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Old 12/22/2014, 03:19 PM   #1
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January 2015 Tank of the Month!!!

This month we are featuring Alex Costa's (Alex Costa) 200 US-gallon reef aquarium.





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Congratulations, Alex!


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Old 01/01/2015, 07:12 AM   #2
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This tank is beautiful, what a fantastic way to start the year!


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Old 01/01/2015, 08:27 AM   #3
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Congrats! so colorful!


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Old 01/01/2015, 03:02 PM   #4
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congrats alex!
tank is amazing!
I'll go read now your secrets


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Old 01/01/2015, 03:43 PM   #5
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Awesome tank, I am so jealous!! Congratulations, Alex


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Old 01/01/2015, 04:51 PM   #6
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Congrats Alex!!! Very beautiful tank!!!!


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Old 01/01/2015, 06:49 PM   #7
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Amazing tank, to think all that was from frags 4 years ago!


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Old 01/02/2015, 02:19 PM   #8
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Congratulations!
How come no pics of your sump/equipment? Do you have a build thread?


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Old 01/02/2015, 02:51 PM   #9
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Congrats! Very nice!


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Old 01/02/2015, 03:42 PM   #10
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This is the first tank of the month that has utilized leds for an extended period of time isn't it?


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Old 01/02/2015, 05:45 PM   #11
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Congrats great looking tank


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Old 01/02/2015, 07:18 PM   #12
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Congrats! Very beautiful.


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Old 01/03/2015, 02:24 AM   #13
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Congrats! Stunning tank.


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Old 01/03/2015, 03:59 AM   #14
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This is the first tank of the month that has utilized leds for an extended period of time isn't it?
No august ones was ones before : TOTM August 2014

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Old 01/04/2015, 06:19 AM   #15
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Thank you all.....
I'm glad that you liked it...


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How come no pics of your sump/equipment? Do you have a build thread?
Awesome tank! Do you have any pics of equipment and sump set up?


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Old 01/04/2015, 04:41 PM   #17
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No Gools....
I only photograph the reef itself....
No thread either....only the photo diary on Flickr.
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Old 01/05/2015, 09:02 AM   #18
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Congrats Alex. Very beautiful tank.


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Old 01/06/2015, 09:31 AM   #19
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Obrigado Alessandro.
Abraços,


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Hi Alex, amazing setup. I am new and still learning about reefing. So i wanted to tell you though that i have been in Brazil, my mother is from Sorocaba, not to far from you and i have a large family there. I was there last Christmas but haven't been this year, hope to return soon. Congratulations and awesome reef tank!



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Old 01/06/2015, 11:57 AM   #21
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Beautiful tank Alex, well done & congratulations.
I have a few questions regarding the following:

I was wondering why you keep your ALK as low as you do? Is this intentional or do you struggle to get it up to natural sea water levels of approximately 7 DKH? (I'm not saying it needs to be fixed since it is obviously working well for you but I am just curious)

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• Weekly: doses 10 drops of lugol’s, 10ml of Special Blend and 5ml of Vitamarin C
I am also curious about you dosing these items into your system and what you find the advantages are.
Thanks & again congrats on TOTM.


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Thanks Greg,

I keep my Alk "low" to keep my sps away from STN...
When carbon dosing is usual sps STN if the ALK is above 7. Here in my system every time that ALK goes above 7 I got problems....so...

Special Blend is a bacterial source like Microbacter, Biodigest or Zeoback...
Here I found best results using it instead the others (that I've already used in the past)

Lugol's and Vitamarin C are used to improve grow and healthy of zoas.
There are threads with tons of personal impressions but no cientific proof of the need or the eficieny of neither.
Here my zoas looks happier when I'm dosing, so I'll keep doing it

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Old 01/06/2015, 05:26 PM   #23
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Hi Alex, amazing setup. I am new and still learning about reefing. So i wanted to tell you though that i have been in Brazil, my mother is from Sorocaba, not to far from you and i have a large family there. I was there last Christmas but haven't been this year, hope to return soon. Congratulations and awesome reef tank!
Hi pimpfish.
Sorocaba is very close....Actually I've worked there from 2010 to 1012, teaching on FATEC.
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Old 01/06/2015, 08:44 PM   #24
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Thats amazing, cant wait till my 4 Year =)


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Old 01/08/2015, 03:16 AM   #25
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Thats amazing, cant wait till my 4 Year =)
Thanks.
It pass by faster than I thought...


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