If anyone could use a 6'x 2'x 2' fishtank they are welcome to mine. It's been empty for around 2 years now and my husband keeps nagging me to get rid of it. The hood and stand aren't any good now so they are being scrapped, if nobody wants it tank will be scrapped too, just thought I'd ask here first. Located at Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Torch coral is quite brittle and should snap off easily at the lowest point that you can manage, if not just take a junior hacksaw to it. All your soft corals just cut a bit off with sharp scissors (if you can remove them from the tank while you do this would be best)if not make sure you've got some carbon in your filter. Re-attach your frags to small bits of live rock with elastic bands or fishing line. If your mushrooms are refusing to spread point a powerhead at them, they don't like it very much so will start moving across the rocks leaving small bits of foot behind which will turn into new shrooms. Or if you are impatient just cut the top off the shroom leaving the base behind, it will grow a new head, then put your shroom tops into a small tub of brocken live rock/shells, cover with mesh and leave them to attach. HTH
The skimmer is attached by a plastic nut on the pump/UV, so you need to get your hand right down the pump chamber until you can feel the nut and get it unscrewed. The skimmer should come out easily then, make sure you put the pumps outlet back through the same hole where the nut was afterwards though.
I used black satinwood paint on my last tank, it's more durable than emulsion, dries pretty fast and doesn't smell as bad as gloss. Put it on with a mini sponge roller for a smoothe finish. Tell you what else looks nice on a marine tank, get some star polyps and dangle them from the surface with elastic bands or fishing line untill they take hold on your back wall, they'll soon spread and cover the back, you won't even be able to see what colour background you've got
If you do eventually need a treatment with praziquantel in it then why not just buy some Sera Med Professional Tremazol. Any LFS who stocks the Sera range should have it in stock or you can get it on ebay, or just google Tremazol. HTH
Also, is it homemade RO or from your LFS and have you tested it before it goes into your tank, some LFS RO/ready mixed is not up to scratch. And make sure you clean out your mixing buckets often if you do mix it yourself because contaminants will build up over a short period. After your next W/C halve your feeding and test again after a week. Good luck
Looks like he's a Lyretail anthias afterall. The dominant female changes into the male over a period of around 2 weeks, then he'll harass the female for nookie all the time. Thats why they should always be kept in a shoal in a large tank (over 125 gallons). She'll never get a minute away from his advances being the only female. They're a bit like randy guppies, always chasing the females. If you can't have a shoal, one on its own would be kinder.