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Old 12-17-2004, 01:14 AM   #1
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Ok so whats the deal with my LR....

Long story short...I switched from a 125 gallon to a 100 3 months ago. All of my 85 lbs of LR had great coraline growth after going from 80 watts of regular FO to 660 watts of VHO. Once I switched tanks, all of my rock starting losing its color. Now I have 175 lbs of LR/base rock. Also I added another 220 watts of light and still nothing to speak of with regards to coraline. My leves are good....PH 8-8.2, 0 trates,trites, ammonia, AK 2.5-3, CA 380...in the prev tank I NEVER dosed with anything. Now Im adding CA and buffer.
Whats weird is the underside of all of my rocks that are not exposed to the lighting directly is still pink/purple. When I turn them then they lose their color.
Lastly I did notice my RO filters were badly in need of changing. I changed them and did one water change and have noticed some red spots on the back wall of the tank...could this be it? Why would the undersides of the rock not be effected though?
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Old 12-17-2004, 01:28 AM   #2
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sounds to me like the light burned off yoru growth...
shorten your light cycles add some calicum and do you water changes...

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So you're running around 1000w of lighting in a 100g tank? Sounds like a bit much.
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Old 12-17-2004, 01:43 AM   #4
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No Im running 2 icecap ballasts and a total of 6 bulbs..so 660 watts of light total...they are 5 ft bulbs....the tanks is long. If there is a possibility of to much light, then why would running the same amt of light (660) on a 120 vs a 100?? I just recently added the other 220 watts of light the other day.
Also how do people run metal halides on smaller tanks??
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Old 12-17-2004, 06:49 AM   #5
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I run lower wattage NO bulbs that are 40 watts a peice X3/ 2 -03's and one 10,000 k. I have tons of coraline. It has been brought to my attention and thru experiance that coraline grows best in lower light levels.
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Old 12-17-2004, 11:11 AM   #6
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I just have been told so many different things reg light. Some say higher watts, some lower, etc. SO, if I run lower, then how am I to keep corals? Please dont tell me that now Im going to have to start tearing out light and revamping? I really hope its not the lights that are doing this...
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Old 12-17-2004, 01:23 PM   #7
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I highly doubt your lights are to blame other than there are different types of coralines that prefer different intensities of light. There is no way you have too much light. However the intensity of the light is different. I am also sure that switching takes has caused some change i.e. re-cycle, sudden cahnges in parameters even if temporary. I am sure it will all work itself out.

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Sumphead got some good points.
I got a mini bow with 24W 10,000k bulb and the major color of the coraline growing is green colored. it's not nuisance algae because it's growing on the walls and resembles coraline algae.

I've heard that scarping the coraline off your walls will help it spread more.
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I've heard that scarping the coraline off your walls will help it spread more.

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This is true, turn off your hob & powerheads, Scrape what coraline you want to , wait 5 or 10 min before starting up you equipment again (give it time to settle). I have 1 rock that was a hirocks.com boulder and now it's so covered with coraline I have to remind myself where it came from.
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what kind of corals do you want to keep?
anything 2-4 watts is fine for leathers and zoos... PC or whatever light
Need @ least 5-6 watts per gallon and halide for stoneys...
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