Todd's ~ 320 Gallon System- A New Biginning?

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  1. Todd_Sails

    Todd_Sails Giant Squid

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    Well once again - no pictures

    And to compound things- I've been working out of town a LOT lately. The feeding I've delegated to my sons, and everything else is sort of automated (even without an APEX)
    I havene't been able to play doctor on my ailing system as much.
    This weekend, bewtween two water changes, I will have changed about 105 gallons;
    still only ~ 33% of my system. This is an attempt to get remaing residue out of the system of the levamisole, and whatever other impurities too.
    I am running GAC in a bag in a high flow area,
    and still skimming too.

    For years, I was a very successful reefer, keepin all kinds of nice sps, and a very mixed reef.
    For that reason- I'm not giving up on my system.

    To look at my DT/FT now though- you'd never even guess I was successful in the past.
    Just about all the coral bleached itself- no it wasn't the lights, of alk, or params, or temperature.

    There is a good side to this as well though- you know, when lifes gives you lemons..... sort of thing.
    It also ended up killing all those ~ thousand green striped discoma mushrooms I had everywhere!
    Seems to have also wiped out the encrusting gorgonean I wanted to also get rid of!
    And, ALL the fish are fine, like nothing has happened-
    well except the clowns are wondering where their respective BTA's are- seems to have wiped them out too.

    I'm pretty positive it was the result of dosing levamisole- at the accepted full strength- 3 times within a 36hr period of time- I only have myself to blame.

    So, I"m making lemonade- metaphorically speaking

    Now I can start things up again without the invasive 'pest' coral I've been wanting to get rid of.
    With the larger system, a lot of rock encrusted etc, it's hard to get that stuff out without distrubing the sps colonies on top too. Not really a problem anymore though.

    So people- those that had seen what I thought was my really nice reef,
    It will rise again- yea I know, it'll take years like it did this time though.
    It will be even better however.

    So now I have a FOWLRABC Fish only with live rock and bleached coral!
     
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  3. Reefbuilder

    Reefbuilder Scooter Blennie

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    Sorry to hear what you are going through.
     
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    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    Your positivity shows that your tank will only get better Todd. I do miss seeing your pics though. When I first joined your tank always inspired me.
     
  5. Todd_Sails

    Todd_Sails Giant Squid

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    I'm still around,
    fish are all well, as is a few softies, and astrea starfish.

    No snails, shrimp, conch, lps or sps

    My water is fine though- has been for a while after by debackle.

    I'm thinking in September I'll start with some frags one again-
    dpt this time they'll spend weeks in my FT- that will NOT be hooked in the system anymore.
    I'm taking it off the main system when starting new- on it's own sump.
    MIght have to build a much smaller ATS too!
     
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    Good to see your alive todd. Sorry about the tank issues but im looking forward to the new adventure you have in store.
     
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    Zissou Fire Shrimp

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    Damn Todd that is tuff, but you will build something beautiful and rise again. I just know it
     
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    Swisswiss Caribbean Reef Squid

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    ouffff thats a hard blow, why in Gods name where you dosing levamisole (never heard of this btw)....from a quick google search seems people use it to cure Ich, but sounds like a miracle solution....Never thought you would have bit THAT bullet.... anyway....the harder they fall the better they rise ;)
     
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    Todd_Sails Giant Squid

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    Yesterday I finally got around of taking my FT off the main system, and rigging it's own sump, RP, and ATS
    It was only a re-plumbing issue, but it was hard when you re-use lots of fitting you already had, etc.

    Here's a pic of my simple sump for the FT only.
    With my back lit ATS- I'm going for one side lighting for now.

    By putting the FT on it's own system,
    I now have 100% of the flow going up to the DT.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Todd_Sails Giant Squid

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    Levamisole is actually a deworming med for farm animals. I think I saw a used in human colon cancer as well.
    There are some threads over on RC on it, trying to get rid of AEFW- Acopora Eating Flat worms.
    I was using it for AEFW
    There were mixed results, but dosages were given and discussed.
    Basically, I got too crazy and dosed my system several times in too short a time period.
    Wiped almost everything out- except the fish- which were not affected.
    I'll bet the fish have no worms though!

    I now plan to dip new to me corals in Bayer, and
    place in my now separate FT- off the main system for QT and inspection purposes.
     
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    Todd_Sails Giant Squid

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    Hey all,
    Here's some/most of my coral- still in my FT/QT

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    I think I hear reggae in the background...
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    And my currently, nearly coralless DT, with a newer/revised scape- took at least #60's + of rock out too.
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