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  1. I've used this technique 2 or 3 times over the decades. Ideally when a tank starts leaking it can be emptied immediately but sometimes the combination of time, logistics and stress to the animals from being moved multiple times make it prefferable to leave everything in place for a day or two. Peeper Keeper had a 20+ year old tank start leaking and since a new tank could be bought and installed in a day or two we left everything in place until tank could be replaced.
  2. DIpping should at least slow down brown jelly but what are the water parameters? There's a wide range of what's considered "Acceptable". All corals need phosphates and can store phospholipids. Keeping phosphates too low and not feeding fish much might result in a malnurished coral. Excess nitrates can also cause problems, allowing zooxanthellae grow unchecked retaining photosynthates normally released to the corals as food as well as compete for available phosphates. (You may have read about the "Redfield Ratio") In my expericences brown jelly usually, not always, a secondary issue and something is stressing the coral. Other variables to look at besides nitrates and phospahtes are changes in lighting from it's previous tank, carbon dosing can cause problems, history of other corals dying in this tank, big changes or unstable alkalinity and/or calcium and/or magnesium, and a long term downward trend (not weekly or daily changes) in pH. If you dig into the aging question the picture gets far more complicated as there are three "ages" we're talking about, genotype, colony and polyp, ant at the polyp level just a few months can have significant physiological differences (tabling and plating corals are examples where all the growth is at the edge). Like KimP mentioned, I occasionally have a polyp or two die for no apparent reason and it doesn't progress beyond that. Unfortunately we are still a long way from being able to identify or treat many corals diseases. Research presented at C4 2016 showed at siginificant differences in the immune responses at the genotype level to bacterial infections. Additionally in ROhwer's "Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas". he relates having post doc students at a symposium on coral disease ask researchers to identify pictures of diseases and they were rarely able to do so correctly. Unfortunately we are still pretty much in the dark ages when it comes to identifying and treating coral diseases.
  3. My condolances! 😪 If it helps it sounds like Homey has outlived her wild counter parts. The record for wild clownfish is 28 years. If you decide to euthanize her use clove oil in a container of aquarium water. Here's a good article explaining it's use https://kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge-base/what-is-the-most-humane-way-to-euthanase-aquarium-fish/
  4. My guess would be a Cladellia spp. blushing coral. If you can post a picture of it open that would help. FYI super glue doesn't work very well with soft/leather corals. If it lets go try setting it in a bowl of sand or gravel for a while until it attaches then try glueing it where you want it.
  5. +1 If you haven't already you can probably find someone who can cut a piece of glass that will fit but I doubt any glass shop would actually clean off the old silicone and broken glass and silicone the glass and give you any kind of warranty. And buying a new tank might even be cheaper if you did find someone to do the work.
  6. With the trio of tangs you have established now you'll probably have problems adding any tang species, not just another Zebrasoma sp. If you try it just be prepared to rehome someone on short notice. Also, as your tangs mature you might have aggression issues develop so that's something to keep an eye out for in the years to come.
  7. Awesome! Fish collectors keep finding amelanistic specimens and hybrids. Care should be the same as normally colored fish or parent species.
  8. You're welcome! This may not be much consolation but from my experiences over the last 3 decades I'm pretty sure they picked that spot on purpose. :/
  9. You're right, they've just decided to host in the spot. If it were my tank I would slow down the current in that area so they're not always fighting the current. Trying to get them to host a different location probably isn't going to happen. But if you want to try what I would do is use some kind of hanger to hang a small euphilia colony and hope they start hosting it then slowly move it to a more favorable location.
  10. Welcome aboard!
  11. Cool! It's a clam, great filter feeders. That species is relatively common on maricultured live rock. from Florida or the Caribbean.
  12. All my systems will go a week without needing any attention. I have autofeeders and either ATOs or large sumps that will handle at least a weeks worth of evaporation. A couple of my systems go 2-3 weeks without needing any attention like this one in my thread here: https://www.austinreefclub.com/topic/40758-icp-test-results-90-gallon-mixed-reef-w-tapwater/
  13. Well, retiring to Portugal sounds pretty awesome! 👍
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