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  1. The Sofresh brand at Petco has a version of litter specifically for breaking down ammonia. I usually use a sand-sized crystal litter, but I'm going to try this ammonia stuff - it is a cheaper litter but it still might be better as far as ammonia goes. I got some ammonia reducer filter pads at Petco today, to try to catch up ammonia before it feeds algae. I need to figure out how to put them in the tank. I have some HOB filters, one is a double biowheel exlg penguin filter - I might put that on with pieces of the ammonia pads stuck in it.
  2. The air filters designed for removing ammonia are embedded with carbon, alumina, and potassium permanganate. The machines are exceedingly expensive. There are some HVAC unit filters that are still around $100 just for one, so I will keep looking for something cheaper that will fit the unit.
  3. I'm thinking of getting something like these air ammonia test papers: https://m.ebay.com/itm/Hydrion-AM-40-Ammonia-Test-Paper-0-5-10-20-50-100ppm-Tests-ammonia-in-air-/370934069428?_mwBanner=1&_rdt=1
  4. It seems those lady palm plants are really expensive. I'm trying to find some other good ammonia eaters that are not toxic to cats because my cats eat my plants. I think in this airborne ammonia situation, the algae growth in the tanks is quite ironically a good thing. Algae uses up ammonia more easily/faster than nirate, so it is keeping everything else in the tanks from dying of ammonia toxicity.
  5. WELL I can thank you, Mari, for your thread because I finally just now got around to testing my clean water and it does have ammonia in it. It must be ventilation for me, because I did not have this problem in my old place where I had 3 cats not just the 2 that are here. Here, there is only one window in the main area, which is a sliding glass door that has no screen component so I don't leave it open (cats will run out and bugs will fly in). I better solve that ventilation problem then see what happen. I am going to buy some kind of ammonia media to use while I am trying to get the airborne ammonia problem solved. I wonder how many other people out there are also having this issue behind their aquarium woes. I always associate poor ventilation with pH problems, but would never have guessed this ammonia situation. Maybe we need a sticky post on the effects of air quality components on water quality and the potential associated issues (like low pH, algae, and others). The post would need to include some air quality control solutions.
  6. https://www.homedetoxing.com/air-purifying-plants-remove-ammonia/
  7. Yep, and I am pretty sure one of them peed a few times in a sump I used to have (can't get to the current ones).
  8. Algae. Maybe I should do an ammonia test of my new water. I never test for ammonia except for in a QT. I hope ammonia in the air isn't the reason for my algae problem.
  9. LOL. I've had reef tanks long enough to know what is what. There are a handful of people here that might be able to to tell me something I don't already know or haven't already considered. I'm not going to keep stressing myself over the dang stupid tank when I have so many other things to be stressed about right now and on top of that have physical pain keeping me awake all night almost every night. The only small tank I ever had that was effortless and still had "perfect" water, was roughly 12 years ago, a 16 high office tank that I had sectioned a third of off and packed with caulerpa, and had a 4-5 inch DSB because I was only using PCs and wanted corals closer to the light. There was no sump, no filter, no protien skimmer. Water changes were 50% roughly every 3 months. Undetectable nitrate and undetectable phosphate. I would love to try to duplicate on a larger scale, but I'm afraid of having a DSB that size go foul. Maybe when the tank sees that I'm not going to let it get the best of me and am not going to give it up either, it will work things out on its own.
  10. Green hair algae. I probably had bits deep in my liverock from when I had the bigger tank before I moved 3 years ago, I just didn't ever see algae because the tang ate it. I guess that it why we don't see so much algae on the reefs, the algae eaters eat it at a pace that keeps up with the growth. I pretty much knew, when I decided to have a smaller tank, that without a tang I would probably have algae issues. My favorite fish of all time is yellow zebramosa tang - I can't wait to be able to have another one. Thanks for the suggestion. I'm going to look up the fluxanole as suggested. I just don't want to have to dose a bunch of stuff.
  11. Pudding wife..... I thought zoanthid names were crazy.
  12. Last night my water alarm thing didn't go off and I fell asleep in my chair with water on. There was an empty 12g tank on the floor next to the 40 brute, and luckily the way the water was slowly spilling over around the brute rim sent it right into the 12g. The 12g started to overflow after that, but things would have been a lot worse if I hadn't been too lazy to put that empty tank somewhere besides the floor (it's been empty for over a year).
  13. Do you have cats? It isn't unheard of for them to pee in containers of water, crazy as it sounds.
  14. How do grains of sand not get through into the pump? The plates for UGF do have holes or slats in them, so there must be some grains going through there building up over time. I would hate to have to take all of that apart to fix a problem.
  15. Dealing with this 50g tank (75 sv) has been a big hassle. I'm not going to set up the 120 that I was working on that has just sitting empty in a junk room for a couple or few years (I left it with half the silicon stripped off when I decided not to set it up). When I had my 75g tank (100-110 sv), I could at least spend some time enjoying it without having to work on it. I think the rate of nutrient production matched up precisely with the rate of my tang picking at the rocks. I hate dealing with this 50g, but I can't set up a bigger tank right now. I have had too much going on to deal with this unforgiving little tank, and I am tired of being frustrated with it. I'm going to just let it go to the amount of work I did on my old tank and try not to worry about it. I won't get any more sticks or zoas until I get a bigger tank; they grow, but I have to pick bits of algae and when I don't have time to do it, the algae takes over them. I was going to let mushrooms grow all over the rocks so algae wouldn't grow on the rocks, but then a purple shroom killed a couple heads of duncan by expanding more than I thought it would, so I guess I'm not going that route. I got crazy and bought a couple mollies a couple weeks ago think I ng maybe they will eat some algae. The salinity now matches the tank, so right now I'm doing the final tank transfer acclimation. They were eating algae off of rocks I had in their acclimation tank, so I think they will eat algae in the DT. They love Rod's Food... I bet they never had that at PetCo. The only fish already in my DT are an orchid dottyback and a blenny, both of which are pretty much peaceful fish that don't dart around, so I think the mollies will be fine with them. That's my rant for now. I don't really want any advice right now aside from anyone saying I made the right decision to not get sticks that are going to die from neglect.
  16. All nice looking clowns. I haven't had any in a really long time
  17. Great looking tank! Did you get it some expensive chocolates and roses?
  18. LOL. I wish he had invited me! I wish I had taken a picture while he was still laying on the rock, but the situation was too urgent for me to think about posting pictures on the internet. Next time I catch him that way, I will take pictures.
  19. Is that like having a tank that is basically all mushrooms because the keeper got frustrated and gave up on trying to grow pretty colored sps corals? Or perhaps is too lazy to do water changes so decided to just grow mushrooms, xenia, and gsp, and just got a tang to keep the hair algae out of sight?
  20. I turned the light on to look in my tank, and saw my striped blenny laying on his side on a little ledge on the liverock, all pale and limp. I used a grabber thing to lightly touch him thinking he might be dead, thinking I would have to grab the corpse out of the tank. For a fraction of a second he didn't move, so I really thought he was dead and all kinds of reef problem stuff starting rushing through my head. Then he moved real slow, and I thought although he is alive, he looks really sick. I went and got some frozen food to see what would happen. The little bugger perked up immediately and his color all came back. I didn't know that blennies sleep like that, and are slow to waking up, and that their colors fade (he is partly yellow, but had no yellow at all when I found him). Something I don't think to research when I get a new fish is the sleeping behavior, which isn't the most important thing, but it will keep me from freaking out if I know ahead of time that a fish sleeps as if it is dead (this fish is not new).
  21. Lol. Thanks, Tom. My water seemed to look clearer within just a few of days of running the sterilizer. I have been feeling a lot lately like finally putting up the 120, but if I do, this sterilizer will be too small for it. I wonder if using this one and the 9 watt one together would work if I ever set up that big tank.
  22. OMG I had no idea! I guess this is it!
  23. That's what I was wondering. It seems to me that the only time a macro refugium ever made a real impact on my water quality, was when I had a 16g DIY AIO nano with 1/3rd of the tank sectioned off and completely packed with caulerpa. My conclusion is that if your macro area isn't at least 1/3 tank volume and isn't fully packed (if only 1/3), then having a macro-specific refugium is useless (of course refugiums can be useful for more than just growing macros).
  24. I put it in the #1 sump with its own pump (tank tends to run cool, and I don't have electric bills to pay). The only place I could put it is on the end where the main return pump is, because the sump tank is wedged tight between the wall and the back of the tank stand and the other end of it is the end where the drain pipes and the overflow to #2 sump are. I had to wait for delivery of a flow meter to put on it, so I didn't have it set up and running until about 10 minutes ago. The smallest pump I had right on hand was a maxijet 1200, so I have a valve on the output and the flow meter is after the valve. I put an Eheim pre-filter on the intake so a bunch of gunk won't get in the sterilizer and meter. I figured I would be a little more serious with this sterilizer, so maybe it will actually do some good. I've got the flow rate at only 75, still need to do some more figuring for it. Now that I have used a flow meter for the first time having never seen one in operation, I think it's a really helpful and cool device, so I might make myself believe I need one for my main plumbing. The idea has kind of made the subject of plumbing more exciting.
  25. Sorry, I have a feeling they came from me because I gave away a ton of them a while back. I think I did inform some people about their growth pattern. I don't have any of them now.
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