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Sam_G
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:33 am

And, now for the other new acquisitions...

Teal Hammer Coral:


Green Slimer:


Season's Greetings Monti:


Pokerstar Monti:


Green Acan:



I'm going to try to take real good care of all of these corals for you Nicholas! Good luck with your new set-up!

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~Samantha snorkel

Founder and Former President of the Aquarist Club at USF

100 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium

47 Gallon Macroalgae DT
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:36 am

Beautiful pictures Samantha, I can't wait to see how all of these grow in your tank!
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:43 pm

WOW! I haven't updated this in FOREVER! Whoops... ashamed

Okay! Time for an update!


Update:

So...

This summer it was time for me to change out my T5 bulbs, and I decided that I was sick of spending my money (and using up all of my birthdays/Christmases) on light bulbs.
fish hook

Solution: Switch to LED lighting! thumbs up

Anyway... I did a lot of research, and, IMO, AI Sols were the best option. They have been tested for a long time, and, while there are plenty of nay-sayers, many people have had great success with them. Also, people have been selling used AI Sols for a good price lately because of the new Vega.

So, I bought 2 used AI Sol fixtures this August and am currently in the process of acclimating my tank to the LEDs.

Wish me luck! Lots of people love or hate these LEDs, and I'm hoping I'll be in the former category! fingers-crossed

I'll keep you all updated...

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~Samantha snorkel

Founder and Former President of the Aquarist Club at USF

100 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium

47 Gallon Macroalgae DT
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:53 am

Time for an update...

Well, shortly after switching to the AI Sols, many of my corals started declining. In the past month, I've lost the majority of chalices from Nicholas and many corals are still bleaching... faint

HOWEVER, it turns out that the issue may not be the new LEDs. I had been blaming the LEDs this past month and tinkering with them every week trying to make the corals happier...BUT, then I decided to test my water just to make sure everything was okay. AND BOY WAS I WRONG! My Alkalinity had dropped to levels equivalent for a FRESHWATER TANK!!! Shocked

Anywho, these past few weeks I've been trying to get my Alk back in check. It's weird, because I can get it up to around 10dkh, but it falls back to 7dkh by the next day. Most of my corals are bleaching, not growing, so I'm not sure what is using up the Alk... don\'t know

Hopefully, I'll get things normal again soon. MORAL OF THE STORY: Testing your water is SMART and will SAVE YOU A LOT OF CORALS and MONEY! old

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~Samantha snorkel

Founder and Former President of the Aquarist Club at USF

100 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium

47 Gallon Macroalgae DT
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:06 am

ive heard that there is a way to max out the amount of dosing possible in a tank and still have low alk (too many corals) resulting in swings but i doubt you have that many corals?

howre you dosing your alk?
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:57 am

I can't imagine that i just have soooooo many corals that i've maxed out. It's so weird because this has never been an issue...

I've been dosing with Part A & B, baking soda, and now Brightwell's Alkalinity booster stuff.

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Founder and Former President of the Aquarist Club at USF

100 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium

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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:24 pm

that is weird.. there was something else that could cause alk swings.. i wish i remembered it.. :\
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:39 pm

Remember, Eric! help

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~Samantha snorkel

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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:52 pm

this isn't it but plants/algae can cause huge alk swings
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:08 pm

http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=306527

maybe that'll help, i'll keep looking(:
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:59 pm

Thanks, Eric Smile

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~Samantha snorkel

Founder and Former President of the Aquarist Club at USF

100 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium

47 Gallon Macroalgae DT
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:11 am

I love your tank sam , very nice thumbs up , where did you get that sticker on your sump I must have one , also Mr grump gills Laugh
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:28 am

Thanks, Wes! Very Happy I got the sticker on Ebay; there were a bunch of funny ones to choose from.

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~Samantha snorkel

Founder and Former President of the Aquarist Club at USF

100 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium

47 Gallon Macroalgae DT
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:17 am

that one just sums up what I think , touch my tank and die , I even hide the fish food when people come over lol
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:17 pm

xwesx1978 wrote:
that one just sums up what I think , touch my tank and die , I even hide the fish food when people come over lol

Yeah, whenever my cousins come over I hide all of the food, magfloats, etc. The last time they helped my "magfloat" my tank I found sand everywhere and the glass scratched... anger

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~Samantha snorkel

Founder and Former President of the Aquarist Club at USF

100 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium

47 Gallon Macroalgae DT
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:41 am

Still struggling trying to keep my Alkalinity up. Dosing Part A and B in the morning and Brightwell's Alkalinity 8.3 stuff in the evening.

Took some pics trying to get a good shot for the October PotM, so figured I'd post a few of the good ones here...

ORA Hawkins (the PotM I entered):


Acro and Monti conglomeration:


Sean and Sydney in the Hammer Coral:

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~Samantha snorkel

Founder and Former President of the Aquarist Club at USF

100 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium

47 Gallon Macroalgae DT
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:06 am

Say goodbye to the 50 gallon! I'm in the process of upgrading to a 100 gallon!! banana

Before:


After:



My 50 gallon kind of looks like a black lagoon right now. Sad All fish and corals have been moved to the new tank. No losses so far (but I accidentally fragged a few corals in the process). ashamed Look out for my new build thread for the 100 gallon! Wink

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~Samantha snorkel

Founder and Former President of the Aquarist Club at USF

100 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium

47 Gallon Macroalgae DT
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:08 pm

That is one gross looking mess you've got there!

Can't wait to see what you do with the new tank!!
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:06 pm

Can't wait either ... Plans for the old tank as well ?
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PostSubject: Re: Samantha's 50 Gallon Mixed Reef Aquarium   Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:01 pm

Plan is to sell it Smile

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47 Gallon Macroalgae DT
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