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Old 10-10-2008, 12:32 PM   #111
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When I was topping off the water this morning, I noticed that someone (Im guessing Turbo... my giant mexican turbo snail) knocked my candycane off its perch, to the substrate... Will it be okay down there until 1-3am tonight, when I get home, or should I run home at lunch and fix it?
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Old 10-10-2008, 12:33 PM   #112
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It will be ok. When you pick it up off the sand bed hold it in front of one of your power heads. This will help rinse the sand off the flesh of the coral.
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Old 10-11-2008, 07:17 PM   #113
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When I got home, its little tentacles were out, so I left it alone until today. I ended up taking some photos, and I am surprised at the growth so far of everything.

I am VERY happy that I have coraline algae growing out on all the rocks now. I have purple and lime green specks on all my white rocks (live and base). Here is an example of one of the Florida base rocks from Marco's that I have in the tank that is starting to get color (click on it to get the larger version).



Jay and Silent Bob are also doing well. They follow me around the tank now, and they are ALWAYS together... and sleep together.



Now that I got the 2 other tanks ready for the live rock on Monday from an Ike crashed tank, I am working on getting this stand finished since I dont need as much access to it (ie, putting the sides and doors on it since I left them off).

And a final picture, of the tank today after a feeding and cleaning:

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Old 10-12-2008, 03:01 PM   #114
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Excellent. Things are coming along nicely.
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Old 10-12-2008, 07:39 PM   #115
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I just got my 2x 175W MH's wired in and burning... They put out more heat than I thought they would. Right now I have a 10k and a 12k bulb to see which one I like better.

So far, the 10k really makes the tank light up more "natural" to me than the purple I am getting from the 50/50 and actinic VHO's. I just put the 12k in and have it starting up now.



You can see me running 1 MH here on the left and just the VHO on the right...
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Old 10-16-2008, 06:23 PM   #116
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Well, it has been a couple days since my last post... I was looking at the tank last night, and it appears I have some green... algae growing on the rocks and on the sand. Its hairy. Im guessing this is not the type I want in there, so.. I am going to cut back on the feedings and do a large water change this weekend (probably around 20 gallons or so). I did tests today on the water, and I am still at 0 ammonia and nitrite. I was at 20 nitrates.

I think the amount I am feeding is too much. I feed 1 block of frozen food every other day to the 7 fish in the aquarium. I'll try doing that block in half and doing it then.

My Pulsing Xenia and candy canes are really taking off. The kryptonite candy cane has split into 3 additional heads in the 6 weeks or so I have had it. The other candy cane has added another head. in the week Ive had it, and the pulsing xenia has doubled in size, and attached to the rubble rock I put it on in the cup in the week I have had it.

I also got my RO/DI filter setup in a perm station, so I dont have to move stuff around our washer/dryer to make water anymore. I have a dual TDS meter on the way along with a refractometer which should be here early next week.

I also found a hitchhiker in the other live rock I got from the Ike evacuee tank. Its some type of hermit crab (not like the others I have), so I put him in the refuge for now.

I am now putting about $200/month away for an aquarium controller, and a webcam for the tank. That should get me a nice Aquacontroller 3 that I could end up monitoring both tanks with, and a way to put up live pretty pictures
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Sounds like things are coming along very well.

With the new increase in lighting you should limit the amount of time per day the MHs are on until your corals have a chance to get used to the increase.
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Oh, I have been. I'm having to do turn them on/off by hand, but that's okay for now.

I did another 20 gallon change yesterday, and took my overflow boxes off to clean them too. The skimmer capture cup is turning nasty colors now, so at least I know it is working right!

My Nitrates are down to 1 right now.

This weekend had a couple changes for me... One is the RO system. It use to be just on a shelf above the washer... kinda in the way. It now has a Dual TDS Meter wired into it now.

It is hidden in a shelf in our utility room, with the fill station below it.



I also got a refractometer finally. This should help with stability on the water.

Here is the tank as it was this afternoon.

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Looking good so far. Glad to see everything coming along so nicely.
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Old 10-24-2008, 02:05 PM   #120
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Ive got an algae growth that I dont know where it came from...



Is this hair algae? Should I pull it off (if I can)? It might have popped up from the higher nitrates, but I believe I have that under control now. Should I just go lights off over the weekend to try to kill it off?

It is the green, carpet looking algae.
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