SCA 120 Gallon Reef Tank | EP. 28 | How I killed My Acropora & Miracle Mud Thoughts

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for SCA 120 Gallon Reef Tank | EP. 28 | How I killed My Acropora & Miracle Mud Thoughts

CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
Just sharing some thoughts on killing my first round of Acropora SPS corals... So many lessons learned that Im glad to Share. Thanks For Watching everyone!
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Bo Knows
Bo Knows - 6 years ago
CJ'S AQUARIUMS thinking of setting up my first saltwater tank, is all that equiptment needed for a basic tank, or can i get away with just some good filtration canisters? Thanks for any info u can provide this newbie
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
clyde mulberry yes Skimmer runs 24/7 ... draws in outside air to help offset calcium reactor dropping my PH
clyde mulberry
clyde mulberry - 6 years ago
Do you run you skimmer constant while using the miracle mud
Austin Nehrenberg
Austin Nehrenberg - 6 years ago
love your powder blue!
st louis
st louis - 6 years ago
I've been following you for a minute now. Like your progress. I don't have any room in my sump for Miracle Mud so I put it in a reactor with a slow trickle. My Rain2 Algae Scrubber is trying to come online but my bio load is very low right now. Need to add to the livestock.
curious reefer
curious reefer - 6 years ago
#kurious reefer.
nfrench2100
nfrench2100 - 6 years ago
Awesome video man. Blue Star has been my go to since getting into reefing. I almost bought your system back in November, but you changed your mind, and decided to stay in the hobby lol. Glad to see your still going strong man!
SPS Dominant
SPS Dominant - 6 years ago
I used to use miracle mud for years. I stopped using it 2 years ago bc everybody was saying it doesn't benefit anything. Now I see all these people saying it works great.lol I think I may try it again.
Cali Fishliving
Cali Fishliving - 6 years ago
I had losses when I was changing /adding and having my my hands in the tank , once I let my let my tank alone , it all work out for me. Keeping it simple and stable is my game plan. And be PATIENT
Sailing Free At Last
Sailing Free At Last - 6 years ago
great video! good to see that your tank is doing better!! can i ask you a question, i cant find my firefish, should i do a tear down {kinda}? all levels are good, and i just added more fish
nietrelevant
nietrelevant - 6 years ago
subbing for admiting mistakes, thanks for the information will help a lot of new reefers on how to cope with bad stuff happening

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CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
JekCynical #salute
Ve Te
Ve Te - 6 years ago
good to see the man behind the camera!!!
Mike Cooper
Mike Cooper - 6 years ago
Thanks for the update CJ and for sharing failures. We all learn this way, nobody is born the perfect reefer and everyone makes mistakes and things can go wrong fast. I have killed/bleached far more then I would like to admit.
1juliejimk
1juliejimk - 6 years ago
I just thought of something maybe you might be interested in it is called HPD, I feed all my fish this, a friend of mine in Pittsburg turned me onto it, pull up Americanreef HPD. And watch the video, I use mine frozen and use a potato peeler to peel off shreds of food for my fish I also add coral frenzy and Reef chili. Into the mix, I also use this to feed my corals! Let me know how it goes.
1juliejimk
1juliejimk - 6 years ago
Just watched your video on the air stone, i’m going to run mine at night on a timer. Thanks for your videos you have been a great help!!!!!
j03yYunG Aquariums
j03yYunG Aquariums - 6 years ago
Dang.. that's a good story. It kept getting worst
1juliejimk
1juliejimk - 6 years ago
I ordered a algae scrubber today from Santa Monica filtration, I did let them know that I watched your video and that’s why ordered it so I gave you kudos have a great day brother!
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
1juliejimk appreciate it! Hope u have as much success as I have
chipete1
chipete1 - 6 years ago
can you point me in the direction as to where to buy a least expensive aquarium like a 120 gallon tank
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
chipete1 SCA aquarium or glass box Aquariums are pretty budget friendly. Unless I find a used system
Jason Glass
Jason Glass - 6 years ago
Hey your tank still looks nice at least. Keep trying
Morgan Ronan
Morgan Ronan - 6 years ago
Just ordered! :) Can't wait until it comes.

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Joey Vara
Joey Vara - 6 years ago
CJ'S AQUARIUMS dangg! I have 20 and it's starting to look full in my system now lol
Michigan fan
Michigan fan - 6 years ago
I have a feeling that things are going to get worse for you before they are going to get better sounds like you are moving a little fast try slowin down a bit if you make it to ft wayne area i will send you with a bunch of acros
eroggero
eroggero - 6 years ago
How often do you have to clean the glass, seems like mine gets a brown film almost everyday. Parameters seem very good.and not running LED full strength with no red or greens .. Thanks nice video love the transparency ...
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
eroggero I get diatoms on my glass like everyone else... just a sign of excess nutrients
jb23guitar
jb23guitar - 6 years ago
Thank you CJ for sharing the good and the bad, respect!
SC Nason
SC Nason - 6 years ago
Thanks for sharing cj
We all learn and you are helping me sharing these vids
Tank looks sweet in the background btw
jerry ebner
jerry ebner - 6 years ago
Good tips. I am new to reef tanks only a year now and everything is working but it's all basic. I don't even have to feed the corals. Taking my time and not getting ahead of myself.
MASS Aquariums
MASS Aquariums - 6 years ago
You love to learn the hard way dude
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
MASS Aquariums we all learn the hard way... it’s the best way to burn it into your brain. People just don’t share the pain they keep it a secret lol
Wesley Forbes II
Wesley Forbes II - 6 years ago
Good lessons learned. Yes, I agree, just leave things alone for a while and let things get back to running stable again. I don't do half of the stuff you are doing and my SPS keep growing. So much so that they are growing into each other after starting as frags. I have other problems that I need to work on, but growth is not one of them at the moment. Keep doing what your doing, be easy.
Kyle Poma
Kyle Poma - 6 years ago
Really liked this style over the voiceover. Teleprompter in your future?? Love your channel. Lookin forward to more
BALD8BIL
BALD8BIL - 6 years ago
How do you cycle sump

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Handsome Corals
Handsome Corals - 6 years ago
Been EXACTLY where youve been. Thank god i didnt just add a bunch of new SPS but did lose ALL of the sps i had. looking back it was about 5 or 6 things all in a row including me "thinking" i was fixing things. trick now is i only do one thing at a time then i wait. so you can narrow down what happened if something goes wrong.
slenin13
slenin13 - 6 years ago
Dope instrumental
prairievw
prairievw - 6 years ago
thank you for sharing your experiences with us, your doing the reefing community a great service with your videos! also what are the dimensions of your tank? thanks and take it easy!
Jon G.
Jon G. - 6 years ago
Great update & tips CJ. Lost a majority of my first SPS batch when I tried to chase my KH to what other reefers were recommending leading to instability. I've since let the tank stabilize naturally & haven't lost a coral since. They're slow growing though, so that's my next challenge.
IFG
IFG - 6 years ago
Stupid toll. Ha! I see you! I’m still Rock’n my shirt from when you first released them
IFG
IFG - 6 years ago
CJ'S AQUARIUMS lol
Infamous Aquatics
Infamous Aquatics - 6 years ago
CJ learning lessons for all of us. Looking comfy in that chair.
Alex Kingcole
Alex Kingcole - 6 years ago
thanks, CJ.
Zachary Hazlett
Zachary Hazlett - 6 years ago
Love your videos! Did you lose your fish shortly after adding your Blue Headed Wrasse? I put one in my 90 gallon back in 2002 and quickly lost everything. This and a move took me out of the hobby until recently.
Keep up the great work!
Saltwater Noob
Saltwater Noob - 6 years ago
Ordered a be easy shirt! Sorry for your losses and keep up the great work.
Joe Thames
Joe Thames - 6 years ago
Hey CJ just found your channel and I love it. Your down to earth man. I'm thinking about getting into the hobby and getting back to the basics. Your channel is a big help. Keep doing you man.
Clearwater Beach Home search Merry Donovan
Clearwater Beach Home search Merry Donovan - 6 years ago
Thank god that whole ordeal is over with. Now get more coral
Brett Smith
Brett Smith - 6 years ago
Hey, CJ. What are you running your Gyres on?
Brett Smith
Brett Smith - 6 years ago
The LTC? I can't decide whether I like it or the OGC better. Been leaning towards OGC since it's more random
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
Brett Smith they run a 24 the program that changes thru the day .. a rolling standing wave. I’ll make a video on it one day
Tru Reef
Tru Reef - 6 years ago
Stop touching stuff bro. We mess with our tanks to much dang. Sucks dude
Dave's Nano Tanks
Dave's Nano Tanks - 6 years ago
Nice Video CJ. I enjoyed the truth and the edit made it smooth
jayme alcay
jayme alcay - 6 years ago
You need your own talk show
Cycnoches2012
Cycnoches2012 - 6 years ago
what are you going to do witth your old lights?
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
Cycnoches2012 selling them locally when I mount the new lights
GMEBE
GMEBE - 6 years ago
CJ always makes good vids!! Nice to see ups and downs because we all have them in every aspect of our lives and not just in our fish tanks. The reality is no one is 100% successful in this hobby. So having bad things happen is part of this hobby.
Jimmy zhou
Jimmy zhou - 6 years ago
Cj thanks for the share with this helps us a lot sorry for the loss hope u be alright
Christian Biggins
Christian Biggins - 6 years ago
"try not to do too much too fast" - I'm like you mate, it's hard to be patient and just observe sometimes. Especially if things aren't going well. Thanks for sharing this video.
RuHmVu
RuHmVu - 6 years ago
Stable is key

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sammy 20
sammy 20 - 6 years ago
If it's not broke don't fix it dude... the problem is everyone wants to do something and add something and change something. If it's doing well just leave alone.
EZreefin
EZreefin - 6 years ago
Great video, sorry for your losses.. I KNOW it suxs. Glad you figured it out and corrected it A.S.A.P.
9StickNate
9StickNate - 6 years ago
Thanks for the video and sharing what went wrong. It sucks to lose coral, especially SPS!
Official Russian Empire
Official Russian Empire - 6 years ago
Beautiful intro
Curtis Bridgen
Curtis Bridgen - 6 years ago
Great respect, thanks for showing the good, the bad and the ugly. Keep doing what you do.
dewfpv
dewfpv - 6 years ago
Thanks for sharing CJ. I recently mixed some water for my mixed reef and left it mixing for an extra 4 days because life got in the way. I never checked temp because it was always same as tank ( I run no heaters) well apparently the water i left mixing gained heat due to the water pump. Im loosing some nice Euphyllia colonies and also some other corals. Lesson learned!!
Israel REEFER!!!
Israel REEFER!!! - 6 years ago
Good job as always man much respect bro you show what it's really like . I like the in person type of vid btw
Nick The Dick
Nick The Dick - 6 years ago
Thank you for the great video
everyone loves when we show where we screwed up because it shows even us experts have our bad days right? we all make mistakes and are prone to repeat them before learning from them and overall Ive always loved watching your videos hope to see much more like this
JJ BB
JJ BB - 6 years ago
Hello CJ I've used miracle mud you're suppose to slowly add them and let the cloud settle before running your pumps, there's some video that due to its high trace elements it can overdose your tank.
CincinnatiReefer
CincinnatiReefer - 6 years ago
Hey man thanks for keeping it real and sharing the good and the bad. Loved the video!
Ted Smith
Ted Smith - 6 years ago
Thanks for sharing your triumphs and downfalls. It takes some courage to share the failures but you had no problem in doing so! Your videos are always a learning experience.
Brett'sReef
Brett'sReef - 6 years ago
Draining skimmate back into the sump made me cringe. Glad everything turned around.
CheapGuy FishTank
CheapGuy FishTank - 6 years ago
wats up cj I took out my second and last demsel quick question are u running a uv im thinking about removing mine nice tank as always
Cat Zawadzski
Cat Zawadzski - 6 years ago
CJ it was a nice change to see you on camera. The best advice I was ever given was when you don't know what to do just stand still. I was glad to see that the problems worked themselves out.
MySaltwaterJourney
MySaltwaterJourney - 6 years ago
feeling you los man..
MySaltwaterJourney
MySaltwaterJourney - 6 years ago
fantastic store looks like
Jerry Pundavela
Jerry Pundavela - 6 years ago
It's heart breaking but We all been there and done it too. It's part of the hobby and that's how you learn from it. Your 120 is coming along great. Btw it's nice seeing your
Face for a change . The voice over videos are great with your hypnotic/ bluey/ bedroom twang to it! Lol
T Surro
T Surro - 6 years ago
I think I mentioned that adding all those acros were going to be a problem, with all those fish , feeding , pooping, I know u have nutrients but thosecorals will suck up more than u know and given ur small water volume, there’s ur problem, glad to see it’s working out, slow ur roll, ur not listening to ur own advise!! I only saying because I already did the same mistakes, watching is like going back in time!
DARTHSYNTH
DARTHSYNTH - 6 years ago
I liked the old way you did videos more. You really felt like you got to see the tank.
Caleb Brinkley
Caleb Brinkley - 6 years ago
Good to see that things are solid again. I like the new video format too, it's a bit more relatable I guess.
Curt Ives
Curt Ives - 6 years ago
We often learn more from our mistakes. I appreciate that you are sharing yours. I’ve experienced the same issues at different times. Thanks for taking the time to share this. I almost felt like I was sitting there with you, chillin and talking about our tanks. Thanks Sir!
Reefgrrl
Reefgrrl - 6 years ago
Nice! Can’t wait to see if it does for you what it did for me!
texastitan1989
texastitan1989 - 6 years ago
Slow and steady is the hardest lesson to learn in reefing. I still think you should look into a refugium. It's just the most natural way to keep your tank clean and its a copepod breeding ground. Siphoning the sand in a establishes system is probably a bad idea. Better to keep a good cleaning crew for the sand. Acros are hard to keep. I have two that is growing well and 3 that havent change in 4 months. All my birdnest, Digi, plates, chalice, favias, and zoa's are exploding but the acro's are stubborn.
texastitan1989
texastitan1989 - 6 years ago
CJ'S AQUARIUMS l just love refugiums. I know there are many ways to get the same task done. I like you videos. How is your clam doing. Is he growing?
John’s Reef
John’s Reef - 6 years ago
CJ,sorry about the coral loss. Tank is looking great. So what is the phosphate level you would like for your tank? I am working on removing GFO hoping the Cheato will take over.
Ken SELLICK
Ken SELLICK - 6 years ago
Takes a big man to share his mistakes
Thank You
Ed Wiser
Ed Wiser - 6 years ago
CJ'S AQUARIUMS yes I have had this happen before myself. Acros that month’s to settle in not weeks. I have seen pieces that a year to do anything. Need to get over and do the Par meter on those lights.
sanmillanjua1
sanmillanjua1 - 6 years ago
Amazing video cj keep it up, congratulations on your 15k subscribers! Hey cj just wondering if you use vinegar to clean the outside glass?
Lawrence
Lawrence - 6 years ago
open amazon
order miracle mud
thanks cj!

btw how much did you use?
Lawrence
Lawrence - 6 years ago
ordered 10 lbs! my tank is a reefer 525, about the same size as yours. can't wait for it to arrive!

my tank is about to approach it's 1 year mark next month, so it's pretty close to yours in terms of age.

i rushed a lot of corals in the beginning, and learnt a lot of very expensive lessons... to the point i was scared to even add any sps. now i'm finally getting the stability i want, and i think my corals are about to go into insane growth mode soon, especially with the mud!

here's my tank, crappy scape, will improve next time around lol
https://imgur.com/gktvURK

5 bucks that inappropriate reefer's next youtube video will be titled: "I ADDED MUD TO MY REEF TANK?!?!?" lol
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
Lawrence I tried to put the cheapest link in my comment for everyone. I used 10 lbs.. depending on your purpose u can use more or less than the recommended amount. Ether way it will benefit your system.. the amount u use will dictate how long till u need to replace it
At My WorkShop
At My WorkShop - 6 years ago
Great video CJ! Thanks for sharing what you've learned.
Philip
Philip - 6 years ago
idk what u run ur alk at but doing two water changes in 5 days prob spiked an alk drop also. Great save tho! CJ FTW.
Murphy's Reefing
Murphy's Reefing - 6 years ago
Great message in the video CJ, I wonder how many people soaked it all in?? Glad your back on track and things look better.
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
Murphy's Reefing tried my best to not make it a 30 min rant. So many things I didn’t touch on but like u said. Hopefully everyone absorbed the true meaning of the vid... balance and stop doing stupid stuff hahahah
Autastic reefing
Autastic reefing - 6 years ago
ooooooo  sheeeeeeet sorry to hear this
ms. resa 143 Hunter
ms. resa 143 Hunter - 6 years ago
thanks for the update this is why I love your videos you exsplain your choices and what you was exspecting and let us know it dont always work out as we planned them too you show the good with the bad I learned a lot watching your videos keep making them please and im ordering my mug and tshirt
Reef Pro Shop
Reef Pro Shop - 6 years ago
My recommendation is to have a simple filtration, in my aquarium I only use, biopellets, activated carbon, GFO, calcium reactor and a large skimmer, 5% water change every 2 months and the most important thing is to have a lot of patience, you can see my aquarium on Instagram, omarsan_rps, I hope that soon you can solve the problem with your SPS
Ramiro Reyes
Ramiro Reyes - 6 years ago
Love your videos. Very informative and to the point. Keep them coming!
Dorian Elijah
Dorian Elijah - 6 years ago
Good vid for all level of reefers in the hobby to see. We all need to take our time when doing things or making changes to our systems. I appreciate your openness in sharing information. I know it's been helping me a lot thanks cj..
Dennis Bliss
Dennis Bliss - 6 years ago
CJ thank you for the video. I have a couple questions. First, your thought process with releasing that skim mate back into your sump? I understand you thought you would release the nutrients that you feed your tank, but did you think that's all that it would put back into the system? And second when you removed the matrix and it released the detritus isn't that conciderd food for the corals from the sump?? Slow and steady wins the race in growing corals. I take that as one coral maybe two corals a month but I see bags of corals in your sump temperature acclimating. Will you still add more than two at a time in the future?
Dennis Bliss
Dennis Bliss - 6 years ago
CJ'S AQUARIUMS yes sir. I know for me to, having Patients is so freaking hard because I want my tank to look like Ricos tank ,today and not next year. So I get it. You have to know these videos you put out help me tremendously because I learn from your mistakes(not for a min do I want you to have any) so I, and all reefers won't make the same ones. I'm an old man now and when I was young we didn't have you tube,cell phones,videos to watch, everything was done by trial and error. Now there's people like you,Rico,Dave ect To show us what you all have learned. Thank you so much for being honest and showing us what really happens and not acting as if you don't go through hard times. I look forward to the next video you have a great day. Bliss.
Lisa aqua_love333
Lisa aqua_love333 - 6 years ago
CJ your are one of the realest.. Sharing your mistakes and your accomplishments its inspiring in all aspects. Thank you for being so educational . I actually use some of your material to teach. Congratulations on reaching a milestone in subscribers!
googIereallysucks
googIereallysucks - 6 years ago
I'm not understanding when you say your nutrients went down to 0. You always say your nutrients are at 0. You said your sps were encrusting when you had 0 nutrients.
googIereallysucks
googIereallysucks - 6 years ago
CJ'S AQUARIUMS are you worried about the possible algae with the higher nutrients?
Bronx Reefer Brock
Bronx Reefer Brock - 6 years ago
Probably one of your best vids man! Keep reefing strong
Christopher Mastino
Christopher Mastino - 6 years ago
CJ - If you watch the one video I made on YouTube of my 125 gallon and the one I will be making in a few weeks I you will see that we did the same thing. I had a thriving mixed reef and decided to go SPS. In preparation I switched over to the Aquaforest system and started adding SPS from WWC, Pieces of The Ocean, and a few other local LFSs. I pegged the parameters to the WWC suggestions and joined a few of the Aquaforest Groups on FaceBook. I bought a PAR meter and adjusted my Ocean Revive Lights. I had a great moth or two and then shit happens. Came home to the first white coral, then the next, and another. Multiple water changes, nutrient reduction, bubbling, nothing was working. I treated the tank with Melafix and Primafix to treat for bacterial and viral infections since a lot of people suggest that Vibrio may be a cause of these events and it was shortly after I had added a second clam to the tank that this started. Well this stopped everything dead in its tracks for a few weeks. Then did a water change and right back to losing a coral a day. I freaked again and sent a water sample to Triton for testing and everything looked pretty good. I scratched my head and was just like what the heck is going on as the tissue on my scolymias started to recede and immediately grow coralline on their skeletons. Long story short I grabbed my PAR meter again and checked the tank and was quite a bit surprised. The readings were off by about 20-40% in places from where they had been when things were going well. While I love the Ocean Revive lights, I think something ran amuck with them, and I am not sure what. Life has a strange way sometimes of giving you a reality check. Stability is key with SPS, from light, to nutrients, to filtration, and flow. My second video which will be coming out is about this and why I have to take the tank down. The room that it is currently in is going to be converted to a home office so I need a shorter tank and have gotten a Red Sea Reefer 525 XL. I am going to document the whole thing and hopefully share with others my trials and tribulations as you do. I have been with you since my 29 and 40 breeder when you were doing the JBJ. Then I bumped to the 125 and you the 120. I bee with you until the end.
Ellery Wong
Ellery Wong - 6 years ago
Sorry to hear but definitely a learning experience we've all gone through one way or another. From my experiences with acros, if you run higher alk you can get away with higher PO4. But if you run high alk and drop you NO3 <2-5ppm and PO4 <0.02-0.05ppm you can RTN . Also do only 1 change at a time.
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
Ellery Wong never thought I’d try to reach the acro level in this hobby so soon... but I’m def learning about balance. It’s something that is multifaceted and always changing .. I agree less water changes moving forward. Thanks for watching
Dee From Brooklyn
Dee From Brooklyn - 6 years ago
Looks like you had a moment of insanity ☠️
jassimps
jassimps - 6 years ago
heard finicky acropora corals luv classical music? Lol nice update Cj
Billy Pipes
Billy Pipes - 6 years ago
When I saw a feather star for the first time I was freakin out lol
Mitch Boudreaux
Mitch Boudreaux - 6 years ago
Tank looking good C.J.
Matthew Shermoen
Matthew Shermoen - 6 years ago
Thanks for sharing your struggles brother, always loads of learning from your videos.
Ruben
Ruben - 6 years ago
Now that you have everything dial in why are you changing the lights. The tank looks great man.
Mauricio Cañon
Mauricio Cañon - 6 years ago
It happens to all of Us. You will notice that Those sps that survived will be with you for a long time. They are strong. You should stop water changes
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
Mauricio Cañon I agree .. only the strong survive. Def am done with water changes.. went 3 months before these water changes and regret even doing them...
ReefingwithO
ReefingwithO - 6 years ago
Nice update and good job changing it up.

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J D reef 503
J D reef 503 - 6 years ago
great video CJ'S
plootsa
plootsa - 6 years ago
Great video thanks for sharing. Your misfortune to help others so they may learn
pelphrey
pelphrey - 6 years ago
I like the new format on this video! A lot of ups and downs. You’ll figure it out! #fundsarelow
Ricardo Carey
Ricardo Carey - 6 years ago
Tank is looking good as always CJ! I’m really learning a lot from this series
Wil Santiago Reefing
Wil Santiago Reefing - 6 years ago
Good informing CJ! I have a bucket of dead sps that I have killed or they just died over the few years. I look at each one and think about the price tag of each..lol.
Wil Santiago Reefing
Wil Santiago Reefing - 6 years ago
CJ'S AQUARIUMS That's awesome man. Can't wait for your video on the UV and your thoughts. What size did you get?
Wil Santiago Reefing
Wil Santiago Reefing - 6 years ago
Klem Reefing lol I know right.. mother nature and it's true beauty
Klem Reefing
Klem Reefing - 6 years ago
It seems kinda morbid when you use their bones to feed the other corals in a calcium reactor (mooo ha ha ha)
SanDi's Reef
SanDi's Reef - 6 years ago
Great Video CJ.. Very Informative and Educational.. Thank you for sharing the mistakes you made and what you did to correct them.. Your system looks beautiful !!!
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
SanDi's Reef thanks sandi! I try to hold out on sharing the bad until I have found a solution.. this was one hell of a 2-3 week rollercoaster
OG`s Fishroom
OG`s Fishroom - 6 years ago
Congrats brody
SovsBorg
SovsBorg - 6 years ago
I actually focused more on what you said this way.
Platypus
Platypus - 6 years ago
Get a Helfrichi Firefish!
Cesca's Reef
Cesca's Reef - 6 years ago
Nice video C J. We all make mistakes. The trick is that we learn from them :)
Fat Headed Fish
Fat Headed Fish - 6 years ago
Hoping you could help CJ, slowly converting my system so that I can run the triton Method. Currently setting up s refugium that is 10/20 percent of display. When and for how long should my refugium light be on? I’ve heard some people say have them on all the time, some people say opposite time to your main display lights? Any clarification would be great :)
CJ'S AQUARIUMS
CJ'S AQUARIUMS - 6 years ago
Fat Headed Fish I run my algae scrubber 18hrs on 6 off .. opposite of my display. Ultimately how long you leave yours on will depend on your tanks needs.. there is a direct correlation between length and photo period and nutrients removed. Find your tanks balance thru testing and observing your corals. Good luck!
Nado
Nado - 6 years ago
I lost almost all my acros since starti g this new job. Working over 12 hours a day, seven days a week, i just haven't had time for the tank. I feel your pain man.
dudesreef
dudesreef - 6 years ago
I have watched everyone single one of your videos, always enjoyed them and the chill vibe, great job and congratulations on 15k!

P.s your tank is really coming along, sps are bipolar.
Krishna Karkera
Krishna Karkera - 6 years ago
red feather starfish was new for us. if you are donating your ocean revive LEDs kindly let us know.
miracle muds are hard to find in India...
Juss Less
Juss Less - 6 years ago
Wow I’m Surprised you released skimmate into your system that’s crazy
Saltwater Jeff
Saltwater Jeff - 6 years ago
Thank you for sharing. I’m sure this will help many people including me.
Wissam Youssef
Wissam Youssef - 6 years ago
i liked this format :)
ROSCO
ROSCO - 6 years ago
Great video cj
Reefkpr
Reefkpr - 6 years ago
Great video CJ.
jack mcpherson
jack mcpherson - 6 years ago
Awesome video CJ.
Superyellowtang
Superyellowtang - 6 years ago
we all make mistakes and we learn from each other’s thanks for sharing
Fr0stguard Gaming
Fr0stguard Gaming - 6 years ago
Most valuable lesson I've learned in the hobby is if your tank is doing good don't change anything lol. I've learned that the hard way in my current tank when I rotated a rock 90 degrees, and I sent my green wrasse into a territorial rage against my yellow wrasse when they'd be happy together for a year.
Andrew Wolff
Andrew Wolff - 6 years ago
Hey cj. After watching your vids and other reefers I finally took the leap from freshwater to salt. After letting my tank cycle I just put in a clownfish and a yellow tang in. In 2 weeks I will add another clown and a shrimp!
ReeferGil
ReeferGil - 6 years ago
Excellent vid CJ, thanks for sharing.
Jeramie Scott
Jeramie Scott - 6 years ago
If I had a $1 for every coral I killed.........
Dr. Loaf's Salty Box
Dr. Loaf's Salty Box - 6 years ago
Nothing good happens quickly in a marine tank i think is the saying. Be easy
Deon 0026
Deon 0026 - 6 years ago
First!

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