Not really. Just the few spots that came in on frags. I know I have to seed the tank with some, and I'm going to save the deep purple, bright pink and red spots in the 36. I don't really want to broadcast shavings cuz then I'll be scraping it off the glass everywhere. Although, I'm sure I will be scraping someday anyway. Do you still have sheets of it laying around your tank? I might attach some to my rocks. I would love to have a piece of the setosa if you're into fragging it!
I introduced the anthias last night and decided not to use an acclimation box. The whole thing was such a non-event that I went and made dinner after watching for awhile. The wrasse knew somebody new was in there, and he went and hid for an hour. After that, he carefully came out and took a few peeks, and before long was swimming next to him. Fed them both before lights out and they ate together just fine. I can see why people like anthias so well - gorgeous fish. I can't wait to see him grow bigger. Success!
Yes, it has been quite awhile. And I'm sorry to say that the tank is a complete mess of hair algae. I almost don't want anyone to see it, and I really need to get back to maintaining it. This spring was a really hard one for me, and unfortunately the tank took a back seat to everything that was going on. I'm getting back on track now though. I think I've also come to the conclusion that I need a different skimmer as this one doesn't really skim anything - kind of surprising. BTW, that setosa you gave me is spectacular Carla. Thank you so much.
I wasn't really home much, and wasn't thinking about my tank at all. Thank you though. All I'm seeing in the skimmer cup is lots and lots of just clear water. I called Aqua C and they said there must not be any organic matter in the water, and it's functioning if it's producing bubbles. I've got five fish in there, and I feed at least 3x a day. There must be something in the water! Either that or the rock had some phosphate still bound, and it's just now releasing it. Dunno. Looks like a mess.
Your story sounds alot similar to what I have heard from people that bought that rock or a similar one Kim. If there is anyone who will persevere and win, it is you. I am sorry you had a rotten spring, but hey, it is only algae, and we are supposed to be smarter right? Clean up crew, water changes, water changes, and more water changes, solution by dilution. Do you need some caulerpa? I happen to have a little, and I can donate to the cause
Well, if anyone was careful about curing it, I certainly was. Don't know if that rock is ever appropriate to use in a reef tank if it's been terrestrial for any period of time. I think too much phosphate and organic material may get absorbed in it. It's weird because the algae is only growing on the rocks. It's a kind of low, matted type growth that comes off fairly easily. So, maybe the Aqua C guy is right . . . there isn't any organic material in the water, just in the rock.
If it is in the rock, it is in the water, in my opinion, the skimmer doesn't care! Are you siphoning it off or picking it off, (dumb Question), but there is a difference. If you are in serious doubt about the rock, get the same amount of "live rock" cure it, and put it in piece by piece and see if that works? Just a thought, that you have probable had before!!!
Any thoughts help! I have neglected my tank many times before, like when I've been so busy in the summer, and it has never looked this bad, ever. Maybe it's a combination of the two . . . phosphate loaded rocks and an under powered skimmer. Should I replace the skimmer, you think? I am siphoning out the algae . . . into a continuous loop that feeds into a sock and back into the sump, so I can siphon as long as I want to. I'm removing all of the algae that I possibly can in each session. I know that the removal of algae also means the removal of phosphate too since it's bound up in there . . . you don't want the algae to release it's phosphates back in. Do you think that the rock will ever release it's entire phosphate load . . . and preferably without costing a fortune and take years? If that's the case, I dothink I would be better off just getting all new, ocean-source only live rock. Dunno what's worse . . . hitchhikers, or algae. Grrr!
I don't know what to tell you about the skimmer Kim, with the fish you have in there, even as small as they are, it should skim! Either way with the algae, it seems to release its own spores either when you squeeze it or siphon it out, I think siphoning is better. Matt over in Spokane had the same problem and we turned his tank the other way with the caulerpa Kim, it finally out competed the micro algae! It will take time but then again what doesn't. We are here to help !!!!!
Good thing on the caulerpa, but I do have something else up here that you may want , give me a call one of these days
Well, I did get sidetracked before getting the opportunity to set up a refuge . . . better get on it, I guess! Good to hear that it worked for Matt. That rock really is pretty when it's not covered in algae. I would hate to have to get rid of it. Ok, I will give you a call
On a much sadder note, here is what I siphoned out of my tank tonight.
It's like my skimmer isn't working one tiny bit. The good news is that the algae comes out really easy. I set up a strainer in the sump and just picked out algae for about an hour, letting the wads run into it, then scooping them out when it got too full. I'm looking at the Vertex Omega 150, and the refugium starter kit at F&S. I got interrupted at that stage of setting it up. I don't even want to show any pictures of my tank right now. I'm really disgusted. Grrrr.