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06-24-2012, 02:15 AM
I've always like the look of your tank

Nicely done

06-24-2012, 01:17 PM
Thanks Cliff.

Opinions differ...some think I have a LOT of rock in there, and I guess I do, but I am a big believer in over filtration...gives you some wiggle room when the power goes out or you want to head out for vacation...

06-24-2012, 01:20 PM
+1 to that

I like having as much rock in my tank as I can fit there as well

06-24-2012, 02:45 PM
Very nice reef!

06-24-2012, 05:39 PM
Thanks Kaybee. I wish my sun corals were as happy as yours tho. Mine still only open for feeding time...

03-13-2013, 01:44 AM
Update - suffered a tank crash a couple weeks ago. Heater stuck on, by the time I noticed the tank was up to 90 degrees. Lost all my fish. Lost almost all my corals. All my inverts aside from an emerald crab I thought I had lost weeks ago (if not months) and some miniscule snails dead. Bristle worms and pods dead.

I don't know how a crab two inches across managed to stay unseen for so long, but I hope its still around now after all the rescue efforts and backlash the tank has gone thru.
Two colonies of zoas and my green stars are all that's left of my coral.

I almost took it down, but the thought that some critters might still be alive in there made me carry thru with rescue and restoration efforts (which is when the emerald came out of hiding). I'm back now to being able to restock the tank, tho I have hair algae (which I've never had before) growing in different spots. I attribute the survivors to Prime, and the fairly quick recovery (chemistry wise) to chemi pure elite and sea gel. That stuff took only 3 days to reduce tank glass absolutely coated in green daily to even less (glass) algae (my normal routine was mag-cleaning every other day) than before the crash.

I stocked some snails and two halloween crabs to start. I'm not going to do a variety of stuff like I had before - having a tank crash takes the stuffing out of you. Those poor critters slowly cooking to death...sigh. I haven't been online much, between restoration efforts and having to lose some Christmas weight, and normal day to day stuff.

Anyhoots, I miss my clowns, so I will get a couple clowns again, and likely a goby or a wrasse to flit around the rocks/substrate. I'm not going to get anymore corals, I'm going to let the gps cover all the rock and tank glass ends so its wavy green from end to end. See what that looks like. It will also simplify maintenance.

Once the tank is worth looking at again (I'm sure it will be awhile before I can look at it with anything but regret) I will post a fts.

03-13-2013, 01:54 AM
Sorry to hear about the set-up, but it sounds like you are back on your feet already

03-13-2013, 04:37 AM
so sorry about the tank crash. All that work and all those corals and fish lost. very sad. Glad you didn't give up. Eager to see the remake.

05-07-2013, 01:55 AM
From almost taking the tank down, back to full stock and now new lights.

My mh bulb was due for replacing and the T8s alongside it weren't far behind. So I began shopping for bulbs, and ended up buying a Radeon XR30W G2 fixture. One unit was just the size for my 30" tank. Yah I know a bit of a change up from buying new bulbs to shelling out for a new LED fixture. I've had it for almost a week now and I really like it. The stock programming is plenty enough for me, and I especially liked the acclimisation option which is obviously useful for someone changing light method. I am still not used to the hue of the tank, but I do like it and the programming modes and the fact that my tank doesn't jump two degrees once the MH kicks on. I really love the gradual dusk dawn effect, no more chop changes of lights when the timer kicks on or off.

I'm still not going to get too crazy about stocking the tank, but I already have more than I planned on after the crash. I have purchased a torch and another orange ric, and someone gave me a frag of colt when I bought his clownfish pair. The blue shrooms made a comeback (sigh, the one thing I had actually hoped had died) the GSP are rolling and two types of zoas are starting to spread again. I have a lawnmower blenny, a hi-fin blenny, the clown pair, and a cleaner shrimp along with 2 halloween crabs and perhaps the emerald crab.

I can look at my tank and smile again.


05-07-2013, 03:52 AM
Glad to hear things are coming along

I like the look of the new radeon LED

07-06-2013, 01:19 PM
I've tweaked the light settings of the Radeon using the software. Pretty nifty. I now have it set the way I like, the colours of the fish really pop and the corals are growing slowly, which is all I want from them, as I find fragging and removing rocks a bit of a chore.

Stocking these days is two clowns I picked up from a fellow reefer - and she's a right bitch. Attacks me whenever I put my hands in the tank, and even the little male will chase off other fish.

I've lost pretty much every fish I've stocked since the clowns, tho I can't believe the clowns are killing them. Only one jumper of the lot. Something in there is killing fish and I have no idea what. The firefish jumped, but other losses have included a lawnmower blenny, a two spot blenny, a hi-fin goby, and a two spot goby. No idea what happened to them, but I doubt any of them are still in there hiding out - tho I do have a lot of live rock in the tank and its not unusual to not see fish for a week or two. Also got some peppermint shrimp, and have only seen one since stocking them.

So right now I believe I have one emerald crab, 2 cleaner shrimp, one peppermint shrimp, astrea and nerite snails, two clownfish, and one coral beauty (only very recently added, and quite lovely I might add). I'm hoping the coral beauty is large and aggressive enough to hold its own against the clown, and whatever fish-disappearing agency is in the tank. Corals are limited to GSP, two colours of common zoas, a small piece of colt that was thrown in with the clowns when they were bagged, some blue shroom are making a comeback, an orange ric which is not doing well, and a green torch.

Hair algae is becoming less with every weekly maintenance session, but cyano is still appearing undiminished, tho not expanding either.
I'm anticipating moving in the next few months, and am pondering the ultimate fate of my three tanks. I may keep them all as is, get rid of one, or get rid of two, or get rid of them all...and start fresh in the new place. Lots to think about.

Any ideas on what may be killing my fish would be appreciated. Its very frustrating to add some really cool little fish, only to have them disappear without a trace...I really liked the gobys and blenny while they lasted.

07-13-2013, 08:48 AM
do you ever hear clicking?

I had this along with loss of CUC and small fish. Never found the bleeder but I believe I had a mantis. I oven baked and bleeched the rock lol

07-13-2013, 11:58 AM
nah, haven't heard clicking in a long time.
I spotted a second peppermint shrimp since my last post, and the cyano is less this week after moving a rock that was impeding flow.

09-19-2013, 04:33 PM
due to a move coming up, possibly two, in my near future, and also due to the spiky red algae that's become a problem since the crash, I've decided to take my reef tank down.
Aside from 2 halloween hermit crabs waiting to go back to the store, the tank is now empty of everything except a heater and a single powerhead and 5" of water to keep the crabs alive til I can bring them in tomorrow. The rock is outside right now in the sun, hopefully killing off that red algae.

I don't think it would have taken two moves in 6 months well at all, so I opted to just take it down. I will restart it once I get settled in my new location.

So far, I am going to move my other two freshwater tanks, FW seems far easier to move as they are a bit hardier and parameters easier to control if they get out of hand. I might change my mind on that yet, tho, as far as the 72 gal goes. The ten will move for sure.

A moderator could close this thread, I will start a new thread when the time comes.

thanks to everyone who posted to this thread, your help was invaluable.

09-20-2013, 10:35 AM
I have closed your thread, as requested

Looking forward to reading about the new set-up when the time comes