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Old 01/07/2019, 06:05 AM   #126
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Just some morning actinic shots.







The tank seems pretty happy right now with Alk 7.8 Ca 450 NO3 10


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Old 01/08/2019, 06:39 AM   #127
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Crazy thing happened last night. I was giving my volleyball size Stylophora a trim and the whole colony popped off the base rock. I was unable to get it resituated so I carried the whole colony down to my Frag tank in the basement.
I was bummed out at first but now Iím looking at all this fresh real estate to plant. Not sure if Iíll Frag it up or see if someone is interested in the whole colony. So happy my wife was there to help me.


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Old 01/09/2019, 06:18 AM   #128
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Thank you for taking the time to create this thread really enjoying it

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Old 01/09/2019, 09:30 AM   #129
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Thanks Jim

Thank you for saying that, it was good timing cause I was just thinking about stopping the thread. I get so few comments that I feel like I'm talking to myself sometimes, lol.

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Old 01/10/2019, 08:05 PM   #130
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Howard,

Have been subscribed to this thread since the kalk reactor.

don't quit now!

while I'm here; how has it been performing?

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Old 01/10/2019, 08:14 PM   #131
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Hey Landy!

The Kalkreactor that you built me is the single nicest low maintenance piece of reef equipment that I own. I have it hooked up to a Litermeter lll, and it works flawlessly. It keeps my pH up, takes care of almost all of my top off needs, and takes care of Alk and Ca.
I just have to refill it with Kalk powder about every 3 months.

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Old 01/12/2019, 07:19 AM   #132
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very nice tank keep us updated !

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Old 01/14/2019, 01:10 PM   #133
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I always enjoy your thread although I like seeing your tank live better. I'm curious to see how you fill the new open space in your tank.


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Old 02/02/2019, 07:19 AM   #134
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For all three of you that follow my thread, LoL


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Old 02/04/2019, 08:07 AM   #136
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For all three of you that follow my thread, LoL

Howard things are looking good. Now that two of us have responded we just need the third. Seriously though the tank is looking all time best and that is saying a lot. I am curious though - have you noticed any changes positive or negative since switching over from T5 to LED?

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Old 02/04/2019, 08:29 AM   #137
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I think the cars are amazing really pop!

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Old 02/05/2019, 09:52 AM   #138
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Switch to LED

"noticed any changes positive or negative since switching over from T5 to LED?"

Good question. I had a ballast out on my ATI dimmable sunpower for maybe 8 months. So it was running four bulbs instead of six for a long time. I read that Adam from Battlecorals used the Photon V2 on some of his frag tanks with great results. I like the slim profile of the V2 and the fact that the diodes are spaced out all over the unit, not all clustered together (like radion). I really like the actininc pop when its ramping up in the morning and fading in the evening. I've been super cautious ramping up the intensity of the V2. I feel like if the light is not intense enough, I might get slower growth or less intense colors but too strong and I'll kill some corals. So I'm up to like 35% intensity for four or five hours in the middle of the day. I'm going away for two weeks, so I don't want to mess with anything before I go. When I get back I'd like to slowly up the intensity to see what happens to growth and color. For now its hard for me to say that t5 or led is better than the other. I do like the remote control for the V2.

Now, if I only had a reefing buddy that would stop by my house a couple of times while I'm away...


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Old 02/09/2019, 02:43 PM   #139
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I grew this Montipora Lantana from a one inch frag, and itís just getting too big. This is actually an old photo, it measures 17Ē left to right. Iíve hacked away at it many times but I finally decided that Iíd try to bust the whole colony loose. My local fish store agreed to give me store credit. I found a plastic container that would hold it. I got my hands under it and rocked it back and forth until the stalk broke loose. Iíve included some pics and you can see the white frags that it grew over.

I just dialed down my dosing pump about 20% on Alk and Ca. Going to check closely the next few days to see how the consumption changes. Looking forward to this new real estate that I just gained.


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Old 03/03/2019, 06:48 AM   #140
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The Sunkist Bounce is stinging or shading my acan. I donít know if mushrooms sting? Iím going to have to separate these two.

Green slimer is ďMotorcycle Crash Day AcroĒ. This thing can survive anything!



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Old 03/05/2019, 11:32 AM   #141
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Incredible tank and you are a very good photographer of your corals. I think that all but the best online retailers could learn a thing or two from you on this point. Great work. Keep the photos coming.


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Old 03/06/2019, 06:18 AM   #142
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Those are some nice corals. I just found your thread and will be following along. Would you post a full tank shot?


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Old 04/04/2019, 07:35 AM   #143
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Itís tough to get a decent full tank shot on a long shallow tank so I took a left and right shot.











The glass was not so clean at the moment so these are the greatest shots. The tank has been pretty stable and happy the last few months, so I tested a bunch of parameters. I typically just test Alk frequently. I was surprised that NO3 was 2-3 when it was 15-20 a few months ago. I did put a bunch of Siporax in the sump around four months ago. I think it finally kicked in after several months. I follow BigEís thread and he said something that left an impression on me. He tests when the tank looks great. I like that philosophy. I knew my nitrates weíre climbing but I donít like carbon dosing because it always seems to give me cyano. So I added a bunch of Siporax and waited.


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Old 04/05/2019, 06:42 PM   #144
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Your tank look really good. Keep up the pictures.......hopefully my tank will look that good some day.


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Old 04/05/2019, 07:25 PM   #145
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I love seeing so much SPS in a small tank. Looks healthy! Keep up the good stuff!


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Old 04/21/2019, 09:12 PM   #146
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Such a stunning tank. Well done!


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Old 04/24/2019, 10:10 PM   #149
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Such a stunning tank. Well done!


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