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Tank is just over 6 months now.
 

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Morning.

How are the corals doing under the zetlight marine space bars?
Do you have exact model for me?
Hi Daryl.

The corals are doing pretty well under the space bars. For a little nano like mine they are perfect. I have them on the lowest setting.

Model nr MS-60M
 
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Thanks for the reply, thats good to know.
My new display will be a little wider that yours but i can just space them out a bit more.
How are the setting etc on them?
Do they ramp up and down over the day etc or it it more like a switch on and off kind of light?
 
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The MS60 can extend up to 70cm if I'm not mistaken.

You have three settings. Blue, white and then both. They don't ramp up or down, they just turn on at the desired intensity level you selected.
 
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Just an update to document the fact that reefing isn’t always smooth sailing.

So two weeks ago I did some maintenance on the tank. This comprised of an 11L waterchange (22% of total volume) and regeneration of the seachem purigen bag.

7 days after the maintenance was done I started to notice that 3 lps pieces aren’t looking great. Not expanding and showing a lot of skeleton.

Ran a full set of tests using salifert test kits.

Alk 8.4 dkh
Ca 425ppm
Mg 1380
Nitrates 1ppm
Phosphates - no reading
Salinity 1.026

I have been dosing aquavitro fuel once a week at double the recommended dosage for my tank since I suspected that I was sitting with low nutrient levels.

After all the troubleshooting and bouncing ideas of fellow reefers, the only other concern might have been that I didn’t soak the purigen long enough in the prime solution before putting it back into the tank.

So this could have introduced small amounts of bleach into the tank. I removed the purigen as a precaution.

To date I have lost 3 heads from my lps with another looking suspect. Inspected the dead heads and it doesn’t look like brown jelly disease.

I’ve added fresh carbon to hopefully pull out any remaining toxins.

The rest of the corals are looking okayish and still open to 50-75% of their original size.

It’s never nice when you make an error and the tank suffers because of it.

Something I have been contemplating is to perform like a 1liter or even 500ml waterchange everyday just to get some fresh water in and hopefully rejuvenate the tank. At the same time I’m also concerned about increasing the stress levels on the corals. Does anyone have an opinion/suggestions?
 
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Sorry to hear this. If it was me, honestly. Run carbon and change water, maybe even 2 or 3 litres a day in that size tank.

This is why i keep my tanks simple, never run purigen/ matrix / reactors etc. Yes i will never keep SPS but for most LPS and softies it works for me.
 
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I've replaced the old carbon with a new small batch. Will probably remove it this weekend again and add another small batch.

I'm still in two minds regarding the water changes, but I'll keep an eye on the tank and see how things progress over the course of the week.

I'm a strong believer in matrix and purigen. Those two products have never failed me in the past.
 
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Add these two mushrooms over the weekend. Hopefully they colour up nicely over the next couple of weeks.
 

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Just a quick update.

Seems that the worst is over.

Total losses amount to:
- 1 head on my green hammer. The other 4 heads look unaffected.
- 1 headed purple hammer frag
- 2 heads of my frogspawn (1 head remaining but looking okay after I fragged it)

I saw that one branch of my bicolor hammer split, so even between all the negatives there was something positive happening.
 
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