Discussion in 'Member Tanks' started by jvalentine, Mar 19, 2019.
You’re welcome! I have the maxspect bio-spheres, they are apparently safe based on isp tests.
I hadn't heard this of the MarinePure products until now. I had purchased a small box for my new Reefer 250. I've always used Seachem Matrix in the past, but wanted something a big larger/easier to manage in the sump.
I've read up some of the reports on MarinePure, and it still seems wishy-washy to me, but where did you find reports of the Maxspect Bio-Spheres being safe? Have you had good luck with them? I may return my MarinePure balls and order some Bio-Sphere's now that I'm scared!
I’m not 100% sure that the marine pure leeches anything either but I’ve seen enough reports of it happening to make me stay away.
This would be a couple of the sources of them not leeching anything (granted, a rather small sample size):
Awesome - thanks for your help! I'll be returning the MarinePure if I can and picking up some of the Bio-Spheres now. Glad I found this out before starting the tank up!
Alright.....tank finished cycling about 2 1/2 weeks ago and I've begun to slowly stock the tank!!
Current inhabitants are as follows....
Fish and Inverts:
(2) DaVinci Clownfish
(2) Banggai Cardinalfish
(1) Sand Sifting Starfish
(1) Cleaner Shrimp
(7) Hermit Crabs
(1) Christmas Hermit
Green/Orange Ricordea Mushroom
Blue Rhodactis Mushroom
Teal and Red Acan Lord
Been a little while since my last update, lot of new corals!
Powder Blue Tang
DaVinci Clownfish (2)
Bangaii Cardinalfish (2)
Yellow Watchman Goby
Sand Sifting Starfish
Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
Snails and Hermits (10)
WWC Purpleicious Acan
WWC Lime in the Sky Chalice
WWC Cherry Garcia Chalice
WWC Chickenpox Mushroom
WWC Copper Interstellar Mushroom
WWC Rainbow Riccordea
WWC Vivid Rainbow Zoas
WWC Bloodsucker Zoas
Jason Fox Outerspace Psammocora
Jason Fox High Voltage Platy
From Austin Aqua Farms:
Fruit Loop Zoas
Australian Ultra Red Goniopora
Green Chalice Colony (Large)
Teal with Pink Eye Chalice
Australian Ultra Red Mushroom
Pearl/Mint Green Alevopora
Zoa Combo Rock (orange, green, pink, purple)
From other LFS:
Neon Green Toadstool Leather
Green Star Polyps
How did you attach the controller board?
How are the Bangaii Cardinalfish doing, do they simply hang out in one section of the tank? I have read that you are better off getting a odd number than a pair and then they tend to swim in a school and are more active.
What do you mean?
If you're asking how did I attach the controller board to the cabinet? I didn't, its free standing and can be removed easily if I need to add anything
If you're asking how did I attach the Gyre Controller to the board? I screwed the mounting bracket into the wood, then attached the controller to the mounting bracket
They are doing great! They usually hang out on the left side of the tank, but will venture around from time to time. I too have heard its better to keep odd numbers, but the LFS only had the two I got, and they had been together for a few months.
I'm impressed at how quickly you've been able to stock your tank! I set my RSR 425XL up about a month before yours and I've been slow to add much more than a pair of clowns, a few zoas and a hammer.
Did you ever have an ugly phase and have you had any algae or other issues?
@DoctaReef I did stock up pretty fast, but living 10 mins away from Austin Aqua Farms will do that. My wallet has been crying for months.
Also, all of the WWC stuff came from two months of their Gold Coral Club. I am lucky to live in Austin, so many great LFS here that have great deals that are hard to pass up. (got the purple tang for $170 rather than the $250+ prices I see online)
As far as ugly stages go, I am in it right now actually. About two weeks ago I noticed a small patch of Cyanobacteria forming near the back wall, siphoned it out and did a water change. By the next morning the bulk of my sandbed was covered in Cyano....tested everything and realized my issue. My phosphates were at 0.28ppm, which is really high for a new tank. I have since added GFO and am seeing my ppm drop by .02 a day. I have also dosed NOPOX since my cycle completed so I have avoided green hair algae, bubble algae, and the others. I am hoping once my phosphates are back to a reasonable level the Cyano will go away.
Right after the cycle I did have some diatom blooms, but they were all reasonably quick to go away (a week or less)
Here is a current picture with the Cyano for reference (luckily its not on the rocks):
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