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Postby billet » Mon 23 Feb, 2009 8:38 pm

There's about 400lph of flow with 3/4 of Zeolites in the reactor. Michael from Reefing Life gave me a dosing guide, so have been sticking to that. As above, dkh at 8, tested a few days ago. Kole Tangs are one of my favourite tangs


I meant the full dosing.
Start2, Food7 and bak.
It has been well documented that starting zeovit more aggresively leads to RTN of corals. Im assuming you have the zeovit bible at hand. Straight away I can see a problem, flowing 400lph through 3/4 of a litre of zeovit stones is too much for the first phase of zeovit, generally 400lph per 1 litre of stones for a nutrient poor tank (meaning second phase of zeovit)

We strongly recommend not exceeding the maximum
flow rate of 100 gph per 1 liter of ZEOvit®, which could undoubtedly have a negative impact.


We recommend using only 60% of the required material for the first interval if your corals display high levels of zooxanthellae (i.e., dark brown with dull tissue appearance because of unnaturally high nutrient load).


Taken straight from the zeovit bible.

Heres what I would be running for a system of your size:

.4 litre of zeovit with a flow rate of 250 litres per hour, with a 3 hour on, 3 hour off cycle period for the first exchange of stones, with an exchange of 6-8 weeks.

3 drops of zeobak daily for the first 2 weeks, then after that, 3 drops every second day.

Use the same dosing above for your food7 dosing.

.15ml morning and night every day for your start2 dosing. A good way to see if you are overdosing start2 is to have an increase of cyano or brown algae on the light exposed areas, if you see any air bubbles building up on your rocks, cease start2 dosing for two days, then start again at a decreased dosage rate.

Hope this helps you matt, you can take my advice or leave it, but im very certain that the RTN you experienced is not from temperature, but from too much zeolites with too high a flow rate. With the zeovit system more is definitely NOT BETTER. Less is more :)



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Postby StripestheEel » Mon 23 Feb, 2009 9:51 pm

Thanks Chris!

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Postby snaza » Tue 03 Mar, 2009 4:12 pm

Any updates. How are those Acros going?
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Postby billet » Tue 03 Mar, 2009 7:04 pm

Id love to see an update myself! Ive just purchased my first 'real' camera a nice nikon d60 so Im dying to try it out :) Just need that macro lens.....
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Postby StripestheEel » Tue 03 Mar, 2009 8:38 pm

Okay gents.. Excuse the dirty tank

Here are some macro's + a FTS

Things are going okay, so I can't complain. I lost my big pink w/green tip colony + 50-60% of my frags.

Got a new chiller - Teco TC30 - One Big Mother &$^(#*

Anyway enough blabbering..

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Postby rodneyri » Tue 03 Mar, 2009 8:47 pm

looks tops, can i ask what is that purple grass growing on the bottom left rock...love it
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Postby snaza » Tue 03 Mar, 2009 8:47 pm

See you in 5 minutes to collect my frags :thumbsup:
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Postby imf » Tue 03 Mar, 2009 8:48 pm

As always, looks great Matt.

Have you thought about a few softys to balance the numbers of SPS?
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Postby StripestheEel » Tue 03 Mar, 2009 8:52 pm

rodneyri wrote:looks tops, can i ask what is that purple grass growing on the bottom left rock...love it


You can ask. I am not sure. Unidentified macro of some sort. I like the colour, however it grows like a weed. :nut:

snaza wrote:See you in 5 minutes to collect my frags :thumbsup:


Locking my doors now. :roflmao:

imf wrote:As always, looks great Matt.

Have you thought about a few softys to balance the numbers of SPS?


I am not sure what you mean by the term softy? :pirate:
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Postby Rusty1 » Wed 04 Mar, 2009 12:00 am

imf wrote:As always, looks great Matt.

Have you thought about a few softys to balance the numbers of SPS?


You know...I have been harping on with the same question. I even offered him some frags and a Brain coral but he reljected them :pirate: :pirate:

Looks great Matt...and again, thanks for baby sitting for me :)
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Postby reef.anonymous » Wed 04 Mar, 2009 1:57 am

Hi Matt,

Your tank looks great, the colours are very nice! If you don't mind me asking what camera and lens are u using?

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Postby mgrav » Wed 04 Mar, 2009 7:32 am

Hey Matt could you please fill us in on the settings you use to shoot those wonderful macros?
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Postby StripestheEel » Wed 04 Mar, 2009 10:43 am

aink wrote:Hi Matt,

Your tank looks great, the colours are very nice! If you don't mind me asking what camera and lens are u using?

Cheers

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Canon 450D, Lens is Canon 100mm Macro

mgrav wrote:Hey Matt could you please fill us in on the settings you use to shoot those wonderful macros?


I shoot alot of photos and generally have around 10-12 shots of a coral using different settings.

Although I have usually been sticking within these guidelines:

F/Stop ranging from 2.8 - 3.5, haven't really ever gone over that.
ISO 400 - 800 (The higher the ISO the more noise you get in the image)
Shutter 1/125 - 1/400, just depends on what looks good and what doesn't




On a side note I have woken up to another 2 frags bleached out, they had lost alot of colour when I had my issues a week ago; so they weren't looking too crash hot anyway. Everything else looks good though (fingers crossed)
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Postby mgrav » Wed 04 Mar, 2009 3:47 pm

Thanks mate i'll see what I can come up with. :thumbsup: I have lots of trouble getting good shots of my blues. It sux the fluro colours don't show up in photos. Even my Dallas looks crap as the photos never do it justice.

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Postby Namn8r » Wed 04 Mar, 2009 3:52 pm

At least you guys have better cameras..its worse trying to use a digital camera or a camera phone! :P
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Postby StripestheEel » Wed 04 Mar, 2009 5:29 pm

mgrav wrote:Thanks mate i'll see what I can come up with. :thumbsup: I have lots of trouble getting good shots of my blues. It sux the fluro colours don't show up in photos. Even my Dallas looks crap as the photos never do it justice.

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To be totally honest, most of the pics I take don't really show the colour either. I use photoshop for post processing; this is where I try to get the colour as close to what you would see with the naked eye as possible.

Oh, I forgot to mention, you need a tripod, otherwise macro shots just don't work.
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Postby Alf D » Wed 04 Mar, 2009 6:38 pm

Looks great Matt, just need to add some Corallimorphs and it'll be tops. :)
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Postby StripestheEel » Wed 04 Mar, 2009 7:06 pm

Haha noooooooooooooo!
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Postby billet » Wed 04 Mar, 2009 7:20 pm

Dont forget a 1 foot wide leather! ;)

The acros need some shade from all that light.
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Postby StripestheEel » Wed 04 Mar, 2009 8:01 pm

Stop poisoning my mind
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Postby Rod the Reefer » Wed 04 Mar, 2009 9:33 pm

Don't let them coax you over to the dark side. :scared:

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Postby Namn8r » Wed 04 Mar, 2009 9:44 pm

Wow very nice Matt....

Rod which side is the darkside? You originally lured me into the darkside of sps..? :)
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Postby mgrav » Wed 04 Mar, 2009 9:57 pm

StripestheEel wrote:
mgrav wrote:Thanks mate i'll see what I can come up with. :thumbsup: I have lots of trouble getting good shots of my blues. It sux the fluro colours don't show up in photos. Even my Dallas looks crap as the photos never do it justice.

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To be totally honest, most of the pics I take don't really show the colour either. I use photoshop for post processing; this is where I try to get the colour as close to what you would see with the naked eye as possible.

Oh, I forgot to mention, you need a tripod, otherwise macro shots just don't work.


Yeah I do use a tripod and try to get a more accurate colour in photoshop . I guess it just take practice.
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Postby StripestheEel » Wed 04 Mar, 2009 10:17 pm

What camera and lense are you using Michael?
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Postby saltydog » Thu 05 Mar, 2009 12:06 am

Looking nice Matt.

How many and what type of snails do you have?
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Postby StripestheEel » Thu 05 Mar, 2009 12:53 am

Zero snails!
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Postby picasso » Fri 06 Mar, 2009 5:18 pm

Matt ,what are you using for a toilet window, i see you have used the old one as a tank base!!! :roflmao:
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Postby StripestheEel » Fri 06 Mar, 2009 6:58 pm

Hahahaha
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Postby Adam007 » Fri 06 Mar, 2009 10:22 pm

Hey Matt, how are you finding the barebottom. Also, no snails ? :scared: How are you keeping it clean ?
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Postby StripestheEel » Sat 07 Mar, 2009 12:51 am

Its very easy to maintain.

There seems to be a spot at the back where detritus settles and I syphon it out every couple of weeks.

No snails is more of a failsafe due to having no weir. Have the hammerhead algae magnet; the blenny and the kole who keep it nice and clean for me.
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