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Old 11-07-2008, 11:30 PM   #471
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That's awesome Ziggy. Shame you had to go through this but corals can be replaced. At least you were able to keep the tank. I'm sure it won't be long before you get it back to it's original splendor.
Everyone that purchased corals from me that I didn't have frags for have offered to give me frags back from the colonies I sold them. The one coral that hurt the most to sell was the Chips Acro. I bought it for my wife. Eventually I'll get another one.

Right now I'm going to be focusing on maintaining the tank and not adding anything. Maybe 6 months down the road I'll start adding corals again.
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Ziggy I just caught up with your Problems and I am so sorry. I have not been checking the classifieds because of the money problems that everyone seems to be feeling. I am really sorry it has hit so hard. I am so glad you were able to keep that beautiful tank of yours and I wish you and your family the best!!

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Tough spot to be in Allen, but I'm glad you were able to work it all out. As hard as I'm sure it was, like I told you before Kudos for doing the right thing and having your priorities straight.
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Old 11-08-2008, 01:14 PM   #474
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Thanks!

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I'm glad things worked out for you and your family. I'm also happy to hear you were able to keep your tank. A tankless Ziggy just didnt sound right.
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:57 AM   #476
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Ziggys Build Error

I was able to show my husband what this is all about...the long build was a fascinating saga...was trying to get it back up to see something the other day.

So glad you kept your tank...it is truely lovely and I know you will have it the same soon.

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Ok update....

Well over the weekend I finally took the canopy off the tank so I could do some work. I moved a few corals around and got all of my frags that I had on the little shelf placed. There are 1" frags all over the rock work now. I also got all the Zoas I wanted in the tank on my "Zoa-Rock". I'm planning to let them just grow together and see what happens. It should be pretty interesting as I have a nice mix of colors.

I've been dosing the tank with a 2 part system to keep the Alk and Ca/Mg up. I'm driving the growth of the corals. The drain on the CA from the display and the frag tank are starting to take their toll on my bi-weekly PWCs. I can't complain as the growth is/has been pretty steady now that the tank has stableized again.

It's also time for new MH bulbs but they will have to wait. I'm considering trying something new so suggestions would be great. I'm running XMs right now. I'm considering going back to Radiums. Haven't decided. Input!!

I've taken a few pics but haven't looked at them on the computer as yet. I want to get some good pics of the corals as they are now so I can document the growth over the coming months. I'll try and get through them over the next couple of days and get them posted.

That's about all for now....
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It's also time for new MH bulbs but they will have to wait. I'm considering trying something new so suggestions would be great. I'm running XMs right now. I'm considering going back to Radiums. Haven't decided. Input!
How often are you changing bulbs? Like every month? You said you just changed out your Ebay bulbs in July. Since then you used XM and Radium?
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If you don't believe the ebay bulbs can work on your system reference my thread and have a look at some of the corals and the growth.
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How often are you changing bulbs? Like every month? You said you just changed out your Ebay bulbs in July. Since then you used XM and Radium?
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Stick with what works for you.
Over the last 3 or 4 months I have changed my bulbs a couple of times. The Radiums I had as well as the XMs. I bought the radiums used (about a month or so use so I was told) I have no idea as I'd never used them before. I ran them before I used the XMs. The XMs were brand new never used got a great deal on them so I picked them up. One of them blew out on me and I had to switch back to the Ebay bulbs. I was not really happy with either of them. Either way I slice it I'm going to need some new bulbs. You are right though it hasn't been as long since I changed them as I thought, it just seems like it. I like to replace my MHs or at least have them ready for replacement every 6 months.

I have to replace the bulbs on the frag tank for sure. I have no idea how old those are as they came with the fixture I bought.

I really need to get back to keeping my spreadsheet log on everything I do to the tank. Things got a little crazy with work, moving form one building to another, and family as well so I couldn't remember for sure when I had changed them out.

Thanks for keeping me on my toes. I will probably order some bulbs in the next few weeks.
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Allen I have a pair of Hamilton 10000K that are supposedly ~2 months used that you're welcome to if you want them. I got a set of reeflux that I'm planning to use, and the hamiltons came with the used retro set that I bought.
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