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Starting over but how to save my stuff
06-18-2016, 10:24 PM
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I have a two year old reef that I basically gave up on after six months. I tried the live rock and got literally every bad thing you can get from it. Aptaisa, flatworms, asterina stars, those snails with webs. It is currently over run with bubble algae. Sponges everywhere. I thought I had awesome coralline. Nope that's flat worms......

Anyways I bought a new biocube 29 that I have all dry rock in that is currently working on cycling. I have a Tunze 9002 skimmer in there and a Kessil 360w over head for lighting. Other then the skimmer what filtration should I be running on the tank?

Also I'd like to move my 2 clowns, and a flame hawkfish that are in the current tank from when I started it. All the fish are still alive with no outbreaks, just an awful looking tank. I'd also like to save the two nasarious snails and 3 hermit crabs if possible. Problem is I don't want any contamination from the previous tank following them through. I'll then break down the old tank.

The local fish store said that he'd take any of the live stock as is if I choose not to move it because I really didn't want any of the above listed critters to die. But the snails look clean most of the time but the crabs generally have a flat worm or two on them. Also don't want any of the algae (esp bubble) hitchhiking to the new tank if at all possible....

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06-20-2016, 09:28 AM
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Welcome to the site.
Patience, a quarantine tank, and coral rx will offer you some degree of not putting pests in your display. Personally i would keep the fish and ditch everything else. Maybe cook the rock if you don't mind waiting.
You might wanna find a new lfs.
There's also many fish or inverts that can battle many dif problems that arise.
Good luck.

Oh, take the tank, pumps, sump, hoses, and anything your going to use in the new set up, Give it a vinegar bath, rinse, and let dry for 3 day or more before reusing.

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06-20-2016, 02:59 PM
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Snails and hermits are cheap, don't risk it. Dip any corals and fish. (For fish use Safety Stop)

Before you put anything in your new tank from the old sterilize it with chlorox water and let it dry.

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06-20-2016, 04:16 PM
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Don't put bleach on your stuff. Unless you're prepared to leave it soaking in freshwater for a few weeks after, changing the water daily, and then letting it dry for a few days. Some plastics will never get rid of the bleach residue.
There's no need. An overnight vinegar bath will dissolve any calcium and coraline, rinse, then letting it dry for a few days will kill anything harmful.
 
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06-20-2016, 04:31 PM
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Huh? You do realize that bleach starts it's life as salt and water and when exposed to salt water or drying returns to salt and water?

I have been washing my filter socks in bleach for the past 20+ years. As long as I dry them out completely before using them in my tank it doesn't even make my skimmer any more effective. (Bleach is an oxidizer which can be used to kick start your skimmer in the event of a spawning event emergency)

Never had a single issue. Obviously it has to be unscented bleach.

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06-20-2016, 04:37 PM
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When i clean filter socks in bleach it takes over a week of changing the water and rinsing daily before the smell of bleach goes away. If you just rinse and let dry it still smells of bleach. If it's ok to put bleach in your tank, that's news to me
 
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06-20-2016, 04:40 PM
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If you have have snails spawn and your water turns to milk and skimmer goes flat (from the oils) a few drops of chlorox in the skimmer intake will kick start it.

You are doing something wrong. I add a cup of plain bleach to a small load with about 4 filter socks and have never had them still smell like chlorine the next day. Chlorine disipates very quickly.

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95-98% of it turns back to salt and water. https://www.clorox.com/dr-laundry/bleach-101/

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06-20-2016, 04:47 PM
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Running them in washing machine you run the risk of exposing them to detergent. Plus the socks gelt ruined alot faster. Yup, lotsa ppl do it.
Don't know what i could be doing wrong. If i smell bleach i smell bleach. Maybe you don't have a powerful sniffer? Maybe you were built backwards? Does your nose run and your feet smell?

Besides, bleach isn't needed for what op is describing.
 
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I have been using the same filter socks for at least the past 10 years and I wash them at least once every two weeks. Never had a problem and they are not falling apart.

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