Great video Rusty! Absolutely gorgeous tank, gotta love that aquascape!Okay, see if you guys can see my channel here, i uploaded a front and backside video. Let me know if it works! My camera skills really suck. Ah well, enjoy!
Man that tank has really grown in! Great job Rusty!!!Okay, see if you guys can see my channel here, i uploaded a front and backside video. Let me know if it works! My camera skills really suck. Ah well, enjoy!
Oh man Rusty, it was heart wrenching to read that post. The system was really coming into it's own.unfortunately it's not going well. I've lost pretty much all of my acro's over the last 2 months in some sort of rtn/stn that is never ending. I've done water changes, tested parameters, put in carbon, tried poly filter, etc and nothing seems to stop the slow demise of my acro's. I haven't added anything in probably 8+ months and it's not pests. It started when my wife broke her leg badly and I ended up having to take care of her and the family for 3 months straight. Fish weren't fed enough, flow dropped too low from clogged eductors and i had a crash. Also, my tube that fed my reactor from the pump header came just about 1/4" loose and just held water in there where I think it turned septic. IT was just blowing water into the container keeping a column of head about 6" above water level but not really getting any flow to come out the top. Then when i'd have a power outage or something it would drain down and put a shot of septic water in the system. Not sure how long that was happening but i removed it from the system about 2 months ago also. I'm not entirely sure how many fish I lost as I never saw a body or noticed until a while later but I think it was 2 blue reef chromis, 1 firefish, 2 anthias, and maybe one other i can't think of. Also a lot of huge colonies that filled the trench area died and that started the event. It's been about 2 months now and I still can't turn things around.
It's pretty heart wrenching daily to watch these HUGE acro colonies slowly die. I'll post a couple pics soon but it looks vastly different than it used to.
I thought I had turned a corner as a couple colonies started coloring up bigtime but then last week those started sloughing skin at the tips which has been the start.
I removed a pump that had siezed and also removed a heater and cleaned my other 2 heaters. Nothing showed leaking or damage.
I'll probably cough up the $50 for a triton test at this point but i don't think it will find anything of note.
Oddly enough, most of the damage stayed contained to my main DT and the frag tank didn't seem to suffer losses but then last week my awesome 4" red dragon colony RTN'd overnight. Ironically, 2 of the frags in the same frag tank (~1" each) are still okay. It really seems like i've got a stagnant water issue or something that occasionally nukes a coral but i can't for the life of me figure out where it could be at this point.
I just can't seem to tie any particular item to what's causing the stn/rtn.
At this point I think i've taken out approximately 3 - 5 gallon home depot buckets full of dead/dying coral.
Open to suggestions if anyone's got one.
BRS did a good video on making your own fish food. I did it myself a few months ago. I got a bad of shrimp, bag of scallops, pack of squid, a pack of spirinella brine shrimp, a pack of cyclops, bottle of reef roids, bottle of reef chili, nori, some selcon, and a small bottle of garlic guard (although I've since read that garlic may not be as good as we once thought for fish). Ground the fish/scallops/squid with a Parmesan grater (I only have smaller fish right now). Added in the frozen foods, cut nori, selcon, garlic and some RO water. Done. Not bad. Took a hour or so to grind everything up. I'd love to get some Tobiko next time and maybe add something else in but I feel its been working great so far.I will say, a lot of the amazing tanks i've seen follow the overfeed like crazy and pull out the nutrients to keep them low and thereby having a large transient nutrient flow. It really seems to be a key ingredient that I've known for a while, but just haven't been able to bite the bullet with my wallet and follow. Maybe i'll get with one of the reef club sometime soon and have them show me how to make my own fresh fish food.
For the six months prior to my move I neglected my system, maybe not as bad as you did but I didn't have as much going on in my life as you. The one area I didn't neglect was feeding and I bet that has a lot to do with what's happened in you're system. Add in a little stagnant water and things were ripe to take a turn.Fishes died because I was a bad pet owner and would miss feeding the fish for multiple days at times. I also feed my fish very little when I should honestly bite the bullet and overfeed bigtime and pull out the extra nutrients with better export methods.
Works fine 95% of the time, but when your wife can't walk for 2 months+ and you have a 4 and 8 year old to get to school and feed and boy scouts, swimming, etc. I also have a Airbnb/vrbo vacation home i manage that rents pretty much every week all year long. On top of that, a home with a pool, cat, dog, and a full time technical sales/service oriented job. Man that's overwhelming. auto feeder went empty for a lllooooonnngggg time. Honestly probably lucky i didn't lose more fish.
it's hard to keep track of 50+ fish and how many of each you have once you are a few years in. You just one day go "man, i haven't seen one of those fish in forever". In all honestly, i'd bet it was more like 5 anthias, 3 blue reef chromis, 2 fire fish, 2 diamond sand sifting gobies, and a couple other smaller fish. No idea when, but sometime in the last 4 months. Also forgot to mention I did zero water changes for probably 6 months by the end of this disaster.
So yes, fish death probably kicked it off a hair and lack of flow in heavy coral areas with lower light then took a dive and then desolation from there. Still, should have turned around by now and it's obviously still marching along.
I'm gonna try and tear out 90% of the dead/dying coral this week and see if that helps. Probably drop some carbon in also in a baggie in the sump so there's no chance of reactor issues again. My sump has CRAZY flow as so it should go through the carbon fine (it's like 50 gallons of water fed by 2 hammer head pumps makes it around 200x per hour turnover (50g in about 18 seconds pass through it)).
I will say, a lot of the amazing tanks i've seen follow the overfeed like crazy and pull out the nutrients to keep them low and thereby having a large transient nutrient flow. It really seems to be a key ingredient that I've known for a while, but just haven't been able to bite the bullet with my wallet and follow. Maybe i'll get with one of the reef club sometime soon and have them show me how to make my own fresh fish food. Also need to finish figuring out how to design and fit in a turf algae scrubber but it's a big space issue currently in moving forward with that project.