SkiCat's Dream Build: [Saving The] Planet 180 - The Making Of An Epic Aquacultured Mixed Reef

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I hear ya! We're all destined for that phase lol. Just came out of it myself. Turf algae turned into cyano and then diatoms haha. Finally just stepping back out of it myself. Hope it clears up best it can!
I found out that after cleaning the gravel over and over, it just grows back within a week or two...but if I leave it, it just gets to a certain point and stays there...so if you embrace the green lawn look, it isn't that bad...

But, if it starts to kill coral, or grow over something I like, it's out of there...

The rocks all seem fine though, that phase passed a few months ago...
 
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Mai Tai Cyphastrea in the center, with several tiny anemones nearby, an urchin, and that's a tiny Green Slimer at the top (it died back to the plug, but seems to be coming back).

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I tried hard to get more pictures of the other fish...but every one of them looks like this:

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"Hey, watcha' doin'?"

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"Check out my 'I'm dead' coloring!"

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"Hi, me again...got any food?"

I mean, I could just post the entire roll of fish pics with the Rabbit Fish somewhere blurry in front over whatever....
 

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Two of the three Rock Flower Anemones that are still around from the old days. Also a good example of the lawn I'm growing...only on the sand though...

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@SkiCatTX I saw this sand stirrer from Printed Reef. You might consider.
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Stylo Day...

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Purple Stylo - Right, Miyagi Tort - Left


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Turquoise/Green imported from my previous tank


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Mystery Blue Stylo - It is blue, but with the filter, it doesn't show here. It was a packed-in extra from a previous order with no label...
 

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Stylo Day...

Miyagi Tort & Purple Stylo.jpeg

Purple Stylo - Right, Miyagi Tort - Left


Turquoise Stylo.jpeg

Turquoise/Green imported from my previous tank


Blue Mystery Stylo.jpeg

Mystery Blue Stylo - It is blue, but with the filter, it doesn't show here. It was a packed-in extra from a previous order with no label...
@SkiCatTX I love Styloporas. Looks like bones.
 
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I got a new iPad, so rather than sell the old one, I decided to mount it on the wall...

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I was tired of always needing to go find my phone when I want to do something in the tank, now I just go up to the display. Way easier...though it's still annoying having to change to all the various apps...
 
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Return flow has been getting lower, and it's been almost a year, so I decided to clean the return pumps. It was great since I have two, and can pump to both side with only one, so I was able to clean one at a time and keep the tank running.

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The flow is now almost double before the cleaning. I can now run the pumps at partial power again!

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Ski,
Things are looking good in here.

Did you get your Hydros 4 controller straightened out?
Yes, they finally released a version of the software that allows the WaveEngine to be part of a collective. It's all working as a single system now, though it only controls the two Klir rollers, an auto feeder, and the wave pumps. My Apex runs everything else except the lights...which have their own system...such a pain that everyone can't just get along...
 

What is the best "cleaning product" or home recipe for cleaning reef tank equipment?

  • Water and scrubbing

    Votes: 17 15.3%
  • Citric Acid

    Votes: 54 48.6%
  • Vinegar

    Votes: 34 30.6%
  • Hydrogen peroxide

    Votes: 2 1.8%
  • Lemon Juice

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 4 3.6%
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