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    I downloaded an app called Aquarimate; it's pretty slick! I'm keeping a log of all my parameters, equipment, livestock, and expenses. Really neat. The app also comes with an encyclopedia of coral... there are a lot of types of coral. Tons! I think I'm just going to start by trying to recognize what I see at my LFS. Looking at them in reference books and this app is overwhelming.

    Also, it turns out the Red Sea Alk test I bought is worst than the API, lol. The Red Sea one I got has accuracy of 1dKH. API looks to be .5. I think I bought the wrong one, should have gone the Red Sea Pro. I bought the red sea PH/Alk combo. I wonder if the reagent is the same, and the only thing that changes is the dropper...

    Anyway, looks like this forum is turning into a sort of journal, which is kind of fun. If any other noobs are reading this, check out the BRStv 52 week series. I'm learning a lot watching that.

    That's it for now. Next update will likely be for installation of lights and power heads.
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    Installed light and pumps! Iím pretty happy with how everything turned out. The pictures donít really do it justice. Itís hard to get the metering right with the bright LEDís.

    The flow is working out pretty much as planned. I can see little particles gyring as diagramed in previous posts. The fish are getting kind of thrown around also. Not sure if thatís ok.

    The lighting is also STRONG. May have to ramp down. Not sure what to put in right under the light. BTA or some rad shrooms...

    Iím battling brown diatoms right now. Every two weeks they come back in full bloom (way worse than in picture). I got a cleanup crew from reefcleaners.com and they somewhat help, but I want it gone completely! Any suggestions?

    Thanks all!

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    Update

    Hi all,

    So this tank has been going for around six months now. No major updates other than I removed my skimmer and started using a product called algovec from Sera to combat the brown diatoms. It's greatly reduced the brown diatoms. I'm pretty sure that the reason for my constant blooms is that the tank gets direct sunlight. For now, I'm content brushing it every few days.

    I considered getting a Tunze 9004, but @johntdaballa gave some good advice and I'm holding off for now (your inbox is full btw, so I couldn't respond to your PM). Don't think I need one right now anyway, tank seems to be doing really well as FOWLR, fish seem real happy. I have:
    • 2 clownfish
    • 2 yellow tail damsel
    • 1 Purple Stripe Pseudo-chromis


    I plan on adding 3 bengai cardinal fish at some point, and maybe something to eat all the diatoms. I tried a CUC, but not really a big fan. Not sure if there is a better alternative as far as diatom eating livestock (tried starfish but it starved to death RIP). I also want more coralline algae and will be adding some Red Sea KH Coralline Gro and Coralline Algae in a Bottle to hopefully get some nice purp going. We'll see. Lastly, I'm really itching for a BTA for the clownfish and for some ZOA. I'm posting the proposed placement of these below.

    Any suggestion would be appreciated. Thanks!
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    Zoa and BTA placement. Any other livestock or placement suggestions would be greatly appreciated. My parameters seem real stable as far as I can tell.



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