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Old 02/20/2017, 03:46 PM   #126
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Well, i've got an insane GHA outbreak. My hypothesis is the problem is three-fold: 1) too much natural daylight (I need new window treatments, BAD!). 2) Went for too long without running GFO (switched from my lifereef filter cylinders to the BRS reactor and I went without carbon and GFO for a little over a month. 3) My pukani base rock I added in with my live rock from the 75 gallon tank I transferred over is leeching some serious phosphates.

I went ahead and manually removed as much of the GHA as I can by siphoning and scrubbing rocks/frags. I replaced the GFO with fresh after testing the phosphates came back at .1 but i'm sure they are bound up in the GHA. I removed any GHA from the refugium as I think some of it had come free and ended up getting shot into the display tank to continue spreading. Just going to go with a tumbling ball of chaeto and my mangroves. I cleaned any detritus out of the sump and the filter pads. I did a 30% water change and now going lights out for two days.

I am getting estimates on window treatments and contemplating if I should throw a blanket over the windows in the meantime. The wife might need some convincing on this...

I can't stand an ugly display. Must. Win. Battle.

In the meantime I realized I have taken a special liking to shrooms and grabbed some cool discomosa and rhodactis. Should be here later this week!


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Old 02/20/2017, 03:54 PM   #127
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SC Sells a cover for $25. I have it but need to change my return plumbing to fit it.

I have mine covering my gap so my T5 are perhaps 6 inches fromt he water. Only concern I have is that I have to wipe splash shield a bit more.


The money needs of the little one never ends. Daycare, diapers, toys, clothes, activities.... I am at age 3 now and spending more a month then I did when she was new.


Look into the tunze care magnet. You can go right down into the sand should you wish the way it is designed.


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Old 02/20/2017, 03:58 PM   #128
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Old 03/01/2017, 07:01 PM   #129
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so did you see the lineatus today?


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Old 03/01/2017, 07:36 PM   #130
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so did you see the lineatus today?


Nope, I've been tied up on a work trip. I always like looking on DD but my tank is pretty well stocked for the time being. Was it as special as the one you snagged?!


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Old 03/01/2017, 07:37 PM   #131
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Nope, I've been tied up on a work trip. I always like looking on DD but my tank is pretty well stocked for the time being. Was it as special as the one you snagged?!


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Old 03/11/2017, 05:00 PM   #132
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I couldn't resist. Welcome home Master Scolymia


Tank is doing better. GHA is under control and should be completely eliminated from the DT in about two weeks. BTA split three times and I sold them but one hopped across to another rock and now I have to catch him before he stings my SPS. I'm thinking about changing up the middle-right side of my tanks aquascape...



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Old 03/11/2017, 05:50 PM   #133
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NICE piece Blink. I like the saturated colors


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Old 03/20/2017, 08:35 AM   #134
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Well... this ongoing battle with GHA in the display is dragging on. Some manual removal, WC's, beefed up CUC, the added chaeto in the fuge, a temporary blanket over the window to block out sunlight and fresh GFO has greatly helped slow/stop any more of the GHA growth but there are areas at the base of some of my SPS that I just can't reach and it continues to bother the sticks. I'm pondering if I should jump into one dose of Fluconazole to try and completely finish the fight. A lot of what I have read indicated zero ill effects on corals and inhabitants... so this is tempting me.

During the manual removal process I re-scaped the middle and right side of the tank and I am much happier with the layout. It will provide added surface area for coral placement and growth and also more caves and homes for the fishes, win-win.

I'm going to ponder my GHA woes for a bit more and let the CUC do some more work to see where things go...then possibly take next steps.


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Old 03/20/2017, 08:40 AM   #135
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I have seen more and more on the use of fluconazole and honestly I would probably go that route as opposed to peroxide should I need in the future. Dont have to dip or remove anything for it to work and you basically dose once.

Now if only it worked for bubble algae....


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Old 03/20/2017, 01:52 PM   #136
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I have seen more and more on the use of fluconazole and honestly I would probably go that route as opposed to peroxide should I need in the future. Dont have to dip or remove anything for it to work and you basically dose once.

Now if only it worked for bubble algae....
So oddly enough I did quite a bit of reading about the mechanism of action for fluconazole and why it might be helpful for algae and safe for fish this last weekend. It evidently affects the cytochrome P450 enzymes that are specific for fungi and not for animals. The closeness in proximity for fungus also makes certain types of GHA susceptible for using fluconazole. I had GHA, bryopsis and bubble algae and the peroxide dip was just what the Dr. ordered, but if I began to have issues with just GHA again, I would opt for fluconazole as well.


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Old 03/20/2017, 01:57 PM   #137
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So oddly enough I did quite a bit of reading about the mechanism of action for fluconazole and why it might be helpful for algae and safe for fish this last weekend. It evidently affects the cytochrome P450 enzymes that are specific for fungi and not for animals. The closeness in proximity for fungus also makes certain types of GHA susceptible for using fluconazole. I had GHA, bryopsis and bubble algae and the peroxide dip was just what the Dr. ordered, but if I began to have issues with just GHA again, I would opt for fluconazole as well.
I'm currently on Vibrant for my bubble algae. I do find it weird that fluconazole doesn't seem to impact bubble algae at all. I dont know what to make of it but from all accounts it wont touch bubble algae. I hate this algae. I can dealw ith most other items as they are easily treated but bubble is such a pain...


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Old 03/20/2017, 03:40 PM   #138
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I concur. I've been letting the bubble algae do its thing in the refugium with hopes the two emerald crabs I dropped in the DT would eradicate it. I manually plucked quite a bit and was careful not to pop them. I think I read somewhere that popping them helps it spread? Anyway, I'm going on three months with the crabs, got lots of bubble algae in the fuge... and I still see bubble algae in the DT- but I don't see the bubble algae increasing. Maaayyyyybe I would venture to say it's gotten better but I'm holding out just yet. Hopefully I will watch it go away with time... I ordered the flucanazole and will begin treatment in about a week. I will post progress and before/after pics


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Old 03/20/2017, 04:30 PM   #139
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Bubble algae spreads by releasing spores when popped. Leaving in your fuge will continue to have them send spores to your dt and infest it. I would try to eradicate from sump

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Old 03/20/2017, 06:39 PM   #140
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Thanks Soulpatch. Looks like my to do list keeps getting bigger!


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Old 03/23/2017, 09:52 AM   #141
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Thanks Soulpatch. Looks like my to do list keeps getting bigger!


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Out of curiosity with is your camera/lens set up, I really like the pix of your corals and am getting into the macro game a bit more...


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Old 04/07/2017, 06:53 PM   #142
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Flucanazole and it's affect on my GHA. Top pic is day 1 of treatment. Bottom pic is day 13. So far I'm thoroughly impressed with the results. Some SPS getting mad at the higher nitrates and phosphates but I'll bring them back around. Stay tuned-


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Old 04/12/2017, 03:39 PM   #143
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Day 20 of Flucanazole treatment. 30% water change and carbon/GFO back online. So happy my tank is algae free again!


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Old 04/12/2017, 06:18 PM   #144
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Looking great Blink. I really wish I had GHA or something as opposed to bubble so I could go with this or peroxide to easily treat. Bubble just doesn't respond to peroxide the same way....


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Old 04/14/2017, 02:13 PM   #145
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Does this treatment kills the chaetos on the refugiam too?


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Old 04/15/2017, 08:15 PM   #146
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