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  1. I've seen it with lots of other species, and I think it may be a defensive attempt during stress to relocate itself. But, I haven't seen them regrow a skeleton even months later. I'd put it in a shallow dish with sand to keep it from moving around more. And... hope for the best. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  2. Hi all! As I've mentioned, I'm new in the area. But, I'm not new to the hobby. I started in 2007, and I found my passion almost immediately. I'm obsessed with rehabilitating coral (and some anemones/fish/etc.) I lost count a long time ago, but the number of corals rehabilitated is in the hundreds. Along the way I've learned about all sorts of weird pests, diseases, you name it. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the eye candy. Photo 1: I have no idea what happened to that blue/green acanthastrea. It smelled awful, and all that I could salvage were two polyps. But, it grew well and produced plenty of frags. Photo 2: This lobophyllia was in a tank with poor water quality that caused the recession. It recovered, and I still have it today. Photo 3: These anemones were in a neglected tank. I rehomed them once they recovered. Photo 4: This wellsophyllia (is that the current name nowadays? It was, then it wasn't, and then it was...) was stung pretty bad. Eventually it went to a friend's tank. Photo 5: This tang came complete with a massive ich outbreak and HLLE. This photo shows the HLLE, but it was taken after the ich treatment (I've got a worse photo around here somewhere). The scars were eventually barely noticeable. Unfortunately, an airline carrier lost the box with this fish when we moved. RIP. Photo 6: Last, but not least. This is my favorite coral of all time, and I can't count the number of times I've almost lost it. But, it is still with me today!
  3. Maybe to make your decision easier... the Apex salinity probes are junk (loooots of threads out there on it.) They go haywire in no time. It was neat for a couple weeks until my salinity went to 55ppt. Ha. No. ORP was interesting for a while to watch, but then I remember that my coral and fish are way more interesting. But, the Apexel didn't exist when I had to buy mine. If I had to do it again, I'd save the money. For reference, I have my tanks far away from any hardwired connectivity points, run an ATO, have controllable LEDs, have dosing, have MP40s controlled, have a skimmate locker shutoff, skimmer cleaner, and on and on it goes. I run an Apex Jr on my QT tanks. Bottom line, any Apex is better than no Apex! Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    LFS Open Today? (Jan 1)

    Awesome! Thanks! Looking forward to getting this tank looking good again. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    LFS Open Today? (Jan 1)

    Thanks so much! Unfortunately my better half had the great idea that I tackle the honey-do list instead.... some other day. Ugh. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    Red/maroon algae

    It's cyanobacteria. It's fairly easy to kill off once you find the source of nutrients. Please provide tank details (e.g., tank age, parameters, bioload, lighting and schedule, flow, etc.) Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    LFS Open Today? (Jan 1)

    Does anyone know of any LFS open today? A whole day off...and an empty tank... I'm in NOVA, but I may be willing to take a trip. Happy New Year! Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
  8. Another engineer here, and the data I've seen has not convinced me that we're causing substantial damage (especially compared to just nature in general). After being in the hobby for 12 years, I've seen major improvements too. - Substantial knowledge about the life cycle of acropora eating nudibranchs, red bugs, montipora eating nudibranchs, and other pests. - Sustainable practices increased, to include captive breeding - Better foods for fish breeding - Increased awareness of ethical imports - Proliferation of captive-grown coral - And my personal experience that is probably similar to others... I started this hobby because I saw a pretty tank. Yup, I killed a lot when I first got started (and sometimes unfortunately still do). Then I started scuba diving. So far, I'd like to think I've contributed more than the damage I've caused. I ran a coral and fish rescue for four years where I took in sick/dying/unwanted animals. The number of corals saved was in the hundreds, and I kept a website showing how to help deal with all the issues I was finding. Lots of other people started doing the same. Then I started doing underwater cleanups. My favorite was helping a tiny island off Honduras. They had nowhere to dispose of trash except in the ocean. Our team went in, and while a team cleaned above, we removed trash underwater. Then my husband started spearfishing lionfish and has competed in competitions. Sure, it doesn't make up for someone introducing lionfish in unnatural areas, but we are sure trying. That's all from just seeing a pretty tank in a store. Obviously some people will contribute more while others are a detriment. But I think this hobby is moving in the right direction. Yeah, we've made some dumb mistakes, but that's how we learn. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    Green Birdsnest Hitchhiker (Need ID)

    Looks like a vermetid snail, which are extremely common. They can irritate coral, but clearly it isn't bothering that one. If it bothers things, clip it off or superglue over it. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    Collecting Rainwater to Make Saltwater

    Ever the optimist! Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    Collecting Rainwater to Make Saltwater

    Ewwwww! I should take a photo of the inside of ours. That is some nasty water, and we're nonsmoker clean people that change hvac filters regularly. Blehhhhh. Terrifies me to think of that in our lungs. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    Collecting Rainwater to Make Saltwater

    Bottom line... no. There are so many better options, and I'm betting even tap water is one, depending where you live. What is rain? Water collected around dirt. So you'll have water with dirt that caused the rain. That rain will pick up more dirt, pollution (fertilizer, pesticides, smoke, car emissions, etc.), pollen, and whatever else is in the air. Have you seen how dirty cars are after it rains? It sounds like you already had your mind made up and wanted kudos for the idea. We are all trying to tell you to reconsider. You can buy RO water from a local store. You can buy distilled water from the grocery. You could use a Brita or fridge filter. You could use de-chlorinated tap water. Heck, some people just don't do water changes and are fine, so you'd just need top-off water if you were desperate. But as previously mentioned... why chose this hobby if the basic costs of water are too much? You could get a used RODI unit for less than $100 including filters. You can recharge DI resin, but it takes a long time to recoup the supplies cost. A sediment and carbon filter is only about $13 and would last you quite a long time. Membranes are $25 and would last you years. Please reconsider for the sake of the creatures in your care. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    can excess lps cause more problems than fish?

    I had a 40g that was more coral than water (seriously). Yes, there was some coral warfare but nothing that some carbon couldn't handle. To properly troubleshoot your scenario we need more data. I know you don't like chemistry and all, but that's kinda mandatory in this hobby... otherwise you'll continue to be frustrated. Knowledge is power. Test salinity, all, mag, ca, nitrate, and phosphate. Let us know. I'd also run carbon and see what happens if you aren't willing to test. At a minimum post photos and describe exactly what is happening other than some things are dying while others grow. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    is this good or bad

    I was guessing colonial tunicates too... can you see any tiny siphons where the dots are on it? Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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    Help with identifying white spots

    Agree... spirobids on the glass and featherdusters in the tubes. I don't see vermetids. Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk
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