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  1. You sure you got this as a PC rainbow? This looks like a MisID if you did pick this up as the PC rainbow. I don't have the RR Wolverine in the tank at the moment. Had a tank crash that took out the bulk of my sps collection and only left me with two pieces. Bucket of skeletons (HW, WD, Confetti, etc....). When I had the RR Wolverine, it was still in frag form and only have this pic of it. Lineage of this piece is legit since I received it as a gift from the source, RR. The blurry pic that you are seeing next to the microlados is none other other the RRC (ReefRaft Canada) Pink Cadillac. It was one of two pieces to survive the crash. It's been slowly recovering and filling out the frag disk surface. You can see the tell-tale orangish pink body that's coming back. It also carries the bright purple polyps and the growth shape is hard to miss once you see one. The other piece that survived the crash is this piece. This is an unnamed piece from RR which is extremely slow to grow and impossible to color up. It's a bright yellow overall when conditions are right with red polyps, but it's currently in hibernation. I'll see if I can locate another wolverine when I'm back down in SoCal for RAP, but it's not on my current list of things to reacquire from the crash. Part of the reason is that Aussie has provided a similar looking piece that I'm currently growing in my tank. This is a wild Aussie piece that has the same potential. Under high light and flow it reminds me of some of the "blue Floyds" that are currently out there. This is another similar piece to the wolverine. This one actually carries a more purplish/blue body than the true wolverine.
  2. Approximately 3 months since acquisition. Still wants to continue encrusting, as noted by the white encrusting border, but the branches are lengthening as well. They're on the horizontal sides so it's not as apparent in this picture. Slower growing than its neighbor the recovering RRC Pink Cadillac. Currently considering moving the microlados and freeing up that space for the RRC JD instead. TBD.
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    System and Sump Design

    Just make sure that you keep enough headspace in the sump to allow for the increased water volume in the even of a power outage when your main tank drains into the sump. Shouldn't be an issue though considering the difference in water volume between the two, but something to keep in mind.
  4. You're gonna spend a fair amount of time mixing if you go through a good amount of 2 part. Do yourself a favor and pick up a magnetic stir plate.
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    Are we over complicating tanks?

    Dry rock (Tonga branches) in current setup and wouldn't do it any differently. As for over complicating things, yes, for the most part. Some of it is definitely needed though, such as quality light, flow, input/output for the system. For me, my system is pretty simple. 87 gallon tank (100 or so total volume with sump) sps dominant tank with very little rockwork. Approximately 25# of dry Tonga branches was used (you can't find live Tonga any more) and along with 1 marinepure brick and 1 plate. No carbon, GFO, or socks used. I feed 5-6 cubes of frozen into the tank on weekdays and 2x pellets, via Apex AFS, on the weekends when I'm not in the office. Pretty heavy input into the tank due to fish load and food added to the tank, which is pulled out by my BK skimmer. Other than that for nutrient export, a 5 gallon water change is performed weekly when I remember. Been stretching this out since my nutrient levels are still low on this 5 month old tank. Light is LED, but I don't tinker with the levels. I just unpacked it from the box, tossed it over the tank, and then set it on the sps mode that the light shipped with. It does its own thing and I'm happy with the results. Flow is handled by two Jebao crossflows which sits on the upper opposite ends of the tank. They're not sync'ed or anything. Just on and battling each other through the day as they produce flow which crashes against each other. This tank is high energy and the corals suck up both nutrients and alk like there's no tomorrow. Currently maxing out on the Kamoer at 120 mL/min of effluent (need to switch over to Reborn media instead of bulk) through a calcium reactor since it became expensive and time consuming to use 2 part. ATO is automated, which tops off approximately 0.6 gallon/day and I dump a 5 gallon bucket of RO water into the reservoir every couple of weeks. Keeping things simple is a measurement of equipment, methodology, and to me, time/convenience spent on the tank. Most of my time is spent on feeding and looking at the fish through the week. The equipment and the methodology used provides me with the convenience to enjoy the tank.
  6. Likes to encrust so far as others mentioned; very similar to RR The Vinh. I've been comparing the two and while they are different in colors, their growth speed has been about the same (both glued to the rockwork on the same day). Waiting for this one to hit the golf ball size territory to see if it does indeed take off. Microlados The Vinh
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    No Coralline Algae Growth...Why?

    The big three: Alk: 6.85 (as tested yesterday). Down from my target of 7.7ish. Need to up my calcium effluent to account for the growth still. Ca: 400 Magnesium: 1320 Not using any kalk in the tank and not dosing anything out of the ordinary. Used BRS 3 part solution until ~6 weeks ago when I switched over to a calcium reactor. The coralline was already in the tank so the 3 part or calcium reactor argument is moot if it's even there. Light is the Maxspect recurve 36" model running in SPS mode. SPS Mode - aka preset 1 on the fixture I didn't altar or change any of the default settings that the fixture is set up with. It runs itself based on the program. It peaks with highs with the following settings: Channel A (cluster) - deep blue: 90% Channel B (cluster) - cool & warm white: 70% Channel C (strip) - deep red: 90% Channel D (strip) - cyan: 70% Channel E (strip) - blue: 90% Channel F (strip) - violet & deep blue: 90% The settings produce a predominantly 12k'ish look over the tank. Filtration is nothing special. DIY sump that I made using 1/4" acrylic with 3 compartments. Synergy Shadow overflow feeds into the left compartment, which houses a BK Mini 160. Middle compartment houses 1 Marinepure plate (8x8x1), 1 Marinepure brick (8x8x4), 2L of siporax, and 2x150W Eheim heaters. The plate and siporax were used in the old tank, but the brick was brand new. In essence the bacteria was transferred via the plate and siporax from the last tank. This was to ensure that the sps and fish would be alright (all livestock went right into the tank on day 1). 2 cups of sand was also used from the old tank to seed the 60# of Fiji pink sand used (approximately 1" in overall depth). Right compartment is the return chamber, which houses the Neptune COR-20 return pump. The COR-20 runs at 50% back to dual 1/2" returns which has RFG ends. It also feeds a chaeto reactor. Flow-wise, other than the returns from the COR-20 pump, 2 gyres are used. 2 Jebao CP-40s sits on opposite ends near the top of the tank and battle it out. There's a ton of random flow caused by both gyres as they crash into each other. 5 gallons of water (system volume is ~100G) is changed on a weekly basis (when I remember) using plain 'ole IO salt.
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    No Coralline Algae Growth...Why?

    This tank, like my previous tank, has never had issues with coralline even though it's such a young tank. Tank saw water on 4/2/18 with all dead Tonga branches. A few snail shells and the rocks that were encrusted with zoas made it over from the old tank to the current. Bone white rock as in this picture. Coralline also came over from the plugs for the SPS. (4/10) 12 days layer (4/22), the specklings of coralline can be seen. You also see the greenish bases that usually precedes coralline growth in the picture. Fast forward to 2 months later (6/22) and I had ~60% coverage of all the Tonga. Picture from last week (8/15), In the background is my overflow box, which is covered in coralline. The back wall is also ~50% covered in coralline, and the rocks is 90% covered in coralline. Secondary types of coralline and other algaes are also showing up at this stage.
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    MACNA 2018 Nano-Reef Community Meet-up!


    Got a medium or large in that stash of tees? 😛
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    MACNA 2018 Nano-Reef Community Meet-up!


    What does it take to get a drink around here?
  11. Haven't really cut anything sizable with it so not exactly sure. Was planning to use it on a couple of my chalices (pink boobie, mummy eye) in the near future since they're getting sizable (pushing 3.5"). 👋@Christopher Marks
  12. Dang, so many dropping off. Not in the contest, but here's my frag. All done with the glue encrustation. Slowly thickening up and growing. No polyp extension thanks to my mitratus. 😒 Also got a new toy for when I have to frag next.
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    Sump decisions...

    Dang, that Bashsea looks like one sexy sump. Need more pics of that beast! If you're handy, you can also DIY your own as well, if you want to take a crack at it. Here's the sump that I built for my tank. 3 inflows on the left for the Synergy Shadow overflow. Couple of heater holders and 6 JG fittings for ATO, 3 part dosing (at the time), Triton (if I take that route), etc. Basically a no frills practical sump for my application.
  14. Hmm, first time growing this piece and it looks like it's a decent grower so far (25 days difference from when it was acquired to today). Can't tell from this angle, but the other side of the plug is encrusted, where it's almost completely covered the frag plug surface. This side is behind, but it's heading in the right direction.
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    Barred angelfish?

    Stunning fish for sure. Just make sure you keep on eye on it since they're not exactly reef safe.