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I like the RedSea test kits for the most part. Only test I might complain about is mag and only because I saw too much variance in the strict daily testing regimen I followed when starting to dose. I did learn something though, as for once, I could compare test kits. I do also have Salifert for mag, and I wouldn't say it's any better. I don't believe any home test kit is perfect, and of course, human error comes into play, even with Hanna checkers to some extent. So, I just go with the one I'm most comfortable using. For me, that's RedSea because of the testing equipment that comes with it... and the handy storage box.
 
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Well, did a couple of tests and nitrates were at 2 so not concerned about any ammonia spikes etc. Kh is at 6.5 still. Bit confused but too tired to faff with calcium and mag tests, did a water change and now I’m off to bed!
 
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I haven't updated this in a while!

Sooooooo...baby solon fairy wrasse is in the DT now and is growing at incredible speed lol. She is a little piggy, and I love her <3 the exquisite wrasse unfortunately didn't make it, I'm not sure why but suspect internal parasites. The baby solon was treated for parasites before she went into the DT so hopefully that's the end of that. Stock in the tank is currently 2 x clowns, 1 royal gramma, 1 coral beauty, 1 firefish, 1 solon fairy. The blenny we had didn't eat, I'm not sure if he just starved or what but I never saw him pecking or eating anything so think he must have starved to death. I've told my dad no more blennies unless we find one that eats in the store and only into the DT after it's been QTd!

Coral wise, the bubble is still going and it's mouth still isn't closed. It improves dramatically every week after I pull the hair algae off it's skeleton, but won't close it's mouth properly (although it's improving, slowly). Still a lovely colour and it's started putting out stingers/sweepers so guessing it's feeling a bit happier?
My bumblebee zoas vanished without sight, plug and all. One of the urchins must have picked it up and moved it but god only knows where. One urchin is now in the sump, need to find the other one to relocate him too. The cats eye zoas have come out of their funk, and are now beautifully open and growing new heads like crazy (gone from 8 polyps to 15 in the last 3 months). I have some rastas arriving today which I won on a facebook auction for £24 (BARGAIN!) so hopefully they will do well too.
The clove polyps that the damsel utterly destroyed died down to 2 heads after the damsel had ripped his way through them. We now have 2 heads and a baby, so fingers crossed they will grow back.
The gonioporas have been doing amazingly, and I now have a pinky lilac coloured one as well as the purple and green ones. They are still my firm faves, on the hunt for a red one now

The rest of the corals are all doing great, which I think in part is due to me buying the red sea kh titrator test kit, and dosing the red sea reef foundation b (alkalinity/kh) daily.
The only thing I am finding now is that I am still getting algae which is starting to drive me a bit mad. Now have gha, bubble and wire algae. Manually removing the bubble algae is fine, but the gha is driving me mental. I'm using gfo and changing it regularly so hopefully it'll die down soon, gonna have to keep pulling it out and hope for the best. Not sure what to do on the wire algae, not had it before and that stuff is tough!! Levels remain constant at 0/0/2 and been toying with the idea of dosing nopox (as I already have it) but don't want to run my nitrates too low, I like having a few just so I know my cycle hasn't stalled.

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Showing a feeding response does make me think the bubble coral is feeling better.

You lucky dog! A deal on Rastas and success with gonis??? I'm totally peanut butter and jelly.

I'm not familiar with RedSea's dosing products, and please don't ask me to explain reef chemistry... it gives me a headache. lol Here's the thing... in it's simplest form. Alkalinity and calcium go hand in hand and one should not really be dosed without the other. You've heard of 2-part dosing, yes? Ever wondered why they call it that? 2-part is what I use but in the beginning, I only knew that alk was low and calc was fine or even a little high, so why would I dose for it? I was dosing alkalinity only and wondering why it was not stabilizing at my desired level when I dosed the correct amount to get there. Every day, the dosage I was getting from a reef calculator was different because alk was not behaving as it should. This whole dosing thing really threw me for a loop before finally getting it through my thick head that because of their relationship, alk and calc need to be dosed at fairly equal amounts. After watching a lot of BRStv and struggling through some Randy Holmes Farley articles I finally understood that the alk needed the addition of calc to stabilize at my desired level. My tests showed that I didn't need calc, but I started dosing both daily. You know what happened? Calcium dropped for crying out loud. Yes, it's actually lower than it was before we started dosing, but that's not a bad thing because it was a little high before. Anyway, we've been dosing calc and alk for a good while now and all is well.

I too am struggling with hair algae, and it is a beast to say the least. I don't think you want to drop your nitrates. Mine are always zero, and that's not helping with anything. I'd actually like a bit of NO3 myself, for a few reasons, not the least of which being that some corals like a little nitrogen availability. The algae struggle is real though, and I hope you'll forgive me for not getting down to the nitty gritty here. You can find some deets on what I and Culprit are doing about it in recent posts on both of our salty threads.
 
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Stella you are absolutely right; my only hesitation is that I don’t fully understand the interaction between the two yet and am reluctant to start dosing something I haven’t wrapped my noggin around! I fully intend to start dosing calcium and will likely sit down and properly hammer this into my brain when the bottle of kh buffer is up and I have to buy replacements, and get the calcium one then (it’s only a small bottle and is almost up so should be soon). I keep trying to read articles on it at work or after work and really need to just dedicate proper time to concentrate on it. I will...eventually lol!

In other news, I now have a Lubbock’s fairy wrasse and Midas blenny in qt. I visited the amazing store that’s an hours drive from my house today (unexpectedly) and came out with an orange clove polyp frag, a dark green goniopora and a gold inferno goniopora. My goniopora garden is rainbow coloured and utterly gorgeous also managed to score a 10% off loyalty card coz they keep seeing my face there (and taking all my money LOL)

I have a new phone arriving on Monday which should mean I’ll be able to take pics with proper colour showing up so I can show you guys the true colours of some of these bad boys. I am excited!
 

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Wow! Goni garden sounds amazing. Can't wait to see them.
 
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Here are a couple of shots of the gonis - I’ll take better pics tomorrow as my lilac and gold ones looks very blue!

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This is the new dark green one, lovely size

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This is the lilac frag (won this on a Facebook auction lol!)

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This is the gold inferno frag, by far the most expensive Goni in the tank even though it’s the smallest!

In other news, we may have a leaky sump. We are watching and waiting. Cross your fingers for me
 
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Turns out it wasn't a leaky sump but still not sure where the huge puddle of water came from??

I've taken action on the gha and have ordered some flucanazole to treat over 21 days. In theory this should kill the (suspected) briopsis patch near my goni garden and hopefully will knock out some of the gha too.

New phone arrived last night so will be snapping pics when I get home tonight. You'll have to excuse the gha haha
 
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New phone has arrived! Still playing with camera settings so bear with me while I take endless photos of all the same things haha but think you can see the proper purple and green of my purple Goni, and the difference between the two green ones. The gold one is still too blue but I'll work on it

That finger leather has grown from the "Christmas tree" leather I got a while back. It's still adorable lol. Finding it quite interesting to see how it's growing it's in the middle of a clump of different leathers. Think they are massively under rated corals personally
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After lots of research I decided the best way to treat my GHA and the little patch of briopsis was to treat with flucanazole, which I did yesterday. I will report back on success rates in 3 to 4 weeks time!

Following on from the leak scare, was thinking it may not be the best idea to have the heaters touching the glass in the sump. I have eheim jager heaters and they are huge, so impossible to get underwater without them touching the floor of the sump. So, I'm thinking I could either put something between the heater and the glass (but what??) or just get new heaters. Culprit I think I saw in your thread a while back you went for smaller heaters, can you remind me what you went for please?
 
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Culprit and several of our other salty members use Cobalt Neotherm heaters. Idk if they are much shorter in length than the Jagers, but they are flat and have some kind of plastic casings. So, they still may fit neater and easier than the bulky Jagers, (I use a Jager too.)
 
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stella1979 said:
Culprit and several of our other salty members use Cobalt Neotherm heaters. Idk if they are much shorter in length than the Jagers, but they are flat and have some kind of plastic casings. So, they still may fit neater and easier than the bulky Jagers, (I use a Jager too.)
Thank you stella1979 I think even if they are the same size, the casing will stop the heated element from touching the glass so looks ideal, I will have a shop around to see if our UK shops sell them paranoid about cracks in the sump now! There's been no sign of further leaking but still have no clue where that huge puddle came from
 

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I use the Cobalt Neotherm as Stella said. They are shorter, not by too much, but extremely low profile, black, and look good. Very easy to set the temperature at the push of a button and no annoying calibration. I trust mine way more then a Jager.
 
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Culprit said:
I use the Cobalt Neotherm as Stella said. They are shorter, not by too much, but extremely low profile, black, and look good. Very easy to set the temperature at the push of a button and no annoying calibration. I trust mine way more then a Jager.
Thanks Culprit, sounds like a good option. I never did much like the temperature dial thingy on the jagers, found them quite tricky initially to set right but they've been fine ever since thank goodness. Looks like I will be going shopping when I get paid this month...again....lol
 

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The Jagers always seemed to need recalibration whenever the temps changed with the seasons.
 
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Culprit said:
The Jagers always seemed to need recalibration whenever the temps changed with the seasons.
Hmm well I didn't have any problems over the summer but will keep an eye on things now it's starting to turn colder here, thanks for the heads up!
 

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I use 2 aquatops in mine. Both are titanium cased with controllers.
 
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Wild Bill said:
I use 2 aquatops in mine. Both are titanium cased with controllers.
Thank you, I will have a look at those too
 
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Well, flucanazole treatment is almost 3 weeks in and can safely say it has done nothing for GHA but has cleared the briopsis. I'm going to do a massive water change and rip out as much of the GHA as I can tomorrow as the tank just looks awful. New GFO media in and skimmer back on too. I'm itching to get my hands in the tank actually ops: Fishies all happy but mushrooms are angry, two have popped off (no idea why either, I've been too lazy to test...maybe tomorrow before the water change if I can be bothered lol).
 
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Haven't checked in here for a while. The flucanazole didn't work as id hoped and the gha is starting to die back a bit now anyway, I think thanks to persistent manual removal and running lots of gfo. Corals have been sulking, though readings have been good - mg 1500, ca 450, alk 9.1 dkh (which also stabilised by itself, strongly suspect link between this and gha dying off). Having exhausted testing, I hired the PAR meter again and think my problem may be the glass lid. As soon as it's closed PAR readings halve. Super frustrating. Debating getting rid of the glass lid and getting some sort of jump guard mesh top thingy but need to look into this. Fish all bopping along quite happily thank goodness lol.
If anyone has used a jump guard/mesh top would love to hear about it

Otherwise, hope you all have a lovely fishy Christmas and thanks for all your help this year!
 
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