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Old 11/06/2015, 06:01 PM   #26
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Thank you, I hope that frag will be fine. I'm running my MP10 Vortech at 80% Reef MODE now. Kind of very strong flow. I'm thinking maybe to get one more MP10 with APEX later so I can sync them together, one each side of the tank and program them alternately pump longer impulses to create a nice wave inside. Do you think guys it could improve alkalinity and calcium consumption?


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Old 11/07/2015, 07:53 AM   #27
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I run my single vortech at ~80% (I always say 70 because it is 3 lights from the end, but I think there are 12 lights) and my corals seem to like it. I'm always toying with the idea of adding a second to get more flow and get more mixed flow in the tank. It can't hurt if you just feel like spending money, but honestly in a tank that size, it's not necessary to add a second pump.

It will not likely increase alkalinity and calcium consumption. Growth does that, and having one vortech at a relatively high flow rate should be plenty of nutrient transport and respiration that you won't improve those by increasing flow. I don't think, but I'm not a coral doctor.

Keys to growth:
Stability
Appropriate parameters (including slightly increased alkalinity and calcium, though it's debatable)
Plenty of light
Plenty of flow
Lack of pests
Plenty of food (whether it be fish poop, direct feeding, elevated nitrate/phosphate levels, etc.)
I think with those you'll be maximizing growth opportunity.


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Old 11/07/2015, 07:57 AM   #28
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Thank you very much! Interesting reading.


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Old 11/16/2015, 08:44 AM   #29
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Little anemone decided to change place tonight hehehe, this is very funny that they're moving around. I don't know what kind of anemone it is it was just growing on the new rocks. It's super small at this moment around 1" but growing fast. I hope it's a good one, during the day it's looks like on the photo:




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Old 11/16/2015, 08:48 AM   #30
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Little anemone decided to change place tonight hehehe, this is very funny that they're moving around. I don't know what kind of anemone it is it was just growing on the new rocks. It's super small at this moment around 1" but growing fast. I hope it's a good one, during the day it's looks like on the photo:

It is a bulb anemone.....Juvenal ...will color up with bands as it grows...


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Old 11/16/2015, 08:56 AM   #31
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Awesome! Thank you.


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Old 11/16/2015, 11:09 AM   #32
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This is funny anemone just moved back hehehe ....


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Old 11/16/2015, 01:47 PM   #33
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Your tank looks great. I really dig the photography too.

You have significantly more coralline growth than me.

How long did you have your tank running until you started to see significant coralline growth on the back bulkhead?

Also, what are your nitrate levels like?

I'm just starting to see some small patches of purple on my back bulkhead. My tank is over 18 months old. Up until about a month ago I think I was just running my tank way too clean.


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Old 11/16/2015, 01:59 PM   #34
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Thank you man, I think it's started around 5 months old. Nitrates around 10 at this moment but I need to test again.


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Old 11/16/2015, 02:29 PM   #35
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Thanks for the info. My nitrates are <1 ppm. I feed frozen almost every day, but usually only once per day. I'm skimming about 6 of 7 days a week. I might try feeding more.


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Old 11/16/2015, 02:58 PM   #36
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i started to feed frozen only as well.


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Old 11/17/2015, 05:31 AM   #37
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Decided to go with CAD Lights PLS-50 Elite Nano Pipeless Protein skimmer after all. Can't wait to get it after December 7th.


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Old 11/17/2015, 06:31 AM   #38
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If you search for Tron's thread in the nano forum he had the same skimmer and discusses it.

It may give you advice regarding set up.

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Old 11/17/2015, 06:37 AM   #39
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I have an earlier generation of the same skimmer. It has worked well for me. The bubble height can be a little tricky to dial in because of sensitivity. I've heard adjusting the height of the surrounding water compared to the skimmer body can help tone down the sensitivity. An ATO certainly helps maintain the height of the surrounding water.

Don't be surprised if it takes 2 - 3 days of skimming before it breaks in and you start to see brown gunk.


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Old 11/17/2015, 06:39 AM   #40
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Thank you guys, I was choosing from that list:

Innovative Marine AUQA Gadget Ghost Protein Skimmer
CAD Lights PLS-50 Elite Nano Pipeless Protein skimmer
Tunze Comline DOC Protein Skimmer 9004
Innovative Marine AUQA Gadget SkimMate Protein Skimmer

But looks like CAD did a really good job with the new version, so I did my choise.


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Old 11/17/2015, 07:01 AM   #41
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Your tank looks awesome! Loving the new rock. From what I understand Anthias need larger systems and also need to be fed a few times daily. I love them, but won't get any due to the size of my 24 gallon. I may try a trio in my 120 if I ever get it up and running, but I may shy away from them even then. Your corals are looking healthy and so are your fish, keep up the good work.


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Old 11/17/2015, 07:04 AM   #42
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Thank you! I didn't know that and I've noticed that Anthias is really hungry all the time and I'm feeding only once a day with frozen food. I'm not sure maybe I should bring it back to the LFS, I don't want to hurt that little guy.


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Old 11/17/2015, 10:09 AM   #43
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Yeah, check out LiveAquaria and see what you think after reading up on them a little bit. They are definitely beautiful fish.


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Old 11/17/2015, 11:13 AM   #44
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Will do thanks


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Old 11/18/2015, 11:46 AM   #45
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Great looking tank. I have the same tank and was thinking about buying some rock from TB. Did you have much "bad" stuff on the rocks? Did you put them right into the system or let them go through a cycle in another tank?


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Old 11/18/2015, 12:33 PM   #46
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Hi, thank you! Rocks are really nice man, I've got 4 crabs with the rocks that I found but they're very very tiny and I can't catch them yet even with traps. I'm not sure I think I've one Porcelain crab, one Stone Crab and two Gorilla crabs. Last three are bad crabs, but they're so small that at this moment it's not a problem. I like to run the system with large amount of hermits, I've around 12 of them in the tank, small one. So every time I try to catch these guys with a trap, all what I'm getting it's a bunch of hermits.

You don't need to do anything with the rocks, just put it in your system. These are real live rocks. Good luck!


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Old 11/20/2015, 05:14 AM   #47
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BRS and Marine Depot - waited for Black Friday and got only 14$ discount from 1100 in the cart boooo ......


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Old 11/20/2015, 07:17 AM   #48
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You haven't waited. I know, I got the emails too, but none of those are the sales you're looking for. Most of the expensive aquarium goods are controlled under MAP pricing (minimum advertised pricing) set by the manufacturer, which is why ecotech, neptune, etc never have good sales apply to their products. The WILL do something for Black Friday, as they have done every year, but they allow retailers to lower their prices only for the actual weekend, and not these week or two before sales.

You'll see. They'll likely release the prices Thanksgiving day or something.


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Old 11/20/2015, 07:26 AM   #49
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Super ! Can't wait to see them. I have a question guys also. If my goal for an upgrade is a CAD Lights Artisan II 70G. Do you think it worth it now to buy a nano skimmer and nano reactor now hmmm ....

Or second option Deluxe CPR Continuous Siphon Overflows and get a sump for my 20G.


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Old 11/20/2015, 07:37 AM   #50
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If you're planning on upgrading in the next few months, don't buy a skimmer now. Actually, I wouldn't buy anything that won't be applicable to your next tank.

I'm hoping to upgrade in 1.5-3 years, and was going to get a Vortech MP40qdw anticipating that. I got overruled by the wife because she thinks it'll be too big for the current tank, but I always buy for the future whenever possible. I guess I'll just have to save the nano setup for a clownfish breeding/anemone tank and/or frag tank.


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