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Old 01/03/2018, 08:00 AM   #1
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when to add acro

Hello all,

I have a biocube that's about 5 months old with a Ecotech gen4 pro light on it.
I have several types of coral from zoas to acros in the tank. Most if not all are doing well. The zoas and torches are growing fast, the acros, doing well but not growing too fast. The 2 monti caps are growing but slowly.

My question is, I have now set up a 120 gallon with pukani rock and sand. The Pukani has cycled for 7 weeks and in the past few days I added snails, crabs and 3 small tangs. All seem to be doing well. My water parameters are right in line with next to zero phosphates, no nitrites or nitrates. Calc is 480 and alk is 8.2. Salt is 1.025. I have 2 filter bags, a protein skimmer, a refugium, live rock all in a 34 gallon trigger sump. oh and a reef saver overflow with bean animal. I stay on top of my parameters in the biocube and will with the new tank. I check it pretty much daily.

Do you think its ok to move the acros to the new tank yet? How mature does the new tank have to be to try to add the acros? I'm going to add a couple of torches and zoas today. I seem to remember I added acros to the biocube after about 2 months and only lost one, but I think that was my fault in mixing the pest control treatment before adding to the tank. The new tank has the Ecotech gen 4 lights too. I'd like the move the monti caps and my digitata I have a couple WWC acros like the lucky charms I want to move but I'm scared to move them too quickly since they are doing well in the other tank. However, I did buy them with the purpose of moving them to the larger tank and allowing them to grow there.

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Also, would you retreat for bugs before moving even tho I don't see any issues in the biocube?


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Old 01/03/2018, 01:31 PM   #2
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I personally wouldn’t treat for bugs again if you don’t have any issues.

A lot of people have trouble keeping acros for 1year in a tank that started with dry rock. It’s really hard to say how long you need to wait.


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Old 01/03/2018, 01:45 PM   #3
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I personally wouldnít treat for bugs again if you donít have any issues.

A lot of people have trouble keeping acros for 1year in a tank that started with dry rock. Itís really hard to say how long you need to wait.
It doesnít matter that your perameters all test fine it just seems something is missing in the water such a microfauna that we canít test for.


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Old 01/03/2018, 02:08 PM   #4
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Thanks Geeray
I'll put in a few zoas and some leathers for a few days then add the torches and hammers
later on and see what happens. Then add the monti's and digi's later. I did add some cocopods and bacteria to seed it some too. I know its all about patience, but we all like to rush our patience

thanks for responding.
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Old 01/03/2018, 02:39 PM   #5
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Geeray pointed it out perfectly. Everything can be fine but the microfauna is the issue in new tanks.

I started my 120 about 6 months ago with dry rock and sand. I did however add a couple live rocks, MarinePure balls that I've had for over a year, and a full bottle of Fritz Turbo Start 900. I slowly added Acropora into my tank from my smaller tank starting with my lower-end ones as testers after 5-7 weeks after cycling. Everything seemed fine so I slowly started adding more.

My advice to you is start by slowly adding your cheap-common SPS first prior to adding more. Best to test the water with ones you won't be too upset if you lose. This hobby is definitely all about patience and I'm glad you're aware and accepting of that!!

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Old 01/03/2018, 03:44 PM   #6
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When the coralline is growing like crazy and there are new "spots" on your glass quite often, this is usually a very good sign that SPS will thrive in a tank. Nothing is impossible before this, just much harder.


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Old 01/04/2018, 08:49 AM   #7
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Thanks Hentz and JDA.

Yeah, I have plenty of coralline in my biocube with good flow and lights, which is why I don't want to move the acros to fast, but the 120 gallon is the ultimate home. I'll take everyone's advice and start with cheaper ones, (mostly what I have at this point anyway)
and add them slowly.

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Old 01/04/2018, 10:27 AM   #8
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Try some monti or Digi they are pretty easy way to tell if your ready. I added mines 3 weeks in....I also used dried rock. Good luck!


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Old 01/06/2018, 04:06 PM   #9
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thanks Tony


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Old 01/06/2018, 09:49 PM   #10
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When the coralline is growing like crazy and there are new "spots" on your glass quite often, this is usually a very good sign that SPS will thrive in a tank. Nothing is impossible before this, just much harder.
+1
Add a green slimmer and wait to see if it forms a base.
Usually within a week
Most sps seem to take a year or more to be stable
Just my 2 cents


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Old 01/06/2018, 10:59 PM   #11
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Here my Green growth in 2 months. I added these in the 3rd week of my tank cycle. All dried rocks I bleach for weeks. It all depends on your setup and how stable it is..

20180102_153252 by Tony Nguyen, on Flickr


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