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Old 11-21-2013, 10:39 PM   #11
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I don't, but have read conversations about people importing them before. Isn't too hard to believe.
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Ah well, anyone importing and selling will be doing so for a profit. I think I found these same lights on amazon, and they show as having a 120 degree lighting angle, and from what I've read, I think I want 90. I sent the seller a message and will report back when he does. If they are 90, then I'll save the $80 on two of those. If not, I'll eat the difference to get what I want.
I'm also looking into a wave controller and an extra powerhead. What is the most economical a) soft start controller or b) pumps that can handle hard start?
The hydor smart wave is hard start, so if I go with that then I need hard start pumps, and hydor's are a bit pricey. Thoughts?
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I don't have a firm understanding of these controllers...my pumps run all day long without issue, all i know.
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It may be completely unnecessary, but here's why I've been thinking about it. I want tabling acropora. I think tabling acros are the coolest coral growth form ever. But I also know growth form is affected by environment, and a wild tabling variety may not table in an aquarium. My hope is that by recreating the random, turbulent flow of a reel reef, my odds of success will increase. Anyone have experience with tabling acropora?
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:26 PM   #15
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I had a red and green planet acros. My red died in a power outage and the green is just growing slowly. Only in my tank that were supposed to table.
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I was feeling like the algae wasn't getting any better, when I decided to compare with that pic I posted here before, and I was surprised at just how big a change there is. Funny how the snails do more when it's not growing back instantly! Yay for water quality control!
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Are you going to do any manual removal? I'd be scraping that glass and removing the rock and scrubbing them. I can't see snails cleaning all that up?
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I'm kinda using the snails and hermits vs algae to measure how well I'm getting things rebalanced. Over the past year, it got so out of control that it was growing faster than anything could eat it. Now that they're making headway, I know the algae growth has slowed down a lot. There are some dead spots in the tank I can't reach with my siphon hose, so it's been a battle. But I've never minded algae on the back wall anyway. I'm really more concerned with the algae on the rocks. Not adding any coral until that's under control.
So between the snails, crabs, and more frequent water changes, it's getting there.
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Thanks for sharing!You have some great information!
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Thanks, Cryptix! I shared this story so that others can learn from my mistakes. Like, get your own RO unit, don't skimp on lights, and don't let dead spots lie. Lol
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