SPS Coral Contest Red Planet

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    SPS, Red Planet, 12/27/19

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    One month update.

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    Ben I might need to hit copy and paste with your blue thumb and my tank (o;
     
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    I'm also real good at growing hair algae.
     
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    Looks like my progress :D

    What do you think played the biggest role seeing the boom in growth month 2 vs 1 & 3?
     
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    Hard to tell exactly since I always seem to be tweaking something. I think it was lighting adjustments. I had been slowly increasing the red, green, and white in my lights since I like the look of a whiter tank. When I first started I noticed more growth and better colors in the clorals, but I think I went too far. I lost a fire digi and growth has slowed on the others. Last week I backed off those colors to about where they were a couple months ago. Unfortunately I did not track when I was at what values so I don't know exactly where I was 2 month ago.
     
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    What percentage of red are you at now and what light again?
     
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    I have Hydra 52 lights. The two over this coral are HD and the outer ones are older non-HD.

    I started with red & green at 20% and white at 75%. I was bumping those up a few percent every couple weeks and got to 80% red & green, 100% white. I've backed that down to 50% red & green and 90% white. All the other colors have been 100%.

    The overall power maxed out at 90% but I backed that to 80% at the same time I backed the red and green off.
     
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    Beautiful coral!
     
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    Thanks for sharing. I also like the look of a whiter tank. Are you running your blues at 100%? I’m currently using the AB+ setting on my Radion, but considering adding in some more white, green and red.
     
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    I do a 3 hour ramp from the 20k preset up to my peak of Violet, UV, Royal, and Blue at 100%, White at 90%, and Red & Green at 50%. Overall brightness is 80%. I hold that for 6 hours, and then do another 3 hour ramp down to the 20k preset.
     
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    Thanks! Very helpful
     
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    Final picture is not that great. Something cause a tip burn/die off.

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