d2mini's "Essential Focus" Mixed Reef Build

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  1. d2mini

    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    It's typically a slower grower so not the best for nutrient control. Chaeto is the king of that. But the dragons breath is pretty! ;)
    I'd say that if the chaeto isn't growing, you probably don't have a nutrient problem (assuming it's getting a lot of light... high powered, full spectrum).
     
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    Dirtrider225 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    After running various Black box fuge lights, would you go with them again or try the kessil offerings?
     
  3. d2mini

    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Nothing about the Kessils appeal to me. Especially the price.
    I'd go back to my HPS light first.
     
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    Dirtrider225 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Ouch! I mean I am not a fan of their reef lighting but i was partially considering the h380 for a fuge light.
     
  5. d2mini

    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    lol, nothing against them, i just don't see the reason to spend $300 on a refugium light.
    If you can hang it high and want to spend 3-4x as much as a Mars Hydro 300, it probably works great.
     
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    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Great. Now I have reef envy. :rolleyes:

     
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    Very nice. :)
     
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    Did you shut down your office tank Dennis?
     
  10. d2mini

    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    :D

    Thanks!

    Yessir. Got tired of dealing with it... lugging jugs of water and stuff.
     
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    Oh I’m not surprised... I shut my second tank tank down and it was one room over


    Gets old fast.
     
  12. d2mini

    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Some of my colors are really starting to pop this week. :cool:

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    And then I was goofing around and put my two week old little orange plate on top of my 6 year old big blue plate. lol

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    Very nice, hat's off to you and your camera skills! :)
     
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    Thank you! :)
     
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    I saw your other thread about VibrantSea did you ever get to try it?
     
  16. d2mini

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    No I️ kinda lost interest after someone pointed out the elevated potassium since mine already tends to run on the high side according to my Triton results.
     
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    Beautiful colors on those acros bud! Any idea what par on average they are getting / for how long?
     
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    d2mini Moderator Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks! I️ run the ab+ program and they get around 250 par give or take.
     
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    Looking great Dennis !! Its so amazing to see the tank return back and soon it will be a masterpiece after the reboot.

    Regards,
    Abhishek
     
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    very nice my friend, love the combo of natural TBS rock with "designer" acros so to speak. Very unique!

    I am about to use a calcium rx for the first time and had planned on getting the ap carbondoser until i saw you say that you could build a nicer two stage for the same price basically. What are the disadvantages of the carbon doser? Does the electronic device not keep bubbles constant as the tank empties? I know that is the main benefit of a two stage, that it stays the same no matter how much is left in the tank, right?

    What parts did you use and how much did it cost to build completely? Any special tools or skills required?

    Thanks!
     
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