50g Cube Build

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  1. TheEngineer

    TheEngineer Formerly icecool2 R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Looks like the nitrate dosing is causing algae blooms for me. IMG_1552.JPG
     

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    Salty1962 Wrasse and SPS Lover R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Tank is coming along well. Nice to have a release from work.
     
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    TheEngineer Formerly icecool2 R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks! It's a blessing and a curse to work right next to the tank most days. It makes me obsess about little things more, but I also get hours of enjoyment daily now. I can sit on a call and stare at the tank.
     
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    TheEngineer Formerly icecool2 R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    New DIY I'm working on, UV LED supplementation.

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    TheEngineer Formerly icecool2 R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    I was hoping you would do that!
     
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    How much of a difference will that make to coral growth/color? I'm curious because I would like to do the same
     
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    TheEngineer Formerly icecool2 R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    Not a clue! :)

    Colorwise it seems to give a bit of pop even with my Kessil at 70%. Growth improvement, I couldn't say. I'll let you know in a few months I guess.
     
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    I run my Kessil at 50% max, I'll see how you like your UV mod and if you so maybe I'll replicate it
     
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    TheEngineer Formerly icecool2 R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    Temps are holding steady without any additional heatsink on the LED. I'm going to let it run for a few weeks and see if I notice a difference.
     
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    TheEngineer Formerly icecool2 R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    Lots of snow today. At least 2' at this point. But the power stayed on :) it's a good day.
     
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    TheEngineer Formerly icecool2 R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    Made it through the storm unphased. PHEW! I played around with my DSLR a bit and snapped some shots with the actinics and UV LED on. No color editing here, just cropping and sharpening.

    Alien Acne Zoanthid DSC_1156.jpg

    Alien Acne/Green Implosion/Ring of Fire Zoanthids
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    Gatorade Zoanthid (focus point was off, but the colors were awesome)
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    What UV LED are you using?
     
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    TheEngineer Formerly icecool2 R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    It's a 430nm violet. Three on one star. There's a link to the DIY build a few posts up ---^
     
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    TheEngineer Formerly icecool2 R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    I'm starting to regret my choice to not have a glass cleaner. Having to put my arm in the tank is getting old.
     
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    Picked up a bunch of new corals at the Reef Conservation Society frag swap in Lancaster, PA yesterday. Here's a quick iPhone shot.

    From front to back:
    Solar eclipse zoa
    Eagle eye and radioactive dragon eye zoas (I wanted some green for the tank)
    Utter chaos zoa ( so bright I can't get a shot)
    Purple hornet zoa
    Darth maul zoa
    Purple tip hammer (I think it might be a hammer/frog combo actually)
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    Very nice! I'm going to a swap next month and I'm hoping to pick up some more new coral!
     
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    TheEngineer Formerly icecool2 R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    Best place to get great deals. Vendors and hobbyists alike bring some great stuff at great prices.
     
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    That's what I've heard. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm hoping to get some more Zoa's, Blasto's, some Euphyllia and maybe a rock nem or two! Melev will be the guest speaker, I'm looking forward to hear what he has to share.
     
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    TheEngineer Formerly icecool2 R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Delaware Reef Club Build Thread Contributor

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    I stopped by a small shop on Tuesday and wound up leaving with two frags. It was one of those days where I was supposed to be going to the grocery store and came back with corals (and groceries :))

    Ignore the one top middle, those are from the last swap. The top right I think is a gold maul. The bottom one I have no clue. It was super bright and it was $10. So it became mine :)

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