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  1. I would lean towards glass. Im not super picky about dimensions but want something with a 6' footprint still.
  2. I am curious if anyone has any experiences/recommendations for a custom aquarium builder. I will be in the market for a 150-180g tank in the next couple months. Does anyone know of anybody good closer ish to the Nova area? Thanks
  3. Hi all. I am going to set up a tank at my place of work. Lucky me I have an excuse for another tank. I am very aware of the various dos/donts of these buggers. For the life of me online I cant find any consensus on their lifespans most people seem to say its short in captivity. Has anyone kept frogfish successfully/unsuccessfully or have any additional input to keeping them long term. Thanks.
  4. As an update to this. Dipped the torch in CoralRX. All the flatworms I could see are off of it. Its rebounding surprisingly well. Nothing new is showing negative signs. My blasto that began to lose flesh appears to not have lost anymore in the past couple days. I am going to resist dipping it in the hopes it comes back. I am going to do another couple 15% water changes this week and hope for the best. Hopefully it was just the lighting and the corals shock response.
  5. I shouldve added I feel safer* because usually I get to see the tank it comes out of. I prefer to add things I can see before hand to reduce some risk since I dont QT currently. But you were spot on about them being euphyllia flatworms. I have never heard of or seen them before. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  6. Awesome thanks! I never even new that was a thing... I am not surprised there are a billion creatures in the ocean that have to eat something. Time to dip it I suppose. As of today I have changed probably 50% of the water over a couple day span. Still nothing new is showing any new signs of anything negative. I plan to just do one final 15% today. I have one final what if because I am still skeptical that lighting change of 10% caused tissue necrosis even in some of the lowest of light corals. All of them were on the sandbed. I stayed up late just to see if anything came out weird. Only thing I noticed was the conch crawling all over the skeleton of one. (Dipped and put back in hoping for a miracle). I have never heard of a conch "eating" a coral. Maybe its foot pierced them and some type of infection set in?
  7. This is the best I could get a few days ago. Looks sort of like the acro flatworms. Maybe something else. Knock on wood I havent had many problems until now so I only have google to go off of. They are a little more opaque/white than that picture. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  8. So I have an update. What I thought was brown jelly doesnt seem to be. It seems my guess as to brown jelly was what occurs when a mushroom melts away. I have never actually lost a coral so I didnt have anything to base on. There also wasnt really any strands or brown jelly coming off of any of the corals. The flesh just sort of melted away in the days after the light change. Nothing else has gotten worse after setting the lights back. I am a little leery to think that a 10% increase would have shocked them. Even though all that have been damaged are "low light". I am in the middle of a series of a couple large water changes of 20% every other day because whatever it is dilution could be a solution. As far ad the acro flatworms thats my best guess. I do have acros but they arent on them. Only on my torch. They arent eating it but theh crawl around and it is mad. I am going to try to get a picture uploaded of the worms.
  9. Sure thing didn't think about it from that angle let me add some more details, RO/DI water. Reef crystals salt. Temp is at 78. I drip some kalk in the top off but i dont have to use alot doesnt drop that fast. My alk never really swings more than like 9.5 to 9.8 over a few day span and that could be testing deviation using the Hanna. I only add things from Wamas members or Divers Den on LA. I dont QT (yet) I know bad bad. But I also only dip if I feel the need to which is rare. So my next question is, is there a way to tell if its brown jelly or if its the corals natural defense both seem similar corals? I cant get any good picture all thats left of the few affected is some coral skeletons and a frag plug :/. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  10. Yes its RO/DI. As of writing this I am 99% sure it is brown jelly as I have watched it basically spread to two other corals before my eyes. Tomorrow I am going to remove all of the affected corals and go from there. Mods if you would like you can close this thread.
  11. Bear with me as I have been at a total loss and am curious if I am missing anything. I am just going to brain dump all my observations. I have a mixed reef. I wouldn't say its stuffed with corals everything has plenty of room to grow out but its diverse. Recently my corals have just started kind of dying... some of them. I have the full list of stuff below. Started with an acan. Got knocked off a rock onto the sand. No big deal lightly blew it off uprighted it and let it stay there. Within a day or two tissue almost entirely gone 10 heads. One of my hollywood stunner chalices started losing tissue from the bottom overnight. So i moved it to a lower light and flow area inside of a little plastic container suspecting something got hungry. Was wrong. Within 2 days its totally RTN it looks like. Rhodactis mushroom. Started looking awful. Real shriveled up. No problem moved it into lower flow (already was in low flow). Now day later its almost melted away. Was about 2 inches diameter. One of blasto frags is almost all skeleton to after being totally great 2 days ago. Everything else is happy as can be. The only change was that I changed my lighting on my LED's from 65% at full peak to 75% blues only for 4 hours though. The only known pest I have is acro eating flatworms(am fairly certain). No idea how they got through but they are only on a torch that is quite isolated and I get them as I can there are only a few and on nothing else. Last guess is brown jelly. I am just now noticing as a write this my rhodactis does appear to be turning into a brown mush as it melts. Havent noticed that anywhere else though on any of the other dead corals cant get a good picture of it though. Params nothing has spiked Nitrates 10ppm (have kept it steady here for a while) Phosphates .05ppm (a little is bound up by GHA guessing its really closer to .10) only slowly been dropping this through more water changes from like .08. Alk 9.5 Doesnt swing more than a tenth of a point or so it seems. Ammonia - 0 Ca 420 Mg (going to be honest been a few weeks but was about 1300 then) Lighting Orion Lt 120 was steady for months at Ramps up over an hour to 10%w 50% blue After 2 hours goes to 15%w 65% blue After 4 to 15% w and 75% blue Stays there for about 3 and a half hours then ramps down to zero in an hour and a half. (Jbj 45) has been up for about 5 months. Most livestock came from previous 29g had been up for a year or so. Not heavily stocked. Feed about 5 or 6 times a week Flame Hawkfish Starry Blenny Clown Pair Ornate Leopard wrasse Few scarlet reef hermits and halloween hermit Strawberry crab Fighting conch Blue tuxedo Urchin Red brittle starfish Corals Couple acros- doing well Couple monti digis - doing well Monti cap - growing like a weed About a dozen zoa frags/colonies all but 1 are fine. That one fell victim to a sea urchin going for the coralline around it still alive but mad Ricordeas lots - thriving Scoly - great Platygyra - great Frogspawn - great Duncans - great Softies(at least i may never lose these) Xenia - xenia things Toadstool - great Kenya tree - trying to make a forest Sure I am missing some. Anyone whose made it this far I greatly appreciate the time. Not sure if anyone has ever experienced anything like this. Am curious on some other thoughts.
  12. I received a meteor shower frag on the underside of a tonga branch with a bunch of ricordea.The cyphastrea I thought was totally past the point of no return. But I just moved the frag plug to a light facing side with some on it. Didnt do anything for about 2 months. After about 2 months it started to color up again. Now its growing fairly quickly. Mine is in moderate light and flow. Seems happy so I am leaving it. Probably taken 4 months or so from being pretty dead to come back(like 10 polyps back or so).
  13. So I am in a similar boat. I upgraded tanks and my rocks are definitely leaching phosphate. Like yours it isnt awful but it just pops up randomly. I have been afraid to do anything drastic because everything is alive and seemingly growing well. Maybe a little hindered by the high phos. For me reef flux will cut it back. But itll return. I wouldnt buy any livestock for it. There is no guarantee theyll touch it and theyll just add more nutrients. Over the past few months Ive upped the water changes and pull out what I see and the amount of GHA is going down. I imagine in the next month or two itll be largely gone at this rate. If you arent seeing any death or real issues I would just add some fluconazole and up the water changes.
  14. I was wondering the same thing... all the hermits I have gotten have lasted quite a long time.
  15. Try reef flux/fluconazole. Works wonders.
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