Embracing a plug and play aquarium for personal coral reefs

Eradicating AEFW in the Red Sea Max 250 reef

In dealing with Aceopora Eating Flatworms (AEFW) in my Red Sea Max 250 reef, I took all of my Acropora corals off of rocks, dipped for weeks, added wrasses for patrolling, and all the other suggestions out there. I did lose a few corals, especially deep water ones due to the stress of the dips and sensitivity to Revive. I am out of patience and whatever happens now happens. If AEFW want to eat my Acroporas, then they are going to and I’ll have to not have any Acros.

However, since the reef was being dismantled at this time, it was a great time to correct a few mistakes I had made a long time ago that only experience teaches, if you know what I mean. A few that come to mind are:

1. Glue corals to small pieces of rocks and then glue small rocks to larger rock scape so that they are easy to remove if necessary. I had to cut off so many corals that were encrusted on rocks with bone cutters and/or a Dremel tool with a diamond cutting wheel.

2. While it’s easy to attain, the wall of rocks look in a home reef is not the only one that can be accomplished. However with my tank’s dimensions it is difficult to make a minimalist, multiple islands styled rock scape because it all ends up looking like a wall of rocks in the end. When looking for Red Sea Max 250 (my tank) reefs online, I can only find tank photos with walls of rock. However, I want to attempt to attain a first. I got over the fear of removing rocks from my tank and took the chance to at least attempt a different look. We’ll see if the loss of rocks and hence the bacteria and other organisms in the rock drastically affect my tank’s stability and parameters. I am sure it’s going to have a mini nitrogen cycle now due to all of the rearrangements so maybe I’ll know after that cycle is finished.

3. Incorrect placement of corals based on growth pattern. For example, a tabling coral requires a lot of side to side space as it grows, but I didn’t know how my corals would behave in my tank. Now that they have been in my tank for a while, I do and I placed more appropriately.

4. Caps or plating Montipora corals are a pain because they grow so quickly and cover so much area, so I got rid of most.

5. It is OK to throw out a few frags/corals that never grew or are ugly instead of hoping that it’ll become something eventually.

6. A clean sandbed is beautiful. Keep it as coral free as possible.

7. Fish need room to swim. While my wall of rock had many caves the fish cold only swim in front of the rocks. Now with the new arrangement they have less caves but enjoying swimming behind and in front of rocks and corals.

8. Quarantine, quarantine, quarantine in a separate tank before adding to the Red Sea Max reef.

Anyway, here is my previous tank setup

Before: destruction of Red Sea Max 250

Before: destruction of Red Sea Max 250








Tank during AEFW treatment

After: destruction Red Sea Max 250

After: destruction Red Sea Max 250








Reorganized tank after AEFW treatment

Minimalist Red Sea Max 250 reef

Minimalist Red Sea Max 250 reef








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