Help me fix my hot mess of a reef

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  1. Joshua2598

    Joshua2598 Active Member

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    Some stats:
    Tank: fluval evo xxii 13.5 gallons with stock everything and some chaeto in the back with a chemi pure blue bag that's been in since the start, tanks about 4 months old.
    Stocking:
    1 oc. Clownfish
    1 purple firefish
    1 bumblebee snail
    3 astrea snails
    2 hermit crabs
    1 emerald crab
    1 porcelain crab

    1 rock flower anemone
    2 zoa frags
    1 frogspawn with 3 heads (flatworms!)
    1 little montipora frag which dead great for a few weeks and declined slowly to death
    ~10 actinodiscus (I think?) Mushrooms scattered around the tank
    1 green ricordea mushroom




    Hello, I've "recently" started having some problems with my reef. Algae, flatworms, and cyano and possibly dino. Starting off with the cyano, there was a massive amount on the sand bed and right before I was about to vacuum it all came off in one big mat so I pulled all of it out by that, and came back in one corner the next few days.
    But my main problem is the corals. The zoas are COVERED in cyano or dinos or something and the frog spawn barely opens now and before it opened massively. And then theres the stuff that kinda looks like bryopsis but also doesnt exactly that I've let gotten WAY out of hand. But for the corals I was wondering if h2o2 will save the zoas and possibly get rid of the flatworms on the frogspawn? If anyone knows a good h2o2 to water ratio please tell me I will be posting my water test results below in a few minutes all input is accepted :) 20181107_190752.jpeg 20181107_190639.jpeg 20181107_190644.jpeg 20181107_190652.jpeg 20181107_190637.jpeg 20181107_190649.jpeg 20181107_190712.jpeg
     
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  2. Barry_Cuda

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    You'll get better help and advice here if you post some details - water parameters, age of tank, lighting intensity and schedule, etc. I'm afraid I'm not much help here even with that information, but others here will be.
     
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    Quick API test 20181108_153237.jpeg 20181108_153235.jpeg 20181108_153229.jpeg
     
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    Tank age is listed above, lighting is the stock light that comes with the fluval evo xxii, lighting is 11 am - 8ish pm
     
  5. Billldg

    Billldg Going off the reef end R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    1st thing, your phosphates r to low which may be the cause for possible dinos. 2nd, how often do you do water changes?

    #reefsquad
     
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    Water change around every 2 weeks
     
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    Billldg Going off the reef end R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 Build Thread Contributor Hospitality Award

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    Percentage? Also, what r the feeding habits? The reefsquad is awesome and will help out a great deal, but the more info they have, no matter how little it may seem will help them help you.
     
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    reeferfoxx Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Even if dinos are present, competing algae has already begun. I would take this time and let the tank sit on auto pilot. No water changes, no dosing, and no nutrient export. Only feed the fish. Do that for 30 days and then perform a 10% water change.
     
  9. rhymechizel

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    Ive had success with manual removal and adding clean up crew. I’m a believer in a huge cleanup crew. Fish like a lawnmower blennie can also be helpful. The rocks look like you might be able to remove and scrub off some of the algae. If you use salt water to scrub and wash the rocks you won’t kill off the good bacteria.

    Adding flow to your tank may also be helpful to keep debris stirred up.
     
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  10. saltyfilmfolks

    saltyfilmfolks Lights! Camera! Reef! R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader Photo of the Month Award R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    What’s the source water. Rodi ?

    Yea I’d take a few hours and scrub the heck out of it.
    Use a coral dip like coral rx on the corals.
     
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    2 weeks, 10 - 20%
     
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    I was thinking about letting it just run onit's own, except for the part about the corals I want to get them fixed asap, the zoas mostly because they haven't opened in days
     
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    You can try blowing the stuff off the zoas with a turkey baster and let it filter through some floss. Then add a bag of carbon for 3 days and see if that helps. If it is dinos its probably irritating the zoas with toxins and the carbon will help remove it. If that helps then I would suggest running carbon once a week for 3 days on each interval.
     
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    Flippers4pups Fins up since 1993 R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    I second what's your source water?
     
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    yes I use RODI
     
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    I've tried blowing it off a multitude of times, none of it ever came off
     
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    Your in the " nasties" stage of a new tank. I would agree, stop doing water changes for a while to get your N03 and P04 up. Generally speaking around 5-10ppm N03 and P04 around 0.02. I would recommend a better test kit at least for P04. Hannah checker.
     
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    Gotcha. Now i think I just need to fix the flatworms and the zoas. I wonder if h2o2 will work for both?
     
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    I think your nutrient export is too high. Chemipure, chaeto, and water changes are too much. As others have said, reduce nutrient export, shoot for stability and keep your hands outta the tank. This is fixable.
     
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    So no need to worry about the flatworms and zoa for the time being?
     
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