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My zoa's are in the funk again... My nitrates are very close to zero, I have taken my protein skimmer offline. I have a small issue with bubble algae right now but not growing near the polyps.

I have fragged my colonies and every since then things are just not what they used to... could they all still be in shock?

My clown fish & lawnmower blenny LOVE swimming through all my zoa's - I have seen them swimming through zoa's and I am thinking this isn't helping.

Any ideas?
 

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They could probably still be in shock. Also the low nitrates may not be helping. Zoas tend to love a tad bit more nitrates and phosphates compared to some other corals. You could try feeding more often or feeding reef roids/ reef chili to the corals to bump up the nitrates
 

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I originally considered a mighty jet mid size but the head room isn't great from what I heard.

I'm looking at either a sicce 2.0 or a jabao DC 2500 / 3000
I’m in the process of putting a 30L and bought the sicce 2.0. The only issue I have run in to (not wet yet) is the outlet for the sicce is 3/4. I bought a reducer yesterday and used the IM outlet. Not sure how the reduction is going to work. Should get a lot of pressure/velocity out of the nozzles. We’ll see
 
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I’m in the process of putting a 30L and bought the sicce 2.0. The only issue I have run in to (not wet yet) is the outlet for the sicce is 3/4. I bought a reducer yesterday and used the IM outlet. Not sure how the reduction is going to work. Should get a lot of pressure/velocity out of the nozzles. We’ll see
I've been using the 2.0 and it's amazing. You do have to reduce it but it's nothing wild
 
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Little update!!

Tank is doing great. I started to dose alk via liquid soda ash. Simple BRS 1.1ml doser - mine doses at 1.9ml per min. I have LOADS of vermetid snails that I am trying to eradicate from my tank - probably won't ever but the battle continues. I am slowly increasing my light intensity from a peak of 45% to 70% which a local reef buddy has convinced me will help my corals grow.

Here is a current full tanker.
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Update !

My nitrates have been sitting around 10ppm forcing me to do routine weekly water changes and I couldn't really put my finger as to why they're all of a sudden High.. maybe it's due to the 1000 vermatid snails I have lol.. but for real I noticed my skimmer cup was filling up with water and not really getting any good gunk. I did some research and believe I may have had the cup too high above the water line resulting in not enough water to properly bubble it was kind of just spitting over the neck.

Why I was doing my water change tonight I cleaned out the entire skimmer briefly with some hot water. In the coming weeks I plan to do a thorough vinegar soak of one power head and my return pump. I also pulled my return pump out for the first time in about 6 months and it was covered in bubble algae.. so that's where it all went ! Haha but I cleaned that off and pulled the pump apart to remove some gunk. When I put it back together it's making some noise :( have to let it work in again.

My dosing of alks seems to be going great and some corals you can tell love it!!

My biggest update for this thread is rasing my lighting intensity.. it has come to my attention that my max intensity of 50% is probably not strong enough to produce enough par deeper in the tank resulting in some zoas legging. I've bumped up the intensity and will again next week to hopefully hit higher par. I've been trying to find a local buddy with a par meter or a reasonable one to rent so I can truly figure out the proper settings.
 
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I somehow managed to let the phosphates bottom out now and dino's are everywhere :(

I added Nori & continue to feed pretty heavily to help get them back up however, that won't kill the dino. I see so many methods to remove them but I am just not sure which route is best for me. I just know the dino's are stringy & suffocating corals. I am basting every night to remove the growth from the corals.

I would imagine the bottom out came from turning light intensity up & somehow caused algae growth which ate all available phosphates.

Any suggestions or guidance would be great.
 

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I somehow managed to let the phosphates bottom out now and dino's are everywhere :(

I added Nori & continue to feed pretty heavily to help get them back up however, that won't kill the dino. I see so many methods to remove them but I am just not sure which route is best for me. I just know the dino's are stringy & suffocating corals. I am basting every night to remove the growth from the corals.

I would imagine the bottom out came from turning light intensity up & somehow caused algae growth which ate all available phosphates.

Any suggestions or guidance would be great.
I'm struggling with a similar thing.
 

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