Fr499y's 4 footer mixed reef - Was 3 foot - Now Pico! ( to be )

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Reply #645

algae has perked up nicely since getting it in the sump. Still would like it in the bigger chamber and have one hell of a algae bed but sadly the skimmer is too big to fit into this chamber! ahh 1w led goodness

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Reply #646

Time to try new filter media. 150ml of this stuff should treat a 400L tank, so 250ml of this should be fine for my 280(ish)L.

Some pictures so you know what a small 250ml pot looks like ( seeing as there was no sizes shown and all pictures found on the net appear to be a lot larger! )

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Reply #647

Just got a new wavemaker :) Jacod SW-4 to replace the RW-8 i had ( too much for this tank )


It's so tiny!!! but boy does it pack a punch :D

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Reply #648

The new tank looks fantastic Matt well done!  ;)
There's a fine line between success and failure like there's a difference between surviving and thriving and we are all striving for a thriving success.

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Reply #649

Thank you 🙂

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Reply #650

quick post before i go home! Enjoy :)

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Reply #651

Looks fantastic *D

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Reply #652

Thanks :)

finally got a setup I'm happy with

Lighting:-
T5 39w
2x iquatics blue plus
1x red sea actinic ( isn't any different to the blue plus )
1x ati fiji pink
same two zetlights slapped in the middle
as you can see in the first two pics, gives a nice blue look and the corals seem to love it :)

other equipment:-
1x Jecod SW-4 on else, full speed
1x eheim 1000 return pump roughly 500lph
1x 150w eheim heater, but might have to swap it for the 300w i got ( no point buying a 200/250w! )

I need to get the acro from the back and put it on show as its really coloured up since the move!

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Reply #653

Harliquin came out to say hi the over the weekend! Not seen it for a little while  :grin: Such awesome little creatures.

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Reply #654

Nice looking shrimp Matt , beautiful colours , how do you keep it going in starfish ? Are you able to feed it anything else ?

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Reply #655

they only eat starfish, usually linckia starfish ( i don't like that idea of that ) but much through pest asterina like theres no tomorrow! This one pretty much cleared the 4 foot from plague numbers down to what seemed like less than 100. I can still see a few small stars dotted around the tank, but as soon as it becomes a struggle to spot them, i'll start breeding them in a smaller tank so i can feed the harlequin.

They are such an awesome looking crusty  8D

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Reply #656

I've been trying a few things to improve the water clarity and it seems to be working nicely :D


According to my alk test kit, its always at 5.4dkh, no matter how much i seem to dose. Have a feeling its a bit of a dodgy kit. Will take some water in for a test at the weekend and see what it comes back at!


One of the three larger guttatus has been fragged and growing nicely already.


Few quick snaps.

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Reply #657

Looking well that

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Reply #658

Yes does look good , water certainly looks crystal clear , what have you been using to clear it up ?

I'd say a dodgy test kit ,  I've a red sea Po4 kit that always reads 0.08 ppm .

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Reply #659

I've been using coral snow for a few weeks now and i can honestly say ( although expensive ) makes the water crystal clear. Dry skimming and using a less agressive carbon source. Going for a semi zeovit system and so far so good  :grin:

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