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  1. Happy new year! Everything is doing well. I didn't add anything new, no new equipment tweaks, everything is just alive. A tiny bit of growth in the SPS, but nothing to write home to. I took a few new FTS, but they look just like before. My Alk/Ca intake has increased probably 2x in the past couple of months, but that's the only change. Not much! I think it's a good thing that nothing has changed, things are just slowly growing and maturing well.
  2. Leave the back clear. It's so small, leaving it clear will make it feel more integrated with the environment. LEAVE IT CLEAR!
  3. But apparently still alive, so I'm guessing he was doing pretty good to be honest.
  4. I'm impressed it was available for so long. I think it's a good sign that it was still alive at LA. That means it's eating at least 😃 Good luck, please post photos!
  5. You can read my thread, but it was a 5 month battle (or more). I tried increasing NO3/PO4 in the tank (both removing all filtration other than sand/rock, overfeeding enough to make anthias fat, and manually dosing no3/po4), which only made dinos grow to the point where it killed all my corals. Then I tried that, with DinoX. Killed a few inverts, but somehow fish and anemones made it. But dinos would just keep growing. So I realized I was struggling so hard to keep no3/po4 up, and dinos wouldn't let anything else outcompete (I had a nasty strain), so then I went the direction that my tank somehow naturally wanted to go, which was very low no3/po4. I added my skimmer back and some marinepure balls, then I started dosing NoPox. After running DinoX and NoPox for two weeks, all the dinos went away. What happened was the bacteria that I was growing with NoPox was outcompeting dinos finally. IF I stop dosing nopox, the dinos return. So this has been working for probably 4 months now, no dinos in sight, all things doing pretty well. So it wasn't just simply "chemically destroying" them, I tried everything. I didn't have a clam, so not sure how that would do.
  6. When I had dinoflagellates, I only lost a couple snails, but most were totally fine (trochus, cerith, nassarius). I only really lost them once I started killing them with DinoX. When they were growing, I didn't have any issues with anything dying.
  7. Yeah dosing Iron is really a hit or miss. It's unknown how much you would really need, and it's impossible to test for. All my iron tests just show nothing, because most of it is absorbed quickly or it's just in such a low quantity anyway. For a lot of people, it seemed to help deepen the greens on their chaeto. But not entirely sure if there's scientific proof. I'm dosing Aquaforest 1,2,3+, and it already contains trace amounts of it. I can't even grow chaeto though (or algae), so hope it's not being overloaded in my system haha.
  8. It may have outcompeted some algae for no3/po4, but something else might have started competing now too. Another thing is, you could have just enough chaeto now that it can't grow anymore since it now has just enough nutrients to keep itself steady. If it starts to diminish, you may also have run out of other trace elements, like Iron.
  9. Yup, had the same reaction when I asked for one scallop 😃 Now I just get a bunch for dinner, and I save one for the tank.
  10. All good points. Yes, I measured PAR before I changed the settings. I can't imagine it getting too much more down where this one coral is. I guess if nobody thinks it's too crazy, I should be OK.
  11. Of course, but I thought it would be good to check if this light schedule is too intense and could be a problem. I don't know much about LED lights (I used to just blast a tank with metal halides and T5s, and called it a day), so not entirely sure if this is acceptable or not.
  12. I have a Hydra 52 HD over my Red Sea Reefer 170. For about a month now, I've been running my lights with full-blast peaks using the recent BRS TV settings for mimicking the Radion settings. Since then, a few corals have increased in color, but one has actually taken a turn. I'm not sure if it's a coincidence, but nothing else has changed. The coral is a PC Rainbow SPS, I think it's a tabling one. It came dark deep red, then lightened up with the new lights. It started to show skeleton on a couple corallites, even though it had great growth for a long time. Then I noticed it grew back. The polyp extension was really poor. Then one day it was sliming off completely, and I thought for sure it was a goner, but then it was fine again. Recently I saw STN at the base, but again, it grew back and now only a couple corallites are exposed. There's a lot of other SPS all near by that are doing just fine, including a Pink Lemonade that has colored up quite a bit. I'd love to get your thoughts on if this is just way too much light. Previously: Now:
  13. Tons of flow from the Gyre. Can barely keep the sand down running it at 30%. I have it peak to 45% at times, and the sand gets blown around. The amount of water movement is plenty for SPS.
  14. Sumps are even more flexible to get the right "gadgets" you want. Nothing needs to be exactly made for a small chamber. I don't use filter socks. I use filter pads and sometimes filter floss occasionally after a water change. Not hard to maintain at all. Easy to just open the cabinet and replace.
  15. Yeah, sounds like a nice way to make a surface skimmer! Good tip.
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