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Finally! A tank to be proud of...

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    cg5071 - Reefkeeper CR Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    petoskey mi.

    Default Finally! A tank to be proud of...

    Well, I traded in my algae dominant tank for one that resembles a reef The rocks were totally covered in a brown smelly algae for the first few months of reefing. I have been reefing for a little over a year now. It took ALOT of hand picking of the algae to keep the corals alive. The process of ridding of the algae took several stages.
    hand weed the nasties
    changing carbon often
    cuc, which helped but not as much as needed
    added a lawnmower blenny and a kole tang
    used chemi pure for awhile
    added purigen too, lol
    reduced feeding and had to learn to give smaller meals
    got a ro/di
    added alot more flow(random) with a second powerhead when I could afford it
    placed a ton of rocks in the refugium instead of adding more sand
    I have some dark cryptic areas in the fuge as well
    added a 70hps light over the fuge as I read that someone got the best algae growth with that color of light, about 2600k I think
    Now I pull out handfulls of frothy green clumps of algae every week, not sure what it is
    almost killed my chaeto at first, it disolved into a wad the size of a quarter,lol with the new light it has grown by large amounts, a couple of handfulls now

    So now I have a tank that I can show the whole thing! instead of just a frag or small area that didnt have all the nasty algae. All of a sudden one day the tank was clear of almost all the algae. I did notice it thinning a bit but then BAM!

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  2. #2
    AJ :) - Reefkeeper CR Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2009


    Great looking reef!

    Lots of cool corals. Funny thing though is the GSP is a great stand out.


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    Tom@HaslettMI - Reefkeeper
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    East Lansing, MI
    Awards Yugo Award - For helping with the CR Booth at MCES Monthly Giveaway Winner Monthly Giveaway Winner Photo of the Month Tank of the Month


    Looks great.

    How about some details... # gallons (looks rim-less), lighting, ect.


  4. #4
    CR Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Baroda, Michigan


    Wow that is a good looking tank. I can't wait until my algae tank cleans up like yours!

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    Very nice. We need more pics!

    BTW- if you can use the photobucket link on the new post editor to sign up for and upload/post photos here on CR. You can then use the img tags to post lager versions of your pics. I'd recommend, keeping the size to less than 1000px so that they load faster.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Troy, 48084
    Awards Fishbowl Drawing Winner Tank of the Month


    sweet progress!!!

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    CR Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Ypsilanti, Michigan
    Awards Monthly Giveaway Winner


    great news!!! Your tank looks great!!!

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    MizTanks - Reefkeeper
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    U.P. of Michigan.
    Awards Photo of the Month - October 2012 Photo of the Month Post and Reply Award - Winner of the first PAR Contest. Monthly Giveaway Winner


    Sweet!!! Some men do clean up nicely, lol. Great pic too!
    There's nothing like being a Reefer! www.upmmas.com

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    creefer - Reefkeeper CR Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010


    This tank looks great. Additional details would be nice too.

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    Your right! This is a tank to be proud of!

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