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    Family, engineering, coral rehab, winemaking, gardening, and bead weaving.

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  1. Thanks for the sympathetic ears! Eh, my skimmer hasn't run in ages. My sulfur denitrator and GFO reactors are also just collecting dust. My, how times have changed! I'm dosing only to keep me at low levels of nutrients, not at any particular ratio. My opinion (rather uneducated at this point probably) is that although the red field ratio is fairly known, dosing at that ratio may result in an imbalance. Who knows if I'm leaching nutrients from somewhere, or if my test kits aren't detecting other forms of nutrients available (organic vs inorganic). But, if there is a stable amount in the water for uptake, the corals shouldn't be limited. So, right now I'm dosing 2ppm per day nitrate (holding steady at 2ppm per day, so I'm using what I'm dosing). Phosphate is holding steady at 0.04 with tiny swings based on feedings (+/- 0.02). I'm dosing a tiny bit of MB7 daily, and I've dosed a bit of carbon when the higher nitrate wasn't changing the phosphate level. The new growth is likely related only to the higher nutrients as my alkalinity is fairly unchanged. It was 9.8dKh when this fiasco started, and two weeks after turning off my dosing pumps, it has only dropped to 9.6 (yay coral death). I just (finally) got my shipment of sodium bisulfate and am aerating it. I plan to dose that tomorrow to drop the alk by 1.6 dKh (albeit going slow to hopefully not kill the pH). It's funny though. For years I've always laughed about how my coral rescue tanks always look better than my displays. I wonder now if the die-off was actually something I needed...(just chalk that idea up to the end of my beer for the evening.) Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  2. I was wondering who all here is dosing nutrients? I just started and was wondering how long it takes to see an improvement and recover. And... this is to slightly vent. I typically keep my tanks at high nutrient levels "naturally" just by feeding. Well, the busy summer and low fish count in my display (everyone is still in QT) along with high alk just combined into a near-crash. I lost 5 sps before I could get them all into my QT. Ugh. My phosphate was 0.02 with 0 nitrates and 10dKH. Burnt tip city! I'm on week 2 of dosing nitrates (dosing about 2ppm daily), a dash of phosphate as necessary, bacteria, and carbon trying to settle the tank back in. I've never had to deal with this before in nearly 13 years. Sigh. Makes me want to be rash and just dump in fish and food. Anyway, I noticed the burnt tips on my Setosa are recovering and starting to regrow. I'm hoping I'm at the turning point... as I'm leaving for a week. Gotta love how this hobby still manages to throw a loop after all these years. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  3. Awesome! Glad to hear it! A bit of knowledge and patience definitely pays high dividends in this hobby. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  4. Welcome!! It's great to have you, and we're so glad you came to our previous (albeit hot) meeting. There are several members with insane tanks near you that happen to sell. But, there are several stores as well. I like them all for different reasons. As mentioned, just check out the LFS map on the site. And there seems to be a good mix of folks that like a mix of corals. LPS seems to be a bit more difficult to find right now (possibly due to the import issues?) Looking forward to meeting you at the next event! Nikki Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  5. Welcome to WAMAS and the hobby! You've come to the right place! Your tank looks great, especially for its age and your experience level! A 55g is a great size for starting out... it's easy to go up or down after that. Let us know if you have any questions, to include joining us for our next meeting (or even becoming a member to see our awesome "for sale" sections!) Nikki
  6. Have you contacted Neptune? They are EXTREMELY responsive and helpful Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  7. Hahaha! Awesome! And, I have some if you're nearby - I'm in Fairfax Station. I should be at the next meeting too, but you'll probably find tons of people with it. This was my colony last year before we moved across the country. I just brought a frag along, and it is about half that size now. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  8. I'll take a stab, because...well... let's see how much my mom brain can relate mac 'n cheese to coral... Montipora setosa by chance? Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  9. Just saw this (sorry)... we have a generator if anyone needs to borrow it. Sorry for the situation. We were without power for 9 days during Hurricane Ike. Our tank faired well (thank goodness for the temperature!) but my stress level sure didn't. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  10. Wilsoni's can be finicky (as you can notice by this post). I've taken in a few over the years with bleaching and recession. They tend to recover with low lighting, heavy feedings, and low flow. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  11. I think Dana Riddle had some interesting articles a while back on photosaturation and photoinhibition levels of different species of coral. If I remember correctly, there wasn't a photoinhibition level of clams or soft corals, but I think it was like 400-600 for Acropora. It has been about six years since I looked into PAR versus PUR of LEDs, so maybe someone else has more recent knowledge. But I don't think PAR of LEDs is directly equivalent to PAR of metal halides or other lights. I think PUR is more applicable there, which is more difficult to measure. Recommend looking into this as well. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  12. Hard to tell, but they do look like aiptasia or other pest anemone. I wouldn't put them in my tank. Good catch! Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  13. Welcome and welcome back! That's too bad we weren't able to meet you today, but there are more coming up! I only moved to the area less than a year ago, and everyone is really friendly! There are some amazing tanks and knowledge in the area! Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  14. Day 1: freshwater dip with methylene blue. Into the bucket/tank with an antibiotic bath (type depends on what I see with the fish.) Start feeding a slurry of frozen food mixed with a binder and kanamycin. Day 2: 25% water change, amquel dosing, and freshwater dip. Add more antibiotics. Day 3: same as 2 Day 4: freshwater dip and change tanks. Continue antibiotics and food. Continue Day 2 regimen (no more freshwater dips though) until day 7. Day 7: tank transfer. Start Prazipro. Discontinue antibiotics unless there are still issues. Continue with water changes, amquel, and transfers through the rest of the time. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  15. I've been doing the TTM for years and swear by it. I use two 10g tanks on a metal freshwater stand. I use buckets too if I take in a bunch of fish. I could write all day about it. Ammonia is your biggest enemy, so I do 25% daily water changes in between transfers plus daily Amquel dosing. Plus the water changes help remove any parasites in the water. I've modified my TTM to help deal with all other parasites/issues I've found over the years. I don't recommend it for others because it is... probably overkill. More to come... (my Tapatalk app limits my word count for some reason). Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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