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Old 07/03/2021, 09:42 AM   #526
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I imagine your mini overhaul upset the biological filter, causing the Nitrate bump. You might try putting an Ulva plant up high, in very bright light, where it can rapidly take up nutrients.
Thanks for the tip Michael! Yes I will try that.


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Old 07/08/2021, 10:05 AM   #527
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So much for the best laid plans...Rice Krispie has managed to turn my lovely tiers back into rolling hills already. Uhhg, I guess I just need to 'go with it' while the pistol shrimp does his thing. After all, he is only doing what he is suppose to.


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Old 07/09/2021, 09:42 AM   #528
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Oh well! Nature does it's thing, and we adapt.


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Old 07/10/2021, 07:06 AM   #529
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Oh well! Nature does it's thing, and we adapt.
Ha ha, yes, we adapt.

I have been consistently doing 5 to 8 gallon water changes to bring my nitrates down and it has been effective. This morning I tested and they are 25 ppm, which is very much in line where I want them to be. The phosphates are .5 ppm which is ok if I can keep them there. Apparently my tap water has phosphates which I know because it has chloromines which causes high phosphate readings. I guess I need to replace the cartridges in my RODI unit, (or at least replace the resin ) to lower the phosphates a bit. At any rate the coral look better and the macro algae should still have enough nutrients to thrive.


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Old 07/13/2021, 08:21 AM   #530
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I sent you a message.


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Old 07/16/2021, 01:39 PM   #531
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I got your message. Wow, and amazing is all I can say! Here is a pic of the display.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/UYQWPDyXH2BF2dB78


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Old 07/16/2021, 01:55 PM   #532
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Wow, that looks amazing! Nice job. Of course we need a pic of the fuge too…


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Old 07/16/2021, 03:47 PM   #533
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Wow, that looks amazing! Nice job. Of course we need a pic of the fuge too…
Definitely will get a pic of the fuge as well. Since they are on opposite light cycles the fuge will have to wait a day or so when I can get it with the lights on.
I love the color green of the shoal grass. It's a great contrast against the red macros.


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Old 07/16/2021, 03:54 PM   #534
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Yeah, plus that was a great pic too!


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Old 07/18/2021, 06:28 AM   #535
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https://photos.app.goo.gl/j975y99qSCgCctxE6
https://photos.app.goo.gl/EyBXgE74m7h8HAew6
Some fuge pics!


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Old 07/18/2021, 07:09 AM   #536
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Looks good! I'm sure you'll have better luck with these, with your new lighting and substrate. Nice that your peppermint shrimp comes out in the open. I thought mine was gone until I started leaving a baited trap out for fish.


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Old 07/20/2021, 12:28 PM   #537
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Looks good! I'm sure you'll have better luck with these, with your new lighting and substrate. Nice that your peppermint shrimp comes out in the open. I thought mine was gone until I started leaving a baited trap out for fish.
Yes, that one is a bold one. I may actually have 2 more in there but I have not seen them in months.

Yes, I really hope these grasses make it as I love how they look.


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Well, I'm finally caught up on your thread Dawn.

First, regarding cleaning off your hardscape, a buddy of mine uses a pump for the new water going in during water changes. He uses that water input to clean off his hardscape, sending detritus into the water column to be picked up by strong, supplemental internal filters that he uses only during water changes. They remind me of internal versions of the old diatom filters. Anyway, his water change causes the detritus to suspend in the water column while the supplemental filters (along with his built in filters) to clean the water. At the end, he has cleaner water and a cleaner hardscape.

Pretty cool about collecting stuff from Chincoteague. I just did the same thing not that far away, a bit further South, Oyster VA and a few other places on the way North. One of my more pleasant catches, other than a new female striped blenny that I was thrilled to catch, but a hermit crab that I didn't know lived in the Bay, the thin-striped hermit crab (Clibanarius vittatus).

I couldn't see a lot of your pictures while catching up, but did see the most recent ones. Do they have some kind of time limit and then get automatically deleted or something? Sorry to hear about your blennies. The saddled blenny from KP might be a nice addition. Not tiny, but not big, and is more of a carnivore, and they look quite attractive. Of course, I've also been following your YT channel. Your tank and fuge look fantastic.


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Old 07/23/2021, 06:41 PM   #539
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Well, I'm finally caught up on your thread Dawn.

First, regarding cleaning off your hardscape, a buddy of mine uses a pump for the new water going in during water changes. He uses that water input to clean off his hardscape, sending detritus into the water column to be picked up by strong, supplemental internal filters that he uses only during water changes. They remind me of internal versions of the old diatom filters. Anyway, his water change causes the detritus to suspend in the water column while the supplemental filters (along with his built in filters) to clean the water. At the end, he has cleaner water and a cleaner hardscape.

Pretty cool about collecting stuff from Chincoteague. I just did the same thing not that far away, a bit further South, Oyster VA and a few other places on the way North. One of my more pleasant catches, other than a new female striped blenny that I was thrilled to catch, but a hermit crab that I didn't know lived in the Bay, the thin-striped hermit crab (Clibanarius vittatus).

I couldn't see a lot of your pictures while catching up, but did see the most recent ones. Do they have some kind of time limit and then get automatically deleted or something? Sorry to hear about your blennies. The saddled blenny from KP might be a nice addition. Not tiny, but not big, and is more of a carnivore, and they look quite attractive. Of course, I've also been following your YT channel. Your tank and fuge look fantastic.
Thanks Kevin for taking the time to read my thread. I need to keep your water change filtering detritus tip in mind. That should not only help the the hardscape look cleaner but I bet it would help with the nitrates levels too.

That is cool that you did some collecting of your own. It's sounds like you scored some great finds with the blenny and crab! I wished I lived close enough to the ocean to do that every year.

As far as my pics, I did not realize that if I deleted a pic from my Google photos that they would not be viewable in my thread too, doh! I really am an dunze when it come to tech stuff. Lesson learned the hard way!


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As far as my pics, I did not realize that if I deleted a pic from my Google photos that they would not be viewable in my thread too, doh! I really am an dunze when it come to tech stuff. Lesson learned the hard way!
LOL. Yeah, me too. The tech world seems to be passing me by, unless required by work. I get the hang of that stuff, but, my performance would go down if I didn't learn it.


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