REEF2REEF Saltwater and Reef Aquarium Forum
Green Slimer, a maricultured valida, and an acro some of us call #Katropora are the hardiest that keep good color for me. The ORA Miami Orchid is very rugged as well, but a little more sensitive than the slimer, for me. Next up is a green polyp purple valida of some sort followed by a blue stag that has yet to regain a good blue for over a year now but still grows.
yea, I'm overdue here for some pics I took a few days ago. Still using NOPOX, trying to balance it with PhosphateRx. I had some LPS issues after a few weeks using both so at the moment I'm only using NOPOX. I had managed to knock the Xenia back a bit, they looked stressed, and the acros looked great, but the change was a bit much for an Acan and my big Frogspawn. It's funny how sometimes the acros, when healthy, can tolerate more than some easier corals can.
Same milli, up top under 450 PAR
Palmers Blue, no over a year in this tank, still hates me.
My pink acro has really turned into a nice piece, getting pinker by the day.
#Katropora continues to grow rapidly.
As does the not so red dragon.
The slimer is starting to achieve it's rapid growth rate and will fill up this side of the tank in no time. If only my other stags grew this fast.
Poor animated gif of growth over 18 days.
I bumped the Lokani while moving things around and it turned grey for a few days, then colored back up. This is the strangest acro in the tank, and tough. I bumped it pretty hard and nothing broke.
Thanks all, much appreciated.
Changes made over the last 6 months:
Switched from all T5 + BML LED strips to a T5 NanoBox 8 puck hybrid along with the BML strips.
Added a Seachem Matrix to a Phosban 550 reactor to reduce Nitrates
Started daily dosing of PhosphateRx (diluted Lanthanum Chloride)
Started daily dosing of trace elements
6.7 KH (maintained with saturated Kalk and occasional 2 part dosing)
.03 PO4 (last tested a month ago via Hanna ULR)
Near 0 NO3 (I will occasionally raise with CaNO3 but nothing regular yet)
I feed trashy flake food, occasionally some pellets, and Reef Roids about 3 time a week.
2 drops PhosphateRx in 1st sump chamber.
2 Drops MicroE (AquaForest)
2 Drops Lugols
5 drops SpongePower
Weekly I add a cap of Potassion and a cap of Strontium
I'm not sure anything above does any good except PhosphateRx, which allows me to keep steady PO4 which I've found is more important than it being too high. PO4 swings can do a number on acros. I do the drops of MicroE because I rarely do any water changes on this tank and I want to make sure I maintain these elements but don;t overdose. 2 drops is 1/4 of the recommended dose.
I did a new set of top downs and colors continue to improve.
The Red Robin is doing well and continues to ever so slowly gain red.
Big Valida (this was a maricultured piece)
I call this one Cousin It because it's so darn hairy. It is gaining a nice bright pink.
This is my other pinkish milli, a random frag like Cousin It, and not sure what color it will end up with. Tips are bluish, some pink in the mid sections, with purple green in a few spots.
Here's the pinkish acro with the horrible mustard polyps.
Lokani. Not sure if I mentioned it above but during my 6 months of semi crashing and losing acros this lost color but continued to slowly grow. Rugged and good looking.
Random frag, SSC?
This is another random frag and is a bother. Looks good at the moment but colors will fade for seemingly no reason, then color back up. It may be related to nitrates since I recently added enough CaNO3 to reach 2 prior to a short vacation.
This is the last coral to not regain full color since the issues started almost a year ago. Finally it's showing signs of blue returning.