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300 SPS are encrusting - YES!

About RedStickReefer

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  1. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Well, today sucks! I did exactly what I was trying not to do...Nuke my corals. I put the BRS media reactor online for a few days and then cut it off. It has been off for two days now. I get home today and all my millepora are showing STN. The gold nugget mille, M-80 mille and rainbow doom mille are all half dead. There are still some polyps left where the skin has melted away on all three corals, but I'm not holding out much hope they'll survive. We'll see what happens. If they croak I'll just have to go back to the drawing board. Sucks because things were going so well and they were encrusting and then BOOM! Goners. The SSC, Miami orchid, purple bonsai, and WWC Yoda are still doing fine, but I'm watching them closely. I have been testing my tank a lot, so I know it's nothing parameter related. I just overcompensated for algae/cyano outbreak. CRAP!
  2. Jstan84's PA 65 rimless

    Not sure how to go about lowering nitrates and raising phoshpates, but personally I wouldn't worry about trying to lower your Mg. I don't think it'll hurt anything being at that level. If your really want to, maybe do a couple water changes? Not sure if that'll help though depending on what the Mg level is on your salt mix. My Mg is at 1500 and I don't even worry about it...
  3. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Haha, yeah getting in those two screws sucked! I did have to use the stubby screwdriver and the wood was hard. It was a b!tch!
  4. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    My BRS media reactor came in yesterday. I didn't measure before ordering and the regular size reactor is bigger than I thought it would be. I figured I had enough room to mount it under the stand above my sump, but I don't. Never the less I was able to get it installed out of the way behind my stand to one side where I can access it easily. I used 1/2" murlock fittings and silicone tubing for the install, and ran the reactor input line to one of the valves on my manifold. The output line runs into my sump behind the skimmer and is wedged down in the baffle to the return pump section. Love this silicone tubing. It's so flexible and easy to work with. I'll add the media and check for leaks on my next water change at the end of this month. I'm thinking about trying a combination of carbon, GFO and phosguard all in the same reactor. The GFO shouldn't be able to solidify into a brick with the carbon and phosguard in between the granules. Going to use small amounts of each to start out with so I don't totally nuke my tank...anyway, we'll see how it goes. Here's a couple pics of the installed reactor. 2018-04-18_04-35-15 by Jensen Esneault 2018-04-18_04-34-59 by Jensen Esneault 2018-04-18_04-35-31 by Jensen Esneault
  5. E-cig users...

    Dang, that sucks. I have heard of people being sensitive to it as Eric mentioned above, but I dont know anybody personally that its made sick. Sorry to hear that. If I couldnt vape I'd definitely go back to being a smoker. Sucks that vaping makes you sick, but smoking can kill you. I hope that youre able to quit altogether.
  6. E-cig users...

    Ah, the ole vape thread...I think that's the first time someone's dug up this discussion thread to try to make a sale. That's hardcore brother. What you vaping on? I've been liking the smoant cheron and twisted messes 24 lately, but ive already cracked the glass in several places on my smoant...
  7. BRS 2 Part

    I ordered the 7 pound bags of calcium and alk. We'll see how it does. Has to be better than what im using now from them. The soda ash has a brownish tint to it after mixing...yuck.
  8. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Thanks Eric! I ordered a BRS media reactor that should be here by the end of the day tomorrow. I have two 2lilfishes reactors, but they won't work with the space I have under the stand and in the sump. The BRS reactor should work well for me since right now im just using two media bags, one for carbon and one for phosguard, in the sump. I plan on combining the carbon and phosguard in the single reactor. This should allow me to get better use of the media, and the reactor can hold a little more media than I currently have in the bags. The tank should be cleaned up pretty good by the end of the week and hopefully I'll start seeing some improvement in the m-80 mille. I also ordered the pharmaceutical grade 2 part, which will be an improvement since it has less impurities. Another thing I'm considering is upping the intensity of my Radions a little. Waiting until I place my next order with fraghouse corals, and get those sticks light acclimated, before I do that though. Right now my overall intensity is only at 45%.
  9. RedStickReefer's Dream Build

    Not a great week for my reef last week. Nothing major, but a few minor inconveniences I'll have to overcome. I let the media sit a couple weeks longer than I should have before replacing it and I got a little carried away with the fuel and reef roid dosing...My phosphates went up and I had a small cyano and algae outbreak, which has already begun to die. I replaced my phosguard and carbon last week and tested today. My phosphates were back in check, but my calcium was low at 410. Alk was still looking good at 9.3 so I gave the calcium a little 10 ml boost. The bad news is my M-80 mille totally browned out on me and it's not getting good PE. Also, the purple bonsai is looking a little faded. The good news from last week in spite of all that is my maze brain coral has officially completely recovered, the raptors peace favia is splitting heads and encrusting, my SSC is looking better than it ever has (getting good color contrast between the green branches and pink corallites) and encrusting, and all the other SPS are encrusting and still doing well. So, onto nursing the M-80 mille back to it's former glory. ETA a funny story. When I went to test my tank and add more Ca/Alk to my dosing containers I noticed 3 of my snails had crawled out of the tank. One was on the floor and two were on opposite sides of my pvc manifold behind the tank. I have no idea how long they were out of the tank, but they were still alive. I threw them back in the tank and they're crawling around like nothing
  10. BRS 2 Part

    Cool. Thanks for the link. I swear I clicked on that last week and it said it was discontinued...Maybe I clicked on the wrong thing. I'm glad to know they aren't discontinuing selling the product altogether as I thought.
  11. BRS 2 Part

    It appears to me they aren't selling it at all. It all says discontinued, even the stuff in the mylar bags.
  12. BRS 2 Part

    I ordered some stuff from BRS last week and I was shocked to see they are discontinuing their 2 part. Does anybody know why they might be doing this? Also, I'm curious if you currently use their 2 part, what are you switching to? Im currently using their 2 part, but im thinking about trying out the B-ionic stuff. Ive never tried it.
  13. Jstan84's PA 65 rimless

    Tank's looking good. What Acro is that at the top in the middle? Keep us posted on the test results.
  14. Kirk’s 350-ish build

    Man, that really sucks you lost all of your SPS, the new tank/stand looks gorgeous though. Pukani for the win! Looking forward to seeing what you do with this tank.
  15. New LC Reef Newbie

    Some quick advice I have for you is keep an eye on that feathery algae growing on the plug with the pipe organ coral, or whatever soft coral that is. It looks like Bryopsis to me. It's a nuisance algae that can completely overwhelm your tank and smother corals. It might eventually die off and be nothing to worry about, but I would definitely keep an eye on it. There are many threads on here and online on how to deal with it. I had to battle it myself at one point and had decent success getting rid of it. Raised Mg levels using tech-m, bought some emerald crabs that ate it, etc...