Acer new 150 build

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  1. acer

    acer Well-Known Member R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    The Drama is part of this Crazy Hobby. If you don't expect some "drama"- your not being realistic.
     

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    mta_morrow It costs HOW much?!!! R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor SCAA Member

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    Yup. Stuff happens and things show up dead. It's all about customer service in those unfortunate cases and how your case is handled. John at reef cleaners is a class act and always makes things right. That's why so many people recommend him.
     
  3. acer

    acer Well-Known Member R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Yep, I emailed him before I was even sure what would survive. He emailed me back and said he was sorry, gave me instructions, etc. Some of the small snails amazingly survived. I took pictures of the dead, but he still refunded the whole order. I will reorder as soon as it warms up.
     
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    acer Well-Known Member R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Well, i got about 1/3 of my $ back, not the whole order as I originally thought. But i guess that's fair. Of course, could have been avoided if the package had proper heat packs to begin with.
     
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    acer Well-Known Member R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Update:

    Bluethroat is QT for five weeks now, no signs of diseases. Ready to transfer to display? Hate to medicate if not necessary. He is still shy.

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    Had to change my rockwork around due to hair Algae issues on a few rocks. Took those infested rocks, after strubbing/scrape, then put them in fuge where no light will hit them. Then took clean rock from fuge and put it in display.

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    acer Well-Known Member R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Update- today was the scheduled day to take my Blue Throat trigger that has been in the QT tank for 6 weeks and put him into the display tank. Yesterday noticed he was even shyer than usual - he always immediately came out of the PVC as soon as I put food in the tank and fed voraciously. But yesterday he didn't - but he did eat , and today I found him dead. So here the question = WHAT HAPPENED?? checked the ammonia and nitrate= both zero. HE never acted like any trigger I had ever seen- none were ever shy like this guy. So was he sick the whole time and/or never recovered from the ice cold trip he had 6 weeks ago upon purchase and the poor communication with the Seller, ups not ringing the doorbell,etc. Should I have treated him with meds even though he ate well and no sign of disease? I am at a loss.

    Frankly , I have never had good luck with the QT scenario and have always had better luck with just good observation at the store and not buying any fish that I am not confident in. However, with the new tank I figured I would be extra careful so set up a new full tank setup for a QT = 40 cube tank, hang on skimmer, programmable wave pump, etc. Did water changes diligently, etc. - spend more cash to a " higher grade seller" and ended up with not a single fish going into the display.

    So, I guess next step is to buy locally and medicate fully immediately and do the program of hypo salinity .... OR just say forget it and not add more fish.
     
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    eleet Active Member 3RMAS Member

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    That sucks! I have a stupidly simple qt. I do 2 doses of praziquantel requardless. I only do copper or cp if I see symptoms. Sorry to hear about your guy
     
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    acer Well-Known Member R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Yesterday took everything out of Qt and wiped it off. Mounted electronics over and behind QT as I was going to do before I got surprised by the fish order appearing on my doorstep without warning 2 months ago. Will let QT sit dry for a week then decide on what fish(s) to try next.

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    acer Well-Known Member R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Picked up a frag pack which was delivered today= 8 sps frags= sour Apple, teal stag, a blue turacki, pink birdsnest, waynes reef, tri color, purple acro, purple tip. Nothing rare, but some nice stuff. Had to rearrange some stuff.

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    acer Well-Known Member R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Spent an hour yesterday picking/sifting my substrate of hair algae.

    Did testing today

    Alk= 8.12 dkh
    Phosphates= .043
    Ca+= 500
    Nitrate= zip
    Ph= 8.1
    Temp= 80
    Salinity= 1.024

    Looks good right.

    lol my Mg+ is 500. What!!
     
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    JaimeAdams Valuable Member R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    You mean your calcium, not your Mg+being 500, right? What is your magnesium. I take it that with that calcium level you are using Reef Crystals?
     
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    acer Well-Known Member R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    They are both 500. Yes reefcrystals salt. What the heck... How can i have 5oo mg+. According to reef calculators i need about 2.4 gallons of mg solution. Maybe my Salifert kit is messed up. It is not expired.
     
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    hybridazn Acro killer..... Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018 Partner Member 2019

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    I never test for mg, last I checked (probably over a year ago lol) it was around 1300. I use red sea coral pro and never had an issue with keeping up with mg with just water changes.
     
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    JaimeAdams Valuable Member R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    I would pick up a new test kit tomorrow and measure your mag again. I figured reef crystals because that is what my calcium is at using it.
     
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    acer Well-Known Member R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    yep- figured I could stop in to Adams ( reef gallery) , Elmer's, or Somewhere else local and get it tested for a few bucks to see if a new kit is needed , or if I messed up or what? will also retest.
     
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    OK , feel better. Retested Mg and reads now 1350 - I must have messed up the test somehow.

    The PO4 is still a bit high - explains the hair algae issue. Must still be that one bag of sand that was stupidly dirty as I am really not overfeeding ( 1x/day). I guess I could have some leaching as the rock is reused- but I did soaking in bleach after acid bath - then dried in sun for over week.
     
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    Well that's much better! And in my experience, even after an acid bath, old rock will still leach a bit, just not nearly as bad.
     
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    acer Well-Known Member R2R Supporter 3RMAS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    running GFO since I set up the tank. SO, looks like I may have to do that phosphate treatment that participates out the po3 and let the filter socks "catch " the precipitate. Cant remember what that product is called.
     
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    Landamum chloride?
     
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    Lanthanum chloride. Wow
     
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