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Hey guys, so as some of you know I’ve been having some issues with my tank lately for the past couple of months. I think now things are starting to get better however that has come with some downfalls.

I had been noticing algae issues and less vibrant colors in the beginning. I would clean the algae off of the glass and the very next day it would covered again, this never happens to my tank. The tank also broke out with a bad case of cyano. Coral colors change drastically on many sps, lps and zoas seemed fine.

I started with changing five gallon daily for a week. I also started to run just gfo in my reactor, which I never do, I normally run a mix of gfo and carbon. From here problems got worse. My strawberry shortcake colony started to rtn. When I noticed this I ordered an ICP test and sent out my sample immediately.

While waiting for my test result my strawberry shortcake rtn’d completely in about 3 days. After that piece was lost my pink lemonade followed form. I lost that one in about 4 days. [emoji24] During the rtn of the pink lemonade I started doing 10 gallon water changes daily for about 10 days. Very tiring. I also decided to use chemiclean to treat the cyano as I wasn’t have any luck ridding my tank of it after all the water changes.

After the daily 10 gallon water changes and the cyano treatment my tank started looking better. The algae and cyano finally started to subside. It has been about a week since the algae has gone away. I did receive my results and the only thing out of the ordinary which confirmed my suspicions were that my nutrients were too high resulting in browning sps and algae. I tried to combat that by running gfo in my reactor which caused the two sps to rtn.

I guess things could have gone way worse and could have lost more sps. Losing the two colonies hurt but luckily I was able to save a couple frags of each. Onward and upward, now time to buy some more sps. [emoji12]
 
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Good evening everyone. I just wanted to updated you all and let you know that the coral in the tank are doing better. I’m still waiting on some of the harder hit sps to color up. Some that are struggling are the TCK Rainbow Explosion, Orange Passion, Red Planet. They all alive but the color isn’t there.

The good news is some coral are really taking off. My ASD Rainbow Milli is a stunner and grows really well. The WWC Nuclear Grapes is another established sps in my tank that seems to be growing well. SCOP is another great grower, I wish I planted this one a little higher up to get those yellow polyps out a little more. The CRT Dragon King is really on a growth spurt and is budding several new branches.

I also just fragged something really special. This coral has been one of my top 3 ever since I started collecting corals. Now a days it seems to be on everyone’s must have list.....

My WWC OG Bounce’s are growing so large the small one is at least three inches across and the larger one probably pushing five inches. I just wish they dropped babies. I don’t think I could see myself fragging these beauties anytime soon.

Anyways thanks for looking enjoy some pictures and happy reefing.
 
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I’m really not sure why but I have only ever spot fed my bounce mushrooms once before tonight. At the time I didn’t get a response from the feeding so I kinda didn’t pay attention to them when spot feeding. I do enjoy spot feeding coral especially those that give a response like acan and duncan’s.

Tonight I decided to feed the bounce again and boy did I get a response. Well from one of them at least. It blew up like a balloon and luckily I was able to grab my camera quickly and get some quick shots.

Fun to see in person!

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Hey guys, I took some new photos tonight. I thinks it’s time to start shopping for another macro lens. The one I had previously was an auto focus lens so I returned it. Any suggestions on a macro lens for a Canon T5i? I want to be able to get to super close polyp shots but still want to get colony pictures? Is it possible with one lens?

BC Wondermelon
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TCK King Acro
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No name wild acro
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ASD Rainbow Milli
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Raspberry Limeade
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Torches! :cool:
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Hey guys, so it’s been a rough couple of months. You may remember back in July I mentioned I was going through some tank issues. About a month after it thought I was finally getting things on the right track, I was wrong!

GHA took over. I mean my rocks were completely covered in that stuff. I would take out rocks scrub away the gha and within a couple days it looked like I didn’t do anything. After testing nitrates were always undetectable. Po4 however was detectable. Between mid September and mid October po4 would range between 0.06 and 0.13 ppm :eek:

In an effort to get po4 under control I continued 10 gallon weekly water changes. I also reinstated my skimmer and threw in filter socks. I really dialed back feeding which had an effect on my corals, more on this later. I also used Vibrant as a means to control the gha. I think all of this together worked in getting the gha pushed back. It’s not yet completely gone but it’s no where near what I was dealing with.

Since I dialed back feeding and used Vibrant I lost colors on sps. Some browned others got pale on me. After noticing that I started feeding daily. I would feed reef frenzy, reef roids and I also started to supplement amino acids. Recently started using acropower. I want to say a couple days after using acroppwer sps tips started to color up. My sps aren’t fully recovered but I am noticing subtle positive changes.
 

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I wonder if it turns around using the skimmer again. I couldn't imagine not having a skimmer. Mine litterly polishes the water and pulls a ton of crap
 
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I wonder if it turns around using the skimmer again. I couldn't imagine not having a skimmer. Mine litterly polishes the water and pulls a ton of crap
I know they really do good for a system by pulling out so much crap. I just don’t like the extra maintenance.

Regardless, it’s because in service and doing it’s job.
 

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