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Old 09/04/2016, 06:28 PM   #26
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I went bare bottom!

I finally finished going bare bottom, it took about ten 30 gallon water changes but I finally managed to remove all of the sand from my display tank. The colors have been getting better each week as well, I believe the detritus that floats around the tank due to the extra flow is helping to feed my corals.




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Old 09/04/2016, 07:19 PM   #27
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You have some sweet acros, love the ARC Fireworks. Probably one of my favorites, hopefully it'll come down in price some so I can grab a frag.


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Old 09/04/2016, 09:51 PM   #28
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Killer DOF on the photos Ricky - beautiful shots. Are you using an underwater housing, or just some sort of port for macro while keeping the camera dry?


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Old 09/05/2016, 08:48 AM   #29
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Thank you for the comments.

I use a macro lens for the close up photos.


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Old 09/17/2016, 10:52 PM   #30
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I took a few shots with the brand new Canon 5D Mark IV, the detail in the photos is very good compared to the Nikon D5100 but the color rendering is very similar.






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Old 09/17/2016, 10:54 PM   #31
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Old 09/17/2016, 10:58 PM   #32
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Nice photos, that camera is definitely doing a better job for you. Are you using the stock 18-55mm lens?


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Old 09/17/2016, 11:18 PM   #33
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Nice photos, that camera is definitely doing a better job for you. Are you using the stock 18-55mm lens?
Purchased just the Canon body and purchased the Canon 24-70mm EF f/2.8L USM lens. Nikon has Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and Tamron AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro lens. Will be adding the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens soon.


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Old 09/18/2016, 10:11 AM   #34
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Very nice tank, do u still have melanurus wrasse? If so, how is he doing without a sand bed? Does he just cocoon up n a rock like Fairies do?


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Old 09/18/2016, 02:47 PM   #35
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Very nice tank, do u still have melanurus wrasse? If so, how is he doing without a sand bed? Does he just cocoon up n a rock like Fairies do?
I still have the Melanurus, it does not form the cocoon sack like the flasher's or fairy wrasse's but it rests against the glass in the corner of the tank, sometimes it will lay under a piece of live rock.


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Old 09/18/2016, 05:19 PM   #36
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120 Gallon Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYCY9whXkKc

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cylua_bgNKM


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Old 10/11/2016, 09:07 AM   #37
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PAR Measurements

I borrowed an unopened Apogee MQ-500 quantum meter to test the PAR readings on both of my tanks. The metal halide bulbs on the 120 gallon are 9 months old and the T5's are and the bottom of the metal halide pendant is 9.75" above the water surface. The bulbs on the 80 gallon are 11 months old and the bottom of the Sunpower is 8.5" above the water surface.





The next day I replaced both of the Hamilton 20K metal halide bulbs but kept the same T5's running. The bottom of the metal halide pendant is 9.75" above the water surface and PAR increased on average 23% versus the 9 month old metal halide bulbs. The left metal halide ballast is drawing 269 watts and the right side is drawing 257 watts.




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Old 10/11/2016, 09:17 AM   #38
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Old 10/31/2016, 07:45 AM   #39
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I had the pleasure of attending MACNA in San Diego this past September and entered my water sample to Aquaforest for a free ICP water testing. The water sample was collected on October 7th and the results were received on October 31st. I really like how Aquaforest tests a sample of your RO water and your tank water to see what elements are being added through your RO water before you mix the salt and other additives or food in your tank.

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Old 11/08/2016, 04:16 PM   #40
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Your new setup looks great. Corals in the frag tank look just as good. What's your rationale for using the Refugium? I'd be grateful if yu could specify your Refugium size and provide photo of it. Thanks.


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Old 12/03/2016, 03:36 PM   #41
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The tank has been in autopilot mode for a few months and the corals are really taking off.


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Old 12/03/2016, 03:37 PM   #42
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Looking great buddy; all corals look nice and healthy.


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Old 12/10/2016, 08:32 PM   #46
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I took a few top down photos today, I am still rusty as it has been over a year since my last shot and after a few decent shots the lens got wet 😔😔


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