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  1. When I saw your tank it all looked great. I would let your corals answer that for you. The main problem might be introduction of new corals which would need to adjust to such high intensity lighting. You could start them in the shade and move them up slowly as needed. Worst case you can raise your lights a little, but I wouldn't make changes unless it truly becomes a problem.
  2. I said nitrite not nitrate. Do you have an ammonia binder like prime? Both ammonia and nitrites can be deadly to your fish. You need to manage it with water changes since the tank is not cycled or at least have enough bacteria to support the bio load. Prime will buy you some time.
  3. Is the tank cycled? Have you tested for ammonia/nitrites? You could try a a freshwater dip to check for flukes in the gills. https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/freshwater-dip.248898/
  4. Where are you located? You can bring your wood to my place and cut it here. I have a table saw and 10” miter saw. My table saw is not professional grade, but it cuts straight. I’m available most weekends in Gaithersburg 20879. You won’t find square cut 2x4 that I’m aware of, but you could buy 2x6 and use the table saw to rip off 1” off each side.
  5. +1. I also don't flush it down the sink/toilet either. I prefer to throw it outside. I figure there's enough stuff in the water for sewage treatment already that poison shouldn't be another one. Maybe it doesn't make a difference, but maybe it does.
  6. Looks like most of your livestock should be hardy enough for a large (e.g 50%) water change. Just match temp and salinity before the change. Then go on a regular weekly water changes . I agree You can manually remove the hair algae and vacuum the sand bed. I would avoid any quick fix algae killers if it were my tank. Let the algae consume the excess nutrients and it will eventually starve itself out. Are you running a refugium or scrubber/reactor? It will help in the long run as well.
  7. Why not mix to your salinity before a water change? Parameters would likely be closer to where you want them. Also, if you perform smaller more frequent (e.g weekly 10%) water changes then the effect of mixing to different parameters have less of an impact on the tank. Adjustments would also be smaller with smaller fluctuations.
  8. Very nice location. Sorry to hear about your other tank. Looking forward to seeing this get established.
  9. I wouldn't worry too much about rust on your fragging tools. Just use and rinse them as you are doing.
  10. Glad to hear. Great job on your persistence. Definitely an eye opener for people with other pets.
  11. How long did you mix and store your salt? Looks like it is susceptible to drops in parameters over time, which is why they give specific mixing instructions.
  12. Carbon removes some chemicals such as chlorine. There are special carbon filters you can buy to remove chloramine. That’s why you should look at the water quality report from your water company to see if they use it during their filtration process. Yes, sediment and carbon filters protect the much more expensive RO filter.
  13. Some interesting reading. Didn’t resolve their similar problem but maybe some things to try. https://www.nano-reef.com/forums/topic/370866-rodi-water-left-exposed-to-air-in-my-house-accumulates-ammonia-why/
  14. Looking at your pics your fish load is heavy for that size tank. I think I counted 8 fish. I would be concerned with replacing all the rock at once.
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