Wow! Some of you use terms that we are completely unfamiliar with. I have been keeping freshwater my entire life, but this is our first salt tank. Thanks for all the suggestions.
CALL IN THE TOOTHBRUSH TROOPS!The condition the OP’s tank is in above: complete eutrophication
the condition of Sadie’s tank: oligotrophic reinstatement. The reversal of old tank syndrome, in pics. The Op’s tank above here has been hyper-aged by bright lighting, nutrients, manual allowance…we would do the reverse of all that.
the surface area of the live rock in pic at the top: plugged
condition of rock surface area after external detailing: wide open.
even light levels are detailed as preventatives in Sadie’s thread. It’s all covered. Look at her resolve to force compliance… that’s key. She’s someone who isnt going to permit further non compliance, that’s key to algae management for the long term.
You remember that mess....I was at my wits end. Hard reboot took me about a month to finally accept my fate. It was well worth it and was that immediate fix we often dream of in this hobby. I had that thing packed with corals and some livestock too, they all made it out alive with no issues. I'm a believer in a rip clean for nanos. Heck, at this point if the big system gave me that kind of trouble I might even do that. The bottom line is "something is wrong" and on a closed system it's nearly impossible to coax it back from the edge without aggressive tactics. DO NOT SETTLE. ERADICATE. DESTROY.Bayberry I want to use your tank as a specific model of tank restoration technique if you will study Sadie’s link, and know the work she did, we can fix your tank above overnite as a live-time job.
see the prep she had to endure to rinse sand. You’d rinse even cleaner, completely clean sand is waste free and grows no more algae.
rocks that you scraped free of algae in an empty sink, rinsed as pour over in saltwater, are then algae free saving you weeks of wait for the current mass to die, rot, and then turn into Cyanobacteria.
study her job, prepare for tank surgery is the recommend and prepare here live time to initiate it.
Banjo I thought you did a great job a lot of people saw and copied your rip clean thread
I honestly stopped listening to Brandon and he is the one and only person I have used the ignore button on. He gives pretty wacky advice in broken English Then just repeats himself over and over until everyone gives up on the thread.So are you suggesting I tear down the entire tank and start fresh? I don’t have another salt tank to house my shrimp and feather duster in during that time. I’m not really sure what you’re suggesting?
Yes, but it's better to just make a public post. That way the lurkers that Google search to find answers instead of making an actual thread can be helped if they also have a similar problem. Obviously if there is any personal information involved PM for sure.Zombie….side note…can I PM you an APEX question????
Ok cool- didn’t mean to hijack this post. We are way off the rails anyway. Lol.Yes, but it's better to just make a public post. That way the lurkers that Google search to find answers instead of making an actual thread can be helped if they also have a similar problem. Obviously if there is any personal information involved PM for sure.
Ok, thank you! Phew! Haha! I’m going to do a clean up/water change this weekend and order some clean up crew online. I got a lot of good suggestions on here!I honestly stopped listening to Brandon and he is the one and only person I have used the ignore button on. He gives pretty wacky advice in broken English Then just repeats himself over and over until everyone gives up on the thread.
Your tank has a manageable level of algae that just needs some manual removal, nutrient control, and something to eat what you can't remove yourself. Telling you to rip everything out of your tank and start over is just dumb.