Joel's 175 Gallon Re-build

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  1. jkapit

    jkapit Active Member NJRC Member

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    I picked up a few more corals on the weekend..

    A really nice Wellsophillia from Tropiquarium
    4 acro frags from ACC
    1 froggspawn and Zoa frag from ACC... they all seem happy and acclimated..

    If these do well, I should have my tank stocked by end of winter. So far so good.

    Here are some pics...

    Wellsophillia...
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    Frogspawn..
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    Acro
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    Bird’s nest
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    Some type of Acro
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    Zoa
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    left side of the tank...
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    Right side...
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  2. trio91

    trio91 Director at Large Board of Directors NJRC Member

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    That welso looks huge. Looks great bud
     
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  3. mnat

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    Build looks really nice and great coral selection.
     
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    Thank you SO much for making this post! I never would have considered this issue as being a culprit, but I believe this may be at the very root of my tank problems. I have done everything recommended to keep my tank within specified parameters. Yet, corals continue to struggle. When the skimmer began to function erratically, I noticed small sponges cropping up on the rock, and other inhabitants just seemed happier. When I replaced the bad part in the skimmer and it ran consistently, things regressed. Who would have thought?

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  5. jkapit

    jkapit Active Member NJRC Member

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    You are very welcome. At this point, I am totally convinced my LPS corals were starving due to lack of Nitrates. I am still dialing in my KNO3 dosing and have witnessed another interesting thing.

    I’ve had a couple instances where my KNO3 dosing went offline, the nitrates went back to zero and and I started to see cyano all over the tank and my hammer starting to recede. Once I got The KNO3 back online the cyano stopped growing and the hammer looks happier,

    As I read on a number of other forums the general consensus is that zero nitrates promote cyano, dinoflagellates, and starve good algae and corals. I have to agreed with all of this.

    I am still new to dosing KNO3, but happy to answer any questions you have to the best of my knowledge.
     
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    jkapit Active Member NJRC Member

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    Time for a monthly update and a few things to report.

    All in all things are doing well, all SPS are showing growth but have run into a few snags...

    1)I noticed my hammer starting to shrink, recede. It turned out I stopped dosing KNO3 by accident and my nitrates were zero for about two weeks.
    2)I bumped the nitrates back up to .5ppm. It was as high as 1ppm and got a cyano bloom. The hammer bounced back nicely.
    3)After two weeks and adjusting the KNO3 and increasing my fuge lighting period to 12 hours it has mostly disappeared.
    4)seeing a fairly substantial bloom with green turf algae, not happy about that but having some algae In the tank is to be expected so starting to treat it with Vibrant. I also stopped a weekly dose of amino acids figuring the cyano and turf algae feed on it.
    5)So between keeping my phosphates at .03 and nitrates at.5 Plus using vibrant I should be able to keep it at bay
    6)The biggest challenge now is my two black and white clownfish are being bullied and chased by a pair of orange clownfish to the point where they hide all day. They do come out to feed, but I will need to take some action on this.
    7)Since I have 4 Orange clowns, going to take the worst bully out and see if the others can get along.

    Here is the latest video.....

     
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  7. trio91

    trio91 Director at Large Board of Directors NJRC Member

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    May need to sump the clown (s) causing the trouble.

    So you're dosing "nopox", vibrant and aminos correct? Are you conssidering turning your fuge light down even further?
     
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    jkapit Active Member NJRC Member

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    yes, the clowns need a time out for sure. I’ve been told they may be establishing their pecking order so going to wait and see. I make sure the black and white clowns get a chance to eat and maybe they will work things out. They are pretty smart at darting back into their caves where the Orange clowns don’t fit.

    Not dosing NOPOX, it is just a solution with KN03.

    I still think I have not dialed in my KNO3 dosing, GFO, and fuge. Dealing with zero nitrates, higher phosphates, then raising KNO3 and phosphates dropping to .02. Now a cyano and turf algae bloom. That’s a lot going on. So just trying to adjust fuge lighting schedule, KN03, GFO use to get some stability. Assuming I can get those values stable the algae should settle down. Just dosing Vibrant to prevent the turf algae from taking over.
     
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    Happy New Year everyoneand thanks for viewing my progress. Here is my final tank update for 2017.

    As a short recap, I rebooted my 175 Gallon Bowfront back in February of 2017 with the ultimate goal of maintaining a mixed Reef Aquarium. At this point things have gone pretty well and through lots of reading and learning from the many folks who contribute to Reef forums including njreefers.com I believe I made a lot of progress and am glad I didn’t get too discouraged and give up for good when I took the tank down in 2015. Before this reboot I have had little success in keeping Corals.

    The big culprit was that the system was Nitrate poor which led to starving corals and a huge outbreak of Dino. The other issue was I was not too particular about testing and maintaining stability of parameters which from what I have learned is important for good Coral health.

    In this reboot I now have all my dosing done via Apex and daily water changes via Apex as well. That takes care of my stability issues. I dose KNO3 and target 5 ppm Nitrate.

    These are my average Params over the past 30 days...
    Salinity 1.024
    MG 1440
    Calc 442
    DH 7.35
    NO3 2.6
    PO4 .06
    PH 8.1

    The two current challenges I am dealing with at the moment include a turf algae outbreak and some type of white growth covering and smothering a couple corals.

    For the turf Algae I am dosing Vibrant once per week and it appears to be working and has stunted any new growth and I can now see that some of it has died.

    With regard to the white stuff, I just dipped the two corals and brushed it all off of them. They definitely were effected but still have some life left, so I put them out In the open with more flow where the white stuff does not seem to grow. Time will tell.

    From a fish standpoint, I successfully acclimated three Tangs, a Powder Blue, Purple, and Yellow tang and they seem to get a long quite well. I treated two of the tangs for severe fin rot with medicated food which did the job over a period of two months or so.

    I also have 6 clownfish in the tank, 4 False Percula and 2 Black and White, for a couple weeks the Percula’s got very aggressive and I thought the two black and white were not going to survive if I did not intervene. Well after about two weeks, they all seemed to settle down and now have a pecking order established. Still a lot of aggressive behavior but the Black and White banded together and have come out of hiding for a good portion of each day.

    Here is a short video link of the whole tank in action...


    Also finally getting some Coralline Algae growth now that I am up and running with the lights on since Mid March....
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    Here are some Coral pics.......
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    trio91 Director at Large Board of Directors NJRC Member

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    I'm glad the vibrant is working for you....I know when I used it I didn't have the same results

    But overall it's looking good, have you considered maybe a long spine urchin for the algae?
     
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    I've use vibrate in the past it works but it can work to good and suck all the phosphates and nitrates out of tank.
     
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    jkapit Active Member NJRC Member

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    I’ve never owned an urchin but have heard they tend to knock the corals all over the place. I happen to think they look really cool.

    Do you have one and what do they normally eat?
     
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    I have a tuxedo urchin and he's awesome doesn't move corals around but does pick up snail shells and little rocks also keeps my coralline algae in check and all the rocks looking clean

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    trio91 Director at Large Board of Directors NJRC Member

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    The long spine urchins have a voracious appetite but will eat any alage including coraline so if your attached to eat they r not for you. Those spines are also painful so that's something else to look at.

    A mine urchin will bulldoze your corals but are reef safe and readily available. Some corals glue and epoxy will fix that.

    Tuxedos and short spines are a nice add
     
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    Can you post a picture?
     

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