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Leaving tomorrow for a few days with grandkids. back Sunday, then leaving Monday and back sat. So anxious leaving my tank!!

No3 6 today and po4 2!!! Added some phosguard. Good to have some numbers here as I have been bottoming out. Not sure why po4 jumped so high though. haven't dosed neophos in 2-3 days.

There is so much algae. Even with low or almost bottomed out numbers which tells me that the algae is sucking up nutrients. I should dose reef flux while I'm gone but my chaeto.... Harvested half of it today. Put some in other tank. It doesn't thrive there as it is just a basket in the display and lights are not on 16 hrs. I have a separate light on the chaeto though. When I get back, I'll add another basket of chaeto and ulva to that tank and dose the big tank. Will leave some chaeto to see if it survives. If I shut the UV pump off, I could block the inlet and outlet flows of that 2nd sump and just keep the flow going in there while I dose. Guessing the tank can go a week or 2 without UV

Did some upkeep on the 45g aio. Discovered both powerheads were so clogged with algae neither were working! First time I tried citric acid. Hands down much better than vinegar! Both powerheads working. Got an old jebao wavemaker working and put that in. Have a spare low power PH for that tank now.

Did the sandbed on the big tank and then the diy snow. Sunday when I'm back, I'll dose MB clean. Wondering if I can mix mb clean and 7 at same time.

Harvesting phyto tomorrow. Will let it sit and start new batch monday morning. Been harvesting at 4-5 days. Cultures were crashing--I think due to heat as 3 jars with led strips around them got the area too hot. Fan seems to help so we'll see if it can go mon to sat. Need to harvest lots of pods as well to make room for adding phyto while I'm gone.

At night seeing tons of pods in display. Good as I want a scooter blenny again.

Nothing new, good or bad with tank. Pretty stable. Just algae. Oh, the DD's laid more eggs.... And Dave still hangs in his "spot". With the goby gone, I need to add another one or 2 sand sifting gobies. And find a couple black cucumbers.

fingers crossed.... Hubby in charge of tank Fri-Sun am, my non-reefing friend Mon-Sat. Thank god for Apex, mobius app, red sea reef beat app. I can control just about everything except my skimmer
 
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I think there is probably some bryopsis in there. Hard to tell. Regardless, it is taking over again. Nothing I have is eating any of it. Last time I treated, it didn't get it all. The majority but not all. I figured the UV would help with algae! Might turn up the pump. I'm also rather surprised with my very low nutrients that it is thriving. Ugh. Always something...
 
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I think there is probably some bryopsis in there. Hard to tell. Regardless, it is taking over again. Nothing I have is eating any of it. Last time I treated, it didn't get it all. The majority but not all. I figured the UV would help with algae! Might turn up the pump. I'm also rather surprised with my very low nutrients that it is thriving. Ugh. Always something...
When you get back from holidays feel free to drop me a line. Maybe we can figure out a solution to get rid of it once and for all... Have a great trip!
 
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thanks! Here is what I have. Not good pics but best I can do. Some white on some but that might just be stuff I blasted from sand maybe.

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Having a good time on our trip. Glad I can check all my equipment from afar except skimmer. ATO decided to go nuts before we left. 1 inch higher. Thought it was due to me adding a 2nd powerhead in 2nd sump--maybe pushing water out faster. But the ato brute in garage had gone down several inches!!! Filled it back up and it still went down. Sensor is completely under water so not sure what is going on. Have sitter watching. Turned the ato off. When the level is right I can turn it back on. That seems to be the only issue.

Got my laptop out last night and discovered it had bulged! The lith battery was going. Just had this happen to my tablet last month. So we ran around vegas, found a best buy and had them remove the battery as it was now a fire hazard. Lucky it still works with the power cord! Cost 40 bucks plus a new battery when I get home, and cost to install...

In the last month I've had to replace:
tablet--battery going, case bulging, ready to pop off
Lap top--bulging so bad, couldn't shut
fitbit watch--wouldn't sync, lost time, couldn't sync to correct time

A crazy and expensive month!

One more day here. Tempted to go check out fish stores. But it is so hot, I'm not sure I can keep corals cool enough on way home. Maybe with ice chest We shall see!

Missing my tank, and really want to test!! Testing is beyond my friend/sitter. hoping my phyto doesn't crash before I get home on Saturday. And pods...

good news tonight--actually won 100 bucks on slots. Vegas is just not as good as it used to be. Used to be able to play a 20 dollar bill for an hour. Or longer. Not anymore. The slots are bigger, fancier and there are not nearly as many. Not as many people either. So rather disappointed in that aspect of trip.
 

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good news tonight--actually won 100 bucks on slots. Vegas is just not as good as it used to be. Used to be able to play a 20 dollar bill for an hour. Or longer. Not anymore. The slots are bigger, fancier and there are not nearly as many. Not as many people either. So rather disappointed in that aspect of trip.
The last time I was in Vegas (has to be at least 15 years now) I played an entire afternoon with the slots for $20 - so I can definitely relate.

My aunt's husband worked for the casinos for many years - back when Sinatra, etc. frequented (and when they were under "different" management). I remember some of the interesting stories he shared about Bobby Darin and some of the other celebrities he got to know. I really got the impression it was the golden age back then.
 
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