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Beautiful tank! Iove your scape and choice of fish. 

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Thanks, there are a few fish not shown, Buster the Starry blenny and Blue Lightning the Coral Beauty named by my mom and my 5 year old son respectively. They all get along great. The tank started out as a peaceful community however the Starry, the Clown and Anthias became aggressive so no more peaceful fish were allowed, except the Sharknose Goby. No one has a problem with them. 

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I gave the sump a deep cleaning a few days ago and used the bucket head wet vac from Home Depot to rid of all the broken bits of MarinePure fragments and detritus, etc. I also found out how much detritus the MarinePure cubes contain as I took them and shook them in the dirty water in the bucket and one cube instantly turned it all dark green. Needless to say this was well overdue. I gave the Vectra S1 a good cleaning along with my NYOS 120. I also tested my dKH and it is dialed in my dosing to keep it stable. It has been at 9.5 for a couple days now. I will test daily to confirm its stability as I really would like improved coral growth. Between that and the direct feedings I a hoping that should do it. Up until now my dKH has had slow swings which I attribute to the slow growth. We shall see...

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Okay, I finished the refugium project today between windstorms and power outages. Drilling the glass wasn’t so bad. 

 

On another note I just noticed my Rainbow BTA split. Unsure why as all my parameters have been very stable and I’ve been feeding it. Both halves look very healthy. Problem is now I have to be ready to move other corals as the other half is on the move. 

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After installing the refugium I realized the 1/2” drain was not sufficient for the flow I wanted so I drilled another 1/2” next to it and added strainers to both. I am using Bahamas Oolite sand and for now Red Dragon’s Breath Macro as I had a lot in my Reef in need of a haircut. That said if anyone wants some let me know. 

 

 

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My Rainbow BTA soaking up some Nanobox rays. Got to love the colors.

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I got my camera out today. Figured I’d take a few of old and new from last week. 

 

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I’m happy with the direction of my reef currently. I decided to remove my Kalkwasser reactor and go with the Triton Method 4 part dosing. I felt my fuge was inadequate and I added the Tunze algae reactor. It grows Chaeto quite well and has reduced my nitrates. My alk is holding at 8.7 so I’m slowly reducing the amount dosed until it hits 8. I picked up an interesting frogspawn, torch, multiple blastomussa, and a couple duncans. A month before that I added a few chalice, favia, blasto, and cyphastrea. I’m planning on adding a rock arch that is low to place acans. In the meantime I will frag some of the zoas up top along with my torch that is getting big. I’m thinking of placing the new purple torch in between my existing when fragged for contrast. The blastomussa garden as I have been trying to build is growing out nicely, but definitely not a fast grower. I really like blastos so this is a staple of my reef. I had to remove the blue spot puffer and place him in my son’s tank. He started to get a taste for blastos. He is doing fine so far in there. That’s it for now. 

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Picked up a couple frags from my LFS and a restock of food and supplies. They are definitely slower but hanging in there. A birdsnest, montipora and goniopora. 

 

 

 

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