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  1. Timfish

    The Maroon Lagoon V2.0

    Something I've learned is things are always changing even if we can't necessarily quantify them easily. I would point out coral growth and fish growth are a pretty significant changes to how nitrogen and phosphorus is being cycled in a reef system. We know fish poop is pretty critical for corals. Increasing fish biomass or increasing amount being feed to the fish or limiting the amount of coral being kept in a system is likely critical for long term survival. Not increasing the amount of fish poop or using alternate methods may create chronic conditions that can go undetected for long periods of time but sooner or later will cause problems. Here's a figure from a paper looking at nutrient loading on corals
  2. Timfish

    Starting Back up

    Welcome back!
  3. Timfish

    BBMarlin's 125G - Skimmerless SPS Reef

    It should, I've used schedule 80 valves before and they've worked well. There's going to be stuff collecting and growing on the inside and I try to remember to open and close them periodicly to prevent them from not closing completely when needed. One advantage, which fortunately I haven't had to do, is with true union valves even if both ends are glued to plumbing the valve can be replaced quickly without having to cut or disassemble plumbing.
  4. Timfish

    Planet Aquarium 130g

    What I'll do to slow down any kind of algae growing on sand is siphon off just the surface layer, drain off as much of the saltwater as possible then dump in a pint bottle of hydrogen peroxide (3%) and let it sit for a day then rinse and dump it back in. Just stirring the sand I've found doesn't kill a lot of the algae leaving it to grow back pretty quickly. You also want to monitor your alkalinity as this process is breaking down the sand and there sometimes appears to be some dissolution once it's back in the tank.
  5. Timfish

    BBMarlin's 125G - Skimmerless SPS Reef

    Nice! I've learned to check ball valves to make sure they turn easily before buying them.
  6. Timfish

    My First Skimmerless System

    This video shows has a closeup of the Fungia polyps that were all were all born in this system. A single anthocaulus was transplanted to a smallish limestone rock and placed in this system 8 or 9 years ago. 9 more have since have budded off from the original one. Development of new baby plate corals start immediately after it's older sibling drops off. In just a week or two the new polyp can be seen expanding. Depending on how much it's shaded from other polyps it can take from about a year to several years to grow to a point where it drops off. Polyps should not be forcibly broken off as it can kill the anthocaulus stopping any further polyp production. The anthocaulus initially may only be a couple millimeters or about 1/16" in diameter but will grow with each new polyp and can be about 12 mm or 1/2" in diameter. Larger Anthocauli can be gently broken off at the base and glued to a rock being very careful not to damage any of the tissue around the crown. https://youtu.be/dh_nLhj1QXc
  7. Timfish

    PETCO $1 a gallon sale

    +1 I still have the couple spares I got from last year though.
  8. Timfish

    Coming back To saltwater /reef hobby

    Hi ya'all
  9. Timfish

    Combine sub-topics?

    I have to agree ARC is the best place to track what is successful long term. I'm not sure what would be the best way to condense the topics but it seems to me something could be done. Maybe something based more on science. The shut down of exports from Fiji and Indonesia and the restriction of fish collection in Hawai'i I think is a wakeup call. We need to be focusing on sustainable practices that let us keep our animals for at least their normal life expectancies. We have tons of science now which paints a drasticly different picture about how reefs work than what most aquarists are being told. After 30 years it's sad to see new aquarists still have a horrendous failure rate. If we compare how long we keep fish or corals to keeping cats or dogs most of us are while they are still kittens or puppies.
  10. Timfish

    BBMarlin's 125G - Skimmerless SPS Reef

    I gotta agree with Jolt. :D The cause of problems in systems that have been trouble free for years is a real puzzler. In my systems that have run for one or two decades there certainly appear to be cycles where some animals don't seem to be happy and then everythings good again. I know from the research I've read corals are affecting the bacteria in the water and those bacteria can change over time. There's still a lot we don't know about individual coral's immune systems or how they change as they become mature but Dr. Wright's research shows it varies at the genotype level. I suspect there's a lot of combinations that like fish may work when there's a group of juveniles but when they mature not so much. We know different taxonomic groups promote different microbes in the water column (one) (two). So I can't help but think we need to pay a lot more attention to the conditions individual coral species are found in nature. The Strawberry Shortcake acro being one example which is found almost exclusively in association with other acro species
  11. Timfish

    Montana White Clown Color Change

    OOOPS! You're right Woods. I've had Montana White stuck in my head for years now.
  12. Timfish

    Rimless 180g "2nd child"

    I can certainly appreciate how frustrating it can be not knowing why a coral(s) die. I am glad to see you post your efforts and test results. As Victoly pointed out there are some serious reservations about ICP testing but having test results along with your observations It's still potentially valuable information others can use to help identify issues. ANd having seen corals from hte same clone line respond differently to what appears to be the same conditions the limited testing we have available indicates the more information we have the better we're going to be able to keep these animals for their normal life expectancies. I am curious exactly where the tin is coming from as my tests of tap water here didn't show any tin. While most of our water comes from lake Travis I know there's a lot that comes from wells or private water utilities that may treat thier water differently than City of Austin.
  13. Anybody seen color change in Montana White Ocellaris Clowns as they age? This male was purchased as a juvenile from River City at C4 2016. Over the last couple months the back third of the body has shifted from bright white to grey. It's behavior hasn't changed any and standard colored ocellaris will usually show some shift in color to brown as they age so I'm assuming this is what's happening with this one. Just wondering how common this is with Montana Whites. If it's typical it would certainly be a factor in getting them in the future.
  14. Saw your FB comment on your shark on Jennifer's post but didn't want to hijack her post. Regarding nitrates and your shark; you definitley want to get your nitrates down. I suspect the cloudy eye is bacterial like in fish but high nitrates will cause other health issues long term for your shark. Nitrates are also not good for your corals either, tending to push the mutualistic relationship between corals and zooxanthellae towards a parasitic one in favor of the zooxantheallae.
  15. Timfish

    Alkatronics or Aoex

    Autofeeders that utilize a rotating hopper can be an inexpensive option option for adding dry supplements also.