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Yes, I have used several, in fact, 3 to test and verify these are correct.

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Couple Shots of the reef tonight

Yellow Tang (Miracle)
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Swissguard Basslet (Stripey)
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The Zoa Garden
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Leather is still doing well! (Sold to me as a Colt Coral??)
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My micromussa changing from Teal to Orange maybe?? (@Jon from TerraReef ) This guy gets a lot of light and seems to love it. The rainbows that I got seem to hate the high light so they are now recovering in the shade. They seem happy there.
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Couple Shots of the reef tonight

Yellow Tang (Miracle)
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Swissguard Basslet (Stippy)
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The Zoa Garden
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Leather is still doing well! (Sold to me as a Colt Coral??)
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My micromussa changing from Teal to Orange maybe?? (@Jon from TerraReef ) This guy gets a lot of light and seems to love it. The rainbows that I got seem to hate the high light so they are now recovering in the shade. They seem happy there.
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Tanks looking good! The Micromussa can adapt to fairly bright light, but certainly have their limits of how high they can go. It looks like the teal is just about at it's limit, but happy. Micromussa often shift significantly under different lighting.

I believe that genus of coral are my favorite at the moment. I am not typically the type to have favorites.
 

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Looking beautiful! Miracle looks very lovely and happy like all of your fish
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Tanks looking good! The Micromussa can adapt to fairly bright light, but certainly have their limits of how high they can go. It looks like the teal is just about at it's limit, but happy. Micromussa often shift significantly under different lighting.

I believe that genus of coral are my favorite at the moment. I am not typically the type to have favorites.
This guy seems really happy out in the light like that. He is always open and happy. I cant say the same for the rainbow, they certainly like to be tucked under the shadows. Do you think I should move him? Or do you think the color change is okay and he will be okay? I personally really like the oranges coming out!
 

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This guy seems really happy out in the light like that. He is always open and happy. I cant say the same for the rainbow, they certainly like to be tucked under the shadows. Do you think I should move him? Or do you think the color change is okay and he will be okay? I personally really like the oranges coming out!
I think it is ok at the moment. If it starts to get even lighter or closer to white it may be a bit risky. It also may not be great if your Iodine levels suddenly drop(like when a large amount of activated carbon is added to the system). I believe that often corals in bright light on the edge of not doing well require Iodine in the water.
 

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I think it is ok at the moment. If it starts to get even lighter or closer to white it may be a bit risky. It also may not be great if your Iodine levels suddenly drop(like when a large amount of activated carbon is added to the system). I believe that often corals in bright light on the edge of not doing well require Iodine in the water.
Do you have any recommendations for adding Iodine? I have never added it and honestly am not great at water changes. Any general rules? Can I use Lugol's? Sorry if these are dumb questions.

I just sent my very first ICP test off today!
 

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Do you have any recommendations for adding Iodine? I have never added it and honestly am not great at water changes. Any general rules? Can I use Lugol's? Sorry if these are dumb questions.

I just sent my very first ICP test off today!
I would not want to take your thread off topic too far and start a debate with someone else who may chime in and disagree...

In short I run ICP tests with Triton and dose based on that using their recommendations. I know my systems well though so know what amount makes sense and when it makes sense. It is VERY easy to over dose Iodine and the rule of thumb that many followed in the past was not to dose what you can not test for. I never found a practical useful reliable test kit until ICP came about. Before ICP many "old salts" with large systems without frequent large water changes would say they knew when certain corals didn't look right they needed to add iodine. I don't like my corals to look noticeably bad before I give them what they need.

From my understanding and experience, significant use of activated carbon will decrease Iodine. Limited water changes in a system that has lots of healthy growing animals will also eventually lead to an iodine deficiency.
 

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I would not want to take your thread off topic too far and start a debate with someone else who may chime in and disagree...

Some say dose. Some say don't. Some say people does because ICP says to. Some say because we can measure it. Tropic Marin recently increased their iodine in their All For Reef product and I questioned why. I like TM but this one sort of made me ask why iodine vs others.

In any case my opinion iodine dosing is more or less to make one feel good (which is perfectly fine). So I do agree it can go off into the weeks as a discussion be it agree or disagree :)
 
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iodine is a weird one. i dose it about once a week a very small amount. why? because 🦆 it, that's why :D i also bought two bottles of random iodine products along the way so when in rome

i never get a reading from icp tests, so i figured i was dosing an ok amount. i also stopped getting much rtn/stn on new frags when i started to be consistent with it. is it necessary? no idea. does it help? no idea

i think sanjay nuked his tank one time pouring in an entire capful and his tank is huge, so i'd say if you want to do it start real small, like a few drops small
 

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Well, I just finished acclimating, dipping, regluing and getting all the corals where they need to be for at least the night. That was a long night of dipping corals after tracking down my package that I thought for sure was a lost cause to get today. I am very happy, the coral looks very happy and so all in all it worked out.

UPS new how to set a guy off in a panic on his one and only day off. I knew this was coming so I arrange someone to be at the shop to feed fish. I never really get a day off, but this one a bit wild!

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After working with UPS they were able to track down my box to the warehouse. The Manager (I have been working with this branch through my own business so they know me and what I do, shipping live fish) literally started to work on it 2 minutes after I arrived. About an hour later (Maybe an hour and half) she had it in her possession as she went to the warehouse herself and grabbed it! I then met her there to grab the box!

This isnt a post to dog on UPS, this is actually to commend them for taking the extra steps to keep animals alive. I honestly haven't been happier since switching over to them from FedEx.

So I think all will end well, I am getting the box open now and will get pictures later tonight as I have A LOT to unpack, dip and glue down.

"DELIVERED"

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I was able to get a quick shot right before the lights out of the new Goni Garden. It's wild, a lot of them were already out and starting to extend! The SPS was also already looking happy. Again, well done SBB Corals, well done.

I will get more pictures tomorrow, for tonight our Grumpy old man the YWG said he and his shrimps would keep an eye on everything.

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So still have to high of Nitrates to have Hanna read so I continue working on getting them down.

Phosphates are now reading at .55 so those are pretty steady. I think I will change out my GFO tomorrow and see if we can bring it down a bit.

I am now skimming 18 hours a day so that has come up and I turned it up abit so we are skimming it bit wetter. Hopefully all this will bring them down slowly and no crashing.
 

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I am now skimming 18 hours a day so that has come up and I turned it up abit so we are skimming it bit wetter. Hopefully all this will bring them down slowly and no crashing.
What is the reason for running the skimmer part-time vs all the time? I don't ask in a "you should change" way but I genuinely have no idea of the pros/cons.
 
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