ksfulk's Red Sea Reefer 525xL

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  1. Velcro

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    Glad to see it in a bigger tank than mine :)
     
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    ksfulk Grow sticks, grow!!! R2R Supporter Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Things are going well... had a bit of a growth spurt in the tank over the last week, as Alk consumption has risen from 27mL to 35.7mL since December 17th. I’ve got it relatively stable now at 7.1 dKH which is up a bit from my usual average of 6.7dKH, but that’s fine.

    Have seen some strange issues with one of my chalices - this gem has been growing just fine for months but has started losing flesh rapidly in the past four or five days. There is nothing around this guy, nor did I find any pests when staking it out for a few hours after lights off as well. A bit bummed, as I really like this one, but the others seem to be fine, so I might just chalk it up to the reef gods and move on.

    Another short vacation away from the tank and then back to normal things. Happy New Year!!!

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    ksfulk Grow sticks, grow!!! R2R Supporter Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Tanks looking decent tonight...


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    (Assuming you don’t look too close at all the aiptasia ☹️ )
     
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    ksfulk Grow sticks, grow!!! R2R Supporter Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Random Update

    When I started this tank, I decided I would write out a list of corals and fish that I really wanted to keep - either because I liked them, had seen them in someone elses tank or because I thought it would go well with the theme. I wrote them all down on a dry erase board thats been sitting behind the fish room door for a long time and as things have progressed, Ive crossed items off as Ive come across them.

    In the last handful of months, Ive come pretty close to crossing off nearly all of those items on the list (though the fish list lies largely untouched due to current tank inhabitants) and I thought it might be neat to post that list up and have it documented here in my build thread. I've really gotten most of them at this point, though some are a bit harder to obtain OR they are priced at a point where Im not comfortable purchasing them yet. Ive marked the not gotten ones with an asterisk ( * ).

    Acropora sp :
    WT Mother of Pearl
    Tyree Red Dragon
    Tierra del Fuego
    BC Spainbow
    Pink Lemonade
    GARF Bonsai
    ORA Pearlberry
    Rommel's Watermelon Millepora
    PC Rainbow
    PC Superman
    UC Strawberry Shortcake
    RR Aussie Gold
    ORA Frogskin
    ORA Borealis
    ORA Hawkins Echinata
    ORA Miami Orchid
    ORA Red Planet
    ORA Plum Crazy
    *Oregon Tort
    Orange Tipped Albrolhosensis / AV99's Orange Tip
    California Tort
    RR Grapejuice
    Sunset Millepora
    Paletta Pink Tip
    Greg Carroll's Ultimate Efflo
    JF Fox Flame
    Vivid's Rainbow Delight (Hooray BC Grow out Competition!)
    *WD Tenius
    *Shawn Bennett Yellow Tort
    Palmer's Blue Millepora
    *ASD Rainbow Millie
    *CC Hellboy
    *JF Homewrecker
    *Purple Monster

    Chalice:
    Mummy Eye Chalice
    Pink ******* Chalice

    Zoas:
    Rastas
    Candy Apple Reds
    CC Cherry Novas
    Utter Chaos
    Scrambled Eggs
    Fruit Loops

    Fish:
    Desjardini Sailfin Tang
    *Masked Swallowtail Angel (owned)
    *Yellow Pyramid Butterfly (owned)
    *Potter's Angelfish
    *Resplendent Anthias
    *McCosker's Flasher Wrasse (owned)
    * Rhomboid Fairy Wrasse
    *Pintail Fairy Wrasse
    Ornate Leopard Wrasse
    Carberryi Anthias

    That said, I really posted this up because after two years of searching, I managed to find an elusive item on my list - Palmer's Blue Millepora. Its been sold out or wiped out entirely by my go to vendors for sps, so its been slim pickings for the list. However, I was perusing R2R the other night and when I was going through the thread about one of the moderator's recent loss to a fire, I noted that one of the vendors here (BoomCorals) was kicking in a bit extra money for donation, as well as doing some other rather stand up type things to help out the community. I figured that I could support someone who runs their business that way and checked out his website. Lo and behold... there was the Palmers!

    So, I picked up a handful of nice looking sticks and made an order that should be here in the next week or so and can cross another stick off my list. Couple that with my pick up of the Vivid Rainbow Delight and a JF Fox Flame from Adam (BattleCorals), Ive managed to write off three corals from the list in two weeks :D Unfortunately what that means is that the ones I have left are all super expensive, so I either need to resign to them being on the list for forever, or start saving up some money... too bad I want a new Apex this year too :(

    Anyhow, here's some vendor pictures of the corals Im getting from Matt (BoomCorals) next week. These are from his website, so I'll take some comparison pictures once I get them in. I also think Im heading over to CherryCorals in the next week or so to do some "horse-trading" and see if I cant find something else from the list in Brett's tank.

    Alien Antivenom Zoas
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    CB Bubblegum Digi
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    Cliff's Acropora
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    Palmer's Blue Millepora :D
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    Red Tabling Hyanithus
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    JKR White Rose
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    WWC Ding Dang Millepora
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  7. ksfulk

    ksfulk Grow sticks, grow!!! R2R Supporter Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    Full racks! And a nice side view shot!

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    I offered you Jason fox’s bubblegum digi a couple months ago haha.
     
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    Emptied the frag racks this morning with a visit to Brett at Cherry Corals - figures the weather would make the drive there miserable. Anyhow, was nice to make a visit over there and see all the gorgeous corals there and what’s brewing in the systems there - should be an awesome live sale in March :D

    I came home with only two pieces - but there are nice ones: ARC Fireworks and JF Homewrecker!!! :eek::eek::eek:

    They acclimated and dipped this afternoon and are sitting on my consolidated frag rack (down to 1 from 3). Only a few corals left on the list - which is a little scary! Still - I don’t think I’ve been more paranoid popping something off a frag plug ever.

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    Nice chunk of HW man.
     
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    Nicely done! Loaded it up fast! Look great!
     
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    Thanks! Almost talked myself into a WD and an OP instead... but figured I should take advantage of the opportunity... Plus my wife's out of town for the week, so getting into trouble about it is future Kris' problem :D I have that lemonade frag for you too. I can drop it off next week - just let me know what works for you.
     
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    How much did you pay for the JF homewrecker?
     
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    If my Walt Disney and OP ever start growing faster I can hook you up :)
     
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    Im holding out for a nub of that Solar Flare ;)
     
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    You’re in luck. That thing is going nuts. I’ll get you a Frag if it before I break down my display and transfer to frag system as an insurance policy.
     
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    Let me know!
     
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    Pulled the trigger on a Maxspect XF250 Gyre yesterday, should be here sometime next week. Im gonna play with the flow in the tank a bit, see what happens. Im working on setting up some kind of frag system as well... still need a few pieces of equipment - a skimmer and a lighting fixture. I think I can get away with just using a 4 or 6 bulb T5 horticulture fixture for the system, since I dont want to spend $500 on a light at the moment. Well see home things come together. Im debating on just drilling the 40 breeder I have in my basement already and using that, or if I should keep looking for a 50-70 gallon frag style tank. I havent found anything local and the LFS in the area wont do a special order without a stupidly high mark up. :rolleyes:

    Ive got a filefish and a handful of peppermint shrimp in QT at the moment, I hope to introduce them into the tank this week sometime to keep the aiptasia at bay before I have to resort to something more drastic. Im a bit worried that the peppermints will just eat my acans and then get eaten by the wrasses, but I suppose I wont know until they go into the tank.
     
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