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Dr_Schell's (Chris's) 5ft x 2.5ft x 2.5ft Mixed tank

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  1. Dr. Schell

    Dr. Schell The Fuckin' Doc

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    Live microalgae (nanochloropsis oculars) and day old live brine Shrimp whin I have them. The anemones are fed a Block of "Marine dinner" every second day.
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    id say more the opposite.
    nitrates should be as close to 0 as possible in any system.
    remember the base of what we are trying to do.
    replicate the ocean,
    in the ocean nitrates are non existant, phosphate is non existant, and the water is plentifull of minor elements and live plankton.

    phosphates should be kept as low as possible, as close to 0.00 as you can.
    same with nitrates.
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    Dr. Schell The Fuckin' Doc

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    Thanks for the tip :)
    Still deciding on the next corals. The acros and pocillis are growing relatively quickly. Don't want to crowd the tank too much!
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    Sps and other corals consume nitrate. Low phosphate means you can feed your system more ( if you don't have lots of algea) You don't want nitrate over 5ppm.
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    would be great if you could post the link to the information for that jonny would love to read it.
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    here's a discussion on it. I have to find the actaul info.. I had it in my bookmakr bar once. Basically some corals tolerate nitrates and thrive under it while some don't. There is this guy in germany that has a 300 gallon heavily dominated sps tank and his nitrates are always zero and he has to add amino acids and nitrate into the system for his sps corals! I was like :eek Then i did some research and found out more about it.
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    Hi Guys,
    Just thought that I would post a video so you could see the Tunze Wavebox in action. As mentioned, I have a SCWD which alternates mass water movement from one side of the tank to the other. Pumps out approx 200L of water every three minutes and then switched sides. This simulates currents. I also have the Tunze wavebox which creates wave movement (waves rolling over the surface of the ocean). These two pumps combined means that every part of the tank has water-movement (i.e. no dead spots).
    The Tunze Wave box has the added feature of having a photocell, so when the lights turn off (and the moon lights switch on), the wavebox stops, and doesn't start up again until the morning when the lights once again turn back on.

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    looks great! do you find the coral reacts well to the alternating current?
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    Yes, very much so. The mass water movement circulates nutrients and oxygen, while the rocking action breaks up any linear flow. Polyp extension dramatically increased once I installed the wave box
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    one of those would make my tank overflow:D
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    Yes all comes down to the timing of the pulses. If the timing is incorrect, nothing will happen. The pulse timing will also determine the height of the wave
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    I couldn't agree more, BTW nice set up mate :)
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    Hi Dr, what is the coral on the right of the big bommie...the red plant like one....looks great and nice colour
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    That wave effect looks so nice - i like the constant movement and not in a linear way - really nice doc :)
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    Cheers. Very easy to achieve - I use the Tunze Wavebox. There are two sizes. The Nano (the small version of the one in my tank) is suitable got tanks 200L to 600L. They retail for around $250. In my opinion, it would be money well spent. It is a very good brand, very durable product and have exceptionally low operating costs. They have a photo csensor in them, so whe the light turns off, the waves stop. Beautiful effect if you have moon lights and allows the fish to sleep in peace.
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    Been re-aranging my tank, cannot get it just right. Added a few more SPS and re-located some of the soft corals. Still doesn't feel quite right ye, but it is slowly getting there. Posted a video to track the progress

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    Looking forward to more updates....

    Do the SPS have any reaction to the Xenia say if they grew next to eachother?
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    yes, have been away from the tanks fro some time (away with work). the xenia have grown substancially and have crowded some of the sps corals which has caused some dieback. Trying to mangage the situateion in the short term as I will be away with work for a few more weeks. Amasing how tanks evolve when left to their own devices

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