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Day 18 What a busy day today! Hooked up my DI system and did a 50% water change. My nitrates and Phosphates were sky high which also means the tank is cycled, must have been the cubes of frozen f

Day 22 Got my hands on a Biotek Marine BTM-3000 PAR sensor! The Noopsyche looks bright to me but i guess a PAR reading on the tank would be very beneficial when deciding on coral placement.

Hey Reefers! Felt really great to be back! Got myself a Red Sea reefer 170 and started cycling the tank today. This will likely still be a SPS dominated tank with some LPS/Zoas at the mids/bottom area

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On 9/15/2020 at 6:09 PM, Darren Sim said:

Beautiful FTS. Can’t wait for all your frags to over grow!


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Thanks! Man the wait is long!

On 9/15/2020 at 6:57 PM, SubzeroLT said:

Everything looks good!

The anemone is well behaved eh :)

Thanks bro, it didnt behave for long! It started walking around a week ago out of a sudden. So i sold it away sadly.

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Day 119.

Tank is 4 months old!

Tank is doing well but po4 shot up after i tried to pump up my skinny yellow tang! All the time while nitrate remained at 0, so there's some nutrients inbalance right now.

Took apart the previous UAS led that blew and thermal glued the heatsink to the new LED, now its dissipating heat much better! 

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2 weeks worth of growth! 

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Also dosing 2 ppm of nitrate daily right now in an attempt to raise nitrate in my tank.

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A couple new frags from Pinnacles, let's see how it colors up

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New clams!

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Rescued a dying sun coral from a fellow reefer, currently soaking in a cube of mysis for 30mins daily. Hopefully it will bounce back.

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Day 175

Its been almost 2 months since i updated this tank thread!  Glad to see the forum's back to normal and my thread is opened!

Its been a rocky past 2 months for the tank, battled a 'mini crash' where i lost quite a few SPS and inconsistent nutrients level. 

In summary, i started losing SPS and couldn't pin point it to a single source. I stopped dosing everything (except for my DIY Tropic Marin All-For-Reef solution) and started doing 10% water change every few days. 

Weeks gone by and the tank started to stablize again, I figured what could possibly caused the 'crash' was the a certain brand of bacteria i was dosing via a dosing pump (2ml a day), had gone bad and was dosing rotten bacteria. I guess this resulted in some sort of bacteria infection amongst the SPS. LPS, zoas and anemones are totally fine as well.

At the same time, i was battling high phosphate (0.25ppm) and am still have relatively high phosphate right now (0.15ppm).

I went for a FM ICP test last month to see if i could pin point what was going on in the tank.

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Some of the micro elements are depleted (surprisingly for such a young tank) and i have added TM K and A element into my AFR mix to address that. Another 2 elements of concern are Aluminium and Tin, i suspect they came from the Marinepure balls i had in my sump and had removed them.

I will do another ICP test when the tank hit 1 year old to see how the elements have changed.

 

 

 

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Enough talking,

I'll let the pictures do the talking next!

Purple bonsai

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Red millie, one of the new frags i bought a month ago to 'test' water after things started stablizing.

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Miyagi tort, had lots of burnt tips and it turned totally brown, was surprised this didnt STN in the end. 

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One of my favourite, a blue body red poylp acro, this took the crash surprisngly well and didn't change much.

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Not exactly sure what this is, got it for free from a friend and its coloring up really nicely. Purple nana perhaps?

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ever encrusting red stag, or rather, brown stag for now...

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Setosa, Fibre optic and a recent addition, red dragon.

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Some new additions from a week ago.

Red millie

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Sunset millie

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Gold millie

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Top view of the SPS, as u can see, i've lost quite a few acros (including my SSC colony!).

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My blue maxima, grown quite a bit!

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Red carpet anemone

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Acan garden

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the zoas/lps corner

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Top view

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Current stocking of the tank is at:

1x Purple tang

2x Black ice snowflake cownfish

1x  Royal Gramma

1x Naoko Wrasse

2x Mandrain dragonet pair

Im  considering adding 1 more fish, likely a flame hawk..

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19 minutes ago, Darren Sim said:

Your coralline algae grow beautifully and fast. Why not adding more fishes to raise no3? Btw heard you're QT your fishes can you share the process on QT with us. 

Thanks bro! Yeah i'm looking to stock this tank up with 1 or 2 more fishes but not in a hurry, things are finally stabilizing again so want to do thing slow! 

I do QT every single fish that goes into the system with a tiny 25L QT tank, i use copper power, praziquientel and metronidazole for medication. They will be medicated with copper at therapeutic level for a month.

However, the naoko wrasse was bought from CF (IMO, this is the only place i will get my fish from if i don't QT, as they have industrial grade UV running throughout all their system) and since they are relatively sensitive to medication, i chose to QT without medication and released it into the display tank after 3 weeks or so. 

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Thanks bro! Yeah i'm looking to stock this tank up with 1 or 2 more fishes but not in a hurry, things are finally stabilizing again so want to do thing slow! 
I do QT every single fish that goes into the system with a tiny 25L QT tank, i use copper power, praziquientel and metronidazole for medication. They will be medicated with copper at therapeutic level for a month.
However, the naoko wrasse was bought from CF (IMO, this is the only place i will get my fish from if i don't QT, as they have industrial grade UV running throughout all their system) and since they are relatively sensitive to medication, i chose to QT without medication and released it into the display tank after 3 weeks or so. 

That’s good to hear!

Tbh I gotten fishes from CF most of the time but there’s once my tang got fluke and killed all my other fishes in my QT.


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4 minutes ago, Darren Sim said:


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Tbh I gotten fishes from CF most of the time but there’s once my tang got fluke and killed all my other fishes in my QT.


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Which is why QT is so so important.. there's no way any LFS/source can be 100% reef safe even if they claim they quarantine. I've seen heard way too many cases of reefers adding cheap fish directly into display tank without QT and end up wiping the whole tank full of more expensive fishes.

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Day 197

Nothing much's changed, tank is getting more and more stable! I try to not touch it as much as possible.

Water Parameters:

No3: 2.5ppm

P04: 0.25ppm

kH: 7.5dkh

Ca: 430ppm

Mg: 1300ppm

K: 400ppm

My new favourite clean-up crew!

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Update FTS, seriously running out of space already!

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10 hours ago, Evolutionz said:

Its an abalone.

I never had success keeping one. Alw disappeared in my tank. Haha. What’s ur secret?

Display Tank : 36" x 20" x 20" Herbie overflow box design, Sump : 36" x 21" x 17", Frag Tank : 16” x 20” x 16”, custom built by Tank Culture.

Lightings : Inled R80 x 3 with 2  x Illumagic Vitamini Super Actinic LED Striplight Bars.

Chiller : Dalkin 1hp compressor with build-in drop coil.

Skimmer : Skimz Octa SC205i Protein Skimmer.

FR : H2Ocean FMR75 Fluidised Media Reactor with Hailea HX-2500 (Feeder Pump) running Rowaphos.

CR : Skimz Monzter E Series CM122 Calcium Reactor.

Main Return Pump : SICCE Syncra ADV 9.0 & Jebao ACQ-10000 Water Pump.

Wavemaker : Jebao SOW-16M, SLW-30M & SLW-20M  Sine Wave Pump.

Water Top Up: Reef Octopus ATO.

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1 hour ago, Admiraltian said:

I never had success keeping one. Alw disappeared in my tank. Haha. What’s ur secret?

I never had problem keeping them though! Maybe you tank was too clean not much algae for it to survive on? 

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Day 227 

Once again, nothing much's changed. Just more growth and better color!

Water Parameters:

No3: 0 - 1ppm

P04: 0.15 - 0.20ppm

kH: 7.5dkh

Ca: 420ppm

Mg: 1250ppm

K: 400ppm

P04 still high as ever, but colors of the SPS are holding well so i will just leave it be.

Some before and after pictures of some aussie acros! 

SSC before

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Now

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Deep blue tenuis before

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Now

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Ice fire echinata before

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Now, this took the longest to color up!

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Some random shots of the SPS in the tank.

Golden Mille

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The guy on the left was a pink hyacinthus which turned green when my tank had a mini crash.. still waiting for it to turn back to pink!

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Another SSC and pink millepora

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And my all time favourite, purple bonsai

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Not forgetting my LPS/Zoas..

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Also added a flame hawk after spending couple weeks in the QT. 

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FTS

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Thats all for today's update. Thanks for viewing!

 

 

 

 

 

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10 hours ago, he said:

Are those K7 led that you are using ? Nothing much change, except corals are nowsaday more expensive haha..

Yup those are Noopsyche K7 Pro II LEDs, i think they are the best valued for money fixture in the market right now. I do not have the Hydra 26s to compare to, but they do look identical spectrum wise. 

Fishes are also getting more expensive too! 

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On 10/4/2020 at 1:47 AM, Evolutionz said:

Day 119.

Tank is 4 months old!

Tank is doing well but po4 shot up after i tried to pump up my skinny yellow tang! All the time while nitrate remained at 0, so there's some nutrients inbalance right now.

Took apart the previous UAS led that blew and thermal glued the heatsink to the new LED, now its dissipating heat much better! 

20200917_104808 20200917_105752

2 weeks worth of growth! 

20200926_150831

Also dosing 2 ppm of nitrate daily right now in an attempt to raise nitrate in my tank.

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A couple new frags from Pinnacles, let's see how it colors up

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New clams!

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Rescued a dying sun coral from a fellow reefer, currently soaking in a cube of mysis for 30mins daily. Hopefully it will bounce back.

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Hi so sorry late to the party.  what is that device you are using in the second and third picture?  Is it like a refugium of sorts?  Where can I get something like this?

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