its nature of ambushing the food is fat and still active in the tank, is fat and active. I've wondered of parasite, but no proof. Could simply be stress but it has no effect on the coral beauty and beta who shouldn't be as hardy as a common clownfish. Possibly way overthinking things and just need to apply the KIS effect I recommend so often.
When I got home yesterday from my uncle's 70th birthday I was caught off guard by the fact that my rbta moved. Only concern was that it was co close to my beloved Duncan colony, but I simply moved it. I might not know why it moved after all these years but I won't complain now that I can enjoy its beauty now.


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To continue the documentation of my battle as best as possible. During weekly maintenance I discovered that my ATS has no growth on it at all. It has been out competed by the algae in the display. As much display algae as possible is being removed during water change and we are going into a 3 day black out.
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I should have taken a picture of the clown tang they had. First time I've had the opportunity to see one in person. What a beauty.

did it look like the one I have , I love the colors he has you aught to see him under the blues his blue stripes pop . they are a awesome fish very active .
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Another quick update. The 3 day blackout and large water changes did wonders. Rather than a week's growth of hair algae getting several inches long it is now barely noticeable. The rocks I had a chance to scrub with a toothbrush had no growth at all. So Today's water change is also in tandem with more scrubbing. In the right direction.
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Well, the path has remained a hard one. The I have done a major number on the algae outbreak. There are only a few spots remaining.
I discovered that my power heads had reset somehow, most likely during a brownout, and they were only going at 20% power. They are now at 50, but I haven't been able to get the schedule reprogrammed into them from the app.
This caused all sorts of issue. This led to the death of all but my marine beta my large acro colony also went along with my favia and favite frags. Montis are slightly bleached but it has proven impossible to kill them up to this point and am not worried.
Fast forward to water change night, yesterday. All went well and went to bed. Woke up today to the sound of sucking air around 5am. Missing about 2 gallons. Things worked as intended. Only the return section was drained and thus water stopped draining into the sump once water stopped entering the display. Return pump unplugged. No water on the floor at all, but def leaked into the basement upon inspection. Unsure what caused this but hoping that there is not a crack in the bottom of the sump that is to blame. Unable to investigate due to having to bring my father to see my newly born nephew.
So, heater is moved into the display until I can figure out what on earth happened in this continuation of disastrous events. Really putting off me getting the ro/di back up and running as I was planning to do.


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