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  1. 9 points
    I think I'm long overdue for an update. Big thanks to Ty, Sascha and Chris for helping me get it moved! I finally got sand in it last week and Ty was right...so much better than going bare bottom. I had one casualty which I think was an accident. Lost my red head salon wrasse. I think he jammed himself under a flat rock that was on the bottom of the tub. He'd been out the evening before swimming around and eating like normal. Next morning when i started transferring everything to the tank I found him under the rock. Luckily I found a great replacement...picked up an orange back fairy wrasse last weekend. Only one coral had some issues...my large plate. It's lost some tissue but has been hanging in there...not sure if it'll pull through though. Who needs a dining room when a "fish room" is all the rage these days!
  2. 7 points
  3. 7 points
    So since the topic of frags sales recently came up, I thought I'd post pix of a few items that are cooking for future sale. I'm storing things up for a future Jolt frag tank blowout and/or ARC frag swap. Whichever comes first ... And there's more in the works
  4. 5 points
    The mother for that Tyree toadstool was my first group buy when I joined arc so many years ago, and this is the first time I've seen polyp extension like that! I'm really enjoying that little baby frag that popped up. I'm thinking I've had it in too much light all these years. Or in not enough flow.
  5. 4 points
    Did some New Years cleaning! I recently had my colony of Strawberry Shortcake randomly RTN so that prompted me looking into loose ends of what could have caused a spike. I haven’t had the front panel off since when the new tank came in, so it was worth it! FTS for the new year! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. 4 points
  7. 4 points
    Obviously the people commenting here know what they are talking about and you should follow the tactical advice given. My advice is more strategic. Like others have suggested, your tank is really young and it just takes time. I would focus on getting montipora to grow first since they are one of the easiest and most forgiving. You could also try pocillopora to start with. It sounds like you're on top of your maintenance so you're probably better off not worrying about it too much and enjoying your tank. It's a long process and you'll get there. I would also put the Acros on hold temporarily and save yourself the expense and frustration. I have both Hydra 26s and Hydra 52s and, based on my experience and observation, I think it will be a challenge to get anything but the most robust Acros to grow under 26s. To put it into perspective, my tank has similar height and length dimensions as yours and I have 3 Hydra 52s. I still get shading and have not been able to keep the more challenging, light-hungry Acros. That being said, you don't have to have a tank full of exotic Acros for it to be awesome. I know that's not something you want to hear since you just bought those lights less than a year ago. Probably isn't even true, just my personal (i.e. worthless) opinion having used AI lights over the last 5-6 years. If you're interested, I'm happy to help out. I know how frustrating it can be to watch frags you spent your hard-earned money on inexplicably die off. I have several different montiporas that have been rock solid in my tank over the years. I'll break you off a couple frags for free if you want to try them. I also have a PAR meter you can use. I think you'll find the 26s are not as powerful as you think they are.
  8. 4 points
  9. 4 points
    Tyree True Undata vs. WWC Grafted Sunfire monti: Undata wins!
  10. 3 points
    I've been gathering some color for the tank over the past few weeks (thanks ARC!). It'll be fun watching these grow out. I also took some pictures of coral that have been in there a long time. As expected, I had to set up my doser for alk again a couple days ago. I have plans for a few more additions in the future, so I'll be mapping out my par this week and making sure everything is in a good spot. Here's to a successful refresh of the tank for 2019! Happy New Year ARC!
  11. 3 points
    For starters I would recommend Forrest Rohwer's "Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas". It's an excellent introduction to Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) and points out whether the equilibrium promotes algae or corals is independent of nutrients. In my two nuisance algae threads on this forum being patient and using only manual removal nuisance algae disappeared as inorganic nutrients increased. This system is one I think demonstrates the idea that it's the equilibrium that matters and not the amount of nitrate or PO4 per se that matters. Being maintained now for roughly 8 years with tapwater the "gurus" say can't be done. And I have to disagree with the idea sunlight causes nuisance algae problems. The different spectrum may be a challenge for the average hobbyist to know how to stock and deal with initially but the simple techniques I posted in my two algae threads work just as well if sunlight is a source of light. Here's my system that gets seasonal variable of 1\2 to 2 1\2 hours:
  12. 3 points
  13. 3 points
    Hey there, my money's on coral starvation. High alkalinity and GFO without enough dissolved organics. The solution is a fun one, though. Get more fish. Feed them more often. Pull the GFO. All good things. Maybe once you have 15 fish in there and they're all fat from all your feedings, you could consider re-adding the GFO. Until then, your water is too clean!
  14. 3 points
    ASD Rainbow seems happy enough in the display tank
  15. 2 points
    When calculating the life expectancy of the GAC filter cartridges it's best to periodicly measure the actual ratio of "waste water" to filtrate. Not all RO membranes are the same and water pressure can vary by a surprising amount so the amount of rejected water to filtered water can be much higher than 3:1. In my maintenance business I use 3 stage RO, 5 stage RO/DI and just plain tapwater treated with dechlorinator (Ammo Detox) and haven't seen any difference. When troubleshooting reef problems old filters are often pointed to as a cause and they may be if they are letting chlorine get into the system but in my experience maintaining systems with tapwater I would look someplace else for the problem. Here's the two systems I've been maintaining with tapwater treated with dechlorinator: And here's a system maintained with a water softener then GAC filters (no dechlorinator):
  16. 2 points
    Yes clams reproduce sexually. some species have separate sexes, some are hermaphrodites and some are sequential hermaphrodites. I haven't been able to verify the exact species I have in my tanks but my suspicion is they are hermaphrodites. Tridacna clams are sequential hermaphrodites starting off male and switching to females.
  17. 2 points
    Been meaning to post this for a while now. Since the first baby clam showed up in 2012 a couple more have shown up.
  18. 2 points
    Welcome. The # of stages isn't super relevant, but what is important is what you do with those stages. The key piece for CoA water is that we use chloramines. That means that any old carbon block wont do. Once chloramines break through the carbon block, they degrade the RO membrane and quickly deplete your DI resin. Check this video out for more info: The minimum I'd recommend you run is prefilter->universal carbon block->RO membrane->DI Resin. So that would be 5 stages *at a minimum*. I run redundant carbon and redundant DI resin (i.e., 2 carbons, 2 DI resins) and then swap in new cartridges in the last position and move the older cartridge up a position. For example I have OldCarbon1, OldCarbon2. Old Carbon2 becomes NewCarbon1 and NewCarbon2 is a totally new carbon block. I do the same with DI resin. Hope this helps.
  19. 2 points
    I don't know anything much about anemones, but that toadstool should be fine if you cut it at the base and move it. If you decide they do need more space. Mine peels off the rock pretty easily. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  20. 2 points
    Sorry to hear about your fish. Sounds like you tried everything there was to do [emoji3525] Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  21. 2 points
    OK, so here we go. I'm starting ten days away from home tomorrow to travel back to South Florida for Christmas and fishing. I've done all I can do: Tank is up to shape, auto feeder set, all dosing containers full, top off is full, and back up fresh and salt water in their storage tanks. I don't have an Apex; I have a Tyler. Tyler is a friend of the family that will be stopping by every two days. I've left a very detailed list and know he'll call if anything is amiss. I also have one of our security cameras trained on the sump so I can check in. No matter the preparation, I'm going to be nervous as heck. Almost every time I've left something has happened and I've suffered a loss. Fingers crossed that we change luck this trip. Tank looks about as well as it ever has with the evening blues on. Everything is growing, colorful and healthy. (Famous last words?)+
  22. 2 points
    It’s ironic no part of orange passion is orange. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  23. 2 points
    I would not keep alk that high with nitrate and phosphate in that range. I like to keep alk closer to 8-8.5 range, 5 nitrate and .04 phosphate. I also see a big phosphate spike in your chart. Is that a bad reading? If not, how did it go so high so fast and then come down so fast? And, if the tank is only 8 months old and started with dry rock there is a good chance it's just not mature enough yet for more difficult corals. I've never had luck with acros until I see lots of sponges and coralline algae growing in the tank. Another thing to consider: from the picture it looks like your bioload (fish) is pretty light right now. You might consider adding fish and using an amino acid supplement for the tank until the fish load is higher. I use Pohl's xtra and KZ amino LPS on my 67 gallon frag tank because my fish load is on the small side.
  24. 2 points
    Beautiful, peaceful, reef safe angelfish. As far as I know, the only type of reef safe angel. Currently stocked with tons of SPS, LPS, and softies. Eats everything (nori, mysis, HEB seafood, etc). Disease free. At some point my convict tang decided that The General (his name) deserves death. Their beef is stressing out the rest of the tank. I was able to catch the angelfish first so, off he goes. Needs a 125+ display. He's around 4 to 5 inches. Located in Circle C, SW Austin.
  25. 1 point
    Wow, it's been a long time between updates. I've been fighting a major cyano outbreak in my display tank. It's been massive. I think I might be turning the corner on that. Here is an FTS just after a recent cleaning. I've finally started back up on moving frags into the display from my frag tank. All the colonies in this photo have been in there for about 8 months.
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