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Old 03-29-2012, 01:27 AM   #1271
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Well that would be better then giving false info
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:33 AM   #1272
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What are some beginner corals that aren't that hard to keep and don't require really expensive lights?
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:08 AM   #1273
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You should be good with softies and mushrooms and some zoas
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:50 PM   #1274
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I just felt like reminiscing about the beginning. Since I'm starting a new tank, it made me think back to the humble beginnings of my 54. In the next post I'll put up a Beginning and Now photo just for fun.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:53 PM   #1275
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Start to present...

Come a long way!
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:33 PM   #1276
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Wait until it has been up for 10 years or more. It will all fill in.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:58 AM   #1277
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Man o man it looks grate one question y don't you move one of ur mp10s to the back corner and have the other up front to help get a more even flow in the tank...... Just a thought you can tell me I am not smart if you want lol
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:28 PM   #1278
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I prefer a cross flow, where the flow changes direction 180degrees. It emulates a surge you will find in a natural coral garden. Not a big fan of random flow patterns, so I position my fans in the back rear corners facing forwards so I make a counter clockwise flow when one is on and it reverses to clockwise when the other one comes on.
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:19 PM   #1279
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I'm puzzled...

Starting on Tuesday, my Octo-Frogspawn didn't fully open, just about 40-50%. I wasn’t too concerned as I’ve had corals get upset for a day or so, and then go back to normal. I had even thought that maybe my Clowns decided to try to host it during the night and got it all hot and bothered… They still seems to be obsessed with the Duncans and I have yet to see them near the Octo.

Yesterday, I picked up the coral and inspected it through the glass and turned it over and shook it a bit seeing if maybe it got some sand in it and was irritated, but I didn’t see anything of substance drop off. I did notice that the tentacles were still sticky.

Today, the coral is still looking unhappy. Nothing has changed in my tank. I have added nothing. I did however cut down feeding to every other day (flakes) and every 2nd rotation I feed cube of PE Mysis, but that was started a couple weeks ago. Around one week ago I also stopped feeding Phyto feast, just to be sure the parameters stayed in check.

This morning in the left corner of the tank, around my duncans and octo, the sand is starting to get a slight brown haze to it as well. Could this be related somehow?


The flow from the MP10’s doesn’t allow much of anything to settle on the sand bed and when the “high” setting for the day hits, typically the entire sand bed is turned over and anything on it is stirred up and out.

As of this morning my parameters that I tested were: 1.026, 79F, 0,0,5 nitrate, 9.0 alk, 400 calcium.
I do not have a test for Mag or phosphates at this time. I am running RO/DI only.
My lighting is a Radion with a 9.5 hour cycle in NATURAL mode, meaning it ramps up for 3 or so hours, hits the peak intensity for about an hour, and then drops down the rest of the day.
Any help / suggestions?
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Watch it more carefully it may start splitting. My coworkers frogspawn did the same thing before it split, and did it again recently when both corals started spitting out "babies" and now he has hundreds of little colonies.
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