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BornToHula

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About BornToHula

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  • Birthday 02/02/1987

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    Leander
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    240g
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  1. BornToHula's 240 Gallon Build

    So interesting thing... I am noticing sps starting to recover and grow back over some of the dead areas. This is opposite of what I expected, I'm currently sitting between 40-65 ppm on nitrates (using the nyos kit it gets really hard to read 40-95) and 0.3 ppm on phosphate. Wayyy above the recommended levels. I figured my acros would all be toast at these levels, but they seem to be doing well. The dino growth seems to have slowed, but is definitely still growing. I ordered some vibrant cleaner, but it still hasn't come in yet (I'm glad I paid $8 for shipping!). I'm debating on maybe doing another lights out period in the meantime.
  2. BornToHula's 240 Gallon Build

    I ordered some vibrant yesterday, maybe I'll have some good luck like you! I'm sure you will get over the dinos quick and easy while I'll just be here scratching my head haha. I've ordered some Vibrant to try out on mine since it doesn't seem like any "natural" solutions are going to work. I've tried vibrant before on the Chrystophytes with no effect, but maybe I'll have better luck on the dinos. In the meantime I have been really cranking up the nitrate/phosphate dosing. I figured since most of my corals are already trashed, why not see if it works. I'm up to ~40ppm nitrates and .21 ppm of phosphates. Still dosing the phytoplankton as well. Nothing else growing yet except for dinos .
  3. BornToHula's 240 Gallon Build

    I definitely hate dinos too, probably the worse thing I've dealt with in regards to coral death/damage. The triggers are awesome and have been a great addition to the tank! Mines pretty awesome so far, I'm hoping he behaves well when he gets in the big tank. He has lots of personality and is curious about everything - I can't manage to get a good picture of him though!
  4. BornToHula's 240 Gallon Build

    I did a round of testing yesterday: Alk: 9.1 dkh Ca: 450 ppm Mg: 1380 ppm Phosphate: 0.16 ppm Nitrate: Between 15 and 20 ppm I've gone through a full bottle of peroxide with no effect so I think I will stop dosing it for now. I'm still dosing phytoplankton - 3oz. daily. Not sure what else to do for now. I'll probably monitor the dino growth for the next few days and see if it slows at all. If not I will try some products like metroplex, chemiclean, or vibrant.
  5. BornToHula's 240 Gallon Build

    Tank is looking better: But the dino's are growing back =(. Some of the SPS are still alive, they are all damaged though:
  6. BornToHula's 240 Gallon Build

    3 days of blackout are over. It looks like 95% of the dinos have died off. I did a 40g water change this morning and will be doing anther 40g change this evening removing any remaining bits of the dinos. Hopefully this, plus everything else I have been doing, is the knockout punch against the dinos! Really bad pic, but I got a Flameback Angelfish and Red Head Solon Fairy Wrasse in today from Diver's Den. The Flameback already looks awesome and has quite a lot of personality.
  7. BornToHula's 240 Gallon Build

    Started a 3 day lights out period today to see if it will help get rid of the dinos. I did a large water change last night to remove as much of the dinos manually before the lights out. I also made an acclimation box this weekend. Don't want any smaller fish to get immediately eaten by the triggers!
  8. BornToHula's 240 Gallon Build

    I don't know... What were your nitrates at when the dino went away for you?
  9. BornToHula's 240 Gallon Build

    Why do you think I am going opposite of what you did? Did you see the last post on page 17? More bioload: added two crosshatch triggers & a kato's wrasse. Will be adding 3 sunburst anthias and a midas blenny in the next couple days. More feeding: With the new livestock I went from feeding 6 cubes a day to 8. I also have a autofeeder that goes off 4 times a day, dropping about half a teaspoon of pellets each time. Also I just started dosing phytoplankton & added copepods yesterday. Peroxide: Have been dosing peroxide for 3 weeks so far. Dosing 3ml per 10gal (about 75ml) each day with a dosing pump. Wet Skimming: I generally keep my skimmer skimming wet, so it is not wetter than normal, but it would be considered a "wet skim". After about a week the cup will be 1/3 to 1/2 full and needs to be emptied. What I am doing differently than you is siphoning out the dinos (this is the only thing that has been helpful so far), added a UV filter, and running carbon.
  10. BornToHula's 240 Gallon Build

    Haven't thought of it, but isn't chemiclean for Cyano?
  11. BornToHula's 240 Gallon Build

    No, not that I am currently running. I have a bio pellet reactor sitting in my closet though.
  12. BornToHula's 240 Gallon Build

    Doesnt seem to be helping my situation too much. I've been replacing mine every few days. Just about have gone through an entire big container of it from BRS this month
  13. BornToHula's 240 Gallon Build

    Update time! Dinos are still growing out of control... I've been dosing peroxide since the beginning of the month with no effect yet. The UV light hasn't helped and nitrates are around 20ppm and phosphate is .04ppm. I've also been replacing the carbon twice a week. Siphoning out the dinos do help some, but if I take a couple days off it is right back to where it was. Realizing none of the above is a solution for my dinos I just got in my first order of phytoplankton and copepods in yesterday from Algae Barn. I put the pods in the tank last night and I will be dosing 3oz a day of the phyto for the first week. Going forward I'm going to continue dosing peroxide and am going to try and get my nitrates down to around 5ppm though water changes. UV light will continue to run as well. On to some good news, I got a few new additions I wanted to share! I have 3 sunburst anthias and a golden midas blenny finished with quarantine. I plan on putting them in the tank by the weekend. Once they get comfortable in the tank I am going to do a 3 day lights out to see if that will help with the dinos as well. Bonded pair of small Crosshatch Triggers: Kato's wrasse:
  14. BornToHula's 240 Gallon Build

    Wasn't too bad, just removing my lights and canopy is pretty heavy/difficult. I had mis-diagnosed the leak. I thought needed some more pipe thread sealant for the pipe that screwed into the bulkhead. Turned out the seal had gone bad on the bulkhead itself. Out of all the water that ended up on the floor, 99% was self caused. When I drained the overflow I had unknowingly left some water in the overflow. There was probably 2-3 gallons of water still in the overflow when I started removing the bulkhead... oops.
  15. BornToHula's 240 Gallon Build

    A leaking bulkhead is not the best way to start labor day. Note to self... never do an in-tank overflow again!
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