Reef Hobbyist 40B

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Nav, May 12, 2014.

  1. tygunn

    tygunn Webmaster

    That's pretty neat. Man reefing uses so much less energy than in the past. I will never forget the 1200w of pumps I had on my old tank.

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  2. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Haha even with 8 outlets on the EB8 strip, you quickly run out of outlets fast and have to prioritize what you want the apex to control.

    I've got my fuge light on a 5$ light timer. Kessils plugged onto a separate power strip too.

    There are a lot of times where I say "My next tank build will have......." in this case my next one will have a second EB8.
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  3. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Okay, its been close to 10 days reporting the LPS melting episode and I'm going to conclude that the INTERCEPTOR TREATMENT WORKED :) All the infected ones that were receding stopped right after the treatment, I can see flesh growing back on a few pieces and no new coral showed signs of stress or receding. So here's some info on my treatment:

    LPS / SPS Interceptor Treatment - Red, Black, Invisible Bugs
    @RavenSF was very generous to give me a few tabs of the Interceptor Spectrum (Tasty Chews) for Small Dogs. The most common ones are the large ones which are white & for large dogs.

    The big ones have 23mg of Milbemycin oxime + 228mg of Praziquantel & is good to great 380gals of water. The green one I got came with 5.75mg of Milbemycin oxime good for 95gal.
    I split the tablet in half which will make it good for 47gals (my entire water volume). Made it to a nice power by just jamming it with a spoon.
    Next I heated 200ml of RODI water in the microwave for 90sec and added the powder to the water & stirred well. Powdering & hot water are important for the chewy tab to dissolve well.
    Keep stirring and let the water cool and you’ll have something like this. Try to get this back to your tank temp.
    Now to the most important part…
    • Inverts: Removing crabs is a must. Snails are optional (some have had luck with snails, some have lost them but I removed the big ones. Also left my long spine urchin in the DT
    • Skimmer: Turn off your skimmer for the 6hr period
    • Filter Media: Remove all GAC, GFO, Phosguard, Purigen, etc. for the 6hr period.
    Finally poured the interceptor solution (11:30pm) over the powerhead so it stirs well & let it do its job for the next 6-7hrs. Make sure you have fresh saltwater mixed and ready to go (30-50% of your water volume).

    Woke up next morning (after 6hrs), everything looked good… fishes, coral (no RTNs), my long spine urchin, small snails, etc. were all alive and happy. Went ahead and did the first 35% water change, got the skimmer & GFO reactor running again, added 2x new GAC.

    Later that day I did a second 35% PWC and added the snails & crabs back to the DT. Its been over week now and every coral looks healthy… no more melting! I’m so happy I did this and going to advise this treatment to anyone as a last resort if they can’t get their LPS to stop dying.
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  4. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Wow well im glad it helped your LPS.

    Will keep in mind if I run into mysterious LPS issues.
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  5. neuro

    neuro Webmaster

    dude, you're like the guinea pig for all of us
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  6. RavenSF

    RavenSF Supporting Member

    Glad to hear it's working.
  7. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Why is there a picture of my dog on that package?
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  8. tygunn

    tygunn Webmaster

    Because its heartworm pills. :) Hehe, I have a package from my dog leftover. I was going to toss them but I think I will hold on to them now.
  9. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Omg, it's so precious! Hold on to it :)
  10. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    I'm glad to hear your LPS are doing better. It'd be cool if you siphoned out some of the mucus around the receding corals, you could have brought it over and we could take a look at it under a microscope to see if we could spot some critters.

    Let me know how things are going in a week or two, I'm hopeful that this is a long term resolution.
  11. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Maybe not :( Came home today and saw two other LPS showing some skeleton! Params are perfect! I even moved all crabs to the sump a few days ago... Either my treatment was not strong enough or there's something I'm missing!

    I recall a few of those posts suggesting a second treatment after a week cos it might not wipe out all bugs in one shot. Now I just did a double dose of interceptor and letting it run for another 6hrs followed by 15gal PWC followed by another 15gal PWC after 6hrs. Hope this stops the receding for good and things get back to normal. I'll report results.


    On the good side, I got my Jebao DCT-6000 return pump and set it up yesterday. Man its super powerful! The lowest setting at 1 doesn't seem to push 1/10th of its max speed... does anybody know how many gph is the lowest setting? Currently running at 4 and I hear some gargling sound in my plumbing (which did't happen on my previous pump). If I go higher, I'm having a waterfall sound in the overflow box after water goes through the teeth, maybe its not meant to handle so much flow?

  12. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Definitely not linear for me either.

    There is a trick to measure it, if you have tank space:
    Put a nice clean thin plastic trash bag in your tank. Squish all air and water out.
    Then quickly put the opening over the return line.
    Time how long it takes to mostly fill up. Don't fill it quite all the way.
    Clench the top, lift that up slightly, and pour into a measuring cup. Likely pouring many times.
    Convert cups/second to gallons per hour.
    A good idea to do it twice. Should be pretty similar.

    The key benefit: It is the REAL value, already including head pressure, plumbing, and so on.
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  13. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    What kind of drain do you have? It looks like you have a Herbie.

    Theres an effective max flow through your overflow weir and through your drain. When the drain flow is greater than overflow incoming through weir, the water level in the overflow drops and produces splashing noise. If the overflow flow rate exceeds the main drain rate, you'll get noise from the emergency drain gurgling.

    When i turn up my return rate, I adjust the gate valve on my main drain to match the return flow. If you get it right the overflow chamber level is constant without noise. This is for a herbie setup, but similar for bean animal.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2015
  14. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Its been a while updating my journal... everything is stable, no casualties! SPS frags showing some good growth and good PE :)

    My snowflake leather toadstool has been tearing itself into smaller pieces so will have a new DBTC soon.

    Here's a FTS from Nov 29... will try to take another one soon.

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  15. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Curious : Which LPS were melting before you tried interceptor?
    My Hammer coral, which were growing like crazy and nearly indestructible
    are now all showing signs of problems.
  16. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Trumpet (survived - right above duncan), Tangerine Dreams Chalice (survived - front center), Red Bower (survived - front center), Rainbow Chalice (lost).
  17. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Okay just took some random pics :)

    DSC_1862.jpg DSC_1869.jpg DSC_1872.jpg DSC_1898.jpg DSC_1902.jpg DSC_1927.jpg DSC_1932.jpg DSC_1938.jpg DSC_1945.jpg DSC_1951.jpg
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  18. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Oooh really nice pictures Nav.

    Whats the lens/set up/tripod?

    Dude my pectinia is growing so fast. Been feeding it LRS. I have like 4 new eyes on it.
  19. Nav

    Nav Director of Marketing & Photography

    Sweet! I haven't fed my coral in 2 months now :(

    There's pics are shot with a Nikon D80 105mm macro and a brown lens filter, no tripod.
  20. Corallus

    Corallus BAR Sponsorship Coordinator

    Great looking pics!
    Are those birdsnest's from the little pieces I gave you a while back?

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