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  1. Have you looked online? An alternate name I've seen them called you might check for is Zebra Turbo Snail.
  2. Keep in mind your slow macro algae growth in your refugium may have nothing to do with PO4 levels. The client I set up this system for insisted on a lit refugium for macro algae. Over the 5 years they had the system PO4 levels climbed from undetectable to ~0.4 mg/l but the Calurpa taxifolia growth slowed and no macro algae was harvested after the second year. Palletta's review of Leng Sy's "Ecosystem" methodology noted the same response over two decades ago. One of the puzzles that led to Forest Rohwer's DDam model of reef degradation was the observation of nitrate and PO4 levels on prist
  3. In contrast to Victoly I don't dose and don't see any correlation between nuisance algae like "dinos" and GHA and PO4 levels in my systems. You haven't mentioned what your are feeding and how often. One difference I've noted but have not taken the time to try comparing in my systems is I feed only Spectrum pellets, I don't feed frozen. It's been at least a decade since I last tested the water from frozen but PO4 was way off the scale. I've wondered if one difference is with frozen there's phosphorus that's injected into the water that is immediately available to nuisance algae where pell
  4. Biological control is the best way IMO to deal with algae long term. Short term I may also use manual removal and localized use of H2O2. One question, how long has it been since you started dosing? With just about any change to an ecosystem nuisance algae is going to respond faster than corals. Depending on how severe the problem is it may correct itself with just simple siphoning out nuisance algae with small water changes. Also keep in mind we can only test for PO4 but reef ecosystems also have organic forms of phosphorus we can't test for. So along with organic forms of nitrogen what
  5. If you move it yourself 5 gallon buckets is what works best IMO. Keep the fish, corals and rocks separate. You might check with Aquadome or River City Aquatics to see who they recommend for moving.
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  7. At the size your clowns are it's unlikely any of them are sexually mature. More likely you'll end up with one female, one male and a couple juveniles waiting their turn. As with any group of fish, you'll need to be ready to rehome someone if it's getting picked on by other fish (most likely the smallest juvenile in this case).
  8. Well, obviously your tank is using a lot of phosphate. If it's just RO water a lot of thePO4 in the tapwater will make it through the membrane. It needs to go through a DI filter to remove the all of it. And even if all the PO4 is removed, If it's stored in a container there could be increased levels just from dust and stuff in the air or bugs getting into the storage tank. Which also raises the question of what might be in your containers? Also keep in mind ICP tests have an element of error, see Richard Ross' article on comparing ICP to a Spectragraphic analisys. And here's
  9. This paper was just published on a a parasite found in coral microbiomes, Candidatus Aquarickettsia rohweri . As an intracellular parasite it scavenges phosphorus and amino acids and inorganic nitrogen from it's host. Working with Acropora cervicornis, the researchers identified disease resistant genotypes and disease susceptable genotypes by the mean relative abundance of the parasite in the microbiomes with higher numbers correlateing to disease susceptable. From the "Introduction": "Our data support the hypothesis that "Ca. Aquarickettsia" species increase c
  10. I've used this technique 2 or 3 times over the decades. Ideally when a tank starts leaking it can be emptied immediately but sometimes the combination of time, logistics and stress to the animals from being moved multiple times make it prefferable to leave everything in place for a day or two. Peeper Keeper had a 20+ year old tank start leaking and since a new tank could be bought and installed in a day or two we left everything in place until tank could be replaced.
  11. DIpping should at least slow down brown jelly but what are the water parameters? There's a wide range of what's considered "Acceptable". All corals need phosphates and can store phospholipids. Keeping phosphates too low and not feeding fish much might result in a malnurished coral. Excess nitrates can also cause problems, allowing zooxanthellae grow unchecked retaining photosynthates normally released to the corals as food as well as compete for available phosphates. (You may have read about the "Redfield Ratio") In my expericences brown jelly usually, not always, a secondary issue a
  12. My condolances! 😪 If it helps it sounds like Homey has outlived her wild counter parts. The record for wild clownfish is 28 years. If you decide to euthanize her use clove oil in a container of aquarium water. Here's a good article explaining it's use https://kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge-base/what-is-the-most-humane-way-to-euthanase-aquarium-fish/
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