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Old 03-01-2013, 10:56 PM   #1
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What do you all think?

I've attached a picture of my 210. Its been a long battle getting my phosphates down mainly due to bad water. That on top of my old T5 bulbs fueled algae growth. I've since purchased a 72" metal halide fixture that houses 3 175w bulbs and 2 36" power compacts for actinics. After correcting the lighting issue and fixing my learned error on water, the algae is just about gone. I've started adding corals (hoping that my lighting is substantial) and so far they are doing great! I have 9 fish as of now. 1) a blue stripe snapper. 2) a sailfin tang. 3) a blue tang. 4) a one spot foxface. 5) a bicolor angel. 6) a coral beauty angel. 7) a marine beta. 8) a picaso clown and 8) a blue damsel. All live in peace. I need more rock before I can add more fish I think but I have a total of about 180lbs. Just about all of it is base rock so in my opinion it doesn't look too nice. But at least its live now. My parameters are as follows: ammonia 0. Nitrite 0. And nitrate <5. Phosphate is nearly undetectable. PH is at 8.3 with verry little fluctuation. Temp is steady at 79.6. I have my old 55gallon as the sump. It houses my Skimmer and heaters and also serves as a refugium. I've got a total of about 6000 gph of water movement thanks to my power heads and return from the sump. Please be nice whith your criticism as this has been a long but fun process.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:58 PM   #2
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Looks good. It reminds me if a cichlid setup I saw on YouTube
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:59 PM   #3
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Looks good. It reminds me if a cichlid setup I saw on YouTube
Thank you. I think my least favorite addition was the rock work. That and not painting the back before setting it up.
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:03 PM   #4
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Thank you. I think my least favorite addition was the rock work. That and not painting the back before setting it up.
Eh... You can always change the rock scape. Trust me lol. Done it plenty of times.
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:11 PM   #5
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Eh... You can always change the rock scape. Trust me lol. Done it plenty of times.
I know and I do plan to but the problem I have is that my rock doesn't fit well together to get a more natural look. I fear that the only way I am going to get the idea rockscape is to replace it all, or at least most of it. I'm looking for ways to try and add LIVE rock to cover most of what I have and to use this rock as its intended use, base rock.
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:19 PM   #6
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All that being said, here are a few picture of my corals. Not much but I'd like all your inputs. I've placed them all on the sand bed til I learn where they should be placed. They all appear happy to me but I'm sure someone here could tell me if they aren't.
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I know, the picture quality isn't all that great. They are taken with my cell phone.
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It's all looking good to me!!
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Corals are looking very happy
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Great! Thank you both! The coral scene is all new to me so I'm trying to learn as much as possible. I haven't lost anything (as in corals) and I want to continue that trend.
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