Lawrence's first (90g) salt water tank

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  1. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    Updates-
    So with daily water changes of 3000 ml (~.75 gal) through the DOS and a change to Red Sea pro salt-alk is coming nice at 8.7 dkh and calc (if to be believed at 480) -I'll take it.
    Ammonia is at 0, nitrates might be anywhere from 0-10 -couldn't tell with the API kit.
    Salinity is back post north of 30 ppt (around 33-34 ppt)

    Phosphate jumped up to .04. Not surprised as I switched from pellets to a combo of frozen brine or mysis shrimp (hikari) mixed with phyto feast and oyster eggs. Mainly to reduce the feeding complexity.
    Jumping the water changes a tiny bit from 3k to 3.4k ml a day to see if a nominal difference in phosphate and nitrates. All the same the GFO might be in action come this weekend. Corals all looking happy for the most part.

    Also got a diamond goby and a starry blenny.
    The diamond is really cleaning that sand substrate!
    Blenny and blue hippo got into a "brawl" the first day where I watched blenny go out and take a good chomp at Mr. Blue. However they have seemed to have worked out their differences.

    Pics of recent. Amazing to see it all in action. IMG_1863.JPG IMG_1864.JPG IMG_1854.JPG IMG_1851.JPG


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  2. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Nice!
    That Sailfin will grow. (and grow and grow) Between it and the Foxface, you will not have a bubble algae problem long term.
    My fuge - lots. My display tank - not a spec except up above the emergency overflow where they cannot reach.

    You probably will need GFO, although that number is not particularly high. Just keep an eye out for Cyano.

    My Foxface turned scary brown at times for a while also. But after a few months, not so stressed. And it has been years now since I have seen it

    That GSP on the main rocks makes me worried. It takes over so easy. I always recommend putting it on a separate small rock.
     
  3. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    The GSP is on its own rock, thankfully, and I pull it off occasionally to make sure it hasn't spread. We'll move it this weekend down to the sand. :)


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  4. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    If we pop the bubble algae off the rock the sailfin will scarf it down. Foxface still needs to learn about the "foie gras" of algae!
    Didn't realize how big the blue tang, sailfin, and even the foxface can get. Given no tank disasters hopefully-over a few years we will see if they outgrow the tank.

    As to the phosphate, although not bad it was amazing to see almost no diatoms on the glass wall at all when it was zero. So starving it out wouldn't be so bad as well as Mr bubble algae if I can with GFO if I can.




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  5. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    from the wife - learning to use the DSLR fancy features: IMG_0832-266a.jpg
     
  6. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Here are my Foxface, Sailfin, and GSP. Very lucky shot.
    That pillar of GSP is about a 10" tall. I really like the color and movement of it. So even though it is "just GSP" it is
    actually somewhat of a focal point in the tank.
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  7. DEATH BY SNU SNU

    DEATH BY SNU SNU Supporting Member

    Nice scape! You need some Mohawks in there! ;)
     
  8. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    What a difference a day makes. :(

    Sailfin Tang looked almost dead today - and kept getting sucked into the wav or to the overflow. We McGuyvered a spot for him to chill out and keep him from getting more hurt. He ate a little fish food once he got there. We'll see how he's doing in the morning. I'm slightly worried about the plastic releasing something into the tank. But hopefully for a quick 12 hour recovery stint it will be OK.

    If the fish feels better, he can swim out through the handles on the side.

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  9. Mark B

    Mark B Supporting Member

    Hope he makes it!
     
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  10. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    He definitely seems less stressed up there!


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  11. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    He escaped too soon, got stuck in the wav and chewed up his fin a little more.

    We don't have a spare heater (ack!) so temp will be an issue. If he makes it through the night, we'll be looking for some hospital tank supplies.

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  12. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

    Put him in the sump?


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  13. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Hospital tank can make it worse unless you do it right do to water instability.
    Suggest mesh over those handle holes.
    Also, put in a small rock he can hide behind, and make half of it dark by adding a shade.
    That fish needs a dark safe place to rest.

    +1 on sump if it is safe.
     
  14. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    Not a bad idea actually. He can feast on copepods while he is healing.
    He got pretty chewed up though again the 2nd time he got stuck to the wav pump


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  15. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

    Make sure it’s not easy for him to wander into return pump....


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  16. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    ^husband

    Wife says we have no light there.


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  17. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Supporting Member

    That’s fine, fish doesn’t need lights to live.


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  18. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    A sick fish likes the dark, but not pitch-black.
    Total blindness is not good either. All it would take though is a small night light.
     
  19. DEATH BY SNU SNU

    DEATH BY SNU SNU Supporting Member

    rygh's got chromis the size of my Tangs, so I would trust :)
     
  20. L/B Block

    L/B Block Supporting Member

    There is light that pops through the tank itself. Worse comes to worse leave the cabinet door open.


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