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kmarshall

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Maybe some day I'm currently trying to find a balance in my bio load for my tank. Bought too many things too quickly haha. I do like favia though
 
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kmarshall

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I'm actually not even sure If I did to be honest but the tank currently has two clownfish and 6 frags. Did a water test last night and all the values seemed proper. With it being a new tank I'm just getting into the ugly stage unfortunately
 
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kmarshall

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The only thing I cannot test yet is all, cal or mag but I do have an all tester on the way so I can see if I need to look into any solutions later
 
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Favia grow pretty slow don't they?
Depends on what Favia in my opinion, I have some that I see noticeable growth monthly and others that haven’t grown at all and I had them for months.
I'm actually not even sure If I did to be honest but the tank currently has two clownfish and 6 frags. Did a water test last night and all the values seemed proper. With it being a new tank I'm just getting into the ugly stage unfortunately
I recommend getting cope pods for the ugly stage, I completely bypassed that stage by introducing them early. I have a mandarin so I have to keep the tanked stocked with pods because I’m slowly training it to eat frozen foods. You can even add more bacteria like microbacter7 to help balance things out. In my first tank I had to feed more because the tank was to sterile. Either way when you want some free frags PM and I’ll see what I can do.
 

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I think the best way to combat the ugly's is to seed your tank with bacteria and microfauna from sand and or biomedia from a healthy mature tank.

What's lacking is the biodiversity that's required to create balance. The "ugly stage" is just a point where particular algae's have very little competition. Establishing that competition early will dramatically help.

I personally seeded my tank with sand and mud from ipsf (indo pacific sea farm), boy did that make a difference!
 

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hey kmarshall...what sisterlimonpot is saying try and get some sand or some live rock from someones sump to seed your tank...I can tell you from my experience that the so called "live sand" from any manufacturer is just a waste of your money, as I have thrown away cash on this years and years ago...So when I was making the journey from the 140 to the current 300, I put (lava and lace rock, this was a bad idea, but I will tell ya) in a 50 gallon garbage can and put microbactor 7 in with a pump and lid and let it "cook" for 3 months as people would say when they came over. Took the lid off month 3. .Also I put the cooked rock into the 300 with no lights on for one month, only turned on to feed fish and look at them. Boy this worked great cause I also had 15 pounds of sand from my 140 which as sisterlimonpot is suggesting you do.
But then about 2 months ago the stubborn green turf, and green algae and red orange algae just like happened over night and I could not win..SO after alot of research and questions to people I know...found out lace rock or lava rock, is a 90% bad idea to 10% good idea for reef tank depending on who I spoke to based on their experience. I had lace/lava rock in my NY tanks years ago but they were mostly fish only...SO lace/lava rock leaches all kinds of bad stuff most of the time depending on where it came from..I guess the lace/lava rock on east coast years ago is way different from the stuff out here in AZ. One of the main problems with the lace rock I had, was PO4 was I guess leaching from the rock as I could NEVER get it down, and so in the end I lost the battle, and so out came all the rock...
So this week I just finished taking out all the rocks out of the 300 and put in marco and caribsea rocks after we spent weeks gluing and washing them.
I have also used brightwell razor product and it works great, you should look into that as well along with their Microbactor 7. I dose Microbactor 7 weekly only a small amount.
I hope this helps...maybe I will see you at next months meeting. We could not come yesterday as we put the new rocks in yesterday and did a 50% water change to help reduce the leached stuff in the water..and now .It will be 50 gallon water change ever weekend for a month or so...if needed dependiing on tests...
 
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