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  1. 6 points
    I finally got the light bar finished and set up, I still need to update them and attach them to the apex, and i know i need to get 2 more diffusers , I think its pretty unique. I've not seen anyone do much like this, let me know what you think.
  2. 5 points
    My alk is still very low and I’m trying to bring it up, but it seems to keep dropping. Corals appear happier now that I’ve performed a couple of water changes. Colors looking good too. Left is Vivid Solar Flare and right is ASD Rainbow Mille Front is Oregon Tort, behind it is RCA Baton Rouge, right is Arctic Aspera Left is RRC Pink Cadillac, to the right is Pink Floyd finally taking off after over a year of stagnation Z’s Blue Floyd. It was completely brown a year ago, finally a gorgeous yellow These two montis (sunset and chili pepper) have lived in the back corner for years. Can’t really see them from the front, but grabbed this photo from above and thought the inter growth was interesting
  3. 4 points
    Thanks for all your help . I moved to Round Rock in January . Sadly, due to work Im moving back to CA. Thanks there are not many places like this around so enjoy the community. Happy Reefing ! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. 4 points
    Trying the orange lens on my s8+ phone.... Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  5. 3 points
    Two new additions to the tank.
  6. 2 points
    I'm guessing most of us never really check the parameters of fresh mixed salt water...at least I never have. Figure it should be perfect...but suppose like anything you might have got a bad batch. Kinda a scary thought. Hopefully you figure it out soon.
  7. 2 points
    Oooops, missed this one too! :-/ It's more than just competing for nutrients. However, to answer your last question first when I fix systems over run with algae often it's because the nutrients have been stripped out and corals simply cannot compete so there are a variety of nuisance algae species present (See my two threads on nuisance algae remediation). SImpley removing the algae gradually with small water changes is all I've found necessary to shift the equilibrium of a system to favor corals. Haas, et al, showed the DOC (Dissolved Organic Carbon) and more specifically the DCNS (Dissolved Combined Neutral Sugars) released by algae promotes heterotrophic microbial processes and pathogenic bacteria on corals. This research proved a major tenet of Rohwer's DDAM model of reef degradation (see Rohwer's book "Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas"). What complicates this is release of labile DOC varies widely by species and is moderated by some cryptic sponges which remove the labile DOC about 2000 times faster than bacteria. Take these processes and throw in all the things we do that screws with and changes the microbial biome and it doesn't surprise me systems have very frustrating problems that can't be explained with standard explanations. Here's some of the research I've refferenced https://peerj.com/articles/108/?utm_source=TrendMD&utm_campaign=PeerJ_TrendMD_0&utm_medium=TrendMD https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0027973 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23303369 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28895945 http://www.rug.nl/research/portal/files/14555035/13completethesis.pdf https://www.nature.com/articles/nmicrobiol201642 https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0044859
  8. 2 points
    Here’s some overly blue pics for y’all. Taken after whites are off and lights are ramping down. These pics were with a Coralvue orange lens too lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. 2 points
    We're sorry you missed it too. The next one isn't scheduled yet, we'll update this when it's on the calendar.
  10. 2 points
    The goby out just chilin.
  11. 2 points
    A guess would be a peanut worm. I would assume it's safe, it seems pretty obvious it's just scavenging for food.
  12. 2 points
    Since most of the tissue loss is at the tips I am with Jolt on this one. I would also recommend an icp rest like others have recommended to rule anything else out. Since the nitrates bottomed out quickly, the combination of your alk being 8.5 and your lighting could have all of a sudden shocked the SPS. Nutrients buffer both alk and light intensity, you suddenly took them away, then the issues started to happen. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. 2 points
    Did a search of pineapple sponge and this looks like what it is. I’m a newbie and all these life forms that seemingly come out of nowhere amaze me!
  14. 2 points
    BC Honeycomb C2C Calamity... Yes it is that bright and red in person. CC Forgot its name... Lol. FarmerTy Bluebonnet.. My whole colony went up about 6 months back... Was able to save this.
  15. 1 point
    At this point I would probably do a Triton test just to see if something pops up. I skimmed back through the thread and I see you used two methods to check your alk, so its probably pretty close to what you think it is (which was 8.4 or so on the tank, and 6 or so on the fresh mix). That seems like a really safe number to me, it's what I strive for. I am hoping with time, monitoring, and water changes it will resolve itself, but it may never be explainable. I can give you more tester frags whenever you need them. And when you feel things are stable we can work on replacing various ones you got from me.
  16. 1 point
    Good turnout, everyone had awesome stuff and great presentations. Picked up a branching cyphastrea, mad scientist favia, techno cyphastrea, enchanted forest stylo, rainbow stylo, solar flare, orange passion, lime light hydnophora, pink boobies chalice, avatar chalice, pinata chalice, cheap date acro, and some zoas.
  17. 1 point
    Pics under whites
  18. 1 point
    That rainbow Acan for example was the brightest and most colorful I have ever seen. Now it has dulled out a bit. That grafed Monti and beach bum Monti in the back came from you. They are sweet.
  19. 1 point
    A couple images. Coloration hasn't come back yet, but it better than what it was a few weeks ago. What do you guys dose for color? Picking up a very small yellow eyed kole Tang to handle hair algae today.
  20. 1 point
    120g Planet Aquarium w/Canopy & Stand - 3 Side Sapphire Glass Trigger Systems Sump - Green Iwaki Return Pump - w/additional Iwaki Return pump as a spare Vertex Omega 180 - Skimmer Skimz - Algae Reactor (DC/LED) GHL Doser 2 - 4 pumps including Skimz dosing container Tunze ATO - including 10g custom Mels Reef Reservoir Neptune Apex (Wifi) - including AFS/ALD/(2) Wav/(2) 8-bus AI - (2) Hydra 26 / (2) Hydra Original Triton Chemicals / Test kits - un-openned Core 7 - (3) Test kits Hanna - Alkalinity / Phosphate / Phosphorus JBL Chiller / Fluval Return Pump Rigid Plumbing (Grey) / Spears gate valves and shut offs. The list goes on.... I will not break up, serious inquiries only....
  21. 1 point
    Looking good Sam! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. 1 point
    Winner winner Jolt! Thanks! It was a long day so I didn't have the energy to look it up. [emoji53]
  23. 1 point
    Nice pieces! Could that CC one be their Frostbite Horrida?
  24. 1 point
    Based on all the evidence you've shared I still feel the acros are starving
  25. 1 point
    Added some frags into the display today Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk