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40 breeder Journal 3 months 3 days ago #72218

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7/19/18 UPDATE

Apologies for the absence lately. Been pretty busy.

Tank: The tank is doing... ok. I believe I am finally done with the cyano phase in the tank. It was just furious for about 3 weeks where I would do a water change and then later that day you could begin to see reaccumulation of algae on the glass. I wanted to turn the lights off and do a black out scenario to slow it down, but I didn't want to hurt the nems, as a few of them were touch and go for a while and one/two still are. Right now the tank remains mostly clean for about 3-4 days without scraping the glass, and the rocks have somewhat resumed a nice light gray color where there is no green algae. I have still witnessed no coralline growth and am wondering if I might need to introduce some more rock to get it going.

Sump: Sump tank is a godsend. It really makes maintenance easy and while there are definitely things I would do differently next time around, I love the setup. I do have a few problems. One is the amount of evaporation. It's just ridiculous. There just is no way I would be able to keep up with this evaporation rate without running a RODI constantly to top off if this was a reef tank. I mean I do about 6 liters per day to keep the pump from sucking up a bunch of air. It's crazy. I don't have any corals I don't use a RODI currently but I am seriously considering building an ATO just so I don't have to worry about topping off every day. Next problem is space - vertical space. I just should have built this thing a tad taller. Pulling the filter sock and adjusting things down there is tough with the amount of space I left myself. I have about 7-8 inches of height between the top of the tank 20gH and the underside of the stand. Not enough even for my little hands.

Livestock: Fish - the fish are relatively stable right now. Everyone is healthy, everyone that is alive that is. I lost two banggai cardinalfish, and I also lost the royal gramma. My damsels are doing incredible, but one of the two 3 stripe damsels has grown so large that he has assumed the mantle of boss a-hole. I'm almost certain he bullied the banggai's to death. I also see him squaring off with the clowns every now and then as well, but it seems that they have more or less formed a pair and stick together to back him down. They are doing quite well. The other two damsels get harassed frequently but seem to just shrug it off as a part of life. They also look quite good. The blenny looks great when he comes out which I don't witness much. The wife does her workouts downstairs and says that he comes out a lot between 7-9pm ish so maybe I am just missing him. Lastly the six line wrasse (I bought a six line wrasse) is looking drab and thin. I think he is also suffering from bullying by the big damsel. So short story here is that I need to get the big damsel out, and hope the two remaining ones do not become him in his absence. Then maybe think about a different addition to fill the missing gap of two cardinalfish, a gramma, and a damsel...

Nems - Nems are all still alive, and one actually split. The biggest one in the tank ended up splitting into two, but now both clones are really struggling. They close their mouths up every night now, but for a while they didn't. The nem on the far left side also went through a tough phase where he would stay closed up for a good amount of the day even with the light on. I put a thin rock over the top of him to shade him out and then he began to open up and stretch and now opens more readily, but still has not quite recovered. The nem that I had facing the back of the tank is doing very well. He has moved to the front of the tank at the very top of the rockwork, but has moved several times the last few days so I'm not sure where he will be even when I get home from work today. But he opens quickly and bubbles up very nicely and has great color and has grown in size. I think my biggest problem with the nems was Nitrate. I didn't not actually test levels, but I'm sure they were high. I was trying to do water changes with 5g buckets on a roughly 50g system. Just not enough even when you do a w/c every day for 3-4 days in a row. I finally bought a 30ish gallon tub and have been doing 20g w/c's every other day and the cyano really backed off and the nems seem much happier in the last week or so now. My plan is to just do my best to keep them happy and get them all back to a point where they are stable and growing before I decide what I'm going to do with now 4 bta's.

Will try to get some better pics for you guys now that the cyano phase is done. Cheers.
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40 breeder Journal 3 months 3 days ago #72221

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Coming along nice! Iv'e been wanting to try salt water but I want to do a really big Freshwater tank first.
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