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My reef tank (Part 2)

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On 5/10/2020 at 11:00 PM, Clement Chen said:

Oh man very sorry to hear that. Hope your tank recovers. Ur sps is really amazing! The frags I got from u previously are doing great

Thank you! Im glad the corals you got it from me is doing well in your tank! (:

On 5/11/2020 at 12:47 AM, Admiraltian said:

Hi bro, Sorry to hear this, My tank also got attacked by Aefw too recently. Hope ur restart will be smooth sailing. Good luck. 

Haha. Hopefully everything will go smoothly after this restart.

 

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I'm going to share a bit of my 4ft QT. As mentioned  above that i'll be doing hypo-salinity for my fishes to remove any ich or parasites.

My initial salinity was at 1.027 and I slowly top up with RODI to bring it down to 1.009 over the 1 week period.

One salt bucket full of RODI able to lower the tank's salinity by 0.002.

Trying to maintain my QT PH around 8~

Currently my tank's salinity is at 1.014

 

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My QT for corals are now kept at 1.026 with skimmer and torq reactor. 

Even though there's no fishes in the tub just some cleaner shrimp and abalone but my NYOS skimmer managed to pull out some dirty nutrients too. 

I also kept my wave at the highest to produce flow around the tub.

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Took the hot sun opportunity to sundry my rocks. *The basket and string is strong enough to hold the weight of the rocks so please don't complain me. :(

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I pour all the medias in a pail along with a small pump to seed those medias before starting the tank. I seed it with some FM Bacball.

I also planning to get some acrylic panel for my sump from Dama before filling up my tank with RODI. 

 

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45 minutes ago, Darren Sim said:

Took the hot sun opportunity to sundry my rocks. *The basket and string is strong enough to hold the weight of the rocks so please don't complain me. :(

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Its probably not necessary to have the direct sun. Putting in corridor will suffice.

Dun want to see you appear on stomp or newspaper.

 

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Its probably not necessary to have the direct sun. Putting in corridor will suffice.
Dun want to see you appear on stomp or newspaper.
 

Haha. I should have but just want to take the Opportunity since got big direct sun.


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Just gotten this beautiful KH test kit from RMS to countercheck with my salifet test kit that have been used for very long. 

What I love about this test kit:

- The packaging color

- It comes with a Marinlab certificate with a date stamp

- Comes with a reference solution DKH7.3+- from there you can gauge what is the bright pink color you need to look for to get a better results.

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I also gotten myself a new coral dip to alternately dip my corals.

Some of the people say this Coral RX is strong and it might hurt the corals if I dip it weekly due to AEFW but I also need another kind of dip to force the AEFW out.

Week 1 - TLF Revive

Week 2 - Coral RX

Week 3 - TLF Revive

Week 4 - Coral RX

 

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should try bayer . it is stronger than RX 

13 hours ago, Darren Sim said:

I also gotten myself a new coral dip to alternately dip my corals.

Some of the people say this Coral RX is strong and it might hurt the corals if I dip it weekly due to AEFW but I also need another kind of dip to force the AEFW out.

Week 1 - TLF Revive

Week 2 - Coral RX

Week 3 - TLF Revive

Week 4 - Coral RX

 

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should try bayer . it is stronger than RX 
 

Yeah. I find Bayer is a good dip option but I would need to order from US. Not available locally from my understanding.


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2nd week of dipping with coral RX. Not much flatworm found but there’re still some eggs sticking around the base of the SPS coral.



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something to share on bayer.
Caution! Harmful by inhalation and if swallowed. Moderate eye irritation. Avoid contact with skin, eyes and clothing. Avoid breathing spray mist. Wash thoroughly with soap and water after handling. Highly toxic to aquatic invertebrates. Highly toxic to fish. Highly toxic to bees.
i remember a reefer was sharing that after he did coral in bayer. he notice quite severe effect on his inverts.

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Hi Bro, like your sump piping works. May I know where did you buy your piping materials? Do you do yourself or somebody did for you? Txs

I pour all the medias in a pail along with a small pump to seed those medias before starting the tank. I seed it with some FM Bacball.
I also planning to get some acrylic panel for my sump from Dama before filling up my tank with RODI. 
 
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Hey Darren. Sorry to hear about the nasty fw. When restarting, you could consider adding several wrasses, a natural method for keeping parasites (if any) in check. Hang in there and all the best bro!

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Took this CB period to scape my tank too. Using Alteco Epoxy and finish off with stone fix.

Spent the whole day doing my rockscape. *Tired

Nonetheless it’s quite satisfying to see a decent rockscape.

Sneak preview below. Stay tune for the finalise rockscape in my tank.


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On 5/17/2020 at 12:55 AM, ReDDeviLs said:

something to share on bayer.
Caution! Harmful by inhalation and if swallowed. Moderate eye irritation. Avoid contact with skin, eyes and clothing. Avoid breathing spray mist. Wash thoroughly with soap and water after handling. Highly toxic to aquatic invertebrates. Highly toxic to fish. Highly toxic to bees.
i remember a reefer was sharing that after he did coral in bayer. he notice quite severe effect on his inverts.

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Thank you bro. Will read up more after using. 

 

On 5/17/2020 at 8:04 AM, arkal339 said:

Wow. That's like a full reset button. But worth it. All the best emoji106.png

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Yup. A full reset button. Thank you.

 

On 5/17/2020 at 2:32 PM, danano said:

Hey Darren. Sorry to hear about the nasty fw. When restarting, you could consider adding several wrasses, a natural method for keeping parasites (if any) in check. Hang in there and all the best bro!

I used to keep wrasses but it die. Going to buy some wrasse after CB

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My final scape! Any feedbacks are welcome.

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I like the minimalist approach. Loads of negative space allowing fish and corals room to grow, and allowing for access to the corals for husbandry. Placed away from back and has a small footprints allowing loads of flow around the tank and corals. Slight variation in height within each scape allowing for different corals to grow out but not shade out one another too badly. Fish friendly as has places to hide (although maybe too minimal if you have loads of tangs, as they can still see one another so think about stocking and order of placement). Most of rockscape is around 50% of tank height allowing for growth. If anything you could shave off an inch. But that is just being hypercritcal, overall is really really good. Looking forward to seeing the new tank mature out. Good luck.

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Indeed a very sad day for me. Lost two of my precious sps. Can’t seem what’s the problem. KH is quite stable. I suspect is nutrients. Even thought there’s no fishes inside but my skimmer still managed to skim something out.

Last week after coral dip my skimmer went crazy and spilt back all the skim mate in the tub. That could be the reason for STN.


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Just finished my last dipping of my corals using Revive. Can really see that my corals are pretty stressed after multiple dipping sessions some of my small frags couldn't make it. Thankfully no flatworm or eggs found.

Corals colour all turned brown. Not really worried about this because colours will come back once your tank is stable with correct parameters. 

Just ordered a Salifert flatworm exit from RMS because of the promotion they're having now. 20% off (test20). 

Gonna start dosing this flatworm exit to my coral tank next week to kill those remaining flatworms before letting my corals rest.

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While waiting for my tank to be ready, I decided to just seed my medias with bacteria (FM Bacteria Ball) with a small pumps to create water movements.


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