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Jayd976

Came home to find my tang dead and sucked up to the reactor pump. He was kind of an ass anyway, but still sucks. Feel like every time I add a fish I lose a fish shortly after.
 

stella1979

Aw man, that's terrible. Especially just like that with no warning. Sorry J. Hope the tank is okay.
 

Jayd976

Just think it was the fish. He may have been trying to peck off the pump and got stuck to it. He was face first into the pump intake. Hope that’s not what happened because that’s a horrible way to go. The new fish is still QT. Few more days of daily Paraguard dosing then I’ll do a water change and monitor for an additional week. If all is well after that I’ll add him to display and work on the next addition.
 

Jayd976

Thoughts on a good sandbed cleaner that’s not going to topple all my rocks?
 

Jayd976

Rescaped a bit wasn’t happy with original lay out anymore.one side of tank is dark because LEDs starting burning out.
 

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Jayd976

Picked up two new additions tonight.

Diamond watchmen goby and melanuras wrasse.
 

stella1979

Congrats! Can't wait to see them.
 

Jayd976

QT has no lights so can’t see their colors too good. But both are nice looking. The goby is a bit on the skinny side.
 

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stella1979

Aww, they're totally cute! QT is a fine time to feed extra and fatten them up anyway, so I'm sure the goby will be looking his best before long.
 

Jayd976

Unfortunately, came home from work today and the wrasse was dead. Cause is unknown he was fine for the most part was a little strange last night laying on bottom but was quick to eat. No signs of anything abnormal. Annoying these fish aren’t cheap!
 

stella1979

Dang. I'm sorry Jay. It makes matters even worse when it's such a surprise, and therefore, impossible to know how much to worry... causing even more worry.
 

Jayd976

The goby is acting absolutely normal. Eating and curious of everything so not so worried about him. But will keep an eye on him.
 

Jayd976

The watchmen goby was added to the tank last week and is doing great. Keeping my sand nice and clean.

Today I picked up a coral beauty and Melanurus wrasse which are both acclimimating to the QT tank.
 

stella1979

Yay! Can't wait to see your new beauties!
 

Jayd976

Ok so after 5 weeks of QT I finally added them to the main display. Also, a pic of my skinny watchmen goby after a few weeks in tank, but he’s happy and I try to keep him well fed.

And excuse the GHA in the middle of an outbreak. Partially due to the overfeeding to get the gobys weight up.
 

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Culprit

Gorgeous!! I love coral beautys!
 

stella1979

I love them!! Congrats on a successful qt and new fish in the display! Also, good luck with the goby and don't apologize for algae. Outbreaks happen to us all eventually. I'm gonna take a page out of Culprit's book and from my own observations... Algae is part of the natural ecosystem on a reef. It might be nice to not have to look at a lot of algae, but a tank that cannot grow algae is a bit unnatural in my mind. The other thing about a natural reef... there are TONS of cuc critters everywhere. Sooo, feed that goby, and consider upping your cuc to eat that algae. I'm working on upping my own cuc game, but am a total nutcase about qt'ing everything that enters the tank, so my not so new snails won't enter the reef for a few weeks yet. Yes, astrea snails are going through a 76-day qt.
 

Jayd976

Yeah I’ve been battling GHA since the beginning of saltwater fish keeping. It comes and goes in waves from nearly nothing to full on blow out. Best you can do once it takes hold is to minimize it with scrubbing and physical removal at each water change. I’ve never had any luck with a CUC that will actively eat it up.
 

Jesterrace

Ok so after 5 weeks of QT I finally added them to the main display. Also, a pic of my skinny watchmen goby after a few weeks in tank, but he’s happy and I try to keep him well fed.

And excuse the GHA in the middle of an outbreak. Partially due to the overfeeding to get the gobys weight up.

Melanurus Wrasse, Coral Beauty. You and I are following similar stocking orders. I have also been having some green hair algae issues and I will be adding a lawnmower blenny to help out with it. I have a Foxface that is super lazy and hasn't been doing jack for my algae (probably the only one I have seen or heard that doesn't do anything for hair algae). I plan on adding a lawnmower blenny at some point to try and help.
 

Jayd976

Make sure to offer the blenny supplemental feedings of dried seaweed and fresh veggies. The ones I’ve had in the past wouldn’t eat that much of the GHA.
 

stella1979

Dang, well that throws a wrench in my plans. Do you have hermits J? They were my next tool in the gha battle, but I'm really no fan of crabs in my tank.
 

Jayd976

I’ve had hermits over the years problem is nothing has a mouth big enough to put a dent in a big outbreak. If you have a little bit that just needs some culling they’ll do ok. The issue is if there’s other food sources in the tank GHA won’t be their primary go to as I think it requires more effort to eat then say some film algae or scraps of shrimp or pellets left over somewhere. Idk I also never went for the quantity of cuc as I didnt want to over due it and not have enough food to consume and starve any.
 

Jesterrace

Dang, well that throws a wrench in my plans. Do you have hermits J? They were my next tool in the gha battle, but I'm really no fan of crabs in my tank.

I do have a few hermits as well, but they don't help much other than eating the excess food bits that contribute to hair algae growth. I have a left handed hermit that has definitely been getting fat off of the scraps in my tank. He is huge. Jay thanks for the heads up on the lawnmower blenny, I don't want to add one if it isn't going to make a dent. I may have to tell my Foxface to get his butt in gear and do his job, before I replace him.
 

Jayd976

My fox face doesn’t really go after GHA either. Don’t believe it’s really a favored food of anything.
 

stella1979

Yeah, I never was big on the idea of a huge cuc either and a few trochus and a nassarius took care of everything for so long... until the gha outbreak.
 

Jayd976

So I noticed some Ich appearing on a couple fish in display. Since it’s more than one and my QT is only 10 gal I’m going to treat the whole display with cupramine and not take any chances.

It says to remove chemical filtration do you think that also apples to rowaphos? Also, should I turn off skimmer?
 

Jesterrace

My fox face doesn’t really go after GHA either. Don’t believe it’s really a favored food of anything.

Sea Hares seem to thrive on it, but they can pollute the heck out of your tank and get really big (a foot long) and if they get attacked they squirt nasty stuff in the tank (entirely possible with my invert munching Melanurus Wrasse) and if they are killed they will put all kinds of nasty stuff in the tank. If I could be sure it would be left alone I would get one in a heartbeat.

Jay is your tank strictly FOWLR? If there are any corals or inverts in there the cupramine will kill them. Also you will need to scrub down your live rock and replace your substrate afterwards. I strongly recommend against doing this in your display as the treating process and clean up is way more difficult than setting up a 20Long or 40 Breeder QT.
 

Jayd976

It’s strictly FOWLR.Dint really have any inverts. I have one snail that I moved out to the 10gal QT tank. Cupramine says it’s easy to remove from the system with cuprisorb or carbon.
 

Jesterrace

I've heard of mixed results with that stuff. Either way it's your choice.
 

Culprit

I would most definitely NOT use copper in DT if you ever want inverts. If you uuse copper you'll have to replace all your rock and sand as it will absorb the copper (making it very hard to keep therapuetic levels), and then slowly leak it back out. I'd do something that won't soak iinto your rocks like Rubys reef rally, polyp lab medic, ect.
 

Jayd976

I already dosed last night. The risk of not having any inverts down the line is worth the cost of not losing the whole system. After it clears up I’ll use carbon to remove and test. If there is still hints of copper in system I’ll use cuprisorb and if that doesn’t fully get rid of it then I guess not inverts. Is what it is. I don’t keep coral or plan to so not too concerned. I had one nassarius snail if he can’t go back in DT then I’ll just give him to someone I know.
 

Jayd976

Welp no sign of Ich since the initial round of cupramine dose after two weeks. On another positive note my GHA has also cleared up. So score. Now to remove copper and monitor for a couple weeks. If after that time no copper readings I’ll try to rerun my only snail back to the tank and see how he does.
 

Jayd976

Another positive note my diamond goby has fattened up nicely as well. So all and all everything is healthy and happy.
 

stella1979

Don't know how or why I've missed several of your last posts... but to this latest one, I say... YAY!!! Nice job, my friend.
 

Jayd976

So I added my snail back to the display yesterday and he’s doing just fine. I know some were concerned about having treated the display with cupramine a couple months ago.
 

Jayd976

Picked up a nice 4-5” TominI tang today. He’s currently in QT.
 

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stella1979

Congrats on a new and gorgeous fish friend! Tangs kinda scare me, so I'll also wish you luck, both that the new beauty remains healthy and gets along in your tank. It's been a while since we've seen the display.
 

Jayd976

Haha, yeah he’s in QT and treating with cupramine for two weeks then will remove with carbon and monitor for two weeks.
 

Jayd976

Full tank shot
 

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Jayd976

The TominI has been added to the display after 4 weeks of QT and no signs of any diseases.
 

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Geoff

That's a beautiful fish! He seems to have colored up well from when you brought him home.
 

Jesterrace

Nice little Tomini.
 

Jayd976

Andddd he’s dead. HI'm and the rabbit fish squared off a couple times. Really annoying when the fish aren’t cheap
 

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stella1979

Dang... sorry Jay.
 

Jayd976

I think I give up on the tangs that’s the second one that was short lived once in the main display. Thoughts on an alternative? To recap the tank has a clown pair, one spot fox face, one blue/green chromis, Melanuris wrasse and a coral beauty.
 

stella1979

You may remember that I'm a nano keeper, so probably not the best to advise, plus... you have the big fish I want the most in the Foxface. Glad that rad dude is doing well. So, I can only say that the other fish that I'd take first looks at with a tank your size are butterflyfish and... more wrasses.
 

Jayd976

Welp picked up a new diamond goby as the previous one disappeared a few weeks ago. And they do an excellent job at keeping the sand bed so clean needed another one
 

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Jayd976

I currently have this hanging over my AC110 refugium. Think it’s overkill? Worried it may “burn” the chaeto.
 

Culprit

I currently have this hanging over my AC110 refugium. Think it’s overkill? Worried it may “burn” the chaeto.

I don't think so as long as you acclimate. I've cooked chaeto under some pretty high lights before.
 

Jayd976

I got a smaller 8wat unit that doesn’t fill the whole room with light lol. Also gives off way less heat too.
 

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