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19 hours ago, Krish87 said:

Alright, a few pictures from the today (apologies for the huge post :smilie:). I'll try to put it one post, if not will do it in two.

 

Let's start with a FTS...

 

The joy of seeing this little ecosystem thrive and flourish is indeed priceless. When we all get into the hobby, we always dream of "that" tank, don't we?! I did too. It took a year and 3 months to reach that stage, where I think I am very close to witness what I envisioned.

It is so relaxing and rewarding to enjoy this sight every day. It required a lot of dedication, research, time and effort to get here, and like I always say - It was a 100% worth it!

MOST IMPORTANT POINT: Patience is Virtue in this hobby!

 

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The green Cats-paw coral is doing great! This gets a lot of light, a good amount of flow as it is placed in the top area of the tank where the Nero 5 does the needful and each polyp get the water breeze :smilie:

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I love Acans! They have never disappointed me. This one is a special one as it was almost in a bad state when I picked it from the LFS. But after 2 months of regular feeding and care, I think its bouncing back.

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And what a joy to see this guy waving in the flow . . . 

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Another SPS that is my favorite. This was on sale, and I couldn't resist grabbing it! 

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Zoanthids, as always, showing steady growth and now I see that they are encrusting over the little piece of rock.

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My priced possession : The Sunburst Lobo! 

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Another Zoa colony, going strong!

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My first of the 4 corals that I started when I put the tank together.

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Long Polyps Toadstool . . . looks just amazing in the water flow!

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Looks great in there!! 😀

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43 minutes ago, WV Reefer said:

 

Looks great in there!! 😀

Thank you so much . . . 😁

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On 8/11/2019 at 1:26 PM, Krish87 said:

Continued from above . . . 

 

The always happy Duncan coral.

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Another Lobo (all by itself in its own sweet corner of the tank :smilie:)

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And a special thanks to @Firefish15 for this . . .

 

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:smilie: And we finish by another FTS . . . 

 

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Looking amazing 🤗 That lobo is 🔥🔥

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40 minutes ago, Sancho said:

Looking amazing 🤗 That lobo is 🔥🔥

😊 Thank you so much buddy!!! I was just so lucky to get that coral. 

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Thank you everyone for their encouragements! Indeed very motivating :smilie:

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The Flame Lives On . . . ! 

 

It was a month ago when I shared this post which talked about my Torch coral's unusual behavior. I was very devastated that time as this Torch was with me since the beginning of my tank. It was a part of the first set of corals that went in! 

 

OBSERVATIONS

  • The coral never opened up completely for 3 weeks straight
  • The polyps began to look asymmetric towards the edges
  • After closer examination, I found that the green tips on some of the tentacles of the Torch coral were gone

It looked something like this -

 

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The reason I was bummed was because my water parameters were in check. Nothing was off that could have been a culprit behind this behavior. I was tempted to give this coral a dip in iodine but refrained from doing so. I did not know what the problem was, therefore I was not confident of the solution that I was prescribing in my mind. I cannot fix something if I don't know what is broken. I read a few posts online, did some research and found a similar thread on Reef2Reef. That hobbyist advocated to do nothing per her post. She just made sure that the coral was given all the time it needs to bounce back and get to normalcy. Hence I did the same! 

  • I ensured I didn't over engineer anything
  • I kept a close watch on my Ca and Alk (primarily Alk)
  • Did diligent examinations of pests and/or any foreign invader on the coral for the following weeks

And after a 5 weeks of patience and faith in nature, the flame of the Torch still lives on...

 

This is picture that I took yesterday evening!

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All tentacles looking good. Green tips have developed on 99% of the tentacles. The coral is looking healthy and happy! 

 

A beautiful quote I read, 


"Put your Trust in Nature - She Knows Best!"

 

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lizzyann

Your tank is looking great too! I'm jealous of your lobos, I might have to get one at some point!

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Woke up this morning to find this (lights were just coming on) . . . 

 

The shrimp molt became a feast for the Lobo 😁

 

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On 8/14/2019 at 10:13 AM, Krish87 said:

The Flame Lives On . . . ! 

 

It was a month ago when I shared this post which talked about my Torch coral's unusual behavior. I was very devastated that time as this Torch was with me since the beginning of my tank. It was a part of the first set of corals that went in! 

 

OBSERVATIONS

  • The coral never opened up completely for 3 weeks straight
  • The polyps began to look asymmetric towards the edges
  • After closer examination, I found that the green tips on some of the tentacles of the Torch coral were gone

It looked something like this -

 

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The reason I was bummed was because my water parameters were in check. Nothing was off that could have been a culprit behind this behavior. I was tempted to give this coral a dip in iodine but refrained from doing so. I did not know what the problem was, therefore I was not confident of the solution that I was prescribing in my mind. I cannot fix something if I don't know what is broken. I read a few posts online, did some research and found a similar thread on Reef2Reef. That hobbyist advocated to do nothing per her post. She just made sure that the coral was given all the time it needs to bounce back and get to normalcy. Hence I did the same! 

  • I ensured I didn't over engineer anything
  • I kept a close watch on my Ca and Alk (primarily Alk)
  • Did diligent examinations of pests and/or any foreing invader on the coral for the following weeks

And after a 5 weeks of patience and faith in nature, the flame of the Torch still lives on...

 

This is picture that I took yesterday evening!

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All tentacles looking good. Green tips have developed on 99% of the tentacles. The coral is looking healthy and happy! 

 

A beautiful quote I read, 


"Put your Trust in Nature - She Knows Best!"

 

I love that torch!!!! Your tank has recovered from so much and you have done an inspirational job of maintaining it. Have learned so much from your thread. Thank you!!!

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3 minutes ago, Cathy_O1234 said:

I love that torch!!!! Your tank has recovered from so much and you have done an inspirational job of maintaining it. Have learned so much from your thread. Thank you!!!

Thank you so o o o much! Yes, the Torch is one of my favorite corals. I would have been completely devastated had something happened to it! But thankfully, it is kicking back and now becoming better!!!

 

I am so glad that you were able to pick something from my thread. It means a lot to me that my journal entries are useful to someone :smilie:

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Attaboy! We are so back in action . . . The Torch is looking better every day. I am so glad that I didn't try to fix something that wasn't broken in the first place :happy:

 

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@Cathy_O1234 : What a coincidence, I logged in to just post the above picture and I saw your comment regarding the same :smilie:

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Awesome job. I read all 10 pages in one sitting, realy enjoying.

 

Do you dose for alk/calcium? what and how, if you don't mind to share. Thank you.

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1 hour ago, ramona said:

Awesome job. I read all 10 pages in one sitting, really enjoying.

 

Do you dose for alk/calcium? what and how, if you don't mind to share. Thank you.

Wow! That is awesome. All 10 pages in one go :smilie:

 

Before I answer your question, thank you for that! It means a lot.

 

Yes, I do doze for Ca and Alk as those two elements get used up quick in my system.

  1. I test for Ca and Alk first. I use Hannah testers for both.
  2. Then I decide how much ml I would need to ensure I get to my standard parameters.
  3. I use Seachem Reef Fusion Two-part to maintain Ca and Alk levels.

Now, the amount i.e. "how much" will depend on your tank size. From the pattern I have studied in my tank, here is what I can share. 

  • There was a time when my tank's Alk dropped to 6.0.
  • I used a capful (5 ml) of the solution (Reef-2) to raise the Alk, and it raised it to 7.4.
  • Given that it was not the level I wanted it to be at, I added 1/4th of the cap after some time, it became 8.1 :smilie:

I follow the same for Ca. But from the data I have collected so far, my Alk drops quicker than my Ca. I have seen myself dosing Alk more than Ca to be honest! 

 

I hope that helps. Please let me know if I can assist with any other question or clarification. Also, another good read and perhaps, more information in a very condensed manner around my tank can be found here :happy:

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Jackal227

Not sure how I missed this but congrats on TOTM!  It's well deserved, your tank looks great.

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Beautiful tank!!

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15 hours ago, Jackal227 said:

Not sure how I missed this but congrats on TOTM!  It's well deserved, your tank looks great.

Oh, thank you so much @Jackal227. Your thread was a real pathfinder for me when I started learning about this amazing system - Biocube :happy:

 

12 hours ago, Thetravelguy said:

Beautiful tank!!

Thank you so much @Thetravelguy :smilie:

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What an amazing journey so far . . . but we are not stopping! Long way to go . . . 🙂

 

Most recent FTS!

 

 

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One of my favorite pics of my tank . . .

 

The Left Profile shot

 

 

 

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Willy84

Wonderfull tank bro!

 

What's your AI prime HD setup?

I run now a full period of 8 hours with 1 hour ramp for sunset.

UV: 25%

Violet: 50%

White: 70%

Royal: 115%

Blue: 109%

Green: 0%

Deep Red: 0%

 

What do you use? what do you suggest?

 

Nice tool the LEDs diffuser, i didn't know it.

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4 hours ago, Willy84 said:

Wonderfull tank bro!

 

What's your AI prime HD setup?

I run now a full period of 8 hours with 1 hour ramp for sunset.

UV: 25%

Violet: 50%

White: 70%

Royal: 115%

Blue: 109%

Green: 0%

Deep Red: 0%

 

What do you use? what do you suggest?

 

Nice tool the LEDs diffuser, i didn't know it.

Thanks buddy 🙂 I run a custom version the David Saxby setup. I have to admit - I am have been extremely happy with it. It has absolutely shown coral growth, coloration and consistency.

 

It looks like this:

 

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It would be hard for me to tell you the % I run on the independent channels. Drop me your email, happy to share the .aip file with you. You can import it to your myAI app and test it yourself! 😊

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On 9/13/2019 at 7:13 PM, Krish87 said:

Thanks buddy 🙂 I run a custom version the David Saxby setup. I have to admit - I am have been extremely happy with it. It has absolutely shown coral growth, coloration and consistency.

 

It looks like this:

 

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It would be hard for me to tell you the % I run on the independent channels. Drop me your email, happy to share the .aip file with you. You can import it to your myAI app and test it yourself! 😊

Thank you so much Krish87, i sent you a PM message with my email.

 

Anyway i searched around the reason why this kind of settings, but i didn't found a real explanation for the up and down of the light intensity.

Stimulates the growth of the corals?

 

 

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20 hours ago, Willy84 said:

Thank you so much Krish87, i sent you a PM message with my email.

 

Anyway i searched around the reason why this kind of settings, but i didn't found a real explanation for the up and down of the light intensity.

Stimulates the growth of the corals?

 

 

Hola @Willy84 :happy:

 

The ups and down you see on the light settings are called "Respites". It means intervals of rest.

 

They help us mimic nature. As you know reefs are not blasted with sunlight throughout the day. The amount of sunlight that penetrates the ocean and falls over the reefs varies from sunrise to sunset. We have clouds that often cover the sun at times, and these respite spikes (the ups and downs) are basically helping us accomplish the same.

 

In this way, it gives the corals frequent breaks to ensure that they aren't blasted with the artificial lighting.

 

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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@Willy84 The LED diffuser is indeed a valuable addition to the lighting fixture.

 

More information about them can be found here www.3dreefing.com

 

Thanks!

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4 hours ago, Krish87 said:

Hola @Willy84 :happy:

 

The ups and down you see on the light settings are called "Respites". It means intervals of rest.

 

They help us mimic nature. As you know reefs are not blasted with sunlight throughout the day. The amount of sunlight that penetrates the ocean and falls over the reefs varies from sunrise to sunset. We have clouds that often cover the sun at times, and these respite spikes (the ups and downs) are basically helping us accomplish the same.

 

In this way, it gives the corals frequent breaks to ensure that they aren't blasted with the artificial lighting.

 

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

I imagined that. thank you.

Instead, I still have to figure out which is the right height from the water level for the Prime HD. I have the "tank Mount" and I installed it with the max height that is approx... 25cm (10 inches) Led - Water level. I don't know if it's correct considering the depth of  water 33 cm (13 inches) for a total eight of 58cm (23 inches) Led - bottom of the tank. i have to figure out the relationship between the output watts and the height.

 

Do you use a specific height?

 

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A quick video 😊

 

 

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