##### Picture Entry: BC RAINDROP ON ROSES GROW-OUT CONTEST #####

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am3gross

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Jan entry
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I went back and looked at your November entry and that growth is awesome!! I’m glad I’m in the other grow out contest LOL
Thanks!!! I have to give the wifey credit tho, I am currently deployed and she is home doing the hard work!!
 

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How is everyone's tank doing so far in the new year? We need some more informative conversations and competitive banter going on in this thread!

I'd be interested to know what everyone is using for lights on their tanks?

I'll start by saying that I use a ReefBreeders Photon V2 hung 13-14" above the water reaching a full intensity of 100% for channels 3,5,6, 40% for channel 4, and 50% each for channels 1 and 2. My frag is around 8" beneath the water line.
 

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How is everyone's tank doing so far in the new year? We need some more informative conversations and competitive banter going on in this thread!

I'd be interested to know what everyone is using for lights on their tanks?

I'll start by saying that I use a ReefBreeders Photon V2 hung 13-14" above the water reaching a full intensity of 100% for channels 3,5,6, 40% for channel 4, and 50% each for channels 1 and 2. My frag is around 8" beneath the water line.
Excellent. What do you think of the light?
 

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Excellent. What do you think of the light?
I've had the light over my main tank for around 6 years now, and It's grown every coral and clam like a champ. Also surprised by its longevity so far at 6 years. I like to mount mine a bit higher to mimic a more natural sunlight effect. Unfortunately, I can't hang it much higher than 14" because of light bleeding out over the tank, but that height seems to do the trick on a 24" high tank. I love it so much I bought two others: one for my clam and acro tank which is attached to my main system, and another for an upcoming frag build!
I know you've had success with them also, Adam, but running higher whites than me, correct?
 

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Tank is doing meh to be honest, I cant point the finger in what random issue I am having with some STN here and there than it stops, regrows and happens again :(. ICP-MS all good, Aquabiomics all good as well. So its something I am doing, I am re-doing flow once I get some MP40s extention cables this week hopefully as my par is between 250-400.

As for Equipment:
I have a 72x30x24 CDA tank running x5 XR30 Blues G5 supplements by x2 orpheks or3 bars all about 9-10 inches, the Radions running at 40ish percent I honestly only run 5 cause I got 3 for free and already had 2 so wanted good spread all around otherwise I would be running less lights.

Attached is full tank shot.

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I’ve got my tank growing under a Phillips coral care gen2 and a quanta reef light bar for some pop, both mounted only about 5-6” above the water in the canopy. I’m a very strong believer that full spectrum is necessary for coral growth, coloration, and health, and I think the Phillips coral care does a great job providing that.

My tank is a 60 gallon cube with a Mac calcium reactor for dosing. I’m also running no water changes and the reef moonshiners method. Here’s a couple FTS
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This is impressive! And totally what I was hoping for in nominating this one.

thing about the raindrops, when you hit critical mass, it’s explosive. I predict we see some genuine colonies by the end of this one! Great stuff so far guys.
Thank you! And absolutely! I feel like millepora hit that growth spurt once they get settled and happy, I had this sliver in my tank that exploded over about 1.5 years
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I’ve got my tank growing under a Phillips coral care gen2 and a quanta reef light bar for some pop, both mounted only about 5-6” above the water in the canopy. I’m a very strong believer that full spectrum is necessary for coral growth, coloration, and health, and I think the Phillips coral care does a great job providing that.

My tank is a 60 gallon cube with a Mac calcium reactor for dosing. I’m also running no water changes and the reef moonshiners method. Here’s a couple FTS
10B22943-D35A-474D-826B-88391FE29492.jpeg

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Man I wish I could reef like this......wow
 

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Thank you! And absolutely! I feel like millepora hit that growth spurt once they get settled and happy, I had this sliver in my tank that exploded over about 1.5 years
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Bravo!
 

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Since were talking about our tanks, I'll throw mine in here! My tank is in a period of Limbo right now, I ended up buying a bunch of coral from a 300 gallon tank, and buying the tank, then I damaged the tank getting it home so I'm working on getting a replacement built. In the meantime my tank is over stuffed with coral! Looks great though (as long as nothing grows too much).

The current one is a 135G AGA, 3 foot by 3 foot by 2 foot tall, I have 4 Hydra 32's and 4 T5's lighting it, with a Gyree 4000 and a couple Tunze for flow.
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I have my January entry, better to get it in early than risk being late I figure.

I still think this coral needs more light, but my tank has been in limbo a little bit as I mentioned earlier, so I haven't been wanting to make any changes I don't have to. Once things get stable again I might play with more light a bit.

The good news is that it's healthy, with great PE when I'm not smacking it with a ruler that is.
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Here is my January pic
Encrusting well and upward growth.
This frag is LOW in the aquarium at sand bed Par at peak is now 250 as I have turned up the main light Blaze150 to 100% on channels
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