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Old 03-11-2019, 10:20 PM
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I have a 140 gallon reef tank that crashed. My skimmer went out then my lights. Then I had to move it to the new house so pretty everything I had died. Then there was sunlight hitting it causing a green algae bloom. Needless to say it's a graveyard. Well I'll have some time off of work so I'm gonna try to bring it back to life. I'll post pictures weekly.
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ouch! Doesn't look good......my reef tank crashed, never recovered and I gave up....I had fish but not coral.
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ouch! Doesn't look good......my reef tank crashed, never recovered and I gave up....I had fish but not coral.
I lost about 5k worth of coral.
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I will be following this thread. My 20 year old 120 reef tank has gone through a rough spell around 10 years ago, although not quite as bad as yours, when my metal halides developed a short and caught fire. During a time with only power compact actinic's I lost most, if not all, of my corals, but my fish remained happy. I eventually switched over to LED lights, which didn't require a chiller to keep the temps down. Good luck and I see a lot of water changes in your future!
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Did anything survive? If not, starting over is kind of a pain but not terrible if you just remember to go slowly.

What is the blue bucket/hose for? Is that an ATO set up?
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I'm in the same boat with my 300. I lost all my coral when I started traveling so much for work a few years back so I just went fish only. Now I'm trying to find the time to get it going good again. I thought about giving up and taking it down but a couple of my fish have been with me for over 10 years.
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Old 03-12-2019, 12:23 PM
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The blue bucket is the auto top off. I just got the main part of my RODI system in a few minutes ago. My deionizers are coming tomorrow. I'll be able to make 125 gallons a day. I knew I'd have a ton of water water changes ahead and the fish stores sell 0ppm water for .50 a gallon. So this filter setup will pay for itself in the first 2 months. I had reef radiance lights at first but they went out. The guy that owns the fish store suggested Mars Aqua. A cheaper Chinese brand. He said they're easily repaired and I believed him cause he was fixing one while we talked. So I'm gonna install new lighting between today and Thursday. Also fix my protein skimmer and let that run for awhile. Then move on from there.
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I have a goby and a brittle star that might still be in there. I'm not sure if anything else survived but I doubt it.
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Everytime I hear a sad story like this it puts me off from saltwater. Now I have a 125 tropical with cichlids. And a 55 with peaceful fish. I had a buddy loose 10 grand in corals moving from house to house. Scary stuff. Although saltwater is a lot nicer to look at. My freshwater setups
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Reef2Reef.com is the best website for help.
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Once your water parameters get half way right I wouldn't bashful to toss a small clean up crew in. And you're probably doing it already but I would give it a week to 10 days of minimal light.
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Once your water parameters get half way right I wouldn't bashful to toss a small clean up crew in. And you're probably doing it already but I would give it a week to 10 days of minimal light.
thanks that's exactly the plan
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So I am not at the starting over phase but at the new phase myself so I am going to follow your recovery closely to get some tips.

I have had FOWLR for about a year now and just introduced my first two corals this month (hammer and zoa frag).

As much as I hate to say it, they are experimental and will have to thrive for a few months before I add others.

Mine is a 72 gallon bowfront with 2 AI Prime HD lights and 9 fish right now (blue hippo tang, yellow tang, chocolate clown, six line wrasse, yellow wrasse, rabbit face foxfish, flame angel, royal gramma and a blue chromis) plus a cleaner shrimp and clean up crew of misc snails.. so far so good
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For starters, that would be a bitch.

But curious, is that a store bought cabinet or did you make it yourself?
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It's custom built.
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5 stage reverse osmosis to a 2 stage dionizer. From 375 ppm to 0
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Originally Posted by Squid Row View Post
So I am not at the starting over phase but at the new phase myself so I am going to follow your recovery closely to get some tips.

I have had FOWLR for about a year now and just introduced my first two corals this month (hammer and zoa frag).

As much as I hate to say it, they are experimental and will have to thrive for a few months before I add others.

Mine is a 72 gallon bowfront with 2 AI Prime HD lights and 9 fish right now (blue hippo tang, yellow tang, chocolate clown, six line wrasse, yellow wrasse, rabbit face foxfish, flame angel, royal gramma and a blue chromis) plus a cleaner shrimp and clean up crew of misc snails.. so far so good
what's fowlr?
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what's fowlr?
Fish only with live rock.... no coral.
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My old 90 gallon reef tank I had for a few years. Sold it to upgrade to a 300 gallon. I had everything finished and plumbed. 8' x 2' x 2' tank, ready to go and then I had a moment of clarity... If I fill it, I'm married to it.... Leaving for Costa Rica tomorrow, won't be thinking about thousands of dollars of life possibly dying while I'm gone. Maybe again someday. I had a knack for it. Fragged a lot of coral.








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