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General Help : Can anyone identify this "algae"?

Recent Message Board Posts - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 08:53
Author: Rackham1
Subject: Can anyone identify this "algae"?
Posted: May 27 2017 at 2:53pm

Can anyone identify what this is growing in my sump? Preferably a specific species if you can.
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Show Off / POTM (Picture of the Month) : May POTM

Recent Message Board Posts - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 08:50
Author: BADM
Subject: May POTM
Posted: May 27 2017 at 2:50pm

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General Discussion : Looking for Help in Setting Up my Aquarium

Recent Message Board Posts - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 03:33
Author: Mark Peterson
Subject: Looking for Help in Setting Up my Aquarium
Posted: May 27 2017 at 9:33am

I can help. I have done countless beautiful, yet low maintenance tanks with minimal funds. Text sent.Aloha,Mark  
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General Help : General knowledge questions

Recent Message Board Posts - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 03:24
Author: Mark Peterson
Subject: General knowledge questions
Posted: May 27 2017 at 9:24am

Welcome back.
My answers:1. However much you want. Tanks with less rock and more open sand can look really cool but offer less hiding places for skittish fish such as Firefish Gobies, which actually do very well where there are caves in the sand or a thick stand of Caulerpa on the sand. (Note: the type of rock used can either make or break a reef aquarium environment, but you didn't ask that question, yet.  )
2. Start with a few snails. As more algae becomes noticeable on glass and rock, add more snails. In the end, one snail per gallon is a good rule of thumb. When fish are added, uneaten food may start to sit on the sand. This is the best time to add one or two hermits.
3. That depends on what look you like AND what type of sand you use. It also depends on what other biofiltration is in the system, like beautiful Caulerpa or other Macroalgae which eats N and P pollution like crazy. Smaller particle sand, Oolitic Sand for example, harbors a larger bacteria population so 1/2" of Oolitic sand does the same job of biofiltration as 1.5" of large chunks of crushed coral. A DSB (deep sand bed) can be unnecessary. I typically use Oolitic on the bottom and larger sand on top, but in the tank pictured below it was about 4" of Oolitic sand for the benefit of a soft sandy beach with ample biofiltration for my all time favorite fish. If you haven't read the Reefkeeping Tips linked below in my signature line, I would highly recommend it.
Aloha,Mark  

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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Free additives

Recent Message Board Posts - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 03:01
Author: rmw2g
Subject: Free additives
Posted: May 27 2017 at 9:01am

Oh ya my number is

615-500-2968
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Free additives

Recent Message Board Posts - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 03:00
Author: rmw2g
Subject: Free additives
Posted: May 27 2017 at 9:00am

Just doing some fish closet clean out. All in the pic are free. Pretty sure none are expired but I'm not going to look. Too busy. Text me if you want to come pick em up.
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EMERGENCY FORUM : Clarification on Cyano

Recent Message Board Posts - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 02:50
Author: Mark Peterson
Subject: Clarification on Cyano
Posted: May 27 2017 at 8:50am

Sorry to read about your trouble. I have a few thoughts. 
In a situation like this, where a nuisance algae is running rampant, we always expect Nitrogen pollution to be at or near zero because the nuisance algae is doing a lot of the biofiltration for the system that, like yours, may lack sufficient biofiltration for the load of nutrients entering the water.
What kind of LS and LR were used in this setup? Were they dry, previously used in another reef aquarium? This kind of rock creates its own specific problems that need to be dealt with in a special way. The problems of dead dry rock usually show their ugly head from 3-9 months after setup. There is a Reefkeeping Tip discussion about the unique problems and solutions associated with dead, dry LR and LS.
You mentioned Python and above I mentioned a lack of biofiltration. In doing water changes, do you always go deep down into the LS? If so, I would stop doing that. The life in LS does it's best biofiltration when left undisturbed so that good populations of different bacteria, bugs and worms can do their job. 
It takes time for bacteria, bug and worm populations to grow and reproduce to the size that they can overtake nuisance algae. Be patient. It can help a lot to add some LS and and LR from a long established reef. The LR that has Coralline Algae growth on it is the best. The LS that has bugs and visible worms in it is the best. 
How long has this tank been running? From what I have read in your posts above I would guess 3-9 months, Am I right?
A full tank pic posted here would allow us to give the best and most helpful advice.
Insufficient light can be the cause of increased Cyano growth/ It may seem strange because we know that light grows algae, but only 7 hours of light per day, really is not enough light. It is way less than in nature near the equator where the sun shines for 12 hours. I have seen many tanks where insufficient light actually encouraged Cyano. I would, gradually over the next 10 days, increase the photoperiod to as much as 12 or even 14 hours per day. This makes sense in that fluorescent lights lose intensity by as much as 50% after one year of use. It may not seem dim to our eyes, but believe me, it is dim. 
Is there Macroalgae in the sump.? At this point with this problem, adding a big clump of Chaeto to the display tank will make a difference. Macroalgae can often eat nutrients out of the water which effectively steals it from the Cyanobacteria. Caulerpa algae is a beautiful addition to any reef tank. It adds a color and a look that bring variety to the whole picture. There are many types/shapes of Caulerpa and they all can be grown across the sand where they are easily harvested and can be moved to suit your taste. 
The solutions I have touched on above all deal with the root of the problem. If a quick fix is wanted, I often use Dr. Tims Waste Away.  Waste Away is a bouquet of bacteria selected for their specific aggressive appetite for organisms like Cyano and the nutrients Cyano eats. Cyano seems to stay away longer with Waste Away than with the chemical products that are made to directly kill Cyano, such as Chemiclean.
Hope this helps.
Aloha,Mark808-345-1049 (call or text for a more personal and immediate discussion)
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Wwc bounce frags F/S

Recent Message Board Posts - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 01:46
Author: mOnster
Subject: Wwc bounce frags F/S
Posted: May 27 2017 at 7:46am

Fishflop wrote:

I don't understand why people would stand you up with you being so accommodating. It's really. I wonder why majority of your stuff is listed as fcfs. I'm sorry man. If I had the money I'd jump on it if I had the money =)

Yea bro some people sucks ha ha
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Looking for tank

Recent Message Board Posts - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 18:00
Author: bstuver
Subject: Looking for tank
Posted: May 27 2017 at 12:00am

Found thanks guys!
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Wwc bounce frags F/S

Recent Message Board Posts - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 16:33
Author: Fishflop
Subject: Wwc bounce frags F/S
Posted: May 26 2017 at 10:33pm

I don't understand why people would stand you up with you being so accommodating. It's really. I wonder why majority of your stuff is listed as fcfs. I'm sorry man. If I had the money I'd jump on it if I had the money =)
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Need gone asap

Recent Message Board Posts - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 16:05
Author: bstuver
Subject: Need gone asap
Posted: May 26 2017 at 10:05pm

ALL PENDING

I bought a tank and there are a few things I don't want to keep.
Arrow crab
Emerald crab(I have macros it will eat)
Large turbo snail(again macros it will eat)
Cucumber

Midnight clownfish (I already have two clowns)

Not sure what to price them at I think they only thing worth much will be the midnight clown so make me an offer if you want any of it, I'll put prices lower than what I found on the internet but make me an offer need gone! They are now in a bigger 5 gallon bucket with air stone and heater:) Located in Provo need gone asap! Texts only 801-404-3215 feel free to text until around 12:30am im up late!

Edited by bstuver - 12 hours 59 minutes ago at 2:01am
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General Help : General knowledge questions

Recent Message Board Posts - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 15:09
Author: JD_Duval87
Subject: General knowledge questions
Posted: May 26 2017 at 9:09pm

Hello all! I'm going to be setting up a 24 gallon nano, I've been out of the hobby fpr awhile, some stuff i can recall, but other stuff i cannot. Any help on these questions is much appreciated! Just a side note i only plan on having about 3 or 4 smaller fish, but I'm planning on having a nice zoa garden, on a few other LSP corals.

1. How much rock should i use (lbs wise)?
2. How big of a clean up crew should i get to start?
3. How deep of a sand bed should i have?

Thank you in advance!
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Mostly High end Corals FS

Recent Message Board Posts - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:39
Author: bstuver
Subject: Mostly High end Corals FS
Posted: May 26 2017 at 6:39pm

Thanks again for the coral:)
Guys go buy his stuff, really he has some nice coral!
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : SOLD

Recent Message Board Posts - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:04
Author: bstuver
Subject: SOLD
Posted: May 26 2017 at 5:04pm

Thanks again! Can't wait to get it set up!
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : SOLD

Recent Message Board Posts - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:01
Author: Jaag
Subject: SOLD
Posted: May 26 2017 at 5:01pm

SOLD MODS PLEASE DELETE
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : 8 Gal Innovative Marine FS

Recent Message Board Posts - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 09:18
Author: chuckfu5
Subject: 8 Gal Innovative Marine FS
Posted: May 26 2017 at 3:18pm

Would he take $75? I can pick up Tuesday.
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Mostly High end Corals FS

Recent Message Board Posts - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 08:38
Author: thathiep
Subject: Mostly High end Corals FS
Posted: May 26 2017 at 2:38pm

Are you selling the fish?
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Aquarium Related Classifieds : Wwc bounce frags F/S

Recent Message Board Posts - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 07:00
Author: mOnster
Subject: Wwc bounce frags F/S
Posted: May 26 2017 at 1:00pm

Bump, I still have 1 frag left I was holding it for someone for almost 3 weeks and he changed his mind
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EMERGENCY FORUM : Clarification on Cyano

Recent Message Board Posts - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 06:16
Author: Kynneke
Subject: Clarification on Cyano
Posted: May 26 2017 at 12:16pm

How did you manually remove it?  I tried to siphon it out with the python but all I did was either get just water or tons of sand.  It doesn't blow off either.
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