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1guydude

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It is lookin nice mfinn!!!
See you still got some softies in there.
R u still running the back tank or qt by ur big tank?
U did shut down the zoa tank... ? :?
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mfinn

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It is lookin nice mfinn!!!
See you still got some softies in there.
R u still running the back tank or qt by ur big tank?
U did shut down the zoa tank... ? :?
D

Yeah, I'm a soft coral guy. lol

I do have the 50 still going. It's lps and sps, but I do have a few zoanthids in it.
 

mfinn

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Haven't done updates in a long time.
I did try out a new skimmer.
It's a Reef Octopus 5000int.
I'm pretty happy with it so far.
Makes a little more noise than the old skimmer, but it's really producing some foul smelling crap.



Here is a picture I took this morning.
A lot of the coral down on the sand bed are a friends I'm holding, till her tank is up and running.



 

mfinn

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I haven't done a update since last summer, so here is the latest full tank picture, asterinas and all.

Not much change.
Lost a few fish from a problem with bad macro algae.
Found my leopard wrasse dried out behind the tank.
Had him for 6-7 years atleast

 

mfinn

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Most of the changes have been with equipment.
Bought a Vectra L1 to replace the Reeflo Dart/Snapper Hybrid closed loop pump.




Once I got it installed, I was blown away at how quiet it was. It is truly silent.

It was then, that I realized my Eheim 1262 return pump was not as quiet as I thought it was.
So next change was getting a Vectra M1.






Both plumbed in.
I really need to work on wire management.



 

spieszak

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Can you elaborate on the bad macro algae issue a bit? I don't recall ever hearing about that before, so its just curiosity. (and I have macro)
Tank looks good, and really nice and clean under the stand, your lack of wire management is sooooooo much better than my lack of wire management!
 

mfinn

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Can you elaborate on the bad macro algae issue a bit? I don't recall ever hearing about that before, so its just curiosity. (and I have macro)
Tank looks good, and really nice and clean under the stand, your lack of wire management is sooooooo much better than my lack of wire management!

Ok, so last summer I bought some red macro ( forget the name). It looked very similar to chaeto only it was red. Looked freaking cool, next to the green chaeto.
I bought 2 large bags. It took 2 days to get here and when it came I was away from home for the day. My wife called me and said the macro had arrived in the mail and asked me if she should put it in the sump. So I said sure.
So later on that night I got home and the tank had a red tint to it.
I looked and saw the fish looked ok and so did the corals, so I didn't sweat it .
Fed the tank later. Everything seemed ok, but the fish didn't come out as fast as they normally did.

So,,, the next morning ( early) I got up and turned on the kitchen light and started the coffee, and I usually see a anthias or 2 or one or two of the other fish poking out.
I remember I didn't see any.

Didn't thing too much of it, but I remember it seemed a little odd.

When I went back in the kitchen for a second cup of coffee, I still didn't see any fish moving.
This time I was alarmed and got closer. It was then I could see some bare lps skeletons and using a flash light I found a couple dead anthias over in a corner.
So, for the next day and a half I did a total of 200+ gallons in water changes and used a gallon+ of rox .08 carbon.

So, I figured that the macro had died in transit. ( my wife didn't know)
She dumped everything from the bags into the sump including the water. ( red tint )

The dead macro and the toxins in it may have also created a low O2 in the water and all the small fish died.
7 anthias, a couple blennies, mandarin. couple other I can't remember right now.
4 large lps colonies
 
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