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  1. Beaux


    Thank you so much stoneroller for taking the time to find this video for me. Just from watching it I have gained so much more insite from all the research I have been doing on my own. I think for now I will just stick with the hammer or frogspawns, which I currently have and are flourishing. I have my last 3 head torch and will heed the advice from the video and just wait it out and hope it survives. Like the video says the color variations and the far extensions is what attracted me to the torch. I mostly blame myself for not having enough knowledge. I dislike knowing that I killed a living creature. But I put an equal amount of blame on Google. 9 out of 10 sites I used for research claim that torches are great for a beginner coral! Along with the ease of care for them. Which after my experiences with them have all lead to failure. Again thank you so much for locating that video, it was just what I needed. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
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    Yes, they were approximately 3 to 4 inches from each other. Same movements on both as well. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
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    Sascha, I used about 15 to 20 drops, not so dark that I can't see if anything falls off. I use water from my main tank and I usually let it sit 15 to 20 minutes and then into the quarantine tank. My quarantine tank only contains just the basics a heater a cheap power head and and even much worse light. It is also bare bottom.
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    I do weekly water changes. Only as much as needed to rid surface debris, so around 1/4th weekly. Salinity 1.25 constant. I always check the new water parameters before use to mirror my main tank as close as possible. PH 8.3- 8.2 Ammonia 0 Calcium 450 KH 8 Nitrate 0 Nitrite 0 KH 8 PO4 0 In my sump tank a protien skimmer rated for a 40 gal tank, hob filter for a 70 gallon tank, mine is only a 20 long, that green mass algae chieo (sp) heater and return. The tank is not drilled so I use a HOB thing for the intake drain into my sump. Like I said every other piece of coral are flourishing from my candycanes, acordia mushrooms, regular mushrooms, 2 medium sized green tipped toadstools and many regular toadstools. A few of my mushrooms have propagated and 8 to 10 pieces from the regular toadstools. I have heard this before about my lighting, unfortunatly being on a limited income, there is no possibly way to spend $250 to $300 on that Chineseblack box.
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    Thanks Sascha, I have only used the iodine dip, and did so as per my LFS advice. I dip anything new and quarantine tank long before it foes into my main tank. I am unsure if the weekly dose in the main tank does anything for pest control or if it's for nutrients, but reccomend dose 1x week. Another feature that aqdiary app has is a reminder feature. Possibly I need to be a little more clear on the "shrinking" part. I get the new torch and the tentacles start thick as yarn and observe the shrink to thin as thread and die.
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    Thanks for the reply and suggestion Isaac. I will have to research it because i am not at all familiar with it. Plus it's only a 3 head piece. What really strikes me as odd, I am at the understanding that bubblehead and torchs are from the same subspecies, my bubbleheads are thriving while the torch is just withering away like that.
  7. My water perameters have always been well within acceptable ranges. I use aqdiary app that is like a permanent diary of what day it was tested, slots for all the results and water changes. I often do the test first, then take a water sample to have tested by my LFS to double check my readings match. Only once, very early on as I was learning how to test for calicum it did not match. My calcium testef 650 when the LFS tested at 450. I do not dose anything because my tank is 90% soft corals. At the time I had only the 1 torch, single head, and 1 branch of candy cane with 3 heads. Which as of today is still flourishing and I can see growth. I have not dosed calcium because the peramiters were well within range and I had no "hard" corals in that tank. I buy the premium salt water which I have always use from one LFS. As far as feeding, I started general feeding mysis shrimp. They never seem to stick and I never really noticed anything being retracted in. It either drifted off or was picked off by my clown fish. I use Jabeo wave makers which has a setting to a timer of 10 minutes of 0 flow for feeding. Tried both ways several times, same results. Then my LFS suggested brine shrimp. Same results. Did some research online and started using reef roids. General aimed spray at the candy cane and torch. Feed reccomend dose 1x weekly. Flow was medium to low so there was a nice clockwise motion, not something that was slamming it abruptly to one side or another. Lighting as I mentioned before, Fluval sea 2.0. Placement is at bottom of my 20 gallon long, in the substrate. The tank is going on 2 and 1/2 years now after cycle. My coraline covers about 90% of my live rock in both main tank and sump. No algae outbreaks except very early on I had a moderate outbreak of Cyno. I have no coraline on my glass or equipment anywhere. I keep a healthy stock 10 to 15 blueleg crabs, same with snails, (always having to up keep, crabs killing snails, as well as a few niarasso (sp) snails. My coraline, if that is what I think you mean by the red covering on my live rock is a medium to deep red in color. One medium piece in my sump is so dark, it appears purple. My lighting is not suspended but rather sits on the rim of the tank. I have a marker set so that for what ever reason I have to move it, it is set back to its original position. Also it is set with a very reliable timer. Although there is no way to ramp it. I am still on the hunt for the $100 adapter but with the 2.0 being discontinued I am having no luck. They came out with the Fluval 3.0 which is built in. Probably alot more than you asked for, but did I miss anything?
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    New Guy

    Welcome Brad! I am happy to see that you did take my advice! As you can see we do have many active members, many with decades of experience in reefing. If you need any advice or help navigating around please feel free to PM anytime. PS mframe if you read this I accept PayPal for my recruitment fees! Jk jk thats a joke [emoji6][emoji225] Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
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    I have had conflicted answers about this so I am hoping the community can help. I was told that if a multi headed torch, if some of them started to look sickly (retreating and not doing the normal full extensions) that the "sickly" ones should be cut off immediately. On head is doing wonderful, however the other 2 are jut starting that look. This is a separate tank from the 20 g that for some unknown reason they do not survive. Every single parameter is on par, and I added chemipure elete as per LFS instructions. I have no clue how to frag, or tools that would be needed. Is this true? Do they need to be cut off? I have done the redips for parasite infestation. I guess I am going to have to accept the fact I will never be able to keep my most favorite coral.
  10. Hey Timfish, I am thinking more this being a mistake on my part by moving them around to much. It was early on and I had that can't keep hand out of tank syndrome. Also grasping the dynamics of adding new corals can completely alter the flow as a whole. I have learned a better lesson of let the coral be, and adjust my wave makers. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  11. Beaux

    Crazy reefkeeping ideas.....and GO!

    Those have been around since the 80's my friends. Just invent a shrink ray, hook it up to a pump an presto! Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
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    Crazy reefkeeping ideas.....and GO!

    A miniaturized reef tank rumba, that sucks up top layer of substrate, with the built in chiller feeder on top. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  13. Thank you very much stoneroller. Perhaps we could work something out if we ever get a date for our frag swap! LOL Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  14. Oh and as far as dosing my Kh was off a bit so i started that last month. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  15. Thanks for the reply Reefpuck, That first one was doing great on the first placement. Then I noticed it started to retreat with the tenticals, but the calicum base was growing. I kept my calcium in check always use the same prieum water from RCA, and even check the parameters to check that they were as close to my tank water. I stll do this everytime. I did video research, again conflicting about feeding or not. I chose not to because that was the only (hard) coral, and I did not have a skimmer. I moved it up about 2 to 3 inches, thinking it was the lighting. I also added my 10 gallon sump tank, as well as a skimmer. It was still haning in there but I could see that it was still not doing well, but well out lasted the other torches that died within months. I am going to try a hammerhead in my 55. The current is medium to low, just enough that it gives it a mild to moderate good circular motion. Like I asked before with only one stony coral, everything else is soft, should I just stay away from feeding all together? Other than that, I only have one dead zone because of my live rock setting, but I vacuum that area every 2 to 3 days. Not as a water chage, just the one area along with my weekly changes. Could my water be to clean? Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk