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  1. Polarcollision

    MIcoast's IM30L - one year tank recap pg 27!

    Leng sy is working on shading out it’s competetors, though bubblegum monster is putting up a good fight. It’s mostly growing flat with nice frilled edges. A little detritus settled in the center so it’s pretty clear it needs more flow. Only thing is I can’t put it in line with the powerheads. So I guess that means I’ll be trimmming it back until/if there’s ever a tank upgrade.
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    MIcoast's IM30L - one year tank recap pg 27!

    Looking fabulous over here!!
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    Polarcollision's Nuvo 24: Sept DSLR pix

    Thank you! I feel like 5 years is the point when a lot of tanks crash hard so I'm holding my breath to get through the next year. 🙂 Kind of. Tank is doing really well. I had salinity creep up higher and higher over the last few months which caused a few corals to stop growing, but other than that, tank is chugging along. Here's to another 5! Jebao pumps are great. They do need regular maintenance and can freeze up with a thick biofilm, but that's hardly their fault. I'll keep buying them because they're cheap and leaves more cash for corals and fish! Awww, thank you! If that happened, it would be my 3rd time winning TOTM. Probably time to let other beautiful tanks shine in the spotlight. 🙂 Thank you! 5 years sure flew by. Thank you! I've been painting up a storm lately but it might be time to start thinking about another FTS. Until then, please enjoy this video of a Caribbean sea fan and gorgoinan reef off of Marathon Key, FL. No my video, but it's absolutely gorgeous.
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    MIcoast's IM30L - one year tank recap pg 27!

    My lazy reefer mentality got me into high salinity challenges last month also. Corrected it over 2 days and coral that had been looking unhappy have bounced back. Not knowing whether to trust my salinity probe or the refractometer's reading, I took a deep dive to understand why the discrepancy. Salinity probe read 35ppt and calibrated refractometer read 36-37 ppt on same tank water. Turns out the 35ppt reference solution is mostly NaCl which has a different refraction than seawater with it's calcium, Mg, S, etc. Seawater at the same salinity as the 35 ppt calibration solution will read 36.6ppt at the equivalent salinity. Annoyingly complex, but at least the discrepancy is resolved. And I hope any of that is helpful in dialing in the correct salinity.
  5. Anyone keep one of these? Any chance I would be able to confine it to a rock surrounded by sand? My clowns are hosting a leather coral right now and are so cute disappearing inside the cup, it makes me want to give them a more natural host for nights too. I've got an area currently filled by yuma mushroom that could be ideal for an anemone if it doesn't walk around or split often like bubbletips tend to do.
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    Mark's 150 (NanoBox Retro)

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    MIcoast's IM30L - one year tank recap pg 27!

    If my new Apex gives a heads-up the next time alk runs out I’m plannning on getting my 3rd OT. And 3rd red dragon. Sigh. They’re probably haunting me at night as payback for not noticing the container ran dry. Have you seen pro corals rainbow? It doesn’t table like RP but it does turn gold and red. It’s hotgeous. <— I typed gorgeous; iPhone AC is definitely swankier than me. 😂. @HarryPotter, you do fancy frag packs? I’m in. 🙂 just in in case I wasn’t clear, the total dosed per day is whatever the tank needs. It’s more that 8-10-ish mL in our water volume all at once jumps pH too fast.
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    Mark's 150 (NanoBox Retro)

    He’s a beautiful fish and seems as chill as any blenny. Yes! I did really like Pohls. It brought great colors out in montis that had faded. Getting similar results with some combo of the 4 redsea additives and acropower. No DSLR pics though, as my thread is dead. 😉
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    Mark's 150 (NanoBox Retro)

    Blenny? what kind? SPS look FABULOUS!
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    MIcoast's IM30L - one year tank recap pg 27!

    Ooooh! You got an Oregon tort?! It's a classic that has no rival when it comes down to the color blue. If you don't mind, I can maybe save you from making my SPS mistakes with the dosers and KH swings. I'd suggest dosing all Alk spread out throughout the night when pH tends to fall so that it helps reduce the swing. As pH naturally rises the next morning, my understanding is that the bicabonate buffer system naturally converts over to carbonate which, as you know SPS use to grow. A win-win for both issues. Occasionally if my container runs out unaware I'll find KH around 5 and will emergency dose 9 mL, which is the largest amount recommended by BRS calculators. This raises Alk out of emergency zone but it also causes a 0.2 pH jump in a matter of seconds. That's HUGE for SPS. SPS do survive it as promised, though the SSC browns out every time and all SPS polyps retract so it's clear it stresses them out. Your daily dosing 8mL in 30g is close-ish to my 9 mL in 24g so I'm concerned the stress will make them less resilient if/when other stressors happen. Can your controller dose more than 2 times a day? if so, try spreading those out at night ( I dose 12x from 11-5) and see how it does for you long term. Nice choice of the 1.1 mL dosers. Mine are going strong 5 years later and they only need TLC once a year. Love them.
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    Bommie SPS (Uwdanno)

    I did when it became clear aptasia had won. I used cycled rock from the LFS. It’s been 2 years on the new rocks and I don’t regret the trouble of making the swap. I think nitrates, ammonia, nitrites and phosphate have to be more closely monitored for a while, but pH, alk, and Ca were more stable with the fresh rock and sand. kalk paste with a syringe on the encrustedrs?
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    MIcoast's IM30L - one year tank recap pg 27!

    Wowza! Look at that monti turning into a beautiful cup
  13. OK, this is good to know! I forgot which was which, but it's clear the other acro by the pink bird is procoral rainbow, the tallest branch is solid red and the base transitions from green to gold toward the tips. I finally had a minute to measure my coral; since it was able to encrust down, total height is 2.3 cm from 1.7 cm. It grew very similar to yours - lots of encrusting and almost no vertical. I think you're right about amount of flow being the main influencer here. Mine is getting blasted by the return pump. Even the german blue digitata weed won't grow out into that flow. I think my coral is getting more light than yours or cannedfish's, not sure how much that plays into growth though. Congrats @Cannedfish!! It's pretty clear no one else even came close to your results - well deserved! And since I got you all to use mm, I hope you enjoy your 971 Krones. See how they both appear larger?? ? A big thank you to @Cultivated Reef, @Nola Bear, and @Christopher Marks for hosting the contest! And thank you for the gift card! That is a nice surprise, and I'm sure it will be waaaaayyyy to easy to find a beautiful coral at your site to spend it on. ZOAs!! Super tempting to join in for another contest. I already have a thriving utter chaos colony and would pass if that were chosen (limited real estate), but if there's another classic option that would be amazing. Rastas/fruitloops, blue agave/seduction, electric oompa loompa, miami vice, red hornet, or your god of war paly would entice me to play again.
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    Samnaz's 20L (upgrading to IM Nuvo Black 30L)

    Hey! Are you still out there?
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    Polarcollision's Nuvo 24: Sept DSLR pix

    Thank you! ? Ah, yes. That is a blue german digi that is starting to color up nicely. It has intense cobalt blue polyps on a brown base when fully colored. I actually have two frags of it and could part with that one. Interested?
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