Finally - After 6 years

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  1. Mandarin_Jake

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    I'm glad things are going well. That tank has made a nice display. ,

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    You are a sick and twisted individual ;P


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    :D well we all are when it comes to reefing in our own way .

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    Agreed

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    Today's update with the tank . Things looking pretty much good . Ofcoarse I have algae - same cyano, hair as everyone does . Measured my phophates and nitrates and after 3 readings with 2 different test kits - I decided NO MORE TESTING of nutrients .

    Its heart breaking to see numbers and more confusing as the numbers reflect nothing on the coral colors and growth.

    Decided to start relying solely on how corals look to decide if I want to change anything .

    Nitrates at 30 and PO4 at 0.2. No GFO or carbon . Only bubble king and lots and lots of food for my fishes .

    Flow is pretty high with 2 Tunze 6095s, 1 6055, 1 6105 running at 100% and 1 seaswirl connected to my return . Increased radium hours from 8 to 11 over the coarse of a month and many browned out acros started showing wayyy more colors.

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    Tank is looking great! You sure do like green corals though!
     
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    Oh I love greens !!!
     
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    Its 1 year since I started the tank. Few things changed but overall things have been growing good. No major setbacks and thats what am thankful for.
    All aiptasia gone - thanks to nudis ! Now they are starving , so Ineed to find some aiptasia for them [​IMG]

    Lights changed to 2 geissemann Crystal 17.5K 250 watt halides. I am loving them wayyyy more than radiums. Th eblues and purples in acros never looked this good and I love a whiter tank than radium.

    Stupid video but you get the idea [​IMG]
    Am ashamed to even post the video but this is the best I could do with my iPhone 5 [​IMG]

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    Very nice! Did you ever end up drilling the tank or no??

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    Thanks jake ! Nope . I run lifereef overflow which didn't require any drilling .

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    Good deal. I'm glad you've been able to turn that tank into something great.

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    Decided to take mobile pics of my acros. As of now, just got only 5. Need to find ways to reach the rest . Around 35 acros so lots of pics !

    My all time favorite - Oregon Tort [​IMG] . I love it so much that I have 2 frags of it [​IMG]. And it got deepest blue after I switched to Geissmann lower kelvin bulbs from radium.

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    Pink Shortcake

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    BC Glowstick :- This thing actually glows under actinics and lately has amazing PE to rival any millis I have

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    Hawkins Echinata :- Another classic and I love it the most in my tank :)

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    Stay tuned for more pics .

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    The classic old forgotten Leng Sy cap - This reminds me why I should never switch to leds and stick to lower kelvin metal halides. I could never get those deep glowing purple edge even with radium on M80.

    Love it to death and my favorite monti of all times .

    Leng Sy :-

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    Yep Looks great Abhishek. I'm don't know about Geissmann over Radium but I'll wait to comment until I see it in person! Tank is growing in nicely.
     
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    Thanks Dan !! Should be fun meeting you .

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    So thought of making a video of tank. The focus is off as am horrible with vieos and photos but you get the idea.

    As I mature along with my reef tank , i realize that less is always more in this hobby. Running just a skimmer although its one of the best in its class I believe and nothing else for filtration . Lights are still Geisemann 250 watt megachrome crystal - simply love it more than radiums even ! Doesn't wash out purples and blues and very crisp .

    Stopped all coral foods and increased fish feeding to 4 times a day and a daily feed of phyto at night .

    Dropped temparature of reef to 76 and increased ALK to 8 - 8.5 .

    Effect is that my blue start leopard is transitioning into male. Its not often I have seen leopards transitioning without females in young tanks like mine. So am pretty stoked about it .

    Acros are showing amazing PE with high nutrients and high flow I think. I have 1 gyre , 2 Tunze 6095s, 1 6055, 1 6040, 1 6105 and a gyre + a return seaswirl and still feel flow is not enough. Might add another gyre. Don't know about turnovers but I feel - the more indirect flow the better . Am not stopping unless my fishes are pinned to the glass :D . After talking to some of the successful acro growers and other experienced anthias and wrasse keepers , it makes me realise that flow should be ripping !

    Also, my black knight torch from reefraft have grown into 5 heads now which is amazing - thats the only torch I like !

    Today's nitrates are 24 ppm and PO4 around 0.27 . Alk - 8.3, Ca - 425 , Mg - 1440 .

    Loving ATI Essentials and up to 144ml of comp 1,2,3 dosing a day :)

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  18. jlanger

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    Looking great, Abhishek!!!
    I miss my Blue Star Leopard already!!! (It's only been gone for two days...)
     
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    And I thought I had a lot of flow with an MP40 and MP10 in a 40gallon :eek: Looks great!
     
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    I really wish you the very best of luck with your new tank. Am sure its gonna be a stunner in a year or so . If you need any help in repopulating some sps, please don't hesitate to let me know :)

    Honestly I still think flow is not enough . If I had enough money not to spend on acroporas, I would invest in Panta Rhei ECM 42 propeller pumps on either side of tank and place just 2 tunze 6105s on the back wall . I don't go by numbers but rely on how the polyps move in the wave. If I had to guess currently I have over 120-150 times of flow in my tank and I would like to take it a notch higher .
    I am fortunate enough to have talked and met to a few great sps keepers and many believe its not enough flow unless the fishes get pinned to the wall :D
    They sure do enjoy it a lot more !

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