Zibba's Reefs -- ADA 90P & Envision 100g

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  1. Diesel

    Diesel String Stalker. R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Reef Spotlight Award Partner Member 2018

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    Z-Man........... shots are so unreal IMO, but again if I look good is see your fish breathing even in the shots.
    About the rock, do it but do it slow.
    Better idea is a bigger tank with all the hot coral you have on the sand bed and what about the collection of Acans.......... dude what were you thinking!!
    Looking good as always.
     

  2. zibba

    zibba Valuable Member Photo of the Month Award

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    I'm so close to pulling the trigger on a tank upgrade for the ADA -- looking seriously at the DSA 130 pro. In reality, it will probably be 2+ months before I upgrade that tank though. Even if I bought the tank this week, I don't have a two back-to-back weekends to get it set up (just guessing that's at least what it will take). Hopefully things will slow down a bit this summer and I can finally upgrade it.

    On top of all that, I'm having issues that I need to get straightened out before upgrading. No reason to upgrade my problems!

    These are enemy number one at the moment:
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    Hydoids! :( by ..:.. EZ ..:.., on Flickr

    Some form of hydroids and all of the research I've done leads me to thing there's not much that can be done short of a restart. Pursuant to advice from a friend, I'll be trying peppermint shrimp. Even if they don't take care of the problem, I like peppermint shrimp and hopefully they'll make a good addition to the tank.

    Besides those darn hydroids, I've lost one of my absolute favorite chalices, the Reef Raft Red Barron. I'm also painfully watching the Jason Fox Sweettooth and Jason Fox Inferno die back a little more each week. I've tried iodine dips, moving them around so they get different flow, and checking them for pests (neither has hydroids). No clue what to try next.

    Here's a shot of where the JF Sweettooth is at:
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    Dying JF Sweettooth by ..:.. EZ ..:.., on Flickr

    Open to ideas!

    At the same time, many corals are looking fantastic:

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    Kwoww Rhodactus by ..:.. EZ ..:.., on Flickr

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    Kwoww Rhodactus baby by ..:.. EZ ..:.., on Flickr


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    Seasons Greetings Monti by ..:.. EZ ..:.., on Flickr

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    LA Lakers, Nuclear Greens, Captain Americas, X-Men, Miami Vice by ..:.. EZ ..:.., on Flickr

    The Spitfires are so bright in person:
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    Kwoww's RAP Zoas + Spitfire Zoas by ..:.. EZ ..:.., on Flickr

    And...this Miagi tort is out of control awesome:
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    Miagi Tort by ..:.. EZ ..:.., on Flickr

    Not all of the chalices are struggling, which makes it just that much more frustrating! Here's the WWC Hot Stuff chalice:
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    WWC Hotstuff by ..:.. EZ ..:.., on Flickr
     
  3. ritter6788

    ritter6788 Coral Fraud Private Eye Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Reef Spotlight Award Partner Member 2018

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    Do you use any coral foods? I get those hydroids when I use small coral foods like reef chili or coral frenzy. If I stop using them they die back.
     
  4. zibba

    zibba Valuable Member Photo of the Month Award

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    I do on occasion feed rotifers and/or reefroids (maybe, once every 1-2x ever 2-weeks). I can cut that out all together but I've been battling these guys for at least 3-months. I've tried dipping corals invested with them in iodine and h202, but neither kills them. I've tried manual removal with a toothbrush and tweezers, they bounce right back even after repeated attempts. I'm clearly losing the battle!
     
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    Eric, those mushrooms are fantastic!

    Excellent shots as usual.
     
  6. zibba

    zibba Valuable Member Photo of the Month Award

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    Thanks, Chris! Hope all is well on your end. Appreciate you checking in.
     
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    zibba Valuable Member Photo of the Month Award

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    Still fighting the good fight and most things are still holding strong. Absolutely in love with this unique lobo or acan hillae, not sure what it is exactly. Kwoww picked it up a few months ago out at Aqua SD when she was cruising out there to visit friends:

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    Corals are starting to battle for space:
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    This trachy is blinding:
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    POP, POP, POP:
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    Fruit loop chalice:
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    Phoenix Sunset Chalice -- first coral in the aquarium, still going strong...along with the barnacle (you can see the hole right in the middle).
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    Malibu Favia
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    Srsly! Acanthomania
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    (Actually appears much more gold than this, but it's been impossible for meto capture the true colors)
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  8. jlugo

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    Hey your tank is looking better every time!! any full shot tank update?
     
  9. zibba

    zibba Valuable Member Photo of the Month Award

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    Thanks! :) I'm hoping to get one up soon. Tried for one yesterday but things were a little stirred up after the water change and it didn't turn out that well.
     
  10. revhtree

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    Beautiful!
     
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    Zibba what's your opinion about kalkwasser reactor vs. 2 part dosing? I know you're using two part, but what is your opinion?
     
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    For medium tanks*** (30-90 gallons)
     
  13. zibba

    zibba Valuable Member Photo of the Month Award

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    Thanks Rev! :)

    I dosed kalk via topoff on my old 90-gallon until it grew out to a point where I needed to add 2-part manually to keep up. While going that route, I overdosed kalk on accident two times and one of those times it almost crashed the tank. Kalk has some serious benefits but it's more risky in my opinion. 2-part is safer, but it's not accident-proof. For example, a good friend of mine just had his doser go AWOL and overdose alk causing pH to spike and a precipitation -- basically the same thing that happens when you OD on Kalk.

    Another consideration for me was that I knew I'd be buying the 2-part anyway to make adjustments to new saltwater or the tank as it needed it. Since you're likely going to end up with 2-part on hand anyway, it sort of makes sense to just use that as your primary method of maintaining your big-3.

    As you know, I decided to buy the BRS two-part (three-part) and manually dosed that while the tank was maturing, which is what I'd recommend you to do if your tank is new. I wouldn't jump right into a doser on a brand new tank. If your tank is more mature and you've made up your mind to get a doser one way or the other, I think a 3-part dosing system is the way to go. It allows more precise control, is a little safer and is easier to clean/maintain, especially if you're away from your tank for an extended period of time. The downside is that a 3-part dosing system is a bit more expensive so that's the trade-off.

    BTW, I tried to get another FTS last night without success. 10-pictures and none of them turned out. They're my nemesis when it comes to reef photography.
     
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    Tank looks great. I completely agree about the FTS being a nemesis, just imagine having an even longer tank!
     
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    Eric, sorry to hear some of your corals aren't doing well. Your photos are awesome as always. JP
     
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    So very beautiful! LOVE!!
     
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    zibba Valuable Member Photo of the Month Award

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    Glad I'm not the only one! :) I already have to back up to the far side of the room as it is to get this little 3-footer in the picture, not sure what I'd do if it was longer. Learn to stitch pictures, I suppose.

    Thanks Jeff. The hydroids seem to have dissipated in the larger tank but they're in full force in the smaller tank -- now taking over some nice acans. The frustration continues but I'm just trying to be patient and let them run their course.

    Really appreciate the compliment, Rev! :) I think it needs another 2-years or so before it will really be in full form. Hopefully I can keep it stable enough to get there!
     
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    It's too bad that Setosa won't grow. :D
     
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    zibba Valuable Member Photo of the Month Award

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    I know, right!

    Compare 1.30.2014:
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    With 3.13.14:
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    With 4.22.2014:
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    The red dragon and the stag in the middle are growing really fast!
     
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