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Krish

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Well, I've found the remedy for getting rid of nuisance hair algae. I've battled it for a while now and have finally beaten it. I took out all of the live rock, crushed corals, threw out all prefilter pads/sponges etc. scrubbed every filter clean back to brand new, took out all of the water and now it's sitting beautfully on my stand empty...and that's how it will stay for awhile now till I decide what to do. I've learned so much since joining this site and realized that I was not as prepared for saltwater aquariums as I thought I was. I am alot wiser now and know what has to be done differently should I set my tank back up. I am going to take my time now and plan for a correct setup. I will have to get new rocks and substrate because I gave it all away.I'm figuring on setting it back up some time February when I get back from the US. Until then it's no tank for me, but I will still visit the site daily absorbing more info and intimidating new members, just starting out, from rushing and making the same silly mistakes I had made. Thanks again everyone for making me a lot wiser by taking the time out to help with whichever problems I may have been experiencing and hopefully next time around my tank will be as beautiful as some of yours are.
 

CarlaW

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Sorry to hear bout that krish, but if you are gonna get back into it, at least you have the knowledge of your previous effort. Keep soaking up the knowledge and better luck next time. Look at it this way, Congrats on beating hair algae!! See you around here, I hope:):)
 

Ed Hahn

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Krish,
When I read this thread I was thinking maybe you used a Fluidized Phospate remover. I want to appoligize to you. I wish I was on the Beach with ya looking at the water. I also wish I had the capibilities you have at your fingertips. You are able to go out a get your own animals from the ocean. The only concern as brought up in here is that sometimes animals introduced from wild may bring things with them into your Saltwater Aquarium. I thought about this a few times while reading your name in here. Let me tell you what has happened here in my home town. Recently, I was introduced to a woman by phone, email, but not in person yet. She wanted to do saltwater. I was excited to hear that there was a new person wanting to learn about this hobby. I wanted to learn about her travels as she explored this hobby. I wanted to learn because she was teaching me things that might not of happened or did happen in my Saltwater tank. She is communicating with me and I am having a blast right now. The problem that happens from time to time is people can not see your tank. A person I admire for what he has taught me (Kevin Pockell) once said, And I hope he does not mind me repeating, You can take two Saltwater aquariums and set them up identically, But they do not react the same way because of things unseen. It may be lighting from a window or different amount of trapped bacteria, etc. But formulas are different from tank to tank due to animals consumption, heat, amoungst other things. Again, I wish you were here in Tri-cities. I would love to come over to your house and run my mouth like fool and give you ideas I think would work. Again,(laughing) I would love to be in the Bahamas with you learning about your tank. For now, I will promise you this. You have friends on here that do care and would love to learn with you. You have the ability to rebuild cheaply with natural resources around you. I give you my home email and hope to hear from you and will definitely reply in hopes of learning with you in the future.
Ed Hahn
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gobie

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Ed Is So Right In Many Ways Living Where You Live Gives You The Ability To See How Thing Really Are Compaired To Us Who Live So Far Away Tha T We Only Have Pictures And For Some Memories Of What A Real Live Reef Looks Like. I Only Hope You Took Your Live Rock Back To The Ocean So It Might Become What It Once Was. I Hope We Get To Hear From You Soon.i Myself Spent Too Long From This Comunity And Only Recently Came Back. I Can Only Stress That Education Is The Best Weapon And Strength When Getting Into Something Like This Hobby. Believe It Or Not I Spent The First Six Years( Out Of Nine) Just Learning The Ropes Of This From Chemistry To Biology To Technology It All Goes Hand In Hand. With People Like Ed,don W., Big T, Nikki, And All The Other Names Of People I See Daily It Makes This A Great Place To Be And Learn So While You Tank Sits Empty I Hope You Will Take The Time To Educate Yourself. Maybe,just Maybe You Will Save Yourself From Making A Lot Of The Mistakes That I And So Many Have. Hope To Hear From You Soon
 

reeffan

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gobie said:
Ed Is So Right In Many Ways Living Where You Live Gives You The Ability To See How Thing Really Are Compaired To Us Who Live So Far Away Tha T We Only Have Pictures And For Some Memories Of What A Real Live Reef Looks Like. I Only Hope You Took Your Live Rock Back To The Ocean So It Might Become What It Once Was. I Hope We Get To Hear From You Soon.i Myself Spent Too Long From This Comunity And Only Recently Came Back. I Can Only Stress That Education Is The Best Weapon And Strength When Getting Into Something Like This Hobby. Believe It Or Not I Spent The First Six Years( Out Of Nine) Just Learning The Ropes Of This From Chemistry To Biology To Technology It All Goes Hand In Hand. With People Like Ed,don W., Big T, Nikki, And All The Other Names Of People I See Daily It Makes This A Great Place To Be And Learn So While You Tank Sits Empty I Hope You Will Take The Time To Educate Yourself. Maybe,just Maybe You Will Save Yourself From Making A Lot Of The Mistakes That I And So Many Have. Hope To Hear From You Soon
I would strongly agree with your view. Not only that we learn a great deal about chemistry, biology, technology and of course the money involved but, also the life that we put in our reef tank. I would say that i have lost lots of livestock in a past few years because of lack of knowledge on all counts. Forum like this will definitely educate me, you and others on to keep or start a reeftank. I would say thanks for all the dedicated hobbyist here in this board to put their time helping others......

reeffan
 

wrightme43

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Hey Krish, keep coming back man. I saw that post and I was like yeah!!!! your way will work too. LOL What you need to do man, is give ideas on aquascaping. Your rock work was some of the best I have ever seen. Please come back alot and ask questions and share your ideas. Each one of us is very important here. The more info we share the better this hobbie will be. Sorry you will be without a tank for 3 months. Maybe some pictures of fish taped to the tank would help. LOL
Steve
 

Angelscrx

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In saw your thread title too and was happy for you then I read the post and was sad. but hey I know the frustration that green hair can bring. I have been so close to giving up myself dealing with the cyano blooms. Finally got rid of them though :) I know you will miss your tank but it sounds like you have a rock solid plan and a lot of experience going into your next set up. I wish you the best of luck and look forward to seeing you around the board.
 

Krish

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Thanks guys for the kind replies. I have never been a quitter...Infact I'm the complete opposite with a bad case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I get teased about it everyday of my life how everything has to be perfect to me and how I never leave something to finish up the next day... It always has to be done now and done right. I've spent many nights beyond tired and vomiting because I just wouldn't quit... And I haven't. It is 12:15 am and I've just finished putting all my tanks components back together and prefitted my new acrylic overflow which will give me an additional 2400 gph which I never had before. I have to do some research and decide on which substrate I ought to use this time around. I'll post a new thread about it soon. Take care guys and don't be like me...Get some sleep!
 

wrightme43

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ROTFLMAO I think we all may be just like you. That could be why this hobbie is so apealing, its hard to do, but very rewarding when you succede. I am glad you are going to try again. One thing sure has to be nice, if a piece of live rock doesnt fit just perfect, take it back and get a new one or three or four. LOL Hope you sleep well but if your like me you will be dreaming of your tank anyway. Steve
 

NaH2O

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Whew! Someone else that has OCD and works until all hours of the evening - I thought I was the only one (and I have hair algae, too). :) . Sounds like you feel really good about your decision. The time to set-up your tank again will be worth it. You won't look back and say "I should have done....". I look forward to your set-up thread!
 

Angelscrx

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Now I have a name to my disease :lol: I was up until 12:45 last might getting my new skimmer plumbed in. I love this hobby :D
 

reggie060

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Me too!!!

I love this hobby also but it's a never ending battle. Your work is never done or Its one thing or something else but that what makes it FUN.


Reggie
 

Krish

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I know what u mean, but the way I feel, if all went well and all was perfect, then I'd be bored out of my mind. I always need something to do or look forward to...that is except hair algae!
 
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