Whats the most Critical Important thing you may have overlooked on your reef and how would you suggest fixing that to new reefers?

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And oh!

Never buy a coral SMALLER than the head of a frag plug

1 - the frag is probably too delicate to make the acclimation (even if it appears healed over)

2 - the seller is probably gouging the price by fragging up a colony into massive profit frags

I've lost thousands of dollars to buying small frags

Just walk away from the sale

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wait what... should i be staying away from all those $40 to $50 euphyllias; and one headed acans?
 
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I did a tank upgrade , everything went smoothly , no losses. I started growing coralline again and my sps were doing well for the first couple of months. Then i decided to add more live rock to fill the extra space after the upgrade, I chose to go with dead rock which i have always avoided in the past as i like the biodiversity in wet rock.

Man what a mistake that was , soon after my alk started rising, the corals stopped their normal uptake, the tank went through an ugly stage with diatoms even though the existing rocks etc were 2 years old established. I'm sure that dry rock must leach silicates , phosphate and other contaminants.
This was a total tank crash , all sps and most lps receded and died over a month or so. Hair algae was next as it grew on all the dead tissue. I'm still struggling months later to get things back in balance.

I would advise any reefer to be very wary of adding too much dry rock all at once to an established tank , i would cure it for a few months in a tub of heated saltwater or use established wet live rock from a tank shutdown or ocean live rock.
how much dry rock did you relative to your live rock?
 

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When I first started I did find a good source of water and it may not seem important to some but having a good clean RODI water in a pinch can save you a lot of troubles and headache in my opinion.
I have a no waste ro system by Watts, and am waiting for my DI filter to arrive. I intend to keep at least 30 gallons ready always. I can do 60 wee will see
 
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