Peter's Garage Tank

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by daddio, May 27, 2017.

  1. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    T5 bulbs are 4 months old. I feed the system 3/4 tsp Coral Frenzy, 5ml Phyto, and 9ml each RedSea Energy A&B daily. Along with 1/2 cube frozen Marine Delight.
    Perhaps I need to change to bulbs with a higher "K" rating?
     
  2. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    Browning coral can usually be attributed to a couple of things: not enough light (e.g., lack of intensit or, lack of the correct spectrum) or high nutrient (NO3/PO4) levels

    Corals that are paling/losing color can be because of a lack of nutrients (i.e., they're starving)

    I'd start with looking at those things before doing anything extreme.
     
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  3. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    This weeks additions:
    Superman Monti
    Sunset Monti
    Apple Berry Monti
    Tropic Thunder Monti
    Thanks Bob @tankguy
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    And:
    Reefraft Pink Lemonade
    PC Rainbow
    Wild Red Acro
    Monti
    And the cutest little bandit crab you ever did see
    Thanks @Edgar Sandoval
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  4. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    Yeah, I believe it was pictures of corals in your tank that I have also that is really showing the color differences. I don't plan on doing anything drastic, everything is alive and growing. Just trying to get a little bit more color definition
     
  5. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    How many bulbs? Which ones?


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  6. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    how do you get frag plug to stay on the rocks? takes out the sterm and superglue it to the rock?
     
  7. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Why do you leave frag plugs on?
     
  8. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    Holes in the rocks
     
  9. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    Should I have taken them off? The ones in the pic. were just cut and given to me. Figured I would let them heal/acclimate to my system while I figure out a permanent home.
     
  10. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    I guess I should mention these corals on plugs are not in my "main tank"
     
  11. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    I always take them off immediately. Plugs are a source of nasty pests.
    If they are not going in permanently, for grow-out, I usually re-glue them to a small piece of dry rubble.
    Especially encrusting ones, since it looks a lot more natural to encrust onto rubble.
     
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  12. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    But that will be hard for zoas :/


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  13. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    6 - 36" t5s
    2- Giesemann - Super Actinic
    1- Giesemann - Power Chrome pure Actinic
    3 - Giesemann - AquaBlue+ - 15,000 k

    Adjustment required?
     
  14. JVU

    JVU Supporting Member

    How so? I cut zoas off plugs and glue them to rocks all the time.
     
  15. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    I have zoas encrusted on the plugs


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  16. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Don't want to be technical but zoas don't encrust :)


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  17. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    I really don't like the look of the frag plugs either. Several months ago we got a frag of The Vihn. It hasn't grown much but it started to encrust the frag plug. I didn't really want the look of the frag plug under it so we did a little bit of thinking and this is what we came up with:
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    I took a piece of live rock and machined a cut out in it slightly larger than the frag plug that The Vihn is on. Then glued the frag plug into the hole. And now it should encrust nicely and you'll never see the edge of the frag plug. And the best part is I didn't really have to disturb the coral itself.
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  18. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    A slightly better pic.
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  19. JVU

    JVU Supporting Member

    That’s a clever solution. But I just gently scrape or squeeze across the interface of the coral skeleton and the plug with bone cutters or a scalpel, and it generally just pops off with little or no damage to the coral. I’m always a bit nervous to do it, but it almost always works out well.


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  20. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    I'm too nervous to scrape it, the frag cost me $40 and the dime size encrusting probably took 6 months.
     

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