Rebooting a tank

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    Ok so I have thought long and hard. Gonna rip out the reef this weekend and reboot it.

    Issues i have include:
    1. Non stop issues with aiptasia
    2. Same with nudis and sundial snails on the zoas (colonies to be dipped)
    3. Blue clove polyps are taking over everywhere and i mean everywhere. Its worse than aiptasia


    Now my idea is to put all the rock in the sun for 3 days or so then rinse it, soak it for a day in Saltwater then put it back in the tank. I may get some baserock in the meantime to give the fish some shelter.

    I know all the bacteria are going to be wiped out. @dallasg what would you recommend to assist with bacteria during the first few weeks when everything is new? I will keep the crushed coral substrate and DSB in the sump going so that should harbor some bacteria.

    Thoughts/ideas on how to keep the stock in good shape during this process?
     
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    If you keep your DSB going you will not loose all your filtration and then when you put the rock back dose some Seachem Stability, so to prevent a ammonia spike which will hurt your fish. Then to get the bacteria back dose some Biodigest
     
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    Was thinking Stability also... will get an ammonia patch to keep an eye on ammonia
     
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    Stability works like a bomb. Also maybe put the rock back slowly, so a little bit each day instead of all at once
     
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    i wouldnt use stability for such a large bioload
    i would get some special blend from wild on pets and prime for ammonia removal

    are you planning to so this in one day or over sat and sun?
    are you going to re-use same dsb?
     
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    Good luck Martin, this is going to be a monster of a job.
     
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    Why so slow? I doubt it would make a difference. I want to make a nice few shaped while im taking it all apart to give it a nice natural feel and not just rocks all clumped together
     
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    I know :p
     
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    The slower the less strain it is on the system
     
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    I have a BIG bottle of Prime in cases of emergency anyway, so will use that if needed. Ive never dealt with special blend, what is its purpose and how is it used?

    Planning to take all the rock and coral out , then dip what needs dipping, and add back. Same time add in some base rock. This all in one day. Then maybe the next weekend re-add the old rock. Current substrate and DSB in sump wont be touched, so kept running. DSB is 9months old
     
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    slower when removing is best yes, adding dead rock back in wouldnt make a difference ;)
     
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    that should be fine
    special blend is a stronger live bacteria strain and i find it works quicker than stablility, one dose on the day and one when you add all the rock back
     
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    Good luck Martin, going to come back strong.
     
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    Well it was either rebooting or shutting down, so many issues related to the rockwork. So just gonna take the plunge :p
     
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    Agree special blend

    I'm assuming the corals being dipped will also be left in qt for a period of time?
     
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    Well from what i have read on RC, they reckon a 1 week qt for zoas should be ok followed by a second dip and inspection to see if there are nudi eggs left unhatched, then if there are it goes back into qt. So i will draw up a qt plan to take care of it.
     
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    Dead rock is gonna have a lot of die off which will cause problems in the tank
     
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    The dead rock will by the time i put it back in be completely lifeless and nothing dead on it ;) Thats the plan anyways
     
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    Oh ok you gonna wash it?
     
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