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 Here's my 30 gallon tank bare bottom reef. I run a nano remora skimmer, heater, and two power heads. Current marine LEDs provide my light. Livestock includes: clown, royal gramma, CUC, rose bubble tip nems, candy cane, frogspawn, ricordea, zoas, green hairy mushroom, other mushrooms and two small SPS corals, that are actually growing under these lights. I believe one is a green cap and the other looks like birdsnest with rounded ends.

 

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Personally, it's all about waste buildup for me. I have little space to do any cleaning at the bottom so I have to blow the waste from under the rocks then go from there. I can have lots of flow, which I need to maximize currently. When I had sand, I battled green hair algae, almost gave up, removed the sand, and began to win the battle.

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Do you remember that amazing day when DVDs blew away VHS with picture quality. That day is today, when I placed an SB Reef light atop my tank. I still have to figure out how high I want it. Blue channel is at 75%, whites maybe at 40%, don't need to shock any one. But the color difference is amazing. Now to see if a smart phone can do it justice.

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That seems very high for settings on the sbreeflights I have seen. Be careful you don't nuke everything. Might want to consider working your way up from a lower setting.

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I'm sure my percentages are wrong. I was guessing based on knob position. I put the old light on, checked color and intensity, switched to SB Reef light and tried to get as close as i could. Its so hard to gauge how intense the white channel should go since the colors are so vivid. So i tried to match it, and brought it slightly brighter. Its my understanding the blues have no ill effects if bright, it's just aesthetics, correct me if I'm wrong. The anemones haven't run down lower so I think I'm good so far.

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TrentN   

be careful with the older group buy lights(beta version of the SB lights) I bleached my corals (I mistakenly had my lights at 70% when I thought they were at 30%) and those lights are not as good as the SB lights.

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Made a make shift canopy to raise my light. I like the spread of the light better. Turned them down a tad and plan to work my way up. My old light was a current marine led not group buy crees. I'm excited to try a couple "hardy" branching SPS.

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Does my canopy need to have a vent for airflow with my SBREEF lights? My wife said it looked like a robotic spider. So i attempted to build a canopy. There is a 3" x 12" hole in the back for my skimmer, will that suffice? I don't want to over heat the light.

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Well this new light is great, colors still look amazing, and the caps have great growth edges to them that I haven't seen before. Now my problem, Brown slime with bubbles trapped in them. I'm sure it's dino and feels like new tank algae cycle all over again. So, if I want the montis to grow they are getting the light they need but should I shorten the "day"? The light turns on at 2:30 and off at 9:30. Or should I just wait out the cycle? The only other thing that's different is that I added 1000gph more current.

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Well I love all the beautiful tanks on here, but mine seems to be a little of an eyesore with turf algae. I'm trying to stay positive, practice proper regular maintenance, and spot treat with H2O2. I just drained down to my top rock, dripped the H2O2 on some algae, waited, and refilled. Hoping to chronicle some success here. If I can't get a grip on this algae by summer, I'm tempted to break it down and start over.
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Round two, treatment! This is working better than expected. Drained it farther, drip treated and soaked a q-tip and painted the h2o2 on some harder to reach spots.
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kbass   

It's really working well. What are your nutrients like (PO4 & NO3). I would like into the problem and figure out why it keeps growing. Hope it all works out. :)

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As expected levels are elevated. I am trying to combat phosphates with fresh phosphate removing media. I am utilizing carbon, increased skimming and water changes as the nitrates start to rise. And my root cause for all this is blamed on poor maintenance over the last year with the birth of daughter number 3. I had a huge battle with GHA after daughter number 2 and broke down the tank to scrub the rock and flush out the pores. I wanted to try this before another tank breakdown was needed.

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TrentN   

Mega just bag up your nitrates and give them to kbass he's low and needs a refill.

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Ha! Megaloptera's nutrient boost juice on sale now! Guaranteed to raise nitrates, phosphates and possibly introduce a beautiful green lawn of turf. Disclaimer: may kill snails and shrimp if dosed to quickly.

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