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Wow, nice! I love progress.
Thanks man! I’m getting some amazing growth :) calcium, Mg and Alk getting sucked out of tank like crazy right now and my Coraline is taking off.. just set up my Kalkwasser Doser hope it can keep up ;)
 
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Awesome build. I can only hope mine is as successful that yours have been. Thanks for all the knowledge.

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Hi ya Paul, thanks for dropping by my build thread! I’m sure you’ll have a great tank just take your time, think everything through and ask lots of questions.. I’m pushing this puppy beyond what I would normally recommend but so far it’s humming along and I’m enjoying the ride ;)
 

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Hi ya Paul, thanks for dropping by my build thread! I’m sure you’ll have a great tank just take your time, think everything through and ask lots of questions.. I’m pushing this puppy beyond what I would normally recommend but so far it’s humming along and I’m enjoying the ride ;)
*Tightens safety belt!* ;)
 
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Poor mans sticks :D Grew this from a little twig in my nano, it’s been sticking out of the water the last week or two so I moved it into the new tank until I can trim it.

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Kalkwasser dosing system finally up and running.. seems to be working great and holding prime so now just need to get it dialed in. After gravity dripping Kalk in my tanks I’m super excited about this upgrade.

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Just look for the deep sigh moments of contentment, enjoy! :)
You are so right my friend, its those little “moments” that have kept me in the hobby.
 

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Kalkwasser dosing system finally up and running.. seems to be working great and holding prime so now just need to get it dialed in. After gravity dripping Kalk in my tanks I’m super excited about this upgrade.

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I have had a doser in it's box for a couple of years, I will eventually just automate my manual dosing, never used kalk, can / do you agitate it, does it settle out?
 
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I have had a doser in it's box for a couple of years, I will eventually just automate my manual dosing, never used kalk, can / do you agitate it, does it settle out?
Kalkwasser is the Retro equivalent to 2 part ;) I mix it in a jug, let it settle then syphon off the clear sulotion for use in my tanks. I personally think it’s superior to 2 part, grows Coraline like nothing else and is not as dependent on Mg levels to keep it from precipitating out of solution.. the downside is you can’t add more Kalk than what your tank evaporates and because of that it may not be sufficient for a SPS dominated tank.
 
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Waiting on big brown to deliver my Aqua SD order today .. don’t think I mentioned that I won one of five $100 gift cards they gave away in the all I want for Christmas contest in December :D

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Waiting on big brown to deliver my Aqua SD order today .. don’t think I mentioned that I won one of five $100 gift cards they gave away in the all I want for Christmas contest in December :D

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Whaaaatcha got there bubba? ;Cyclops
Hey Rich I was just over on your thread trying to catch up :) I’ll get some pictures up shortly, nothing to exciting in the new order but it only cost me $50 out of my pocket.. although the acro is very nice the alvapora is only about a 1/8 of the size I thought it would be, the Zoa’s are just so so and the Ricordea rock is about a 1/4 of the size it appeared on there site (no dimensions given). Everything was from the live sale and I applied the $100 gift card to get it to $50, the order would have been almost $300 at regular pricing ;Facepalm
 
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Hey Rich I was just over on your thread trying to catch up :) I’ll get some pictures up shortly, nothing to exciting in the new order and honestly glad it only cost me $50 out of my pocket or I wouldn’t have been very happy.. although the acro is very nice the alvapora is only about a 1/8 of the size I thought it would be, the Zoa’s are just so so and the Ricordea rock is about a 1/4 of the size it appeared on there site (no dimensions given). Everything was from the live sale and I applied the $100 gift card to get it to $50, the order would have been over $300 at regular pricing ;Facepalm
That's a budget buy for sure :) looking forward to the pics!
 
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Some early morning pictures of new SD corals I took yesterday, there is one more orange spike Zoa I didn’t get a picture of in this batch.

Alveopora Aussie teal

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SD venom Acro

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Dark fire Zoa’s

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Orange Ricordea Yumas

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