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Zombie Tank - back from the dead


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OK - so I have a 40 gallon tank that I started in May of 2010.

http://www.pnwmas.org/forums/showthread.php?21604-Vicarious-Cynic-s-40-gallon-long&highlight=

 

For most if not all of 2011 I neglected it. No water changes, scraping - au natural.

A few weeks ago I was contemplating just taking it down. Instead - I've been cleaning it out.

 

The good news - Royal Gramma is alive and well, Ricordia are actually thriving - There are 9 in the tank (up from four). Candy Cane coral are alive - and returning well. Even a couple of zoas starting to grow, and the GSP is still alive (with teeny tiny polyps).

 

The bad news - lots of stuff is gone. Torch coral and lots of different zoas, some polyps.

 

The really bad news - bryopsis, cyanobacteria, and flatworms.

 

Seven partial water changes in two plus weeks, alot of scraping, more scraping, filtration changes and toothbrush scrubbing of half the rocks - plus a cuc (hermits, turbos and an Emerald crab) and the bryo seems manageble. The cyno was treated. Waiting to treat the flatworms til I have more gunk out of the tank. Been trying to filter them out with every water change.

 

I think that my royal gramma has owned the reef - the emerald crab seems to be hiding in a small pile of rubble in the corner. It was underneath the flap of a large ricordia for a couple of days. I think I need to take the rock down and rebuild it differently before I put another fish in. I'd like to try a six line wrasse before using the eXit drops for the flatworms.

 

Thoughts, opinions and advice are welcome.

 

PS - anybody have a used RO/DI unit?

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Ok here are some photos of the tank today. Still struggling with the bryopsis, but the cyano and the flatworms are gone. I added a blue chromis and a six line wrasse (after rearranging the rock). They are both flatworm mackers. Did not need the chemical treatment.

 

The one photo of the white palys - that plug was bare after I cleaned my tank - these things started growing like mad!

 

I don't have any photos of the zoos that Big John Woody hooked me up with today - but they are all open and beautiful. Thanks for the sweet hook up John!

 

Full tank

http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af155/VicariousCynic/Aquarium/c36c8294.jpg

 

Miracle palys

http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af155/VicariousCynic/Aquarium/616aec15.jpg

 

Candy cane coming back

http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af155/VicariousCynic/Aquarium/2b05de9e.jpg

 

Three ric rock (I'll get a better photo of this soon)

http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af155/VicariousCynic/Aquarium/6578c668.jpg

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Couple more photo - all a little too blue. I'm working on that.

 

Turbo leaning on a stem. This is the stem that has resurrected with palys since the cleaning of the tank. They are pure white - which is cool. I'm thinking they may color out to turquoise as I had some turquoise on that stick.

http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af155/VicariousCynic/a5122cc9.jpg

 

Candy apple red polyps from Big John Woody - with my gramma swinging through for a looksie.

http://i1003.photobucket.com/albums/af155/VicariousCynic/adcacc01.jpg

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