My First Softy Tank... which has turned into a mixed reef

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sorry to see,poss combo of both..bjd ,we seen it,lights poss burning/burnt others,good to hear lil' guy putting fingerprints on tank :) try to keep us updated,like to see params,do you have apex/etc with records of params?
 
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sorry to see,poss combo of both..bjd ,we seen it,lights poss burning/burnt others,good to hear lil' guy putting fingerprints on tank :) try to keep us updated,like to see params,do you have apex/etc with records of params?

I have aquarimate here are the last two weeks.

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numbers look good,any chance ph monitor? or when you test,do at same time of day every time you do
I’m gonna be honest, I haven’t tested ph in some time. My refugium light runs opposite my tank light so I’ve let that slack.
I always test Sunday around 9-9:30 after I’ve put the kids to bed. When I first started dosing I test every other day until I was getting consistent numbers. Now I’ve gone to once a week.
 
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More fish!
More fish!

Now, everyone together... "More fish!"
I don’t know what else to add, on paper it seems full. I have the following
2 clowns
Coral beauty
Yellow tang
Blue mandrian
Fairy wrasse
Starry blenny
Spotted goby

any suggestions on what else to put in?
 
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An Amazon box of smiles was delivered today with my new Current wave makers and pump. :)
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My Current lights came with these really great straps that are used for cord control and organization. They work really well and I was happy to see another set included with the pump and wave makers.
Hi Yes I love these pumps and light set up. I have the whole system on my 140 gallon which I set up in May 2020. But we are already began upgrading to a 300 (96x30x24) but I will be using three Ecohtech Gen 5's and two Kessils for this monster.
The 300 will replace the 140 gallon...
I started the project in Nov 2020.
Here is the link.

I will be following your progress.
 

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leopard wrasse,tomini tang??
A Mckoskers wrasse is an easy addition as well.

I have the same stylo, and mine looked like that for a couple weeks after I changed out my MH bulb. You could also try fragging a piece of the healthy part just to be safe (easiest coral to frag ever, just break off a branch and glue it to a plug).

params look good, and the massive healthy anemone is a great testament to overall water/light quality imo. Wondering if there is another explanation- Have you noticed your coral beauty nipping at any of your corals?
 

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I don’t know what else to add, on paper it seems full. I have the following
2 clowns
Coral beauty
Yellow tang
Blue mandrian
Fairy wrasse
Starry blenny
Spotted goby

any suggestions on what else to put in?
Tomini tang
firefish goby
tail spot blenny (eats algae)
 
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Mag slightly high ( go to 1300)
alk a tad low (450)
Do you calibrate your salinity checker? False salinity would cause a whole heap of issues
When was last time you changed RODI filters?
Assure Phosphates arent elevated

In a mixed reef you want to run a pouch of chemipure blue as both LPS and SPS release toxins that affect each other and can cause released toxin to affect each other

May not be a bad idea to take a sizable sample of water to a trusted LFS and have them do some checks for you to compare with your readings
Another consideration would be to do an ICP test to get your total water analyzed.
 
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rethinking wrasse ,pod population,there is a mandy in there ;)
@Magellan ,hi ,i know ,stumped ,thinkin'bjd took out a couple ,and hopefully just adjusting to lights.
@MERKEY ;)stick around:cool:
Good point about the leopard, (with a mandarin in there already!) but the mckoskers won’t really eat many pods. I just ordered one myself, they are absolutely beautiful fish!
 
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Thanks for all the responses, that's not a bad idea to get the water tested at my LFS, just to double-check.

Several months ago, I was having an issue with cyano, and I got an ICP test to see if there was anything extra going on. It ended up turning itself around, and I never used the test, so now may be an excellent time to use it.

I recently had an issue with my RODI unit. It was making very little water, and almost all was going out of the black tube. I checked all the filters to see if there was a clog there, I didn't see one, but I changed them while doing that. My TDS meter reads 0.

In my sump, I have a bag of carbon in one of my filter sock spots. I change it out every couple of weeks. I know that softies can participate in chemical warfare, so I've had that going since I started adding corals.

As far as more fish go, I would love to add some more wrasses; I just want to stay away from pod eating ones, but I've read the wrasse lover thread, and it seems there are a lot of options. I've also thought about another goby as they are fun to watch. It's funny you mention a tailspot blenny. I just got one for the 30-gallon tank, put it in QT, and it vanished. I don't know if it jumped, died, and was eaten by the giant bristle worm in there, or alive and well and hiding in the piece of live rock.

I have gotten quotes for my 6-foot tank, which seems pretty reasonable (I mean reasonable for saltwater water), so I am moving down the path of getting a new tank. I will probably wait to add fish until that is up and running.
 
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Another thought on lighting that I had, my T5s were two coral+ and two Blue+. I had watched a video and thought about switching to Purple+. When I changed all my bulbs, I got two Coral+, a Blue+, and a Purple+ to see if I liked it better (spoiler alert: I do not). Could switch from a Blue to Purple cause issues? I'd actually love to switch that Purple back to Blue, but worried now that I will make matters worse.
 

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