Yeah you’re getting aheadSome questions for you. 1st, thanks for the pictures of the UV. You talk about your bout with parasites,
Did you have the UV set up at the time or was it a later addition?
How do you find your pod population? Does the UZ wipe them out? ( I have a Mandarin Goby and want to make sure he stays fed.)
Do you have a refugium? If so what kind of algae's are you growing? (might be getting ahead of you here, as there has been no mention of this, if its part of your story, and you have not got to that chapter yet, just tell me to be patient, lol)
I am really liking this thread! Keep it up!
UV doesn’t actually kill the pods, it just sterilizes them, so that’s not really a concern. People have asked me the same question before.
Regarding parasites, after the first loss I added the sterilizer. The tank had gone through its fallow period so there were no ich/velvet parasites in the tank at that time. The UV is just a safeguard. The tank has been parasite-free, as far as I can detect, since then. I follow a pretty rigorous QT so I’m pretty confident the fishes go in without parasites.
Here’s the refugium part:
The refugium is a true refugium so it’s a place for small animals to live and reproduce, not a chaeto tumbler. It doesn’t grow macro algae except a small clump of rubbery algae. It has a DSB and a few rocks. Right now, a wrasse lives in there because there is no more sand in the DT.
Much of the additives are dosed into this volume, just because it’s easier.
It’s still lit with a red LED but the light is cheap and the diodes are going out. It has about 50% left so I’m thinking of adding one of the spare Radions to light it and grow some corals out in there.
If I could do it again: This is another easy to change tank so there are no regrets. I did a lot of changes through the years to get to this point so I think I’m okay with it. I might have bought a slightly longer tank.