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    Posted: December 01 2016 at 9:42am
Contestants have until the end of the day Wednesday, December 7th to complete and answer the following.

1. Please post a current picture of your frag.

2. Have you tested your water recently? (i.e. calcium, alkalinity, magnesium, nitrate, phosphate, nitrite, ammonia, salinity, etc.)
For each test completed please share your results. (If tested multiple times, please share
the date you tested and what your results were.)

3. What is the one thing about your setup that you would change?

I am still working to compile all of the information for this contest. Please bare with me as I am just a volunteer and there is a lot of information already gathered. It should make following the contest much easier once we are there. So far the images coming in look good, we hope to see come good growth over the next month. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns
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No, the blue lights at my house are not growing "pharmaceuticals"...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 01 2016 at 9:05pm


KH 7-8
Nitrate 0-5
Phosphate zero-ish
Calcium 400
Magnesium 1400

I'd like to go larger. I keep thinking a 120 4x2x2 or slightly larger cube would be perfect for my current space. I'd love to go much bigger if I had more room.
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Things have been very stablessed in the tank. I have increased the length of time my light is on by 1 hour.
Alk 7.7
Calc 415
Mag 1300
Temp 77.5
Salinity 1.026

Love all that I have honestly. More money would be nice lol
90 gal reef w/refugium
24 gal softie tank
11 gal nano anemone tank
5 gal fresh water
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 03 2016 at 9:08pm

Ca: 360/ 320 2 weeks ago

Alk: 8.1

Mag: 1400

Nitrate: 2

Phosphate: .16

Salinity: 1.025

Temp: 78

Checked calcium 2 weeks ago since it was low during the last check-in.


What I would change is permanently running an RO line so I don't have to unroll the 40 foot 3/8 line I have under my kitchen sink every time I need to fill up my fresh water reservoir.


The coral on the left came from a frag about 8 months ago and it is possibly a frag of the contest "mother" coral.  Everyone might as well throw in the towel now, I got this one in the bag ;)



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 05 2016 at 10:54pm
Daytime shot:


Evening shot:


11/27/16
Po4 - 0.07
SG - 1.025
Mg - 1300
Ca - 390
KH - 9.3

12/04/16
Po4 - 0.07
SG - 1.025
Mg - 1240
Ca - 400
KH - 8.8

I'm honestly very happy with my system.  The only thing I may try to adjust next is a more efficient way to keep nutrient levels under control.  Still lots more hair algae in the display than I prefer.  Wink

So perhaps an algae turf scrubber or similar option.  I also think I'm going to need to switch to a calcium reactor fairly soon.  Every week I have to keep adjusting my dosing amounts to keep up with growth and I'm going through my 2-part faster and faster.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 06 2016 at 1:45pm
it's interesting to see people's parameter. Alk is generally lower than I expected across the board, but it's were mine is (around 8 dkh) so that makes me feel better because I'm always stressing it's too low. Thanks everyone for posting!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 07 2016 at 8:04pm
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- Calcium - 470 (slowly decreasing)
- Alkalinity 9.0dKH
- Magnesium N/A
- Nitrate 3ppm
- Phosphate 0.00ppm
- Nitrite N/A
- Ammonia N/A
- Salinity 1.0265

3. What is the one thing about your setup that you would change?
- I would like to add some blue LEDs to give that pop at the beginning and end of the photoperiod that I miss since switching back to T5s.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 09 2016 at 2:47pm
So what's happened to everyone else?  How many people actually ended up picking up frags?  Only 5 updates just 4 weeks later is kinda sad.  Cry

Honestly I really just want to see how everyone is doing and what their system setups are.  I love learning as much as I can about keeping a successful reef tank.  And studying success isn't the only way to do that, learning about what didn't work can be just as insightful... assuming that's even part of why people aren't posting updates.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 09 2016 at 11:44pm

I didn't post mine because it's kind a sad looking.
ALK 10.3
Mag 1350
Calicum 350


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 10 2016 at 3:48pm
Aww, sorry to see it's not doing so great.  Cry

Any thoughts why?  I know I struggle to keep my Alk up, yours is higher than I ever have, and I sort start panicing when my Ca drops below 400.  Do you think it's parameters or something else?  I know you keep lots of stuff in your tanks.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 11 2016 at 11:57pm
I would say it is directly tied to the ALK and CA issues. I dose ALK/CA by hand daily and I have been to busy, so someone else has been dosing for me. ALK would be the big factor.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 12 2016 at 3:55pm
Good to know.  Thanks for sharing with us.  :)

Hopefully it still has a chance to recover once parameters are back to norm.

-Dave
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