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  1. Rp.McMurphy

    CNC purple torch losing color, possible brown jelly?

    Got it. Thanks.
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    CNC purple torch losing color, possible brown jelly?

    Originally had it in the corner- only way for it to get less light would be to put it in shadow. Is that what you recommend? Temp has been a steady 79. Have the AC running around the clock. Tried spot feeding it mysis. Don't have reef roids, etc. Could grind up some pellets though.
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    CNC purple torch losing color, possible brown jelly?

    Could the vermetids be the sole cause? If not, thoughts on placement or ways to help it recover?
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    CNC purple torch losing color, possible brown jelly?

    Will do. Thanks.
  5. Bought this torch from cuttlefish approx 3 weeks ago. When I got it it was deep purple with white tips. Brought it home, Bayer dip and temp acclimated, and placed it in a medium flow spot on the bottom of the tank. Within a week the color loss was noticeable, now it's just alarming. Tried moving it up halfway in the tank thinking it might've needed more light. I have two frogspawn at the top with great color and seem happy, so I figured that might be a good idea but it hasn't helped. Running a single AI Prime over a Nuvo 20 (settings below). I don't feel as though I'm overpowering the tank. Last night the torch expelled a fair amount of what I assume is zooxanthellae (from stress?). Now I'm seeing brown around the edges of the coral (especially in the middle where it branches). Moved the torch to get a pic of the back side and noticed a fairly large growth there, ID help anyone? SG- 1.026 NO3- 10 (salifert) PO4- less than .05 (seachem) Don't currently test for alk, etc. water changes of 20% weekly Any advice please?
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    Rp. McMurphy's Nuvo 20 build.

    Three and a half months in and I'm happy with how things are coming along. No major issues yet (knock wood), rocks are coloring up nicely, and the fish seem to be enjoying life. Getting pretty quick at my water changes now and have figured out how to not get everything surrounding the tank wet in the process. Biggest issue now is a purple torch I got from cuttlefish last week that is losing color. Had him midway up in the tank and have since moved him down. Hopefully that the direction it wanted to go. NO3- 10 (salifert) PO4- less than 0.05 (seachem) Salinity- 1.026 Temp- 78 That's all I test for at home. All my other corals are doing pretty good. Ideas?
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    Rp. McMurphy's Nuvo 20 build.

    Thanks. Probably going with an lps garden. Trying to be deliberate with my choices, using Japanese gardens as my inspiration.
  8. Rp.McMurphy

    Anyone bagging their own Purigen in a Nuvo 20?

    Thank you, sir. Have it in a nylon bag- might be too much of a nervous Nellie to play around with the bleach to recharge though.
  9. Rp.McMurphy

    Anyone bagging their own Purigen in a Nuvo 20?

    Yeah- looks like you can't really overdose so I put a few spoonfuls in a nylon media bag. Thanks for writing that out for me.
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    Rp. McMurphy's Nuvo 20 build.

    Thanks Alberta.
  11. Rp.McMurphy

    Anyone bagging their own Purigen in a Nuvo 20?

    Yep- I know algae is inevitable and even encouraged as a sign as a maturing tank but that doesn't make it any easier. Fear of the unknown and all that... One per tank of the lawn mowers? Or do you mean the lawnmower and the goby will fight? Been looking forward to getting a lawnmower but that means I'd have to have algae for him, quite a catch 22.
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    Rp. McMurphy's Nuvo 20 build.

    Thanks!
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    Anyone bagging their own Purigen in a Nuvo 20?

    Hi ChrisQ- thanks for your reply. - I'll keep an eye out for deadspots. I try to monitor the flow whenever I kick up debris/feed and it seems pretty good but there's always room for improvement. Have the returns and a koralia 425 blowing across the back wall. -Yep, the rock is definitely young. Was all dry rock except for one little piece of live. I'm sure this is all part of the uglies but since I'm a rookie I don't how far to let the uglies go before they become permanent. And I really don't like algae. - I use a powerhead to blast my rock before water changes. My hand got tired with the baster. Ha. Love seeing all the stuff fly. - My goby does a great job turning over my sand (it's spotless) but he is probably also part of the reason for my high nitrates. Don't think it was a good idea to get a sandsifter in such a new (and small) tank. Rookie mistake. He lost weight so I've been target feeding him more than I'd like. I'm usually verrrry stingy with my feeding. Been considering taking him back until I can establish a good pod population for him. But the white sand is nice. - Since I was going to start using purigen I ordered the salifert nitrate kit today. API puts it at about 20. Going to do some aggressive water changes to get it down and then have purigen maintain it down there. Sound like a plan?
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    Anyone bagging their own Purigen in a Nuvo 20?

    Thank you.
  15. Rp.McMurphy

    Rp. McMurphy's Nuvo 20 build.

    Tank: IM Nuvo Fusion 20 (used) Stand: Modded IKEA Brimnes cabinet Return: Stock pump Powerhead- Koralia 425 Heater: 75w Cobalt Neo-Therm Light: AI Prime HD (used) Trays: 1 custom caddy and 1 inTank, currently running floss and purigen ATO: Semi-DIY from autotopoff.com Stock: 2 small ocellaris clowns 1 small chromis 1 small diamond goby 1 starry blenny 2 trochus snails 3 lazy red legged hermits 1 emerald crab 2 frogspawn 1 wall hammer 1 Duncan 1 Aussie torch It took me months to research and accumulate gear but finally got the tank wet at at the beginning of April 2018. After an initial hiccup with the stand (documented here- https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/ikea-brimnes-cabinet-as-stand-for-nuvo-20.379626/) things have been running relatively smoothly. Keeping up with weekly 20% changes and trying to take it slow. Just added the corals the last week (late May).
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