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Alright yall - so I figured it was about time for me to start a build thread, my buds are sick of hearing about it but I just can’t shut up.

Nuvo Fusion Mini 40G AIO
Upgraded return to Jebao DCP-2500
Tunze 9004 DOC
Radion G4 Pro LEDs
2 Vortech MP10QDs
InTank Media with floss, carbon and purigen
30lbs live rock
Caribsea Pink Fiji Live Sand (don’t get me started on this..but I’ll get to it)

2 Clowns, a frostbite and black snowflake
BTAnemone they hate
Hand full of blue and scarlet hermits, trochus snails, other CUC

Levels stay pretty consistent:
dkH: 7.6-8.2
NO3: 2-5
PO4: 0.01-0.04
Ca: 420-450
Mag: 1200-1310
K: 380
pH: 8.0-8.2
Amm: 0

I’ll share a few pictures, talk about the tank and new pick ups (still filling the rock) and talk A LOT about my problems, in the tank. But first, pictures. I live in the heart of Atlanta, GA. Carry my jugs of RODI into 2 different elevators and down 3 hallways, but always worth it day after a water change.
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Please help me figure out my sand bed issues...cyano sucks.
 
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Alright yall - so I figured it was about time for me to start a build thread, my buds are sick of hearing about it but I just can’t shut up.

Nuvo Fusion Mini 40G AIO
Upgraded return to Jebao DCP-2500
Tunze 9004 DOC
Radion G4 Pro LEDs
2 Vortech MP10QDs
InTank Media with floss, carbon and purigen
30lbs live rock
Caribsea Pink Fiji Live Sand (don’t get me started on this..but I’ll get to it)

2 Clowns, a frostbite and black snowflake
BTAnemone they hate
Hand full of blue and scarlet hermits, trochus snails, other CUC

Levels stay pretty consistent:
dkH: 7.6-8.2
NO3: 2-5
PO4: 0.01-0.04
Ca: 420-450
Mag: 1200-1310
K: 380
pH: 8.0-8.2
Amm: 0

I’ll share a few pictures, talk about the tank and new pick ups (still filling the rock) and talk A LOT about my problems, in the tank. But first, pictures. I live in the heart of Atlanta, GA. Carry my jugs of RODI into 2 different elevators and down 3 hallways, but always worth it day after a water change.
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Please help me figure out my sand bed issues...cyano sucks.
If it is cyano, either up the flow or change parameters lol. Not much else to do with that. I have a Nuvo 40 as well.
 
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Thought it would be fun to get into the hobby after checking this tank out on Facebook marketplace. Have always been an avid diver and enjoy the every day pleasure of viewing the under water world. Researched A LOT before I pulled the trigger, but I am so happy I did. Can’t imagine life without a tank now, addiction?

Wanted to paint the aluminum APS stand from the wood finish to black, more of the aesthetic. Tank and stand was $250, can you blame me?
 
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If it is cyano, either up the flow or change parameters lol. Not much else to do with that. I have a Nuvo 40 as well.
Yeah so I just tried chemiclean after attempting natural cures...looks like it is coming back. Dosing bottle bac as well to reestablish any bene’s that chemiclean killed off
 
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If it is cyano, either up the flow or change parameters lol. Not much else to do with that. I have a Nuvo 40 as well.
Yeah so I just tried chemiclean after attempting natural cures...looks like it is coming back. Dosing bottle bac as well to reestablish any bene’s that chemiclean killed off
also I am blasting flow in this tank, might need to change the scape? 2 MP10s at 50% max, two spin streams, return pump is blowing 600 gph
 

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Yeah so I just tried chemiclean after attempting natural cures...looks like it is coming back. Dosing bottle bac as well to reestablish any bene’s that chemiclean killed off
I would never use chemi clean. Only if it was last ditch effort. I had cyano once before and beat it naturally. I’m not a fan of adding chemicals to treat when there’s a natural way. I don’t use rodi and don’t test parameters. I feel that you’re chasing numbers always. I go by eye and let it do it’s thing. Some people don’t really like to hear that but oh well.
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Yeah see I don’t know much about the hobby, tanks been up 2 years I’ve definitely been taking it slow. Can’t really tell what is what by eye because I learn something new looking at this thing every day. Yours looks great, so what are some of the signals you use to know when things are going good or bad? What kind of filtration? Believe me, didn’t want to try chemiclean, but it was going on 8 months or so and I couldn’t put up with it anymore
 

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Yeah see I don’t know much about the hobby, tanks been up 2 years I’ve definitely been taking it slow. Can’t really tell what is what by eye because I learn something new looking at this thing every day. Yours looks great, so what are some of the signals you use to know when things are going good or bad? What kind of filtration? Believe me, didn’t want to try chemiclean, but it was going on 8 months or so and I couldn’t put up with it anymore
I only been in this hobby three years. But I did and still do research a lot. I usually go by the film on the glass and how often it comes, my one monti starts to lose its vibrant green if my phosphates are high, I run my system as simple as possible. I don’t dose anything besides kalk in my ato. I don’t really have much of a filtration system lol, I have the media rack with filter floss. I’ll run some gfo and carbon in a filter bag on it as well. That’s it. I do a ten gallon water change every week.
 
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I only been in this hobby three years. But I did and still do research a lot. I usually go by the film on the glass and how often it comes, my one monti starts to lose its vibrant green if my phosphates are high, I run my system as simple as possible. I don’t dose anything besides kalk in my ato. I don’t really have much of a filtration system lol, I have the media rack with filter floss. I’ll run some gfo and carbon in a filter bag on it as well. That’s it. I do a ten gallon water change every week.
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A pair of clowns, yellow coris wrasse, and a bangaii cardinal.
Yeah you sure make it look easy haha, don’t really know where my bloom has come from. Going to wait a few weeks see how it goes after chemiclean. My levels stay pretty consistent, I don’t need to test often so not really chasing numbers, just don’t know about the nutrient balance as much as I should. Also - when my noob face was in the first LFS (that I no longer go to) trying to buy sand and rock, I bought an open bag of sand..for 5% off..did this set me up for issues? I feel like maybe a lot of rock in here didn’t need the beneficial bac to spread to the sand and this opened up opportunities for cyano? About to do a deep cleaning of the sand bed and rocks like brandon’s thread..
 

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Yeah you sure make it look easy haha, don’t really know where my bloom has come from. Going to wait a few weeks see how it goes after chemiclean. My levels stay pretty consistent, I don’t need to test often so not really chasing numbers, just don’t know about the nutrient balance as much as I should. Also - when my noob face was in the first LFS (that I no longer go to) trying to buy sand and rock, I bought an open bag of sand..for 5% off..did this set me up for issues? I feel like maybe a lot of rock in here didn’t need the beneficial bac to spread to the sand and this opened up opportunities for cyano? About to do a deep cleaning of the sand bed and rocks like brandon’s thread..
I doubt that the sand would have done it. I also don’t know for sure either. Usually cyano is from an abundance of nutrients. I pick a section of my sandbed every waterchange and vac it. And have been doing that for awhile now. Few hours before I do my waterchange I give the rocks a little turkey baster action. I also only feed my corals the day of my waterchange.
 
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I doubt that the sand would have done it. I also don’t know for sure either. Usually cyano is from an abundance of nutrients. I pick a section of my sandbed every waterchange and vac it. And have been doing that for awhile now. Few hours before I do my waterchange I give the rocks a little turkey baster action. I also only feed my corals the day of my waterchange.
All smart moves, I used to target feed reef roids pretty heavy..
 
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Gotta find that sweet spot. It’s not hard just have to know what your tank is telling
Which like I said - not completely sure what my tank is telling me. Corals are flourishing, fish and inverts are happy, params are where I want them, but the sand is red ridden with cyano. Don’t plan on doing anything for the next few weeks, just watch things stabilize again and keep up with water changes. But if it doesn’t go away then, I’m lost.
 
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