Ollie's EA Reef 1200s upgrade

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Reply #75

Everyone is still a little spooked from the move, they all dart into hiding when I approach at the minute.

When they are settled I have a much better relationship with them. They know when feeding time is etc as they gather at the end of the tank I feed from.

Will grab some fish pics tomorrow for you :)

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Reply #76

Purchased 5 Anthias today from the LFS.

They have settled well and fill the tank looks fuller now  :grin:

Here's a quick video for your viewing pleasure.


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Reply #77

Very striking colours, the others look like they think it's feeding time lol

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Reply #78

Yes they can't wait. Hungry bunch.

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Reply #79

Looking nice that and love the scape I wish I had more reef bones in mine

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Reply #80

How's the tank settling?
Been reading up on zeovit system and if nothing new comes out before I get a bigger tank I'm going to use it. What levels does it keep phosphate and nitrate at?

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Reply #81

All is going well. Have had a faint hint of brown algae/film form on parts of the Reef Bones. This is to be expected and is actually less than I thought would happen.

I've just recived some Coral Booster and couple of other additives that should help the corals settle down after their move. I've essentially fragged every coral I carried across due to them being encrusted on my old rock. I'm looking forward to the SPS basing out so rapid growth can resume.

I'd defo recommend Zeovit. It's quite labour intensive but I enjoy the daily dosing. You can make it as involved as you want to.

I no longer measure phosphates and nitrates. I stopped checking after I realised that the system works very well. Instead I watch the corals for signs I actually need to increase feeding. When they start to lighten, I dose extra food sources.  :grin:


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Reply #82

I guess you will get a bit of new tank syndrome.
When you say basing out, is that we're it looks like there melting at the bottom, do new branches then grow up from that?

When you say very well was the readings 0?

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Reply #83

SPS need to grow a large base first, cover a decent section of rock before they grow upwards and gain thickness. Kind of like foundations of a building. Growth from existing branches and equally new branches form from the base depending on flow etc.

I reached undetectable readings on my nitrates test. I've never really obtained a decent result from a phosphate test. If you haven't any, the test reads low, if you have phosphates, something else will be consuming it and the test reads low. Doh!

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Reply #84

Got you, yes a grasped that fact along time ago about phosphate with my tropical tank, if I start to get grey hair algae it's time to change the rowa :)

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Reply #85

Exactly. The longer you are in this hobby, the more you seem to be able to ascertain from looking at the inhabitants.
A good set of tests for the fundamental 3 are important though.

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Reply #86

More flow  :grin:

Looking forward to linking this to the other MP10. Should get some interesting flow going.

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Reply #87

Splashing the cash :)

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Reply #88

Ollie - what skimmer did you get for your tank (I know you said that you were limited due to the depth of the skimmer) - just doing my final list of pricing for red sea v eareef - found a shop that has one on display so going to see it Sunday (Fareham) and will then make a decision. :)

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Reply #89

I'm not limited by depth. Think that's @Asco1104

I've a Marine Sources RCD 850.
The sump depth in the EA is perfect for most common skimmers. 8 inches.

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