Stupefying! 35 Year Old Reef Tank!!

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Fickie, 27 Jun 2007.

  1. Fickie

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    Dear All,

    Came across this post on RC. The corals are not as old as the tank and it is not SPS dominated but I nonetheless found some of the facts about this tank to derail some of the staus quo wrt running a reef tank.

    Like that it mostly runs on one powehead for 100gal
    or that it has the original 30 something year old substrate!
    and that it runs the reverse UG filtration system!

    Quite Freaky really check ot out:
    http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=727454&highlight=bubble+alage

    Regards,
    Rafiq
     
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  3. Awvince

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    Can anybody comment on the above statements.

    Thanks
     
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    cool.a moorish idol in a reef tank.
     
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    35 years and the silicone is still intact wow!
     
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    Interesting
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Yes Awvince, I can almost confirm that statement, in my neverending battle with hair algae, I was doing religious weekly waterchanges, I was then told by a very experienced reefer to STOP doing waterchanges altogether.

    Well, I must say that not only has the the hair algae stopped growing, but definitely seems to be receding with no intervention on my part.
     
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    i think im gonna stop water changes for a while to get that little bit of hair algea i have here and there out.dean when this reefer told you to stop water changes,how long did he say for?until all algea dissapeares?
     
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    oh yeah and at the same time gotta keep an eye on the water parameters
     
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    He just said for a while and to monitor the tank, I haven't done a waterchange for a few weeks now and can definitely see a difference, I will update my thread with some pics in a couple of weeks time when I am finished with this "experiment"
     
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    hows your water parameters?
     
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    Couldn't be better really, fish are all healthy and not irritated, corals are all open and doing well and hair algae is receding, I'm rather happy ;) All I have done is keep my calcium and alkalinity in check.
     
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    Plaster of paris!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    w t f !!! this is first !!! feeding stuff like that !!!
     
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    Thats all that is used vince, plaster of paris is the primary ingredient. A mixture containing the food is added to the POP while it is wet, and then allowed to dry in the moulds.
     
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    um no water changes - I would like that - I'll also give this a try....
     
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    Let me know how it goes.. I'm a scardy cat.. Sat 3:00pm.. water change or bust !
     
  18. Fickie

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    no water changes! And all along I thought my tank had reached some sort of equilibrium or the skimmers:p ! LOL! Last year I done one whole +-50l water change and only after my heater had wiped out half the tank!

    Anyway I got the idea from Richard Durso, his tank was featured on either RK or AA mag, or rather I got the idea that he was condoning my laziness...

    Hey Imran, I just saw the first page and posted I see you found a lot of cookie stuff this guy does, I have fed my tank a homemade mixture that I used to feed malawi's that included tons of seafood, spirulina and umm veggies and well, fruit salad (appropriate if you are a fruit cake!)

    Can't really say that it was either beneficial or harmful but it is a pain to make! Not really worth it since tetrabits/ tetramin do such a fatastic job, also seems to be everybodies 'secret superfood' lol!
     
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    Speaking of no water changes I haven done water cahages for 3 months now water seems ok
     
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    just tested my water parameters my ntirates are a bit high.did a partial water change,gonna need to do a little more and cut down on feeding even further and then gonna put a hault to water changes,as long as my water parameters are intact
     
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    Nice buddy qquite weirfd to see the moorish in there where did you get him and how old is he now?
     
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