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  1. Ran the gamut of tests and took a picture of the results. I didn't fill out the phosphates because I couldn't decide if they read 0ppm or .25ppm. One downside of the API tests is that they don't have a very high resolution and you have to make some judgement calls when differentiating colors. All that being said I like can easily tell if something is way out of whack. (all seemed right on track here). I purchased two my first two SPS frags on Saturday and mounted them this evening (1/13/19) I used my credit to purchase a Green Nepthea Coral (1/10/19) and a Red Lobo (1/12/19) that looks like it may color up in my tank. Green Nepthea upset after being added to the tank Purple pocillopora (looks a little blue in person) Fo Forest Fire Digitata (very red polyps) Love this Lobo!
  2. Love the AP700 pic. Makes it easier to see why it is so easy to bleach coral with a high powered LED.
  3. Love the kiddos in the tank!
  4. What size tank do you have reefrook? I am terrible at cleaning equipment but it's a great idea to do it that maintenance right before leaving town for a few days.
  5. I got my Jebao DCP-4000 controllable DC return pump in the mail yesterday (1/6/19) and I am already in love. My previous pump was way over-sized and I had to use a ball valve to adjust the flow down. Most annoyingly it was the loudest thing in the tank by far. My wife didn't appreciate the noise and I found myself adjusting the pump regularly to avoid noises from vibration. With the new Jebao DCP-4000 I am able to do the same job with virtually no noise. To add a cherry on top, the pump is extremely efficient. The Mag 9.5 ran at 98 watts (wow) and this pump has a maximum wattage of 32w. I am running the pump at its lowest level, 9 watts (according to the controller). I also tested the pump up to 80% before I started to get a gurgling sound from a flushing through the return. I tested the "pause" feature and love that I don't need to remember to turn the tank back on when doing quick maintenance or feeding. Here's a pic of the pump and my kitty Leela!
  6. Great lookin Scoly! Cool that the tank showed up a day early... when will it be wet?
  7. Alkalinity has been steady at 8.5 dKH since I installed the smart outlet doser setup. Currently dosing 18ml each of Alk and Calcium (DIY 2-Part) Here are some photos of what the H202 to my two Zoa frags after their 5 minute 50/50 dips. Polyps are still irritated but the bryopsis melted away over 24 hours. The tank is a little over 1 month old and everything is settling in.
  8. Love the setup. Looks like you got some great gear. I have a 65 gallon with 3 AI Prime HDs. I know I have enough light but I am really tempted to get a fourth prime for my tank. I say if you have four lights use them all. If you are worried about it being too much light, turn them down a bit.
  9. I bought that same skimmer used with my tank. I've had it for about a month and I love it. 65 gallon Softy and LPS reef, lightly stocked. +1 for it being fun to plan a new system.
  10. These kinds of posts will never be the most exciting. It will be dedicated to some of the pests in my reef. I have been dealing with Nepthea frags, bubble algae, and most painfully, bryopsis. I can usually remove the Nepthea arms by hand, the bubble algae is only a problem when it grows over corals, but the bryopsis is a serious foe. I treated this tank (when it was a biocube 28) with Fluconazole twice. The first time worked perfectly and it seemed like a miracle cure. After about 8 months of not changing my nutrient input/export bryopsis was back. I tried another dose of Flucon and this time it upset all of my softies and I panicked and did several large water changes to get the flucon out of the system. I think I didn't mix the fluconazole properly and I added it too quickly (some of the powdered flucon landed directly on the soft corals that were irritated. Here are some photos documenting my battle with these pests. Only manual removal and changing of the filter sock. All maintenance was performed on 1/1/19. Bucket and H202 ready to kill some bryopsis and pull some nepthea! Bryopsis covering my Rasta Zoas Nepthea after pulling some bryopsis off of the rastas These candy cane/ trumpet coralites look healthy and happy but on closer inspection they have bryopsis and half a dozen arms of Nepthea growing on the underside. These didn't seem to upset the colony... yet. Forceps work great for pulling pests from the interior of a coral colony! Here we see the Rasta frag after spending about 5 minutes in a 50% H2O2 50% tankwater dip. A small Bam Bam Zoa frag that got the same 5 minute dip in 50/50 hydrogen peroxide. We will see the how effective the dip was in 24-48 hours. I'm hoping that manual removal, regular sock changes, skimming and light feeding will help me fight the bryopsis without medicating the tank again. This was the main reason for moving to a sump with this tank. Now I have a chaeto refugium growing and I am being more intentional about nutrient export. Thanks for looking!
  11. Thanks, Zuma! Hopefully I can contribute to this site that has helped inspire and educate me over the years!
  12. Well, I finally got around to setting up my dosing units. My wife cleared a spot in a nearby IKEA cabinet and all of the dosing equipment fits neatly inside and disappears when you shut the door. I would like to thank my wife (NanaBanana) who has always supported my passion for reefing. She is who inspired the current configuration of this tank. I think this tank has a very clean look, especially compared to tanks I have had in the past. I once referred to a past reef tank as my "Fraken-tank" you can imagine a hodgepodge of DIY and hang on the back equipment all done on a low budget and with function trumping form. Nana inspired me to make a sleeker looking tank and I couldn't be happier with the results. Here are some photos of the dosing setup. I set the pumps up on 12-23-18. I drilled a hole for the cords in the back of the IKEA unit. I also attached the mounts for the dosing pumps. Next I attached the pumps to some smart outlets and connected the outlets to my phone after downloading the appropriate app. I labeled the two outlets digitally and then set a schedule to dose periodically throughout the day. I set the alkalinity and calcium to dose about 1 hour apart from each other and in 3 minute increments (3.3ml) spaced more or less evenly throughout the day. Everything tucked into the cabinet My cord management could still use some work. But the rat nest is finally gone. (I love the power center switches but the smart outlets are an amazing choice for dosing for those of you without a controller on your tank) Cat Tax!!!
  13. This is one week of skimmate... 12/16/18 - 12/23/18 I could smell a strong smell from the sump and decided to clean the skimmer. I think the smell may have come from the fuzzy mushroom that got shredded by the power head in the sump.
  14. I lost the fuzzy mushroom frag that I added to the sump. The pump I have adding circulation in the refugium didn't have an intake screen so I did a little DIY with some PVC, super glue, and an old sponge. CAT TAX!
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