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Ohh Yuri hope everything comes back sorry to heard that and thanks for sharing so it can be use as an example of many of us that are away from our systems to try to prevent this things..
You know if you need something or anything just shot a pm...;)
 

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wow I got an email this morning informing me of this. Sorry to hear about the ato system failure. I am glad it isn't a complete loss. It's a good thing your friend helped out with the tank while you were away. Hope things recover fast!
 

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Thanks everyone for kind words. It is sad but things happen. It would have been devastating if it had happened a lot earlier but I'm not too disappointed by this event somehow. Once things settle down /w hair algae gone, I'll start looking for new inhabitants but the tank is hardly empty at the moment. Lots of shrooms and larger colonies are still taking up much of the space. :)

Oh, by the way, RBTA made it through and so did yellow clown goby. Most of what's lost are frags, pretty much all of them are wiped out.
 

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Sorry to hear the news Yuri! It seems like you're in good spirit and handling it well though.

Maybe it's time for that giant tank you had in mind. :)
 

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Can't believe it's been well over a year since the last update! I've been busy with other stuff for a while, including the basement (but no new tank there) and my 75G has been neglected for a while. It has maintained itself without incidents, that is until just few days ago.

I got a nice setosa frag from a fellow reefer on this forum, wanted to do some good to my tank. Decided to clean up the nuisance corals (ugly palys and brown mushrooms) which were all over the tank. The tool used was a simple tweezer and knife (for mushrooms). The process took almost 3+ hours and a lot of them were removed.

What I had forgotten is that something like this has to be done little by little, with water changes afterwards. Most of LPS/SPS corals in my tank show obvious signs of stress, and some are losing tissues. :(

Anyway, fingers crossed and with some water changes and patience, hopefully things will get back to normal and will post some pics afterwards. :cool:
 

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OK, last few weeks I decided to fix few things in my tank, trying to get it back to where it was, or at least make some attempt. Here's the list of what I've done

  • Water changes. I use 5G bucket, so it takes 15 water changes (actually more) to add 75G of new salt water. I've been doing water changes at least every other day.
  • Restart 2-part doser. I had stopped dosing for a while because of few reasons, but biggest being the 2-part dosing clogging things up in my sump and cause the return pump to stop eventually. This was happening repeatedly and silly thing is that I did not even think of dosing directly to the display tank. Also, the alk lines were getting clogged up with solid paritcles after years of use.
  • Removal of unwated corals - mainly ugly brown mushrooms and palys, which were covering much of the live rocks and back of the tank. Unfortuantely, this caused nutrient spike and small cycle into the tank (diatoms).
  • New corals. Acquired number of frags from fellow reefers on this forum to reseed mostly the left side of the tank.

Here's the FTS as of today.



Top view of the left side



Top view of the right side



This is what my tank looked like 6 years ago.. many of the corals are still there today

 

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Thanks for the update is been a while since you last did, how are you liking the Leds? Glad to know you still in the hobby...:D
 

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Thanks for dropping by, Alex. No, it's not easy to quit this hobby and I have no intention to quit :D. Finished basement too but there's no space for a new tank. Sig would be very mad if he's still around. I miss him very much :(

Because changes come in a bunch, I cannot make a conclusion on my LED lights. It's close to a DIY unit than commercial, with cheaper LEDs all around. However, it does the job. I have introduced some frags recently to see how things go and will monitor it for next few months before adding other changes to it.

Even while the tank was not well maintained last 2 years, most SPS grew fairly well, not to mention LPS and softies. The growth rate wasn't as good as under T5s I had for a long time but that's not such a bad thing that it's somewhat easier to maintain.

I met few reefers recently, with AI Hydra or Ecotech XR15 LED fixtures. Their tanks had amazing SPS growth and color. I have no doubt LEDs work just as well as T5s or MHs.

One thing I like about Hydra units over mine is added controllability (7 channels vs 4 on mine) and noise (mine gets loud on near full power). These two factors could be enough for me to consider a switch, but Hydra units are very pricey.
 

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You wake me up too

We are in same boat, I didnt take care my tank more than a year. I'd try to pick up my passion after see you update your forums.
 

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Received Hanna ULR phosphorus kit today. Lol I did not really need ULR version but it will help in the future. I was using API kit before, it said 0.5ppm (0.5ppm is the resolution of the kit). The Hanna tester gave me a reading of 107ppb which is translated to 0.328ppm, which is more than 10x of the acceptable phosphate level. All that hair algae issue is explained now.

Well, unfortunately refugium /w Macro algae alone cannot handle the phosphates. I started GFO reactor today, will see how things go.
 

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Received Hanna ULR phosphorus kit today. Lol I did not really need ULR version but it will help in the future. I was using API kit before, it said 0.5ppm (0.5ppm is the resolution of the kit). The Hanna tester gave me a reading of 107ppb which is translated to 0.328ppm, which is more than 10x of the acceptable phosphate level. All that hair algae issue is explained now.

Well, unfortunately refugium /w Macro algae alone cannot handle the phosphates. I started GFO reactor today, will see how things go.
Hi Conix
Just wondering how do you convert ppb into ppm. The online conversion shows inorder to convert you take your ppb and divide it by 1000. So in your case it 107ppb/1000 comes to 0.107ppm. I maybe wrong but I googled this as I am trying to get that myself using ULR test kit.
 

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Hi Conix
Just wondering how do you convert ppb into ppm. The online conversion shows inorder to convert you take your ppb and divide it by 1000. So in your case it 107ppb/1000 comes to 0.107ppm. I maybe wrong but I googled this as I am trying to get that myself using ULR test kit.
It's something like ppb x 3.066 / 1000
 

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It's something like ppb x 3.066 / 1000
Thts weird google shows ppb/1000 = ppm...
so which one is the correct one because they give two different values...reefing is not simple haha
 

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It's something like ppb x 3.066 / 1000
ok never mind my earlier comment. You are right with the above conversion formula as you have to use 3.066 to convert the phosphorus into phosphate and than divide by 1000.:eek:
 

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No prob. Now I realize ppb is just parts per billion, thus ppb/1000 = ppm (parts per million).

Anyway, has anyone experienced issues because of the phosphate levels being this high? I see the typical symptoms of high phosphate level issues is browning out corals, STN/RTN, etc. I have none of these issues right now, just hair algae issues.
 

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Very interesting!

OK, after the testing showed that I have a huge problem with Phosphates, I restarted BRS GFO reactor (was running ROX carbon in it before) /w 90G worth of BRS GFO yesterday evening.

After 24 hours, I tested for the Phosphates again and now the reading is 0.078ppm (was 0.328ppm before)! That's a huge drop in just 24 hours, I thought it would take weeks to drop by that much! Is this how it works? I'm impressed.
 

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My GFO has never done that magic for me so quick. I have to use Lanthanum Chloride to speed up the process.
 
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