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Old 03-23-2012, 03:46 AM   #11
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I agree simple is better! So Terrance, is it just pond matrix that you use, or do you also incorporate live flora? I have my DIY FW sump set up with bio media also, but I'd like to incorporate a good nitrogen sink to handle nitrates as well. I just haven't decided on the right plant/moss for the job.
SORRY for hijacking your post Greg... I eagerly await your updates
I'll start my own thread
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I wanted to use water lettuce, but the flow in my sump will be too fast for any plants and my sump is too small. Best plants are the ones that emerge from the water (or floating plants) and grow fast. Algae, water lettuce, and hyacinth are the best for soaking up nutrients because they are exposed to air and grow extremely fast. Usually, they suck up all nutrients and leave other types of plants starving (the water lettuce/hyacinth block the light going to the plants under them). Pond Matrix is suppose to decrease nitrAte, but I'm still trialing it. The lights for the ATS is suppose to be turned off at least 6hrs per day, so the Pond Matrix is suppose to filter the water until the lights turn on again.
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A few new pictures. I just harvested a 5 gallon bucket full of coral for the LFS and only 30 days later I can't tell I did it. Added 80 gallon's to the sump and a second protein skimmer along with the old algae scrubber. Lots of fish and I feed a lot as well and my Hanaa reports my worst Phosphate was .07 and is usually under .05. So everything is still working. Adding 125 gallon coral frag tank next month and am doing a moving light setup. Will post pictures.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:22 PM   #14
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I forgot about this thread . Glad to see you are still on the forum . I always respected your opinion. Well my scrubber is a few months old now. It's starting to cure my cyano slowly but my nitrates have been holding steady at 4 ppm. Here is a pic of what I usually harvest from the screen weekly .
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A few new pictures. I just harvested a 5 gallon bucket full of coral for the LFS and only 30 days later I can't tell I did it. Added 80 gallon's to the sump and a second protein skimmer along with the old algae scrubber. Lots of fish and I feed a lot as well and my Hanaa reports my worst Phosphate was .07 and is usually under .05. So everything is still working. Adding 125 gallon coral frag tank next month and am doing a moving light setup. Will post pictures.
Wow,...amazing mushroom garden,..totally amazing!!!
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Yeah, the LFS loves them, the red ones have the blue dots all over them. I plan on having a system to propagate them and a few others as they grow like weeds.
You can see some of the scratches I need to polish out on this 20 year old acrylic aquarium.
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Yeah, the LFS loves them, the red ones have the blue dots all over them. I plan on having a system to propagate them and a few others as they grow like weeds.
You can see some of the scratches I need to polish out on this 20 year old acrylic aquarium.
Greg , you've raised the " bar" very high for the rest of us,...truly an amazing garden.,... And you know how I love those mushrooms! ..Just out of curiosity ,what are your normal water parameters??
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Greg how long does it take to make a mushroom carpet like you have? My next build I want a striated angler and a shroom carpet covering the whole bottom just like you have in your tank .
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Mushroom carpet took almost 15 years of growth to completely fill in. It now controls the growth of some other aggressive corals. You can't move stuff around much to get this effect over a long period of time. Makes tank cleaning a real challenge. In fact, the majority of the mushroom growth was during a time when I wasn't maintaining the system as well as usual. Just goes to show...reefs can be unpredictable.

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77F varies less than .2 degrees
PH 7.9-8.2 (old tank)
sp 1.025
phosphate < .07 usually <.05
Ammonia not detectable
Calcium 520
Alk 11-12

Thanks for the nice compliments. As everyone else, I have my eye on the big one. In my case I want to go even bigger, like 1000 gallons. Then I'll feel good about moving the mushroom garden.
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Some new pictures. The little acro has taken off all at once. Sorry for the quality, just some quick camera phone shots.
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