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Speaking of running out of room, my Anacropora is just a mm away from one of my rainbow looms so I’ll need to frag one or the other. I don’t really need a frag of the Anacropora and I’d like a frag of the loom but it feels risky. Going to mull that over.
 

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Looks like I'll have to do it individually.​

Nitrate Parameters​

ValueDate
TueSep 14, 2021 17:2417.4 ppm
SatSep 11, 2021 11:3218.6 ppm
WedSep 8, 2021 16:2718.3 ppm
SatSep 4, 2021 11:0317.8 ppm
ThuSep 2, 2021 10:0818.2 ppm
MonAug 30, 2021 10:4715.6 ppm
WedAug 25, 2021 11:1818.7 ppm
SunAug 22, 2021 17:3718 ppm
FriAug 20, 2021 11:2520.8 ppm
TueAug 17, 2021 09:5119.2 ppm
SatAug 14, 2021 19:0817.1 ppm
SatAug 14, 2021 12:4924.3 ppm
WedAug 11, 2021 13:1421.2 ppm
MonAug 9, 2021 12:4018.5 ppm
FriAug 6, 2021 11:1717.5 ppm
TueAug 3, 2021 11:2219.6 ppm
SunAug 1, 2021 17:2717 ppm
SatJul 31, 2021 10:3225.5 ppm
FriJul 30, 2021 17:4125 ppm
WedJul 28, 2021 10:4515 ppm
SunJul 25, 2021 10:2510 ppm
ThuJul 22, 2021 08:5210 ppm
MonJul 19, 2021 16:1110 ppm
ThuJul 15, 2021 15:0120 ppm
MonJul 12, 2021 17:0920 ppm
FriJul 9, 2021 17:5415 ppm
TueJul 6, 2021 17:4515 ppm
SatJul 3, 2021 15:1615 ppm
WedJun 30, 2021 13:5215 ppm
SunJun 27, 2021 12:0310 ppm
TueJun 22, 2021 15:3410 ppm
WedJun 16, 2021 17:1810 ppm
SatJun 12, 2021 17:2610 ppm
WedJun 9, 2021 10:1515 ppm
SunJun 6, 2021 11:1510 ppm
SatJun 5, 2021 10:3920 ppm
ThuJun 3, 2021 11:0015 ppm
MonMay 31, 2021 12:3915 ppm
FriMay 28, 2021 12:2515 ppm
TueMay 25, 2021 10:5110 ppm
SatMay 22, 2021 17:3715 ppm
ThuMay 20, 2021 09:4215 ppm
TueMay 18, 2021 11:2210 ppm
SatMay 15, 2021 13:1610 ppm
ThuMay 13, 2021 15:1720 ppm
TueMay 11, 2021 12:2620 ppm
MonMay 10, 2021 12:5210 ppm
SatMay 8, 2021 13:0210 ppm
FriMay 7, 2021 17:4310 ppm
WedMay 5, 2021 12:367.5 ppm
MonMay 3, 2021 12:3210 ppm
SunMay 2, 2021 12:0110 ppm
FriApr 30, 2021 11:1410 ppm
WedApr 28, 2021 15:5310 ppm
MonApr 26, 2021 17:1210 ppm
SunApr 25, 2021 09:5015 ppm
FriApr 23, 2021 11:1210 ppm
ThuApr 22, 2021 10:0510 ppm
TueApr 20, 2021 14:1015 ppm
MonApr 19, 2021 11:3415 ppm
SunApr 18, 2021 10:3730 ppm
SatApr 17, 2021 17:3420 ppm
FriApr 16, 2021 18:2220 ppm
ThuApr 15, 2021 18:1720 ppm
WedApr 14, 2021 18:1220 ppm
TueApr 13, 2021 18:0520 ppm
MonApr 12, 2021 17:5620 ppm
SunApr 11, 2021 13:5020 ppm
SatApr 10, 2021 13:4120 ppm
FriApr 9, 2021 13:3720 ppm
ThuApr 8, 2021 13:2420 ppm
WedApr 7, 2021 13:2410 ppm
TueApr 6, 2021 13:1480 ppm
MonApr 5, 2021 12:2060 ppm
SunApr 4, 2021 12:0940 ppm
SatApr 3, 2021 12:0250 ppm
ThuApr 1, 2021 11:3340 ppm
WedMar 31, 2021 11:1340 ppm
TueMar 30, 2021 11:0680 ppm
MonMar 29, 2021 11:0680 ppm
SunMar 28, 2021 10:5280 ppm
SatMar 27, 2021 10:4980 ppm
WedMar 24, 2021 10:227.5 ppm
MonMar 22, 2021 10:163 ppm
SunMar 21, 2021 10:081 ppm
SatMar 20, 2021 10:040.00 ppm
ThuMar 18, 2021 09:550.00 ppm
ThuMar 18, 2021 09:460.00 ppm
This is awesome thanks for giving me my geek fix for the day. I really need to do better job at keeping records now that I have a cpl sticks in the mix.
Can literally see your system balancing out here.
 
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This is awesome thanks for giving me my geek fix for the day. I really need to do better job at keeping records now that I have a cpl sticks in the mix.
Can literally see your system balancing out here.
No problemo!
We’re you able to access the other parameters as well?

yes, things are definitely stabilizing.
my nitrates stay around 18, salinity and temp never change, calcium and magnesium are high but dead stable so I don’t sweat the number.
Phosphate is the only thing that’s up and down. If it gets to zero I feed pellets for a couple days and they come back up.
I wanted my alk at 9 but the tank decided that 8.6 was where it wanted to be, so 8.6 it is! I think it’s important not to force things.
 
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Do you spot feed your coral
I don't feed the coral directly. There are many many scientific papers out there that say it has very little effect and probably just as many that say the opposite.
I feed the fish once a day a mixture of PE Mysis, Hikari Spirulina Brine, LRS Reef Frenzy and PE Calanus. I also feed Phyto Feast every 3 days. I think the Calanus and the phyto are useful to the coral but the other stuff not so much.
I guess I just feed them Light and whatever they happen to scavenge.
 
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spamaramadingdong !

My Electric Miyagi Tort, definitely a favourite. Lower light equals more green in my tank.

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No problemo!
We’re you able to access the other parameters as well?

yes, things are definitely stabilizing.
my nitrates stay around 18, salinity and temp never change, calcium and magnesium are high but dead stable so I don’t sweat the number.
Phosphate is the only thing that’s up and down. If it gets to zero I feed pellets for a couple days and they come back up.
I wanted my alk at 9 but the tank decided that 8.6 was where it wanted to be, so 8.6 it is! I think it’s important not to force things.
Excellent its pretty much where I'm at. All stable just trying to keep it that way and let the magic happen..
Once I dosed my Mag back up in tank 1 my Alk pretty much locked in.
I'm going to have to check out that link you posted ive seen others using that but never looked any further.
 
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Around the 3 month mark I decided to try my hand at some Euphylia. First one I got is this Frogspawn. It had 2 heads and got it for a steal at Coral Reef Shop in Burlington for $50. It fell in love with my tank almost immediately which of course made me pretty darn chuffed!
Started it out on the frag rack then moved it after a week or so onto the rocks. This is where I'd envisioned a little frogger/hammer garden. Unfortunately the Frogger grew so fast that I had to abandon that plan and move it to the sand where it is now very happy and made some new friends as well ;)
The third pic would be the most accurate in regards to colour.

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Excellent its pretty much where I'm at. All stable just trying to keep it that way and let the magic happen..
Once I dosed my Mag back up in tank 1 my Alk pretty much locked in.
I'm going to have to check out that link you posted ive seen others using that but never looked any further.
As a fellow info nerd you'll love AquaticLog. Can keep track of literally everything. I use the desktop version mainly because I hate working on my phone but it sends alerts through the phone. It's free for 1 tank.
 

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Around the 3 month mark I decided to try my hand at some Euphylia. First one I got is this Frogspawn. It had 2 heads and got it for a steal at Coral Reef Shop in Burlington for $50. It fell in love with my tank almost immediately which of course made me pretty darn chuffed!
Started it out on the frag rack then moved it after a week or so onto the rocks. This is where I'd envisioned a little frogger/hammer garden. Unfortunately the Frogger grew so fast that I had to abandon that plan and move it to the sand where it is now very happy and made some new friends as well ;)
The third pic would be the most accurate in regards to colour.

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Frogspawn on rock.jpg
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One last question sir. "Chuffed"
Is this something you picked up around the Appalachia or a Canadian thing Eh?
:D
 
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One last question sir. "Chuffed"
Is this something you picked up around the Appalachia or a Canadian thing Eh?
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Ha! LOL
It's more of a British thing I think, where im from originally, but it gets used quite often here in Canada too.
 

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Ha! LOL
It's more of a British thing I think, where im from originally, but it gets used quite often here in Canada too.
Lol man hilarious! I almost called Simon @najer in on that one.
 
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Here's everything that's in my tank atm.​

Somehow I've managed not to add anything for almost 3 weeks!​

4 Fish​

Firefish Nemateleotris magnifica
2 Frostbite Clown Amphiprion ocellaris var
Yellow Banded Possum Wrasse Wetmorella nigropinnata

34 Corals​

Acropora millepora Acropora millepora
Acropora nasuta Acropora nasuta
Appleberry Montipora Montipora sp var
Blue Maze Goniastrea Goniastrea pectinata
Bonsai Acropora Acropora sp var
Corky Sea Finger Gorgonian Briareum asbestinum
Electric Miyagi Tort Acropora tortuosa var
Festivus Favites Favites spp
Forest Fire Digitata Montipora digitata
Frogspawn Euphyllia paradivisa
Green Goblin/Slimeball Anacropora Anacropora sp.
Green Goblin/Slimeball Anacropora Anacropora sp
Green Star Polyp Clavularia viridis
Grube's Gorgonian Pinnigorgia flava
Neon Tip Toadstool Mushroom Sarcophyton sp
ORA Red Planet Acropora sp var
Pale Blue Florida Ricordea Mushroom Ricordea florida
Pink Fuzzy Devil's Hand Leather Lobophytum sp
Pink tip Branching Hammer Euphyllia parancora
Pulsing Xenia Xenia elongata
Purple Candelabra Gorgonian Muriceopsis flavida
RR Orange Passion Acropora sp var
RR Orange Passion Acropora sp var
2 RRC Rainbow Loom Acropora Acropora sp
RRC Shazam Acropora Acropora sp
Red Diablo Acropora Acropora sp
Red Dragon Acropora Acropora carduus
Red Riding Hood Acropora millepora Acropora millepora
Red Rim Rhodactis Mushroom Rhodactis sp var
Seafoam Cyphastrea Cyphastrea sp var
Sunset Acropora millepora Acropora millepora
Yellow Branching Hammer Euphyllia parancora
Yellow and Green Florida Ricordea Mushroom Ricordea florida

22 Invertebrate​

3 Astraea turbo Snail Astraea tecta
3 Banded Trochus Snail Trochus sp
Blood Red Fire Shrimp Lysmata debelius
3 Cerith Snail Cerithium sp
3 Mexican Turbo Snails Turbo fluctuosa
Money Cowrie Cypraea moneta
2 Nassarius Snail Nassarius sp
2 Nassarius Snail Nassarius sp
3 Sexy Anemone Shrimp Thor amboinensis
Tigger Pods Tigriopus californicus
 
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Beginner tip for today. I might add one of these every now and then. They’ll probably be little mistakes that I’ve made, nothing major.

when you’re first filling up your AIO tank after your rock and sand and equipment are in place make note of the amount of water you put in. I forgot to do this so I’ve been guessing since day one the actual water volume in my tank. So now when I’m adding something like phytoplankton or bacteria I just err on the side of caution and slightly underdose according to the guesstimate I’ve made on actual volume.
Ya, duh me. ;Facepalm
 
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Really need to frag my Xenia. It’s staying on its island but it’s the size of a melon now! Never done it before. Plan is to take the Xenia rock out of the tank and snip off a number of pieces. Then put those pieces in a container with rock rubble and let them attach on their own.
Does this sound like a good plan ?
Will any food grade plastic container work for this?
Hopefully my lfs will give me some store credit for the frags. $5 per frag?
 

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Really need to frag my Xenia. It’s staying on its island but it’s the size of a melon now! Never done it before. Plan is to take the Xenia rock out of the tank and snip off a number of pieces. Then put those pieces in a container with rock rubble and let them attach on their own.
Does this sound like a good plan ?
Will any food grade plastic container work for this?
Hopefully my lfs will give me some store credit for the frags. $5 per frag?
I used a fresh razor blade for my solomon when I did it, just to reduce risk of contamination or anything like that. I also recommend adding or replacing carbon in your main tank at the time - leathers seem to like to release rage when cut. But yeah this is basically the process I followed and it seemed to work out :) I'm sure someone will tell you a better process but it worked for me.
 
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I used a fresh razor blade for my solomon when I did it, just to reduce risk of contamination or anything like that. I also recommend adding or replacing carbon in your main tank at the time - leathers seem to like to release rage when cut. But yeah this is basically the process I followed and it seemed to work out :) I'm sure someone will tell you a better process but it worked for me.

Excellent ! Thanks. I’ll use a razor blade for sure I’ve got some kicking around.
Do you think a dip would be a good idea? I only have Coralrx but I could easily get some Revive.
I’ll change out my carbon just to be safe.
 

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Excellent ! Thanks. I’ll use a razor blade for sure I’ve got some kicking around.
Do you think a dip would be a good idea? I only have Coralrx but I could easily get some Revive.
I’ll change out my carbon just to be safe.
I did an iodine dip, not sure if it was necessary but didn't hurt anything.
 
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