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Old 03-14-2019, 08:49 PM
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That tank looks freaking awesome. I had a reef tank in the late 90s. Started with a 90 gallon tank. One night I get home from work enough wife is in a panic. The tank just split in the front all the water drained out in a matter of a couple of minutes. I got home I had garbage cans for making water. Mixed up some salt water. Through the coral in the garbage cans. Called the guy who owned the fish store. Got to new tank got home filled it up. All's I lost if you can believe it or not was a freaking damsel. What A Night That was!
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:38 PM
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first time running this system and it's getting exhausted already. Had no idea our water was this hard.
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:58 AM
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The RO is exactly what you need.
Personally, I would pull all sand from the tank and throw it out. Then elevate all the liverock and get as much water flow on them as possible.
Let the liverock fully cycle for several months.
Scrub the rock in a separate bucket now, then again at 1 month.
Weekly 20% water changes.
You can add new sand around month 2.
After that it should start showing new life on the rock.

Then you know your on the right path.

Reef Central Online Community there is a pile of great info on recovery.
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Chilio View Post
ouch! Doesn't look good......my reef tank crashed, never recovered and I gave up....I had fish but not coral.
Not a reef tank if there was no coral.

OP: If it was me I would chuck everyting but the rock. Start from scratch. Let the rock cycle until the water stabilizes. Then add new sand and a CUC and go from there.

If sunlight is causing a green algae bloom that's just a symptom of bad water.

I have had some seriously neglected reefs over the years. I kept the livestock load manageable though and one of the tanks ever crashed. If you want an easier to maintain tank don't go wild on the fish, I think that's where a lot of people go wrong.

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Old 03-15-2019, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by acme54321 View Post
Not a reef tank if there was no coral.

OP: If it was me I would chuck everyting but the rock. Start from scratch. Let the rock cycle until the water stabilizes. Then add new sand and a CUC and go from there.

If sunlight is causing a green algae bloom that's just a symptom of bad water.

I have had some seriously neglected reefs over the years. I kept the livestock load manageable though and one of the tanks ever crashed. If you want an easier to maintain tank don't go wild on the fish, I think that's where a lot of people go wrong.
I had a ton of coral.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:02 AM
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What's a cuc? I don't do well with acronyms.
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:00 PM
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first time running this system and it's getting exhausted already. Had no idea our water was this hard.
Put a single cartridge whole house filter upstream of the RO to knock the big turds out
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Old 03-15-2019, 08:04 PM
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Put a single cartridge whole house filter upstream of the RO to knock the big turds out
we need one
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:30 AM
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fixed my skimmer. I had to replace the motor and the new one came with no instructions. It was a totally different design. I thought it didn't fit but I was actually trying to connect the intake instead of the out put. The output was slightly too big but a roll of Teflon tape took care of it. Next up is light installation and a new pump for my reactors.
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:11 AM
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To the OP, or anyone other reefers reading this - has anyone ever tried an algae filter? AKA a piece of scuffed up plastic (say 4" x 6") over the top of your sump with just a little water flow on it and a 25W light bulb on it 24/7......if i ever venture back in the reef world I am definitely going to try it.

Being a tight ass and not wanting to pony up for a proper RO system too many years back I built my own water filter from a piece of 30" long x 4" PVC that worked really well - 3/4 full of lava rock for mechanical filtration, then floss, then phosguard, more floss, then carbon and more floss. I had regular garden hose connections on screw in plugs on either end so i could reverse flush it and /or take the plugs out to refresh the media. Worked pretty durn good but if I were to replicate it I would double or triple up my stack of phosguard.

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Old 03-16-2019, 02:06 PM
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making progress. Now to get a good scrub on the glass. A vacuum. And get water parameters right. Then copepods and crabs.
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Old 03-16-2019, 02:09 PM
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Default Real live rock!

Really easy to do this right...as many thousands of customers have......use the real thing...and have happy tank

www.tbsaltwater.com...
and folks who have done what you want to...... https://www.tbsaltwater.com/testimonials/index.html
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Old 03-16-2019, 04:42 PM
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It's real live rock.
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Old 03-17-2019, 01:06 AM
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the salt we are going to use
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Old 03-17-2019, 04:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Domoe View Post
I had a ton of coral.
Was referring to the guy I quoted, not you.
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Old 03-17-2019, 06:06 AM
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after 24 hours with the skimmer running
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Old 03-18-2019, 08:25 AM
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You're getting there OP
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Old 03-18-2019, 10:22 AM
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Can you believe this guy wss still alive
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:14 AM
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It looks like he's thinking " what the hell just happened here!"
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:30 AM
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Exactly. He's a soldier. Now he gets a name. I think we'll name him Marcus after the guy from Lone Survivor. I think it fits.
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