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Nice I would like to get a nice camera but my iPhone with a porthole is the best I can do
I use my iPhone the majority of the time. The iPhone sensor has a hard time with the blues though. It's such a hassle to break out the big camera, transfer and edit the images. But I need to get in a better habit of it since the macro lens captures details we can't normally see and it's cool to see them. I'm hoping a porthole is under the Christmas tree. I'd love to get some good top down shots.
 

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They sure are. The macro lens has such a shallow depth of field that nothing shows from the glass. I just have to make sure there's no reflection and I'm good to go.
On this note, is there a specific method you use to avoid reflections? Or is it just a matter of standing in the right place/right room lighting/etc?
 
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On this note, is there a specific method you use to avoid reflections? Or is it just a matter of standing in the right place/right room lighting/etc?
It hasn't been an issue when using the 90mm macro. I do have a 55mm regular lens that I'm sure will show them. I have a polarizer filter for that and it should remove reflections from the glass if needed but I haven't tried it yet.
 
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Time for an update.

Nitrates
I've been having issues keeping my nitrates up. I started daily dosing 1ml of Brightwell amino acids 30 days ago. This seemed to help for a few weeks and the corals have enjoyed it. on 11/2 I hit a all time high of NO3 2ppm. Since then it's plummeted back down to 0.5ppm and dinoflagellates have shown back up which was my first hint that nitrates dropped again. Yesterday I picked up some sodium nitrate from @hart24601 and mixed a batch up. My goal is to maintain between 2-3ppm. First dose was last night and it raised them roughly 1ppm.

Bryopsis
I noticed bryopsis in a few spots about 2 weeks ago. I added Reef Flux - fluconazole 4 days ago. Here's hoping this works. The patches were small and I've heard fluconazole is effective at killing it off.
 

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Flucanazole will definitely have an impact on your nutrients, I have used it twice and both time nutrients tanked causing Dino’s to show up. It will definitely kill off your bryopsis quick though. I recommend shooting for higher target nitrate and phosphate levels than you would normally keep as they can tank quickly while dosing.
 
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The Bryopsis is gone. I struggled with Dino's a little longer but higher nitrates kicked them. I then had an issue where every Montipora was showing tissue regression and limited PE. All numbers were in check so 2 days ago I did a 50% WC and everything seems happy again.

Time for some updated FTS.
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Awesome tank.
Did you ever up grade the lighting?
 
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I got a new acro frag at the LFS yesterday for $15. It’s a little guy but good looking. I’ve noticed my corals are all looking extremely happy the pst few days especially my zoas. I ran tests today and my NO3 is at 4-5ish. I’m very happy with this based off what I’m seeing in the tank.

dKH 8.2
Ca 430
Mg 1350
PO4 0.04
No3 4-5

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