Red Sea 40 gallon reef :)

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Tesus

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Hi. This tank is about a year old. It runs on live rock and a refugium mainly. I dose some alk and calc and mag when I remember to. Not very often since all my sps but one died off in a tank crash. Entering the toadstool grow out contest.

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OZ_SPS

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uhhhhhhh idk
How are you planning on hosting coral then? How can you tell if coral or the animal you getting will be suitable for your system?
I highly recommend you do some testing. At least once a month, some parameters once a week if u can.
But at least once a month is highly recomended
 

Tesus

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How are you planning on hosting coral then? How can you tell if coral or the animal you getting will be suitable for your system?
I highly recommend you do some testing. At least once a month, some parameters once a week if u can.
But at least once a month is highly recomended
i just tested. Alk is at 10.2 same as like a month ago, Phosphate is 1 same as last time. and Nitrate has been going up a lil :) Now its at 5ppm.
calcium is at 480ppm
 

Tesus

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ok so. Full in depth system guide. For my tank, i tried to keep it relatively simple and hands-free.

Daily maintenance
Everyday all I do is top off, feed my tank, and inspect closely

What do i feed
I feed a mix of food for my fish/inverts living in my tank. I feed frozen mysis, and rods food. I sometimes feed pellets and flakes aswell
Occasionally, I will put in drop some reef blizzard mixed with phyto or oyster feast in for the filter feeders. This leads to the next topic.

Filtration
As for filtration, I keep it 99% natural. I have a singular filter sock with some carbon in it.
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this is all the mechanical filtration I have.
I have a refugium that consists of red ogo, dragons breath, and I have some halimeda in the main display.
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There is also around Idk many pounds of saltybottom live rock in my tank. The tunicates, sponges, clams, and other filter feeders clean my water aswell.
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Clean up crew
As I said before, I purchased saltybottom live rock. There are many snails and mithrax crabs that came with it. That is my main clean up crew. I also have a ton of stomatella snails.

livestock
I currently have 2 cowfish, 2 dartfish, 1 blenny, 3 allardi clownfish, and one pipefish. I may be getting a cool eel soon.

Equipment
As for equipment, I have 2 nero 3s along with the return pump that provide flow and lots of surface agitation.
My light is the Ai prime running at 100 percent uv, 79 percent white, and 66 percent blue+royal

Parameters
my tank is relatively stable.
Alk -10.2 idk
PO4 - 1 ppm
NO3 - 5ppm.
Calc - 480ppm
All basically same as last month when i tested except nitrates which was 0 last month. Been trying to get it up and it worked

Corals
I have a mixed reef - some softies like gsp, some sps like my digi, and some lps like my candy cane coral.
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Nice setup!

One thing that's worth for me to keep the phos a bit lower (I was having some issues keeping it below 1 for awhile) is the Poly-Bio-Marine Filter PAD 4 X 8.

I don't test it religiously, maybe I should, but having phos on the higher side can inhibit calcification, slowing coral growth. Ironically, they (phos/nitrate) can also slow or hault macro growth too if too high (may vary by species of macro, but this has been what I've seen).

Since adding the poly-bio-marine filter and changing it regularly I've had a notable drop in algae growth, coral growth improving. It's been a handy tool and helped me avoid chemicals to remove phos, and without worrying about bottoming out.

Would love to see more macro shots of your tank and inhabitants!
 

Tesus

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Nice setup!

One thing that's worth for me to keep the phos a bit lower (I was having some issues keeping it below 1 for awhile) is the Poly-Bio-Marine Filter PAD 4 X 8.

I don't test it religiously, maybe I should, but having phos on the higher side can inhibit calcification, slowing coral growth. Ironically, they (phos/nitrate) can also slow or hault macro growth too if too high (may vary by species of macro, but this has been what I've seen).

Since adding the poly-bio-marine filter and changing it regularly I've had a notable drop in algae growth, coral growth improving. It's been a handy tool and helped me avoid chemicals to remove phos, and without worrying about bottoming out.

Would love to see more macro shots of your tank and inhabitants!
yep im aware lol I fed my cowfish dried seaweed daily so nitrates were a bit high, but they are coming down. Ill looking into the poly pad. Also I can try to take some macro shots lol
 

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yep im aware lol I fed my cowfish dried seaweed daily so nitrates were a bit high, but they are coming down. Ill looking into the poly pad. Also I can try to take some macro shots lol
Oh yes I feel the struggle, sounds like your cuc is capable, but for coral I'd reccomend the polypads just to aid the reduction a bit. They also function a bit like carbon, helping to remove some toxins, etc.

Goodluck and can't wait to see more!
 

Tesus

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Oh yes I feel the struggle, sounds like your cuc is capable, but for coral I'd reccomend the polypads just to aid the reduction a bit. They also function a bit like carbon, helping to remove some toxins, etc.

Goodluck and can't wait to see more!
thanks :D sorry i meant the phosphates were high cuz of the seaweed lol
 
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