Jepoy's 45 gallon beginner reef tank

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by jepoy, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. Anglers don't jump. They're kind of like the white men of the ocean.

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  2. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    My first mandarin jumped too. I was surprised like you, thinking that they stuck closer to the sandbed and rocks.
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    BAYMAC Guest

    I've had them jump... or rather, I've found them carpet surfing. I spent closer to 20 years working in the industry, so if it could happen to you, it did to me lol
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  4. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Maybe the angles walked out of your tank :)

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  5. Ranjib Dey

    Ranjib Dey Webmaster

    Oh the time, they are a changing :)
  6. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    Well, everyone said tank crashes are inevitable.. just didn’t think mine would come so soon. I came home from a two week vacation this evening to find all my fish except for one clownfish dead (and the one clownfish does not look all that good). Half of the corals are gone as well.

    What was the culprit? A failed ATO. Which is funny because I’ve had the same ATO from the start and it’s never failed once. Before leaving for vacation I cleaned all the tubes, the skimmer, and the ATO of build ups.. and the ATO still fails. So when I got home my return pump was above the water line and spewing bubbles into the main tank and the salinity was off the charts.

    I’m really bummed out. Half of me wants to take a very long brake from the hobby and the other half is telling me to use this as an opportunity to upgrade the tank.

    That said, all of me is jet lagging and posting at 3:30am in the morning when he needs to go to work at 6am.

    I just needed to vent. Thanks for listening guys.

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  7. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    Sorry to hear! :(

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  8. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    what a bummer!
  9. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    Yeah that’s terrible. I would be devastated too.

    As I’ve gotten deeper into this hobby I’ve realized what an investment it is, in terms of time, money, space, mental attention, life sacrifices, etc. The more you want to have safeguards and redundancy, the more this hobby will gobble up (qt tank, apex, streaming cameras, redundancies, spare replacement equipment, emergency backup systems). It can be never ending process.

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  10. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Next time ask a member nearby to stop in once or twice a week. One of the awesome benefits of this club.
  11. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    I've had to do that before. Owner had a tank up with video of the tank the entire time that they were out of the country. Sitter was the next door neighbor and they had to call in for backup. The primary return pump had gone out. Pretty simple return pump replacement.
  12. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Dang!! Major sympathies.

    You try your best... but things still happen.
  13. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    How exactly did the ATO fail?
  14. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    Pm me which zoa you need that are gone, I can get you some replaced.

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  15. JVU

    JVU Supporting Member

    Major bummer. Let us know how we can help.
  16. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    I wish I knew you were gone. I could have checked in on it a couple times.
  17. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    Thank you all for the support. I had a friend check in on my tank halfway into my vacation but he’s not a reefer and I don’t know he would’ve known any better if the ATO had already failed when he came to check. Next time I will ask another hobbyist or hire someone to check in on my tank.

    Now comes the part I’ve been dreading the last couple of days.. time to go into the tank and clean up.

    Aside from fixing the salinity level and ATO.. I haven’t been able to look at the tank too much let alone work on it. I haven’t seen any of the dead fishes on the front of the tank, I’m guessing they’re all either behind the rockwork or been eaten by the crabs. I am so not looking forward to finding them today.

    To make things worse, the tank is overgrown with GHA, bubble algae, and those pesky little filter feeder things.

    This is going to suck.

    One good news tho, the lone surviving fish, one of my clowns.. is looking much better. Really saddens me that she’s alone now.. almost looks like she’s swimming around looking for her partner.

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