What is wrong with my setup?

Discussion in 'Wisconsin Fox Valley Reef Club' started by siropa, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. SaraB

    SaraB Well-Known Member

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    I would agree that not all foams are equal. My cans were $12 each, so I wouldn't exactly call that cheaping out. Those using the cheap $5 foam; that I would say yes to being cheap.
     

  2. customcolor

    customcolor The coRal nuT

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    true...

    i wasnt saying you cheeped out Sara. you, like many, where only using what was available, or what others used at the time.
     
  3. siropa

    siropa Well-Known Member

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    I'm not hopeful it will help at all, but Craig & Holly borrowed me a spare UV filter they had. got it plumbed in this morning. We'll see.

    Trouble also is there isn't exactly a good/bad indicator to tell if anything is helping. Kinda hard to measure if slow die off of corals is stopping.
     
  4. MrSquid

    MrSquid Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Especially since you've got a big system and UV flow has to be slow.

    How old is the bulb? Remember that they've got about a 12 month lifespan.
     
  5. Jhildebrand

    Jhildebrand Well-Known Member

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    Between enough polyfilter and quality carbon, is there anyone that could tell you if you can rule out chemicals and/or leaching? Maybe chemist Randy? I can't seem to find any concrete evidence on the foam causing a crash. There has been however, documented cases of a strain of virus or something killing off certain species of SPS and the owners have never been able to keep those species in those particular tanks ever again. I read a fantastic article on it and I'll see if I can find it.
     
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    siropa Well-Known Member

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    Interesting. I remember reading something about that once, but I forgot about that.

    I gave the foam a good inspection today. it doesn't appear to be breaking down at all and it quite rigid.
     
  7. jlinzmaier

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    That would certainly make sense and the zeo process may well have made this biological pathogen prevalent. It may have given it just what it needed to take hold of your system.

    Jeremy
     
  8. gbcichlids

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    Anything new to report Bill?
     
  9. Mako56

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    I am having the same kind of problem I think I only have one sps left and an over population of mushrooms. I don't know what to do either but am thinking of cleaning the sand bed out of my refugium and taking out all the mushrooms. Now I just need to find the time to tear it all down.:eek:oh:
     
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    siropa Well-Known Member

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    fun prospect, isn't it?

    i'd probably already have ripped mine down if it weren't for all the fish and the logistics of what to do with them.
     
  11. jlinzmaier

    jlinzmaier Well-Known Member

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    Were you also using zeo or any other bacterial proliferation method??

    Jeremy
     
  12. Mako56

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    Ya its a major project and it is going to take quite some time I imagine the fish wiil get sick too with all the changes and they are all so healthy. I could just let the mushrooms take over the whole tank I guess, they look very healthy too.

    Nope never used anything like that I did try the three part mix for a while and that could be what happened but it been over six months since I used that.
     
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  13. MrSquid

    MrSquid Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Three part mix? Is that as in 2-part plus mag?
     
  14. jlinzmaier

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    I wondered that myself but then thought you were referring to the VSV (vinegar, surgar, vodka).

    Jeremy
     
  15. Mako56

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    No i ment the baking soda, Peladow and mag flakes mixed with epson salts.
     
  16. PrisonCityReef

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    3 Part mix. Ice, Korbel, Coke.

    Oh, for the TANK! :)
     
  17. Limpits_Reef

    Limpits_Reef Happy Reefer

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    Sorry to hear that you had a tank crash and that things are not going well with your tank now.
    I'll admit tearing down and starting over is really a lot of work but in the long run it really is worth it.
    Remember that 5 foot 125 gallon I had that was full of mushrooms?
    Here is that same tank a year and a half later after doing a complete teardown.
    [​IMG]
     
  18. RonnieBlack

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    Don't over think it..Nothing good happens fast in a reef tank..Check your sand bed, Test your water for Po4, check the membranes on that RODI unit, get a TDS meter for it as well...How old are your bulbs? Is your temp good? and staying balanced? salinity always the same at water change? Keeping nutrients out of the tank? Do the simple things first and do the waiting game
     

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