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  1. General Reef Discussion
    so my tanks are at 0 on a salifert test kit(verified with many others).. and I'm feeding everyday.. however this being a mixed reef(soon to add sps) I'm worrying about the lps.. what do you guys think.. ramp up feeding?
  2. General Reef Discussion
    So- I have a basic 75 gallon set up that has been running for 3 years. By basic, I mean no sump, a couple of power heads, skimmer and a heater. The goal was for soft corals only. The first year or two was great. Palys were growing all over the place. Kenya trees were full and dropping branches...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    I had an ammonia jump the past day of somewhere between 0.25-0.5ppm. FIRST - should I be super worried? I know ammonia is the worst of the 3 stages but is 0.25-0.5 in super need of immediate action? SECOND - I just did a 5 gallon water change 2 hours ago and during that I cleaned the sand bed...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    It seems like the last few dozen snails I have placed in my tank have all died within a month. Whats worse is they fall behind the rocks were I can't get to them and just rot away adding to the nutrients in the tank. So I start thinking. Are snails even really that necessary? Why am I...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Hello everyone, For several months I have waging war on nutrients, mostly phosphates. I had all kind of nuisance algae issues. Latest was lobophora. See this thread for background. http://www.thereeftank.com/forums/f77/to-cook-or-not-to-cook-212361.html I am to the point now where I am...
  6. The THINK Tank
    Good day all, I've got an 80 gal display with about 110 lbs of live rock. The rock was purchased from someone leaving the hobby. He purchased it from someone before that. I don't know how old the rock is. I've had the system for about two years now. From the start I've had off and on issues...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Hi all. I've posted something similar to this in the past, and didnt get much feedback. Wanted to ask it a different way this time, as I've been pondering :) I have a large population of Trochus snails. I started with 4 and they went crazy. I would estimate over a hundred now of various...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    I just noticed the top of my Sargassum protruding from the water. I checked out the last post I did and the pic was dated 7/1. So check out the growth in only 9 days! Wasn't even close to the surface. Its almost tripled in size! I can't believe it was only 9 days ago and I thinking it was...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    I started a recent thread on blasting water in-between rockwork to export nutrients. This subject has got me thinking and I'm looking into extremely low GPH powerheads that I can position right along the sand bed pointing back and under the rockwork. Can't find many powerheads lower than 100...
  10. SPS Coral Forum
    Hey everyone, I have a 100 gallon tank with a 30 gallon sump. Bubble magnus skimmer and an mp10 with an 850 gph koralia. I am new to sps and need help. Some of my corals are colorful like a green acro and green stylophora and red millepora and a green birdsnest. Im having problems with a purple...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Hey y'all I need some advice on my water column I have had my tank set up for many months and just recently the water column has had a lot of white particals in it idk what it could be I mean there is a large amount at this point. It's not affecting any corals or livestock but I hate the way it...
  12. "Soft" corals
    So I have heard a lot that soft corals do not need as "clean" of a tank as LPS and SPS. Does this mean that they actually need a more nutrient rich tank? or do they just tolerate high nutrient levels better than stony corals?
  13. General Reef Discussion
    Is it necessary do dose calcium, magnesium, ect. if I keep SPS?
  14. General Reef Discussion
    So basically back when i started my tank (about 6 months ago) I took my local fish store's advice and put a 2 inch sand bed in my tank. This is back before i knew what I know now. I had intentions of going with a shallow sand bed and this was the route they directed me to. So here is the...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    I was wondering if by adding more corals in my 10 gallon nano reef the amount of algae growth will decrease by using up nutrients. In one of my freshwater tanks i have it heavily planted and NO algae. Does the same apply to SW?
  16. Tank Specs
    I have a 125G Reef Tank, with a 55 gal Sump and refugium. It has 3 different types of lights: Metal Halide in the center, LED fixture on one side, 4 T5's on the the other. Tank has been up for about 6 months now. Livestock: Fish One Spot FoxFace Hippo Tang Yellow Tang False Perula Clown Purple...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 125G Reef Tank, with a 55 gal Sump and refugium. It has 3 different types of lights: Metal Halide in the center, LED fixture on one side, 4 T5's on the the other. Tank has been up for about 6 months now. Livestock: Fish One Spot FoxFace Hippo Tang False Perula Clown Purple Queen...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    When using this should I turn off pumps for a few minutes.
  19. General Reef Discussion
    Let us talk about refugiums. i promise to be fair. lets get the main definitions of refugiums defined before we go any further. then we can move on. :D G~
  20. General Reef Discussion
    I know it's still Sunday but I am getting a head start while I am thinking about it. :D Let's talk about photosynthetic pests like cyanobacteria, microalgae and diatoms. We have all had them and most of us have had more than we wanted at some point. I believe every tank ALWAYS has these...
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