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No shrimps. Sad. Byropsis is dead. Hair algae not so much. Cyano bacteria everywhere. Going to finish 14 days do water change then hit the tank with the rest of the reef rx. Hopefully that kills the hair algae.

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I love those Preludes. 94?

Bonus points if the stripped interior is for weight reduction.

If you want next level, we need to cut the springs.
 

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Urchin and ATS knocked out my green varieties of algae problems.

I tried that flux stuff, helped in the interim, came back eventually..... also that's probably contributing to the cyano.

Mexican turbo was the only thing that got rid of the red algae I had.

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I was expecting it. Oh well.
I really like their clearfx stuff, used it in my old big tank. Esp with it being mixed reef and leathers wanting to throw shade.

Just be very careful if you ever try the phos remover - so many people have had horrible losses misusing it or using it for too long, etc. Also expect cyano with that one :face-with-tears-of-joy:
 
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So I am doing a water change today even though we are not at the 14 day mark because the decaying algae and cyano is out of control. There is a cleaner shrimp molt stuck to the power head. So they are still alive? I don't know. I haven't seen the shrimp since I put them in there. I guess one is alive somewhere. I'll redose today after using hydrogen peroxide on all the surviving hair algae. I wish I could h2o2 the urchin because he is carrying around a ton of hair algae however it might not be the best thing to do. So a toothbrush and vigorous scrubbing.
 
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Double post but someone mentioned to me the pencil urchin is the reason my corals were dying and that I should get rid of him. I've had him for ages and never noticed any coral eating however it would explain why I have never been successful. So I might send him somewhere and get a pincushion.
 

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I caught my pencil (my first urchin) eating all kinds of things he shouldn't have.... torch stalks, rocks, etc. Now I know better. Good luck with everything, it just occurred to me that once I have the new tank full of water I have to play the stability balance game again and I'm already mentally dreading it lol
 
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Omg this is horrible. So horrible. This is the aftermath of reef rx treatment.
So the byropsis and turf is all dead but I'm left with whatever the hell this is, Cyano I assume so this is day one of chemiclean. It hasn't appeared to make a dent in it. Prayers and likes please.

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100% Not cyanobacteria. For sure Diatoms. Annoying because this is all because of the byropsis treatment. Tank sort of took a back seat for the past few weeks because we bought some land! Now that I am at home I can work on this a little bit. I have UV so I will work on getting that hooked up tonight or tomorrow. I ordered some phosphate and nitrate and silica. And a microscope. I can't find mine. We have been staging the house so everything is in storage.

The dino does not react to dark or light. The chemiclean didn't even dent it, in fact made it worse. It is on the gravel mostly. Nitrates and phosphates are dead zero. So I will start dosing those. And silica as well. I am going to remove as much as I can today and see where we are in a week. No corals yet. Classic defeating one problem to cause another.

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I'm confused, but trying to understand.. what kind of dinos do you have, did you id under microscope? If it doesn't get better before lights on, then it's not releasing into water column where the uv can effect it... if you're sure you have diatoms, then you already have silicate in water. I agree to get n&p up off zeros.. I never had the balls to use chemiclean or other chemicals in fear of the nutrient ping ponging and subsequent outbreaks I read about on here. So my question is, if there are no corals- why don't you just black out the tank until everything clears up and you get n/p off the floor(then ease them on)?
 

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