In the beginning...

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Flagg37, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    That was my first thought too. Im showing 0 tds coming out. I'm planning on borrowing @scuzy's chloramine tester but haven't gotten around to picking it up from him. There shouldn't be any chance of chloramines since I'm on well water (plus the water company's test results don't show any), but I figured I'd check just in case.
     
  2. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Start checking alk daily for a week or two and see what's what. Temp been ok? Salinity staying out w the constant water change?
     
  3. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Shouldn't kill fish though. One dead fish can be random, but two? What a mystery...


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  4. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Nitrates can, but could also be lack of food for the anthias if he's only doing pellets...
     
  5. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    I have been trying to increase my nutrients. My last test was on July 1st and had 16 ppm no3 and .37 po4. I had been having the same issue with undetectable no3 and .05 po4. I don't mind the nitrates being high but I think the phosphates could stand to be lower.
     
  6. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Did the anthias eat the pellets agressively?
     
  7. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    This had been a thought too. I thought maybe with the more aggressive fish around that they may not be getting enough. I do feed 3x a day and have nori always available for the tangs. I was just surprised all three went missing within a couple days. If they starved I would expect them to go at different times. The first one was the largest too, which doesn't really fit that theory either.
     
  8. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    It's been a little under a week since I did the big water change and most everything is looking better. I did a full work up of all my levels and was surprised by a couple of them.

    dKH: 7.9, awesome. Right on track. I'm dosing fully saturated kalkwasser at 1300 mL/day via the apex dos.
    Ca: 573, this was a bit of a surprise. I like 450-500 but I don't view high ca as necessarily bad.
    Mg: 1500, again a bit higher than I usually like but not something I'm worried about.
    No3: 8, pretty decent in my book.
    Po4: 0.49, this was the big shocker. My phosphates had always been super low but had started to increase when I intentionally tried to increase my nutrients. I've had a steady increase since May. In May it was 0.0, June 0.19, July 0.34 (this is where I started to get concerned), and august 0.49. This is after my large water change too. I switched out my phosguard and will test again in a few days.
     
  9. Kremis

    Kremis Supporting Member

    was reading through your build thread, just thought id chime in here. I have 2 hass garden eels that are both well over a foot doing fine in about 4-6 inches of sand. they move often, from the shallower side to the deep side. they are perfectly fine in 4 inches of sand in my opinion. heck, they sometimes even move in the back where its 2 inches for a day or two. they just go horizontal once they reach the bottom. but i do agree with lbn that they should not go into a community reef. any big fish like tangs will scare them. they should be kept in a more peaceful tank with slower moving tank mates.
     
  10. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    That was another concern I had since my Achilles Tang moves over the entire tank. I think having garden eels is just going to have to wait for a different tank.
     
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  11. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    I noticed an odor coming from my sump area and looked more closely and my chaeto was overflowing it's chamber. The stuff growing out the top was all yellow and dried out. I took out a 5 gallon bucket full. I'm amazed how quickly that stuff grows.
     
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  12. Mark B

    Mark B Supporting Member

    How long did it take you to get that much?
     
  13. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    I think it's only been like 3 weeks. I've got this one in the thread so next time I'll know for sure how long it's been.

    I've never had to take out so much. Last time it was a couple salad bowls full. This time I had to use a garbage bag.
     
  14. Mark B

    Mark B Supporting Member

    I just got some chaeto and it is all about an inch long and making a hella mess everywhere in the sump. Hopefully the mature strands are longer.
     
  15. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    I've got plenty if you need some.
     
  16. Mark B

    Mark B Supporting Member

    I will keep that in mind - Thanks - for now we will see if we can grow ours out.
     
  17. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Things are finally doing well. I'm no longer seeing anything dying and even better seeing some growth.

    Here's a quick video of the tank. Only 30 seconds.

    I switched my food/feeding schedule to LRS food morning and noon time and pellets in the evening. They love the LRS. it's the first time I've seen them come and beg for food. I noticed that they almost ignore the pellet food now.
     
  18. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    My CBB loves LRS. It is actually eating from my fingers now if the Desjardini leaves it alone long enough.


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  19. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Any idea what your issue was?
     
  20. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    I think there were a couple things going on but probably the biggest thing was my po4 had gotten up way too high (0.49). No3 wasn't bad at 16 but my Phosguard was depleted and I wasn't keeping an eye on it. I switched it out and po4's dropped to about 1/2 what it was. I just switched it out again since it just started to rise again. I'm watching it much more closely now.
     

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