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  1. BaristaBob

    2g Do!aqua cube

    Awesome! It looks great now. Glad to see the corals are looking healthy again.
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    Sarah Ann's Fluval Spec III Pico Reef

    I have a 5.5g acro reef, and I dose everyday. You should test for KH and retest 3 days later. Write that info down and figure out how much KH you use per day. If possible dose in morning, and night. If you can't, once per day is fine. The key is super stable parameters. I find that once KH is stable, the sps will start using more KH and Ca, so make sure to test every week to adjust dosages. I would do 50% WC once per week to replenish trace elements. I also match my parameters to my salt mix, so there are no spikes. I like fritz rpm for the lower KH. And no to the ATO reservoir: I did some research and found that you shouldn't mix Ca and KH.
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    BaristaBob's Mini M Acro Photodump

    Thanks! I have done quite a bit of research on how to take care of these animals, and have finally got the basics down! Now I just need an autodoser. I look at this tank as more chemistry instead of a fish tank. I'm learning that its mostly just basic chemistry to keep these guys alive.
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    BaristaBob's Mini M Acro Photodump

    So just an update I would like to document all of my growth and thoughts on how corals are doing. So here is a photodump and info. Everything is doing much better with the stable alkalinity. I am dosing .2KH in the morning and evening. Calcium is replenished via water change; I lose about 10ppm per 3 days. Magnesium stay around 1400. Salinity is at 1.026. Serenity Acro (wild caught) 6/7/18 by Barista Bob, on Flickr I got this acro about a week ago from BSA corals. It is doing extremely well. Awesome polyp extension and color is really starting to take hold. Blue/Turquoise Acro 6/7/18 by Barista Bob, on Flickr This guy has been in the tank for around a month, I'm guessing. Good growth so far. Color is changing into turquoise base with bright blue tips. Fuchsia Acro 6/7/18 by Barista Bob, on Flickr One of my earlier sps. It has tiny polyps. Not a very fast grower. $10 frag 6/7/18 by Barista Bob, on Flickr So, I took a gamble on this acro. It was completely bleached out and in the $10 section. I saw the skin lines and knew it had potential. Light green polyps with light green base and has blue tips right now. The base is getting darker each day. Very excited to see this grow. Green slimer? 6/7/18 by Barista Bob, on Flickr It was bright green when I got it and now is turning purple. It doesn't have the same polyp extension that I have seen other slimers with. The fact that it is turning purple leads me to believe it's not a green slimer. Not good vertical growth, but it is encrusting. Yellow Acro 6/7/18 by Barista Bob, on Flickr I honestly don't care for this that much. Might get rid of it. Great growth and Polyp extension though. Starting to turn yellow after it was completely white. Jedi Mind Trick 6/7/18 by Barista Bob, on Flickr It was complete brown when I got it, and is starting to color up now. Mulicolor tenuis 6/7/18 by Barista Bob, on Flickr The base started to stn, so I fragged the branches. Its been about a week and all the frags are looking great. ORA joe the coral. 6/7/18 by Barista Bob, on Flickr 6/7/18 by Barista Bob, on Flickr So the rock I glued it to fell against the front of the tank and it snapped one of the branches off! I glued it ontop and once I saw the colors, I fragged the other branch off the plug. And the plug is starting to encrust over the broken branch!! Now I'm gonna have 3 of these :). It has great growth and great color. Green Acro with blue tips 6/7/18 by Barista Bob, on Flickr This coral is really taking off now. With the stable KH, its turning colors. The blue tips started a few days ago. Awesome polyp extension! Pink Passion Acro 6/7/18 by Barista Bob, on Flickr Got this a few days ago. Starting to color up too! Red Milli 6/7/18 by Barista Bob, on Flickr Got this a couple weeks ago. Maroon with black polyps Thanks for reading guys. Used an iphone for the pictures, so they may not be that great. Everything looks a little blue, but the camera was much better then expected!
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    5.5g ADA Reef

    Wow, awesome growth!! Where did the clown go?
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    BaristaBob's Mini M Acro Photodump

    I like it a lot. Wish I had gotten it a little sooner tbh, haha. It's a lot more pleasing aestheticly versus the 2 Koralia. And it works better!!
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    BaristaBob's Mini M Acro Photodump

    Update time!!! I have added several new acropora. Got a small frag of pink passion for 150. I AM SO EXCITED FOR IT TO COLOR UP. Got a small frag of a wildcaught acro called serenity. Not exactly sure what color its gonna turn. The joe is coloring up so nicely! A vibrant dark green with blue tips. It has also sprouted a new branch. The slimer is turning purple now, so I am not sure that it was infact a slimer. I think I am going to stop going to that store. Looks like they also may have some MEFW. Nice guys though. I added an mp10 and keep it at 5 reef crest. The acros absolutely love the turbulent flow. I also put this little Japanese filter on there; It is just running floss that is changed daily, and chemipure blue. Levels: Alk: 8.4 Cal: 420 Mg: 1400 Nitrates: 2.5 (I alternate between rotifeast and roids) P04: Undetectable I did have an alk swing after a full WC. I didn't realize that my LFS keeps their alk at 12, now I know! I have started only using reef crystals for WC. I only do WC 2x per month. Cleaning schedule is scraping sides of tank and turkey bast everything. Bump reef crest to 8 and let filterfloss pick everything up. New FTS: reef by Bob Scholz, on Flickr
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    BaristaBob's Mini M Acro Photodump

    Well, when I took everything apart, I did do a 100% Waterchange. HOB is now off. With my testing, I lose 10ppm of Ca and Mg a day, so I am going to dose slowly to raise ca to 420, mg to 1320. I want nitrates to be around 3. So I'm gonna have to figure out whether to add a fish, or dose nitrates.
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    BaristaBob's Mini M Acro Photodump

    So it can be done!! I have my eye on a hawkins, but I need an mp10 first. Maybe lfs can work out a deal, seeing as its been there for over a month.
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    5.5g ADA Reef

    Damn! This tank is awesome! It's gonna be cool to see ours progress together.
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    BaristaBob's Mini M Acro Photodump

    Idea for filtration: I am looking at all these "dirty sps aquariums". Specifically constant low nutrients, not extremely clean water. 1. Take HOB off 2. Run MP10 @ 600 gph reef crest for 2 days 3. Attatch HOB run carbon & filterfloss to pick up all detrius for 1 day 4. Repeat Also using triton method and dosing everyday, eventually getting an autodose. I think it will work well, but maybe can get some constructive thoughts to it
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    BaristaBob's Mini M Acro Photodump

    So the GG died of rtn. I was kind of expecting it to. What do you guys think of taking the HOB off? I'm really not a fan of the aesthetic. Maybe just run it when phosphates are high? There is no bioload except for 2 snails.
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    BaristaBob's Mini M Acro Photodump

    Honestly, I'm not sure. Corals are looking fine now, actually better polyp extension then I have seen in a while, and I'm sure it will only get better!
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    BaristaBob's Mini M Acro Photodump

    OMG! So I decided to take the sandbed out because I thought it was leaking nutrients into the water. I took the main rock out and put it in a bucket of saltwater with a power head, and started to take the sand out. With my first scoop, I PULLED OUT A RUSTY GOD DAMN NAIL. I have no idea how it got in there. I sifted the sand before I put it in, and even sifted it before I filled my tank up. I think it may have been my neices, as they are very young, and love to throw seashells in my tank. No longer are they allowed to be near my tank without someone watching. As I pulled the main rock out of the bucket, the putty broke. FML so my main rock is now in 2 pieces, so I decided to make a new aquascape. I am really loving this barebottom look, plus it will be way easier to clean. Maybe my damsel jumped out because the copper was too high? Who even tests for copper? I am surprised my acro's didn't die from the copper intoxication. Anyways, it looks sooo much better. Very happy with the outcome. image by Bob Scholz, on Flickr
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    BaristaBob's Mini M Acro Photodump

    The smart ATO makes life soooo much easier. I don't have to worry about evap when I'm at work now. Its was a solid investment. I can't wait for the tank to fill in. I'm gonna get a couple more sps to put on the back part of the overhang. And maybe another monti to put on the base. Watching the joe grow is super freaking satisfying.
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