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Old 02-02-2013, 11:53 AM   #1
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I had trouble regaining the colors of sps from the time I got them, is too early stocking may be the reason for this?

34 gal tank Red Sea Max 130D
Lights 2 x 55watts T5 power compact
Ammonia 0 (API)
Nitrite 0 (API)
Nitrate 0 (RedSea)
Phosphate 0.6 (RS)
Calcium 450 (RS)
Mag 1410 (Salifert)
Added hydro 750gph pointed towards the back to eliminate nutrients accumulating on dead spots


And is there a chance to regain the color back sometime? This tank is my gauge if I'm ready to upgrade or not...needs constructive advices.Thanks!
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:05 PM   #2
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These are some sps pics...
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:12 PM   #3
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I think stronger lighting is going to color up those corals nicely. Power compacts don't pack enough punch for sps.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:17 PM   #4
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Ok I'll probably think about that LED upgrade to be installed in the hood....thanks.
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Lighting is definitely an issue along with the tank being so young. SPS corals are very delicate and require a stable, mature system to thrive.
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:32 PM   #6
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This is the reason why I only bought not so expensive spa because I know I'm a first timer and the tank is still young. When you say mature how old will the tank be?
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:46 PM   #7
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RSM 130D lighting 55w dual 10000k/actinic power compact bulb...
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:20 PM   #8
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Tank looks good.
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Yep stronger lighting will help
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:11 PM   #10
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Thanks guys...
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