Macro growth looks good!

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A few months ago, I got a Lumilite to try out over my smaller sump’s refugium. I wanted to see if it would do the job adequately for my customers that buy my sumps. I placed it over the zone, plugged it into the Apex so it would turn on and off daily.

I noticed the macro algae is growing well under this daylight spectrum LED fixture, and I really do like the low profile look of the light.

The legs are adjustable to keep it securely in place, but it’s loose enough for me to move it out of my way. I do have to wipe it down because this water level is pretty high, and salt spatter is unavoidable.

This is feather caulerpa, which I grow in both of my refugiums.

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Out with the old…

Last Saturday, Melev’s Reef had a viewing party.  Locals were invited to watch the transformation of the 400g which was desparately in need of a major clean-out.  Corals had grown into massive colonies, completely shading whatever was beneath. Flow was obstructed, and the prettiest view was really only from above. Daily I saw the dead supporting skeleton holding up the living section above, and it was hard to ‘like’ my reef in that condition.

I flew in Duane, a longtime buddy of mine who excels in resetting a reef tank. He knows what to get rid of, what to save as mini-colonies, and how to arrange it best for a beautiful reef once more. Being as attached as I was to my livestock — after all how often do you ever hear about me fragging corals? — it was best that he do this for me, because I’d end up saving every scrap of life to my detriment.

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3.5 years later

Today marks 3.5 years since the 400g reef and Anemone cube were started, the day the livestock was added to both tanks.  Everything is looking pretty good these days, albight overgrown. I’ve mentioned it a few times, I’m going to have to force myself to cut up some corals and create some empty space because the colonies are so huge now that they shade everything beneath… and those things die due to lack of light.

The best view is from above, but how often does anyone look at their reef from a walkboard or stepladder? We want to enjoy it from the easy chair, the sofa, or standing next to it.  I see lots of empty spaces where  things used to live; those areas are dead skeleton in deep shadows.

It’s still a pretty reef, but it needs some serious TLC.

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