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  1. some of my hard corals have white tips. Should I be worried? Thanks
  2. Thank you for your responses. I live in Springfield, VA. I got this beautiful tank and I feel overwhelmed because I want to take very good care of everything. We already regulated the water pump, but I would like guidance with water changes (can I change the water from the sumps?, if I should install dossier pumps for Kh and CA (if I leave for one week), what supplements I should use for my corals. What I have to pay attention with the corals I have, etc. If someone can prepare a routine list for me, or can come to our house to brief me a little bit about the livestock and equipment I have, that would be wonderful. This is what it came with the tank Equipment includes: Reefer 170 tank/stand/sump/ATO and random flow diverter on the return. Part of sump is a cheato + LR refugium for copepods AI Hydra 26HD LED light. 90W, full wifi control, perfect with appropriate mounting bracket Reef octopus 110-SS skimmer Ecotech Vectra S1 return pump WITH ecotech battery backup Maxspec Gyre XF230 pump, controller AND battery backup Kessil H80 Tuna Flora refugium LED light with goose neck Tons of red sea test kits Stock ~40lbs of pukani and tonga shelf live rock. This started as dry rock and has been seeded new. No bad hitchhikers. Coraline starting to grow Fish - All fish have been through a 10 week quarantine with copper. You're not getting an ich outbreak with this tank unless you add something bad. You're getting a clean system to start with. 2 x black ocellaris clowns 1 x tailspot blenny 1 x blue/gold gamma 1 x target mandarin assorted clean up crew consisting of snails, hermits and a bunch on mini brittle stars in the rock Coral Bird of paradise Green Birdsnest purple bonsai acro kidney shot acro strawberry shortcake acro purple montipora digitata tricolor millipora cherry goniopora green goniopora neon green torch orange octospawn neon mushroom rock green psammocora
  3. Hi, I just bought a Red Sea 170 system from someone that was moving. Is someone familiar with it? I need help with some gurgling noise and in general. This was a very good opportunity for me to have a nice tank, but a lot to learn too. I live in Springfield if someone can visit us for a brief general session. I would really appreciate it. Thanks a lot!
  4. Hi, I just bought a Red Sea 170 system from someone that was moving. Is someone familiar with it? I need help with some gurgling noise and in general. This was a very good opportunity for me to have a nice tank, but a lot to learn too. I live in Springfield if someone can visit us for a brief general session. I would really appreciate it. Thanks a lot!
  5. Yes, I have a SpectraPure CHP 2-stage 15gpd RO filter (perhaps I have to check if the cartridge is fine). I also want to buy a phosban reactor to eliminate phosphates. Thanks.
  6. I have a 29 gal nano cube. The cyanobacteria came back to my tank and I don't know what to do. I could't get rid of it so I used Ultralife Red Slime Remover 1 month ago and it was a lot better, but it came back. Now I am using rowaphos, ceramic rings, and a sponge in my filter. My parameters are good, except for my phosphates (0.25). The glass is yellow and I cannot clean it, it keeps coming back, please HELP. I don't want to use chemicals again, but don't know what else to do. I am only turning on my lights 5 hours per day. After I used the product, my skimmer stopped working, so I don't have a skimmer. Do I need to buy another one? Do I need a phosban reactor (as I said rowaphos is in the filter right now). I have 10 kind of corals and 5 fish. I have this kind of light: 105 Watt Compact Fluorescent Quad Lamp Kelvin: 10K Daylight/ 7100K Actinic Nite-Vu LED - (4) blue moonlights Please I need some guidance. Thank you very much.
  7. I have a SpectraPure CHP 2-stage 15gpd RO filter. I am going to post an ad to see if someone is selling a used reactor (I saw that they are expensive). Hope I can get rid of this cyanobacteria soon. I will make the water changes weekly, I will rinse the food with water before and can someone tell me please how many hours of light I should give my corals and fish? the minimum per day?
  8. When you say ro/di, it means a system? I don't have a system. My tank is a 29 JBJ Nano tank, do I still need it? For how long should I lessen my light? How many hours of light (minimum) do my corals need not to die and to make the cyano bacteria gone faster? I started feeding my fish once a day and very small amount. Should I make the water changes daily, every two days? How often? 10%, 20%? What should I rinse my frozen shrimp with? Thanks and I apologize for so many questiones, but I am new on this...
  9. Thanks. Before reading your post I was reading an article that said that the best thing to do to get rid of it completely was to turn off the lights for three days. Will the corals survive without light so many days? Should I turn only the blue light? This is the link: http://www.reefaddicts.com/content.php/42-Cyanobacteria-what-is-it-and-how-can-I-get-rid-of-it
  10. I am feeding my fish twice a day with frozen shrimp (small amount, what they can eat in 3 minutes) , but the cyano was caused because I overfed them. I am so sorry about that, but now I don't know what else to do. My tank is a JBJ 29 gallon tank. I have ceramic rings, activated carbon, reef carbon and a sponge in the filter. I have a skimmer too that is helping, but seems not to be enough. I siphoned off the sand and the next day the cyano is there again. The glass is also yellow/red. How did you use Chemiclean? What do I need to do first? Do I have to turn off my skimmer? Should I put my corals and fish in another tank? Thanks
  11. I have cyanobacteria in my tank and I don't know what else I can do. The parameters of the water are good. I have made water changes every four days. We also tried to keep the lights off for more time. My corals and fish are fine, but this bacteria is growing more and more. We have been cleaning the tank every day, we also put reef carbon in the filter, put other pump. I called petland today to ask if nassarious snails will help and they said that only temporarily and that the best product was chemiclean. Has anyone tried this product? Any other advice? Thanks.
  12. Thank you very much for your advice. We siphoned it off yesterday and made a water change, and I am going to buy the carbon to run it today (could you please explain to me how to do it?). There are still yellow/red spots in the glass. I think some of them look better this morning (unfortunately two of them died). I don't know if I can do something else. Thanks again.
  13. My tank was set up (the process wasready) three weeks ago. The cycle took one month. I came home 2 hour ago and connectedthe skimmer. My fish are OK, but some of my corals not. They look sad. The sandis with some red hairs and the glass has some green, but I did not touch thesand yet. My water will be readytomorrow, I prepared the water with a RO/DI filter. I am going to change 5 gallons, Pleaselook at the 4 pictures enclosed]and let me know what you think. Thanks again for all yourhelp. Pictures Tank (11_Jan2012).pdf
  14. I tested the water yesterday late at Petco and they said the parametres were fine. That is the reason I was surprised to see my corals like that. If my corals are still bado, when I get home this afternoon, I am going to take a picture of the coral that looked so sad yesterday night. Hope I can take better pictures. Thank you very much to everyone.
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