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Chromis’s 90g Acropora tank

Blaise006

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So after not skimmer for a month or more, I ran the skimmer for about an hour and got a few mms of green water. I dumped that out and ran it another 8 hours overnight, and got some very green water. Wondering if my tank has its own phytoplankton culture that took off without skimming, I checked it out under the microscope. Could this be some kind of phytoplankton - if it’s regular surface algae not sure how I could skim so much of it overnight? I diluted it about 100x in tank water and set it up in jars to observe to see if it ends up growing on the surface or blooms in the water like phyto.
This is super interesting! You improvement in PH could theoretically be linked to live phytoplankton. Phyto would consume CO2 and release oxygen. I wonder if this could mean that over skimming might be a net negative. I would really like to dig deeper into that!

Great looking tank by the way!

You have me thinking that maybe running my skimmer less and increasing my phyto dosing might be worth trying. I consistently have issues with ph dropping to 7.9 now that I have removed the co2 scrubber.

My only issue is dealing with the extra salt water when the skimmer is off and fluctuating salinity.
 
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Chromis

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Last weekend I cleaned up some corals that were growing into each other. This Indo acro from Neptune’s had impinged on the my homewrecker’s pillar and started encrusting there. The whole idea of my new aquascape was each acro had its own pillar so the bases couldn’t sting each other but an acro can jump pillars by encrusting from where a branch touches it. I couldn’t easily clip a few branches away to make space to scrape the encrustment off the pillar so I clipped the whole clump, I’ll put some frags in my garage tank and some up for sale under the name Hot Flash. It’s really turned into a cool acro, maybe some kind of microclados but not quite a regular shortcake since the tips are bluish. The corallites and polyps are hot pink and the base is iridescent green.
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Also cleared space for my RR Dragonite to get light and flow again, and separated some chalices that were starting to get crowded, and made a lot of frags in the meantime.
 

MolaMola

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Last weekend I cleaned up some corals that were growing into each other. This Indo acro from Neptune’s had impinged on the my homewrecker’s pillar and started encrusting there. The whole idea of my new aquascape was each acro had its own pillar so the bases couldn’t sting each other but an acro can jump pillars by encrusting from where a branch touches it. I couldn’t easily clip a few branches away to make space to scrape the encrustment off the pillar so I clipped the whole clump, I’ll put some frags in my garage tank and some up for sale under the name Hot Flash. It’s really turned into a cool acro, maybe some kind of microclados but not quite a regular shortcake since the tips are bluish. The corallites and polyps are hot pink and the base is iridescent green.
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Also cleared space for my RR Dragonite to get light and flow again, and separated some chalices that were starting to get crowded, and made a lot of frags in the meantime.

BEAUTIFUL!!! For those of you like me who need to catch up on @Chromis 's tank and growth, early photos I could see started on p.8. I was checking out the part about acros being mounted on their own pillars. You do interesting stuff @Chromis !
 

NanoCrazed

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Last weekend I cleaned up some corals that were growing into each other. This Indo acro from Neptune’s had impinged on the my homewrecker’s pillar and started encrusting there. The whole idea of my new aquascape was each acro had its own pillar so the bases couldn’t sting each other but an acro can jump pillars by encrusting from where a branch touches it. I couldn’t easily clip a few branches away to make space to scrape the encrustment off the pillar so I clipped the whole clump, I’ll put some frags in my garage tank and some up for sale under the name Hot Flash. It’s really turned into a cool acro, maybe some kind of microclados but not quite a regular shortcake since the tips are bluish. The corallites and polyps are hot pink and the base is iridescent green.
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Also cleared space for my RR Dragonite to get light and flow again, and separated some chalices that were starting to get crowded, and made a lot of frags in the meantime.
Oddly, i have a strawberry shortcake colony that i am sitting for someone... after almost 6+ months, it started growing thin blue tips as well...
 

Alexx

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Hi @Chromis I got a few questions when you have some time. Maybe you can somehow add these things at the front post it can be easy to get an overview of what you have now over there. I think it would be cool if all the tank journals will have an update with these things on the first post.
1. What are your water specs?
2. What do you feed and how often?
3. What do you dose and how much?
4. What salt do you use?
5. How much water and how often do you change your water?
6. Do you run any GFO and Carbon?
Thank you for your time! :D
 

Chromis

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Hi @Chromis I got a few questions when you have some time. Maybe you can somehow add these things at the front post it can be easy to get an overview of what you have now over there. I think it would be cool if all the tank journals will have an update with these things on the first post.
1. What are your water specs?
2. What do you feed and how often?
3. What do you dose and how much?
4. What salt do you use?
5. How much water and how often do you change your water?
6. Do you run any GFO and Carbon?
Thank you for your time! :D
I think I added everything to the first page now
 

Chromis

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I think this RR Carolina Reaper is an aculeus. Sooo different from RR’s site image but still an interesting specimen (even in normal tank lighting).

Three stumps where I snipped a confetti acro to let more light on the RR Dragonite. I’m still trying to guess what species it is but probably echinata-like? Bubblebath unicorn still encrusting, it’s going to get snipped soon to stimulate some branching.
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Chromis

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FTS. I finally added a $5 USB fan from CVS. So far seems it’s enough to keep the temp range within 1F instead of 2F where they’ve been most of this summer. In the spring I bought a couple PC fans and a Neptune 24v DC cable but haven’t had time to wire everything together, so finally gave in and hooked up this fan instead.
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