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Love the aquascape...definitely an inspiration for my 120g build.
Thank you for the kind words.

I've had a lot of ideas from seeing other people's scapes and several dry runs on a 2x4 mockup, after which I still ended up changing up from when it came time to put it in the tank because I swear it never comes together same way again.

Kinda worked out in the end.
 
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Got my first coral... Nothing crazy, just some zoas and a couple of moti's (got thrown in as extras).

Pardon the dirty QT tank glass... I need a scraper for it. They're a little angry from being moved off of their old plugs.... One on the left is REALLY angry.

Hopefully they do better tomorrow.. 45 days of QT to go.

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Finally got my hands on a par meter from a coworker and man....I'm glad I did.

So I had originally pulled all the lenses off of my viparspectra lights to get better blending. They are mounted 10" above the waterline. At the waterline, 100 Blue 15 White it was 200 PAR...weak. At the bottom, I was getting just over 100.

Needless to say, I took the lights down and put in all the lenses (90s on the outer most LEDs and 120s on all the inner LEDs). After that, at 100 Blue and 15 White I was getting 800 par at the waterline, 150 at the bottom, 250-275 at the mid-line, and 375-400 at the top of the rockwork on the right (SPS shelf).

Glad I checked.

Also, ordered the starting CUC to be QTd:
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I'm after messing with the lights.... I think a floating canopy is in my future, wife is complaining about the light spill. Good thing we didn't put the tank in the living room or I'd be divorced by now or without an aquarium.


Just need to nail down the method of attachment as I don't want it hanging off of the ceiling. Rough idea is to add another 4040 rail to the back wall and attach the canopy to that, sorta like a floating shelf.
 
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Doing a WC this morning, I noticed skmething, or rather lacl of something. Ugly stage.

Tank has been cycled for essentially months, ammonia reads 0 in between small ammonia doses, nitrite same, nitrates hover around 10, phosphates 0.07, 76F, alk 7.5, CA 450, MG 1350....lights have been on for the last month. Rocks still looking pretty much like they did new. Some are starting to get a darker tint but that's it.


Thought I'd definitely be in ugly stage by now and get it out of the way before coral goes in after about 6 weeks in QT. Does the fish need to be in to kick the uglies off? Or am I missing something? Should I start tossing in some food pellets instead of pure ammonia once a week?
 
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I would slowly ramp up feeding to about what it will be when you add fish so there isn’t a huge increase in bio load rapidly. This will allow appropriate bacteria populations to adjust. You will likely get the uglies then. How are those clowns doing!?
 
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I would slowly ramp up feeding to about what it will be when you add fish so there isn’t a huge increase in bio load rapidly. This will allow appropriate bacteria populations to adjust. You will likely get the uglies then. How are those clowns doing!?
Did a fenbendazole bath and transferred to a fresh tank last Saturday. So far so good. May do one more fenbendazole bath before they go into DT this weekend.
 

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Did a fenbendazole bath and transferred to a fresh tank last Saturday. So far so good. May do one more fenbendazole bath before they go into DT this weekend.
Great. Are you going to QT your new inverts? Since your clowns are already in QT what I like to do is add CUC to DT once the uglies start and do a QT in the DT with the tank fallow. That way the CUC has something to eat and the fish are separate
 
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Great. Are you going to QT your new inverts? Since your clowns are already in QT what I like to do is add CUC to DT once the uglies start and do a QT in the DT with the tank fallow. That way the CUC has something to eat and the fish are separate
Yeah CUC coming in today and will be going into my 10g QT with the coral frags for 6 weeks.

I'll be feeding them a bit of reef frenzy they can pick off of the bottom, maybe toss in some algea wafers and maybe more nori.
 
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Got called in to work today so I'm going to have to stalk my nest camera for when the mailman drops the clean up crew package off so I can run by the house and drop them in the tank.
That's so funny. This was me yesterday, exactly. Waited all day for reefcleaners. As always, worth the wait!
 
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