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Hi everyone,

I've been lurking for a few months but finally decided to start a build thread for my mixed reef Red Sea Reefer 350.

Before the Red Sea Reefer, I had a 35 gallon cube tank that I upgraded very quickly after falling in love with the hobby. I set up the cube in January but only a couple months later decided I wanted a bigger tank and settled on a Red Sea Reefer 350.

Current lighting is a 4 foot T-5 hybrid fixture and two Radions (Gen 3 I believe). I have two Nero 5s for Powerheads, an Aquamaxx ConeS Co-1 for a skimmer, and a Coralife Turbo Twist 12x UV sterilizer. I dose 21 mL of All-For-Reef daily using a bubble magus dosing pump. In addition, I have added a 25 gallon display refugium/bubble tip anemone cube and dose live phytoplankton for nutrient control.

Photo from April 26th, right after curing my gulf live rock. I apologize in advance for the dirty glass and cloudy water:
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Photo from May 1st, after moving my corals and fish from my cube:
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Photo from today (unfiltered and filtered) I added some rock from another reefer tearing down their tank:
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Wow! I can't believe how much things have changed! I am currently on the tail end of a bubble algae outbreak and before that, I had an issue with bryopsis. In addition, some of the corals have made it through a couple of heat waves in the summer and an ice storm that knocked out our power for 4 days last winter. Despite all that, the corals have done really well and many have grown. My SPS aren't as colorful as they could be due to not enough light and a battle with AEF, but are growing. I am slowly increasing the light intensity on the right side of the tank in an attempt to get better colors and faster growth. I am hopeful that the AEF worms are gone after dipping all acros five times with Melafix. A few were looking bald but have since regrown completely and I haven't seen anything else getting chewed on.

In the next post, I'll add more coral pictures. I love torches and hammers!
 
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Here are some coral pictures!

My hammer garden! Newest addition is the orange and green Aussie hammer next to the gold hammer. The gold hammer has grown from 1 head to new heads and two baby heads in only a few months! I think it is my fastest growing one.

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Zoa garden! I'm not sure on all names. I know I have rainbow infusions, pink zippers, gobstoppers, utter chaos, Rastas, and purpler monsters:
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Torch close up, bought as joker torch, dragon soul, Todd's torch, and Aussie gold (plus a photo bomb from my CBB:

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Finally, my Duncan colony. I'm not sure how many heads it has at this point:

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Did my normal water tests (Alk, calcium, nitrate, magnesium, and phosphate) and everything came out as normal. Even so, my setosa is struggling with what looks like burned tips. My alkalinity is at 8.1 and is fairly stable, so I’m not sure what is causing it. I think maybe a hammer may have been stinging it so I moved it away.

My phosphates used to hover around .02-.03, but after adding some rock from someone leaving the hobby, it hovers around .07. If it jumps over .1, I’ll add GFO to drop it back down.

My green candy can has been struggling after falling into a hammer coral. I’ve glued it down and the tissue has stopped peeling, so I’m hoping it’s on the road to recovery.

Green trumpet coral:
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One head took the brunt of the damage and the rest look pretty good.

Setosa with “burned tips.” Strangely enough, the white tips still have polyp extension but look like they have no skin. No other sps is showing any sort of damage. If the damage continues to spread, I’ll move it to my fuge in case I have a rogue fish or urchin.
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The boss of the tank, my yellow tang:

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Second in command, my CBB. I have to hand feed him LRS since he’s so slow. Other than the speed at which he eats, he's a fairly aggressive eater. So far he hasn’t touched LPS or SPS. I did originally want to add clams, but I’m afraid after seeing how much he loves the clam in LRS. I’ll probably go without.
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My two wrasses. A Carpenters and my leopard. They were two of my first additions. I got into the hobby because of my love of leopard wrasses.

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My goni. I tried two wild caught green ones before I determined I will only be buying aquacultured. I do want a red, pink, and green one eventually to round out my garden.
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More photographs!

I loved the timing on this photo.
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Millepora appear to be doing well. Some green highlights are coming out on the reddish-brown one. So far my lights have been a bit low for acros but I am raising them very slowly. I’m hoping they will begin to color up soon
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This acropora does fine under lower light and is a fast grower. It is even greener in person:
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The setosa ends appear to be doing better:
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The nuclear candy cane is doing much better. I have hope the damaged head is going to grow back.
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Crazy sweeper tentacles on my torch coral. I love the torches but they need so much room:

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Last but not least, a couple top down shots:
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I have attached a 25 gallon macro algae refugium to this tank. At least, it was supposed to be a macro algae tank. It’s turned into a bit of a coral overflow tank. Since it’s a macro algae refugium, I don’t really care about what algae is growing as long as it’s not micro algae. So far, it’s growing few different red varieties that came in on the live rock, chaeto, and has started growing bryopsis in places. I actually think bryopsis is sort of pretty so I don’t really mind (as long as it doesn’t take over my main display). I also have patches of bubble algae which is not my favorite but that’s okay.

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I received a bunch of corals from someone tearing down their tank. Some were in not great shape so I put almost all in this tank to recover (low light and fewer ways to get stung). I will leave the softies and GSP and may add the trumpet and hammer to the main tank depending on if they make it. I’m sort of running out of room on my low light side so I may need to get creative with placement


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My BTA split a couple days ago. The two halves seem to be recovering nicely.

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I also received a tiny bleached bubble tip. I have no idea if it will pull through but it responds to light and has attached in a small rock cave. Only time will tell.


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I have a cool green encrusting coral with really aggressive sweeper tentacles. You can see what it has done to its mushroom neighbor. I’m fairly certain it’s Pavona cactus.
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This little joker torch head started to decay in one spot. After dipping in iodine and three days in cipro, it appears to have made a full recovery. I don’t know how long it will live and if it will be able to grow, but I’ll probably add it back to my main display tank soon. The other two heads on the colony survived with just a dip.
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Full shot of the 75 gallon:
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The Aussie gold is throwing a fit because I touched it while I scraped the glass. 51E52ADC-3AB8-40D9-8D83-2D7F58876D75.jpeg
 
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I got a couple new coral today! Two goniopora, a red with blue centers and a green one. The red with blue centers is a bit bleached so I’ll keep an eye on it and maybe push it more into a cave if it starts to look badly

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The green nuclear candycane gets my award for the most resilient coral in the tank. It is continuing to improve after its battle with the orange hammer.



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the orange hammer has gotten huge. The one head is almost the size of the 7 or so head indo gold.



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One of the BTAs is on the move and is currently sitting in the middle of my macro algae . I really need a nem guard for my powerhead, I keep turning it on and off as the BTA creeps closer. Both ate some mysis last night.

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The bleached BTA is looking about the same:
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A couple new additions to the zoa garden. The red with green skits and the full red ones are the newest:


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Some day I will mount all my SPS:

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Here are some coral pictures!

My hammer garden! Newest addition is the orange and green Aussie hammer next to the gold hammer. The gold hammer has grown from 1 head to new heads and two baby heads in only a few months! I think it is my fastest growing one.

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Zoa garden! I'm not sure on all names. I know I have rainbow infusions, pink zippers, gobstoppers, utter chaos, Rastas, and purpler monsters:
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Torch close up, bought as joker torch, dragon soul, Todd's torch, and Aussie gold (plus a photo bomb from my CBB:

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Finally, my Duncan colony. I'm not sure how many heads it has at this point:

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I’ve had a few set backs recently.

I’ve had my radions on acclimation mode to increase par for SPS. Unfortunately, even on the six week acclimation mode, it still bleached out my joker torch and caused my other torches to change shape. I decided to forgo most acropora for now and focus only on lower light LPS and SPS.

Many of my Acro frags went to my dad, who had a thriving SPS tank. I kept the colonies that do fine under lower light.

My large green slimer is dying from the base up. I’ll need to cut it and hope the largest branches survive.

Everything else seems to be doing decently. The joker has already started gaining some color back and the other torches are extending more. The Aussie gold and dragon soul are in the process of splitting. The indo will soon be up to 5 heads. The Todd’s torch hasn’t done much since I bought it, but it is at least a very vibrant shade of green

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The gonis are encrusting and the bleached one is getting some color back. Interestingly, I discovered one goni stinging the others and had to move it 812CD8CA-CF5D-4E47-95FA-8F57EF3BD4CF.jpeg

Hammer corals are still looking good. As are the fish.

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Zoas are continuing to grow:

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Full tank shot:
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Lots of updates. I moved all LPS from my tank upstairs to the tank downstairs. I was worried about maintaining proper alk levels for skeleton building corals. I am turning the upstairs tank into an anemone tank after I manage to get rid of all the bubble algae…

As a consequence, my tank got a few more corals:

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I’ve had to increase All-For-Reef dosing by about 10 mL per day, so I’m hoping that means stuff is growing.

New additions to the hammer (and frogspawn) garden:

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My only NPS coral, a fathead dendro. I feed it ever other day or so.
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Two new torches. An Aussie “Hulk” and a bluish indo one.

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(The hulk as some nice yellow undertones)

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The bleached joker torch and red goni are coloring back up :
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The whole flower pot garden:
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Trumpets are doing well:

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Anyone else’s torch put out ridiculously long sweepers?? I’m fairly certain it stung my butterfly. When the tentacle touch her, she flipped out and booked it to the other side of the tank.


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Tank is continuing to do well. I did have to cut up my slimer after a STN event. I haven’t seen it come back yet. I am looking for suggestions on low light SPS of any variety if anyone has any suggestions. I think I finally have the Alk dosing under control.

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Been having a bit of trouble with my Aussie gold since ramping the lights up and then back down. It seems to be on the mend, though it did bleach a little bit. Extension is still good. It’s still in the process of splitting.



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The Aussie hulk torch is doing well.
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The joker torch and bleached flower pot are regaining color:
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Gonis and Alvies are doing well. I got a new alvie at a live sale yesterday. Lots of new growth on the gonis. The blue/green alvie looks a lot bigger but I don’t know how much of that is increased growth or just more polyp extension

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Phyto has really helped my gonis put out new heads. Some new growth in the green/purple flower pot:

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Indo torches, hammers, and candy canes are also looking good. The purple tipped hammer is up to 5 heads, the gold has around 8

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I’m leaving for a week, which always makes me nervous.
 
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