Vince's HNSA 120gal Reef

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This little 💩 had me take the whole right side rock structure out just to get him out. I even had a powerhead blasting him trying to get him to pop off for a day. I just have some rogue snails left I need to catch now and hypo can begin. I'm going on a work conference so I'll have to wait till I get back. Hopefully all my fish will make it through until then.
 

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Bringing the salinity down in this tank has been quite the chore. the recommended 48 hours to bring the tank down to hypo has taken me like 2 weeks with how busy I've been. I've been draining out 5 gallons and dumping in 5 gals of RO. I had to wait so I could afford DI resin so I could stop having ammonia in my RO as well. I've been doing this every 15 minutes or so. It brings it down about a degree of specific gravity each time. Fish are okay but very evidently have flukes. I'll be honest, this tank makes me a bit depressed. I've been enjoying freshwater a lot and its far easier to work with. Plus, after my traumatizing passing of the copper band the thought of putting more fish in scares me :rolleyes:. At the same time, my sailfin tang and rabbitfish I feel like need to go as the tang is a huge bully to my wrasses. I also can't add like any cool goby due to my engineer gobies. Cost wise any fish is really expensive too since I don't feel like qting my own fish anymore. I just really need to get this fluke treatment done with and get these fish fluke free!!! I'll be ordering a bunch of softies from @Jposch in preparation. I just want easy corals to care for and make it more enjoyable.
 

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holy cow I wish I had more time to enjoy my tank. Its been quite the wild time this past month working on my life balance. Much less, being able to be active on the forum. My old job at the rec allowed me to look at my phone all the time :ROFLMAO: even when I was working 60hours. I'm really trying to push myself to get my auto wc system hooked up in the fish room. If I could just do water changes out of my tap my life would be so much easier. Anyways, havent seen my gramma so I'm worried its died in crevice but we'll see. If it doesn't make it I'm leaning towards getting 2-3 chalk bass. Rehoming my rabbitfish and gonna take my sailfin tang in when the time's right.

Going with a tomini or possibly a yellow eye kole instead for my resident tang
CBB(working with @Dierks on this one)
Canary Blenny
Mccosckers flasher
possibly anthias

I just need more color to my tank its mostly black and white. Taking any other suggestions. I really want some blue in the tank but no chromis as they'll just whittle themselves down over time. Obviously a hippo tang is too large for my tank. I forget if you can mix like a springeri and starcki damsel with clownfish. Otherwise, thinking about some blue dartfish but I do really like the idea of having a helfrichi.

I'm also gonna take advantage of the apex deal I have at work. We're selling apex el's pretty cheap and I really want to take the leap. Also just ordered a pack of leather corals from @Jposch ! Really excited about it and I think that leaning away from sps is better suited for this tank. I definitely want to have an acro dominated tank at some point just not this one.
 

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Honestly, I highly recommend every hobbyist has a tank with leathers, nicer, less invasive mushrooms, and other soft coral with a few hardy LPS. Let it fill out like @andrewkw tank, and aftwr that decide if you want to take on SPS, or mayne just be satisfied with a mixed tank with hardier stuff. It depends on how much time, stress and money you want to commit to a tank. My only regret with an all soft coral tank has been starting with too small of a tank. It took almost 3 years, but the tank is about as full as it can be without taking stuff out to add new leathers. Ha
 

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Honestly, I highly recommend every hobbyist has a tank with leathers, nicer, less invasive mushrooms, and other soft coral with a few hardy LPS. Let it fill out like @andrewkw tank, and aftwr that decide if you want to take on SPS, or mayne just be satisfied with a mixed tank with hardier stuff. It depends on how much time, stress and money you want to commit to a tank. My only regret with an all soft coral tank has been starting with too small of a tank. It took almost 3 years, but the tank is about as full as it can be without taking stuff out to add new leathers. Ha
I whole heartedly agree this is definitely the way I'm going and just enjoying the tank more instead of fretting over the placement of every coral
 

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Indeed! My tank has two colony corals. Frogspawn and nepthia. Took 2 years or so but they are both huge looking in my 40g now and my wife thinks my tank looks way better due to it. And I agree! A few colonies greatly improve the look of your tank.

my tank is no where near growing from frag to colony for sps in two years. Maybe two years from now it will be.
 

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The algae in my black glass has been a pain to get off for so long that I just never bothered to scrape it. Until....
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Behold!! Excalibur!

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I use seachem blade scrapers at work and I quite like them. I've been waiting for this to come in the mail as seachem sent me a goodie bag after my platinum training I did with them in Georgia. I'm sure any razor blade scraper will do and I think everyone should have one hah
 

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The algae in my black glass has been a pain to get off for so long that I just never bothered to scrape it. Until....View attachment 77514
Behold!! Excalibur!

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I use seachem blade scrapers at work and I quite like them. I've been waiting for this to come in the mail as seachem sent me a goodie bag after my platinum training I did with them in Georgia. I'm sure any razor blade scraper will do and I think everyone should have one hah
The seachem scraper is really ergonomic IMO. I also like how easy it is to flip the blade around for safety. Only gripe would be the proprietary replacement blade, but that's pretty standard. 🤷‍♂️
 

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The seachem scraper is really ergonomic IMO. I also like how easy it is to flip the blade around for safety. Only gripe would be the proprietary replacement blade, but that's pretty standard. 🤷‍♂️
100% especially if you take care of the blade it won't dull as fast. I wonder if you can use a blade sharpener of some kind on them 🤔. They're double sided blades too which is nice at least
 

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Ouch lowest ph reading of the night is 7.6. Definitely have a major co2 issue in my basement
Yeah. It can be bad. In my house, after about 24hours of the windows closed, nightly pH will drop to about 8 even while dripping kalk. Hits 8.3 during the day, but I'm not going to mess with it until I have a proper ph controller. Ph can vary so much depending on occupancy of rhe house, windows open or closed, drawing outside air, etc. I figured out just how much outside air it takes to reach equilibrium, and it's a lot! Lol like, all the air that blower can push. Basements can be a real pain. Just make sure you calibrate your pH probe to 7 and 10. You can make a diy borax reference easily to triple check the calibration too. Craig Bingman has an article somewhere on some ancient scrolls. Lol
 
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