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I cleaned everything a little today and found multiple dead snails. Some stinking, others completely eaten. Three were large turbos. So I have hope things can get better without changing anything after removing this source of waste. I still want to revamp the sump, and maybe get a skimmer, but just so I can feed more. When I put the tang in it showed ick, but after feeding nori often, it seems happy.


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I have a plan for the sump. I hope to get to it this weekend. Part of the changes are what Mark recommend right off the bat. But this is it now.


More of tank near night.


I can't believe this is still alive. The blenny picked it to near death before I moved it.


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Thanks for the encouragement.


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yeaaa, don't get discouraged. Just do the maintenance when you can and don't overfeed. A bad sump isn't bad... the more stuff growing down there, the less bad stuff growing in your main tank. Sometimes life gets a bit more important than a tank. Throw in some carbon, GFO or equivalent, and do a quick water change and that'll help. 
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I agree that winter tends to increase time with our tanks. Also, I don't think a crappy looking sump is always a bad thing. Sometimes the crappier the sump looks, the better the main display :)
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We all go through those slumps in this hobby. Summer is the time that we all tend to neglect our reefs as we are outside, traveling, vacationing and doing other things that take up time. I think you will find that as the weather changes and we start spending more time inside that you will start to spend more time on your tank.

Give it a few more months and see if that holds true for you as well.
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It's been over a year. I like the tank but sometimes I think about selling it. This was easier before kids and all the stuff that adds up in life. The sump looks like crap and I have some kind of algae hitchhiker in the display. I think about getting a skimmer or doing more water changes, but time slips by. The positive is that all fish seem happy, except for one jumper I lost. And the frags have turned into colonies.


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Cool tank!!
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I bought the stand at Petco(Petco Brooklyn 40 Gallon Metal Tank Stand, $60). I'm thinking about building some frames that I could wrap canvas over and then paint some clowns or corals on it. With magnets in the frames they should stick to the front and sides of the stand, hiding everything and it might look a little better.
Thanks. It seems to be working well. It all makes a little noise, but it is mostly a white noise and I like it.
Nitrates are about zero. Same with phosphate. I should probably start feeding more. I don't know if I'll add more fish, or much of anything. Maybe just let stuff grow.

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where did you get your stand?  I've just picked up a 40 b as well, and am looking for stand options.

Like your overflow and sump system as well!
Was that in there yesterday? Casper--WY windier than ?

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We love watching our blenny.   They look like grumpy old men.   
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I love this new fish. Seems healthy and happy, and less shy every day. Although it is still tough to get a good picture. As soon as my hands go up to the glass, it stops swimming around.
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We bought another fish. A bicolor blenny. It is finding a lot of holes to hide in. It is eating off the rocks, but it doesn't seem to go for any fish food added to the tank. Hopefully I can train it to eat or grow enough. I increased the time the lights are on.
Hydroid jellyfish have shown up. It's fun going through this new rock cycle.

Edit: It only took two days for the bicolor blenny to sample some fish food, and then it ate a bunch.

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Thanks. That pump could work.
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I recently purchased a very small 40-55 gph submersible water pump on amazon for pretty cheap.   I use it in my refugium for circulation and it works great. Its dimension are roughly 2" cube. "Uniclife Pet Pump" There are lots of sizes.   
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pH is back up and the bacterial bloom is going away. I think the flow through the refugium was too slow. Adding air bubbles to the refugium broke up the surface and created more flow. The macro algae looks a little better. I added some BRS KH solution, and I'm sure that helped, too. Now I've removed the air and switched to a powerhead in the refugium, although I had to block its output some to slow the flow, it was too strong at first. I don't like two of the powerheads I'm using because they vibrate, so I'm looking to buy some new powerheads. I need a tiny one for the refugium.
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