Update of my 20H

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  1. Travis

    Travis Toadstool Leather Coral

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    Hey guys, here are some update pictures on my 20H SPS tank.

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    This A. Validia frag bleached after I moved it to the top back. It's in a new spot now and I hope it makes a good recovery.
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    The following two pictures are of an Acro that I bought that had a green base and pink polyps, now it's has a creamy colored base and purple/blue polyps!
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    My Purple Bonsai turned into a Brown Bansai, not sure why...
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    This digitata was brown, but as you can see the polyps are turning pink :D
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    Bush Acro
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    Cali Tort, it's grown alot and you can see where it is shooting up to make mor branches from the base.
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    Efflo/Soli
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    An Encrusing Montipora
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    Green Slimer
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    Orange Digitata, this thing is a FAST grower.
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    Yellow/Green Tennius
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    Pink/Orange Monti Cap (I accidently broke it [several times] so there are piece of it scattered all over that area)
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    Small frag of a Bush Acro
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    Brown/Green Tennius
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    Table Acro
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    And finaly, the FTS
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  2. looking good. How's that diy closed loop return working out?
     
  3. Travis

    Travis Toadstool Leather Coral

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    Just like I built it, perfectly :lol:
     
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    lookin good travis, that encrusting monti and blue polyp acro looks totally different...good growth on the tort and orange monti too!
     
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    Thanks Ian :)

    I'll PM you now about that light fixture.
     
  6. Nice!

    That orange dig looks very happy. =)
     
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    Thanks Casie 8)
     
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    phatstanley02 Ko-Ko Worm

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    are you happy with the colors you are getting? No offense or anything but it is reminiscent to me of threads on RC with people using high par DE bulbs and super nutrient poor that are getting phenominal growth but lacking in color because of being too nutrient poor.

    Very nice job with the growth! I love that cream acro with purple/blue polyps.
     
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    No, I am not happy with most of my SPS coming into my tank and the colors getting washed out. Th only frag that has stayed true to color from when I first got it is the Green Slimmer. The Cream w/ Purple/Blue Polyp acro is the only one that the color change made it look better. I'm not sure what I should do. Should I add sand to boost the nutrience, or should I just lift the light up higher? I have already cut my photoperiod back to 6 hours a day. Or should I do both? I'm not sure what to do and I could use some advice...

    But at the same time I am I am lovin' the fast growth rates.
     
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    looking good man, my orange monti grows like crazy too
     
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    phatstanley02 Ko-Ko Worm

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    heres a few things to consider trying:

    Trying a higher kelvin lower par bulb
    doing water changes less often
    feeding more
    adding more bioload
    cutting photoperiod even more (I particularly dislike this approach)

    This seems to be such a common problem with BB tanks these days. I cant say that anything i suggested will or wont work, its just advice ive seen from some who know more than I do about running a nutrient poor BB system. Try posting about it on the sps forum on RC and maybe you can get some better feedback about it.

    HTH
     
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    Thanks Jeff, I will try a few things and see what happens.
     
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    phatstanley02 Ko-Ko Worm

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    double post
     
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    Travis,
    One thing I notice and asked you before is that do you feed your corals? and I think you didnt. Try this as im sure it will be very beneficial to the SPS in a BB nutrient poor environment. I suggest DT's oyster eggs or some type of cyclopeeze. Try that and see what happens. Ive been using the Oyster eggs and spot feeding.
     
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    forgot to add that to the list

    When I talked to Eric Borneman at 7 seas he said that sps DEFINATELY eat, its just a matter of providing them something small enough. He said cyclopeeze is probably too big, but oyster eggs and golden pearls are good
     
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    Cool, I'll try that.

    Ian, Lonny stocks the Oyster Eggs, right?
     
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    Gary, thanks for the advice and sharing your experience, that may be what my problem is.

    The general answer to my problem, here and RC, is that I don't have enough nutrience in the tank.
     
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    Sand added, still cloudy...

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  19. IMO, i really dont care for the whole appearance of the BB look. Tank looks much better with sand in it. I hope this starts to solve some of your issues. I was going to suggest raising the light up a little. I was thinking you may be scorching all the coral and thats what might be causing it to bleach. Im just guessing here.
     
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    Yeah, it's CaribSea Figi Pink live sand. Supprizingly, the sand is NOT getting all blown around, 2 inches higher and it would be all over the place. I think it's Sugar grain sized, but I could be wrong, it's Figi Pink, and it's one of the smaller grains.
     

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