Zibba's Reefs -- ADA 90P & Envision 100g

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  1. jlugo

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    Thanks for the FTS... that's piece or art IMO :). Also, thanks for your opinion and info about the calk vs 2 part!
     

  2. zibba

    zibba Valuable Member Photo of the Month Award

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    Took some new pictures last night.

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    I finally got my hands into the tank this past weekend and did some cleaning/rearranging. Will get some FTS up once the dust clears a bit more. I'm still battling with the hydroids and flatworms, but my bigger issue--I think--has been lack of maintenance. The tank had been on auto-pilot for a few months, one or two small water changes and inconsistent testing. The bottom line is that it was moved down on the list of priorities after losing so many prized corals. Then we lost an awesome wrasse -- the Naoko. But I've resolved to get back on track. While it's no surprise, these tanks were doing much better when I was doing weekly 20-25g water changes and I need to get back into that routine. I'm hopeful that with more attention, the tank will bounce back quickly.
     
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    I wish I could take pics like that, so nice man!
     
  4. zibba

    zibba Valuable Member Photo of the Month Award

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    Hey thanks Brett! Come up to Phoenix sometime and I'll teach you! :)

    Forgot one picture from the last batch:

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  5. Aquaph8

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    That trip is long overdue, this summer for sure man.
     
  6. Mike&Terry

    Mike&Terry Wrasses, Angels, & Tangs, Oh My! Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Spotlight Award Photo of the Month Award Article Contributor

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    Love those macro shots!
     
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    Wow just perfect shots!
     
  8. zibba

    zibba Valuable Member Photo of the Month Award

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    Anytime! :)

    Thanks M&T and Rev!
     
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    zibba Valuable Member Photo of the Month Award

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    Have noticed some burnt tips on a few normally hardy acros. I was scratching my head trying to figure it out so I went back through this thread and my notes. Back in mid-October I was experiencing the same issue on the same corals. I checked that against my reef log (stored on Google Drive) and I noticed that my alk was around 9 dkh at that time, when I was normally keeping it in the 7.5-8 range. I've had my alk in the 8.8-9 range for the last 3-4 weeks so I'm guessing that's the problem. I reduced the alk dosing to see if bringing it down to the 7.8-8 range will help. I'll keep y'all posted.

    Normally I wouldn't think that 8.8-9 dkh is "high" and certainly not high enough to cause the burnt tips. But after looking back, I'm pretty sure that's the problem. If so, build thread/reef log FTW!
     
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  10. FLipp

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    awesome shots!
     
  11. zibba

    zibba Valuable Member Photo of the Month Award

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    Had trouble syncing a bunch of recent pictures but here are a few. Enjoy!

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    Dang, those shots are sweet, nice work!
     
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    I love updates on your thread man, flawless photos as usual. Wish I lived closer , I'd stop by for a photography class!!!
     
  14. zibba

    zibba Valuable Member Photo of the Month Award

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    Thank you guys!

    Here's one more. I can't believe how slow of a grower it has been for me -- I got it as a fresh cut twig but it's been at least 20-months. Patience is key, I guess, and at least it's color has held strong.

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    Bubble blastos.

    Wait, what?

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    zibba Valuable Member Photo of the Month Award

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    Lol! I know, weird, right?!?
     
  17. nova65ss

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    Goodness gracious you take amazing photos beautiful tanks!

    Saw you had some hydroids did you have any luck with them? I had the same ones for a bit at one point they were out of control. I added some peppermints and while I still have some they have lessened. I have not seen the peps eatimg them and really only catch them out at night anyway.


    Beautiful tanks again!
     
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    zibba Valuable Member Photo of the Month Award

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    Thank you for the encouraging compliment!

    Yes, have been battling the hydroids for a really long time. While they come and go for most reefers, they've taken a stronghold in my tank and it's been a tough fight. Manual removal was a waste of time. The bounced right back. Lowering the amount of feeding and reducing the amount of "coral food" that we put in the tank didn't seem to do much either. I added 8 peppermint shrimp (4 in the Envision; 4 in the ADA) about 2-3 weeks ago. I haven't seen them eat the hydroids and only see half of them (the rest probably died or are hiding really well). So, I guess to answer your question, "no, I haven't had much luck with them." Sounds like we've had a similar experience!
     
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  20. Arnie

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    Dang nice shots.... what lens do you use and if you dont mind what`s your settings at... im a noob on photography... and I have a canon t3i.. with 2 lenses..
     
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