posted on Jun, 17 2017 @ 11:16 PM
a reply to: SmilingROB
I had a video of my tank that I kept and would watch now and then to remember the joy it brought me. I lost it when I tried to transfer over to a
flash drive which was falsely marketed as terabytes large and everything was corrupted. It was my system at its peak too
Marine systems however are more vulnerable in smaller volumes. But the alkalinity change of .5 would not necessarily destroy the whole system. It
would certainly affect stony corals, but zooanthids and most soft coral and hardy fish species can usually hold it down. My alkalinity would swing
every now and then, but not too drastic.
The current shark deaths have to be a very specific pathogen because it seems limited to a species. Coral are more prone to dirty water and lack of
nutrients, especially the stony's.
I will now clarify the cooking rock and reefer statements. Its kind of an inside joke within the hobby. We call ourselves "Reefers" , so off the bat
some people hearing a conversation from close by are going to be curious. One think that seems to raise eyebrows when overheard is the term "Cooking
Rock" , which coupled with the term Reefer does not invite pleasant thoughts to people on the side.
The term cooking rock though refers to placing any new "live rock" in quarantine to destroy parasites and unwanted specimens. Live rock is rock that
was either pulled from a reef or aqua cultured commercially and encrusted with beautiful purple/mahogany algae and usually has multitude of tiny
invertebrate living inside the pores and crevices for the fish to feed off naturally. Many times though these rocks have unwanted thing like worms
that can grow six feet long and kill the livestock you paid good money for with its stinging bristles or other critters as I mentioned earlier.
Because these are salt-water creatures, all that needs to be done is to place the rock in a container separate from the water cycle of your
established system and immerse it with fresh water, preferably distilled for up to 48 hours. Everything dies.