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I had read through your build thread a while back and was impressed then.

I just re-read the entire thread from post #1 to this post.

I am still very impressed.

You have done an excellent job.
I hope my build ends up as nice as yours.
 
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I had read through your build thread a while back and was impressed then.

I just re-read the entire thread from post #1 to this post.

I am still very impressed.

You have done an excellent job.
I hope my build ends up as nice as yours.
Thank you very much man. Appreciate it big time You can do better than me.. if you need any help or advice message me always happy to help
 
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@merereef how much have your corals grown since the previous post?
Il be honest,,, not much as ive been battling dinos for ages... however a month ago ive stopped messing with the dinos and just running tank like normal n keeping things stable.. this is 1 1/2 month growth pics in some of my corals now. Things are now starting to take off since i stopped messing with the tank for like 6-8 months

ORA BIRDS NEST

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I can now confidently stay my system has FINALLY become stable and DINOS have finally gone by dosing sillicate... what magic thank you to @taricha and @Neoalchemist... so below shots are for my own personal reference to monitor coral growth every month and any tips or advice would be hugely appreciated

Everything else has regained colour except the pink hysterix no idea why i cant get it to colour up pink. Dosed trace elements and have noticed huge boom in coraline algea... i had to remove the green torch as it was getting tooo big and stinging everything no matyer where i put it and changed it for a frogspawn

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Been thinking for a while the sides of my tank look a little dark and felt corals werent getting enough light.. after watching @Bulk Reef Supply VIDEO about spacing lights to distibute par more evenly i have spaced out my lights... i dont know why i didnt do this sooner... the whole tank now looks soo much better more evenly lit. Now i can place corals to the side too

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Glad to see the tank looking good. Just work on stabillizing no3 and po4 over the long run wheather by feeding, filter tweaking or doseing.
Having the tools and understanding to beat a dino outbreak in your toolbox will go a long way in the future.
 
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Done a re aquascape to allow more flow across the aquarium.. found the middle boulder was blocking flow to the left and right corners.. this will also allow more placement for corals

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I like the new scape. I've always wanted to redo the scape in mine but I always put it off.
Thank you so much... ii did the same kept putting it off. What helped was staring at the tank and thinking about how i want it did this in my mind for about 2-3 weeks to make sure and then in one go did it all.. a tip
 

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Nice scape and great sump area.

Using the BM Curve 5? Do you recommend it?

What ended up being your dino cure?

IKEA (or similar) recommendation for a ATO/electrical stand for next to the tank? (like your cabinet)
 
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Nice scape and great sump area.

Using the BM Curve 5? Do you recommend it?

What ended up being your dino cure?

IKEA (or similar) recommendation for a ATO/electrical stand for next to the tank? (like your cabinet)

The skimmer i had was a curve 5 but downgraded to the c3.5.. reason was i wanted a skimmer matching my bioload.. the tank is 250litres and the c3.5 is rated for up to 300 litres.. it skims much better in the tank than the curve 5 did. Il be honest for the money they are awesome skimmers. If you are after a good skimmer and DONT want to splash out id say hands down the reef octopus skimmers are the BEST...

Secondly the dinos... mannn werent they a nightmare.. been batrling them for over 10 months.. how i got of them was taking some advice from a master reefer who goes by the name of julian sprung, if you dont know him google him. On a live stream someone asked him about dinos and he explained dinos outbreak is caused by a DISTURBANCE in tbe system. Poweroutage, heater failiure... sand disturbance etc.. see people say its caused by low nutrients.. but i have ALWAYS RAN TANKS WITH EXTREMLY LOW NUTRIENTS BEFORE and never had dino outbreak.. the reason i got it in this one was because i disturbed the sand to keep it clean . I secretly always believed disturbance was the cause but it goes against what everyone else is saying. Syphon the sand etcZz everytime i did this dinos came back worse.. any way long story short. He explained LEAVE the system alone.. no water changes.. dont disturb the sand and once the system matures it will go on its own.. guess what since i started doing this.. i have cured dinos in 2 seperate tanks with ease.. by LEAVING it alone.. thank you mr julian sprung
 

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