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Wade last won the day on September 20

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About Wade

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  • Birthday March 31

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  • Location
    Blountville, TN
  • Tank Size
    72 gal bow
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  1. Green Hair Algae Control

    That was my thought as well! I keep trying to find someone who's had a negative experience using it, but haven't located on yet. How does it kill off the exposed algae without killing off the zooxanthellae algae inside the coral? Either way it doesn't address the cause of the bloom, but maybe it will help get a handle on a big bloom before it starts killing off coral anyway. If she decides to go this route I'll try and document the progress and long term effects.
  2. Green Hair Algae Control

    Someone this weekend told me about using a one time treatment of fluconazole to rid the tank of hair algae. I found a YouTube video that documents a tank before, during and after the treatment. Is this safe to use? I know it doesn't address the core reason of why it bloomed to begin with, but if it help eradicate it so they can get a leg up on turning the corner on it then it might be worth the expense. Thoughts?
  3. Green Hair Algae Control

    Thanks Tim. They are trying very hard to be patient. I had the advantage of going through several years of growing pains to figure things out while they're learning on the fly while dealing with an ugly algae bloom which tends to put one in panic mode. She's a very smart lady (chemist) who is learning the ropes very quickly and hasn't slipped into panic mode which is pretty impressive from my viewpoint. She's just trying to figure out how to deal with it and feels that all her efforts are in vain because she doesn't see any changes for the better yet. I've sent her the link for your case study and your response above which she's probably on reading now. I've also encouraged her to join this forum as you all are the most knowledgeable folks I've come across in this hobby. Can't express how much you all have helped me over the years. Everyone is quick with an opinion in this hobby, but when you can back it up with the knowledge and experience you all possess it takes it to whole other level.
  4. Green Hair Algae Control

    Thank you sir!
  5. Green Hair Algae Control

    I suppose if she takes the rock out she could treat the affected areas with H2O2 as long as she doesn't get it on the coral, correct?
  6. Green Hair Algae Control

    No worries about the temp change or water flow around the coral? What if she has the rock out for 30 minutes? Would that cause an issue or not really?
  7. Green Hair Algae Control

    The folks that bought my tank (with my house) are now in the midst of their first big algae bloom and are getting frustrated and discouraged. This is their first SW aquarium and they feel like they're failing me because the tank has gone downhill since they took it over. I've told them that algae blooms happen to most everyone and it takes a while to turn the corner on them. She's been manually removing the algae but mt tank was built into a corner of the house and is only accessible from behind and that's not very easy either which adds to the frustration level. She's asked if it would be OK to just pull the rock (with coral attached) from the tank into a bucket to work on it. While that is definitely not OK to do, I think the process below that I've laid out in an email I'm writing her would work fine but I wanted to get your thoughts on it first. "Pulling the rock w/coral out to clean is typically not a good idea for a couple of reasons, but that's not to say that it cannot be done. If it were a bare rock then it would be fine. The reasons it would be bad with the coral are that the parameters of fresh made salt water will most likely not be the same as the tank water so going from one to the other then back again may shock it. Also, the water temperature in the tank is controlled and the water temp in a bucket may drop several degrees pretty quickly again risking a shock. You'd also have to maintain some water movement for the coral. I do think there's be a way to do it however and I'll be happy to help if you like. I'm going to run this idea by some guys to make sure I'm not overlooking or oversimplifying something, but I think it would work fine. Use a clean medium sized clear plastic storage container to siphon water out of your tank into like you're doing a good size water change (say 15 gallons or so). install a power head and heater in the container move desired rock from aquarium to container for cleaning preposition a power head in the aquarium so that it's below the current water level and leave on to provide water movement clean rock in container and move back to aquarium refill aquarium completing water change move power head in aquarium back to original position" What do you think?
  8. Sump Kits

    What's your thoughts on these kits? I'll need a sump for my 300 when the time comes and this kit seems pretty cost effective especially when it's easy to come by a used 75g. http://www.ebay.com/itm/REFUGIUM-KIT-for-48-x-18-x-21-75-gallon-protein-skimmer-sump-kit-/162351033795?var=&hash=item25cce02dc3:m:mX5Iuz7lYJ92l1liP9qFhpg
  9. What to stock first in a 90g FOWLR?

    he's got the larger amphipods. I'm thinking the fairy wrasses or a melanurus should be able to eat those since they get a bit bigger than say a six line.
  10. Designing the Fish Room - HELP!

    I think something like this is what I'm looking for.
  11. Designing the Fish Room - HELP!

    Wow. That's actually a great point. I do have plenty of room to work with now (more than enough to be honest). The only problem is where to put it. I could put it in that short hallway on the left but then it would open very close to the tank and would make it virtually impossible to have anything plumbed into the tank from that side. Also, in case of the worst case scenario and there's a leak or a seam break, that would leave a quick exit for the water. I'll have to give that some thought. So here's the next dilemma: how to finish the outside (Den facing) wall? I would love to have removable panels all around the tank to allow full access from the front, but I'm already getting some flack from the wifey for just mentioning that. It would need to have a nice finished look, but be removable. I know someone out there has done that. I just need some pictures or links.
  12. Designing the Fish Room - HELP!

    This is where I plan to hold our club meetings and start a club coral library. I'd like to have a library of frags that everyone can both contribute to or take from according to some simple guidelines. @Isaac : Island on wheels! Fantastic idea!! @Dogfish : Should definitely be room for a fridge
  13. Designing the Fish Room - HELP!

    How's this look for the layout of the room?
  14. What to stock first in a 90g FOWLR?

    @Sascha D. : So four months after adding the 7 chromis and all are alive and well. I'm looking at adding a pair of clowns and maybe a couple of flasher or fairy wrasses or anthias. He's got a very healthy population of amphipods that need eating:) He's also wanting an anemone for his clowns. Will an anemone host a pair of clowns or will it host only one?
  15. Designing the Fish Room - HELP!

    Well I just bought Modern Coral Reef Aquarium Vol. 1 off Amazon. I've got plenty of time to read it since the house is not expected to be finished before late Spring to early Summer. Going skimmerless is intriguing. I can say my experience over the past 13 years of having a mixed reef tank is that my tank went through continuous cycles of nice clean rock for several months to an algae bloom and the fight to eradicate the algae which usually took a few months, rinse and repeat. The PO4 and NO3 always read 0.00 when tested. I did run a skimmer, carbon and GFO 24/7. The feedback I always received was that I was running an ultra-clean tank and that's why I couldn't keep acros. Not sure about the validity of that feedback, but I'll definitely explore the possibility of a skimmerless system. I'll also ask that this thread stays on topic and not become a skimmerless system thread. I'll be happy to start one though because I'm loving this discussion So back to the floor drain. I spoke with the builder last night and he said we'd be getting into a lot of expense to add a concave cement floor with a drain vs just adding a drain to the flat floor and using a squeegee if needed. Thoughts on that? I looked at the mini split AC/Heat Pump systems as recommended above so I can control the room temperature independently of the house. That does look like a great and affordable solution. Access to fresh air will now not be a problem since the room will go all the way back to the exterior wall. I see what you're talking about with redundancy now. I did keep spare power heads and a spare return pump on hand in the event of failure and I added a single T5 strip to supplement the LED fixture and as a backup light source in the event of a failure. I'll make sure to repeat those habits with the new system