My Big Beautiful Budget Breeder Build

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  1. Rakie

    Rakie Federal Coral Reserve R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Just give it time! My rock is on a pvc structure that's slowly getting covered in coraline. It went from looking super fake to half fake, eventually it will look nice and fully covered haha.
     

  2. fabutahoun

    fabutahoun Angels and Acros R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Spotlight Award Partner Member 2019 Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Looking great !!!
    Don’t be excited about coraline, it can turn into a pest after the second year.

    Coraline is growing fast everywhere in my tank, even inside my skimmer. I needed to soak pumps and skimmer in vinegar every 3 months.
     
  3. Retro Reefer

    Retro Reefer Older than dirt! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    So I have been having a really bad week.. I’m having major issues with my tank, my car broke down and I bit off part of my tongue :mad:

    Some off you probably know I’m a caretaker for my adult daughter who is medically disabled so not having transportation isn’t a option, after three days of working on my vehicle out in the freezing cold and rain I think I finally fixed it! All engine warning lights are now off and it seems to be running fairly normal now phew! ;Facepalm

    Still not sure what’s up with my tank ;Sour it’s been running like it’s on rails, all parameters are good and holding solid. I have been testing temp, salinity, Ca, Alk, Mg, nitrates, PH and phosphates daily this week (Alk 2x daily). Noticed Tuesday afternoon something looked off, Wednesday my goni’s and a couple other things looked like crap, Thursday my scoly looked distressed and today even worse :( Nothing has changed at all with system except getting doser set up for my Kalkwasser last week. I have been doing 10% water changes every day since I noticed something off on Tuesday (no help), yesterday I fired my skimmer back up and added chemipure and a poly filter to sump (no help).. today I noticed that the worst looking stuff is all grouped together on the left side of my tank down stream from a rock covered with hairy mushrooms, they are pretty nasty and stinky so it got me thinking maybe they are committing chemical warfare on their neighbors? I pulled it from display and put it in my satellite tank with water running through carbon before it drains back into sump.. it’s only been a few hours but things actually seem to look a little better now, hoping for the best ;Nailbiting

    The self inflicted damage was my own stupidity, Basically while forcing myself to eat I managed to severely bite my tongue.. I’m blaming it on anxiety, stress and just being dumb ;)
     
  4. RichtheReefer21

    RichtheReefer21 Do It Yourself. R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Sounds like you should have stayed in bed today! Sorry to hear about the troubles. Not much experience to give advice with the shroom question.
     
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  5. Retro Reefer

    Retro Reefer Older than dirt! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Yesterday was actually the best day so far this week so even though I didn’t want to I’m glad I got out of bed ;) it looked like my tank was slowly turning around before I went to bed last night and this morning my scoly looks 100% better from what I can see in the dark.. at least it’s extending tentacles looking for food which it hadn’t done the last couple days :)

    Picture taken with flashlight this morning..

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  6. Katrina71

    Katrina71 Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award R2R Secret Santa Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    What do you need? I'm not sure I can fix anything, but I'm here to help.
     
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  7. Retro Reefer

    Retro Reefer Older than dirt! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    So it dawned on me the other parameter I had changed over the last week was pushing my salinity up a couple points from 1.024 to 1.026 in my experience this is nothing that would remotely effect tank but I was still trying to convince myself my readings are correct so armed with a fresh bottle of calibration solution I rechecked my salinity and then made a batch of my own calibration solution using randy’s formula to add some redundancy to my results.. my batch of calibration solution matched BRS solution exactly :)

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    1.55 grams iodized salt
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    40.25 grams distilled water
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  8. Retro Reefer

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    Thanks @Katrina71 you are so kind and always the first to offer help :)

    If you can keep Simon busy while I kidnap his Trachy I would feel much better ;):):D;Hilarious
     
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    Katrina71 Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award R2R Secret Santa Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Hmm. Ok. Here's the plan...we find Simon a great job here and get him to move. Kill 2 birds with one stone.
     
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    I'll be honest, your scoly is just as beautiful!
     
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    Consider your self spammed, hope things pick up quickly! ;)

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  12. Retro Reefer

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    Thanks Simon! That’s the kind of spam I don’t mind getting :) Such a great pic of baby, who wouldn’t love a face like that ;)
     
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    Lol
     
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    Victoria M Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Everything looks beautiful.
     
  15. Retro Reefer

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    Thanks Victoria.. glad to see you active on the forum and hopefully your feeling a little better :)
     
  16. Retro Reefer

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    Time for a update.. Hairy mushrooms now permanently exiled to crap tank ;) Main display is for the most part back to normal.


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    Been opening the shades during the day and letting sun hit the tank for a couple hours.. corals seem to love it but fish kinda freak out ;)

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    Your corals are happy happy happy!
     
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    RichtheReefer21 Do It Yourself. R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Acans look phenomenal man. Well done.
     
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    If I can just keep them that way :) Wish tank had a fast forward button ;)
     
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