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John Freas

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    Columbus, IN
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  1. John Freas

    More mystery critters

    Yep. That looks like it. Well played.
  2. John Freas

    Help, my Clown Fish are in trouble

    She died today. Not surprising given her condition, but I’m pretty bummed. I notice that her gills are red, though I don’t know how to interpret that. I’ve just dosed the tank with PraziPro. It says to do a big water change first but I don’t have water made up and it takes time to produce fifty gallons of RO salt water and I don’t want to wait. I figure I’ll start with this, then do a water change as soon as practical and then dose a second time. I lost a Firefish a week ago without warning. I didn’t make a connection until now but I’m afraid something got into the tank. I’ve attached a photo for any post mortem that you might want to do. I’m always open to advice especially since I don’t know what I’m dealing with.
  3. John Freas

    Help, my Clown Fish are in trouble

    It wasn’t We’re thinking about dosing the tank with PraziPro if I can get my hands on some.
  4. John Freas

    Help, my Clown Fish are in trouble

    I just checked parameters. Ammonia and Nitrites are zero, nitrates are around 10 according to Salifert. API looks like 10-20 and we’re due for a water change so that’s the highest they’ve been in a couple of weeks. PH is above 8 but it always is, as that’s what comes out of the tap. Flow is unchanged from when we got them a year or so ago. We added the vertex around six months ago and it’s been running fast enough to be annoying to the fish. She’s pale and breathing heavily. She’s swimming but weak.
  5. I’m seriously worried about my pair of clownfish. I got them a little over a year ago when the tank was new. For that time they were always active, especially at dinner time. The feeding routine hasn’t changed, nor has the food (LRS Fish Frenzy). Up until now the male would always come over and eagerly take food from my fingers. About a week ago the female stopped coming to the feeding area and now the male has too. I’ve been worried but hoped that they were eating food floating by, as their appetites have always been good. Today I found the female stuck to the bottom of my Vertex fan, still alive. I freed her, but she looks weak and I’m terribly afraid that there’s something wrong and the pair are going to die. The only thing that changed recently was the addition of a Foxface to the tank. He leaves them alone though and I can’t think of any other reason that they would be behaving this way. Any ideas are welcome. These fish are the family favorites and losing them would be awful, especially to something like starvation. What do you all think? What should I do?
  6. John Freas

    More mystery critters

    OK, you guys did great ID-ing the pineapple sponges. Who wants to tell me what this is?
  7. John Freas

    Cyanobacteria, ugh.

    OK here’s a long overdue follow up... I’ve had to re-dose the CyanoRX a couple of times when the purple came back even a little. Finally, at the recommendation of an expert I vacuumed the sand, blacked out the tank for three days, didn’t feed and dosed with CyanoRX. That knocked it down really well, and followed by a large-ish water change it stayed clean for a couple of weeks before the pink started to come back. The theory is that I have a water quality issue. I have since increased my water changes in both volume and frequency, and have been paying closer attention to nitrates. Phosphates have been just about zero, but as we know that might just mean that they’re being bound up elsewhere. I have a new (better) RO/DI unit and today (a week after my last water change) the nitrates were 25. We’ll see how they look after a change tomorrow. Thanks for the support.
  8. John Freas

    Cyanobacteria, ugh.

    It’s still gone for now. I hate skipping feedings, they always seem so hungry, We’re on vacation this week, so they’re on flakes from an automatic feeder. I put socks back in the sump to catch the excess, but who knows what I’ll come back to.
  9. John Freas

    Mystery critters, what are they?

    Awesome! I can use all of the help that I can get with nutrient removal. Thanks for helping to ID these guys.
  10. John Freas

    Mystery critters, what are they?

    Cool. Thanks. Does anything eat them? I assume I don’t want them in the display tank.
  11. These little white things have been growing in my sump. Anybody recognize them? They aren’t in the display tank AFAIK, and appear to be harmless other than the fact that they are multiplying slowly. Cause for concern? Celebration? What the heck are they.
  12. John Freas

    Cyanobacteria, ugh.

    Well, they’re baaaaack... Actually they were back. I hit them with the CyanoR/X and knocked them down again. That was last week. I’m afraid that my nutrient removal is inadequate. I don’t think I feed them too much (once per day, a 1/4x1/2x1/8” chunk of LRS Fish Frenzy) but my skimmer doesn’t seem to be removing anything. It doesn’t seem to want to produce foam. It’ll make wet bubbles but the result is almost completely clear. I can catch stuff in filter socks which I can return to, but that defeats the purpose of the skimmer, no? Even those don’t seem to stop the cyano. As promised I took a picture this time. I didn’t want to let it get too far so this isn’t nearly as purple as it got the last time.
  13. John Freas

    Cyanobacteria, ugh.

    LOL, it never occurred to me to post a picture of clean sand I didn't take a "before" picture. I'll try to remember for future threads, though I hope I don't have to repeat this process any time soon.
  14. John Freas

    Cyanobacteria, ugh.

    Just a follow up. It’s been a few weeks and the tank is still looking great. No problems with livestock. Chems are all looking fine. Thanks again to all for the advice.
  15. John Freas

    Cyanobacteria, ugh.

    Good to hear. Does anyone here know why the water change right after treatment is called for? Obviously the antibiotic isn't harmful to the occupants of the tank, and it kills the Cyanobacteria, yet what I've read says to do a large water change right after the treatment. Just wondering why.
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