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Old 01-12-2011, 05:58 PM   #81
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the tank is barely done it's cycle. it's not your doing if the anthelia goes south at this point.
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:13 PM   #82
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I think my wife is pulling my leg. I think that one of the smaller stalks is turning white and dying off but there is no white fuzz......

Just added about 30lbs of dry rock tonight and got it looking pretty good. Going to leave it as is and see how it goes.

Nitrates are still 0. Ph is 8.0, SG 1.26, KH between 9 and 10

Also picked up a BRS reactor for running carbon or GFO. What are you thoughts on either of those Doug? (Or anyone else, haha)
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well, phosphate remover has become pretty popular lately, but i never felt a need for it. folks would tell me you need to use this in order to get good color in your sps, but my sps looked just as good as theirs. i'm sure there are situations where it's necessary, but i don't think they are as common as folks make it out to be.

as for carbon, yes, i like to run carbon. it really "polishes" the water nicely.
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:28 PM   #84
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Great, I have the same outlook. It's nice having the option to run GFO if need be. I have read a lot about the carbon. I think I am going to run it on and off. Maybe two weeks at a time. I don't want it to strip EVERYTHING out of the water.
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i don't think that's possible either. i was always told to run it 24/7 because it can really clear the water up, and that would expose the corals to more intense lighting on the days you use it.
i have seen this happen, but not by sporadically running it. i put a carbon reactor on the gym tank and bleached a lot of corals within a week of running it.
if it really stripped everything out of the water, we would have no need for R.O.D.I. units.
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I was reading it could strip helpful organic items? Things that are in the tanks water that might be helpful.
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:48 PM   #87
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well, they say that about protein skimmers too. i don't think either component will hurt you.
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:42 PM   #88
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Tank water is clearer now so snapped a few pictures. These are from 1.12.11

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The person I got the live rock from brought this over the other day with Xenia on it.





Found this little guy moving around in the Chaeto



Better pic of the Mushroom



Hard to see but there is some type of new growth on the right side edge of the rock. It's purple and looks to have stalks and possibly a polyp on top?



Here's a shot of the new rock work. Looks pretty bland from the front in the photo. It has a lot of depth and ledges. Photo turned out really yellow for some reason too. No lights are on obviously.

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some of that rock looks pretty dense nick. what do you think about it?
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Only the 3 larger white pieces are somewhat dense. I was a bit skeptical but they do have a lot of crevices. Kind of hard to see in the pics. The dark rock is all really pourous. The large piece on the bottom left is all hollow.
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