REEF2REEF Saltwater and Reef Aquarium Forum

    Cycling an Aquarium, Apr 21, 2019 at 7:28 AM
  1. TK_KW

    Good morning #reefsquad,

    I have some questions regarding my cycle. Tank has currently been cycling for 5 weeks now. I'm starting to finally see my diatom bloom happening. The DT up until the last week, I had tank cycling with no lights and ghost feeding it daily. No skimmer or UV on. Started with dry rock, dry sand.

    -Do I leave lights off? Or just leave them on with their schedule. And deal with the bloom. Does letting it bloom speed up the process?

    -when do I turn on my UV? Will it help with diatom or algea?

    -when should I do my first water change on DT? All my water parameters are pretty solid in DT.

    -when do I turn on my skimmer?

    -when do I turn on my UV?

    - when would one start to grow macroalgae in sump to rob nutrients?

    Sorry in advance if any of these are stupid questions, thanks for your help.
  2. How to prepare dry rock for tank?, Apr 20, 2019 at 8:17 PM
  3. glb

    You’ll need to clean off all the organic matter you can. It probably needs to be cured too. I’ve never done this but I’ll bet #reefsquad can help.

    As far as the water, what’s the quality of your tap?
  4. Duncan Coral Help, Apr 20, 2019 at 8:05 PM
  5. glb

    What are the rest of your tank parameters? Is the tank new? Are you dosing? Give us some more information and we can help you out!
    What do you think #reefsquad?
  6. Help Diagnose Blue Hippo Tang Please, Apr 20, 2019 at 7:19 PM
  7. Marco S

    This is my second attempt to QT a Blue Hippo and it is not going good. A couple days ago I noticed velvet like spots on her belly and top of her head, but she is in Copper at therapeutic level, (CopperPower at 2.17) so I did not worry too much. I am also dosing Metroplex at the same time and figured she would be fine.

    This morning she is definitely worse and scratching like crazy. She is still eating and swimming, but spends more and more time on her side breathing heavy. I starting Kanaplex a few minutes before posting this, but would really appreciate some help in diagnosing this. This will be my last attempt to keep a Blue Hippo Tang so I really don't want her to die.

    Here is a video:

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

  8. Last one.... name that sponge !!!!!, Apr 20, 2019 at 7:26 AM
  9. Ron Reefman

    Well, it's very cool looking, at least to a sponge lover like me! I wish I could try one. I've brought any number of sponges home from the Florida Keys, being extremely careful to make sure they are always underwater. I've had a couple of them survive for 6 to 12 months in a 'dirty' water shallow reef tank. I've got both black and yellow sponges that like to grow under rocks in aquariums, but I'd love to have some colorful ones that like to live in plain view. So your sponge is a curiosity to me.

    Let's see if we can get any help here. #ReefSquad
  10. Hard brown bubble algae., Apr 19, 2019 at 9:37 PM
  11. Mastiffsrule

    I’m really interested to see what it is. My thoughts at first some type of sea grape calpera or egg sack but I know it not it

  12. Blue jaw trigger help, Apr 19, 2019 at 8:56 PM
  13. Can a leopard wrasse tolerate CP?, Apr 19, 2019 at 8:49 PM
  14. JoshH

    @HotRocks @ngoodermuth #Reefsquad might be able to help you out here:)
  15. What to do..., Apr 19, 2019 at 5:49 PM
  16. Mastiffsrule

    Sorry about the Dino, but sounds like at least somewhat good timming.

    I would not take any of the water or other stuff from the old tank. There is a good chance of transferring any Dino in the wate column to the new tank.

    Does your friend have an established tank that could spare some rock to help?

    I never did a frag tank so can’t give advice other than general. Glass drilling is not as hard as it seems, but like you mentioned there are other ways. I am not 100% sure but there are containers that can be used, just like there are containers to store water in.

  17. Marine Betta / Comet Head Damage, Apr 19, 2019 at 2:20 PM
  18. Fudsey

    @HotRocks @4FordFamily @ngoodermuth #reefsquad

    To me they look like minimal damage but lets get better eyes on them :)