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Old 09/25/2007, 09:36 PM
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Growth pics (dialup beware)

I was reading another thread about sps growth and rather then hijack that thread I thought I should start my own thread.

I realize different corals will not grow at the same rates and monti's usually grow faster then acros ect but after reading that other thread I suspect I am getting phenomenal growth relative to some

Pic are worth a thousand words I have a 175g bowfront set up march 06
this pic was taken oct 06




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Old 09/25/2007, 09:41 PM
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Love progressive growth shots. Awesome tank, nice full colonies of SPS. Turning into a sweet reef. Your Achilles is one cool tang. Thanks for sharing your success story.
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Old 09/25/2007, 09:43 PM
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Pink rim cap
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Old 09/25/2007, 09:43 PM
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Old 09/25/2007, 09:52 PM
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New frags...lousy photos

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april 07 ( this was actually over 6 weeks, beginning of march middle of april)


may 07 had to move this coral it was growing too darn fast


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Old 09/25/2007, 10:03 PM
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Wow! That's some crazy monti cap. growth!
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Old 09/25/2007, 10:03 PM
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Sooooooo, what's the your secret!

Nice looking tank. You should give us some detail on your routine and maintanence.
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Old 09/25/2007, 10:12 PM
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Coral growth

Nice pics. Details on dosing and husbandry will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09/25/2007, 10:20 PM
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awesome growth...specs of tank?
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Old 09/25/2007, 10:22 PM
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Re: Coral growth

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Nice pics. Details on dosing and husbandry will be greatly appreciated.
Ok but everyone is going to be very disappointed.
The only thing I add to the tank is fish food, kalkwasser and RO top off water. I do occasional water changes, have activated carbon and a pathetic red sea berlin protien skimmer.

I have just about every pest algae you can get in there, a regal angel that trims my acros regularily and daytime polyp extension is non existant because of the angel.

I have 3 250w DE 10k metal halides on for 10 hours and 2 vho (actinic and 10k) on for 13 hours. There is a basement sump with some caulerpa and live rock and a calcium reactor that can't keep up. Hmmm anything else?
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Old 09/26/2007, 08:11 AM
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One of the guys who had a previous tank of the month kept a large angel with his SPS. He reported that it appeared that wherever his angel nipped the corals, the faster it appeared the corals regrew... (I'm sorry I can't reference the Tank of the month that this was)

I wonder if this might have anything to do with the growth??
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Old 09/26/2007, 09:54 AM
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Maybe the Kalkwasser has something to do about the fast growth; It bindes Carbon-dioxide, increase the pH and make it easier for corals to calcify that way.

Nice corals btw !

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Old 09/26/2007, 01:20 PM
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Maybe the Kalkwasser has something to do about the fast growth; It bindes Carbon-dioxide, increase the pH and make it easier for corals to calcify that way.

Nice corals btw !

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Its not the kalk. I designed my system to evap a ton of water for its size so I could saturate kalk and use it for my primary alk/ca source for a little while with occasional dosing of 2 part. I am not getting growth like that. My suspect is the 3 10K 250 mh..which bulbs are you running? I get decent growth, but its like watching grass grow for a couple of hours on some frags. One thing people don't understand is a growth rate is the same for the coral but a frag of the same coral that is a colony....both will double, but the colony will look like alot more growth because it had alot more to double up ....you see what I am saying?
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Old 09/26/2007, 01:43 PM
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Re: Re: Coral growth

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Ok but everyone is going to be very disappointed.
The only thing I add to the tank is fish food, kalkwasser and RO top off water. I do occasional water changes, have activated carbon and a pathetic red sea berlin protien skimmer.


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Old 09/26/2007, 01:56 PM
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Re: Re: Re: Coral growth

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nice tank!
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Old 09/26/2007, 02:07 PM
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Its not the kalk. I designed my system to evap a ton of water for its size so I could saturate kalk and use it for my primary alk/ca source for a little while with occasional dosing of 2 part. I am not getting growth like that. My suspect is the 3 10K 250 mh..which bulbs are you running? I get decent growth, but its like watching grass grow for a couple of hours on some frags. One thing people don't understand is a growth rate is the same for the coral but a frag of the same coral that is a colony....both will double, but the colony will look like alot more growth because it had alot more to double up ....you see what I am saying?
That makes sense SeriousSnaps...

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Old 09/26/2007, 08:01 PM
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... My suspect is the 3 10K 250 mh..which bulbs are you running? ...
I'm using 250w XM 10k DE bulbs
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Old 09/27/2007, 10:58 PM
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... One thing people don't understand is a growth rate is the same for the coral but a frag of the same coral that is a colony....both will double, but the colony will look like alot more growth because it had alot more to double up ....you see what I am saying?
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Old 09/28/2007, 12:13 AM
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I just started my first sps tank I can only hope it grows as nice as yours!
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Old 09/28/2007, 12:14 AM
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Re: Re: Re: Coral growth

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IT is the 10Ks lots of par. if you want to run 10k you can grow sps in a standard 100 with 2X175

if you want to see real fast growth, get some 6500s

nice tank.
red sea berlin or turbofloater is just fine,

and that is all it takes:
good light, some skimming, cool water and kalk.. flow helps
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Old 09/28/2007, 12:19 AM
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Re: Re: Re: Re: Coral growth

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:LMAO: :LOL:

IT is the 10Ks lots of par. if you want to run 10k you can grow sps in a standard 100 with 2X175

if you want to see real fast growth, get some 6500s

nice tank.
red sea berlin or turbofloater is just fine,

and that is all it takes:
good light, some skimming, cool water and kalk.. flow helps
SShhh don't tell everyone that, I was planning on selling my magic water
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Old 09/28/2007, 01:23 AM
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Old 09/28/2007, 08:09 PM
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Re: Re: Coral growth

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I have 250w 10k metal halides
Say no more. A typical 10k halide has twice the PAR of 14k+ bulbs, with the right conditions this means much more growth.
 

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