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Reefer 170 SPS Bonsai (Est. August, 2020)

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20 hours ago, Manfred said:

I think Ikea will have someting suitable! ....which test sets do you use ... I have a Hanna tester for Po4 ... I will get for the other test also HaHanna testers...

I have yet to test a single parameter for the tank. Ballsy reefing. Confident enough to observe the cycling process and health of the corals. 

 

That said, with more frags now, I just ordered a Hannah Alk Checker and RS Ca Pro Test Kit. 

 

I suspect that I won't need to worry about dosing for another 3-4 weeks. First water change next week will likely be sufficient (small frags still new to tank...not consuming tons of elements just yet). 

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2,000th post! Frag pics from Saturday (before glueing) for tracking growth/color in the future. 

 

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So I hooked up my RO/DI unit and a few observations...

- Water pressure is only hitting ~20psi

- Probably in part bc of that low pressure there is a disappointing amount of waste water (but don't feel like spending $160 on a booster pump...)

- The TDS meter was reading 10ppm going in and 0ppm going out!  Such a low TDS makes it tempting to just use tap water with Prime...

- However, the tap water pH tests at 10.15

 

My metal shelf came and is set up. Now to consider a ATO reservoir for the gravity-fed setup...

https://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=120724

 

Should be able to adapt the spigot to 1/4" tubing and not even have to drill. Now the stand is 14x15" and this had a diameter of 17.4". It looks fine on paper but this fit is going to really really close because the vertical pipes of the stand encroach in on those corners. I measured the diagonal between corners to be ~17.5".

 

Checking on a return policy before I order. If it fits, it efficiently uses the space and gives me a large reservoir for the tank (good for when I'm gone more than a week). 

 

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Amphrites

Wow, a ph of 10 from your tap? Are you certain it's not a false result from low alkalinity? I think WV reefer and a few others have been doing tapwater-tanks, but I don't know how many are soaking sticks in it.

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On 9/30/2020 at 8:58 AM, Amphrites said:

Wow, a ph of 10 from your tap? Are you certain it's not a false result from low alkalinity? I think WV reefer and a few others have been doing tapwater-tanks, but I don't know how many are soaking sticks in it.

Tested again today on two faucets and saw a more reasonable 8.20-8.27. Wondering if I used water from RODI waste line to fill my little cup lol. Don't really trust my cheap pH meter anyway lol. 

 

Tested calc and alk for the first time -- 9.7dKH and 390ppm so pretty good! Haven't started dosing the BRS system just yet. 

 

Outside of the hyperberry, which has faded, the frags look happy! I conceded and decided to position the RP-M's in the more effective but less aesthetic positions...

 

Even the little no-name LPS test frag, which looked dead (tissue gone, even over mouth)has started coming back. It's hard to say but I swear a couple corallites on some of the corals look fatter! 👀👀👀

 

My light schedule is currently...

 

Mitras : 9am - 6pm with peak intensity from 1-3pm (Avg. brightness 42% ) - linear ramping to this bright period

Spectrum: 60% Blue + Royal Blue, 50% UV, 50% Hyperviolet, 35% Cool White, 35% Blue White, 35% Sky White, 10% True Green

4x T5's : 11am -3pm 

 

Without a PAR meter, it's somewhat guess-work but let me know what you guys think. 

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Two quick pics from just now. It takes some forensics analysis if the tank isn't your baby BUT growth confirmed. The Peril Betty has some lengthened corallites while the misc brown acro (coral #1) has new growth on it's encrusting perimeter and the North Star Clathrata is just starting to encrust over the glue.

 

Nothing crazy exciting but it's a good sign the tank is happy (and maybe ready for more frags...) 

 

It looks like the Hyperberry will be the one casualty out of the first ten frags in the tank. It just never recovered or opened up after being shipped, unfortunately. (was acclimating to the lighting with everyone else and gave it a few diff spots to try in the tank)

 

Alk: 9.6

Ca: 390-410ppm  (depending on how long you expect that dark blue to hold) 

 

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Leo_ian

can't wait to see this tank all grown in

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On 10/9/2020 at 10:08 AM, Leo_ian said:

can't wait to see this tank all grown in

Thanks Leo! Welcome to the site. 🖐️  Little less pretentious than R2R hehe

 

I spent decent money on this water reservoir tho...

https://www.usplastic.com/catalog/files/tamco/14320.pdf

 

BUT I don't have to drill (I'll adapt from spigot) for gravity feed, it is as large as my stand will physically allowed (to a mm) and the size means I should be able to leave for two weeks without a problem. Probably up to like four.

 

Next on my list is to get some dosing containers and set up my doser in the stand. Automation and stability approaches!

 

My water pressure is too low for the RODI unit I bought. I haven't done a WC so dechlorinated tap for topping off. After I get my first ICP results, I'll decide if I'll invest in a RODI booster pump. 

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Spencer7

Chilling. 

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Frags and FTS's 😍  Love that 45 degree angle from the front...acro alleyway! 

 

First pic is the only one under more blue light. Everything else is under honest ~15K lighting. 

 

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Reefkid88

Love the update bud,everything is looking good !!! In a matter of no time you will have a nice acro forest. 

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Pjanssen

Just came across this. Very nice! I saw the BRS video on negative space aquascape a few months ago and have been tempted ever since. I've had a few of the same inspiration tanks filed away a for a couple of years as well. Now I can add yours to the collection. Thanks! Just waiting until I can afford to pull the trigger on a new tank.

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