The Garden -- Rakies shallow SPS cube

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  1. najer

    najer Valuable Member

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    Why so high, , mine runs between 7 and 8?
     

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    lbacha Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Baby snails are annoying, I have baby nassarius snails all over the place. They constantly end up in my gyres and in my skimmer pump (speaking of that it was loud last night so I probably have to pull it apart when I get home and clean the little buggers out)
     
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  3. Rakie

    Rakie Federal Coral Reserve R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Better growth and color. I always ran 8 but after moving to 10 everything improved dramatically. Same when I went to 12. The problem is 12 is fine during Smooth sailing. But as soon as something went wrong it was a liability.
     
  4. Rakie

    Rakie Federal Coral Reserve R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    As a follow up -- Due to this, I'm going back down to 9-10 alk.

    @najer -- slowly raise your alk, watch the magic happen. Acans and other LPS don't like it north of 10 though, at least in my experience.
     
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  5. Rakie

    Rakie Federal Coral Reserve R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    So for some good news.

    - Corals are all recovering and slowly looking more healthy (physically).

    - Coral color is also coming back, especially in acans.

    - Alk consumption is still very low but also slowly lowering.

    - ATO is fully saturated with kalk.

    - All my mushroom cuttings are turning into babies. Most of which are already spoken for.

    - Corals are making halos on the frag plugs -- This is when there's a very clean white rim on the frag plug directly around the SPS coral -- This means the coral is stinging and killing any life on the frag plug to clear the path for growth. This is basically an indication of lots of encrusting growth on the horizon.

    So corals seems to be bouncing back. As they get happy again i'll be making one last adjustment..

    - Removing the Radion Diffuser

    I love the diffuser, i really do... But color prior to adding the diffuser was significantly more rich. I don't think the diffuser is bad, but I believe it's taking out more than just 15% par.. In theory, using the diffuser allowed an additional 60% increase of intensity, and spectrometer testing at BRS indicates spectrum's should be incidental.. But something seems lacking. I've given it an entire year, and I genuinely believe my corals were more richly colored without the diffuser.

    I suppose the second part of said experiment will be a year without the diffuser, we'll see what happens then!
     
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  6. Rakie

    Rakie Federal Coral Reserve R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Got some corals today[​IMG]
     
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    Fudsey Jack of all trades R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor NHFS Member

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    Some????

    That looks like a large haul ;)
     
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    Katrina71 Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award R2R Secret Santa Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    We wanna see!!!!
     
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    Katrina71 Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award R2R Secret Santa Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Don't make me quote Seven
     
  10. Rakie

    Rakie Federal Coral Reserve R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Yep, it's a large haul alright.

    Still 4 less than I gave my buddy who gave me these. Half of them unnamed gems, but lots if reef raft, reef farmer, Jason fox, and other well know stuff too.

    They've been dipped, and lights are out. all doing well. A few got some road rash in the ride home but it happens![​IMG][​IMG]
     
  11. Fudsey

    Fudsey Jack of all trades R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor NHFS Member

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    Nice haul ! ! !
     
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  12. Rakie

    Rakie Federal Coral Reserve R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    There's a lot of unnamed gems in there that really need some tank light to show off. Quite a few have some insane potential too
     
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    Rakie Federal Coral Reserve R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    The polyps on this guy look stellar even with cellphone lighting [​IMG]
     
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    najer Valuable Member

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    Very nice haul. :)
     
  15. Janci

    Janci Staghorns will prevail R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Glad to read things are getting back on track.
    Nice stick reefer pack you got there.
     
  16. Rakie

    Rakie Federal Coral Reserve R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks @Janci yeah everything is bouncing back slowly. It all stemmed from being too hasty and setting off a chain reaction of one bad thing rolling into and amplifying another. Thankfully it seems that's all slowly going away though.

    I got a couple pics but lights are in their full white cycle, so it's hard to make anything look natural right now! I'll have to get some better pics later.

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    tripdad Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Definitely nice pick ups there. You have good friends.
     
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  18. Fudsey

    Fudsey Jack of all trades R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor NHFS Member

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    Those look outstanding in white light as is :)
     
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  19. Rakie

    Rakie Federal Coral Reserve R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Yeah there's some nice ones in there!

    They're a little war-torn, nicks and cuts here and there from trying to reach into the tank and make a cut, a little rolling around in their containers on the ride home, etc etc etc. In a week they'll probably be glowing quite well and take much better pics.

    The big SCOP definitely looks good though, he didn't have any issues.
     
  20. Rakie

    Rakie Federal Coral Reserve R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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