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  1. markalot

    Mark's 150 (NanoBox Retro)

    Tank is struggling to remain at 6.5 KH but I'm close. It appears the slimer was using about 25ml of two part daily. I hit a lot of 5.9 KH, quickly brought it up to 6.5, it fell to 6.1 the next day, adjusted some more and brought it back up to 6.5 where it seems to be staying for now.
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    Harry’s Recovering Reefer 350

    My Valida never recovered from the base loss. My theory is that if the water is good and stable the base will stay, even when shaded. When there's a stability issue the shaded areas are the first to go and they don't come back. Personally I would just leave it as is, do not disturb and all. I only say this because I never disturbed mine and it worked. All the acros in that pic look really healthy again IMO. Can you get PAR readings?
  3. markalot

    Harry’s Recovering Reefer 350

    Powerbeads! Triton recommends 10X, which IMO is just stupid. Strong words, but I'll quote Randy Holmes Farley... My return pump is the EHEIM 1262 rated at 900 GPH and run forever (never cleaned). Actual GPH is probably 750 or so. That's 5x turnover, which puts me smack in the middle group when looking at polls. RHF says 1X to 2X, most others are either 5X or 10X. The reasoning is that at higher turnovers the skimmer has less of a chance to grab dirty water. I don't use a fuge so the skimmer is the only means of export I have, since I don't do water changes. edit: I use PhosphateRx which is technically a form of export since it precipitates PO4 which either collects in the sump or the skimmer gets it. I also use a Matrix reactor to aide in Nitrate reduction, which used to work but no idea if it's working now or not. Nitrates always near 0 either because of this or the corals. You'll notice the 10X Triton crowd likes to spend money. Fast flow, big skimmers, lots of dosing. This locks one into a routine that will cause a tank collapse if any part is neglected. My reef thrives on neglect. :) They call their approach holistic ... gag. I have a crap ton of algae, and algae eaters, in my systems. It might be fair to say that algae is doing some of the export ... though it gets turned into poop which doesn't all get exported. Triton is concerned with removing contaminants from the system using plants. Plants remove more than just contaminants, just like carbon removes more as well ... I'm not saying the Triton Method is bad, Really it can't go wrong if you test often, but IMO it's mostly a great way to sell test kits. I like do like the Triton test. All just my opinion, more than 27.33333 ways to run a reef tank. :)
  4. markalot

    Harry’s Recovering Reefer 350

    You would need 2000+ GPH flow rate for those to make any difference IMO. Old school was to produce massive flow through the sump and the return but that's not good for skimming. I'd say your return pump is a little too powerful for the size tank but not horrible, it's about the same as mine for 150 gallons. IMO this product is kind of outdated for what we know about best practices now, at least for SPS tanks. For lower flow softies, maybe. A nice soft random flow is probably perfect.
  5. markalot

    Mark's 150 (NanoBox Retro)

    New Page -------------- Oooo that smell. Unfortunately (or fortunately) one does not just get rid of a slimer. Start Bucket full Finished. I had to put the Horrida back together, it broke while moving the slimer, and I still have a huge patch of slimer base which is not movable so it will return but I WILL KEEP IT TRIMMED. I can;t believe how much brighter the tank is. I also pruned Xenia and the daisy start polyps. Happily the daisy polyp mats come up easily, a lot easier than the damn xenia. I'm not done but this is a good first step. I cannot describe just how much slimer there was. The tank water level in the sump dropped well over an inch. I trimmed up some other acros as well to give more light to some of the lower acros. The entire tank is brighter now, even the right side. Dropped the doser amount by 100ml. I would much rather run too low than have a spike. KH is 6.4, low again, but as usual the tank was looking fantastic. In exchange for the slimer ... and they'll give me more but this is all I grabbed for now. He is much more yellow than my last blenny ... and blue eyes is so damn cute. Hopefully this is the start of another 5 year friendship.
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    Mark's 150 (NanoBox Retro)

    In exchange for the slimer ... and they'll give me more but this is all I grabbed for now. He is much more yellow than my last blenny ... and blue eyes is so damn cute. Hopefully this is the start of another 5 year friendship.
  7. markalot

    Mark's 150 (NanoBox Retro)

    Oooo that smell. Unfortunately (or fortunately) one does not just get rid of a slimer. Start Bucket full Finished. I had to put the Horrida back together, it broke while moving the slimer, and I still have a huge patch of slimer base which is not movable so it will return but I WILL KEEP IT TRIMMED. I can;t believe how much brighter the tank is. I also pruned Xenia and the daisy start polyps. Happily the daisy polyp mats come up easily, a lot easier than the damn xenia. I'm not done but this is a good first step. I cannot describe just how much slimer there was. The tank water level in the sump dropped well over an inch. I trimmed up some other acros as well to give more light to some of the lower acros. The entire tank is brighter now, even the right side. Dropped the doser amount by 100ml. I would much rather run too low than have a spike. KH is 6.4, low again, but as usual the tank was looking fantastic.
  8. markalot

    Mark's 150 (NanoBox Retro)

    Nope, it's just blue and white and incredibly overpriced. Trying to figure out this cool program. https://www.osram.us/cb/tools-and-resources/applications/led-colorcalculator/index.jsp
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    Mark's 150 (NanoBox Retro)

    Long text post, beware. :D I'm working up to a big change, probably starting this weekend or next. The slimer is getting the boot and I haven't decided if I'm going to keep any of it or not. Other acros may go as well in favor of more and more non acros. Blue Stag might be gone, the newer to me blue tip stag might stay for a while longer. The Horrida needs some breathing room, I want to keep it. Most other green acros need the boot. One Katropora needs to go, which is a shame because I don't know of anyone around here who can take a huge acro. I might just move #2 to where the slimer is now. I would love to remove some Xenia infested rocks but last time this caused a pretty big tank crash so I'll just continue to tolerate it. I have kept just about every SPS I've ever grown. The birdsnest pile contains the green, the crazy, and now a good branch of the pink. Bird of Paradise is on the sandbed in front as well as the always happy and growing blueberry digitata and the blue digitata that's in the 40. Slowly this tank will become more mixed and more fun (more flowies) to look at. If it doesn't look good from the front it will be gone sooner or later. At some point I will spend some cash for a nice multihead gold torch. I really miss he one I killed. One significant driving point for this change is I'm sick of the T5 heat. The entire basement heats up when the 4 60 watt bulbs are on and the only reason I run them is so the acros color up well. I am still unable to reproduce the good tank color I get with the Blue+ bulbs but I should be able to get close with a custom LED strip containing blue, cyan, and some green LED's. There's an older thread on Reef Central where a guy had BML make a custom fixture to duplicate Blue+ and it worked to brighten up the tank and produce that nice non-windex blue. For whites, I have an older fixture and I really need Mint, compared to Mint Lime and White suck, I can't even turn them on anymore because it makes the Xenia look like crap. Xenia in the 40 has a nice pink hue, and under T5's it's nice and pink, but under Lime and/or white it's puke brown. I really wish BML or equivalent was still in business. I need a 72" strip. :) As far as making it myself, I can think of just about everything more fun than that, not interested in the slightest. Let's see if I follow through with any of this.
  10. markalot

    SNG's 90g.

    What kind of bird. Based on the screnshot above I can't imagine it wanting lower light, I would look to flow or Alk stability first, double check all params just to be sure nothing snuck up on you. The big pink bird growing in my 40, I put a large branch in my 150 on the birdsnest pile I have and it took almost a month before it looked happy, now showing good growth finally. Sometimes they just like to sulk for a while.
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    Birds nest is slowly bleaching

    I only see missing skin in the shaded area, is this the case? If so then it's just shading. Are you using a single LED spotlight?
  12. Gorgeous, and the acro colors look near perfect. Those other lessor corals look ok too. :D Back when I was getting reef fever I converted my 46 bowfront from freshwater to reef in one 12 hour day, even mixed salt IN the tank. Slowest part was filling the thing up. I don't know about you but I see big freshwater tanks with big fish and I don't like it at all. Small freshwater fish look great, big freshwater fish just look old. Not sure why.
  13. markalot

    Mark's Nanobox Powered 40B (and planted 29G)

    Video of the 40. Tang needs to go, major trimming needed, aptasia in multiple locations.
  14. markalot

    Harry’s Recovering Reefer 350

    Recovery is good!
  15. markalot

    Mark's Nanobox Powered 40B (and planted 29G)

    Not doing it, bring on the algae. :D The biggest worry is green water IMO, but the water is so darn clear at the moment it's wonderful to look at. Let's call it an experiment. I really like the way the brighter light looks. It's the only thing this old LED light is good for.
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