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  1. December 01, 2018 FTS Things are starting to get sticky! I am super impressed with the amount of growth over the last month, already I can picture how the water column will get filled as things continue to progress. The coraline has really taken off too, on the back wall and on the rocks. My lighting is at approximately 30% intensity on both blues and whites. The coloration has improved ten fold. I ditched the royal gramma and single ocellaris. The royal gramma was established first, and ruled the tank - relegating the clown to the top front corner most of the time. The vibe wasnt very friendly. In their place, I got a new pair of Davinci ocellaris clown fishes, my dream babies! The paler orange male dances for his darker orange friend, but she doesnt seem interested just yet. I am crossing my fingers that one day they will take up residence in the torch!! The barbershop goby and candycane pistal shrimp give me a front row seat in the front left of the tank. Im so lucky to get such good views of their symbiotic relationship. During feeding, I clearly see the goby go after food and then spit it into the burrow hole! I am still maintaining a 20% water change every 2weeks, carbon/gfo/purigen change every 6 weeks, filter floss and skimmer cup once a week, 4 gallons rodi to the topoff reservoir every 6 weeks. I cant remember when was the last time I measured any parameters. My specific gravity never budges from 1.026. Water temperature is constant 77.8 F, no fluctuations. I only have to use my magfloat maybe once every three weeks, the CUC covers the glass at night and keeps it clean.
  2. Has it really been 6 months since my last update?! Time flies, there has been good progress on revision 3. Lets start with the basics: Lights at 50% intensity. 20% water change every two weeks on the dot. I was starting to add kalwasser to my rodi topoff reservoir, at half the strength bulkrefsupply’s calculator dictates, but have since backed off. Approximately 2 filter floss pad changes per week. Feedings lightly and sporadic, every 2 to 3 days, but a slow gorging until everyones belly can hold no more. Carbon and GFO changes every 6 to 8 weeks, I have to be careful to not add too much (5 tablespoons each) or it inhibits flow through the media rack, making the top floss section less efficient. Chaeto grows like crazy, but no coraline. About a month after my April update, water conditions slowly deteriorate, it was evident by the rapid buildup of green algae on the glass not long after giving it a nice mag clean. I broke out my nano skimmer, installed and dialed it in. Immediately things improved, the chaeto growth slowed. Things leveled for a month or so, but some things like my orange ric just stay shrivled and small, some plating monti’s not growing much at all. Other things doing really well, overall I think just one more zoa frag melted since my last update. A few spots of coraline showing up in the corners. Eventually, tell tale signs of a dense ...green? cyano matt, mainly in just one patch up front in the middle inwards V. It never grew, I kept my eye on it and just kept trying to make my skimming as efficient as possible. Slowly, the back wall grew a mat of really short flappy gooey algae, but the onset was slow. I put in another order 20L quick crew from reefcleaners, I wanted to make sure my CUC was in good health since the blue leg hermits do their thing and the smaller nerites always find a hole and make a run See how far you get?! Finally last month, despite frequest skimmer tunings and maintaining water changes + media changes, a heavy onset of what I can only describe as green cyano on all rock surfaces. Air bubbles under gelly goo, but also powdery blasts of red and green. Overall quantity of the spread was still relatively low, but it went from being a small eyesore to a pain in the ass. I’m actually surprised it took this long, each previous tank revision has needed a chemiclean after stocking is complete to fully balance the algae equation. Per the instructions; temporarily adding a bubble wand and letting my skimmer run with no cup, removing the carbon and GFO, i dosed for 20 gallons of physical water volume. It took it a while to work, 3 to 4 days, so no O2 shock, and no losses. It was really cool how much motion the bubbles gave my tank! FTS 10-05-2018: The green pocillipora is the newest addition. I turned down my lighting intensity to 35% and had an immediate improvement in coloration in almost everything, especially the birds of paradise birdsnest and the meteor shower cyphastrea. Everything was so bleached before!! Now the coraline algae is starting to take off too, so it definitely goes to show you how powerful these LED’s are, and I have only a 700mA supply.
  3. Things have settled in nicely. Everything is enjoying the varied waterflow, fresh water, lighting (currently running blues and colors both at an even 50%), food, and placement. I’ve named my Royal Gramma: Haynie. We’re becoming buddies, he’s just the right amount of activity and water column usage. I want a green warpaint clown goby to pertch inside all of the scrolling capricornus montiporas. It’s going to be a while before they grow out! Behind the green ricordia, the clean sand leads to a candycane shrimp burrow. I think a nice barbershop shrimp goby peeking up out of there would look great! I’m thinking a red or blue long tenticle gonipora to fill the volume between the torch and toadstool, upper right towards the back. Medium lighting and medium/low flow. What final piece would you get to fill this space? Finally, it may be cliche, but a mated pair of ocellaris clownfish living in the torch would be so supreme. That way, everyone has a place, and a home.
  4. well, I am no expert, but I do remember getting frags from a guy during revision2, and his tank was swimming in them. I like the tiny white sand sifting stars but these medium small ones I want to aviod in case they multiply like the plague. what phone? i’m using an iphone 6S and with camera+ during daylights only can i get it close, with much adjusting of temperature, highlights, sometimes exposure, and tiny saturation adjustments. under blue lights only the camera goes nnuh uh, nooo way.. Which is such a shame because that’s where the real magic is to behold
  5. My cherry coral order arrived on Friday. They protected the frags with plastic cups inside the bags and then insulated the whole thing so tightly, everything was warm and happy. Expert. I floated briefly to bring the temperature up, then into the coral rx they went. I love killing pests, got you black star!! After a rinse, into the tank they went. Everything opened right up. The purple polyp green montipora cap got sunbstituted with a cc ultimate rainbow encrusting monti, which worked out because I was out of room for any more capricorus montis. The starburst cap is sweeeet! A lot of time was spent arranging and rearranging frags today. I think I can let things rest and see how they like the placements. I’m so pleased with it all, I can’t stop staring at it. If theres a way to photograph the tank and show what I see with acitinics only, please let me know?! I have the camera + app. The goniporas perked up after the first feeding early this week, today I fed again. My regiment will consist of: 20 drops phyto feast and 1/8 tsp reed roids target fed then circulated 30 minuets with no filter pump on, once every week. Usually a water change not too far behind that. A rotation of selcon soaked NLS or Formula 2 pellets, Rods Frozen original fish and coral food, frozen PE mysis and PE calanus; one of those choices every 2 days. I’m being very leery of broadcast feeding phyto and any left over foods, I want to stick to a regiment and see how things look in 6 weeks when the internal cycle balance occurs. I also want to get my fish bioload up to its final level soon for the same reason, so keeping an eye out for my final fish choices. I tried feeding the torch very small silverside chunks today but the tubes weren’t very sticky. I will give it a week to acclimate to the new spot and try again. Pictures after they get some r & r!
  6. Thing are finally quieting down after returning home. As soon as I stepped foot into the door, I had to check the critical parameters: temperature, salinity, and water level. Everything was on par! You could just barley see into the tank, the glass was so brownish green. I spotted my peppermint shrimp and Royal Gramma staring back and me hungrily, so I fed and planned my angle of attack. The next day proceeded with a 20% water change. GAC and GFO change. Purigen change. I pulled the chaeto rack out and was amazed at the growth: My fuge light is definetly working, the entire grow volume was filled. The chaeto is healthy on all sides despite not being rotated, I am very pleased. I cut this wad in half and put it back in. I am kind of baffled by my evaporation rate. I would say it was 3 gallons total, over 4 weeks. I was expecting more. I had a little salt creep at the hood seams, but the salinity actually climbed to 1.027. I set about cleaning the glass, my Piranha Float magnet cleaner made short work of the caked on mess. I love that thing, though sometime I get vertigo and think my tank is swaying with how much force I have to apply to move that strong magnet! Many filter floss pad changes later, I did a good feeding of Reef Roids, and then another 20% water change. You could definetly see the entire reef relax with the food and fresh clean water. I lost two zoa clusters, one I could tell was in severe recession before leaving, but the other one was a total surprise. I have two more clusters that are currently in recession, I may try a lugols dip but they seem destined to recede away. I am a little dissapointed with my gorgonians as I thought photosynthesis alone would sustain them, but they both are fasting down and looking skinny, pale, and in trouble. They really appreciated the Reef Roids yesterday, I will keep that up and also get some live phytoplankton this week from the LFS. The green mandarin was nowhere to be found. The peppermint shrimp, having done its job long ago, also found its way into a water bottle trap and became frozen fish food. I will be getting some feather dusters soon, and they do not thrive along side robbing shrimp. Overall, a testament to the automation and dependability of my system. I really rolled the dice; one spring storm and a extended power outage is all it would have taken. I just saw my pom pom crab tonight under the moonlight! Only one anemone on his claw though, hopefully everything improves with more consistent feeding.
  7. Thank you for the kind words, hopefully all is well upon my return . I ordered a few last pieces from Cherry Corals this week and have them on hold, to be delivered after I get home. I am planning to have a beautiful interlocking scrolling monitopora cap section in the LH high flow area (Vivid Aquariums ultimate purple cap, green/red graft cap, orange reeftech starburst cap, ORA green cap, and ORA blue polyp purple rim cap). Also, a New York Knicks torch on top to complete the design. I am super stoked!!!! France has been great so far, I've been making a lot of new contacts and re-uniting with a lot of old ones, so it definitely is advancing my career. I lived in Paris in 2012 as an ex-pat (the reason revision 1.0 was retired) for one and a half years and have not been back since. It's been great to experience once again the pleasures and subtleties here. This time I spent two weeks in Bordeaux and another week near Marseilles. I have one last week of vacation in Budapest Hungary before returning home. TBH, I am dying for a Dr. Pepper and some Popeye's chicken!!!! LOL I did re-visit my favorite chateau's and distilleries in Cognac and Medoc and re-upped my supplies of the fine grape juice!
  8. Une petit mise à jour, a small update. I’m almost done with week 3 on my four week business trip in France. My tank babysitter has been by my house once a week to change the floss, feed, and monitor the top off reservior. So far, everything is reported to be good, nothing unusual to note, other than the evaporation rate seems to be slower than I anticipated. Here is the FTS the day before I left on 3/2/2018:
  9. I love how the goby blocks them from coming out!
  10. Very nice setup, love the pvc overflow, and the simple look to the nem island.
  11. Those polyps are now totally obliterated. My hope is to get the amphipod poulation in check; if at least one polyp survives then it can grow back eventually. They are also picking on my neon yellow zoas too. During the last two revisions, I had wrasses, and thus never encountered this issue before. I went ahead and got a green mandarin, a risk I know, but the chaeto wad in the back is growing fast and the display glass is COVERED with pod fry.
  12. Love the possum wrasse, how’s he doing!?