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    Just a few progress pics. I'm still working on the aquascaping and need to get some putty, but it's getting there I think. I went with the 2 dimmabile chinese lights and so far they're awesome.








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    Wow looks awesome! Seems you got the hair algae pretty much under control

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    Looks a lot better and better. Are you going the softy route?

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    Quote Originally Posted by charleshardy5 View Post
    Wow looks awesome! Seems you got the hair algae pretty much under control

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    Looks a lot better and better. Are you going the softy route?
    Thanks a lot, it's been a lot of fun and no catastrophes yet. (although I lost a lightfoot crab that my brittle star ate).

    I'm not particularly into soft coral. All of those softies were in there when I got the tank. I hated them at first, due to their ugly brown color, but with proper lighting they're actually pretty cool, so I'll see how they do with everything else.

    I'm slowly adding SPS, LPS, and zoas as time and budget permit. I got a few frags from myreeftoyours.com last week. He's got some great stuff and seems like a stand up guy.

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    Def. We all like jj. Making my first trip to see him with doyle on sat

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    Hi I have a 20" t5 light for a filter tank under a big tank it's free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timfilkel10 View Post
    Hi I have a 20" t5 light for a filter tank under a big tank it's free.
    Hey, just noticed this post. Thanks a lot for the offer! I'm down in Pueblo and I imagine by now the light is gone anyway, but just wanted to say thanks.

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    Well, it's been over a year since I updated this thread, so I guess it's about time... Things are pretty good in my tank. I've finally got the green hair algae pretty much beat. Took a combination of ATS, several liters of PhosGuard, filter sock, lots of manual removal, a few turbo snails and 4 urchins... There's still a little, but it's been receding steadily for a few weeks and I'm confident it's beat. I have a couple of issues I'm dealing with right now.

    I've been battling Montipora eating nudibranchs for a few months. Thought I had them beat, but guess not. I plan to setup another tank and move all my montis to it, so I can treat them all every other day with bayer, or something along those lines. I'll leave my dt monti-free for a few months while I treat them to ensure they've all died out before reintroducing anything.

    I've also got a diatom/cyano/dino outbreak. I go back and forth between thinking it's cyano and dino. I just replaced all my RODI filters and plan on doing some siphoning and water changes to see if it helps. All in all I'm pretty happy with the progress. My next adventure will be figuring out how to get rid of the now unwanted mushroom corals that are on almost every rock.







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    Wow Joe Tank Looks awesome !!! Great Job looks hair algae free A+1 Job got some good color in there as well

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    Looks great Joe, I know it's small but you can use that 5 gal tank I have for a few months if you want to qt. Just fill with your water change water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxthedog2000 View Post
    Looks great Joe, I know it's small but you can use that 5 gal tank I have for a few months if you want to qt. Just fill with your water change water.

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    Thanks man. Tank is easy to come up with. What I need to do is buy another light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbojoe View Post
    Thanks man. Tank is easy to come up with. What I need to do is buy another light.

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    I have a small low-end light you can look at and see if you wanna use it too

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    Looks great.

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    Looks great

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    Pulled one of my old rocks. It's been in the tank for at least 10 years I'm sure and it looked nasty. Plus, it was blocking flow around the area where the cyano is most present (I'm pretty sure it's cyano now). Took the green digi colony that was sitting on the rock and glued it to some magnets, so it's now on the back glass. Figured I'd take some pics with just the blues to mix it up a little...








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    I like it without that rock

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    Looks cool with that on the glass great idea ! I like it !

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    Looking great joe!




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    Just some recent pics... I'm slowly phasing out all of the hairy mushrooms, as they've been attacking several of my stony corals. I honestly miss them a little bit, but I think there's much better flow now and they've gone to someone who will appreciate them more.

    I took the ATS offline and replaced it with a biopellet reactor. I also quit testing my water for a few months assuming the kalkwasser was keeping up with demand, but I was mistaken. My alk was down around 6 and calcium was around 200 at their lowest points, so I've been raising them and started a two part dosing regimen, which is pretty much dialed in. I lost a couple of acans and a couple of zoas (yeah, I know, probably not because of the alk, but who knows), but overall everything is doing pretty well now.

    I declare victory over my long fought battle with hair algae and briposis. Hopefully the biopellets will get this cyano under control.

    Anyway, here are some recent pics. I'll be moving all of the livestock over to a 90 gallon I picked up in a month or two. Pics are terrible, because there's some etching in the front panel of this tank...










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    Pics look good to me.
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