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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:54 am 
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I just had another maple-dog last weekend. It was just as amazing as you think it is.

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Lights got an upgrade. I took down the old box LEDs and replaced them with kessil lights. They're about the size of soda cans and they sit lower to the tank so you're not blinded when looking at the tank. The plus to these lights is they can be connected together and then connected to a controller. The controller allows you to program a real light schedule. So instead of just on and off on whites and blues, the lights will slowly fade on in the morning, and fade off at night. More realistic in that you can mimic a sunrise and sunset. The other big plus is the shimmer that you get in the tank. They're a little over double the cost of the original lights, but worth it for the look and controllability that you get.

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How the tank looked under them

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The new lights

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And the tank under the old lights on top, new lights on bottom. The new lights seem to have a better spread even though they're physically smaller. Hard to see the shimmer in pics so I'll upload a video in a little bit.

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Gonna be time to skin the stand soon. You guys have any ideas as to what it should look like?

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Very cool. Could you do an industrial look? I am always a fan of that. Steel + Rivets FTW.

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Dang that is a good idea, and I do have a 4x8 piece of sheetmetal in my garage. I would have to find a way to remove the surface rust from it though. Angle iron covering the seams and riveted on might look pretty cool.

Here's a good full tank shot since all my other pictures disappeared.

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Don't bother removing the rust from the metal. Clear coat it! It would look dope!

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The tank is coming up on 1 year of being running. I have some new pics I'll post in a bit. I plan to go back through and restore all the original pics too at some point.

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We're about 2 months short of being one year old and everything is going pretty much as expected. The tank has been through the ugly phase for the most part and things are leveling out and staying pretty consistent as far as water quality. I am having a bit of an algae outbreak on the back wall and overflow box but I just added an urchin that will hopefully take care of all that in time.

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My first sps coral (green montipora digitata) I added a few weeks ago. It seems to be doing well, but the digitata is one of the more easy sps corals to keep. Mixing corals like this (sps,lps,softies) is a little difficult because they require different water qualities. Sps likes nice, clean, near perfect water conditions where as lps and softies tend to do better with water that is a bit more dirty.

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These hammers are still melting, but also still alive. This one is a mystery to me. I made a post on a large saltwater forum and only one person had ever seen it happen before, and they didn't know why.

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Current stocking list as follows

1 orange and white ocellaris clownfish
1 extreme misbar black and white ocellaris clownfish
1 yellow tail damsel
1 6 line wrasse
1 yellow tang
1 yellow watchman goby
1 green mandarin
2 scarlet reef hermits
1 arrow crab
1 cleaner shrimp
1 peppermint shrimp
1 tiger pistol shrimp
1 Royal urchin
1 electric flame scallop
And a few astrea snails that my pistol shrimp hasn't murdered yet.

Oh and 1 clingfish that was banished to the sump for being a serial killer

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