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1 hour ago, rO.oster said:

@Ranjib Thank you kindly for your help and your multiple suggestions.  After upgrading my iPhone app, I was able to produce a halfway decent pic but I'm guessing since my tank is nothing but white on white on black, theres not much to capture thats contrasting.

 

So Labs > Temperature for post shot tweaking the color temperature.  Do you play with the features that are available when taking the picture such as iso, exposure or white balance?  im a complete camera novice :blink:  seems like theres a balance to be made with those live camera options and then you warm it up after for a perfect picture.

You can adjust the sharpness (Same place as lab -> temperature)  a tiny bit . dont use it too much. I do not do any other post processing. Follow the rule of 1/3rd while taking photo. Turn off pumps and switch off all other lights during the photo shoot

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Last week's FTS

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I lost the blasto :-( . I believe its due to the rainbow acan. It has killed 3 other corals before :-/  . I am worried what to do with the next neightbors (tangerine juice lepto, various zoas)

 Close up hollywood stunner,

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Took some under heavy blue/evening time. Temperature corrected during post processing,

Zoa island, can see the half melted blasto

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otherside

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Liam’s clove still lingers on,

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Yellow lepto

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jf klepto lepto

 

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sps island on top

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Beautiful pics!

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My sps are humming along. I am still in process of automating the dosing. pH probe integration is in progress. This years goal is to focus on sps growth, and if things go well, I'll focus on color later. I can grow easy to keep sps now, but some of the harder ones are still not thriving. My red dragon with only tiny bit of encrusting since its purchase (almost 4 months back, is a proof).  

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Some of the thriving sps:

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This one is thriving, but also getting stung by my goniopora on one side :-(

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Top,

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I wonder how things will work out as time passes by..  

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Current FTS

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Tank is doing alright. I lost one side of the blasto, likely due to the rainbow acan. It has killed several corals before. But the rest of the blasto looks ok,.

I trimmed the holywood stunner challice. I am planning to remove it completely sooner or later, that piece of rock is really important for the other lepto, and i fear this challice will kill almost everything, and it also grows fast

 

SPS island. i think they are doing ok, not thriving or growing fast, but the stalemate are over, all of them has now started showing tiny amount of growth on base or on tips, after couple of months of nice PE , since i started dosing. A more frequent and smaller feeding of reef roid and oyester feast (alternate days) has helped i think

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SPS close up

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Red dragon is showing little bit more (few milimeter may be) encrusting on the bottom, i think theres little bit of PE as well,

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My leptos are doing ok, after SPS , I probably love them most, and the zoas

This one on the bottom (the one for which i trim the holywood stunner)

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This one if one of my favorite in the tank, love the coloration of this one.

 

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this one has grown a bit, encrusting the next crevice

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Zoa island is pretty much out of real estate. I am thinking whats best , next. Should I keep it as it is, or frag some of the zoas, or just mobe one or two other corals completely. I am happy with how it is now.. so no rush 

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They look gorgeous, probably the brightest residents in my tank :-)

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Some sps photo dumps

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Green slimer

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No name tenius 

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I’ll be moving the goniopora soon , it’s being stung by the short polyp version

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Finally I moved the goniopora and alveopora from middle part of the tank to bottom. The micro goni colony was stinging them. Also removed Hollywood stunner from the rock and relocated it 

Finally I can take a good look at the cyphastrea , hope it grows better

 

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Micro goni has more space now, it will be interesting to see which on grows faster here, 

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The relocated pink goni is now more reddish, with less polyp extension 

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the alveopora is visibly not happy, let’s see how things go in next few weeks

 

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Zoa island is looking stunning as usual , except la lakers everyone kinda stalled in growth. I think the acan is looking better , the blasto to my surprise is recovering. I don’t know what it means, since the rainbow acan is still there and growing towards it 

 

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Replacement heads :-) 

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Pjanssen

Just caught up. I'm a fan of Zoa island, I have a couple of them myself. What is the yellow encrusting oral next to the blastos? Your acan colony is also interesting. Is that an acan encinitas?

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1 hour ago, Pjanssen said:

Just caught up. I'm a fan of Zoa island, I have a couple of them myself. What is the yellow encrusting oral next to the blastos? Your acan colony is also interesting. Is that an acan encinitas?

The yellow encrusting one is Tangerine Juice lepto from Cherry Corals, https://shop.jasonfoxsignaturecorals.com/products/lps-zw20

Yes, thats an acan enncinitas, not an expert on it, but thats what my readings indicate (from its aggression with other acans). Its very robust. When i had initially bought it I had no idea, I kept it on top of the tank, directly under kessil, where my acro leaves now, it survived there, then it was in one of my pico (which is the whole zoa island here), it grew very slowly till then, it has grown faster in BC back again, but at the bottom. 

 

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Current FTS

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Cyphastrea .. slowly encrusting

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On the zoa island, blondies are growing at slowest rate. I worry if the chemical romance or la laker take over the last remaining real estate, these blondes wont have any space left for future growth,

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rainbow acan, soon after feeding coral frenzy, tentacles are all out

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Bubble coral in temporary unhappy phase, soon after two part dosing (took down my reef-pi controller offline for upgrade, hence the dosing was manual and bit harsh)

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zoa island in all its glory

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Some macros

 

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Pjanssen

Really nice photos. Everything looks like its shaping up nicely.

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1 hour ago, Pjanssen said:

Really nice photos. Everything looks like its shaping up nicely.

Thank you ? 

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Patrick17

Just caught up with all the photos; everything looks great! Macro shots are stunning too 

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Got some time to take a few snaps. Current state: 

Tank is doing ok overall. SPS are growing, some of the lps are not thriving. The white alveo pora is receding, I have a feeling i'll loose him. I dont have a good place to relocate him. He was not happy since the move. But then earlier place is a no go zone due to the sweeper tentacles of the micor goniopora

 

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Bubble algae has grown massive. Its stinging everything around. The frogspawn already lost couple of heads. I might frag him off. I dont have a good idea what to do with him. Everyone in the family loves this coral. I dont hate him, but then I have really limited space. If i do keep him for the long I have to think about space in that side of the tank

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Goniopora.

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No name acro frag i got from local swap. Planning to fix this one tonight , on top right of the tank

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Rainbow acan.

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Everything in this zoa island is doing good, but theres no space left for anyone

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bam bam, LA lakers, purple death paly, chemical romance all mingled

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LA lakers close up

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Grafted cyphastrea

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One of the sps thats growing somewhat faster

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Green slimer , closeup

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red dragon

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One of the acro frags

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No name tenius

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I recently setup pH monitoring for this tank using reef-pi. Its currently hovering around 8. I am reading up on if I should be doing anything about it

 

 

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Late night photo shoot . All shots were very heavy blue (kessil lowest on spectrum ), so pics are temperature corrected (79%). iPhone with camera+ app

Fts

 

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Sps island on top

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Rainbow acan at bottom

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Micro goniopora with extended pe

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Lepto

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One of the acro frag 

 

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next time I’ll do a 100% spectrum (white) shoot, for reference 

 

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It’s been few weeks since I have installed the pH monitor on this tank (reef-pi), and that has revealed that my ph is hovering around 6.5 to 7.5

 

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so starting today I am using kalkwasser (brightwell) in my ato. I’m going slow and adding only half spoon every 1g, which should be added over the course of 5 days. I’ll see what happens for few weeks and then decide on next steps.

 

i also did a 30% water change (for no particular reasons) as part of regular maintenance (I generally do 15%). Took some photo during that time (corals were exposed in air)

top down shot

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Sps island closeup

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Sps mini colony 

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I haves dropped a digitata branch on top of capricornis, it seems they have fused now

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Another no name acro that has grown significantly 

 

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its amazing that how easy it is to take photos of corals 

 

 

Back to normal under water photos

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Green pociliopora, at the bottom

 

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Bubble coral, growing humongous 

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Sps island , side view 

 

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Zoa island , at the bottom

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Leptoseris is showing some new growth after I removed some of the Monti nearby 

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Another no name sps on the left side , showing some new growth 

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Hardest to keep sps in this tank, red dragon , showing some slow growth as well

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thats all for the time being , I’ll keep u all posted about the kalkwasser effect

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Current FTS

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Blue tubbs. no new polyp yet

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Goniopora, hanging in there. I dont know if its the flow or the light (due to change in location) thats causing it to not extend polyp as earlier. But at least its look ok, the alveopora is almost gone 😞 at this point

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Cyphastrea

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Zoa island at the bottom

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The red dragon continued its slow growth,

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The other sps island

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Top sps island

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I have glued this acro frag, along with the plug on top of a purple stylophora. it seems to be doing ok, as of now

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Since I have started adding kalk from this week, via my ATO, nothing chnaged significantly. I am seeing signs of bryopsis. Will see how bad it gets, if it gets very bad that I cant mechanically remove, i may use some fluconazole (reef flux).

 

 

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Tank is showing some green hair like algea, other than that rest is business as usua

 

LA lakers

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Tubbs blue has two new heads

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Blondies, macro

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Bubble coral,,.. huge and space consuming :0(

 

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Zoa island, top down

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Closeup, acan and blondes

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rainbow acan

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SPS island topdown

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So, I decided to rockscape 90 degree and detach the frogspawn. It was getting killed by the bubble coral.hoping the new arrangement will make things better.

Current fts 

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I am see slow but persistent algae + cyano issues. I am specifically seeing it in places where corals are touching each other,battling it out,having some loss of flesh and then that area get algae , once I remove algae ,it gets cyano. I don’t have a good way to mitigate this, as there are multiple places in the tank where different corals are fighting for real estate .

other wise things are ok

On the zoa island , the rainbow acan continued to sting the blasto. It has lost significant amount of flesh. Other than that rest everything (zoas, plays and the other acan lord) is doing good

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With the rockscape rotated , I have a much better view of my sps island 

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some macro

 

No name tenius 

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The green slimer has grown significantly, and stinging the Monti nearby 

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thats all for now 🙂 

 

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seabass

I suppose there could be worse things than coral growing so thick that it's stinging each other.  Keep up the good work.

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On 6/24/2018 at 10:45 PM, seabass said:

I suppose there could be worse things than coral growing so thick that it's stinging each other.  Keep up the good work.

Agree. 

It feels so strange to peel off Liam’s clove from the rocks so that it does not invade other corals space (they grow fast in my tank )

it used to be one of my favorite coral.i still kinda like them. But they take over anything nearby then 😞

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Tank is humming along,

sps island from right side 

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Front view

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From left side 

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The other sps island (medium height)

 

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Micro goni , gha is still there, but under control 

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Zoa island 

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