Rygh's 250 gallon - rev.2

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by rygh, Nov 7, 2014.

  1. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    I was reading some of the posts on how air to the skimmer affects PH. And I have had low-ish PH issues.
    Instead of fancy CO2 scrubbers, or big air tubes outside, I tried something VERY simple.
    I put a pipe on the skimmer a couple of feet long, just up and out of the fuge area.
    So still in the garage, but pulling air a little ways away, instead of right next to the water in the sump.

    Very clear difference. Not huge, about 0.1, but clear, and just from moving the intake a foot or so.
    Likely that it was recirculating air, being so confined, and CO2 became a bit saturated.
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  2. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Matted Filefish update:

    So thanks to Boun, I have a Matted Filefish now.
    After a quick QT, it seems to be happy in the fuge.
    Because of coral risk, I am testing it there first.

    So the good news: It quickly exterminated all the Aptasia.
    I only had 5-6 in the fuge though. But they went fast.

    But so far, no noticeable impact on the Majanos.

    No imapact on Zoas either.
    A few green toadstool leather corals are closed up though, so I am a bit suspicious there.

    Very timid fish.

    I am also feeding with Mysis, and tried pellets. Although no sign of it really eating.
    But hard to tell. Hides in the back.
  3. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Guess you have to use the majano wand on these the first time you see it.

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  4. boun11

    boun11 Supporting Member

    Most likely the filefish went after your toadstool. It went after my duncan. remove the toadstool to the sump if you can. I slowly move corals that it picks on and eventually it eats the aptasia :) Maybe it will go after the majano once all of the corals it tried went to the sump :) It works for me
  5. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Yea, tend to agree.
    (In this case, He is in the sump/fuge, so I will move toadstool frags to the main tank)
  6. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    I made a simple box around my frag rack in my Fuge.
    That is keeping the filefish from chomping on things.
    Ugly and clunky, but hey, it is a fuge, not a display tank.
    It also means I can completely put non-reef-safe fish in there. Hmm....

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  7. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Matted Filefish is eating Majanos!!!

    Now that it cannot get to the toadstools, it has decided to chow down on the Majanos.
    In fact, in a few days, probably 20+ are gone.
    It is not touching the Zoas either.

    Time to start shuffling rocks from the display tank into the fuge.
    Clear majanos off those, plus see what else it might eat.

    Then the BIG decision: Do I put the fish in the display tank???

    I will trade not having toadstools and perhaps a few other things if it means no Majanos.
    On the other hand, there are so many softies, it might simply graze randomly, and never get around to wiping Majanos out.
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  8. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Option 1. Keep rotating. Make some nice new structures w the emaco to replace them with!
  9. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    You mean like this rock I just finished yesterday!

    Epoxy, not Emaco, but same idea. Inspired by the BAR meeting.

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  10. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    It's pretty cool...I guess...
    Certainly no dancing chicken though.
  11. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    But you have a point. It was built more as a coral mount. Perhaps I do need something more whimsical.
    No bubbling treasure chests or skulls though.
    Broken encrusted rum bottle maybe?
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  12. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    I see a mermaid on the sand with her hair flowing in the current
    But that's just me...
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  13. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    make another one!!
    let's see what we see!
    best fishes and happy reefing
  14. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    She's kind of I'll proportioned but I see her too.
  15. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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  16. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    So That's what you used as inspiration eh?
  17. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Now that's just freakin me out!!
  18. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Another rock structure. Pretty big this time.
    Big enough that it must be taken apart to put it in. See red lines where pins match up to holes.
    rock1.jpg rock2.jpg
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  19. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Your openings are too small!
  20. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Sort of.
    The tank is fine. It is basically rimless.
    But I put some picture shelves above the tank, a bit too close.

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