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    T5 and led combo enough light for 40g long

    I've used that combo of t5 before for a white/blue look, you may be right though about the led added making it too blue! May have to rethink t5 bulb choice. I don't like the super blue look. Sort of a light blue look. The other option I have is the t5 has two power cords. I can put the led's and t5 on timers and hope to do the dusk and dawn with more blue and more white in the middle of the day. maybe use all aqua blue t5? I'm not sure how much blue the led will put out. Maybe if I do the led first then add some whiter bulbs and trial and error to get the look I'm after
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    Upgrade to 40G long

    Been looking at the Eshopps overflows and thinking I will probably use one of these and run my returns over the top or possibly drill them in. The only problem is the small which will be more than adequate flow only has two drains. But looking at them and got to open one up today at my lfs to see what I could do. I could just as easily drill a hole in the back where the arrow is, and add an emergency drain in. or thinking as I type this would even make life easier to make it my open drain and leave the emergency as is. Wondering if anyone's done this or if im being pedantic?
  3. So I'm upgrading my 15g AIO cube to a 40g 36x15x18. I'm not sure about lighting these little tanks. I got lucky with my cube that the led had enough par to do the job, but was disappointed in shadowing as I'm used to t5's. So I wanted to do a combo to give the spread and evenness of t5 with a little supplemental lighting from led to add some shimmer. The tank will be a mixed reef, part sps/part lps. i only want to light the middle 2ft as that's the look I like, and have coral confined to that middle area. So I was thinking a 4x24w t5 fixture using 2xblue plus and 2x aqua blue special. Total 96w Than front and back 2 x led strips 9x3w actinic blue led. total 54w this should be adequate right??
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    Way to safely raise alk

    Technically in a well balanced Awuarium these numbers if kept within an optimal range should theoretically move in comparison to one another, not he exact movement each but each should be used in a comparative percentage to another. Magnesium won't need to be adjusted very often, but if your mag isn't right then your calcium uptake won't be right either. So if all are within a good range and stable you should start to see more even uptake. But like I said alk most demanding then calcium and then magnesium.
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    Upgrade to 40G long

    The other thing is my big tank is running on aqua forest, so this one will aswell. Big fan of the balling method, so will be using the following aqua forest products: - af reef salt - component a,b,c - af amino mix - af vitaility - af energy
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    Way to safely raise alk

    The trouble with using water change to increase is at the time of water change you may raise alk more then 1dkh in an instant which can be a problem
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    Way to safely raise alk

    So dose your alk, calcium separately, figure out each level. Pick a time of day you can consistently test for a atleast a few days in a row, test the first day don't add anything or waterchange. Test in exactly 24hrs and dose according to drop, keep testing for a few more days at the same time you tested every other day and adjust your dose if needed. I have a 15g nano probably overstocked with coral and it uses 2.4dkh in alk per day and about 7ppm of calcium a day so I dose according to each. I top mag up every 3-4 weeks
  8. Have you successfully owned a mandarin? Or do you repeat what everyone else writes on the internet, like the tang police because you can't successfully do it. mandarins don't just eat pods, given them the right coaching and they will eat a balance of a lot of commercially available food. That is if you've had the experience in owning and raising a mandarin in the reef. I've seen successful mandarins kept in tanks as small as 6g and tanks without refugiums or adding pods constantly. I have successfully kept a mandarin in a 15g and watch him eat every bit of food I put in the tank. Maybe your starved to death because you don't understand how to keep one.
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    Upgrade to 40G long

    Thanks, no nothing at all wrong with the 15g, had a doser malfunction a while ago and alk dropped bad, but the tank withstood it awesomely! I think my tank inhabitants would enjoy some more space too. I've got a fair bit crammed in there currently, fish and coral. Either cut back or give them more room! Just decided to change to a different style tank and I want another run at a starting a smaller tank without ending up with a house full of them ha!
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    Upgrade to 40G long

    So my very first nano was my previous 15g cube, which has been logged here. I have always had large tanks prior to that, but the nano bug bit me. A friend gave me the tank trying to get me into nano's and it definitely worked! But having no experience in smaller tanks I made some errors that I would like another run at: - AIO it's nifty and easy but makes maintence and cleaning in small compartments very difficult. Don't really want to deal with that again - craming too much into a confinded space. I wanted to utilize as much as possible of the small space. But what I ended up doing was overcrowding with rock and not being able to clean all the walls correctly. - couple other little things so I really want a fresh run at this. Plus with moving house instead of going through the hassle of moving the tank. I'll get the new tank setup and then move the inhabitants and shut down the old tank. I don't know if a 40g long counts as a nano but to me it's still pretty small. I have a large 260g display. 84x28x26 custom in wall as my main tank, which is 100% sps. This can be a mixed reef. It will be going in my man cave room. So hence the long, I think a long narrower tank will do well in the room against a specific wall. The Tank Display - 40G 36 x 15 x 18 glass Sump - 40G 28 X 18 x 18 glass Stand - pine structure, 2 pac black cabinets and ceaserstone top thinking 40 x 24 x 48 DIsplay Scape - with the narrow display I don't wanna cram rock in there, possibly even use some of those tunze magnetic frag rocks. I only want to also fill the middle 24" with rock and coral and have a 6" buffer either end. Lighting - I was thinking a 6 bulb T5HO with supplemental led like strip led if needed. Wavemakers - 2 x coral box QP5 Overflow - synergy 16" Sump - will be split up into 3 chambers -1st water inlet with filter sock and skimmer 7" - 2nd chamber refugium 12" 3rd chamber return 7" - 1" gap double baffle each chamber Refugium - will take up a large percentage I'm thinking around 12" of the sump. I like large refugiums filtration. Will be using basically an upscale Chinese black box as a refugium light (it's actually the one that was providing light for my 15g, it can grow sps In the cube fine im sure it can grow cheato) Chiller - hailea 300a 1/4hp Heater - Eheim jager 200w Skimmer - Marine sources RDC 150 return pump - NYOS Viper 3.0 thats about all I have for now, it will be about 4 weeks before anything actually starts with it. Just planning now.
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    15G Nano - starting vinegar dosing

    Haven't been around much, tank has been on major cruise control. Do water changes dose feed walk away. Only testing once a month now and everything is staying stable testing that far apart. Tank 8 months old 15g cube aio Equipment and filtration Return pump - aqua medic D.C. 1.1 wavemaker - coral box qp-5 light - 165w Chinese led on timer cooling - 4 fan clip on heating - 100w eheim jager temp controller - AC211 skimmer - 100L/H needle wheel made from scrap parts and various skimmers 9w UV sterilizer 1G refugium cheato Chemipure blue run passive in return Maintenance - 10% bi weekly water change - clean equipment monthly - vacuum sand once per week - bubble scrub tank once per week 30 minutes Water Chemisry alk - 8.3 calc - 420 mag - 1400 salinity - 35 nitrate - 0.75-1 phosohate 0.03 Current fish 2 x black and white occy clowns approx 2 1/4 inch 1 x flame angel approx 2 1/2 inch 1 x mandarin approx 1 1/4 inch Current inverts 1 x coral banded shrimp approx big mofo 1 x crocea clam approx 5 inch 2 x strombus snail approx 2 inch 3 x hermit crab approx 1/2 inch 6 x various smaller snails Current Coral various sps acropora, stylopora, seriatopora, and one Duncan. Favourite being the strawberry shortcake Dosing and feeding randy's receipy alk, calc, mag amminos - 0.5ml every 2 days reef roids - 1/4 dose every 2 days Red Sea trace colors 0.2ml per day 1/2 frozen cube chopped cockle per day 1/4 frozen cube cyclops per day ocean nutrition formula 1 pellets when I feel like it walking past vinegar 7.5ml per day Loses and notes Since starting this tank the only lose I have suffered was an orange starfish. And I do believe he met his demise from the wavemaker. So all in all not bad so far with a single loss. coraline!! In the last few months coraline has gone crazy, covered my back wall tried to cover the clear acrylic when I've forgotten to clean it, covered the rocks and anywhere it possibly could. Photos
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    Monthly Reef Profile (TOTM) Nominations

    @xiaoxiy reef is only newer but it is an awesome reef and scape and coral colour and growth has been amazing thus far
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    15G Nano - starting vinegar dosing

    Update - tanks still doing well of cruise control parameters are staying super stable. Everything's happy and healthy. - been continuing the micro bubble scrub with water changes. Not sure if it helps or hinders haven't really seen any benefits/detriments yet but I'm willing to keep doing it to see how it goes. Remembered to take photo while bubbles were in the tank this time. Maintenance - cleaned acrylic with scraper and then magic eraser - vacuum sand bed - 20% water change - micro bubble scrub Water chemistry Nitrate - 1-2 phos - 0.03 alk - 8.6 calcium - 420 magnesium - 1350 salinity - 35 temp - 26.5c
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    15G Nano - starting vinegar dosing

    Update TANK IS FINALLY 6 MONTHS OLD!!! It has reached a really good homeostasis state where everything is really stable especially in the last month it's actually become difficult to through its parameters out of wack. I dunno how happy I am with the scape these days though, I'm glad that in a few months this tank will be shut down and inhabitants will be transferred to either the new slightly larger nano to replace it or my +300g system being built.
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    15G Nano - starting vinegar dosing

    Maintenance massive maintenance this morning! Finally got around to cleaning out all the gunk in the rear compartments and fuge, considering throwing a snail or two back there to help keep it clean. - cleaned rear compartments (scrapped and vacummed) - cleaned skimmer - cleaned return pump - cleaned uv filter - removed 75% of cheato - cleaned and removed dirt/dust and build up off lights and fans. - 30% water change I've also every major water change been trying out the bubble scrub technique. (5-10% mid week as minor water change and 20-30% water change weekend as major water change) basically I hook up an air stone to my return pump just prior to water change and let mass amounts of micro bubbles fill the display apparently it's meant to help lift stubborn detritus and other debris. Hasn't been harmful so I'm gonna continue it and see how it goes. I should have taken a photo but I will next time!
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