Sunday, August 26, 2018

Some new pictures taken with my buddy's Canon 5D Mark IV.

JF Beach Bum

Ricky's Poison Ivy

Ultimate Stag

ARC Fireworks

Ricky's Blue Polyp Austera

Walt Disney

WWC Boom Boom

Dale's Purple Unknown

RR Rainbow Loom

Ricky's Plana

Vivid's Rainbow Delight

PC Rainbow

WWC Yellow Tips

ORA Purple Plasma

ATL Shades of Fall

TCK Dragonfire

WWC 500 Degrees

Monday, August 20, 2018

August 2018 Update

It's been awhile since my last update, I have since switched back to Instant Ocean sea salt, I switched my dosing from BRS to ESV and I also began dosing ESV trace elements. I have seen huge color improvements after switch salts and the Chaeto growth has taken off with the addition of trace elements. I prune the algae every two weeks during water changes because it grows so fast now. I do not test for phosphate or nitrates, I am relying on my Chaeto growth, 10% weekly water changes and GFO & ROX 0.8 carbon to handle my nutrients.

Dale's Purple Unknown

JF Mr. Yuck

Oregon Tort

PC Superman

Ricky's Aussie Horrida

Ricky's Plana & WWC Firebreather

RR Rainbow Loom

TGC Pink Cadillac

Vivid's Ultimate Rainbow

WWC 500 Degrees

WWC Boom Boom

Ricky's Poison Ivy

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Frag Tank Update

I installed a GFO/carbon reactor on the frag tank as well and began dosing vinegar to lower the nitrates. Hopefully the color and growth will take off again.

Vivid Rainbow

Sunday, December 3, 2017

December Update

I replaced my metal halide/T5/LED combo for an 8 bulb ATI Sunpower. The PAR is identical to the previous trifecta and I am now using 432 watts of power versus 770 watts. I also added a GFO reactor which is also running ROX 0.8 carbon as well as dosing vinegar via the dosing pump.

Ricky's Poison Ivy

RR Rainbow Loom

Ricky's Yellow Viper

Dale's Purple Unknown

JF Fox Flame

ARC Fireworks

Blastomussa rock

Sunday, October 29, 2017

October Update

The corals are starting to color back up and growth has definitely exploded. I added 2 liters of Seachem DeNitrate to help lower nitrates and I have increased my feeding.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

ATI ICP Test (September 2017)

After performing 55 gallons worth of water changes between August 21st and September 26th, below are my ICP values. I did add Seachem Cuprisorb three days prior to sending out the sample. As you can see, the Tin, Iron, Zinc and Aluminum values dropped. Possibly from the Cuprisorb or from performing five small water changes. The silicon values dropped as well after replacing my RO & DI filters, the previous test showed my make up water was 202.3 ug/L and after replacing the filters it dropped to 12.86 ug/L.

120 Gallon ATI ICP Results

120 Gallon Marin Lab ICP Results

RO/DI Water ATI ICP Results (120 Gallon Test)

RO/DI Water Marin Lab ICP Results (120 Gallon Test)

In contrast, the chemistry values on the 160 gallon are not ideal yet the colors and growth are not suffering like the 120 gallon. Maybe the corals are missing more feeding as the chaetomorpha algae grows faster in the 160 than in the 120. 

160 Gallon ATI ICP Results

RO/DI Water ATI ICP Results (160 Gallon Test)