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Old 02/25/2018, 02:08 PM   #1
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250g. SPS and Reef Room

Whats up everyone, I've been meaning to start a new thread on here. My last one for this tank was just started when Photobucket removed all the pics.

My current setup (located in garage): This tank got wet on 5/10/2017 and corals were added on 5/29/2017

Tank: Crystal Dynamics Peninsula: 72"x36"x22" (250ish gallons)
Sump: Advanced Acrylics
Return pump: Ecotech Vectra L1 and M1
Skimmer: Reef Octopus 300
Lighting: ATI t5 with Reefbrite LED strips
Alk and Ca: B-Ionic 2 part, controlled by DOS
Controller: Neptune Apex (controls heaters and fans,dosing, and monitors temp and pH)
Flow: 2 MP60s, 2 MP40s, 100% on pulse mode
Other: About 9 gallons of Seachem Matrix in bags and reactors, 1 cup carbon in bag, Reef Crystals salt
QT Tanks: Coral QT is Red Sea Reefer 170. Fish QT is Red Sea Reefer 250

Frag tank: Botanicare hydroponics tub
Flow: MP40 x3
Light: G4 Radion Pros and Reefbrite stip

Delivery Day!


I used some water and rock from my old tank and got the new one up and running pretty quick. I used a couple tester frags for a few days to make sure they were happy before moving everything in.


I moved all my rock, fish, and coral in all in one day. Luckily, without any losses.
First FTS


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I ended up having to remove my sand. Even though I went with a more coarse sand, it was still getting blown all over the place and sucked up into my vortechs. Also, the clarion would constantly swoop down and throw it up over my corals. I got sick of dealing with it and just removed it all, which I think looks pretty bad...but it's easy.


The day I set up my frag tank


Coral QT


And here's the most recent FTS. I don't like the look of this tank being bare bottom, especially because of the bracing so I've decided to find some cool monti caps to help cover it all up.



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Old 02/25/2018, 03:08 PM   #2
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Amazing tank!

Are the pumps on pulse synced or not?

Also what bulb combo do you use?

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Old 02/25/2018, 04:16 PM   #3
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Oh boy!!
Are we in for a treat!!
Happy to see you started this, Connor.
Looking fantastic!


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Old 02/25/2018, 10:32 PM   #4
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Amazing tank!

Are the pumps on pulse synced or not?

Also what bulb combo do you use?

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Thanks! My pumps are not synced, just random pulse mode at 100%
I just changed out my bulbs and I'm using 5 blue+, 2 coral+, 1 purple+
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Oh boy!!
Are we in for a treat!!
Happy to see you started this, Connor.
Looking fantastic!
Thanks Matt! Kind of you to say


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Old 04/16/2018, 01:00 PM   #5
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Here's a FTS from earlier this month. Tank has been funky lately. PO4 has been a little high at .08 and Nitrates are undetectable. I have a little cyano and my corals are looking off. I recently lost a couple frags and my WWC Bounce melted overnight which was the largest one I have seen. I've been doing multiple large water changes in attempt to get everything back on track.



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Old 04/16/2018, 03:33 PM   #6
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Still looking pretty cool, Connor.
Just love that monster tort.
Have you considered just dosing some kno3?


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Old 04/16/2018, 04:09 PM   #7
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Still looking pretty cool, Connor.
Just love that monster tort.
Have you considered just dosing some kno3?
Thanks Matt, Yeah I'm not sure where to go from here. I don't know if I need to dose nitrate or add GFO to bring down PO4. What do you think? I've never had a good experience with GFO so I'm a little nervous about using it.


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Old 04/16/2018, 05:13 PM   #8
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I’ve never had great experiences with gfo either.. not a huge fan... and really, these days I’m not sure how important it is to severely control po4, anyways..
I have pretty much never had po4 lower than .08 and until just recently, my po4 has always been between .14-.24....

Now, it is possible that your po4 may only be up because your n has bottomed out..
Personally I wouldn’t call your p high..
maybe your system is nitrate limited and this is why p has climbed....


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Old 04/18/2018, 07:04 PM   #9
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Iíve never had great experiences with gfo either.. not a huge fan... and really, these days Iím not sure how important it is to severely control po4, anyways..
I have pretty much never had po4 lower than .08 and until just recently, my po4 has always been between .14-.24....

Now, it is possible that your po4 may only be up because your n has bottomed out..
Personally I wouldnít call your p high..
maybe your system is nitrate limited and this is why p has climbed....
To add some nitrate, would you recommend dosing, turning down my skimmer, or feeding more?


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I envy you....

I want a new tank too.

Share us more, please.


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To add some nitrate, would you recommend dosing, turning down my skimmer, or feeding more?
The best way to raise nitrate without potentially raising phosphate levels as well, is with nitrate additions only..
I currently use Seachemís Flourish Nitrogen. It is potassium nitrate. I add 3 capfuls on Wednesday and Saturday to maintain n around 3 ppm- with my cheato fuge growing heavily..
I started with adding one capful and testing n a day later to see if it had any impact. Sometime it takes a couple of doses to get a reading but once you do get a reading, you should then back off the dose a bit so as not to overshoot your target level..
In your case, you should probably add n and then test both n and p.. you have to do a lot of regular dosing and testing to figure out proper dosage.. it can take several weeks to see the effect and figure out a running dose..
if your system is nitrate limited, you may see a drop in p before you get a significant reading for n.
I forget.. are you carbon dosing?


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Old 04/22/2018, 08:17 PM   #12
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The best way to raise nitrate without potentially raising phosphate levels as well, is with nitrate additions only..
I currently use Seachemís Flourish Nitrogen. It is potassium nitrate. I add 3 capfuls on Wednesday and Saturday to maintain n around 3 ppm- with my cheato fuge growing heavily..
I started with adding one capful and testing n a day later to see if it had any impact. Sometime it takes a couple of doses to get a reading but once you do get a reading, you should then back off the dose a bit so as not to overshoot your target level..
In your case, you should probably add n and then test both n and p.. you have to do a lot of regular dosing and testing to figure out proper dosage.. it can take several weeks to see the effect and figure out a running dose..
if your system is nitrate limited, you may see a drop in p before you get a significant reading for n.
I forget.. are you carbon dosing?
Matt, this is excellent information. Thank you! No I'm not carbon dosing.


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Hi Conor,
I am dosing Sodium Nitrate for the last 2 or 3 months. Before that my NO3 was 0,2.
Now I'm keeping it around 5ppm and my corals look a lot more happier.
As Matt said, I made some tests to find the amount of NaNO3 needed in my system.
To me, feed more heavier does nothing to NO3 levels.
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PS.: I miss the sand in your tank.


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Hi Conor,
I am dosing Sodium Nitrate for the last 2 or 3 months. Before that my NO3 was 0,2.
Now I'm keeping it around 5ppm and my corals look a lot more happier.
As Matt said, I made some tests to find the amount of NaNO3 needed in my system.
To me, feed more heavier does nothing to NO3 levels.
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Hi Alex, I appreciate your input. Thank you!

Yes! I miss the sand too. I have too much flow and some fish that like throwing it up on my corals. Iím hoping to eventually cover most of the bottom with montis.


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