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alexknight
01/04/2013, 10:29 PM
an update to my old, old thread.
http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1872871

So its been about 2 year now. Yes I know that is a really long time to update a thread. Iv seen way to meany threads on here where they stop and no one knows what ever happened as they turn into cyber dust.


What I remember/read is I had the tank up and going for about 8 months at the new ( old ) house I moved into.
A friend of my roommate at the time, was cleaning out her wayyyy over run cube and removing the sump due to her husband crying about how " loud " the water sounded.

I added the new rock/ plants/ fish into my tank. That's when it slowly went down hill.
( I was able to find the old pictures of it.)

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c313/marianna42/75/2010-07-05145252.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c313/marianna42/75/2010-07-05144022.jpg

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This was after I spent two days cleaning and scrubbing rocks
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c313/marianna42/75/2010-07-13170007.jpg

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And the only picture I could find before I moved 4 months ago, into the New house.
Any time it would pop back up I would just remove it. I left the tank alone and everything grew back, I only added fish and a carpet.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c313/marianna42/75/460472_10150581007378977_2135029387_o.jpg


The last time I moved the tank, I had to take it down two flights of stairs and the guy who helped pretty much manhandled the tank so the sand bed killed itself, along with the drive across town.
so now we are in the recovery step again all though its coming back much faster now.
I do miss my back wall being completely covered in GSP. :(

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c313/marianna42/75/1357362622763.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c313/marianna42/75/1357362621040.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c313/marianna42/75/1357362620246.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c313/marianna42/75/1357362619848.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c313/marianna42/75/1357362617191.jpg


What I have learned from this, Is stay on top of growth, and don't mess with the tank!
I can not stress that enough I had my loco salt water reef store tell me to do water changes, add this, do this, clean this, dose more of this... and It made everything stressed.
I learned to leave it alone! I do water changes once a month and I never had any problem besides topping off my water with RO. Its what I have found works the best for me.

( sorry for the bad pictures, they are yet again from my phone. )

btreyes
01/06/2013, 06:10 PM
Wow, that looks really cool!!! I love it when tanks become literally covered in coral! I agree with you on not altering the tank that much. I've found that the more I mess with my tank, the worse it becomes. Anyways, awesome tank!

Amphiprion
02/05/2013, 06:14 PM
Very nice! Specs, maintenance regime?

alexknight
02/08/2013, 09:50 PM
Top it off with R/O everyday. Here in NM we have a lot of dry heat so the water gets low quickly.
besides that water change maybe every two months. I do check the salinity once as week as I skim wetter then normal, added when needed.
I does the tank heavily with DT's once a week, I upped it more now that I have four clams. Then just feed the carpets sliver sliders once a week and feed the fish every other day. Besides that I mostly leave the tank alone and do not mess with it only cleaning the glass. I find ( myself ) that things are happier that way.

mt4sure
03/03/2013, 11:59 PM
glad to see that your tank is looking up. how do you get that gsp growing on the rear tank like that lol. it looks awesome.