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    Radion XR30W G4 Pros for my Orphek Atlantiks/Compacts

    Yea, they’re both great lights. But I think my tank would look really nice with a row of Radions. Im getting people interested in the trade but only out of state. And I can’t wrap my head around the logistics of swapping lights out of state, so local it is.
  2. Like all good reef decisions, this one is based off of pure impulse and zero thought whatsoever. I love these lights, they're freaking beautiful. But I'm kinda itching for a change. Orphek Atlantik V4 Gen 2 x 2, Orphek Compact V4 Gen 2 x 1, and Gateway. I realize chances are slim but if you're in the area and you have 3 or 4 Radion G4 Pros, hit me up, let's talk.
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    The new tank is up!

    About a year ago they plumbed off one of their tanks to make a dedicated acro tank. They brought in a *massive* selection of wild acro colonies. Jaw dropping stuff. I must've spent over 2 grand in a month there. Then at some point their new SPS tank started getting gnarly algae. They took it offline to get it back under control -- they never bought another batch of acros. I still call them every two weeks to ask if they're getting any new shipments in. Nothing yet!
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    The new tank is up!

    Wild acros. I love buying them from Aqua Farms. I've gotten some true gems. But the survival rate is so frustrating. Everything else in the tank is thriving, as was this particular acro -- and then overnight it basically disintegrated.
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    Bobcat's 75gal First Reef Build

    I feel like a giant Japanese green toadstool leather (aka Lonestar Leather) should be mandatory in all tanks. This was a few months ago and it's already doubled in size from when I took this.
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    Redsea Reefer 450 Build / Upgrade

    I'd highly recommend hanging fixtures from the ceiling before attempting to remove/refactor the overflow. Plus it'll look cleaner without any obstructions attached to the tank itself. It's really quite easy (and I also have very tall ceilings). Edit: Just snapped a quick pic of my setup. Shout out to my new Longhorn Cowfish chillin in the center. Lol: Ceiling joists didn't line up so I got some thin plywood from Home Depot (painted to match ceiling). Plywood to joists, fixture to plywood. Find center and mark it with painters tape across top of your tank. Then use a plumb bob either home made or a cheap Home Depot one to find plumb center. Easy! I used four wires here, because the Orpheks are incredibly heavy. With those lights you have I'd only bother with 2. Even easier! And to make it consistent, I used 8020 extrusions to make sure the lights were all even. The extrusions also make it 10x easier to attach to wire. 8020 extrusions bought here: https://www.tnutz.com/product/ex-1010-c-1-x-1-smooth-180-bi-slot-t-slotted-aluminum-extrusion-new/ gusset for attaching extrusions to wire: https://www.tnutz.com/product/inside-corner-gusset/
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    Redsea Reefer 450 Build / Upgrade

    Oh, heads up with the ATB Skimmer -- optimum water height is 8" and those baffles aren't adjustable. And the water height makes a huge difference with the efficiency of those skimmers. There are adjustable skimmer stands available from BRS that I like to use.
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    Redsea Reefer 450 Build / Upgrade

    The rockscape looks fantastic.
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    Red Sea Coral Pro Salt

    8-8.5 dkh really is the way to go. For a while I kept high alkalinity -- around 11.5 to 12. The amount of 2-part it takes to maintain those levels are exponentially higher than what it takes to maintain 8. The bell curve is incredibly steep.
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    Redsea Reefer 450 Build / Upgrade

    Your mileage may vary but I could never get chaeto to grow when using GFO. They're in direct competition. Once I pulled GFO, the chaeto exploded. This was even while heavily overstocked.
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    Sierra Bravo's 120 in-wall tank, a.k.a "Where I keep my paychecks"

    Gorgeous. Love the grafted monti.
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    Redsea Reefer 450 Build / Upgrade

    I have a MarinePure block sitting passively in my sump. It's the 8" x 1" version. It does a fantastic job of reducing nitrates. There are lots of concerns of ICP testing showing excessive aluminum with these MP blocks. I don't ICP test so I can't confirm. I do know the first things to show signs of excess aluminum are toadstool leathers and LPS. I have many of these in my tank and they've never shown any negative signs.
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    Sierra Bravo's 120 in-wall tank, a.k.a "Where I keep my paychecks"

    Shhhhh it can hear you. Don’t motivate it.
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    Sierra Bravo's 120 in-wall tank, a.k.a "Where I keep my paychecks"

    AGREED! It's a gorgeous disaster. My two big tank stresses: aiptasia and spongodes. And I can't just remove it. It has firmly become an integral part of the biggest piece of LR in my tank.
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    Sierra Bravo's 120 in-wall tank, a.k.a "Where I keep my paychecks"

    I'm incredibly jealous of the shapes your spongodes is forming. Beautiful. Mine aspires to be a gigantic (12"+) flat dinner plate, taking over everything.