40G Breeder Frag Tank

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  1. Daltrey

    Daltrey Valuable Member Build Thread Contributor

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    As of today

    Calcium 430
    Mag 1480
    Alk 9.7
    PO4 .04
    Salinity 37 (need to drop to 35)
    Ammonia 0
    Temp 78

    Corals are starting to take off.
     

  2. Bryn

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    Looking good. I guess your parameters are very stable.
     
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    Well I've gotten a little carried away and did two 50 percent water changes in two weeks, ha. Going to do smaller water changes from here on.
     
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    Looking good so far
     
  5. Bryn

    Bryn Active Member R2R Supporter MTRCMember

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    Have two hydras (lights) on a frame ready to go on, and egg crate is in, and corals arrive tonight and tomorrow.

    I will say to anyone new and reading this, spend the money and get an ATO (auto top off).

    Pics to follow.
     
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    Here are a few. Taken under 14K light with a cell phone camera.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Some more.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  8. Poacher

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    Arn't shrooms bad to have being that, when bigger, they will smother out other corals if to close to each other?
     
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    Hey Poacher, sorry for the late reply, been out of country and then a bunch of work when I get back.

    Yes smothering can happen, but this is a frag tank so can move them around. The pics you have quoted are Zoa's.
     
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    Thank you. Im trying to start a nee tank and learning as I go
     
  11. Bryn

    Bryn Active Member R2R Supporter MTRCMember

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    Some new additions: Hi I'm Bryn and I have a Bowerbanki problem...:D

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    And they look almost as good under my lights, which by the way I'm thinking of adding some t5's to the AI Hydras.
     
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    A few more of my addiction, but not as dependent upon, Acanthastrea Echinita/Echinata

    172 WYSIWYG Jacko Eye Echinita #2 Live Coral.jpg 195 WYSIWYG Ghost Echinata Live Coral.jpg
     
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    Another update,not the best picture but something to throw up on the web. Two FTS's
    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    A few more, the Blasto (thank heavens for edits called this a Bowerbanki) which is almost 2inches across, two heads with another 8 underneath, and some pests.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    It's looking good! I' about to start my tank soon. Got my skimmer and return pump ordered. Fixing to order my new tank this coming week.
     
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    Way to go....
     
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    Quick up date, as I use this as a diary as well.

    Everything seems stable, with dKH 10.5, outside air line to Skimmer now keeping pH at 8.2 from 8.0 (Bio cube with no skimmer is 7.9), Ca 440, Mg 1360, Salinity 1.025, Temp 77, phosphate is about .11ppm

    Dosing 5ml of two part per day. This will change as I have some SPS on the way.

    Started dosing NO3 at .8ppm per day. Noticed a difference in color and response, but maybe placebo, who knows. Flow is estimated to be strong, Hammers are getting a good shaking every 15-20 seconds, but not to the point of them shrinking, in fact they seem to be extending.

    Anecdotal findings would be good flow, reasonable light, and stable parameters lead to a consistent response from the corals, meaning they look the same everyday.

    Blastos seem to expand with flow, and I mean expand, I have some in low flow and they remain small whiles those in higher flow just expand.

    Biggest response to the limited NO3 dosing has been the Mushrooms, they have expanded and colored up a little. Trying to maintain NO3 about 1.0ppm, but find that within 24hrs it has reduced to less than 0.25ppm. Using the RedSea Nitrate pro kit, be happy with ease of use, along with Hanna dKH, and Hanna Phosphate checker.

    No critters other than CUC, looking to add a FlameFin Tang, and 6 line Wrasse, but have enjoyed watching my isopod populations grow and decline, same with the Flat worm populations. One day I have hundreds of Flat worms everywhere, and the next day almost gone. Very little Algae, so Tang can wait.

    Started dosing Oyster-Feast, and Phyto-Feast, along with RedSea ReefEnergy, in addition to ReefRoids, Chilli, Spiralina, and mysis shrimp when I remember.

    Cheato needs to be pruned, thought about continuing to grow it out in a 5G bucket, and sell, although it would be non sterile.

    Contemplating splitting this 40G breeder into multiple tanks with one sump. Soft/LPS, Blasto/Acan, hammers/Ducans, SPS.

    Have a few Acan Echinata, very well behaved so far, but my one favia is still a muppet, with long sweepers. Have a few corals I need identified.

    Final thought, most corals will do fine if they are left alone. Think about how you would feel if people walked through you home anytime of the day, switched on and off lights, changed the temp or the odor in the house, you would either be upset and irritated, or would up and move.
     
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