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Old 08/17/2018, 10:33 PM   #226
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Finally splurged on actual Aquarium lighting 3.5 years after this tank was started! The colourations of the macros and anemone are more appealing now! Also added blue and yellow sponges recently. The previous blue sponge didn't make it and I've decided to try again with a slightly different approach.



Yep, I'm reconstituting Silica into the tank! Another chemical compound most people are removing. Hopefully, the sponges thrive with this supplement.




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Old 08/17/2018, 11:08 PM   #227
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Dazzling! Great plantscape! Love the blue sponge. Is that a photosynthetic one? I had good results dosing silica. I also fed nannochloropsis, the smallest size phytoplankton.


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Old 08/17/2018, 11:23 PM   #228
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Thank you Michael!

These are shallow water sponges I believe so they can produce mucus to protect against exposure to air. But i've no idea if they're photosynthetic. Anyway, they're getting light (naturally) and ive been dosing nannochloropsis every day too on-top of the Silica

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Old 08/17/2018, 11:41 PM   #229
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Wow that's awesome! Everyday? You're going to have some happy sponges!


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Old 08/20/2018, 07:37 PM   #230
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Made a 'harness' with a laser cutter to elevate the height of the LED and also to hold the mangrove in place. This also provides more flexibility for the placement of the light.






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Old 08/20/2018, 10:22 PM   #231
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Cool design! It looks like it works well too. Your tank is looking great!


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Old 08/23/2018, 08:17 AM   #232
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Cool design! It looks like it works well too. Your tank is looking great!
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Old 08/23/2018, 08:18 AM   #233
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Can't believe the positive effect the colour of the light has on the macros, I think my old cheapo LED could be the reason why the purple macro was turning yellow. Should have invested in aquarium rated light long ago






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Old 08/23/2018, 08:31 AM   #234
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Your tank is amazing, thanks for sharing your pics.


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Old 08/24/2018, 12:33 AM   #235
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Your tank is amazing, thanks for sharing your pics.
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Old 09/29/2018, 02:54 AM   #236
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are you still sunlit but with accent lighting or are you conventional lighting now?


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Old 10/27/2018, 09:26 AM   #237
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Its still sunlit! The tank is still located in the balcony hence they get plenty of sun. The LED are turned on only in the morning during feeding and evening after sunset.

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Old 10/27/2018, 07:58 PM   #238
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Very lucky to find these two different kindof Gracilaria! I've tied them up together, hopefully, can figure out how to grow them this round.
I've read somewhere that they do better in lower salinity setup, might just give that a try. My tank's salinity has been in the higher range of ~1.027




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Old 10/27/2018, 08:53 PM   #239
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Your tank is amazing. I love the texture and colors!


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Old 10/27/2018, 11:09 PM   #240
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Those look nice! Good luck with them!

I've had great luck with lower salinity. Since my manatee grass prefers 25ppt, that's what I've been running, and the macros did great. My sponges and anemone did too. It also benefits fish. They don't have to work as hard to osmoregulate. And you save on salt. Everybody wins!


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Old 10/28/2018, 06:29 AM   #241
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I run my tanks at .023 and they seem to do fine.


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Old 11/06/2018, 06:11 PM   #242
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Thanks guys for sharing your experience. The tank's salinity is now 1.024

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Those look nice! Good luck with them!

I've had great luck with lower salinity. Since my manatee grass prefers 25ppt, that's what I've been running, and the macros did great. My sponges and anemone did too. It also benefits fish. They don't have to work as hard to osmoregulate. And you save on salt. Everybody wins!



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Old 11/06/2018, 06:16 PM   #243
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Here are the photos update for the month of Nov.





And so I have jumped into the dark side of coral keeping. No idea how it will work out in this warm tropical tank without a chiller. A rock of hitchhiker mushrooms that have been in my tank since the beginning seems to be doing well. So I thought why not grow a Yuma/Ricordea garden on top of the seaweed garden. The Yuma/Ricordeas were added about 2 months ago and the Pulsing Xenia was introduced recently. So far so good, except for one of the Yuma which has 'turned white'.





Gotten a beautiful new orange sponge recently, didnt have much luck with the blue, the yellow sponge which has been in the tank for over 3-months is still alive and doing well!



The Mangrove is finally able to stand on its own without any artificial support, thanks to its overgrown roots and the Blue Ochtodes.





The C.Prolifera is occupying the sandbed fast as well. And this Banggai cardinal has decided to make this leafy forest its shelter.



Some more photos of the inhabitants






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Old 11/06/2018, 06:32 PM   #244
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More awesome pics of your awesome tank!

Careful with the xenia. It can completely take over your tank, and like aiptasia, they are very difficult to eradicate.

Great update!


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Old 11/09/2018, 07:44 AM   #245
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Wow, your tank continues to amaze me. Such beautiful colors, exemplary gardening, and nice complimentary fish and coral choices. Thank you for sharing with us!


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Old 11/09/2018, 11:46 AM   #246
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I agree with the above 2 posts! Words like awesome, amazing, beautiful, exemplary, nice and complimentary are fitting descriptions.


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Old 11/11/2018, 12:35 AM   #247
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Thank you! You are all too kind!
I took many inspirations from the folks and posts here

Besides the colours, I'm very pleased with the amount of natural food generated and the rate some of the critters are multiplying in this environment.

Found at least 5 mini brittle starfishes while replanting the Ochtodes macros to spread their growth.



They are now in the Mini stars husbandry ready for sale




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