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Some pics of the fish.

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Nice tank. I noticed an old picture of your orange shoulder in another thread where he was still changing colors and he was still quite large in 2022. I have a orange shoulder as well that I've had for 4 years now and he still has not changed, but judging from your photos I may still have another couple years to wait!
 
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Nice tank. I noticed an old picture of your orange shoulder in another thread where he was still changing colors and he was still quite large in 2022. I have a orange shoulder as well that I've had for 4 years now and he still has not changed, but judging from your photos I may still have another couple years to wait!
Thanks - it went from 2" to 9" In 12 month's. Everything in my system seems to grow fast but at the cost of high nutrients caused by overfeeding. I think if you feed heavy it will change faster. I mean I feed 4 times pellets during the day and at 6pm to 11pm i have a cup of frozen and keep feeding at least 4-5 times in smaller quantities
 
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Beautiful set up! Where you get

beautiful set up! Congrats! Is the sump a livestock container?
Thanks, I got the sump from tanks and barrel from Florida. It's a polypropylene 240gallon container for aquaculture. If you got the space much better than a traditional sump. Its a mess right now but testing out a becket skimmer to see if I can get my NO3 down faster.
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Some pictures of my Sump. Started dosing Phosphates continuously since they bottom out fast. I am dosing Vodka 33ml/day, about .1 PO4 per day, and 10000ml of Kalk/day.

Last time I tested my Nitrates were still above 100ppm. Hoping now that I dosing Phosphates and ramping up carbon dosing I can get it down.

I also added a second skimmer to facilitate the export of the bacteria faster.

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So it's been over 2 years since I setup my closed loop and ecotech vectra failed to kick on after turning off. I was getting red/yellow flashing light so I finally removed the closed loop for cleaning. I avoided the task for along time since I thought I would get alot of water leaks or have a hard time reassemble. However didn't get any water on the floor since I drained the tank until the closed loop inlet was above the water line. The pump and pipes had a crap load of slime and gunk.

For the time being I added a seasweep with jebao pump, which works really well but I don't like the maintenence they require and don't trust them for safety vs 2 seaswirl

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Nitrates still 100ppm+. I am trying to find a new home for 5 large turbos and if I could catch the Orange shoulder tang and hippo, I think it's time to re home them.
 
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So I edited my first video on YT. I was holding of on the Youtube channel because I was waiting for my tank to be thriving. However, i think people would appreciate content that shows all the challenges I am facing and would be nice for people to see the journey. I had the footage of me fragging newly arrived corals so figured that would be a start. I didn't realize how low the audio would sound but now I know for next time.

They say you need catchy Thumbnails so tried my best.

Pls like share and subscribe so I can get to 100 subscriptions :beaming-face-with-smiling-eyes:

 
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First SPS frag I can remember RTNing in my QT. This was one of the nicer frags Tropicana from frag house. Qt isn't the best but I am used to getting at least clean half dieing brown frags out of there. dang this stinks!!!!

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First time working with acrylic and almost finished building this ATS out of spare parts. I wouldn't trust myself building anything air tight but aslong as it holds splashes I am good since the bottom 2" is leak proof.


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Ready for Plumbing... I kind of get why these ATS are expensive. It took alot of thought in where to put this thing and execution. Now it's time to run 20' of plumbing.

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