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  1. Dogfish

    New to Texas

    Howdy Good lookin tank
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    Tank - Sump Build 500 gal +

    Decided to start on the tank. 2 years of putting the house and yard together is enough. Plus it's hot outside. First step is to get the room ready. Here are a few pictures of the room and platform the tank will sit on. The platform was engineered to hold 18,000 lbs. I was not sure if the tank would be glass or acrylic. I had to do a little leveling of the platform. The framers that built the house were close, but i dont want to be off a 1/16th with all that water. The fish will have a great view.
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    Tank - Sump Build 500 gal +

    Dealing with it ???? Funny. I just see it as normal. I have been lazy and it needs a vac job. I went into this knowing I am not the spotless tank person like those stick guys. (you all now who you are). One polyp does not open and they know it. Algae and stuff does not bother me. If it was a bit smaller it might be a little cleaner. Maybe time for a few more snails to replace the pods my wrasses keep eating. I dont think the green is cyano. Green side gets blasted with flow and that green stuff likes it. Some sort of film algae. It is on the back walls and my lawnmower eats it everyday. The other side has a flow problem another mp60 would fix. In about a year I will be on the dole. Uncle Sam will be paying me, maybe I can get one. I have cut my Po4 in half and the red is not spreading any more. I think 2 vac jobs and it should be almost gone. It was almost gone until I messed with increasing my nitrates and phosphates. It has taken a about 2 months to calm back down. Or maybe its stuck in Christmas mode
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    Tank - Sump Build 500 gal +

    Its supposed to be water proof without a case. Still a bit weird sticking it underwater. Maybe today. No selfie stick. Im sure thats another $50. These things keep costing more and more.
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    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    It was a roti deal sorry for the mix up. They had the pod deal around christmas Hi dana, Just a friendly reminder that today is the last day to take advantage of our Buy One Get One Free on Rotifers deal. We feed rotifers daily at Pod Your Reef because they are a natural and perfectly sized feed for corals and filter feeders. To take advantage of this sale make sure to add two or more rotifers to your cart and use the coupon code "freerots" at checkout. Happy Reefing, Josh
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    Tank - Sump Build 500 gal +

    Playing with gopro trying to figure out stuff . 2 pic FTS fisheye problem
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    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    They can eat stuff off the chaeto until you start feeding your tank. You wont see big population growth without feeding unless you have an established tank. Josh is great, I just got in on the 2 for 1 pod deal from them.
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    Dendro and Sun coral

    I have never had any and am looking for yellow. These seems a good fit as I ilke movement in the tank. Has any one had success or failure with either type? I have 2 spots that are 1/2 way down in my tank and somewhat shaded at the end of my valley. It gets pretty good random flow from 1 sea swirl , but nothing excessive. Oh and a place to buy them or get them for free.
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    Dendro and Sun coral

    Hum.......That was in May and they are still alive and kickin. I did get 1 coral from you about a year ago (frogspawn). My urchin snapped off 2 of the maybe 30 now heads. My peppermints seem to like 8 certain heads and they stay pretty tight. The snapped off (frags) are growing back in. So with the fungus or what ever it is, might be in my tank now. Looks like you have them in pretty good flow? I dont recall your light? Thanks for the response.
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    Dendro and Sun coral

    They look great Thanks
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    Dendro and Sun coral

    I see a place called Aquarium Depot has some that are orange with yellow tentacles.
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    Dendro and Sun coral

    Thanks. Do you know if they are Dendro? or Sun?
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    Dendro and Sun coral

    Thanks Good to know. Since i feed live foods 2x a day i think I can feed enough to keep Dendro's happy. Not sure about the Suns
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    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    1. When I get pods, do I put them in the back sump with the Chaeto, or just dump them straight into the main display? Maybe they're small enough to go through the return pump without problem? Are these something I can get at a LFS? In the past I never seeded my nano's with them. You can buy them online. I get both Copepods and Amphipods. You will need to feed them some phyto until the green film algae takes hold in your tank. They will find a way into your tank from the sump, however I seed both. 2. I didn't really think this through before but I really like GSP and figure it would be a good one to start with because of how hardy it is. However, I hear it spreads like weeds so I'm wondering if I can still put it on some of my rock work and take it off later or if I shouldn't even bother with the hassle and either skip it all together or glue it onto the back wall? GSP is fine. It does spread and you will need to try and keep it contained. It. does look great on the back wall of tanks. If you dont like it there you can scrape it off. Some people keep it on a rock island. Christyef likes it and has good success keeping it inline.
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    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    Wait. There is no need for a clean up crew until they have something to clean up. What I do recommend is you get a coral or 2 to bring in some algae bacteria. You can also get some chaeto or other macro algae for your sump and that will do the same thing. Once you id the stuff growing you can get the clean up crew guys that will clean up that particular type. And dont forget to throw in some pods.
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    Ashton's Waterbox 15

    I started with dry rock and its no big deal. it has been less than a year and I have tube worms, sponges, coraline, mini brittle stars, asterina stars, pods and who knows what else. You did good my friend. You still have the option to do a seed rock if you decide its wanted. If you did it at start up, you could not now undo it.
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    When to add PO4 remover when cycling

    Bob's Your Uncle, Fanny's Your Aunt
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    Tank - Sump Build 500 gal +

    The crypic sponges are growing at a snails pace. The filter socks might taking out a lot of nutrients before they reach the sponges. Last Sunday I took out the filter socks before feeding the corals. We shall see what effect that has. Maybe they are starving. One plus of having those sponge seed rocks is I now has a lot of tube/fan type worms and some non cryptic sponge growth in the DT.
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    Tank - Sump Build 500 gal +

    I thought this was funny. Bubble after a meal. Looks like a hot air ballon. Milky water is reef roids phyto and oyster feast. New gopro. Kinda not wanting to put it in the water yet.
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    Pink sponge ID

    I found this sponge hidden in a darker part of the tank. In between some bubble that the crabs have not discovered. For size I had my flasher wrasse pose next to it. Seems to be covering about 2 inches of rock with just 1 opening in a portion that juts out. Its pink in color and at first I thought it was coralline. Now that it has an opening its prob a sponge. Any ideas as for an ID.
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    Yes it could be ich. Get ready for some fun. If, for sure you decide it is, and I would get someone to come look at it on your fish to be sure, then it needs to be treated or managed. If you want to rid your tank of it and ever want to have inverts then you can not use copper. Without using copper you do a fallow tank (no fish) for 75 days. This should work but there is always a slim chance it will not. To rid the fishes of ich (if one has it, they are all carriers but may not show damage) You can use copper in a QT tank or if the fish is not too infected you can do the TTM method. If you want to manage it in a tank then you will need to run a UV . Run as much water thru it as you can at the proper flow rate. This will help control the numbers so your fish will not be overwhelmed by a lot of it in the water. Hopefully they can be kept healthy enough to fight it off on their own. This will require a stable clean tank as well as great food for the fish. By great food I mean live nutritious stuff like what the fish eat in the wild. If its a algae eater then you will need live macro algae such as (tang heaven). Live white and or black worms as well as live chopped clams or mussels for the meat eaters. I have heard of people adding additives to the frozen cubes and pellets but It was not sucessfull for me. Im not an expert on marine ich but have a lot of experience with fresh water fish and ich. And for more info about understanding ich http://atj.net.au/marineaquaria/marineich.html
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    Subsea just did this about 2 months ago . He is not on this forum but on R2R a lot
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    Cleaning filter socks

    I use socks. I would like a fresh pair everyday, so would my tank. My wallet will not allow for this. So I have to wash them. I dont wash mine with tank socks. I use a broom handle to turn them inside out. I toss them in the washer with bleach. They get pretty stinky in a 5 gallon bucket with lid after a week. Bleach in the pre-soak as well as in the soap tray. I have a front load machine that uses very little water. I do a pre-soak cycle, speed wash cycle and second rinse. When thats all over I take them out and let dry for a day. I do 30 at a time. If i had only 2, I would toss them in some bleach water for an hour then wash them with plain water in the machine. Maybe an extra rinse to make sure the bleach is gone.
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    Hair Algae with good water?

    Have you tried some different types of snails? Aquadome said my waters fine too. I have cyano, hair and some other algae.