The Money Pit (Bruce S. #2)

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  1. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman BOD

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    I purchased the $30.00 Phone Filter Clip and tried some close-ups with my Iphone. Not too bad for an Iphone.

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    Nice pics!
     
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    I made need to get one of those filters
     
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    What is the coral on the top left photo?
     
  5. Bruce Spiegelman

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    Oregon Tort
     
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    Nice!
     
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    Corals look happy!!!! Keep it up.
     
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    Amazing


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  9. Bruce Spiegelman

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    So after fighting a two month long battle with cyano and hair algae I have emerged completely victorious. Thought I'd update the pics of the tank.

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  10. MolaMola

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    Stunning!
    Hard to believe you had GHA and cyano in there. I am battling both of those now and think I need to increase my flow and dead spots. I was going to start a thread on the topic, but could you describe your flow? Pumps seem high above the sandbed but your sand looks perfectly clean.
     
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    Hey Bruce , awesome pics. What was the yellow Acro in pic 3? I have one super close to it but never new it’s name
     
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    There's only one pump in the tank plus the return, but it's a Maxspect gyre. Placed high up it hits the opposite wall in a sheet, travels down that wall and then across the sand. It's a great pump to reduce dead spots. Flow is important, but won't solve the issue at all once it gets started. Mine became a major issue (with hair algae up to 3" long that covered over half the tank. I got rid of it by attacking it. Every three days or so I'd take a form bristle brush (a couple different sizes) and scrub the rocks. Once I had as much off as I could I'd siphon as much as I could get out. The Cyano I sucked out more often anytime I'd see it beginning to mat. Once I had about three fourths of it out manually I felt safe in treating it chemically as well as still scrubbing manually. I didn't want to treat chemically till most was gone because I didn't want to see a big die-off that could pollute the tank. I then started treating it with Vibrant and also went out and grabbed a couple of urchins, a Sea Hare and a lawnmower blenny. All worked their little asses off, but I think the Tuxedo Urchins were the key because when they hit a patch they left nothing behind except scraped rock.

    The key though is you have to scraped the rock with brushes (hard) and in some cases take out corals and brush it off them as well. Once you get about 80-90% out natural processes can finally get a head of it.
     
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    Which side of the tank?
     
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    Very top of this thread page, 3rd pic down
     
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    Old picture of the Walt Disney. It's much larger now. If you look at the last pic in this new set of pics the Chaoti is pointing at it with it's nose. It looks green in these pic sbut I'm using a cheap filter
     
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    Bruce, thanks for the update and your battle strategy
     
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    That is some good info, thanks. What a lot of work! Been wondering about those Gyres, too. I love seeing coral colonies, not just tiny frags.
     
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    Congratulations on winning the battle!

    I took my rocks out and scrapped the algae out with a scalpel. Often times cutting down into the rock itself to get the roots out too!




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    Basically I had to do the same thing rock by rock. Scrape the hell out of it til finally getting the upper hand. Still have some but it’s under control
     

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