Custom 90 gal mixed reef- New to reefing

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Hello everyone! I’m pretty new to reefing (less than a year) I’ve had some ups and downs until finally I joined R2R. Best decision I’ve made thus far! All the information here is crazy and I love reading all the opinions and thoughts all you have it’s incredible. I hope to keep this going and one day maybe upgrade to a larger tank! I’ve attached a pic of my tank just to show it off :)

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Nice aquascape, the huge arches look great! Thanks for sharing!
Glad to hear you like it! Took me a while of just moving the rock around until I found something I was happy with. I wanted to have another arch on the left side but thought it might be good to have a bit more of an open area.
 
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Thanks! It was a battle honestly. Lost 13+ different coral getting to where I am now. Definitely a learning curve, now I just have a bit of a diatom problem but hopefully that will correct itself in time.

IME diatoms won't grow on mature rock for long. It will cure itself in time.
 
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IME diatoms won't grow on mature rock for long. It will cure itself in time.
That’s what I’m hoping for. I tried to read up on it. I’m pretty sure it’s diatoms and most of everything I read said the same thing. Once the silicates are used up they should die off. Hoping that’s the case!
 
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That’s what I’m hoping for. I tried to read up on it. I’m pretty sure it’s diatoms and most of everything I read said the same thing. Once the silicates are used up they should die off. Hoping that’s the case!

If you check out my build you can see I just had a dino/diatom issue in my new tank and had some interesting results regarding which surfaces they grew on and which they didn't. Have a good one!
 
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So I added my new coral. A splatter hammer a snake skin coral and a few others but one in particular a button scoly within a couple hours of being added to the tank started melting. I have no idea why this happened I added it to the sand bed and the middle started receding. So I thought maybe more light? Moved it up about 6” and that made it worse so I moved it to a shaded area and the melting seemed to have slowed. I’ve been feeding it reef roids and Red Sea ab+ every other day. I’ll get a picture soon hopefully it’ll pull through.
 
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So I added my new coral. A splatter hammer a snake skin coral and a few others but one in particular a button scoly within a couple hours of being added to the tank started melting. I have no idea why this happened I added it to the sand bed and the middle started receding. So I thought maybe more light? Moved it up about 6” and that made it worse so I moved it to a shaded area and the melting seemed to have slowed. I’ve been feeding it reef roids and Red Sea ab+ every other day. I’ll get a picture soon hopefully it’ll pull through.
Update on the scoly. It didn’t make it. Not sure why as all over coral in my tank have been doing great. I guess you really do win some and lose some. :(
 
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So I decided to change out my DIY 40 gal breeder sump with a 26 trigger. I gotta say I’m loving the clean look and my closet isn’t so cramped now. Unfortunately I couldn’t fit all the sand and rock I had in the 40 gal into the new sump so I hope it doesn’t have to much of an impact on my biological filter.
 

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