20% water change. Sand thoroughly cleaned and glass algae removed. Alk is a little low. Water change will help that. Fish look great! I expect the green stars to recover in less than a week. I also think the mushrooms moved and a few died because of the sweeper tentacles of the brian coral.
View July 9, 2014 08:44
From Justin (Fishy Biz bi-weekly service):

20% water change, gravel vacuum, scrapped algae. I noticed that the ALK/DKH is a little low, so I may have you start dosing a little bit to make sure levels stay correct and those corrals remain happy and beautiful! Fish look great! ;)
View June 23, 2014 20:58
From Justin (Fishy Biz bi-weekly service):

20% water change. Calcium is on point! Keep using same calcium regimen. All looks good and healthy. Tank is starting to get more mature. Once we see larger pieces of coralline (purple) alge, we can start adding SPS corals.
View June 10, 2014 20:12
The reef was in distress last week and mysteriously lost 3 small yellow tangs. The rest of the fish were infected with a white parasite. The large Black Sea Sailfin Tang allowed the cleaner shrimp to pick at her. I treated all feedings with garlic.

On 5/18 everyone started to rebound and as of 5/21 there was no visual appearance of the "crud". The recommendation from my experts is that the parasite can live in the sand bed for up to 2 weeks and infect new livestock.

So today, the reef is happy and healthy. I'm learning to enjoy the rare days when here are no issues on the Arizona Reef ;)
View May 28, 2014 20:34
Lot's of lighting trouble on the Arizona Reef!
4 Aqua Illuminations Hydra LED lights continue to overheat an shut down. According to AI the units need at least 2" of clearance from the top of the hood. My guys installed mine using an AI bracket that places them 1/4" from the hood. I only have 6" total clearance from my hood to the water surface and then LED's are 3" thick so I don't know how this issue can be resolved.

I am currently running 3 of the LED's % 70% and 1 @ 50% (the right one seems to overheat more than the others) and they are staying on. But I am not sure what the long term impact will be to the inhabitants of my tank running lower light.
View May 2, 2014 10:07
Not-so-minor spill - Hopefully no-harm-no-foul!
Monday's I fill my RO/DI top-off tank. It's a 29 gallon reservoir in my tank stand. I run a line from my RO unit located in my laundry room to the tank. There is a float that automatically shuts off the valve when the tank is full. I ran errands for a couple of hours while it was filling and when I returned home I discovered that the line had popped out of the float and was dripping steady flow of expensive and very wet water into the base of my cabinet. Strangely, the base seemed to be water tight as no water leaked out. But there was a 2" pool covering lots of electrical things such as the transformers to my 4 Hydra's. Also, the AI Controller was completely submerged. I sopped up as much water as possible with towels (wondering if I or my tank would be electrocuted) and then placed a fan in front of the open doors. Within 2 hours everything was dry. My lights stayed on, but started to dim and then did not sunset according to the programming. I manually turned off the lights. I already had an Apex module on order to control the Hydra's and hopefully it will arrived today.
View April 21, 2014 11:20