Well that just about sucked as bad as it could (profanity laden post)

Discussion in 'Other Reef Talk' started by sfsuphysics, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    So as some of you know my 375 didn't work out, a lot of issues popped up not the least of which were pests (algae from hair to bubble, and aiptasia)... so all the "awesome" corals went to a 40g breeder that I set up as a frag tank with multiple egg crate layers that unfortunately had aiptasia in it... but whatever it's on the bottom & glass.... until I noticed it popping up all inside every corner of eggcrate... WTF seriously What in the FUCK?!

    Fine... time for anew... old acrylic tank that's been empty for a while, new egg crate, 100% new water, check salinity, move light over, pump to make a gyre... this thing is bad ass (from a technical standpoint)... I'll get the HOB protein skimmer on it as soon as as I sterilize the existing one (since those little fuckers love to grow on every surface imaginable including inside the skimmer). Things looking good, a couple days later a little oily sheen on the surface, no worries, skimmer is just about cleaned.... today... murky as all fuckall. Damn lets put that skimmer on... waitaminute... awwww shit... every chalice I have is dead, many of which were 6-10 inches in diameter, every acan frag I had was dead, the blastomussas look dead, strangely enough the lepastrea hasn't died yet, the favia were looking like shit, my ultimate brain coral that was pink and yellow that I've been fanatical about saving for the past 3 years... yeah that shit is a skeleton too... all the zoanthids are super closed up (we'll see if they're dead later) not sure what the fuck went wrong, maybe there was a cycle that spiked ammonia? Either way, what happened happened, now I really don't have to give a shit about having frag tanks to save my stuff, luckily a few of the things went into the temporary tank with my fish so I'm not completely wiped out... but still, a few of those corals I've had for nearly 10 years.

    Not sure if this is some higher power telling me it's time to hang up my reefing gloves or what, but damnit if I don't feel like I'm almost there.
  2. HiFidelity

    HiFidelity Guest

    unfortunately I've had to succumb to accepting aiptasia as a permanent member of the tank :(
  3. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    laser pew pew?
  4. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    I bet it was the 100% new water......too much shock
  5. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Could be, either way, I probably rushed things by moving them over, the few larger things I put into the temporary tank are doing great (like the dirtier water?)..

    Oh well I think there are still a couple aiptasia eating nudis in the old frag tank (they really don't work that well in such a "large" tank)... need to try and find them and still them into the temp tank maybe they can eat a couple aiptasia that are on the rocks before I go into full "nuke them all" mode.
  6. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    Ugh, that really sucks :-/ I know that feeling and it's the worst.

    Have a drink and take some time off.
  7. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Yeah, the upside is I can tear down everything non-essential... and maybe try to bang out some construction work on the new tank without all these satellite tanks sitting around, (although with a new little one that has definitely got tossed to the back burner doubly so since me making banging noises has been more or less prohibited much of the day :D
  8. neuro

    neuro Webmaster

    How new was the new water?
  9. If you need some help with anything let me know.
  10. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Maybe we should get a club aiptasia laser (2W+ will do) :D

    has anyone try one yet?
  11. tankguy

    tankguy BOD

    Wow mike very sorry to hear. Frustrating to say the least
  12. tankguy

    tankguy BOD

    My understanding is those things are junk.
  13. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Melev did some testing of it. Seems alright.
  14. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Oh man. It was hard just reading that.

    Regarding the noise with sleeping babies. I'm in construction and it's not uncommon for me to have to be working while kids are sleeping. Even doing my own projects with my kids napping I've always been surprised what the kids will sleep through. Cutting, hammering, compressor going off. Zzzzzz.
  15. jonmos75

    jonmos75 Supporting Member

    That really sucks. I do understand, have been there before but that doesn't make it any easier.
  16. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    He doesn't conclusively say if it actually worked. It showed him cooking them with it but he never said that after using it his tank is pest free.
  17. HiFidelity

    HiFidelity Guest

    In regards to lasers, just like nuking them, unless you can reach them all (unlikely) then you'll never truly get rid of them.
    Laser's nice to own if you're willing to fire it up whenever you spot aiptasia so more of a maintenance tool in my opinion than an aiptasia silver bullet.
  18. tankguy

    tankguy BOD

    The thing with aptasia is when they get freaked out the next day there are 5 more. I'd prefer to pull the rock and fire bomb the thing. Even then those still find a way to come back
    Coral reefer likes this.
  19. Newjack

    Newjack Supporting Member

    I have a laser for aptasia removal if any member needs to borrow. Like anything, there are ups and downs to using it. It never really worked 100% killing those F^*£ers! I have since moved on to natural methods of removal. & the laser has since been sitting on the shelf.
  20. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Any lasers for vermetid snails?
  21. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Dang, when things go wrong, they really go wrong.
    Could have been anything, or a combination of anything.

    Step back a bit for a while, then start over...

    For Aptasia - Joe's juice on the ones that are actually stinging corals,
    and consider the rest part of the natural filtration. Same with Majanos.
    Every time I try to really eradicate them, I seem to mess up something else.

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