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Teenyreef's IM40 Not-So-Teeny Tank - Coral Show!

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On 30/09/2017 at 11:49 AM, teenyreef said:

 

Thanks! I've heard good things about Snapseed, but I use Adobe Lightroom to adjust the color of the pictures. Usually all I have to do is put the eye dropper on a neutral colored part of the rock or sand. That typically results in reducing the blues as much as possible, and a slight reduction in the reds. If necessary, I tweak it by hand until it looks like it does to my eye in real life.

Oops I forgot to mention that snapseed was more for your phone. For the odd picture you take on it. I'm sure Lightroom is way better on the computer, especially with batch edits.

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Sorry for not posting more often and for my slow responses, but it's been really hard to find time to keep up on N-R lately because work is so busy. But I promised pics today and I'm going to do it no matter how late they are :)

 

Here's a top down showing everything glued up. This shot turned out really well, if you click on the picture you can zoom in and see just about every coral pretty clearly. 

2017-10-01 IM40 Top Down

 

My wife and daughter went to the coral show with me and picked out a few corals. They found a vendor with some nice montis. They were buy three get one free, and then the lady running the booth gave my daughter another one for free because she was having so much fun picking them out. So we ended up with three montis, a psammacora, and a nice little war coral for $75, even though I had no idea where any of them were going to fit :lol:

Here's the psammacora:

Psammacora

 

This one is supposed to be a pokerstar but it looks more like a rainbow to me. 

Pokerstar Monti

 

This is a rainbow for sure. 

Rainbow Monti

 

A wider view:

Pokerstar Monti

 

Mystic sunset, along with the new blue tenuis. 

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Here's the purple passion and JF fox flame:

Purple Passion and JF Fox Flame

 

Red dragon acro. The elkhorn stag below it is getting big! 

Red Dragon Acro

 

Then I noticed the new zoas I got for $10 had fallen of the zoa rock where I glued them. I can't remember what these are, anybody recognize them? 

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Lynton   

I see ur still teasing us.... with these amazing pic teeny! 😏😂

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Super nice pick ups bud,the tank is filling in nicely. I believe the zoa's are Electric Ummpa's if I'm not mistaken. 

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spectra   

Tank is looking great Teeny!

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Incredible (said with a Spanish accent for effect!)

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On 9/30/2017 at 8:49 AM, teenyreef said:

So far so good with the ATI essentials. Adjusting the dosing was a huge change. I mixed the dosing elements at the more diluted ratio per their instructions for smaller tanks, but I won't do that again. 

 

With Seachem Reef Fusion (which is a liquid), I was dosing about two ml per day. With ATI, I'm up around 45ml per day and just starting to get it fine tuned. So the difference in concentration was huge.

 

As far as RSBB goes, the goal with sps is to keep parameters as stable as possible, so I wanted a salt that mixed up as close to my alkalinity levels as possible, and then use the dosing to keep the levels up.

 

RSCP is definitely the one to use if you don't dose, because you need to elevated levels to keep your parameters consistent. If you're only dropping .3 to .5 in a week, I'd say dosing isn't that critical for you yet. I probably lose that much in a day.

Thanks! I've heard good things about Snapseed, but I use Adobe Lightroom to adjust the color of the pictures. Usually all I have to do is put the eye dropper on a neutral colored part of the rock or sand. That typically results in reducing the blues as much as possible, and a slight reduction in the reds. If necessary, I tweak it by hand until it looks like it does to my eye in real life.

 

I will have to try ATI at some point, but will wait for your results ;)

 

I am in fact dosing quite a bit of Alk to keep levels up - I'd say approximately 25ml a day - as I'm losing quite a bit daily but Coral pro makes it much easier to maintain. So I'm beginning to wonder if a salt mix that is closer to alk levels and dosing even more would be better than using a salt that's higher in alk and dosing less. The swing in water change is probably a little more dramatic than yours, although when i measure it after WC, it's only like .3 - .5 of a difference. 

 

I've actually cut back on the amount of water changed to keep the swing minimal.

 

 

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On 10/1/2017 at 11:03 PM, Orangutran said:

Oops I forgot to mention that snapseed was more for your phone. For the odd picture you take on it. I'm sure Lightroom is way better on the computer, especially with batch edits.

Yep, it's a great phone app. Since I use Lightroom, I use their free app for any editing I need to do on the phone. It's a pretty capable app, and you don't have to buy the computer software to use the free app. It also syncs up with the Lightroom catalog on my PC which is really convenient.

On 10/2/2017 at 4:38 AM, Lynton said:

I see ur still teasing us.... with these amazing pic teeny! 😏😂

Haha, thanks!

On 10/2/2017 at 6:55 AM, Reefkid88 said:

Super nice pick ups bud,the tank is filling in nicely. I believe the zoa's are Electric Ummpa's if I'm not mistaken. 

Thanks! You nailed it (of course). Oompa Loompas. The vendor didn't say they were electric, but I'll post a better picture of them once they start spreading. Definitely the best zoas I've ever gotten for $10 :D

On 10/2/2017 at 7:55 AM, spectra said:

Tank is looking great Teeny!

Thanks you, sir! Hope things are going well, I'm weeks behind in the Lounge.

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On 10/2/2017 at 9:13 AM, Nola Bear said:

Incredible (said with a Spanish accent for effect!)

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On 10/2/2017 at 1:08 PM, Tuffryu said:

 

I will have to try ATI at some point, but will wait for your results ;)

 

I am in fact dosing quite a bit of Alk to keep levels up - I'd say approximately 25ml a day - as I'm losing quite a bit daily but Coral pro makes it much easier to maintain. So I'm beginning to wonder if a salt mix that is closer to alk levels and dosing even more would be better than using a salt that's higher in alk and dosing less. The swing in water change is probably a little more dramatic than yours, although when i measure it after WC, it's only like .3 - .5 of a difference. 

 

I've actually cut back on the amount of water changed to keep the swing minimal.

 

 

Yeah, that's pretty much the way it goes. As consumption goes up and you rely more on dosing to keep things stable, the more difficult it is to deal with the alk spike you get by doing a water change with water that doesn't match your parameters. You have to play with the dosing amount to stay stable after a water change. Much easier to use water that already matches your parameters.

 

I've been fine tuning the dosage amount, it's right around 35 ml/day. That's with the concentration at 50% of normal as recommended for small tanks. Next time I'll do 100% percent concentration so I don't have to refill the dosing containers every month.

 

I never realized how concentrated the Seachem Fusion liquid dosing stuff was compared to mixed-from-powder solutions. I was dosing about 3 ml of Fusion per day, and now 35 ml with ATI. So while a bottle of Fusion seems expensive, it's really not when you calculate it based on the amount you dose.

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This is a top down picture of the rocks on the left side of the tank.

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4x5   

Everything is looking great! So much colour. :wub:

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Tank is looking amazing my friend! I'm really interested to see what you think of those ATI supplements. A lot of talk about them locally but hard for us to get. There are two Aussie brands duking it out in the trace elements game over here at the moment. Coral Essentials by Sustainable Reefs and Reef Anabolics. I don't think Coral Essentials is available stateside yet (I've been using it for close to 3 months) but Reef Anabolics has at least 1 importer. May be worth checking out as an alternative option.

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