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Here's a short video documenting the tearing down of my tank to start dipping.  Filmed in HD.  

After struggling for 8 months with live rock that wouldn't stop leaching phosphate, I decided that enough was enough and decided to restart my tank from scratch.  Very grateful to the bros that helped

school of tang!!!! heard they good algae buster?

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On 11/08/2016 at 10:16 PM, illumnae said:

After struggling for 8 months with live rock that wouldn't stop leaching phosphate, I decided that enough was enough and decided to restart my tank from scratch.  Very grateful to the bros that helped me hold my corals for the past 1+ months while I redid everything.  Went with 100% dead DE Rocks this time around.

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Sorry for the poor white balance - picture was taken with handphone camera

bro did you soak the rocks for one week before putting into the display ?

Humble tank :

Size: 4x2.5x2 ft - Display 

Equipment :

Return 1 : Ecotech marine L1

Return 2 : Ecotech marine M1

CR : Skimz CM122 - Caribsea extra course media with Grotech magnesium

Light : ATI 8x54W

 

 

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It's been a long time without an update.  Long story short, I battled and lost against a very persistent strain of dinoflagellates.

This was what the tank looked like last Christmas:

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Very unluckily, on the first day of Chinese New Year, super ugly dinoflagellates started to invade my tank and blanketed everything.  I tried every possible solution in the book (except the experimental to dose bleach with livestock still inside method) and nothing got rid of the dinoflagellates.  I even lost all my algae eating fish and invertebrates to the poisonous dinos.

After 2+ months I finally threw in the towel and here's my tank as of 2 weeks ago:

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I bleached everything including all my equipment to get rid of the dinoflagellate spores and am starting afresh.  Tank has been cycling since 2 weekends ago, and I just ordered a new sump as well - decided to go old school this time and include a refugium to cultivate more microfauna in the system and hopefully the chaeto will outcompete nuisance algae as well.  Inspired by recent BRS videos on the power of chaeto! :)  Waiting for the new sump will also give me the patience to go with a longer cycle this time as well to allow the tank to stabilize fully before adding livestock. 

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Oh, if you could tell by the blue hue in the Christmas FTS, I also changed the lights in the meantime!  I absolutely HATED the ATI and so decided to go back to the look I liked best - LEDs!  I know many of you out there swear by T5HOs and worship ATIs, but this is my personal preference la.  I was impressed by the reviews of the spread of Radions (the only issue with my previous Hydra52s was spread - which is why I bought into the hype and went with ATI T5HOs) so I decided to bite the bullet and go ahead with the change - after all why have a tank if every time you look at the light over the tank you get angry (I cannot forget the piss poor service from the distributor of this product)?

Before:

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After:

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I'm so so so so much happier with the new lights :D 

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9 minutes ago, illumnae said:

Oh, if you could tell by the blue hue in the Christmas FTS, I also changed the lights in the meantime!  I absolutely HATED the ATI and so decided to go back to the look I liked best - LEDs!  I know many of you out there swear by T5HOs and worship ATIs, but this is my personal preference la.  I was impressed by the reviews of the spread of Radions (the only issue with my previous Hydra52s was spread - which is why I bought into the hype and went with ATI T5HOs) so I decided to bite the bullet and go ahead with the change - after all why have a tank if every time you look at the light over the tank you get angry (I cannot forget the piss poor service from the distributor of this product)?

Before:

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After:

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I'm so so so so much happier with the new lights :D 

 

:goodjob: The coral will love it as much as u do.  

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Not many people like you have the courage to restart everything back and many would choose the easy route to decomm.

Welcome back ! That's the fun of this hobby, we always have new things to learn along the way.

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It was nice meeting you a couple of months back at one of the LFS.

Look forward to your tank build updates.

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Sad to hear about your lost. 

But nice to see you come back stronger

6.5 * 2 * 2 + 3.75 * 1.5 *1.5,(Decomn on 14/9/08)
4*2*2 + 2.5*1.25*1.25 (Decomn on 1/8/09)
5*2*2 (Fully LED light system, 140 3 watt SSC leds with 60 degree lens)(Decomm)
2.5*2*2(Fully LED Light System,96 3 watt SSC leds with 60 degree lens)(Decomm)

5*2.5*2(LED only)

Eheim return 1 * pump

1 HP Daikin compressor with cooling coil
2 Jebao OW40, 1 ecotech MP40,
1X6085 Tunze wm,

1 CURVE 7 Skimmer

  1 DIY 80 led control by Bluefish mini 

1 radion XR30W G2, 2 Radion XR15G3

Sump area lite by 5 ft T5 , 6 * SSC 3 watt red LED for refugium

1 Full spectrum E27 led light

1 CR control by bubble count

Start No Water Change since 1st Dec 2016

Add new 2.5x2x 1.5 ft 

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Thank you friends for the encouragement :)  I was actually very close to switching back to freshwater and keeping a planted discus tank instead but a few close reefer friends persuaded me not to give up.

More updates coming over the next few weeks!

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So in my aim to get rid of all things related to AM in my reef, I got a new toy...

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Last item to remove is the calcium reactor.  Any recommendations for a good one with a small footprint?  Hope to be able to get one before I replace my sump in 2 to 3 weeks.

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So in my aim to get rid of all things related to AM in my reef, I got a new toy...
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Last item to remove is the calcium reactor.  Any recommendations for a good one with a small footprint?  Hope to be able to get one before I replace my sump in 2 to 3 weeks.

AM...What's the reason? Thanks for sharing your experience it's inspiring.


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2 hours ago, Patrick said:


AM...What's the reason? Thanks for sharing your experience it's inspiring.


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Horrible horrible customer service.  I'll never buy anything from them ever again.

11 minutes ago, Tee said:

Give u 2 weeks when shipments come in, it'll look the same as before I bet :)

Haha slowly la

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