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If it's not too much I'd love to see what a thriving set up runs for the different times of day. I play with the settings but of course I haven't the clue on what works better 

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9 hours ago, JustReading said:

If it's not too much I'd love to see what a thriving set up runs for the different times of day. I play with the settings but of course I haven't the clue on what works better 

The biggest thing ended up being placement. I’ll look at the settings numbers and write them down, but I ended up placing the pump just beneath the outflow nozzles of the Evo, because it’s small enough to fit and augments the flow. Now it’s hidden from sight and the flow points at the far wall and bounces off to the rest of the tank. The return pump is a sicce 1.0 and I can’t remember if it’s turned all the way up though most likely it is, but the outflow nozzles are pointed to the back wall and to the center front wall. So flow crosses the tank and shoots horizontally to the end of the tank, then disperses. I’ve found that gives me the turbulence the tank seems to like. 

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I have that same return pump also. I went back to the stock return pump nozzles cause the random flow generator didn't seem to give much flow 

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36 minutes ago, JustReading said:

I have that same return pump also. I went back to the stock return pump nozzles cause the random flow generator didn't seem to give much flow 

I’ve only ever used the stock nozzles because of the size. Most other stuff I’ve seen is too big. 

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So as I said on the thread for the big tank, I'm abandoning the RedSea lights. I'm changing the LED 50 out for an AI Prime 16HD. I'm happy to go with that based on how nice the little 5g Challenge Tank looks every day. 

 

The corals are doing fabulous in the Evo, and I added a few small items - small alveopora on the far end of the rock, which was naked. Baby button scoly. New green frogspawn. Baby green rhodactus. 

 

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JustReading

Didn't bless is with any full tank shots?

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debbeach13

Of course if you keeping adding coral it just keeps looking better and better.

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50 minutes ago, debbeach13 said:

Of course if you keeping adding coral it just keeps looking better and better.

I got the frogspawn because I seriously wounded the other with that high flow wave pump. I’m not sure it’s going to survive. And the end of the tank has always been nekkid- I’m happy the little alveopora is doing well. The mushrooms I think eventually I’ll put on the rocks I just haven’t gotten that far yet. Maybe even on that naked end with the alveopora. 
 

 

My husband doesn’t agree with more corals=more beautiful he just worries the tank will crash or our bank account. 

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1 hour ago, JustReading said:

Didn't bless is with any full tank shots?

Oops I thought I had 🤭

 

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I like the colors on the baby scoly.

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50 minutes ago, A.m.P said:

I like the colors on the baby scoly.

I told them to send me a pretty stripey one and I like what I got. It’ll be impressive when it grows up. 

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Haven’t actually updated on this tank in a while, because it got a case of the uglies for some reason. I’m guessing it was indirectly caused by the fluconazole treatment for the patches of bryopsis I had in this tank as well, but the sand got a really ugly case of red cyano. The new light didn’t exactly help either, so I daily battle the lovely red film all over the sand bed and glass. Thankfully the animals and corals don’t seem bothered by it. I delayed and delayed on changing the water until today, and then did a 4g change out, and siphoned the sand real well, but I noticed the cyano isn’t done with me yet, as there are small patches of it back already. 😑

 

At any rate, the tank is doing well, though we had a loss when Wally the possum wrasse died. Unfortunately Billy and Dilly are ramping up their territorial hold on the tank- Interceptor puts up with them but they herd him along every night. 

 

Pictures!

 

Billy 

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Dilly

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Zoas

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Acans 

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GSP

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Goniopora

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Montipora

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Pinwheel plate

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St Thomas mushroom

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Pectinia

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Great pictures. Every thing looks happy.

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4 hours ago, debbeach13 said:

Great pictures. Every thing looks happy.

Thanks so much! I need to get a full tank shot when the ugly red crap goes away. Since nothing has actually died, it’s hard to say it’s actually cyano and not just really bad diatoms. It’s been getting slightly better, so hopefully it’ll go away on its own.

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