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deepblue68

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The small colonies in middle are bonsai birdsnest. It was a big colony in the display, broke up trying to get it out. They’re not too big, depending on which one (I have more than you see here) they are 3-5” across.
Dave
Are the bonsai actually ponape birdsnest or something totally different?
 

DangerDave

NJRC Member
Dave
Are the bonsai actually ponape birdsnest or something totally different?

They look different, dark skin with pale green bushy polyps that are blue more towards the inside. When they get bigger they tend to table and with the bushiness they look like bonsai tree. I’ll try to find a better pic.
 

DangerDave

NJRC Member
Kind of a long story to describe a dumb move I made with my reef if you’re interested....So I haven’t tested my nitrates since the last time my reefbot went down. I was consistently dosing the same numbers, didn’t think much of it. It’s been some time since my reefbot went down. I would use my wife’s kitchen scale to weigh out the sodium nitrate, mix with 1500ml of RO and commence dosing. My wife didn’t want me using her scale for “chemicals”. I measured the weight I would use out to cups, and stopped using her scale.

A club member was over for some trading, and we talked about our reefs. I complained a bit about new frags melting, and a particular monti that started peeling some flesh away in one spot, but was encrusting great. We talked about nutrients, but I didn’t have a nitrate number. Lol I always have numbers.

He went home with his corals and tested my water with his test. Then he diluted it to try and get a reading. I think he diluted again, can’t remember. I used an api to test, too high. Diluted to 10-1, read about 80. Damn that’s 800.

I’ve changed about 400 gallons over the last week. I’m still reading well over the api max. I’ll be happy when I’m under 200. The monti stopped peeling. I’m hoping the swing down isn’t too hard on the system. My alk usage has dropped, no biggie I’ve seen this happen every time I have any swing. Calcium reactors off. Water changes and 4 gallons of kalk are keeping it level. I’m going to leave the water changes at 20 gallons a day and see how it progresses.

So the cyano issue in the DT wasn’t hanging about just because of my rocks like I thought (I’m doing good with the phosphates wars - woohoo LC!). I’m still getting some, but it’s not that’s bad now with the sand mostly out and the nitrates coming down. After my numbers are in order I’ll reset my thoughts on cyano.

Ironically most corals in my system still look great, are opening and looking good even though I made such a bone headed, easily avoided mistake.

I think I’ll try to get that reefbot working again.
 
Kind of a long story to describe a dumb move I made with my reef if you’re interested....So I haven’t tested my nitrates since the last time my reefbot went down. I was consistently dosing the same numbers, didn’t think much of it. It’s been some time since my reefbot went down. I would use my wife’s kitchen scale to weigh out the sodium nitrate, mix with 1500ml of RO and commence dosing. My wife didn’t want me using her scale for “chemicals”. I measured the weight I would use out to cups, and stopped using her scale.

A club member was over for some trading, and we talked about our reefs. I complained a bit about new frags melting, and a particular monti that started peeling some flesh away in one spot, but was encrusting great. We talked about nutrients, but I didn’t have a nitrate number. Lol I always have numbers.

He went home with his corals and tested my water with his test. Then he diluted it to try and get a reading. I think he diluted again, can’t remember. I used an api to test, too high. Diluted to 10-1, read about 80. Damn that’s 800.

I’ve changed about 400 gallons over the last week. I’m still reading well over the api max. I’ll be happy when I’m under 200. The monti stopped peeling. I’m hoping the swing down isn’t too hard on the system. My alk usage has dropped, no biggie I’ve seen this happen every time I have any swing. Calcium reactors off. Water changes and 4 gallons of kalk are keeping it level. I’m going to leave the water changes at 20 gallons a day and see how it progresses.

So the cyano issue in the DT wasn’t hanging about just because of my rocks like I thought (I’m doing good with the phosphates wars - woohoo LC!). I’m still getting some, but it’s not that’s bad now with the sand mostly out and the nitrates coming down. After my numbers are in order I’ll reset my thoughts on cyano.

Ironically most corals in my system still look great, are opening and looking good even though I made such a bone headed, easily avoided mistake.

I think I’ll try to get that reefbot working again.
I’m checking my water tomorrow after reading this haha
 

Hockeynut

NJRC Member
Kind of a long story to describe a dumb move I made with my reef if you’re interested....So I haven’t tested my nitrates since the last time my reefbot went down. I was consistently dosing the same numbers, didn’t think much of it. It’s been some time since my reefbot went down. I would use my wife’s kitchen scale to weigh out the sodium nitrate, mix with 1500ml of RO and commence dosing. My wife didn’t want me using her scale for “chemicals”. I measured the weight I would use out to cups, and stopped using her scale.

A club member was over for some trading, and we talked about our reefs. I complained a bit about new frags melting, and a particular monti that started peeling some flesh away in one spot, but was encrusting great. We talked about nutrients, but I didn’t have a nitrate number. Lol I always have numbers.

He went home with his corals and tested my water with his test. Then he diluted it to try and get a reading. I think he diluted again, can’t remember. I used an api to test, too high. Diluted to 10-1, read about 80. Damn that’s 800.

I’ve changed about 400 gallons over the last week. I’m still reading well over the api max. I’ll be happy when I’m under 200. The monti stopped peeling. I’m hoping the swing down isn’t too hard on the system. My alk usage has dropped, no biggie I’ve seen this happen every time I have any swing. Calcium reactors off. Water changes and 4 gallons of kalk are keeping it level. I’m going to leave the water changes at 20 gallons a day and see how it progresses.

So the cyano issue in the DT wasn’t hanging about just because of my rocks like I thought (I’m doing good with the phosphates wars - woohoo LC!). I’m still getting some, but it’s not that’s bad now with the sand mostly out and the nitrates coming down. After my numbers are in order I’ll reset my thoughts on cyano.

Ironically most corals in my system still look great, are opening and looking good even though I made such a bone headed, easily avoided mistake.

I think I’ll try to get that reefbot working again.
Holy blank Dave hope all turns out ok.
 
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