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Old 09-02-2012, 03:27 PM   #411
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Sorry about the trouble. I felt the same way with our first reef. We added corals and were dissappointed when they just did ok. But then after letting the tank mature, things started to look better.

I agree. Just hold off on the corals for a bit and let the tank do it's thing. Everything will look great in no time!!

Hey....gotta FTS? Haha
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:27 PM   #412
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Been a long time since I have updated. The tank is doing much better. I made some tweaks to the lighting and discovered I was having an alk issue. I have since added a 2 part auto dosing system, and even in the first few days, the coral is looking better. I am seeing all of it open more than it has in months, and things are looking up.

Here is the new auto dosing system.


I have it set to dose 6 times a day (3 times for each of the Ca and Alk mixes, staggered so they are never dosed within 2 hours of each other).

I am still working on getting my levels correct, but I imagine in a week or two I will have it dialed in.

Full tank shot. Lots of coralline growth since my last uploads:




The fish all seem to be doing very well, and have grown some in the past months.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:32 PM   #413
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Here are some close ups of most of the coral I have left. I have added a couple things here and there over the last month, and all of it seems to be doing well. I have finally managed to keep a hammer alive longer than a week:



Snails were crawling on it, but here is the green birdsnest. It has grown a new sprout of an arm in the last 2 weeks:


And my new pink birdsnest, procured a 2 weeks ago. I am seeing lots of polyp extension on it:


Zoas seem to be doing much better now too with the adjustments. I lost hundreds of them over the course of several months, but I am seeing signs of improvement and some are opening fully that haven't in months.




And last, my frogspawn, which has been extremely well lately:
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Dang I'm loving that coraline growth!
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:21 PM   #415
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Picked up a couple new frags:

Acan... always looking for food. This guy is a pig:


New torch... has been in for about a week, and doing great.


These zoas have been in the tank for awhile, but were all but dead. They are starting to get healthy again:


My newest birdsnest has a ton of new growth on it already:


And the hammer continues to do well. I liked this shot:


Frogspawn has expanded probably 20% in the last month or so:




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You are making me jealous man!! Those corals look fantastic!
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The tank is looking pretty good indeed! Well done!
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Thanks guys, I am definitely encouraged here, and really think the corner has been turned.
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Awesome tank Justin! And amazing pictures!! I'm jealous!!
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Thanks Dino, and thanks for the help. I took your advice on the 2 part, and the difference has been dramatic to say the least.
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