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Bounce split and healed! The baby has huge bubbles as well.

 

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Tired

Sheesh. That doesn't even look like a mushroom so much as a collection of... fungal balloons. It looks like if you poke one, it'd pop and gush spores. I'm surprised it can operate like a normal coral with all that going on. Does it ever deflate the bubbles any, or is it just permanently like that? 

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4 minutes ago, Tired said:

Sheesh. That doesn't even look like a mushroom so much as a collection of... fungal balloons. It looks like if you poke one, it'd pop and gush spores. I'm surprised it can operate like a normal coral with all that going on. Does it ever deflate the bubbles any, or is it just permanently like that? 

The bubbles will deflate from time to time during the day. I poked a hole in one of the bubbles once, and just watched it slowly deflate, but nothing came out of the hole though. It healed by the next day and was inflated again!

 

The bounce reminds me of a colorful bubble coral.

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Here are some acro growth pics from Feb 9th to March 5th.

 

Tenius

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Pink Floyd

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I think my tank has finally hit a stride again. Here's 7 days of growth. 

 

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Surprisingly, this has been the lowest manual maintenance tank I have ever kept. My maintenance and equipment setup is as such:

 

Daily ~ 2 minutes

- Clean Glass

Weekly ~ 15 minutes

- Clean Skimmer

- Fill RODI Top off Container

- Fill Autofeeder with Pellets

- Mix up 20 gallons of fresh instant ocean salt water for auto-water change

Monthly ~ 15 minutes

- Clean and refill Kalkwasser Reactor

- Change Carbon 

- Refill Alkatronic Reagent

Automated

- Feeding via Eheim Autofeeder 3x daily

- Easy SPS Gel and EasyBooster Gel twice a day via doser

- 100% Saturated Kalk at 960ml daily via doser

- Alkalinity tested at 9AM and 9PM via Alkatronic

- Automatic Water Change at 3 gallons daily via Neptune DOS

 

Equipment

Tank - Fiji Cube EXT 81G Combo

Light - Giesemann Infinity 24'': Pheonix 14k Halide with 2x Blue Plus and 2x Coral Plus T5

Flow - 2x Tunze Stream 3s

Skimmer - IceCap K250

Heater - Finnex Titanium Heater

Reactor - IM Desktop Reactor running Carbon

Dosers - 

  • Coralbox Wifi Doser for ATI PRO Essentials 1, ATI Essentials PRO 2, EasySPS and EasyBooster Gel
  • Ecotech Versa for Kalkwasser Reactor
  • Neptune DOS for water change

Kalk - AVAST K1 Kalkwasser Reactor

Return - Sicce 2.0

Alk Tester - Alkatronic

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9 minutes ago, xiaoxiy said:

I think my tank has finally hit a stride again. Here's 7 days of growth. 

 

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Don’t you just love it when that happens?  that pink lemonade looks great!

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Matteo

Love how open it is

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12 minutes ago, Matteo said:

Love how open it is

I can't wait until a year down the road when the acro colonies fill up all that space up top!

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14 minutes ago, xiaoxiy said:

I can't wait until a year down the road when the acro colonies fill up all that space up top!

Me too! All my sticks are well... Sticks haha not much colony action yet. Encrusting yes but it'll probably be another 6+ months until my tank fills in. 

 

All my Corals are pretty "fraggy" looking but oh well 

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3 minutes ago, Matteo said:

Me too! All my sticks are well... Sticks haha not much colony action yet. Encrusting yes but it'll probably be another 6+ months until my tank fills in. 

 

All my Corals are pretty "fraggy" looking but oh well 

Mine too! I'm starting to finally get new growth tips and steady growth which is promising. 

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I've been designing a new upgrade for when my corals outgrow this tank. I think I'm gonna do a 5 foot peninsula and coordinate it with my basement remodel.

 

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mitten_reef
10 minutes ago, xiaoxiy said:

I've been designing a new upgrade for when my corals outgrow this tank. I think I'm gonna do a 5 foot peninsula and coordinate it with my basement remodel.

 

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That’s a serious home gym 😄

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JBM

thats a serious upgrade.

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On 3/29/2020 at 7:04 PM, mitten_reef said:

That’s a serious home gym 😄

😄I have a Rogue Power Rack in my basement right now. Nothing like working out in underwear. 

On 3/29/2020 at 7:08 PM, JBM said:

thats a serious upgrade.

I'm so excited.

 

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Not everything about reefing is beauty and growing things. I spent most of this morning tearing out my GSP from the sandbed and holding the big ass base of my aquascape over a sink to scrape off all the GSP that had encrusted onto my rock. I'm done with GSP; I noticed yesterday that it was stinging the crap out of my ricordeas and other corals.  I also got stung a million times by bristle worms hiding in the GSP mats. On the flip side, no more visible GSP in the tank.

 

IT'S GONE.

 

In the process of scraping the GSP from the rock, I totally destroyed my red monti cap and now it's only 2/3rds of the size it used to be. I also took the opportunity to frag the Maimi Chalice back a bit as well. I finally siphoned out a majority of the coarse, coraline covered sand pieces that had accumulated on the sandbed in hopes of making my sandbed fine and white again. I also threw in some new carbon in case things I released some bad stuff into the tank from all of this work.

 

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I've also scraped the back glass and the water has cleared up some. Really glad I scraped the glass; now the scape really stands out.

 

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Thought I would share 2 months of growth from my acropora. 

 

Feb 18th/March 18th/April 17th:

 

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And this is March 18th to April 17th for this next acro:

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Man that is some SERIOUS growth,heck ya !! 

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April 25th FTS! Monti cap is growing back again and healing at the sites I accidentally broke. 

 

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Spencer7

Looks great. Surprised you had that GSP in there to begin with.

Don't see too many people with those circulators! I'd like to do something similar with gyre's in the future. Keep my sides clear. 

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4 hours ago, Spencer7 said:

Looks great. Surprised you had that GSP in there to begin with.

Don't see too many people with those circulators! I'd like to do something similar with gyre's in the future. Keep my sides clear. 

Thanks!

 

I was really skeptical at first about the Tunze Stream IIIs, but they've won my heart. 5 year warranty plus minimal maintenance is amazing. The flow they put out is insane as well. 

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I've been eyeing Reefi LEDs for a while now, and finally bit the bullet and got a pair. I'm apprehensive about what change this will do to my coral growth, but I hope this'll be a positive move in the right direction. The lights are super high quality, and the best part is the fact that there is absolutely no side at all, which allows me to sit on my couch and not be blinded by the light! Prior to making the swap, I did some PAR mapping, which I matched with the ReefiLEDs (and now running the acclimation mode for 85% over 21 days).

 

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Here's the PAR map of my old lights. 

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One last hurrah with monthly growth updates with the old lights. April to May. 

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William

I think you are going to really like them, and not having side glare is a really nice 

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