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Alex Costa
08/27/2016, 10:12 AM
Well.

It's time to start over.

This build is a reconstruction of my previous system, Monolith (http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2523704), that crashed a few weeks ago due to a electric failure. :thumbdown:thumbdown:thumbdown

My first thought after that was to dismantle and sell out everything but passed a few days I just found that's not the way to go.
So......here we are.

The setup is basically the same, with a little less sand and rocks.
This time I'll able to do what I wanna do on Monolith, but didn't due to the fact that Monolith was an upgrade project.
This is a fresh start, so I can plan it more carefully.

The new layout:

Right View
https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8487/29187222051_b2ac338ebd.jpg

Front View
https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8305/28642624894_731f9bcb8b.jpg

Big Island
https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8116/28642648604_038375b490.jpg

Small Island
https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8498/29265842215_f1edbe55e9.jpg


Some setup info:

Dimensions: 1,8 x 1,5 x 0,70 (meters). Cristal Clear 15mm glass with euro braces. Internal overflow box.
Lightining: 2AI Vega + 2 AI Hydra52 over the Big Island and 2AI Vega over the Small Island
Skimmer – SRO Super Reef Octopus 5000 Internal
Calcium reactor - Super Reef Octopus 5000 dual chamber
Cooling - Chiller ¾ HP Gelaqua Chiller
Heating - Two Finnex 500W titanium heater
Controller - Apex Gold
Circulation – 1 Vortech MP40 (with battery Backup), 1Maxspect Gyre XF150
Return – Reef Octopus Water Blaster 7000
Sandbed – 2cm of samoa pink, Fiji pink and crushed coral #1
Sansibar rocks



That's it for now.
I hope that this journey can be a little more..........peaceful

M007
08/27/2016, 04:24 PM
Watching :)

Alex Costa
08/27/2016, 07:20 PM
My intended fish stock...

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8706/28978437720_71628320cb.jpg

drummerboyevil
08/27/2016, 07:28 PM
Careful, my six line waited a year in perfect harmony with my mandarin, then almost killed it three times before I had the pleasure of catching him.

Alex Costa
08/28/2016, 07:40 AM
Good to know.

Six line is still a doubt in the list.
I've had one once.....and it pulled out an eye from my female ocelaris...I didn't see it doing it, but always there was some tension between them....so, one day....one eye only.
Mine used to harass my fridmanii as well.

Melanurus is an option to replace...mine was peaceful. Has the almost the same color pattern and behaviour....

Let's see.

reefmutt
08/28/2016, 09:09 AM
Looking forward to this new build, Alex.
I absolutely love your rockwork.
I have never seen a sixline wrasse I liked. I have always known them to be the smallest and meanest fish in the ocean. I would never add another to my tank or any tank I ever cared for.

Alex Costa
08/28/2016, 09:47 AM
Looking forward to this new build, Alex.
I absolutely love your rockwork.
I have never seen a sixline wrasse I liked. I have always known them to be the smallest and meanest fish in the ocean. I would never add another to my tank or any tank I ever cared for.


Hi Matt,

It's the pretty awesome good looking balanced fluid layout that I ever made...lol...
:dance::dance::dance:

Seriously.....I'm very satisfied with it... And I can imagine it within 2 years, with corals....It'll be sweet.....


About the six line......I like the color and I like the hunting fish style....
But I can replace it for a melanurus....In fact, I'll do it.
Plus, I can add a yellow coris....the biggest hunter that I've ever had...(the biggest jumper too....:thumbdown)

I'm done with evil fish.
In my last reef, my Powder Blue, after 3 or 4 years became the biggest bully fish in the world......and I hated it....
The Clown tang will be the only tank because of that....and if it get annoying, it'll go out faster than it went in...

https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8022/28669469053_dd7f3890af.jpg

Regards.

Alex

kaduozores
08/30/2016, 03:13 PM
Hi Alex

I'm hope a lot to things stay peaceful from now on, I followed your system from the design, transfer and "the end". It was a terrible experience for any hobbyist, I'm glad to see that you didn't give up.

For the fish stock I would consider a pair of bangai cardinal and a Longnose hawkfish.

brett559
08/30/2016, 03:55 PM
Good choice. I love melanarus wrasses. That's what drew me to them - their "always on the hunt" mentality.

Awesome tank!

drummerboyevil
08/30/2016, 08:26 PM
LOVE my melaranus. My six line never came close to as cool as the melaranus is. Way better looking IMO to boot.


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Wrangy
08/31/2016, 03:58 PM
Can't wait to see you back to glory Alex :) It really was a tragedy amount Monolith :( The scape and fish list already looks amazing and I can't wait to watch it grow mate! :D

Alex Costa
09/02/2016, 06:16 PM
Hi Alex

I'm hope a lot to things stay peaceful from now on, I followed your system from the design, transfer and "the end". It was a terrible experience for any hobbyist, I'm glad to see that you didn't give up.

For the fish stock I would consider a pair of bangai cardinal and a Longnose hawkfish.

Thanks for all the help in the difficult times....
About the bangai, I've tried it twice...in both they died after a few months.
The flame hawk is an interesting fish....but it don't swim....I decided put only swimmers this time...

Good choice. I love melanarus wrasses. That's what drew me to them - their "always on the hunt" mentality.

Awesome tank!

Thanks.....I love melanurus too....

LOVE my melaranus. My six line never came close to as cool as the melaranus is. Way better looking IMO to boot.


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It's decided...:fish1::fish1::fish1:

Can't wait to see you back to glory Alex :) It really was a tragedy amount Monolith :( The scape and fish list already looks amazing and I can't wait to watch it grow mate! :D

Thanks Dom.
Unfortunately we both know that will take 1 or 2 years for the tank looks like a reef again....
Be patience is the only thing that I can do right now.

Regards to all

Alex

Alex Costa
09/03/2016, 03:11 PM
After 1 week....RO filled.....

:hmm4::hmm4::hmm4:


https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8082/29144263040_b6611855f2_z.jpg

https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8122/29144249260_33c7ab3b76_z.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8357/28808618504_a74f23f987_z.jpg

Alex

DiscusHeckel
09/03/2016, 05:34 PM
Subscribed. The dimensions of your tank is very impressive.

I hope everything goes well. A large shoal of Resplendid anthias would be a nice addition in addition to chromis.

Cheers

cFloor
09/03/2016, 11:22 PM
Beautiful aquascape! Definitely looking forward to following along

visionary
09/04/2016, 04:14 AM
following


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adddo
09/04/2016, 04:30 AM
Gorgeous rockwork!

Helfish
09/04/2016, 07:20 AM
First, sorry for your loss due to the power cut.

Second, this reboot is going to be amazing! Rock work looks very nice, love the dimensions of the tank, equipment is great and stocking list looks gorgeous! Definitely following this build with much interest :)

Alex Costa
09/04/2016, 08:17 AM
Subscribed. The dimensions of your tank is very impressive.

I hope everything goes well. A large shoal of Resplendid anthias would be a nice addition in addition to chromis.

Cheers

I like this kind of tank a lot.....never gonna get another kind of tank.
The only problem is that a tank like this needs a room for it.
About the anthias, I realy love them, but they're very.....very....very expensive here in Brazil....a shoal is off the limits....plus, I've tried 3 squamipinnis in my 750l tank...1 died a month later....1 died 6 months....the last one only last a year.....:sad2:

They're no Heckels but look at your nickname make me think you'll like this:

https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7545/29351502061_4489ff503b_n.jpg


Beautiful aquascape! Definitely looking forward to following along
Goog to see you here, Conor :wavehand:
Your reef looks amazing!!!!!

Gorgeous rockwork!
Thanks!

First, sorry for your loss due to the power cut.

Second, this reboot is going to be amazing! Rock work looks very nice, love the dimensions of the tank, equipment is great and stocking list looks gorgeous! Definitely following this build with much interest :)

It's hard to look at rocks on a lifeless box of glass after years with a reef on the house.....but....it's what I can do right now.....and I'm trying to do it the best way.



Later I'll put some sump photos.

Regards to all.

Alex

DiscusHeckel
09/04/2016, 09:58 AM
They're no Heckels but look at your nickname make me think you'll like this:

https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7545/29351502061_4489ff503b_n.jpg

Alex

I love discus. I used to keep wild-caught S. heckel discus from Rio negro and S. haraldi from the Manaus region . Your tank picture has brought back fond memories of my beloved discus. Thanks for sharing your photo.

http://i444.photobucket.com/albums/qq165/mbozcan/DS2_0013_zpsjd5jr1eh.jpg

http://i444.photobucket.com/albums/qq165/mbozcan/WildDiscusandWildAltums_zpsp8kpaspi.jpg

http://i444.photobucket.com/albums/qq165/mbozcan/WildS.Haraldi_zpsvnfh2owo.jpg

reefmutt
09/05/2016, 05:19 PM
Alex, when do add salt?
When do we get this show on the road?!?

Alex Costa
09/05/2016, 06:36 PM
Alex, when do add salt?
When do we get this show on the road?!?

Hi Matt,

Right now I'm running GAC to remove any trace of chlorine that I used to wash the rocks and sand and GFO to reduce silicate/phosphate from rocks/sand/RO-DI water.

This Wednesday is holiday here and I must add the salt.
HW professional....this is the salt which I had the best results in my past reefs.

I'll add Biodigest as a bacterial source to accelerate the cycling of the tank.
2 weeks from Wednesday I must try some frag...to see the response.

Right now, be patience is the hardest part....:headwallblue::headwallblue::headwallblue:

Regards,
Alex

Alex Costa
09/10/2016, 10:15 PM
Salt: check.
CUC: check.
Macroalgae: check.

That's it for now.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8507/28971247184_050a9e0d0f.jpg


Alex

Darth_Tater
09/12/2016, 09:04 AM
I agree that your hardscape looks great! Macroalgae, for a refugium or the display?

Your TOTM was one of my favorites so I'm excited to see the new one get started!

glaukos
09/13/2016, 10:29 AM
Awesome aquascape,amazing dimensions...cant wait to see it filled with life alex:thumbsup:
Thanks for sharing!

megalodon33
09/13/2016, 10:52 AM
looks great

Alex Costa
09/13/2016, 06:01 PM
I agree that your hardscape looks great! Macroalgae, for a refugium or the display?

Your TOTM was one of my favorites so I'm excited to see the new one get started!


The macroalgae are in a satellite tank that I use as frag/acclimatization tank.
I'll try them this time to keep the nutrients level in check.
Let's see.....
I like my previous 750l a lot too....I'll try to do something as balanced as it was.

https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8210/29373142390_571612fd97.jpg


Awesome aquascape,amazing dimensions...cant wait to see it filled with life alex:thumbsup:
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Mike.
I can't wait it too....but it'll take some time.....:sad2:

looks great
Thanks.




Here's the sump.
No changes....it's just a little cleaner...for now....:D:D:D

https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8358/29373131590_405f5943a4_z.jpg

Regards,
Alex

Alex Costa
09/16/2016, 06:12 PM
And......................................................
My sump opened and.....leaked.

Sometimes I believe in a higher force, looking down......and testing my will.

:headwalls::headwalls::headwalls::headwalls::headwalls::headwalls:

Alex

reefmutt
09/16/2016, 08:27 PM
When my tank leaked 2 years ago.. I felt the same way.. Should I continue? Should I throw in the towel??
I'm glad I continued.

DiscusHeckel
09/17/2016, 11:22 AM
And......................................................
My sump opened and.....leaked.

Sometimes I believe in a higher force, looking down......and testing my will.

:headwalls::headwalls::headwalls::headwalls::headwalls::headwalls:

Alex

It is just bad luck Alex. I don't believe in Reef Gods. I hope you will not be put off and will continue.

Alex Costa
09/18/2016, 10:19 AM
Thanks guys.
I'm getting a new sump....probably next Saturday.
Sometimes we just need to take a deep breath.
Alex

Alex Costa
10/12/2016, 01:29 PM
Well,
After two weeks waiting the new sump arrived at oct-02.
I've put it into place and get back to cycling.
No big changes:

https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5681/30249674086_ff7dc88a3c.jpg


On last weekend the corals that survived to the crash get back home.
All of them get opened in the next day and all of them seems to be very well on the new water.
I've put an acro as well for testing purposes, and it made it through. So, soon there'll some sticks again....:bounce1::bounce1::bounce1:

Red favia
https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8648/30284578955_500e924bbd.jpg

Favia prism
https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8549/29654054514_765fbbb360.jpg

Duncan
https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5729/29654273133_a558eb7842.jpg


Alex

Alex Costa
10/18/2016, 12:44 PM
Sticks:
:dance::dance::dance::dance:

nana purple
https://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8129/30324945351_bcc6476491.jpg

milepora baby blue
https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5480/30294398132_1e25e82517.jpg

milepora red planet
https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5496/30250891272_0ce9b28e9f.jpg

milepora green orange tips
https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5635/30281426461_ff6c793314.jpg

Darth_Tater
10/18/2016, 01:44 PM
They look happy!

Alex Costa
10/18/2016, 06:03 PM
Yeap.....
That was a good surprise....the tank is a little more than a month old....

Alex Costa
10/21/2016, 05:01 PM
And..................
The clowns have a home

https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5535/30332338946_b23779083e.jpg


Alex

CrayolaViolence
10/21/2016, 06:15 PM
I love malunarus wrasse they are such good fish.

vikinglord13
10/22/2016, 01:22 AM
This is exciting.

I think a video once all is said and done would be tranquil.

Alex Costa
10/27/2016, 06:43 PM
This is exciting.

I think a video once all is said and done would be tranquil.


I think there's not much to show right now......Maybe in a year or two...




After a month the tank goes well....diatoms have gone.....corals look happy....parameters are stable and ok.

The downside is the death of the 2 Green Chromis, less than 2 weeks after they get in the tank. :sad2:

DiscusHeckel
10/27/2016, 07:00 PM
And..................
The clowns have a home

https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5535/30332338946_b23779083e.jpg


Alex

Lovely jubbly!


The downside is the death of the 2 Green Chromis, less than 2 weeks after they get in the tank. :sad2:

I am not surprised about this. Green/blue chromis often end up killing each other until there is only one of them left.

Wrangy
10/30/2016, 11:39 PM
Glad to hear you've got some corals back again Alex :) it'll be no time before your tank is pumping again! Sorry to hear about the sump issues but I'm happy you got through it and are still going along!!

vikinglord13
10/31/2016, 10:40 PM
I actually find that interesting. I've heard chromis are great for schooling fish

Alex Costa
11/03/2016, 08:43 PM
Glad to hear you've got some corals back again Alex :) it'll be no time before your tank is pumping again! Sorry to hear about the sump issues but I'm happy you got through it and are still going along!!

Thanks Dom....
Now I need some patience....a looot of patience, in fact......:p

I actually find that interesting. I've heard chromis are great for schooling fish



Yes....they are.....but, the school will last?
Try to search a scholl of 10 chromis that are togheter and alive for, lets say.....5 years....

Try the same for anthias.....

Alex Costa
11/20/2016, 07:53 AM
Some new photos....

ORA Blue Green
https://c6.staticflickr.com/6/5497/30324944613_ee3e75a219.jpg/

frog green rose tips....a common coral but one of my favs....
https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5730/30764138180_fdcec8aa8e.jpg

some polyps
https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5801/31017666031_2c37e628bc.jpg


One of the first fishes.....One of my favorite, for sure....
https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5567/30324951263_d0ec62bf6f.jpg



A FTS:

https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5700/31131985455_50d8dca193.jpg


In a 1 year or 2 it'll look like a reef.....for now, it's just an aquarium....

DiscusHeckel
11/20/2016, 04:32 PM
One of the first fishes.....One of my favorite, for sure....
https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5567/30324951263_d0ec62bf6f.jpg

A FTS:

https://c8.staticflickr.com/6/5700/31131985455_50d8dca193.jpg


In a 1 year or 2 it'll look like a reef.....for now, it's just an aquarium....

This fish is also one of my favourites. Does it harm feather duster worms or cox worms? Looking at its long nose, I bet it would eat my worms straight away.

Your tank will no doubt be one of the best on here.

Alex Costa
11/22/2016, 08:41 AM
Hi Bulent,

I wouldn't put it together with any feather....plus, it's a risk some meaty lps like brains, scolimias, etc and I would avoid them...

Regards

DiscusHeckel
11/22/2016, 11:43 AM
Thanks Alex. That's a shame. Sadly, feather dusters and coco worms are the only invertebrates that provide movement in my tank except perhaps some overgrown bryopsis (doh). I would love to have that cutie fish in my tank.

saf1
11/22/2016, 03:47 PM
Great job and tank.

Would it be possible to get a closer shot of your overflow and then another of your powerhead / wave maker placement? I'm interested in how your flow is and overall water movement.

Looks very nice though, well done.

Alex Costa
11/23/2016, 05:51 PM
Thanks Alex. That's a shame. Sadly, feather dusters and coco worms are the only invertebrates that provide movement in my tank except perhaps some overgrown bryopsis (doh). I would love to have that cutie fish in my tank.

I love coco worms, but I love longnoose/cooperband the most.....rsrsrsr
I had "some" brown hair algae on rocks right now giving a plenty of movement to the reef.....:mad2::mad2::mad2:


Great job and tank.

Would it be possible to get a closer shot of your overflow and then another of your powerhead / wave maker placement? I'm interested in how your flow is and overall water movement.

Looks very nice though, well done.

Hi saf1
My overflow it's an internal box, and it occupies the right half of the back panel...it's "impossible" to show it on photos.
My circulation now resumes to the MP40, showed on photo and a Gyre 150 on the back panel, in the opposite side of the Vortech.....that's only it...


Regards,

Alex Costa
12/22/2016, 01:51 PM
The good news: the brown algae is almost entirely gone.
The bad news: the fishes are almost entirely gone.

Ich kill my longnoose, my fridmanii and a couple of ocelaris. The 4 Green Chromis is all that has left and it'll be this way for 2 or 3 months.


Some progression shoots:

Green Slimer:

12/10/16

https://c2.staticflickr.com/1/451/31809009225_c2c56e1033.jpg


25/10/16

https://c8.staticflickr.com/1/283/31809098255_c13aef09e1.jpg


14/11/16

https://c6.staticflickr.com/1/369/30999371893_0d68ebe4a9.jpg


22/12/16

https://c4.staticflickr.com/1/613/31809010275_8af4e39e66.jpg

https://c7.staticflickr.com/1/392/31436460150_a2b70ec83b.jpg

Regards,
Alex

Euler Kernighan
12/22/2016, 04:11 PM
Alex, am so sorry to hear on your fish loss but happy to know that you are back in the game.

Btw, good progress on the coral growth, can we say +1" in just two mth?

Keep it coming!

reefmutt
12/22/2016, 06:09 PM
Uggg... I just lost a couple fish to ich as well! And may lose more..
SUCKS!!! :(

DiscusHeckel
12/23/2016, 05:09 AM
Alex,

I am really sorry to hear this bad news. I feel for you.

Alex Costa
12/23/2016, 05:50 AM
Alex, am so sorry to hear on your fish loss but happy to know that you are back in the game.

Btw, good progress on the coral growth, can we say +1" in just two mth?

Keep it coming!

Hi Euler,
That's it...about 3 cm in 2 months ....but....the yongei is a very fast grower.
I think the most important thing about the sps untill now is that I didin't lost anything.....a plus is that the colors are very good and the corals are growing

Uggg... I just lost a couple fish to ich as well! And may lose more..
SUCKS!!! :(

Alex,

I am really sorry to hear this bad news. I feel for you.


It really sucks.:thumbdown:thumbdown:thumbdown
The fish was ok for about a month...swimming....eating by my hand....then, suddenly, was covered with dots.
As I said, now is time to give the tank a little time.
The corals are very well so, I'll keep with them for now.

Regards,
Alex

Alex Costa
12/23/2016, 06:26 AM
Some more:

milleporas pink and green 14-10-16. The day that both arrived.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/360/30980913904_fc1efe4ab3.jpg


Mille green 25-10-16

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/446/31674539192_fb9da70217.jpg


Mille green 22-12-16

https://c2.staticflickr.com/1/554/31705433241_fd13e416ff.jpg


Mille pink 25-10-16

https://c6.staticflickr.com/1/590/31821755485_1c2359ae89.jpg


Mille pink 14-11-16

https://c3.staticflickr.com/6/5561/31784241906_a75517d7af.jpg


Mille pink 22-12-16

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/362/31784235016_829b081449.jpg

Regards,

Alex

vikinglord13
12/23/2016, 07:53 PM
Man that is so weird that the fish randomly got ich like that. Sorry for your loss Alex :(

Alex Costa
01/07/2017, 05:45 AM
Some new sticks:

loripes blue

https://c2.staticflickr.com/1/427/32041211361_9433a514c3.jpg


efflorencis yellow

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/601/32121165856_c880daf399.jpg


ultimate blue

https://c3.staticflickr.com/1/632/31784343290_7394914727.jpg


formosa blue sky

https://c5.staticflickr.com/1/564/32121149476_b10ee1bed5.jpg

CrayolaViolence
01/07/2017, 09:30 AM
Ich/velvet in a reef tank is a b*tch. I've had both happen, even with quarantining. Even letting a tank sit fallow for 90+ days afterwards. Considering how long it can lay dormant in a fish, 30 days quarantining doesn't really do much. Treating during that 30 days will increase the odds, but even then a lot of the parasites are bullet proof until they leave the fish.
One thing I have found, that I use long term as a preventative, is ick shield food. I put some in a tiny bit of water, turn it to mush then soak mysis shrimp in it. Then during the day 3-5 times a day, I drop tiny minute amounts into the tank and let the fish eat it. They seem to gobble it up like this. Even my copper band butterfly. I do this for three weeks. If I see so much as a spec on a fish I begin treatment again. So far, this seems to have worked. Although without correct diagnostic tools I cannot even say for sure if the fish ever had ich or marine velvet to begin with. And thats the biggest issue with treating disease. Without proper diagnostics we have no idea what it is the fish has. We can observe and make a logical guess, but it's still just a guess.
The more I read on ich, velvet and other nasties the more I am convinced there are people who have had disease in their tank and people that will have disease in their tank. You can take appropriate steps to prevent it, but it's not fail safe.
Didn't mean to hijack your thread. It just breaks my heart every time I see people lose stock to this crap and I am left wondering how, in this day an age, we cannot have some type of in home diagnostics, a vaccine, or a 99.9% treatment that's reef safe, invert safe, and even fish safe.

Benson0219
01/07/2017, 11:57 AM
Very nice tank! Sorry to hear about your fish. Hope you get the ick under control.

Alex Costa
01/08/2017, 06:12 AM
The 4 Green Chromis showed no sign of ich....never.
Even the Yellow longnoose was healthy and feeding a lot in one day and then, the next day, was sick.

As I told before, I'll give the tank a break to balance itself.
Rush never worked to me before and didn't work this time too...

dave.m
01/08/2017, 02:59 PM
Fish quarantine - minimum 40 days. Professional aquarists often wait up to six months.

Dave.M

worm5406
01/09/2017, 03:13 PM
I agree with the QT. Place lots of PVC in the QT tank to give them a place to hide, explore, rest. They will not really mind, not like there is a union or anything.

Keep in mind just because the item in there has been there for 4 weeks, and you add something, the timer resets for everything. Some people have multiple QT if they have things that are coming in at different times or non compatible fish in a close/small QT tank.

Alex Costa
02/03/2017, 06:43 AM
I've add no new fish untill now.
Corals (sps) looks a little pale and dull.....due to the lack of partial water changes and fishes to dirt the water.
I'm beginning with water changes now and must add some Koralcolor/Koralle to darker them a little bit.
Next month I must add a fish or two....

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/395/32483200902_acf141d238_z.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/489/32636421555_ebf00ab5c2_z.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/353/31793562374_12d2f5b437_z.jpg

Alex

Alex Costa
02/06/2017, 11:19 AM
So I did some minor changes on the lighting of the system.
I put 2 more AI Vegas over the tank.
1 over the Small island on the front and another over the big island on the back.

My goal with the unit over the small island was to reallocate the other 2 fixtures to get a better covering, plus, put the Hydra52 over the sps that I, against my initial intent, put on the small island.
The both goals were accomplished and the sps already shows a better growth/coloration.

The other fixture located over the big island has the goal of put some light over the capri monti that I hanged over the right cliff. It works with a green one but the purple one still remains in the shadow of the rock. I hope that it thrive anyway, and grow to the direction of light. Let's see......

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/452/32748242615_fcf73f778d_z.jpg


I also changed the program schedule of the fixtures, creating 4 "groups" that are now individually controlled by the Director.

The groups are:

- the 4 fixtures over the big island
- the fixture on the frag tank
- the 2 Vegas over the small island
- the Hydra52 over the small island (I separated this one from the two others because I want it running with more power than the other two, that are over the lps/soft corals)


Another change was made in the "frag tank" (nothing to frag untill now, so I keep running it as an algae tank).
As recommended by a friend, Leo Carvalho, I replaced my caulerpas for chaetomorfas.
They're still a very small portion, but I didn't see any changes in parameters (PO4/NO2) untill now.
This tank still hosts a walking Green BBT anemone.
I let it at least 1 week here, attached to a rock and then move it, with the rock, to my display tank.
All the 4 times that I did it, it starts to walk. One of the times, in the big island, between the sps...:eek2::eek2::eek2:
So, I give it some more time out to think in the frag tank.
Also change the LED fixture. My "AI SOL" from RapidLED stop working, so I put a Vega Fixture in its place...
To remove the drivers, the cables, the dimer makes the visual a lot more clean. And i like it.
Plus, now I have a lot more option in color/control, which is very good.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/562/32707395996_9b502c3be2.jpg


I think it's basically this.
The system is running very stable until now.....no algae problems, almost no variations on water parameters.

Alex

Alex Costa
02/26/2017, 05:56 AM
New fishes:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2781/32140232803_01bb5750e9_z.jpg

DiscusHeckel
02/26/2017, 10:41 AM
New fishes:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2781/32140232803_01bb5750e9_z.jpg

They are very nice Alex.

Alex Costa
02/28/2017, 07:22 PM
Thanks Bulent.
They're very sweet....and I bought them 2 weeks apart from each other.
After I put the small one they instantly get around.


Here some more new aditions:

anacropora wwc slimeball

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3899/32693861291_3e0ae3614c_z.jpg

No ID white acro.
Trully amazing ALL white acro....

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3775/32817011595_f8d28b8de6_z.jpg

DiscusHeckel
03/02/2017, 04:47 AM
Thanks Bulent.
They're very sweet....and I bought them 2 weeks apart from each other.
After I put the small one they instantly get around.


Here some more new aditions:

anacropora wwc slimeball

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3899/32693861291_3e0ae3614c_z.jpg

No ID white acro.
Trully amazing ALL white acro....

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3775/32817011595_f8d28b8de6_z.jpg

The second frag is truly stunning.

Alex Costa
04/21/2017, 01:51 PM
Some news:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2847/33340016204_c9e4452b9e_z.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2814/33340023084_2536491204_z.jpg

DiscusHeckel
04/21/2017, 02:28 PM
It looks fabulous Alex.

reefmutt
04/21/2017, 02:32 PM
Looking great Alex!
But yes this is awesome!!

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3775/32817011595_f8d28b8de6_z.jpg

FernandesReef
04/21/2017, 03:00 PM
Looks great, can already see how good it's going to look once it has filled out.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Alex Costa
04/22/2017, 08:30 AM
Thanks to all....
Things are slowly getting better.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2890/33353953154_32cca21611_c.jpg

DiscusHeckel
04/22/2017, 08:43 AM
Alex,

What are your recent nutrient levels?

I like all that space you provide for your fish. So nice.

Alex Costa
04/22/2017, 09:04 AM
Some new sticks:

suharsonoi

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2814/34196560175_dc3c066bcd.jpg


tenuis pink
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2900/34196558365_dc342a1713.jpg


spathulata
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2838/33354008574_e6e6e30fb1.jpg


lokani purple
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2936/33812502030_0fd1295616.jpg


sarmentosa
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2890/33812488450_357626a183.jpg


squarosa
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2911/34196563325_0337817b99.jpg


Australian wild caught
https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2885/33812472930_49baf44901.jpg

Alex Costa
04/22/2017, 09:09 AM
Alex,

What are your recent nutrient levels?

I like all that space you provide for your fish. So nice.


Hi Bulent,

Nitrates (Salifert) and Phosphates (Hanna Phosphates) are indetectable.....
I'm planning to start dosing Potassium Nitrate to raise the Nitrates to 5ppm.
Zero Nitrates are not good for Zoanthus and mushs and the suplements aren't working for them...

After start dosing Koralcolor and Koralle from Brightwell I saw a great improvement in the coloration and healthy aspect of corals....

Regards

DiscusHeckel
04/22/2017, 09:29 AM
After start dosing Koralcolor and Koralle from Brightwell I saw a great improvement in the coloration and healthy aspect of corals....

Regards

This has also been my experience. My Acropora digitifera has started to show pigments that I did not know existed on this coral. How much are you dosing? I am dosing 0.3 ml per 250 litre net volume per day.

Alex Costa
04/22/2017, 09:38 AM
This has also been my experience. My Acropora digitifera has started to show pigments that I did not know existed on this coral. How much are you dosing? I am dosing 0.3 ml per 250 litre net volume per day.


I am dosing 2 times a week (Wed and Sun), 60 ml of Koralle and 20 ml of Koralcolor per 1900 liters.

DiscusHeckel
04/22/2017, 09:45 AM
I am dosing 2 times a week (Wed and Sun), 60 ml of Koralle and 20 ml of Koralcolor per 1900 liters.

Wow. You dose a lot of Koral Color at once even though you dose only twice a week. I dose daily to ensure that the product is constantly available in the water column. I have never exceeded 0.4 ml per 250 per day. Perhaps I am too cautious.

One good side effect of dosing Koral Color is that, as I expected, it subdues bryopsis (thanks to lithium in the product) at 0.3 ml/250 L. At 0.35 ml/250L it stops bryopsis altogether, but does not eradicate it.

Alex Costa
04/22/2017, 09:50 AM
Wow. You dose a lot of Koral Color at once even though you dose only twice a week. I dose daily to ensure that the product is constantly available in the water column. I have never exceeded 0.4 ml per 250 per day. Perhaps I am too cautious.

One good side effect of dosing Koral Color is that, as I expected, it subdues bryopsis (thanks to lithium in the product) at 0.3 ml/250 L. At 0.35 ml/250L it stops bryopsis altogether, but does not eradicate it.


I am dosing the recomended amount in the bottle label:

"Basic: Add 1ml per 94,6 liters every three days (alternatively, twice a week)."

DiscusHeckel
04/22/2017, 09:52 AM
I am dosing the recomended amount in the bottle label:

"Basic: Add 1ml per 94,6 liters every three days (alternatively, twice a week)."

That's fair enough.

In my case, I have to be cautious because I also dose anionic and cationic elements daily in conjunction with NP-Bacto-Balance.

Alex Costa
04/22/2017, 09:57 AM
That's fair enough.

In my case, I have to be cautious because I also dose anionic and cationic elements daily in conjunction with NP-Bacto-Balance.

I dose it too....from Tropic Marin.....Once a week....25 ml of each one
:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

But no Bacto-Balance...

DiscusHeckel
04/22/2017, 10:01 AM
I dose it too....from Tropic Marin.....Once a week....25 ml of each one
:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

But no Bacto-Balance...

:D

I use A- Elements. K+ elements are already in NP-Bacto-Balance. I used to dose K+ elements additionally, but after Bacto-balance dose reaches to a certain level you get too much iron in the water column. This then causes bryopsis and in most cases cyanobacteria.

Alex Costa
04/22/2017, 10:12 AM
fishy fishy fishy fishy

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2949/34197081325_ddd413a959.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2855/33224949803_7c67e53aab.jpg

Alex Costa
04/22/2017, 10:33 AM
And some lps:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2880/33813451890_3175469bd5.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2876/34025128462_b5b540d2be.jpg

Darth_Tater
04/22/2017, 12:36 PM
Looking good!

Alex Costa
05/05/2017, 09:41 AM
Goniopora pink

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4166/33625750644_46c1e213e6_z.jpg

Alex Costa
05/14/2017, 08:36 AM
Test results:

Ca - 430
Kh - 8,0
K - 470
NO3 - 0
PO4 - 0

This values are keeping rock stable since the rebuild, what is great.

Today I removed the GAC and the GFO, that were running for the lst 2 ou 3 weeks and I'll keep them out for the next month.


I still having issues with diatoms in the sandbed, what is bothering a lot.
I'm thinking about give the Tropic Marin Reef Actif a try, to see if could help me with that.
I've read reviews saying that it is similar to ZEOzym, which I used with success in the past. Let's see.

This week I received some new supplements from Brightwell, and I'll add to my weekly dosing routine the Borochrom and Lugol's along Koralle and Koralcolor.
I'll try to improve my pinks and reds, that are very very dull.

I made some adjusts in my Hydras 52 ramps.
Now all the blues rise to 100%, an improve of 15%.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4167/33808376874_c65480ec05_z.jpg

Alex Costa
05/14/2017, 08:46 AM
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4161/34651985185_de49023baf_z.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4170/34611109416_0ebfcf0a19_z.jpg

Alex Costa
05/26/2017, 08:54 AM
Some new shots from today:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4219/34518085040_76a6b0036a_z.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4245/34773471861_3b00f3bce7_z.jpg

Alex Costa
05/26/2017, 09:01 AM
And one sad news:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4201/34773629191_8d8e12f35f_n.jpg


Until yesterday the fish was ok.
Feeding, swimming, no sign of any kind of problem.

Alex Costa
05/26/2017, 09:07 AM
Milepora Baby Blue
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4200/34517991550_ac2fe616fc_z.jpg

Formosa Blue sky
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4251/34741866842_2f2a233bcf_z.jpg

Red dragon
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4172/33956670664_f3245a4739_z.jpg

Tortuosa ORA blue green
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4220/34741901522_f38f5243f5_z.jpg

reefmutt
05/26/2017, 12:49 PM
Very nice, Alex.
I love how your scape looks so completely different from one angle to the next.
Those two fts look like they are from different tanks.
Corals are looking good.
That fish must have had a fish heart attack..

Alex Costa
05/26/2017, 03:52 PM
Thanks Matt.

This time, for the first time, I'm fully satisfied with the scape of my reef.
Let's see how it evolves as the corals grow....time will tell but I think that it's gonna be better and better as time goes by...

About the fish, it's the only reasonable explanation....
:headwally::headwally:

vikinglord13
06/24/2017, 09:52 PM
Poor fish. As I understand butterflies are hard to keep in general.

I enjoy your tank Alex. Thanks for the pic updates - as always.

saf1
06/25/2017, 12:14 PM
Nice tank.

What sort of butterfly was it? Also how long did you have it?

I really like the aquascape, keep up the great work.

reefzone123
06/25/2017, 08:52 PM
love the aquascape. open look allow amazing natural visual.

DiscusHeckel
06/26/2017, 02:18 PM
Corals look in great condition. Sorry about the fish. Did it have any white marks on its fins or red marks on its body?

Alex Costa
06/28/2017, 10:43 PM
Poor fish. As I understand butterflies are hard to keep in general.

I enjoy your tank Alex. Thanks for the pic updates - as always.

Thanks man.
Yeah....butterflies are hard sometimes. The yellow longnoose isn't diferent.
I'll give the tank some time and try another one again.
Let's see......


Nice tank.

What sort of butterfly was it? Also how long did you have it?

I really like the aquascape, keep up the great work.

Thanks.
It was a Yellow Longnoose (Forcipiger flavissimus/longirostris). I don't remind how to differentiate both species.


love the aquascape. open look allow amazing natural visual.

Yeah...that's really the point of the scape, the open spaces. Always tried to do something like this and this time I finally acomplished.

Corals look in great condition. Sorry about the fish. Did it have any white marks on its fins or red marks on its body?

No sign Bulent.
It was healthy, swimming, eating......no marks.... neither in fins nor the body.
Talking to some friends they told that it's usual with this specie.
I'll give a break and try again in the end of the year.


I added some new fishes and corals but a problem in my notebook won't allow me to put new photos 'till next week.
The diatoms in the sandbed are worst and it's annoying me big time. Have tried to dose yeast for the past week with no good effect 'till now.
I'm thinking about try Zeozym.....I used it sometime ago and I liked the effect in the overall aspect of the sandbed.

Alex Costa
06/29/2017, 08:04 PM
Some new fishes:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4197/35444704262_ed8d1d8aba_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4254/35226051280_a141cd1c18_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4289/35226112200_9616eef8f2_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4232/35226119350_303612e7c3_z.jpg

Alex Costa
06/29/2017, 08:08 PM
Some new sticks:

Pink shortcake
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4254/35573801936_66bcc8a82b_z.jpg

Blue lagoon (I think that it's some kind of echinata)
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4257/34803702163_3e74c460cd_z.jpg

Green gem
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4279/34771632814_0b3a29907a_z.jpg

Alex Costa
06/29/2017, 08:10 PM
Some flubbers......:lolspin::lolspin::lolspin:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4205/35612679855_40724a5444_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4191/34803742373_38cae41df4_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4153/35612632755_ee003d7f48_z.jpg

Alex Costa
07/14/2017, 09:44 AM
Yesterday I finally get my AI support fixed.
Made for my previous setup, it has a lot of flaws, and demands a lot of improvisation.

This time I choose to put a flat panel fixed in the support. This allowed me to precisely tune the position of each fixture.
The power blocks are now up in this panel, so all the wires are hidden.
The bigger space between the support and the fixture will provide more air flow and a better cooling of the fixtures.

Besides all that, I think it looks more clean now.

Next step is to put 2 more fixtures, totaling 10 instead the actual 8.
The places are already defined. They will be in the back, over the big island, and I intend to fill up some dark spaces.
I think it'll be just fine.

Previous:
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/749/31940914063_e45e07bb85_c.jpg

Actual:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4293/35528152060_ef6cdaeed0_c.jpg

reefmutt
07/14/2017, 01:53 PM
Love it!
Very cool look.

Darth_Tater
07/14/2017, 02:51 PM
Looks good!

JonCubb
07/15/2017, 09:30 AM
Love this. Perfect rock work imo.

Alex Costa
07/17/2017, 03:57 PM
Thanks to all....

Today I put 2 Vegas to fill up the empty spaces....
In the photo is hard to tell, but it made a big difference.
Here how it looks now:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4320/35150128794_69a4161d47_c.jpg

Alex Costa
07/21/2017, 06:41 PM
Some reescape.....

Due to the previous position of one of my Hydras, my Red Planet was growing towards 2 other acros, to the oposite direction that I intend inittially, when I glued it in that place...(obviouslly............................)

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4304/35940763911_f2597402bb_z.jpg


Today I cut it down in 3 pieces, reglued 2 of them, and the third one must find another reef to stay......
I am very satisfied with the result.....and now, with the fixture hanged in another position, over the cliff, I think the coral will follow the light and grow to the right from now on....(or...I expected it, at least.........)

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4298/35940758491_3f59691c1d_z.jpg

Alex Costa
07/22/2017, 06:55 PM
Today...after a WC and siphon the SB

<a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/36055198186/in/dateposted-public/" title="22-07-17 small island"><img src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4306/36055198186_98f9ea679c_b.jpg" width="1024" height="701" alt="22-07-17 small island"></a>

bk.
07/22/2017, 07:38 PM
This tank is amazing! I love the dimensions. Perfect.

Alex Costa
07/23/2017, 07:01 AM
I had several gobies in my previous setups, but one still was only a desire: the Hi fin red banded.
Last month I finally found one in a store, and despite of my will of not to put gobies in this setup besides the Golden Head, I bought it.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4295/35917031462_c7691b0ed7.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4312/35952899411_9d177c5882.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4306/35245849314_9ffa67a9d8.jpg

Alex Costa
07/23/2017, 07:04 AM
This tank is amazing! I love the dimensions. Perfect.


:beer::beer:

Alex Costa
07/23/2017, 07:29 AM
Every WC I clean up the back panel glass to remove the algae that grows in it.
15 days ago I didn't due some eggs laid all over the panel.
Yesterday I found the "owners" of that eggs, spawning again:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4304/36085175275_8506285ae0.jpg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eU_tgwjPM4

:fish2::fish2::fish2::fish2::fish2::fish2:

reefmutt
07/23/2017, 09:48 AM
Nice Alex, the tank is looking really good!

DiscusHeckel
07/24/2017, 07:06 AM
I agree with Matt. It must be really relaxing to look at your tank when you come home from work. I think the way your light units are hung is a state of the art.

Alex Costa
07/24/2017, 08:33 AM
Thanks Matt and Bulent.

The tank is in a good shape right now.....The corals start to show the colors that they might to show...they're growing well....the fishes are happy....and I can fix some issues in the system.

Alex

cFloor
07/24/2017, 09:55 PM
Your tank is looking amazing! I really love the layout and the open space.

Alex Costa
07/25/2017, 07:23 AM
Thanks Connor!

Alex Costa
07/25/2017, 04:54 PM
Some more point of views

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4292/36153826565_c2987b2a0d_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4300/36114829636_6e4c6962ea_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4300/35347292083_8628582bec_z.jpg



Crayola plana
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4299/36068171666_46d9419a83_z.jpg

dave.m
07/25/2017, 08:10 PM
You're rockin' it, Alex!

Dave.M

Darth_Tater
07/26/2017, 11:22 AM
Wow, some of those acros are growing crazy fast!

Alex Costa
07/30/2017, 10:48 AM
Test results:
Ra: 8,0
Ca: 410
K: 450
PO4: 0
NO3: 0

Ra and Calcium showed a little drop down, due the growth of sps, I think.
If this keeps this way 'till next week, I must open a little the outlet of my Ca reactor.

K, after some months over 470 due to several days dosing Potassium, mislead by a test kit out of date, is now at the point that I should keep for now on.

PO4 and NO3 still resding 0,0 at Salifert test kits.
Besides that, I've noted a better coloration on sps, after a change in the fish food. So I think that 0,0 aren't 100% reliable.

The change in the feeding was basically the replacement of all industrialized food by a mix of frozen seafood.
The mix is shrimp, squid, octopus, tuna and seashell. A paella mix that I buy on the supermarket.
I made the change after buy the anthias pair, as a try to improve their will to feed.
And it works very well untill now.
The anthias are far more voracious feeders since the change.
The fridmaniis looks like 2 golden fishs after eat. The P. sankey to heal completely its rotten fins. Yellow coris looks fat and bigger. Plus, my zoas are bigger and more open and growing faster than before and so the lps.
In the beginning I was interspersing industrialized with frozen food, but now I am only giving then the frozen one.
I should keep it that way from now on.

Alex

Alex Costa
07/30/2017, 10:55 AM
You're rockin' it, Alex!

Dave.M

Thanks Dave!

Wow, some of those acros are growing crazy fast!

Yes....Seems that the line that tear apart frags from colonies were crossed....and now the growth tends to be faster.

Already did some frags, to guide some colonies and to avoid contact in some places:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4293/35978706761_3d5b77184b_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4299/35943273242_3bc6b96fc2_z.jpg

reefmutt
07/30/2017, 03:32 PM
Some more point of views

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4292/36153826565_c2987b2a0d_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4300/36114829636_6e4c6962ea_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4300/35347292083_8628582bec_z.jpg



Crayola plana
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4299/36068171666_46d9419a83_z.jpg

Wow, Alex, I really love these shots!
Such a beautiful scape. So open and balanced.
So cool to see the different perspectives.

Alex Costa
07/30/2017, 04:18 PM
Wow, Alex, I really love these shots!
Such a beautiful scape. So open and balanced.
So cool to see the different perspectives.

Thanks Matt! :thumbsup:
I am really enjoying this phase of the reef.
The colors are popping and the scape starts to make more sense now that the corals are bigger.

Alex

WLachnit
07/31/2017, 01:32 AM
Some more point of views

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4292/36153826565_c2987b2a0d_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4300/36114829636_6e4c6962ea_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4300/35347292083_8628582bec_z.jpg



Crayola plana
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4299/36068171666_46d9419a83_z.jpg



The last pic is artwork!

Alex Costa
07/31/2017, 08:18 AM
The last pic is artwork!


Thanks!
The Chromis try to hide in between the branches of this acro sometimes....

They obviously, don't fit in.....lol

Alex Costa
07/31/2017, 08:24 AM
Montipora Rainbow...the coral that deserves to be named like this

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4321/36140138221_cbe6bb0a96_b.jpg


Some EVO shots:

Anacropora WWC Slimeball

09/02/2017
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3899/32693861291_3e0ae3614c.jpg

30/07/2017
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4292/36106709442_36758edf31.jpg




No ID australian acro :

20/04/2017
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2885/33812472930_49baf44901.jpg

30/07/2017
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4294/36273273295_d599e48847.jpg

Alex

Alex Costa
07/31/2017, 08:28 AM
This frag came from a wild colony. No ID, but is my favorite piece at this time:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4315/36273343915_b9ac0c8cca_b.jpg


My Red Dragon must be fraged.
After the change that I made in the fixtures support it starts to STN from the base.
I think it was because the light became too strong for it .
Yesterday I broke the colony in 2 pieces and put 1 piece in the small island, very close to the bottom and the other one in the big island, upper in the reef but not directly bellow any fixture.
Let's see if one of them can make it.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4324/36119890792_77182a2efa.jpg

Alex

vikinglord13
08/04/2017, 10:19 PM
Nice updates. Do you plan to raise any chromis fry perchance?

Alex Costa
08/08/2017, 04:18 PM
Nice updates. Do you plan to raise any chromis fry perchance?


I don't think so...
I simply don't know how and do it probably will require take the 6 Chromis out of the reef to realocate them.

vikinglord13
08/08/2017, 10:18 PM
Hmmm, not necessarily. Many clown reefers that raise clown fry simply take out the rock the eggs are on and let them hatch in a fry tank. I'm not sure if it's possible to scrape the eggs off safely

Wrangy
08/23/2017, 07:29 PM
Wow Alex, I hadn't checked in on your thread in ages and oh my golly gosh!! :inlove: :inlove:

Your tank and photography is just stunning!! I'm so happy to see your new tank is coming along so amazingly and looking just so vibrant and wonderful :D

Alex Costa
08/25/2017, 02:51 PM
Hmmm, not necessarily. Many clown reefers that raise clown fry simply take out the rock the eggs are on and let them hatch in a fry tank. I'm not sure if it's possible to scrape the eggs off safely

A friend send me this link:

http://www.marinebreeder.org/forums/viewforum.php?f=170

I read some threads and Chromis seem to be very difficult to raise fry....
I'll pass......
:lol2:

Wow Alex, I hadn't checked in on your thread in ages and oh my golly gosh!! :inlove: :inlove:

Your tank and photography is just stunning!! I'm so happy to see your new tank is coming along so amazingly and looking just so vibrant and wonderful :D

Hey Dom.....
Thanks!
You came just in time to catch the next chapter......
Take a look

Alex Costa
08/25/2017, 02:53 PM
First of all, after cut my Red Dragon in 2 pieces, the STN stoped and the frags look very good now.
I'm very happy that I could save it.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4417/36656503981_6f87566767.jpg

Alex Costa
08/25/2017, 02:56 PM
The success with the sps gave me the courage to buy some more sticks:

tenuis blue
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4399/36625354422_1cefcf79ed.jpg

Carolineana yellow
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4379/36398677310_2a9342c5f9.jpg

Aculeus
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4439/35961112994_79bcd331b1.jpg

echinata blue
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4363/35986639203_7bd231f679.jpg

Besides that I also bought:

echinata green
milepora red
gomezi purple
hyacinthus pink blue tips
subulata purple
stylophora pink
austera banana
montipora superman
psamocora green

I think that I'm close to what I want from sps now....

Alex Costa
08/25/2017, 02:59 PM
Some of the sps that came in the first batches

Milepora Baby Blue
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4435/35986629103_caa7e42387.jpg

Formosa Blue Sky
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4358/36795713525_7f511c2412.jpg

Tortuosa Blue Oregon
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4358/35986617653_2ed7841520.jpg

Tortuosa ORA Blue Green
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4399/36625374832_cfb0dd4e7a.jpg

Abrolhosensis Green orange tips
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4428/36795723885_10246bf219.jpg

Suharsonoi Eletric Green
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4388/35986599123_a23bce718a.jpg

WWC Slimeball
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4360/36625349812_a48deb89bc.jpg

Alex Costa
08/25/2017, 03:01 PM
Some Top Down

Milepora pink
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4413/36399399280_986bf7e8ba.jpg

ORA Red Planet
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4340/36749102006_2ff81cc404.jpg

turaki mint green
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4410/36657203501_ced3a932e3.jpg

youngei green
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4364/36749063446_5b83941e64.jpg

Tortuosa Blue Oregon
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4422/36796572425_2b4ef9f295.jpg

Montipora setosa
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4347/36796541145_5cf93013fe.jpg

Alex Costa
08/25/2017, 03:03 PM
Some lps

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4418/36399409930_8f2c6106c4.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4399/36749438486_f40f454156.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4430/35987683083_cd8ca9a56f.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4387/35987666073_82d883e1cc.jpg

Alex Costa
08/25/2017, 03:03 PM
FTS


Side view
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4366/36630798542_3a6c78828d_c.jpg

Front view
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4437/36753942456_95bd9a3ef0_c.jpg

Alex Costa
08/25/2017, 03:05 PM
The Islands

Big Island
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4407/36404344900_bcc6b6a802_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4406/36404360670_dc0df7342f_c.jpg

Small Island
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4399/35966505054_a62ba405f5_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4331/36661935291_3ee71d7a20_c.jpg

Alex Costa
08/25/2017, 03:06 PM
And, to finish, a bottom view

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4440/36801387685_db2e2aa548_c.jpg

Darth_Tater
08/25/2017, 10:49 PM
Wow, looking great! I really like that Blue Sky Formosa.

DiscusHeckel
08/26/2017, 03:46 AM
Alex you are a reef artist. Your latest photos are very impressive.

Alex Costa
08/26/2017, 06:53 AM
Wow, looking great! I really like that Blue Sky Formosa.

I like that coral a lot....Indeed a top 10 must have sps for me.
No other have that kind of deep dark green/turquoise color and the blue tips gave it a pop.
You can see it in several photos and angles and the color is just the same.


Alex you are a reef artist. Your latest photos are very impressive.

Thanks Bulent!
As I said before, there's a lot of planning in this setup.
This helps me when I doing the photos, for sure.

reefmutt
08/26/2017, 07:01 AM
The Islands

Big Island
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4407/36404344900_bcc6b6a802_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4406/36404360670_dc0df7342f_c.jpg

Small Island
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4399/35966505054_a62ba405f5_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4331/36661935291_3ee71d7a20_c.jpg

Wow Alex!!
Stunning shots, really!!
Just beautiful.
It's amazing where the tank has come in such a short time.

DiscusHeckel
08/26/2017, 10:46 AM
Thanks Bulent!
As I said before, there's a lot of planning in this setup.
This helps me when I doing the photos, for sure.

You are welcome Alex. I forgot to mention that your attention to detail is amazing. eSo much ffort you put into the planning of this set up has clearly started to pay off.

Keep up the excellent work.

Wrangy
08/29/2017, 11:11 PM
Wow Alex!! I definitely checked in at the right time!! Holy smokes those acro's are looking gorgeous :inlove: it's great to see your tank going so strongly!

i2ik
08/30/2017, 11:48 PM
This is so inspiring! I love it! How do you keep your sand so perfect without any mountains of sand from the water pumps?

I am also redoing the rebirth of my tank and wanted to go bare bottom... your tank is not helping at all..

Alex Costa
08/31/2017, 09:31 AM
Hello Richard.

To be true, I have mixed feelings about the sand.....
Mine, actually, didn't become into a dune due to my circulation, wich is a little bit weak right now.
My tank is too wide and long and I'm having a hard time to tune the type, amount, location, mode of the circulation pumps.
Because os that, I think, I'm having some diatoms in the sandbed.
So, no mountains of sand, but a brownny plain instead...... :0/

Alex.

Alex Costa
08/31/2017, 09:36 AM
Wow Alex!! I definitely checked in at the right time!! Holy smokes those acro's are looking gorgeous :inlove: it's great to see your tank going so strongly!

Thanks Dom!

To be true, now I look at the tank and think to myself: What a good call was start it over after the crash last year.

2 months from now it'll be a 1 year old young reef tank.

:hb2::hb2::hb2::hb2:

Alex

Alex Costa
08/31/2017, 09:55 AM
:frog::frog::frog::frog::frog::frog:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4404/36768579022_ec59e9364e_c.jpg

vikinglord13
09/06/2017, 09:57 PM
Looks great! Have you considered giving the different islands names?

Alex Costa
09/07/2017, 10:57 AM
Looks great! Have you considered giving the different islands names?


Thanks!:thumbsup:

Not really....I've been calling them big island and small island since the beginning......All the creativity was used to make them, maybe....nothing left...
:lmao::lmao::lmao:

Alex Costa
09/07/2017, 06:56 PM
Today's test results:

Ra: 7,65 dKH
Ca: 450
K: 430

Ra droped a little so I open the outlet of my Ca reactor a tiny bit.....And I will check again next week.
I think that colonies start to consume Ra a little faster, due to growth.

reefmutt
09/07/2017, 07:14 PM
Alex, don't you think your Calcium will get a bit high if you correct alk by opening up your ca reactor?
Also, do you run a ph controller on the reactor?

Alex Costa
09/07/2017, 11:01 PM
Maybe you're right Matt...
In fact, I think that Ca already is a bit high (but I didn't test it very frequently).....
I'm thinking about rise the Kh using Brightwell Alkalin, instead of change the Reactor flow....

On Sunday I'll check both again, and then I'll decide.

About the PH probe, my Apex PH probe is instaled on Reactor first chamber.....I keep the PH stable at 7,4.
In the outlet of the second chamber it's a bit higher.....7,5~7,6...
In the tank is 8,3, according Sera test kit.

Alex Costa
09/10/2017, 09:33 AM
I redo the tests today:

RA 7,7
Ca - 430~440 (did it twice because I was thinking that 450 was a litlle...."strange")

I'll keep the Ca reactor this way and I'll redo the tests next weekend.

Alex

Alex Costa
09/21/2017, 11:49 PM
Some EVO:

C. tortuosa ORA Blue Green

20/11/2016
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5497/30324944613_ee3e75a219.jpg

14/04/2017
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2860/33193558664_8ccf23f498.jpg

26/05/2017
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4220/34741901522_f38f5243f5.jpg

21/09/2017
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4369/37176702226_493c3da004.jpg


Alex

Alex Costa
09/22/2017, 08:36 PM
Today's test results:

Ra: 7,66 dKH
Ca: 440
K: 410

Ra as Ca are stable for the past 6 weeks, so the adjustment in the Ca reactor was a good call.
K droped a little...first time that is near to 400 since the begining of the tank.
I'll keep an eye on it, and I'll start dosing Brigthwell Potassium if it drops below 400....

Alex

shannonpayne86
09/23/2017, 08:38 AM
Really loving this incarnation of the tank Alex. How did you join the rocks together to make the aquascape?

Alex Costa
09/24/2017, 08:44 AM
Really loving this incarnation of the tank Alex. How did you join the rocks together to make the aquascape?

Thanks.....

I used 2 types of epoxi putty to glue the rocks togetHer.
One is a domestic two parts (1 white and 1 grey) to hold the rocks in the right position.
After that, the finishing was made using an epoxi putty used in cars bodyworks repairs.

reefmutt
09/25/2017, 06:52 AM
Nice evolution shots.
Alex your tank is looking really good, really fast!

Alex Costa
09/25/2017, 05:32 PM
Nice evolution shots.
Alex your tank is looking really good, really fast!

Thanks Matt....
Things are really going well 'till now.



A newly add: a pair os Pseudanthias cooperi

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4433/37223301671_e7ce30d204.jpg


And the pinks are finally getting a bit better
Austera pink yellow tips

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4346/36969408800_60cc7dcdd8.jpg

Alex

Alex Costa
09/25/2017, 05:41 PM
Is anyone can identify this acro?



Blue lagoon

29/06/17
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4257/34803702163_3e74c460cd.jpg


21/09/17
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4416/36969527800_370d9bf0f0.jpg

Alex

reefmutt
09/26/2017, 06:41 AM
Looks a bit like an echinata..

Alex Costa
09/29/2017, 07:26 PM
Looks a bit like an echinata..


Thanks Matt....I think that could be....



Some new photos.....with no big news....

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4438/37368645052_b4bca55c98_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4382/36690319814_6a6878848f_c.jpg

Alex

Alex Costa
09/29/2017, 07:28 PM
Just trying to catch some new angles.


https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4463/37399686431_ee86741e0f_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4393/37368654722_51571b6658_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4452/36690295284_aeda2d734e_c.jpg

Alex

reefmutt
09/30/2017, 02:01 PM
Thanks Matt....I think that could be....



Some new photos.....with no big news....

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4438/37368645052_b4bca55c98_c.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4382/36690319814_6a6878848f_c.jpg

Alex

Looking fantastic, Alex. Just love the openness and the angles

Alex Costa
09/30/2017, 03:00 PM
Thanks Matt....
The reef is getting better......And I'm really enjoying it....

Wrangy
10/01/2017, 02:17 AM
Better and better with each new update Alex :D :D

Alex Costa
10/01/2017, 08:45 AM
Better and better with each new update Alex :D :D

Thanks Dom!

vikinglord13
10/01/2017, 04:03 PM
Alex do you have a youtube channel? I'd like to see some vids of your tank

Alex Costa
10/01/2017, 05:40 PM
I have a channel but, no videos......
I have a Canon XSi witch didn't make vídeos and my cell is awful....everything wen't blue when I try to shot or film the tank using it.

Alex Costa
10/28/2017, 01:23 PM
Elvis

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4477/37284524344_d5750c33ec_z.jpg

Alex Costa
10/28/2017, 01:30 PM
I did some minor changes in layout, some new frags arrived but no big changes.
That's how it looks after a year:

FTS.

Right View:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4468/37963527422_3a6de6b696_z.jpg

Front View:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4478/37284550124_de16e62029_z.jpg


Small Island:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4448/37940541266_722f5caec4_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4463/37284540334_e49db2d8dd_z.jpg


Big Island:

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4465/24142520118_5590122657_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4447/24142532168_580b2e3efc_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4456/24142536618_7ea5b13406_z.jpg

Alex Costa
10/28/2017, 01:37 PM
Water parameters are pretty the same of last months.

After some months fighting diatoms in sandbeb and a green slime algae coating the rocks I change my RO membrane and DI resin and cut down the frozen shrimp feeding.

Both, diatoms and green slime algae, showed a big step back, but didn't disappeared completely.
I think I need give them a month or two, but I'm in the right direction now.

Alex

Alex Costa
10/28/2017, 06:44 PM
A slide show to celebrate the first aniversary.

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/I7VIwTgzGtI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Alex

vikinglord13
10/31/2017, 09:14 PM
Tank is doing well!

Elvis is a beautiful Clown Tang.

Subscribed to your chanel.

reefmutt
11/09/2017, 12:17 PM
Absolutely beautiful Alex.
What a transformation over a year.
Nice job!

Alex Costa
11/10/2017, 04:28 AM
Tank is doing well!

Elvis is a beautiful Clown Tang.

Subscribed to your chanel.

Thanks man
Elvis is already getting bigger....he eats like a piggy...:lol2::lol2:
I rarelly post a video......but soon I'll get a Go pro........so, let's see.


Absolutely beautiful Alex.
What a transformation over a year.
Nice job!

Thanks Matt! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
I'm satisfied with the evolution too.
And now, I'm getting in the better part of the evolution.
No white rocks, no microscopical sticks, no 1mm/month sps growth rate.

The tanks looks more mature, the sps growth rate increases due to the size of corals.
I hope that the second year could be as fun as the first.
Regards.

Alex

Alex Costa
11/10/2017, 07:21 PM
Red Fire

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4573/38289644812_344bfdd466_c.jpg

Jeramirez85
11/11/2017, 03:10 AM
Awsome setup just read through your build. Some awsome colors in there

vikinglord13
11/15/2017, 12:23 AM
Is that an RBTA? Under blue lights?

Alex Costa
11/15/2017, 02:40 PM
Awsome setup just read through your build. Some awsome colors in there

Thanks!

Is that an RBTA? Under blue lights?

Under an AI Sol Blue......
Whites and blues are on...

Monkeyfish
11/17/2017, 02:02 PM
Amazing tank.

Alex Costa
11/17/2017, 03:38 PM
Amazing tank.

Thanks Eric.

Alex Costa
11/18/2017, 06:41 AM
Red Dragon

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4580/37612273865_2a8a40874a_z.jpg

Darth_Tater
11/18/2017, 03:06 PM
Wow, I've never seen it with green tips before. That looks awesome! Is it really that pink in person?

Alex Costa
11/19/2017, 02:48 AM
Wow, I've never seen it with green tips before. That looks awesome! Is it really that pink in person?


It's a little more reddish.....but after been cutted in half it's in his "best moment".
Hope that it keeps colouring up.
:thumbsup:

DiscusHeckel
11/19/2017, 01:32 PM
Hi Alex,

Your latest video is a reef artist's visual statement. Congratulations on your successful progress. You should be really proud of what you have created over the past one year.

Best wishes

Bülent

Alex Costa
11/20/2017, 03:33 AM
Hi Alex,

Your latest video is a reef artist's visual statement. Congratulations on your successful progress. You should be really proud of what you have created over the past one year.

Best wishes

Bülent

Thanks Bullent.
This was, for sure, the best year in reefkeeping for me.
Let's see what's 2018 will bring.

Best Regards

Alex

Alex Costa
11/20/2017, 04:19 AM
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4559/38507165912_1964d8f362.jpg

Pink anthocercis.....getting pink again after arrived pretty browned....

a short video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbpEHz4CaDI

Alex Costa
11/20/2017, 04:47 AM
Suharsonoi eletric green
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4572/26763057949_aeb23811a4.jpg

shortcake purple
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4546/37822997914_130c83fd80.jpg

Aculeus blue

20/08
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4439/35961112994_79bcd331b1.jpg

20/11
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4525/37823001314_86d01d6714.jpg

DiscusHeckel
11/20/2017, 02:15 PM
A. aculeus looks stunning. What a nice growth.

reefmutt
11/20/2017, 02:42 PM
A. aculeus looks stunning. What a nice growth.

Agreed! Beautiful shots as always, Alex!

Alex Costa
11/21/2017, 07:25 AM
A. aculeus looks stunning. What a nice growth.

Agreed! Beautiful shots as always, Alex!


:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

Alex Costa
11/29/2017, 04:38 PM
A small fish with a great personality

Smith's Blenny

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4576/26955436559_53f0838c0e_z.jpg

iced98lx
11/29/2017, 05:06 PM
Excellent shot, looking tip top sir!

reefmutt
11/30/2017, 04:31 PM
Beautiful shot, Alex!

Alex Costa
11/30/2017, 05:50 PM
Thanks Matt and Chris.
It's a cool fish to photograph....

Alex Costa
12/04/2017, 05:26 PM
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4537/38124418794_82e21687db_c.jpg

Alex Costa
12/05/2017, 08:14 AM
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4541/27074741639_6c8792b579_z.jpg

Alex Costa
12/05/2017, 08:16 AM
The monthly FTS...


https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4540/27074425179_a4b13d7d03_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4520/38134959704_5436203ca9_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4573/38134962294_65f45cd625_z.jpg

Alex

Monkeyfish
12/05/2017, 08:18 AM
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4537/38124418794_82e21687db_c.jpg

Great photo. I'm slow in the mornings and it took me a few seconds to figure out how you got the corals to hang upside down like that :P

reefmutt
12/05/2017, 08:38 AM
The monthly FTS...


https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4540/27074425179_a4b13d7d03_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4520/38134959704_5436203ca9_z.jpg

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4573/38134962294_65f45cd625_z.jpg

Alex
Love your full tank shots, Alex.
Stunning use of space.
.. not to mention the fantastic looking corals!

Alex Costa
12/05/2017, 11:44 AM
Great photo. I'm slow in the mornings and it took me a few seconds to figure out how you got the corals to hang upside down like that :P

Epoxi and cianoacrilate Eric.
A lot of both...



:lolspin::lolspin::lolspin:

chris.viner87
12/05/2017, 02:15 PM
Alex I’ve just read through your thread start to finish - what a reef you’ve set up [emoji1303] I’m in the planning stages myself and soon to purchase my tank - your reef is very inspiring [emoji4] Tagging along now!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Alex Costa
12/05/2017, 03:50 PM
Love your full tank shots, Alex.
Stunning use of space.
.. not to mention the fantastic looking corals!

I´ve been taking better FTSs than close up shots Matt.
Don't know why........maybe it's because after a year the tank starts to look like a reef, finally.

To let open spaces is great but I'm short of sps spots right now.
Soon I'll have to remove some if I want to have space for new frags.



Alex I’ve just read through your thread start to finish - what a reef you’ve set up [emoji1303] I’m in the planning stages myself and soon to purchase my tank - your reef is very inspiring [emoji4] Tagging along now!


Thanks Chris!
I'm glad that you enjoy the tank.
Regards,





Alex

vikinglord13
12/09/2017, 01:21 PM
So much eye candy.

Alex Costa
12/09/2017, 07:54 PM
One of my favorite animal.
I'm still looking for some really nice squamosa, to complete the team....

T. crocea

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4538/27160807689_9eb65a1276.jpg


https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4577/24073146937_1d208e23ff.jpg

T. derasa
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4641/38901828592_22955ab63f.jpg

Alex

Alex Costa
12/09/2017, 07:55 PM
Some minor changes:

Small Island - Front
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4593/27160895279_6426a81064_c.jpg


Small Island - Left view
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4736/27160889759_e75916a51c_c.jpg


Small Island - Right View
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4558/38901994912_f5d84f68b1_c.jpg

Alex

Alex Costa
12/09/2017, 07:56 PM
Red Fire BBT goes to display tank.....and a few hours later, come back to frag tank, after try to walk through the rock work.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4539/24073365307_df7d1bd196_c.jpg

Alex

JordyRoo
12/10/2017, 02:35 PM
whats your feeding regime?

Benson0219
12/10/2017, 03:31 PM
Wow... your tank is looking wonderful!!!

Alex Costa
12/11/2017, 04:34 AM
whats your feeding regime?

Hello Jordy
I feed the fish 3 or 4 times a day with Dr. Bassleer Excel flakes, Mysis flakes from Bcuk, shopped frozen shrimp and Nori algae.
The corals are "fedded" only with Koralle -VM from brightwell and ocasionally with shopped shrimp

Wow... your tank is looking wonderful!!!
Thanks Benson