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post #71 of 107 Old 05-01-2012, 10:47 AM
Well, you could use the Slime remover, but from the looks of your powerhead, I'd say its going to come right back. Looks as if your Phosphate level is elevated. And this stuff wont' go away completely until that number gets really low. Or you wipe it off once or twice a week. Oh, and you really don't want it to take hold in the tank, it will start to grow out like hair algae.

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post #72 of 107 Old 05-01-2012, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice, am going to do a major clean up this afternoon, I will remove all the live rock and put it in a pale and then the 2 baby clowns and clean the tank thoroughly to get rid of it...

Is there anything I can do to keep the phosphate level low?

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After an hour or so of cleaning an vacuuming, everything looks a lot cleaner.

I ordered some Chemi Pure to help keep the Phosphate in check.

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75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #75 of 107 Old 05-01-2012, 09:38 PM

You'll be much happier with is gone.
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It looks good now, only thing is, is had a brain dead moment.

I refilled the pales with RO/DI water, added the heater to get it up to temp and then put it in the tank, well it would have helped somewhat if I had mixed the salt in with it! It is damn tricky trying to get the SG back up in the tank.

Clownfish are staying in alternative accommodation tonight while I get it back up, they get the snails and crabs for company and the firefish in the QT tank next to them

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75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #78 of 107 Old 05-01-2012, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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I know, major brain not functioning moment.

Have been slowly adding salt, am at 1.022 now, so not far to go, will leave it for tonight and add the rest in the morning.

I had to put the snails in my breeder box that I use for my freshwater tanks as have already had 2 escapees from the tank, strange how they do it in the 15g tank but not the bigger tank...SG of the 15 is 1.024 which was what the main tank was at before I messed it up, temp is the same at 79F.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #79 of 107 Old 05-17-2012, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, so everything is stable now in the tank, apart from I am now ready to do the upgrade to the 55g.

So, question is, what would be the best way to go about doing this?
I have another 20lbs of live reef sand to put in which is slightly bigger grain than the sand I have in currently. Everything into pales and do the finer sand first or the thicker grain first?

I have 50 gallons of saltwater mixed and nearly at temperature, taken 2 days with a 100w watt heater as I accidentally broke the spare 300w tripping over the cat!

I know that I will put the bigger pieces of live rock directly onto the glass and then sand around them as I have now in the 32g.

Live rock is going to get a scrub anyway as I blew sand all over it last night when I knocked the powerhead a bit and it fell off overnight.

Thanks again in advance for the info.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #80 of 107 Old 05-17-2012, 09:25 PM
Fine sand first then the larger stuff on top. Drain most of the water from current tank into the other tank. Throw in the Sand, them your rock, then fill it the rest of the way.
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