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Old 01-27-2010, 01:13 AM   #101
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Thank you guys!!! I wish some of the other sps's grew that quickly.
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:11 AM   #102
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See my last post again....

How'd ya do it???
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Old 01-27-2010, 07:59 PM   #103
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Sorry about that austindad!
Lets see I have a ca reactor which keeps ca at 460 and alk at 8-9dkh.
Mag I have to adjust every few days to get upto about 1400.
I do water changes every two weeks at 10-15% each. I have been using Instsnt Ocean. But will switch to Brightwell on my next change.
Lighting may or may not play a big role in this corals' growth IMO.
It was never completely under the 175's and it currently is not under the 250 radiums either.
I feed my fish 7 days a week. 4 days at twice a day and 3 days at one feeding per day.
I think thats it.

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If you have already earlier in this post, sorry - pls tell us again. You supplementing calcium or anything else? How often you do water changes and what kinda salt?
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:22 AM   #104
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Please follow this thread to see 6th month update photos:

6 month update on 180g reef tank
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:02 AM   #105
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Smile New Equipment

Just added a controller to my system. I purchased an Aqua Controller Jr. So far I have to say that it is a real treat. I am not sure why I did not think about this as a vital piece of equipment. My favorite features are the control over the Co2, the alarms, the wave maker, and the moonrise to moonset.
Now mind you I am still not confortable just setting it and forgetting it.
Too much of a control freak for that.
Next on the journey is an ATO system.
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:28 AM   #106
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Due to work related travels things have been a bit erratic with my tank. I had a big drop in alk and my prized ORA green birdsí nests started to look awful. As a matter of fact all my other birds nest and stylophoras suffered tremendously. I lost two stylos and ORA's purple stylo is still hanging on.
That is what prompted me to buy the ACJR controller. I wanted to make sure that while I was away things were still running, like my Co2 working when it needed to. Since my alk was directly related to the ca reactor and the co2 tank, I felt that I couldn't take another drastic mistake like this while away even for a weekend.


Don't worry guys the PH is that of the inside of the ca reactor chamber the acjr controls it by turning on if the ph in the chamber rises to 7.7 and it shuts off if the ph drops below 6.5. So far itís working really well.

One the other things my tank was experiencing on the 6th and 7th month since start up, was red cynobacteria. My local LFS (WWC) indicated that my bulbs were still not due to be changed but I needed more flow. I thought with 4 Koralia's and 2 maxi jets plus the return pump should be enough flow. One of the WWC guys suggested that I remove the koralia's flow caps. WELL WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! The flow became more random covered more area than a direct flow. I also added 6 Mexican turbo snails, 12 blue legged hermits, 12 red legged hermits and 12 narcious snails for sand sifters. NO more red slim, the furry coat of hair algae in the back glass was gone and so was the red cynobacteria. No chemicals were added.
Once things were back in control I decided it was time to add some fish and coral.
I added a mystery wrasse

I added two sunburst anthias, a poor manís mystery wrasse and a spotted tail blenny
What a cutie this guy is.
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:33 AM   #107
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That's awesome you got rid of the cyano. Your fish look awesome. For a second I actually thought the tail was the head and it was just a blurry pic haha. And I've always loved the colors of anthias. Plus that wrasse looks wonderful. ‹ber jealous of your tank lol. I hope I can have something as awesome as it someday .
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:35 AM   #108
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In keeping up with my weekly testing I noticed that even after my bi-weekly water changes I was still measuring phosphate. I decided that I need something that was going to be more of a permanent fixture to the system. I added NextReef's MR1 media/substrate reactor. I choose this model that handles up to 250g because of not only its availability at LFS but because of its quality construction and the ease of its setup. I had it up and running in less than 15 mins.



I also added some new corals mostly sps's and zoe's:
Pink stylo



Added another red planet after losing the last one to alk drop



A WWC tri-color acro




This millie cam from Craig’s' tank a coral corral in Tampa



What a find at WWC A. Hokoesamanis


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Old 04-11-2010, 01:37 AM   #109
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Another WWC tri-color acro



An encrusting gonipora


Another acro from WWC


An assortment of nicely colored zoe’s








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Nice! Hows the growth of the corals going? Have you seen a definite increase in the size of your colonies?
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