Adventures in keeping a sps reef

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Since for now, the coral losses have stopped I figured I would take a look at some things I need to deal with regarding the tank.
Things I want to address, probably in order
1. cyano and algae
2. Apex hasn't connected to fusion all freaking summer
3. CUC needs updating
4. Refugium needs a bit of an overhaul
5. Dosing needs to be dialed in again since the coral losses seem to have stopped
6. I have an aiptasia problem... this is in both tanks
7. Euphyllia still aren't opening or coloured up like they used to be.

This is a lot, but I have a plan...somewhat.

1/3/4. These all sort of fall in together. Right now, since the scrubbing and picking of the gha seems to be really annoying the remaining coral( it's growing on the dead tips of the space invader) I'm going to run flux rx to kill off the gha. Order a pod seed pack and add more cuc. I am going to try and get a variation of snails and urchin if back in stock. Once I have run the course of flux rx, I will clean out the refugium and add some chaeto instead of the caulerpa. I may also need to either get a new fuge light or add a second one. I will also continue the MB7 and live phyto dosing to the tank. I will switch MB7 to weekly, but continue phyto daily.

2. The stupid Apex just decided not to connect one day, status light is orange, but refuses to connect to wifi no matter what I try. I will probably have to reach out to support for help since I have tried everything else. Once that is connected I can increase the refugium light time.

5. For this, I may turn dosing off for 4 days, test on day 1 and 4, take the average and go from there. I am almost out of red sea foundations Alk. I am thinking of switching to the ESV B-ionic. I am not sure what the best way to do that is since I have a bunch of calcium left. I guess doing a quick switch of everything would be best. The red sea stuff wasn't bad, but expensive and the mixing can be a pain, it would never mix well for me.

6. I have been trying to keep up on this with aiptasiaX, but that just isn't doing it. I guess I have the choice of nudibranch, file fish or peppermint shrimp. This tank doesn't have too bad of a problem...yet, but my small tank has way too many. I am leaning towards peppermint shrimp for both tanks since that is the cheapest option.

7. I am really not sure on this one. I hope if everything else is on point then this will solve itself. If not, I can look into the par levels and flow. I do have a few SPS left so I don't want to change things up too drastically.
 
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I tested my water again on Sunday night. My main 3 consumption has dropped again.

Temp: 78
Salinity: 1.026
Alk: 9.6
Cal: 485
Mag: 1500
Nitrate: 6.1
Phosphate: 0.07

I'm on day 4 after dosing flux rx. Seeing a bit of an improvement on the gha situation. I'm still scrubbing the rocks daily to help speed the process along.

Apex is still being a pain and I haven't got it back up and connected to fusion yet, but I am working with support.

Flux rx says it can take 10-14 days to work. Should I wait until the 14 days to start adding pods and CUC or better to start adding them now? My only concern is what if it isn't actually gha and just looks like it. Then the new CUC starves.
 
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Some current tank shots. It's still not looking great, unfortunately.
 

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yep. ICP test was done in the summer, a link to it is on page 8. Nothing really stood out as any cause of issues, but check again, maybe something was missed.

I made a few purchases today.

Ordered a large seed pack of pods/rotifers, it's rated for a 100gal+ tanks so hopefully that will help in cleaning up some of the algae.

Ordered 5 cerith and 5 nassarius snails. I'm going to start small in case it is lyngbya and not gha so I don't spend a bunch of money on CUC and have them all die.

Ordered another tunze refugium light and an 2k gyre to help add some flow.
 
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Do you shut your skimmer off for a few hours every day? I turned it off for 4 hours every morning. The bacteria in fish poop is very much needed while dealing with nuisance algae.
Yep, skimmer is shut off for around 4 hrs in the morning after adding the live phyto.

I got my apex reconnected to fusion, finally. I bumped my refugium light time up a bit. I will see if that helps out with the Display algae at all.
 
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It's now 9 days after adding flux Rx. There seems to be no change in the algae. Since there was pretty much no die off, I'm assuming this is lyngbya and not gha.

Here's the tank after not scrubbing the rocks or stirring the cyano side of the sand for 2 days.

I'm going to do a 15g water change tomorrow and try and suck out as much of all the nasty stuff as I can.

The pods and snails I ordered should come on Tuesday. I ordered a pod seed pack rated for 100g tank, so I hope they can help out a bit in cleaning things up.

Since I was finally able to get the apex connected to fusion again, I can see what the pH is doing. pH seems to go between 8.4 - 8.2.
 

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