Official Picture Entry Thread for BC Bonfire Grow-Out Contest

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Here’s my January entry. Getting good growth and the color is starting to come back on the tips.
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Nice job @chopper320 , if you don’t mind me asking, what’s the par level that you have it at and your nutrients !
 

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Nice job @chopper320 , if you don’t mind me asking, what’s the par level that you have it at and your nutrients !
Thanks Marco! I honestly don’t measure the par but I just recently moved it to higher light. It’s sitting 2/3 of the way up with AI Hydra 26 HDs running the AB+ program about 10” above the water.
My nutrients have been a little out of whack which is why I think it hasn’t had the color I want lately. I’ve been improving them though. I like to keep my nitrates between 10-20ppm but recently they were at zero. My phosphates are at .03 which is a little higher than I like.

To correct my levels, I’ve been running a small amount of gfo in a reactor and feeding a little heavier. I have my nitrates to about 5ppm now and the colors are starting to look better.
 

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Thanks Marco! I honestly don’t measure the par but I just recently moved it to higher light. It’s sitting 2/3 of the way up with AI Hydra 26 HDs running the AB+ program about 10” above the water.
My nutrients have been a little out of whack which is why I think it hasn’t had the color I want lately. I’ve been improving them though. I like to keep my nitrates between 10-20ppm but recently they were at zero. My phosphates are at .03 which is a little higher than I like.

To correct my levels, I’ve been running a small amount of gfo in a reactor and feeding a little heavier. I have my nitrates to about 5ppm now and the colors are starting to look better.
I actually have been opposite of you, I have been trying to lower my nutrients, sitting at around 5-7 N03 and 0.05 P04 . I have the Bonefire sitting at max peak of 500 par for about 4 hours then only blue channel’s at 100% till 9pm ramping down at 10pm. I run a 15 hour light cycle . Thank You for your input Bro.
 

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January 16th picture update and also the last.

picture below, the bonfire hasn’t been doing very well since moving house in late August, started seeing tissue recession in November-ish (bonfire and few other acros) , changed Rodi sediment, carbon and Di. Also no detectable nitrates in my system, brought them up. Bonfire recession seemed to slow down… yesterday it has shed most of the Zooxanthellae. As I said I’ve seen this happen with a few other acros, but some acros have only been growing since the move… so I thought it might end this way.
Best of luck to everyone else!

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January 16th picture update and also the last.

picture below, the bonfire hasn’t been doing very well since moving house in late August, started seeing tissue recession in November-ish (bonfire and few other acros) , changed Rodi sediment, carbon and Di. Also no detectable nitrates in my system, brought them up. Bonfire recession seemed to slow down… yesterday it has shed most of the Zooxanthellae. As I said I’ve seen this happen with a few other acros, but some acros have only been growing since the move… so I thought it might end this way.
Best of luck to everyone else!

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Sounds like something Bacterial, I am currently going through something similar ! I read a thread from AquaBiomics here on R2R , and he talks about dosing Cipro to the system. So that is what I have done, seems to have helped. I have done the in tank treatment now twice and it definitely has stopped any TN issues .
 

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January 16th picture update and also the last.

picture below, the bonfire hasn’t been doing very well since moving house in late August, started seeing tissue recession in November-ish (bonfire and few other acros) , changed Rodi sediment, carbon and Di. Also no detectable nitrates in my system, brought them up. Bonfire recession seemed to slow down… yesterday it has shed most of the Zooxanthellae. As I said I’ve seen this happen with a few other acros, but some acros have only been growing since the move… so I thought it might end this way.
Best of luck to everyone else!

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Sorry Tuba. I know your pain.

Tank moves can be very noisy. The checklist for success includes so many nuances, it is hard to account for them all. Hopefully it settles soon for you.
 

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Sounds like something Bacterial, I am currently going through something similar ! I read a thread from AquaBiomics here on R2R , and he talks about dosing Cipro to the system. So that is what I have done, seems to have helped. I have done the in tank treatment now twice and it definitely has stopped any TN issues .
I started dosing eco-balance a month ago, seemed to slow other acro recession. The acros that were cool after the move started coloring up!
 

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Sorry Tuba. I know your pain.

Tank moves can be very noisy. The checklist for success includes so many nuances, it is hard to account for them all. Hopefully it settles soon for you.
Appreciate the sentiment, but no need to be sorry!

90% of my corals that are not pictured in this thread are doing fantastic!
 

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I started dosing eco-balance a month ago, seemed to slow other acro recession. The acros that were cool after the move started coloring up!
Good move, I forgot to mention that I am also dosing once a week the eco-balance. It seems to lower N03 and P04 pretty fast, so I am taking slowly. Glad to hear that your system is doing better and the corals are coloring back up .
 

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