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Stop your water changes as that feds them I would syphon as much out out and then go for a 3-5 day black out once all signs of-it have gone give 1 more day of black out then slowly lift light level up to normal..
Welcome to TRT and thanks for suggestions. I have had a few Reeflos over the years.

Yep, no water changes, seem to be helping a lot. I did a 5 day blackout (lights out) and ramp lights a month ago and everything looks good but it all came back. My Nems took a big hit during the blackout and lost a lot of their color, even with feeding them.. I am planning on doing another full blackout (cover walls of tank with cardboard) but waiting for the Nems to have a little more color first.
 

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Welcome to TRT and thanks for suggestions. I have had a few Reeflos over the years.

Yep, no water changes, seem to be helping a lot. I did a 5 day blackout (lights out) and ramp lights a month ago and everything looks good but it all came back. My Nems took a big hit during the blackout and lost a lot of their color, even with feeding them.. I am planning on doing another full blackout (cover walls of tank with cardboard) but waiting for the Nems to have a little more color first.
Could please let me k ow if you managed to get a nitrate test done and the latest test results for nitrate and phosphate as them being out of sync with each other has been the cause for it in my tanks both times.
 

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Looked through all my test kits and don't have a NO3 any more.. so I placed an order for one.

PO4 is still too low at 0.00 ppm
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Don't get in a hurry just let it come up as it wants to.
You don't want it to go up too fast and too far.
 

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Got the NO3 test and it around 3 ppm.

Overall the tank is looking much better. Dinos on the run and there is less after each syphon. Its also taking longer to reappear on the rocks and tank walls.

Few observations:
Coraline algae growing again
Seeing some green algae
also some minor bacteria blooming (white cloudy water)
Dino still have a strangle hold on most of the corals but the corals are now starting to fight back

Over I feel like there progress in the right direction and I am putting in less work :)

few photos from today
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This already looks like a big change!!! Great work!!

I've been playing around with Phosphate allot over the last few years. Once upon a time I wanted it at 0, but I always struggled with coral color and growth, dynos and everything else. Then I let it swing too far the other way and I ended up with a whole different list of problems. The thing I've found to be the most relevant is that whatever you choose for levels, consistency is key. Algae thrives on levels that vary wildly because it can take advantage of them the fastest. I now treat PO4 allot like Alk. I have a target range of 0.05 to 0.1 and I keep it in that range. I don't do anything unless it's outside that, and if it's a little low I feed one more time per day, if it's a little high I feed one less time per day, I don't do anything drastic.

I don't run GFO right now, but would if I needed it. My PO4 control is mainly done by a fuge, syphoning the shallow sand every couple months, water changes, and feeding consistency.

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Its been about a week since I cleaned the tank and there was a small amount of backward progress. I think this we due to me forgetting to change the LEDs from white back to blue after I last took photos :(.

We lost the Sailfin tang and a few of the corals are having a hard time but still way better than before when the dinos were suffocating the entire tank.

I am also noticing a lots more coralline growth (tank walls and floor) and green algae :)

Here are the photos from today and (link to all photos so far Battle Photos):

After clean the glass
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I'm sorry to hear you lost your Sailfin! They are a favorite fish of mine.

You will expect Green algae to initially take off. It's able to adapt to the higher levels fastest and there isn't a bunch of stuff that eats it yet. You might stock up on clean up crew if you are getting low, also pods that eat the algae will naturally multiply in time and keep this in check.

The trick is to hit a level you like and be rather steady with it. The animals will adapt and the tank will maintain a natural rhythm. Like with lighting and other parameters it can take corals months to adapt and in the meantime it's all the nasty stuff that takes off when major changes happen.

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I'm sorry to hear you lost your Sailfin! They are a favorite fish of mine.

You will expect Green algae to initially take off. It's able to adapt to the higher levels fastest and there isn't a bunch of stuff that eats it yet. You might stock up on clean up crew if you are getting low, also pods that eat the algae will naturally multiply in time and keep this in check.

The trick is to hit a level you like and be rather steady with it. The animals will adapt and the tank will maintain a natural rhythm. Like with lighting and other parameters it can take corals months to adapt and in the meantime it's all the nasty stuff that takes off when major changes happen.

Whiskey
Thanks Whiskey for the kind words.
 

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Update.. Tank is really starting to look great.

Since my last post, i've
turned lights all the way to blue and turn the intensity down a bit
Last syphon was 3 or 45 days ago

Added
Live Apex-PODS and Tigger-PODS

Added the follow to my feeding rotation
Roti Feast
Phyto Feat
Oyster-Feast


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