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About Travis

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    The *ORIGINAL* Louisiana post whore
  • Birthday 12/22/1987

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  1. Well, here's an update on my tank. It's basically on auto pilot right now, coming up on 2 years old. I did recently make the switch from all T5 to only two Kessil A360Xs. Nothing but positive things to say about those. The color, the shimmer, and most importantly they do grow coral. I am keeping up with the big 3 with ATI Essentials Pro. It's only two parts but doses the big 3 and other trace. The corals have responded well and are growing. Demand seemed to ever be climbing but has recently settled out at 6 mL per day of each. Pretty potent stuff IMO. Any-who here's the tank as it currently sits. Scored the rainbow trachy at Fragniappe this year. w00t!
  2. One heck of a coral haul from Fragniappe! Plus clams!!
  3. Nice! The light from T5 seems to be soft, where as the LED light is so focused that it seems harsh. I wonder if that could explain the better PE. Just about every reefer who made the switch from LED to T5 has reported better PE.
  4. Still having better growth and color with the T5s
  5. Looking good! I have an extra Orbit IC 36" strip light laying around if you could use it, PM me, I'll let it go cheap.
  6. Yeh I am currently running 2 b+, 1 c+, and 3 uv. The polyp extension in the LPS has been phenomenal and the corals are starting to grow, mushrooms are popping out babies left and right lol.
  7. @Reef Tank Greg why am I not recieving email notifications to my posts?
  8. Thanks! Tomini Tang Yellow Tang Melenarus Wrasse Bangaii Cardinal PJ Cardinal 2 x Blue/Green Chomis 2 x False Perc Clowns Talbots Damsel
  9. So I have taken the plunge to dump LEDs and go back to what just works, T5s. Waiting on the fixture to arrive next week. Here’s a video of my tank with LEDs for the last time. Hamilton Lighting Tech was having a great end of year sale so I picked up their 3ft 6 bulb fixture. The light from any LED fixture that I have used just seems to be harsh, in a word. I have always experienced success when using T5HO fixtures.
  10. A clam and scolly hopefully one say .
  11. Yeh it’s definitely a sucky situation. With the third light I think I am ready for some sps! .
  12. Time for an update Well a few changes have been made. I added a 3rd Orbit IC strip and 3D printed some tank mounts for them. The extra light helps light up this tank much better than just two strips. The tank is 24” front to back. The second change is the tank got infected with either ich or velvet. Leaning toward velvet because of how quickly it killed. Went from 13 fish to 5 in less than a week. So I am currently 3 weeks into a 90 day fallow period. The 5 remaining fish are in a hospital/qt where they have been treated with Cupramine. They no longer show signs and are back to eating like hogs. Now to wait out the life cycle of the parasite in the display tank. And finally a current, fishless, FTS. .
  13. Thanks Scott! Those are actually Seachem Matrix. The carbon is sitting on top of them. The matrix is supposed to help with NO3 reduction, but they have been in there since the start of the tank and I havn't seen that. My NO3 floats between 8-12 between water changes. However, they do seem to make a nice place for pods to hang out since I am not running a fuge.