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It has been some time since I saw the faces or spoke with some of you guys. Lots of new faces and site has changed a bit! Few years out of keeping a real tank, I started a 200gal build last year (not posted) but Covid/House move and other things caused delay after delay. But things are settling in and I am starting this back in earnest.

I have tried to catch up in the last 2 or so years of posts/videos and new with quite a bit of accepted knowledge has changed. Hope to hear some good news from you guys and start stocking tanks soon.

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Welcome back!  Our understanding of how reef systems work certainly has changed quite a bit.  I get daily updates on new research and it's just not possible to read all the papers and get everything else done.  I'd have to say though, the most signifcant chnage for those of us who keep reef systems is Aquabiomic's 16sDNA testing so we can at least get somewhat of a picture of some of the microbial processes in our systems.  If you haven't read it yet I'd encourage you to get Forest ROhwer's "Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas" (kindle is ~$10).  Here's some video's you might find informative:

Forest Rohwer "Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas"

Changing Seas -  Mysterious Microbes

Nitrogen cycling in hte coral holobiont

Richard Ross  What's up with phosphate"





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Thank you Tim for the welcome and links. I have tried to stay up with all the research, watched a million videos and did managed to keep my 20L tank with some livestock running since 2014....up until this freeze wiped me out. It is nice to see the acceptance of important bacteria is and not just 'you have to change 10% water/week' gaining ground. 

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