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#1 pdiehm

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 02:35 PM

The 120 never took off. Every coral I would add died. Parameters always tested spot on. Had an on going cycle of Dino's, then cyano and hair algae. When the last 2 appeared the Dino's went away. A vicious cycle that never ended.

Got so fed up with it, I removed the clowns, the rock with the anemone and put them in my 20g QT. The anemone hasn't left the rock at all so far...stubborn flatworm.

Tore the tank down, and removed the sand. A picture speaks a thousand words.

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This is just a small sample. Was flat disgusting. I am fairly certain this was causing most of the issues.

The new plan was to go barebottom and eliminate a variable. Also, slowly dive into sps. With my gyre pumps attached to the apex, and now barebottom, the setup is built for sps.

Tank is still Cycling, end of week 2. Ammonia has read 0 for a few days but nitrite is well over 2ppm. Just waiting for that to drop.

The plan is predominantly sps but with a zoanthid garden covering the bottom and maybe a trachiphyllia in a corner where the PAR is 70ish. We will see though.

Speaking of PaR, broke out the seneye and started doing tests. At 60/35 on my Photon 48, the average par was about 120-130 on bottom middle under the light and 90 about half to the corners and 70 or so in the corners. Highest points of the rocks were about 260 or so on average. There is one point that is 280-300.

What I have in mind will look great if I can pull it off.


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#2 pdiehm

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 02:37 PM

Some pics of the tear down:

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New rockscape (did bleach and acid bath the rocks)

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#3 pdiehm

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 02:38 PM

I have toyed with getting a 6x80W T5 but for now think I will stick with my Photon 48.


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Posted 13 July 2017 - 09:12 PM

Changed the scape.

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#5 pdiehm

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 06:37 PM

Photon 48 settings: 100B/10W. Gives me about 220-330 across top of rocks. 160-190 on side rocks and 130 on the bottom dead center.

Tests this week show that the tank is very close to being ready for first sps frags.

9.5 alk
78F
1.026
8.1-8.2 pH
450 Calcium
1400 Mg
4ppm NO3
.07 PO4 (gfo was exhausted)

Looking into getting some cheap stylos, digitata, or green skimmer.

One of each would be great but does look like I will be purchasing some small SPS frags from pacific east aquatics to test this bad boy out.


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