February 2018
Fri
16
Measured Salinity at 1.026 SG
Thu
15
Measured pH at 8.13 pH
Measured Temperature at 78.6 F
Measured Magnesium at 1120 ppm
Measured Calcium at 400 ppm
Measured Nitrate at 0.12 ppm
Measured Alkalinity at 3.8 meqL
Measured Ammonia at 0.00 ppm
Measured Phosphate at 0.04 ppm
October 2017
Fri
27
Added Lobophyllia Brain Coral
Added Frogspawn Coral - Branched
September 2017
Sat
30
Experiment update: It's been nine months since my last water change. I’ve stopped running the macro algae and NO3/PO4-X, relying now solely on 500mL biopellets, protein skimming, and 3mL Vibrant dosed once per week for nutrient control/export. Alkalinity, Calcium, Magnesium, and other ions are dosed once per week. Algae growth has decreased and leveled off. All inhabitants are happy, healthy, and growing well.
Fri
29
Measured Phosphate at 0.02 ppm
Measured Nitrate at 0.00 ppm
Measured Ammonia at 0 mgL
Measured Magnesium at 1600 ppm
Measured Calcium at 365 ppm
Measured Alkalinity at 3.3 meqL
Measured pH at 8.0 pH
Measured Temperature at 78.8 F
Measured Salinity at 1.024 SG
June 2017
Wed
14
It's been six months since my last water change in an experiment to see whether appropriate water chemistry can be maintained with a combination of macro algae, biopellets, NO3/PO4-X, and protein skimming. Algae was a problem until I found the proper balance of those combinations. Now that's been achieved, algae growth has decreased and leveled off; I only clean the glass once every week-and-a-half. All inhabitants are happy, healthy, and growing well.
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Installed Reef Crystals
Salt by Instant Ocean
 
Installed Red Sea Phosphate/PO4 Pro Test Kit
TestKit by Red Sea
 
Installed Red Sea Nitrate Pro Test Kit
TestKit by Red Sea
 
Installed Red Sea Ammonia Test Kit
TestKit by Red Sea
 
Installed Red Sea Aiptasia-X
Medication by Red Sea
 
May 2017
Fri
19
QUICK STATS
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Lighting: Moderate to High
Waterflow: Strong
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Color Form: Green, Pink
Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Strontium, Trace Elements
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Family: Pocilloporidae

OVERVIEW
The Stylophora Coral is a small polyp stony (SPS) coral commonly referred to as Cat's Paw, Club Finger, Cluster, Brush, or Bird's Nest Coral. It has rounded branches with blunt ends that differentiate it from other closely related SPS corals. It is a beautiful pink in color, and is able to adapt to many different lighting and water flow regimes in the aquarium.

It is a moderately difficult coral to maintain in the reef aquarium and should only be incorporated into a mature reef aquarium. To bring out its brightest colors, the Stylophora Coral needs strong lighting provided by preferably metal halides, but intense power compact or T-5 fluorescent lighting may be sufficient. For continued good health, it will also require the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.

While it does not require additional food to maintain its health in the reef aquarium, it will feed on micro-plankton or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates in the evening when its polyps are expanded.
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QUICK STATS
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Lighting: Moderate to High
Waterflow: Medium to Strong
Placement: Middle to Top
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Color Form: Orange, Pink, Purple, Red
Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Strontium, Trace Elements
Family: Acroporidae

OVERVIEW
The Montipora Coral requires moderate aquarium lighting conditions achieved by T-5s, powerful LEDs or the more intense metal halides. To maximize growth rate, maintain high pH, alkalinity and calcium levels, as well as high water quality with phosphate and nitrate levels as close to zero as possible. Along with proper lighting and water quality, the Montipora Coral will benefit from moderate to strong water movement.

A peaceful reef inhabitant, the Montipora Coral will not bother other neighboring corals. However, be sure to provide ample space away from other corals as it can grow quickly under ideal conditions. For its continued good health, it requires the addition of calcium, magnesium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.

The Montipora Coral satisfies the majority of its nutritional requirements by means of photosynthetic, symbiotic zooxanthellae algae hosted within its body. It will benefit from supplemental feedings in the form of micro-plankton or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates.
QUICK STATS
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Lighting: Moderate
Waterflow: Low to Medium
Placement: Bottom
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Color Form: Assorted
Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Strontium, Trace Elements
Family: Mussidae

OVERVIEW
?Acans? or Micromussa lordhowensis corals are highly desirable stony corals that boast many different stimulating color combinations that will excite the senses. While the addition of these beautiful Acan lord corals injects spectacular colors and textures to the reef aquarium, it is also known to elicit severe coral-envy among fellow hobbyists.

Micromussa generally have large corallites (8-15mm) with small teeth or lobes on their septa, as well as well-developed columellae. In the wild, they're found mostly in shallow, turbid water habitats to about 20m, often in protected areas like lagoons, forming colonies up to several meters across.

In the reef aquarium, Micromussa are incredibly hardy and fast growing, tolerating a wide variety of conditions, including both low and moderate lighting and moderate water currents. Though tolerant of a wide range of aquarium conditions, the robust Lordhowensis will thrive in established reef aquariums with stable conditions.

Be aware that Micromussa are voracious nocturnal predators and competitively extrude mesenterial filaments and digest organisms within reach. Great care must be taken in determining the placement and distance between Lordhowensis colonies and other species of stony corals. Target feed minced mysis shrimp, enriched brine shrimp and smaller pieces of other meaty marine foods for best growth. The use of a quality protein skimmer helps maintain water quality and combat the effects of heavy feeding.

Target feed minced meaty foods and zooplankton for best growth and frag recovery time. The use of a quality protein skimmer helps maintain water quality and combat the effects of heavy feeding.
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Added Torch Coral
QUICK STATS
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Compatible: Yes
Lighting: Moderate
Waterflow: Medium
Placement: Bottom
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Color Form: Brown, Green, Purple, Yellow
Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Strontium, Trace Elements
Family: Caryophylliidae

OVERVIEW
The Euphyllia Torch Coral is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral, often referred to as Trumpet Coral or Pom-Pom Coral. It has long and flowing polyps with single rounded tips which are visible throughout the day and night, hiding its branching skeletal base most of the time. It may be brown or green with yellow on the tips of its tentacles. The yellow will sometimes appear to glow under actinic lighting.

Provide plenty of room between the Euphyllia Torch Coral and other sessile animals, since at night, its sweeper tentacles can extend up to several inches from its base and sting other coral species. It is moderately difficult to maintain, but it is a popular coral that will thrive under proper conditions and excellent water quality parameters. Ideally, it needs to have moderate lighting combined with moderate water movement within the aquarium. Its aquatic home will also require the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water for its continued good health. It will also benefit from additional food fed weekly in the form of micro-plankton or brine shrimp.
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