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Old 10-17-2017, 08:26 AM
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So things are running great. However, I plan on doing things different this time so that I don't make the same mistakes of the past. Right now my biggest challenge is paying for it all, but I will do it in stages:

1. Develop an app to manage my regular maintenance routine. I want to have a solid routine that includes little stuff like cleaning out the skimmer and more important stuff like testing salinity and Mg on a regular schedule.
2. Add an ATO. I plan on buying the Neptune ATO so that I can integrate it with the Neptune when I can afford one.
3. Change my LED's to SB Reeflight. (Can't afford more expensive lighting and the SB seem to be really good for the price)
4. Get a Neptune Apex
5. Add fish VERY SLOWLY and either get them from established systems OR quarantine using the Tank Transfer Method with two 5 gallon buckets.

At least all of the major stuff is out of the way. My current lights are "OK", but my controller died and I can't adjust the schedule. Will be borrowing one shortly to see if I can at least change the start/end times.
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Old 10-23-2017, 12:10 AM
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I have very fine and short brownish hair algae starting to grow. Tested all parameters and everything tests great. Added 3 turbo snails, 8 trochus snails and 5 nazarius snails. Also added a neon orange slipper coral. The algae I suspect is growing because 3/4 of the rock was "dead" and it does not have a bio-coat on it. So getting the snails to work should help.

A buddy is giving me a blue hippo tang he has had for a few years later this week. That should also help keep the algae at bay until the rock develops a nice bio-coating.
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Old 10-23-2017, 11:04 PM
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My new tongue coral...



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Old 10-23-2017, 11:05 PM
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Opps... Photo posted upside down.

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Old 10-25-2017, 05:50 AM
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So been seeing signs the past few days of new tank syndrome... A light dusting of cyano over some rock and sand... Low, thin hair algae.

The sand sifting star and nasarius snails are keeping the sand turned over fairly well. Thr snails I added are not enough to keep the algae in check... Thursday I am adding a blue hippo tang being given to me from an established system. Hopefully that will really help.

Also will get carbon running in a reactor and also GFO. But all test parameters except for Magnesium (a little low) and Phosphates (.5, so a little high) are spot on. Will add another power head and dose Magnesium tomorrow and manually clean up some rock.

Overall I am pleased, I was expecting it to be worse since 80% of the rock had been essentially dead and 20% was from my old system but had a mini cycle because it was in a tub for a few days and all of the worms died off. (My goal)

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Old 10-28-2017, 09:25 AM
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My angel is: Centropyge acanthops and the common name is African Pygmy Angel. It was sold as a bicolor dwarf angel.

I also now have a blue hippo tang and three percula clowns.

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Close to a month, figured I would post an update photo. Algae is gone, started dosing ESV transition elements and vinegar and kalk with all top off. But tank looks awfully bare! Coraline is barely starting to grow in spots where it was already there on my old rock.

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Close to a month, figured I would post an update photo. Algae is gone, started dosing ESV transition elements and vinegar and kalk with all top off. But tank looks awfully bare! Coraline is barely starting to grow in spots where it was already there on my old rock.

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Oh, I do have some cyano on the sand. My the nasarius snails and sand sifting star have neen keeping it in check.

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Old 11-07-2017, 02:09 PM
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Woke up to find that all of my cyano is completely gone. Same with the hair algae that had started to grow in. Tank is doing very well! Now if only the coraline would kick into overdrive!

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