BC Bonfire Grow Out Thread

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@90's reefer Metal halides might be an unfair advantage!!! :D
Sorry thats all I have, lol.
Its going on the branching arm about half way up in the tank.
I removed the green slimeball so it would have an open spot with plenty of light.
It grew fairly well at that placement.
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Here’s my system:

-Standard 75 gallon
-48 months old (well the rocks are. Went from a Biocube 32 to a 40b to my current 75 gallon. Same rocks (plus some new ones)
-TBS live rock
-Trigger Ruby 30 sump
-Avast marine ato
-Apex Neptune controller
-48” ati sun power 6 bulb 5” off water surface
-48” reefbrite xho actinic blue led supplement
-Gyre 350 and 330
-Sicce synchra 3 return
-Brs reactor with a scoop of rox changed weekly
-reef octopus classic 150 int skimmer plumbed to outside air
-dose as much saturated kalk as I evaporate, 2 part to (soda ash and cacl to make up
The rest)
-1.5% daily AWC with instant ocean
-78 degrees
-SG 1.026
PO4 0.01 (Hanna)
Alk 8.5 ((Hanna)
-NO3 unknown
-Ca unknown
-Mg unknown
-Par unknown
-lots of fish, 2 cubes mysis a day along with rods and multiple auto feeds (Neptune auto feeder) and random reef roids
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It'd be cool to hear everyone's system setups and plans for the grow out. I'll be the guinea pig...
Tank - 100 gallon 4' x 24" x 20"...been up since March 2019
Lights - two xr15 gr pros with t5 hybrid - 2 blue plus, 1 actinic, 1 coral plus
Flow - two gyres on sides and two MP40s on the back
Sand - Yes
Filtration- filter socks, skimmer, refugium
AWC DOS around 1% daily
Currently dosing all for reef and soda ash to maintain parameters (odd combination but worked so far)
Planned Par - around 280. Imma mount the frag and let her be
Plans - keep soda lime replenished and nutrients up! Also watch the pros and learn a little something.
125 with 20 gal sump
Ai 32x2 and t5 hybrid 4 bulb coral plus(3)1purple plus
Bare bottom with 200lbs live rock
Marine block amd carbon bag
Protein skimmer
Just dose cal and akl.. and Red Sea trace elements
Basic reef.. moving to a new home so this contest will tell me if I need to spend the money on a good setup or is duck tape reef gonna fly..
 
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Tank : Red Sea Reefer 425XL est. January 2018

Lighting : 1 G4 Radion XR30 Pro, 1 G4 Radion XR15 running AB+ schedule at 95% intensity with Aquaticlife T5 Hybrid. 2 Blue Plus, 1 Coral Plus, 1 Purple Plus

Flow : 2 MP40, 1 MP10 running Reefcrest primarily

Filtration : Filter floss changed sporadically. Roughly 70lbs dry rock from Reefcleaners. Chaeto fuge. Reef Octo Protein Skimmer

Controller : Neptune Apex with Trident controlled DOS

Water changes : 10g every week or two. Going to be less with a new baby coming.

Stock : 12 fish, 3 shrimp, tons of snails and hermits

Feeding : 2-3 cubes of mysis a day with pellets, reef roids, oyster feast and phyto mixed here and there.

Parameters:
Salinity 1.026
Temp 78-79
Ph 8.1-8.4
Alk 8-8.2
Cal 400-420
Mag 1300+
NO3 (1-3) Detectable
PO4 0.04-0.1
 
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System Details:

Tank: IM 50 gallon EXT
Lights: 1 x XR30 pro gen 4 (might add a second), Coral lab AB+
Flow: 2x MP40s , reef crest mode
Skimmer: Aquamaxx FC120'
Running full Zeovit: .5L media, 50 gph flow through reactor
Supplements:
Daily: Zeostart, Sponge Power, Pohls Vitalizer, KaliumIodide Fluoride
2-3 times/week: Snow coral, Zeofood, Zeobac
once week: Reef roids 1/8 teaspoon. Combo of broadcast and direct reefing.
As needed: Coral Snow
10% weekly water changes

Aquaforest 123+ DIY formula for calc/alk/mag

Parameters:
Salinity 1.027
Temp: 78°F
Alk: 6.8 (slipping a little. usually 7.5-8)
Calc. I dose balanced solutions, so I don't test calc as often. Usually around 420 if my alk is in the mid 7 range.
Mag: don't test
Potassium: 380ppm (K depletion is higher in Zeo tanks, so weekly testing is important)
pH: 8.8
NO3 undetectable
PO4 undetectable

Been struggling with hair algae and brown fuzz and trying to find a balance. Low nutrients= Dinos. So I start feeding heavy and got hair algae . I think I’m starting to find a balance as both are starting to subside. So don’t mind the picture of my tank in it’s ugly stage.

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System Details:
Tank - 2.30 gallons
Age - 2 years
Lights - Hydra/T5 wombo combo
Par - alot
Flow - 4X octo pulse 4's

No water changes in 15 months or something like that
Moonshine Trace Elements

Parameters: "Fine"
Alk - 8.5-9.5 ish
Calc - 500 ish
Mag - can't remember
NO3 - The big 50
PO4 - 7-33ppb



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Well I've spent a few months gradually re-aquascaping. What a pain. Everything has been noisy for months since I began. Dead rock is the worst, but I am getting through the last of the uglies and all my frags and mini-colonies are growing. Trying to wait out the last ugly stage of symbiodinium/chrysophytes. Very tedious having to baste this gunk off all the time.

Recent ICP was fine and running the usual SPS numbers for elements and nutrients. ESV 2-part dosing via APEX.

Red Sea 525, so close to a standard 120G. Flow is 2Xgyres and 2X MP40s blowing sand all over. I'd say the only thing abnormal would be lighting. I just couldn't stop my self from buying the new ATI Stratons. These things are so darn sexy. Will they prove to be my (not so) secret weapon? Well, we will just have to see about that. I just know that my lights are better looking than yours. :p

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Well I've spent a few months gradually re-aquascaping. What a pain. Everything has been noisy for months since I began. Dead rock is the worst, but I am getting through the last of the uglies and all my frags and mini-colonies are growing. Trying to wait out the last ugly stage of symbiodinium/chrysophytes. Very tedious having to baste this gunk off all the time.

Recent ICP was fine and running the usual SPS numbers for elements and nutrients. ESV 2-part dosing via APEX.

Red Sea 525, so close to a standard 120G. Flow is 2Xgyres and 2X MP40s blowing sand all over. I'd say the only thing abnormal would be lighting. I just couldn't stop my self from buying the new ATI Stratons. These things are so darn sexy. Will they prove to be my (not so) secret weapon? Well, we will just have to see about that. I just know that my lights are better looking than yours. :p

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I need those lights! I may switch to these sometime during this challenge for sure.
 
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Too late to join the waiting list? I somehow missed the update with the link to this thread.
Hi @LBReefer, I will add you to the end of the waiting list in case a spot opens up, but that is looking unlikely. Sorry that you missed out on this. There will be another contest eventually, so look for that in the future.
 

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I need those lights! I may switch to these sometime during this challenge for sure.
If you haven't already, check out the review done by @Reef-Engineer on the Stratons. Extremely informative and data rich. The whole thread is helpful actually.
 

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Man everyones got nice tanks and here I am coming in with a "nano".

tank roughly a year, maybe a year and change running.

20x20 deep blue 35g cube
triton34 v2 sump

vectra m2 return,
2 mp10's for flow

lighting is an xr15 g5 pro running on AB+ at 100% schedule intesity.

live sand, maybe 25lb of rock in display, another 15 in the fuge with chaeto under an ai prime 16 fuge.

coral box d300+ skimmer, dosing alk, calc, and mag daily.

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@xxoczukxx, don't feel bad, I have a RedSea Reefer 170, not much bigger than your tank. Here are my specs:

Light - Aquatic Life Hybid with an AI Hydra 26HD running AB+ and 2 ATI Coral+ and Blue+ bulbs.
Octopuss 110ss skimmer
2 maxspect 230 gyres
Kamoer Doser for Alk and Calc
Alk 8.0
Calc 400
NO3 detectable, around 0.3
PO4 0.03
4 fish
Mixed reef with an average PAR of 220
I feed Reef Energy+ every day.
I feed the fish once a day with Reef Frenzy or mysis.


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I'm curious to see how all these different lighting systems compare going forward. See if lighting really does make a difference or skill level dominates. I myself am running Mitras lx7's.
 

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