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Sad to hear about the fish situation.
I really wonder if there are ways to prevent it. Feed some supplements to boost immunity or provide the necessary pro-biotic bacteria needed?
 


I’m not really sure Leon, but I suppose they would have made a difference if I had taken steps to boost its health. I’m not really someone who takes much care into adding supplements etc so I guess my care for my fishes are inadequate. Will see how I can improve on this aspect from here on.

Saw your post on how u prepare your own fish feed from fresh ingredients and I’m impressed


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Yes bro haha u already know... my acropora were all infected with aefw and also another dreaded pest... apparently known as black bugs

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These pests decimated my Acro week after week before I decided I had enough and removed all acropora from my tank. Fortunately I had the privilege of being able to hold all the surviving ones in a fellow Reefer friend’s QT and have been doing weekly dips to remove these pests.

The plan is to do this for about 5 weeks or so. The hope is that leaving my tank barren of acro would starve and kill these aefw and black bugs while the weekly dips would also kill any aefw eggs that were not removed and have hatched. Gotta start from scratch and suffer the losses from this weekly stressing.

Stark reminder on the importance of proper quarantine, inspection and dipping whenever introducing new corals into the tank.


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Black bug??? Maybe you can share some tips on how to look out for if the sps are affected..

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Black bug??? Maybe you can share some tips on how to look out for if the sps are affected..

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Hi Soleh, I’m not very experienced with black bugs myself either but from my observations based on the acropora they had decimated, it seems the easiest telltale sign is when u realise the base of your acro starts to die and turn white. It may seem like a STN issue but then on close look u will notice these black little dots on the acro. They remain static black dots until u place the acro in a dip and suddenly all comes alive and start moving about.

For a clearer pic of how they look like so u may identify them, refer to the previous photo i uploaded.

Hope this helps!


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Anyway here’s an update on my reef tank on the aefw and black bug situation:

We have been doing weekly dips on all the acro and as of 2-3 weeks ago the dips have come out clean with no eggs or aefw or black bugs. With this weekly stressing, i estimate I have lost about 2/3 of my acropora, as what started with about 3 pails worth of acro is now only about 1 and 1/3 pail remaining. And mostly brown sticks they look so boring.

One thing I learnt is that prevention is better than cure and the pain has been so real i almost wanted to give up. I think another episode of this and I’m going acro-less for my tank already.

Nevertheless, I will be bringing my acro back home from the QT next weekend! Looking forward to it along with a minor rescape!


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Also, today I received my orders from Amazon.

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Now I’m ready for some serious potential fragging!

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The frag rack seems like a glorified egg crate frag rack but it’s made with some special material and apparently the magnet is some super strong metal too. Add the sleek design and the fact it’s made in the USA and it costs about $60


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Hi Soleh, I’m not very experienced with black bugs myself either but from my observations based on the acropora they had decimated, it seems the easiest telltale sign is when u realise the base of your acro starts to die and turn white. It may seem like a STN issue but then on close look u will notice these black little dots on the acro. They remain static black dots until u place the acro in a dip and suddenly all comes alive and start moving about.

For a clearer pic of how they look like so u may identify them, refer to the previous photo i uploaded.

Hope this helps!


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Its nice to see reefer can give tips and heads up for other reefers to be vigilant.. keep it up.. Appreciate it.

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Any updates? You do have a nice tank. Very innovative cabinet with side opening for the controllers.

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Any updates? You do have a nice tank. Very innovative cabinet with side opening for the controllers.


Hi Darren yeah I do have some pictures. Will try to upload them soon.

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Meanwhile here’s a random shot of my tank taken few days ago


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Anyway I found some time to finally hook up new lights for my tank yesterday after they had been sitting in the kitchen for almost two months.

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Hooking up the lighting on my Giesemann Stellar, removing the wiring and Hydra lights was time consuming but easy.

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However connecting and configuring the radions on the WXM module of the apex was rocket science to me.

Lucky I had super help from jemlim for this. Really appreciate it

Last picture of the hydras before it was taken down.

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Some sps pictures.

Strawberry Shortcake
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Multi coloured Tenuis. Blue body with pink coralite growths and green polyps.
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Cherry Blossom: One of my colonies that survived aefw and black bugs, followed by multiple dippings last year.
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Cyphastrea Decadia. Hope I got the ID correct else all the gurus here pls correct me.
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Very nice collection, hee time to pay you a visit. =p

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Very nice collection, hee time to pay you a visit. =p

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Thanks for the compliments. I think there are many nice tanks in Singapore but not many are sharing that’s all.

I’m usually lazy to take pictures but occasionally when I dip my hands wet with the camera that’s when I have some updates. Just wished there was a SRC photographer to take nice pictures for our tanks maybe for a small fee


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