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Sam2832
07/17/2017, 07:04 PM
Hi,i will start this thread to explai my setup and maintenancehttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170718/824ad8e2296f8337bc4f381431be8907.jpg


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Sam2832
07/17/2017, 07:19 PM
This tank is almost one year old,most of the inhabitants where in the old one (65 gal).The yellow tang is with me since 2005 and he survived the whipeout of my fishs 6 years ago.For the moment the reef is running whitout huge headache,some cyano,aefw and montipora eating nudibranchs.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170718/2c9271787ab19d92bedeaae6e5e028ee.jpg
The clowns have adopted the goniopora and are spawnign at regular intervals,the female is quite agressive,in fact i remove her almost everytime i have to put my hand in the aquarium.She's quite easy to catch because she attack the net.


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Sam2832
07/18/2017, 11:37 AM
Ok some info on the system,the tank is custom build with 3 sides starfire,eurobraced and percedhttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170718/a8464c286ff82cb8fa35bfd8ca7a589a.jpgthe dimensions:48*24 height 20''.I dose alk,ca,mg with a kamoer dosing pump i use the brand fauna marin.Lighting infinity 2 hqi 250w+4 t5 54 w.I might change for led to help manage the heat.


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Kodock
07/18/2017, 05:29 PM
Nice build! Must be nice to have a gonipora :,,(

Sam2832
07/18/2017, 06:00 PM
thanks kodock!the red goniopora is with me since +-5 years and have always been in good health.In his new spot (more flow and light) the polyps are even more extended.The male clown spend his days and nights in it.Despite been ok this coral have shown almost no growth,but it's fine with me i like his present size.

Sam2832
07/18/2017, 06:26 PM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170718/a0066958d6765fb1b64d080db2605499.jpgthis acropora millipora is the one in wich i founded the aefw infestation.I had to change is place due to "re"aquascaping and the base was covered with eggs.I decided to dispose of the infested part and glued the remaining eggs with coral glue.I add the six line in the hope he found the flatworms to be worth eating.Last week i checked again and found some more eggs,i dipped using "revive" and saw some fw coming off.The new batch of eggs was manually removed and i also started to dose "flatworms stop" by zeovit in the hope of boosting the acros.Fot now the bulk of the infestation seem limited to this coral.I grew this acro from a frag,so o hope he'll make it throught!


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Sam2832
07/18/2017, 06:27 PM
I hope not o hope...


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Sam2832
07/18/2017, 06:37 PM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170718/621a8eb30ca14e9e82f716aee21189bc.jpgthe favias in my tank have always been hassle free,they are slow to grow so i always gought colony instead of a frag.


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Sam2832
07/18/2017, 06:43 PM
The stinging cells of this one are able to reach is neighbors up to 5 cm across.I manage a safe spot for him between the glass,gsp and a fellow favia.His spot seem ok for now.


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Sam2832
07/18/2017, 06:49 PM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170718/79a68d7d9cb7886c7f62b46ebf182f7c.jpghis neighbor the "war favia" wich is more peaceful despite is name.This one also is a slow grower but in time 2-3 years he should cover some of the rocks.


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Sam2832
07/19/2017, 12:02 AM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170719/0b7f60ba4accb0fe58daf7be51cdf64c.jpgthis is some months ago (april) before the change in the aquascape due to falling pieces and the attempt to erradicate an infestive xenia.To do so i removed some rocks and add the one to the right in the new setup.The green at the bottom is cyano bacteria,never had green before,always red.To adress the issue i treated with"chemiclean" 2 weeks ago.The cyano is gone and the skimmer is working as it should again.


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Sam2832
07/21/2017, 03:47 PM
this is the list of the fishs presently in my care with the approximative date of when i acquire them.
1 yellow tang 2005,1 purple tang 2013,1 sailfin tang fall of 2016,1 tomini tang 2012
2 clownfish 2012,3 blue saphire damsel fall of 2016,3 lyretail antias last spring,1 leopard wrasse 2015,1 six lines wrasse last month,1 neon dottyback may 2017,1 rainford's goby july 2017

behavior:the 4 tangs are presently doing fine together.When i introduced the purple,the yellow shown some agressivity but being the same size the purple was able to stand his ground.The tomini have always ignore everyone except his reflection and a chevron (i suspect he killed the chevron,4 days after purchase i founded him dead).The sailfin was the last added and had quite a welcome for the firsts months.

Sam2832
07/21/2017, 03:50 PM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170721/a29e3f4ce7f3153193e4e77160a587b8.jpg


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Sam2832
07/21/2017, 05:07 PM
Here some upside down picshttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170721/1282a990419a4a2d29b478933800399d.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170721/1c67dad75354d58f288630969887a2c1.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170721/4041fb65ac51e069beb5cc0e678a6c45.jpg


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Sam2832
07/22/2017, 09:59 PM
Montipora eating nudibranchs
I have keep montiporas since i started in sps some years ago.They where always easy to easy to maintain and in some cases growing like crazy...until...
In the spring of 2016 after the suicide of my yellow wrasse i started to see my monti to show signs of stress,some dead spots,some edges turning white,but never having faced the issue before i didn't realise what was at the heart of the problem.In 2 months i lost all the montiporas except the colony of orange capricornis.At the same time i started to see tiny slugs appear on the glass...they turned out to be the dreaded nudibranchs that people spoke of with fear when they write about the struggles they ad to overcome to stay in the hoby.I started to remove some layers of the last montipora in the attempt to get rid of them bud it didn't work it was so huge that the nudibranchs where able to thrive whitout killing it.In the end i decided to remove the remaining of the colony despite the fact that it as become the house for the blue saphire damsels (they where laying eggs between the lower plates).After the removal i waited 2 months before adding a new "test" montipora (sunset) since then i manually removed 2 or 3 nudibranchs on the edges of the sunset.I decided to add 2 other montiporas some weeks ago (rainbow and aquaman) for now they seem ok but i will monitor them closely and dip if needed.In retrospect i should not have allowed the capricornis to become so large,it would have been easier to take the appropriate actions when needed.


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Sam2832
07/22/2017, 10:07 PM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170723/7100436bd751874cd73b42dfb0f929e5.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170723/2a5af2fe259dfcbd397290a0ee956798.jpg
First picture,sunset at top and rainbow
Second picture aquaman


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Horace
07/22/2017, 10:22 PM
So u have both aefw and MEN? That sucks......

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Sam2832
07/22/2017, 10:49 PM
yes it does...
bright side i know it and both are in check!

Sam2832
07/25/2017, 02:51 PM
It's confirmed,i still have the nudibranchs.This morning i took my headlamp and gave a quick look.I manually removed the one i saw.For those of you who never had the pleasure,this is what MEN activity look like.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170725/bbc943a6c3b332404c750edc2bda4e7a.jpg
You can notice the white spot on the lower left of the sunset.

On an other topic,i plan to use coral cement to secure this coral and remove the tie wrap.Does someone have experience with this product?https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170725/7b9acc53cd99baf41dbba38244b1ed90.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170725/61df430300a9ae407a410df01eb97a83.jpg


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Sam2832
08/06/2017, 07:25 PM
Ok,some updates
I decided to leave the tie wrap in place because the cement start to crumble if it's not cured enought,i would need to remove the rock for some time and hold the cement in place.Too much work for something almost hidden!
The cement proved useful to secure smaller pieces,a base for the red planet,the torch and the acropora millipora.For the latter i created a small pillar and drilled a hole to insert a piece of acrilic rod,then i drilled the base of the acro and glued the rod in place.This will allow to easily remove the coral for future inspection/treatment.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170807/7d49bc8bda81e725a4d618d6305e5dfb.jpg


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Sam2832
08/06/2017, 08:00 PM
Also something i should have done from the start,i added a piece of wood on the support i made for the lamp,there is no major change in temperature and almost no more light spill.In some time i will make something more permanent and hopefully better lookinghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170807/adf718c486ff48f5a7dcac22742a1695.jpg
I made some changes in the placement of corals,the green and brown favia was too close to the war coral and he was starting to attack it,so i fragged the war and glued it on a low light place,it should fasten the process of covering a large part of the rockhttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170807/da38e5f2d998c1a688a78ea5ca14a329.jpg
I decided to remove the piece of sunset that was growing on the rock after founding some nudibranchs these last few weeks.For the remaining montiporas pieces i will place them on cement pieces to be able to treat future outbreaks.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170807/004a4eb64ef536c82cba3971c2327e6f.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170807/2630f332db291f03bfd5c5633f264324.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170807/574d050995a2d33e70af7cbd67e0c7c6.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170807/426beda3bfc2c2ba2b676b3ee792381d.jpg


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Reefpuck
08/08/2017, 10:18 PM
Great looking tank!

minitank
08/09/2017, 10:38 AM
you've made some amazing coral choices, beautiful tank. what is the name of the large green sps on the left in your aquaman photo?

dimasv
08/09/2017, 02:42 PM
tank looks amazing

Sam2832
08/09/2017, 11:39 PM
thanks for the nice comments!the green acropora in the aquaman picture is a standard one, no fancy name.the picture is really bad, the mh where closed and it appear my ipod does not give good color rendering with only t5.In my last picture of the whole display you can see the same coral under mh and t5, three pieces on the right side and one in the middle.This coral is the main reason for the new aquascape,in my old display one of my rocks was entirely covered with acros and the last time i removed it to catch a fish the green acro fell.I will try to find an old picture to help visualize.Afterward it felt disbalanced so i ended up removing the acros from the rock and placing some pieces on the new one.The piece in the middle is host to a small acro crab who came in another acropora but change home in the first week.Since then he have remained in the same one despite losing some space lately...

Sam2832
08/10/2017, 12:26 AM
ok, never done that before...link to a video my reef tank some months ago...

Sam2832
08/10/2017, 12:28 AM
the title did paste but not the link.gonna do some research and retry tomorrow!

Sam2832
08/10/2017, 12:30 AM
my reef tank some months ago...

Sam2832
08/10/2017, 12:31 AM
nope

Sam2832
08/10/2017, 12:37 AM
https://youtu.be/8I4QOgvtyEQ

Sam2832
08/10/2017, 12:39 AM
Ok thats the one.Feel free to ask questions related to the video.

Sam2832
08/10/2017, 06:27 PM
THE LAST OF THEM
These are the remaining montiporas in the system.I will keep them there for some months in the attempt of eliminating the nudibranchs.I founded the last one in date monday morning on the aquaman minifrag.


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Sam2832
08/10/2017, 06:28 PM
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Sam2832
08/11/2017, 01:06 AM
video update https://youtu.be/Okbty7pNJ6w

Sam2832
08/17/2017, 04:05 PM
New additions to the reef!
Sleeper banded goby (unable to take a picture of him for now)
Purple hard coral with no id.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170817/609dfcccd88e4d114e1db519396f27fb.jpg
I did leave a post in the sps identification forum so maybe someone will know its name.


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Sam2832
08/17/2017, 04:43 PM
seem to be this one, will try to keep him alive and well
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=597+322+470&pcatid=470

Sam2832
08/17/2017, 04:46 PM
Thanks to superstrech18 for the id and the link.

Sam2832
08/17/2017, 08:50 PM
Was able to take the picture of the new fish, not the nicest but he should be handy to help keep the sand clean.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170818/517a968e92d1beb7464d05f2bf86a5b9.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170818/ed5f7697977ebc0e65a8fa5145e75088.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170818/e62e2d2b726503c2a9fcc6907b3e31f9.jpg
The downside, i will need to clean some corals from the sand he move.This is today excavation result so far...https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170818/f3dafeb70e3aa90e21d421ceff53c307.jpg


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Sam2832
08/20/2017, 09:55 PM
Ok, i did some tests tonight and everything seem good.I will fine tune my dosings to get closer to my goals.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170821/54bd41eba93f69afb794d478adba99d6.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170821/d6decc30bdb60cbf09ece85c1fb51a2c.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170821/be93d6e7bf9ee3d40fd5532a86898a32.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170821/3f438057fddf8a097606117d31150825.jpg


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Sam2832
08/20/2017, 10:48 PM
As you can see the wiring is a mess, but it quite easy to manage.
My sump is really basic with no separations.I prefer it that way, in my old sump adding/removing or the maintenance of the equipement was arduous. Since the change, (april 2017) the skimmer is working as before so i will keep this setup. In the past i installed the sensor for the ato too close to the dosing tubes, in time the spill of the kh prevented a good reading from the optic sensor.

Parameters goals:salinity 1.025 s.g (dd refractometer)
nitrates lower than 5
phosphates lower than 0.05
alkalinity 7.5-8 dkh
calcium 430 mg/l
magnesium 1300 mg/l

that about it for my tests, since i have a sps reef i dont check the ph, i only try to keep the alkalinity stable. The nitrates are new on my list of regular tests.

today's results and changes in the dosing:
salinity 1.025 nothing to do

nitrates 1 ppm (salifert) nothing to do

phosphates undectebale (hanna) changing the rowa at the next water change to help with the diatoms (maybe silicates too high)
dkh 7.5 same dose (150 ml/day)
ca 440 mg/l lower to 30 ml/day (-5 ml/day)
mg 1400 mg/l lower to 20 ml/day(-10ml/day)

I will try to keep note of my results and monitor the changes with the corals accordingly.

Sam2832
08/26/2017, 03:31 PM
Ok a little update.
AEFW-I still dose flatworm stop (zeovit) and haven't seen other signs of infestation so once the bottle is empty i will probably command another one and continue to dose on aregular basis.
Montipora eating nudibranch-Next monday will make 3 whole weeks since i saw the last nudibranch.
Sleeper Banded Goby-He does a good job to clean the sand (ongoing process) and the corals at risk of being covered by sand have been ''goby-prooffed'' (elevated).
Water change-I did test the salt and the results are close to my parameters,kh 7,ca 440,mg 1400.I will continue with the same brand (fauna marin).

That's about it, i did add some crabs (porcelain 1,acro 1,emerald 3) and 3 acro frags from Fiji.
https://youtu.be/zHySv7yDwLI

Sam2832
08/26/2017, 03:35 PM
The new frags
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170826/988b6224a77387d3cd11c5237817fce2.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170826/260abf34b88f1e7d57a31b96e9e306b2.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170826/9b1eacf745c6561a1cc53b5ab2198d94.jpg

The last is a red dragon



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codydemmel4
10/05/2017, 04:27 PM
tanks looks really good!

What are you all dosing currently to your tank and how often?

Sam2832
10/26/2017, 11:05 AM
Hi cody thanks for the nice word.For the moment i dose the 3 mains (kh,ca,mg) with a kamoer dosing pump.This summer i used a bottle of flatworm stop to help some accros.Now the bottle is empty but i might buy another one since i like the result of the product (no more flatworm and more vivid red in my opinion).Other than that i use 1 spoon/week of reef-roids,coral snow from time to time and last week i started to dose a new product from fauna marin:coral sprint.I will document the change in the corals to see if the product live up to the expectations.


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