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From earlier this morning....

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The return T is on the side .
more from from that one compared to the other

That is true - I wasn't even thinking that when I posted that but have since realized that. At the time I realized I put the check valve above the T so when the return pump goes off it only stop water on one side and not the other. I keep telling myself I'm gonna fix it but haven't yet lol.
 
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Time for an update...

Cleared out a few corals to make room for a few new frags. Also took out a fair amount of the new sand I had put in when I transferred to the new tank. Cyano just kept taking it over so enough was enough. Since I took it out Cyano hasn’t come back (fingers crossed).

Added a Santa Monica Drop Algea Scrubber - going to try that instead of a Refugium - see how it goes. It’s growing Algea so that’s a good thing. Replaced the heater - it was about a year old so felt like it couldn’t hurt. Also change my skimmer to a Bulb Magus Curve 7 - I’ve been really impressed. I kinda miss the Life Reef but it took up a lot of real estate in my sump.

I started dosing a few things all KZ products - going to give them 2 months and see what happens.

Here’s a new full tank shot

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So things are going well in the tank but my NO4 is getting a little low (.02) my PO4 is pretty much always at .05 which I am fine with. However my colors aren't what I think they could be. I think I want to raise my NO4 a little maybe up to 1+ and see if it shows a difference. I've thought about just dosing to get it up or cut back on my daily AWC to see if that has any impact - anyone have any thoughts?
 
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It’s been a while since my last update. Things are going well. Today I upgraded my Calcium Reactor to Geo’s CR612X2. High quality for sure and I was lucky it fit in my cabinet. Still trying to find a larger CO2 tank. Really would like to squeeze in a 20lb bottle if I can ever find one.

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Well I’ve decided to change out my lights. I’ve watched every Video from @randyBRS and I’m die hard T5 but I’m going to move to 4 XR15’s over the tank. I’m also going to order the @AquaticLifeProducts hybrid fixture. Going to run 2 Blue+ and 2 Coral+ bulbs ATI bulbs.

My current T5 Subpower fixture has 2 ReefBrite Lumi Light +’s I’m thinking it’s overkill to add those in addition to the hybrid T5 fixture and 4 XR15’s?

I also figured another MP40 couldn’t hurt!

Big thanks to Reef Co in NJ - they always have everything you could ever need including the entire Ecotech Marine and Neptune lines. As well they have a killer collection of Fish, CUC, SPS and LPS!


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Well I’ve decided to change out my lights. I’ve watched every Video from @randyBRS and I’m die hard T5 but I’m going to move to 4 XR15’s over the tank. I’m also going to order the @AquaticLifeProducts hybrid fixture. Going to run 2 Blue+ and 2 Coral+ bulbs ATI bulbs.

My current T5 Subpower fixture has 2 ReefBrite Lumi Light +’s I’m thinking it’s overkill to add those in addition to the hybrid T5 fixture and 4 XR15’s?

I also figured another MP40 couldn’t hurt!

Big thanks to Reef Co in NJ - they always have everything you could ever need including the entire Ecotech Marine and Neptune lines. As well they have a killer collection of Fish, CUC, SPS and LPS!


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Great reef tank.
How do you like the new light and how did you mount them?
 
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Really nice corals and growth. Just curious as to what the reason was for going to Radion's? Also, if you decide to sell the ATI/Reefbrite combo I'm most definitely interested :) Anyways, awesome reef!
PM if you are interested in my old lighting set up I will be selling it.
 
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Great reef tank.
How do you like the new light and how did you mount them?
I mounted them into an Aquatic Life T5 Hybrid fixture. I’m using 2 ATI Blue+, 1 Coral+ and 1 Actinic. But I think I’m change out the Coral+ and just run 2 Actinic. I only run the T5’s for a few hours a day and I have the 2 pairs of bulbs start and end time staggered a little.

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