80g Shallow

Tamberav

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Tank is one month and 2 days old now.

Nitrate has been 0 and PO4 0.06 since I set it up. I feed heavy but I like macro and it sucks nutrients down.

I saw dino week 2 but had already planned on that and had a UV plumbed into my return. I flipped that on and dino was gone in a few days.

I got some tunze pumps on black Friday for some much needed flow. I also changed two of my t5 and will change the other two in 2-4 weeks.

I didn't bother to test or dose the first few weeks so alk was 5.0....no biggy. I been slowly bringing it up... Was 5.6 last I checked. SPS continue to regain color and are even growing which I have no clue how as such a low alk.

Haven't done a water change yet... maybe soon just for some trace elements. I toss some acro power in randomly.

Fish are thriving so far.

White worm culture arrived today.


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Humblefish

Dr. Fish

Tamberav

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Speaking of low alk, this tank runs between 4.8dkh and 5.4dkh: http://lareefclub.com/community/threads/65-gallon-reef-savvy-build-aka-gemsavvy.44454/page-7#post-508225

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The OP is running a reactor with the effluent wide open, so he can't get it any higher without dosing manually. I think it goes to show that it's more important to continuously supply alkalinity (as needed) than chase a specific number/range. ;)
Looks great! I totally agree about not chasing and I personally prefer low alk as you don't need to dose as large amounts.
 

Tamberav

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Tank stand/glass is a bit of a mess, was messing around in it and forgot to put the doors on 😛 I am not very good about making my tank pretty and removing the lid or stirring the sand before I video or take pics so you get the nitty gritty reality!

I am going to miss that macro in the DT when I pull it all out and put it in the sump
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I have a tuxedo urchin in my 25g that would eat it all when they get moved over.

 

Tamberav

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Working on the tank for HOURS today!! I was tearing down my LPS tank to move everything over here and wanted to go over every rock with a tweezers and peroxide to remove a few pests I know are lurking. So it was very time consuming.

All the macro was moved to the fuge to make room for corals.

I added my potters angel who was very unhappy in the 25g (it was for QT/conditioning). He would pace the glass back and forth like crazy. I am happy to report he is acting normal in the 80g. The more space/rock/caves has settled him down and allows him to peck/feed normal.

I also added my leopard wrasses. My Blue star leopard was feeding immediately after adding and Kuiter's went into hiding for an hour but is out now so that is good. None of the current wrasses are paying any attention to either of them.

Will update with a new FTS in the next few days. I stirred up the sand so it's pretty cloudy.

I also did my first water change, only about 7 gallons worth.

All the fish I added were treated 3 times with prazipro about a week apart. They were flashing a bit or twitching in the conditioning tank but the prazi seemed to do the trick.
 

Tamberav

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Hope everyone has a good Christmas. I am out of town for a few days which is always stressful thinking the tank might explode or catch on fire or something.

Fishies doing well...my Kuiter's leopard seems to eat anything now. I think the hype from the other fish having a feeding frenzy convinced her to join in.

Alk finally hit 7 today so I turned down the doser by a few mL before I left to try and keep it right around there.
 

Humblefish

Dr. Fish
hmm I think I may try to hide general cure in it next time. This stuff is very smelly, maybe it would work? I have yet to be able to de-worm anyone with any regularity.
Yeah, fish don't always go for GC soaked food. I think its the prazi, as I don't have as much trouble with straight metro soaked food. I've started soaking fenbendazole in the AM feeding, metro in the PM feeding, and that seems to be working out better.
 

Tamberav

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I call this my fish torture chamber.

Trying out this peroxide bath. The copperband twitched a few times when there was about 10 min left...so maybe some baddies dropped off. The wrasse hated it. The goby just stared at me.

The copper is now getting a 60 min NFG bath and then will join the wrasse and goby in the conditioning tank. If all these fish survive I will not be adding anything else....well maybe a small blenny....what kind of tank doesn't have a Blenny?....then again blennys are my royal grammas...I suck at them...so maybe not.

Fingers crossed.

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Tamberav

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FYI the wrasse was swimming all funky and almost looked like she was floating and sticking her nose out of the water gulping air in the peroxide bath but I ignored her pleas for help 😬 As soon as she hit the water in the QT tank, she turned around saw all the pods crawling across the glass and has been eating them none stop. She is skinny and I bet she has not seen a pod since the ocean. What a drama queen though.

I am pretty certain my my goby was making a new years resolution when staring at me....I bet is to trash all my corals and bury them with sand. :oops:
 

Tamberav

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Here are some photos of them in my conditioning tank. The goby is sifting now and the copperband is eating the featherdusters. It is great to see them behaving normal. Praying they make it 🙏 getting them to eat may be a challenge.

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Humblefish

Dr. Fish
FYI the wrasse was swimming all funky and almost looked like she was floating and sticking her nose out of the water gulping air in the peroxide bath but I ignored her pleas for help
Could have been lack of O2 in the bath water. Next time I would use a larger glass bowl and/or do the fish one at a time. Replacing the bath water with fresh oxygenated saltwater for each bath (and of course redosing H2O2).
 

Tamberav

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Could have been lack of O2 in the bath water. Next time I would use a larger glass bowl and/or do the fish one at a time. Replacing the bath water with fresh oxygenated saltwater for each bath (and of course redosing H2O2).
I used tank water for it so I would think it would be oxygenated enough? The other two fish were not breathing heavy though which is why I didn't panic.

I totally agree the container is small. I pretty much just grabbed what I had on hand.

I did them all at once to cut down time they would be sitting in a bag. Plus I am just lazy. :(

All fish are accounted for this morning. I wish I didn't work today (or tomorrow) as I will be gone 14 hours making it impossible to keep a good eye on them.
 
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