Strawberry Shortcake, All red

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  1. Jeremy Luke

    Jeremy Luke Well-Known Member

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    I purchased a Strawberry Shortcake frag from a local LFS. At the shop it was in a shallow flat lit with a halide. It was a small frag with a light green base and red tips.

    When I brought it home I put it low on the frag rack for a week, then I moved it fairly high, dead center. It has shown good growth but all of the green is gone now. It is has turned entirely deep red.

    Nitrates: undetectable
    PO4: .03ppm (10 ppb Hanna ULR)
    Alk: 8dkh
    Ca: 450ppm

    Lighting: 2x250w MH Radiums driven at 300w, 4xT5 Blue+

    Is it getting too much light? Should I leave it be and see where it goes?

    Thanks
     
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    You sure it wasnt a red planet?
     
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    I was told it was SSC. I had a red planet in my last tank and this frag definitely doesn't look like that structurally.
     
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    Why should have to say it...pictures would be helpful :)
     
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    I'll post a picture when I get home from work tonight. It will be best effort phone picture :)
     
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    Ok, so my tangs had to go to quaruntine.. Pardon the GHA. I need to do a little weeding ;)

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    But based on the new BRS video... I think it may be getting too much par. They are using the exact same light setup except they were running their radiums at a lower wattage. Based on their findings it is probably getting over 600 PAR
     
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    Well for the immediate, I moved it down a bit to see what happens.
     
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    About 4" I'd say
     
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    Greens like that are from low par. Same thing with like a red planet will get green at low light
     
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    Thanks, I suspected that was the problem. I'll probably need to drop further. I doubt that there's anywhere in my tank under 300 PAR. It's probably in the 450ish zone now.
     
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    Mine right on top with LUX app registering 90k LUX (PAR ??) at water surface. SSC is 5" below water surface.

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    Sorry but I have no idea what intensity that is. I do know that based on the latest video from BRS.. where they were running my exact lighting, except at 100 watts less, I was probably given that thing over 700 PAR where it was.
     
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    At 700 PAR I think that is far too high. Maybe you can put a shade on and wait for a week or two instead of relocating the frag. Everytime you change location, it will take some time to readjust itself.
     
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    I agree. I didn't realize that until I saw the BRS video released Friday measuring the light with my exact lighting setup they were showing 650 PAR in 6 inches of water under the halides. They were running their Radiums at 250w and I'm running mine at 300w. That's why I moved it down. I had a few reef raft frags I got recently at about mid tank on the glass on a frag rack. They are brown... So I put them up there ;)

    Keep in mind I'm probably only 17" from surface to sand in my tank... There's really no hiding from the PAR.
     
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    All the best to you buddy. I have experienced SPS browning under too intense light as well. I am running more higher spectrum, that could be the reason of browning instead of bleaching.
     
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    Sometimes nature just wants to do what it wants to do no matter how much you scratch your head and throw at it
     
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    Exactly. Even the great barrier reef are having issues, let alone our tank.
     
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    Well, I'm certainly having a better go of things with my halides then I ever did with LED. I've got almost 30 frags of SPS in my new build now and most are looking really good. I just put the birdsnests and montis low in the corners.
     
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    And the brown RR frags arrived brown.
     

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