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mitten_reef

That mp40 is gonna, literally, blow the water out of the tank 😂. How low do you have to set it?

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1 hour ago, mitten_reef said:

That mp40 is gonna, literally, blow the water out of the tank 😂. How low do you have to set it?

It's on constant mode on dot 3 hah.. out of 12 or however many. The max flow for this one is only rated at ~3200gph as opposed to the newer ones which push ~4500. But yes it moves some water and I'm super pleased!

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Cleared up a bit after water change and gluing new frags down.

 

Also I've hit a bit of an issue with my montipora, can't see to get any improvement out of my blue digi, ff digi, or starburst cap. 

 

Alk -8.4

No3 -25

Po4 -.25

 

Working on getting my nutrients down but would love to hear any opinions from y'all, thanks!

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Also on a good note, got my nitrates and phosphates down to ~15 and .10 from last week. Making progress

 

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If any of you guys like mangroves, I'm growing some in my sump! They've been doing so well under a little cfl 6500k bulb and I'm thinking of transferring them to their own t5-lit tank soon

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mitten_reef
4 minutes ago, Jaren45 said:

If any of you guys like mangroves, I'm growing some in my sump! They've been doing so well under a little cfl 6500k bulb and I'm thinking of transferring them to their own t5-lit tank soon

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check out @brad908; he posted a recent journal update on his mangrove display

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41 minutes ago, mitten_reef said:

check out @brad908; he posted a recent journal update on his mangrove display

Beat you to it haha, there's not much to read about mangroves on the web so i've definitely loved that thread

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New frags! And a new auto top off because mine died 😬. trying the duetto this time

 

- "Cinnamon" Palythoa grandis

- Wwc yellow tips

- No name teal acro

- No name green acro

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Not much to update on this week, new frags seem to be alright and they haven't skipped a beat yet.

 

Alk consumption is noticeably increasing which is always a good sign.

 

Red planet acro continues to recede which pains me, as it's one of my favorite across.

 

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This week alk consumption continues to rise, up to 17ml/day spread out every hour the lights are on.

 

Going to try to pick up some more hardy acros this week and see if I can't get something to grow for once!

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My little kitchen im10 is doing really well as well!

 

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Super excited for these 2 new guys!

 

 

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Not sure how my zoas grew so quickly.. looking from the top down for once shows 20+ heads on a few colonies that were all 3-4p at the start.

 

Most acros look better from the top as well, as I've learned. 

 

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Tank is looking just OK. Easy sps seem to grow well but most of my acros continue to do poorly. Going to hold off on any new acropora and just let whatever is going on work itself out.

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Today I spent about 45 minutes picking and sucking out bubble algae from my rocks. Over the past month it's gotten really bad, and is probably the reason nothing is doing well.

 

Even though I said I was holding off on coral, I picked up a montipora spongodes and another red planet to try. 

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Started dosing kalkwasser this week at 1 tsp/ gallon, just 10ml throughout the day. Call me crazy but polyp extension looks great! Also doubles as a way to help maintain alk/calc in between 2 part dosing.

 

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My starry unfortunately became too aggressive towards my tang as well as any other fish near it. He has been replaced by a midas (pictured)

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Had a great weekend working at aquashella dallas! Only found a couple acans for my nuvo 20 but I figured i'd share how its doing, to be honest i'm enjoying it a lot more than my sps tank at the moment.

 

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Justind823

Super nice setups!

 

Jealous of Aquashella! Did you work at a booth or what?

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49 minutes ago, Justind823 said:

Super nice setups!

 

Jealous of Aquashella! Did you work at a booth or what?

Yep! I work at a fish store in the colony tx, you can easily find us if you're curious. Got to meet a lot of people I look up to in the hobby and of course saw lots of cool pieces 

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Grabbed 3 new acros today as well, more no names with cool colors. 

 

 

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1 new acro this week. I also got rid of a couple boulder shaped rocks that were bugging me aesthetically, not to mention the CRAZY amount of bubble algae accumulating behind them. I'm really loving how well this branch rock allows flow to get around the reef

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W1ll

That back wall is going to be completely purple soon! 

 

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3 hours ago, W1ll said:

That back wall is going to be completely purple soon! 

 

I would almost say it is! It seems to have stopped at that level though, since my water drops about 3" when I turn the system off for water changes that section is exposed to air often.

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Found myself a new budget refugium light. This bad boy ran me $9 at walmart, and is rated at 10w 5500k. I've got feather caulerpa growing down here in case anyone wants to know.

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Pink lemonade! Also I have a bit of dinos running around. My water has been pretty clean this whole time so I'm thinking it's gotten too clean now. Just going to push through it

 

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