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Alright, time for some pictures. This light sure makes things seem bright!

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So it has been a while since I posted an update and I feel like I finally have things under control so I wanted to post an update.

Back in September shortly after I added my clownfish, my blue chromis died suddenly with no symptoms that I noticed. a week later my clownfish started acting sluggish and within a couple of days one of them died so I setup a QT tank, caught all of the fish (PITA) and then moved everyone to QT. I performed cupramine + prazipro treatments but slowly my fish all exhibited the same behavior of becoming sluggish, breathing heavy and eventually dying. Only my blue hippo tang made it. I let him hang out in QT for 75 days so that my tank could go fallow to try to kill off whatever parasite was in my DT. at day 74 I decided that I would stock my tank with many of the corals that I wanted so that I wouldn't have to risk re-introducing some parasite again so I bought a huge SPS pack from an online vendor and then let my tank go fallow for another 75 days. I just hit the 75 day mark again this week (Merry Christmas mr. blue tang) so he went back into DT. I stopped by Aquatic Dreams and they had a few fish that I have been wanting so I picked up a Yellow Corris Wrasse and a Yellow Rose Goby. They are currently hanging out in QT and I will start to treat them with the tank transfer method starting next week. I want to make sure that they are eating well and that I have time to do this correctly so I will be starting that probably on Monday. I am so excited to have fish in the DT again and to finally feel like I'm not spinning my wheels fixing problems - although I do have other problems, but they are small compared to the adventure this tank has been through to this point. I am hoping that the Yellow Corris Wrasse will help dwindle this flat worm problem I have that popped up once all of the fish were out of DT.




I dipped all of the corals in CoralRX while they were in this bucket and a few nasty large flatworms came out of the torch corals.



The last item that I have been battling is bad water quality. I bought a BRS 6 stage RO/DI unit with pressure guage and triple TDS monitor because I wanted to make sure that I was putting high quality water into my tank. I hooked it up at the beginning of October and found that the TDS coming out of the membrane was 45. (Tap is 189). I was burning through a canister of DI resin a month. So after a bunch of research and talking with people about RO units on other forums we concluded that my membrane was faulty. I upgraded to a Spectrapure 90GPD membrane and put a capillary tube flow restrictor in place to accomodate the new membrane. My TDS is now coming out of the membrane at 2 and will drop to 1 after large water productions. I am really hoping that this helps solve my problem of a mucus on my water surface. I can go further into depth on the formulas that were used to determine that my membrane was bad if anyone is interested.

Thanks for following and reading!
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Wow sorry to hear about all the fish! Looks like you are on your way to getting everything stocked again though so that's awesome. Good luck.
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Thought this was a neat shot of my candy cane pistol shrimp and his feather duster counterpart.
Sorry it is upside down. I will try to fix that once I am at a computer

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Since I can't seem to get anything to grow I have been on an equipment kick (since I can control more of that). I wanted to check my PH since that is 1 area I have never checked and since I am in the process of building a calcium reactor I decided that I should hook up my Arduino to a PH probe.


Here it is installed in the equipment cabinet next to the tank:


Here is the new UI that I made to support the pH probe with logic to automatically turn the outlet off if the PH drops below a designated range.


(not shown, the time spent troubleshooting why all my temps were reporting 0 degrees, I had a bad probe that has been in the tank the last year - once I pulled that out everthing started reading again - yay for information)

And then this weekend I finally finished my floating canopy so I put it in place.


Here is the regulator I finished up about a month ago all ready for my CaRx to get finished. I bought the regulator body off of ebay and then replaced the guages with Wika liquid filled guages and added a Burkert 6011a selonoid which are "plumped" with swagelock fittings all around I wired the burkert up to a 24dc power supply to turn it on off. Once I did the leak tests and everything passed now it sits all lonely on a Co2 tank in my garage dreaming of powering a CaRx one day (hopefully in the next month).



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