Practical Reef is now 16 months old and it has been just over 4 months since all of the corals had been wiped out during the move.

Everything has stabilized and is now starting to show decent color. Here's the side shot.

I've also taken a photo from the same angle in the morning when the tank is lit by sun:

And this is what the tank looked like two weeks ago:

A few more shots:

And here is a couple of videos:


View August 13, 2017 07:38
Noticed that some of the SPS colors are washed out, need to lower light intensity and confirm alkalinity.

Conclusion: do not change more than 1 thing a month.

Lowered light intensity all around by 5 per cent.
View August 2, 2017 18:41
Practical Reef at 15 months. 3 months after a full crash.

View July 10, 2017 09:37
As some of you may know, I have experienced my first real crash last month, my prized acros have not reacted kindly to the move, I did make a few mistakes that had caused a total meltdown over the course of 24 hours. Here's a re-cap:

Good news is that I'm still in the hobby, the tank is back to normal and I'm starting almost from scratch. I might do a few things different and better this time around. Stay tuned.

View March 11, 2017 20:07
Hey everyone, happy holidays. To finish off this year, here's Practical Reef at 8 month mark.

View December 28, 2016 09:37
7 month mark for Practical Reef. Enjoy

As for the light schedule - I'm still tweaking mine. But basically trying to hit 220 PAR in the middle of the tank, 8-9 hours of predominantly blue light.

And I'm not spot feeding my corals, but have been adding some PolypLab products.

View November 7, 2016 17:50
The tank is at a six month mark!

View October 13, 2016 11:55
We are now at a 3 month mark, colours are starting to improve and I am getting some crazy polyp extension. See for yourself:

As for the settings for MP40, I was running them at 30% first, but then had to dial one down to about 10% because my anemone was not happy.

View July 10, 2016 05:09
So, it has been 2 months since I've started the tank. The tank is doing great, SPS corals look fairly healthy, many have lost their vibrance but they are not bleaching and polyp extension is through the roof, even better than in the old tank - I think not having a flame angel around could have something to do with it.

I like the tank and don't mind the centre overflow, I like its compactness and how practical it is. Having said that, if the tank was deeper by another 4 inches it would be a lot better.

The sump is quite small, but I've managed to put everything in there and have a few ideas for future modifications.

I've shot a video that overviews my current progress. My goal is to continue stabilizing the system, riding out various mini cycles that are going on in the tank and start working on coloration around September.

View June 9, 2016 18:03
Shims and picture

A lot of people were asking me when and how I'm going to get rid of those unsightly shims sticking out from underneath the cabinet.

Others were asking me about the off-centre picture behind the aquarium.

Well, both of the issues have been corrected. Picture is now centered over the desk and I've carefully cut the shims not to stick out. Some were cut with the knife and then broken off and some of them had to be marked with a pencil, yanked out, cut to length and put back in (I like this approach better).

As you can see, I've bought more live rock and just piled it on top of each other here. In the next instalment I will go through the process of documenting my new aquascape and getting the look I like. A similar process was done for Pragmatic Reef, this time you will see more pictures and will gain a better understanding of how to achieve a similar result.

View May 2, 2016 07:25