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I have been watching your build for a while, and just watched the video with the new fish additions! Pretty awesome to see that many big tangs look small in your tank!

I am about to start adding rock to my new tank, and I’m curious what kind of cleaning process you did before adding your old rock? I want to make sure I get it right
Sorry it too me so long to reply I have been doing a lot of travel lately between a new Grandson and work.
The one place a really failed was cleaning my old rock. I removed from my old tank a few years prior and just let it dry in the sun. I knew my tank was clean so just was nt really concerned. But wow was I wrong the old rock had so much Phosphate it taken me a year to finally get the Phosphate and Nitrate at appropriate levels.
I would suggest a good cleaning and then curing in brute can checking Nitrate and Phosphate before using the old rock.

As of testing today my
Nitrate is 5
Phosphate .05
PH 8.32
ALK 7.74
Mag 1599 This has been high for a while but I can't seam to get it down
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Its been a while so Thought I would update on some progress. I will post some new pics in the next few days.
I am still working to keep nutrients down. I have been dosing Vodka for about 2 months and just finished off my fist liter so tomorrow its off to Liquor store.
Phosphates have been somewhat in check.
Current are
Nitrate 8.7
Phosphate below .05 some days .04 others .02
I got some corals from Battle Corals a couple died and others are doing ok. Im sure the fluctuating nutrients are to blame for the struggles.
I got an Apogee par meter and did some PAR testing.
The tank is 36" Deep. The tallest rockwork is about 16" below surface and I'm getting 250-260 PAR there.
At about 24" Down 150 and just under 100 on bottom.
I have the Noopschyce lights on the LPS setting so I will try SPS and see what I get. I think those are decent numbers considering the depth.

I have a couple more fish coming this week from Dr. Reef Quarantined fish.
Copperband
Aptasia eating filefish
Yellow Eye Kole Tang
Also some snails, Urchins and Shrimp.

I already have Live Black worms and Mastic for the Copperband just in case he wants to be finicky.
 
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It's been a while since a good update so this may be a little long winded.
First Phosphate and Nitrate still working on getting a good steady balance.

I did take advantage of Black Friday and purchased a DOS/DDR combo so I will be dosing Phosphate E and Vodka so tat I have more precision accuracy and adjust ability.

I tok my wife in the RV and we spent Thanksgiving on Wheeler lake here in N. Alabama and while walking on a beach we found loads of nice shells. I filled my pockets so now I have a lot of spare Hermit houses.
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I alos ordered some more corals from Adam at Battlecorals. My first experience buying from him went so well I thought I should get a few more.

I also found my Orange camera filter so yesterday I took an updated video. Its amazing how 16 Tangs can devore a sheet of Nori in less than a minute. Their like sharks. The Blue Streak Clear Wrasse's even get in on the Nori a bit.
I also added some additional rock to get some area's up closer to the lights.
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I have a 10 piece Battlebox from @Battlecorals coming tomorrow. First Adam thank you, your communication is over the top. Your corals aren't bad either.
I can't wait to see what I get to add to my tank. I just left it to Adam to pick me some good stuff and based on my first order from him I'm sure it will be good.
 

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It's been a while since a good update so this may be a little long winded.
First Phosphate and Nitrate still working on getting a good steady balance.

I did take advantage of Black Friday and purchased a DOS/DDR combo so I will be dosing Phosphate E and Vodka so tat I have more precision accuracy and adjust ability.

I tok my wife in the RV and we spent Thanksgiving on Wheeler lake here in N. Alabama and while walking on a beach we found loads of nice shells. I filled my pockets so now I have a lot of spare Hermit houses.
IMG_5181.JPG


I alos ordered some more corals from Adam at Battlecorals. My first experience buying from him went so well I thought I should get a few more.

I also found my Orange camera filter so yesterday I took an updated video. Its amazing how 16 Tangs can devore a sheet of Nori in less than a minute. Their like sharks. The Blue Streak Clear Wrasse's even get in on the Nori a bit.
I also added some additional rock to get some area's up closer to the lights.
Tank Video
Love the video!! The tank and all it's I habitants are looking great, is the spectrum you have on in there the normal programming during the day? I like how white it is (no sarcasm!).
 
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I am using the LPS setting that is preprogrammed. The reason the video is so white is that I actually use am Orange filter when I did the video
 
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I have been dosing Lanthanum Chloride (Phosphate E) to lower Phosphate and Vodka (carbon) to lower nitrate.
I am considering both a complete success but not complete. Based on the testing I will need to continue dosing.
Today
Nitrate 9.1
Phosphate .12
But in the interest of stability in the tank I needed a plan.
I travel for work, Not a lot but typically a few days a couple times a month and I was doing all dosing manually and so there were always these days I would miss and numbers would climb, Algae would grow.
So on Black Friday I ordered an additional DOS/DDR combo.
I have Phosphate E in one chamber and Vodka in the other.
Now I have very consistent dosing of very minor amount all throughout the day everyday.
I will continue to test and see how this levels out the numbers. I think this will be a great addition.
Also just because of how the lanthanum works doing this continual small dosing should improve its effectiveness.
 
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I just received an nice bunch of CUC from Saltwater Aquarium. These are by far the largest CUC I have ever seen
Monster size Nausarius snails
Golf ball size Tubo's
nice hermits
Approx 300 critters all together
I am very happy with this purchase
 

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