Latest FTS

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Latest fts as 08.03.2016.

Few more corals added last week into the tank. After the war between acan and new coral the Acan lost the battle (only few tiny head survived and are now fragged). I have no idea will the tiny Acan head survive but I hope so. Lesson learned here is that newer but new corals too close to others before knowing how long their sweepers are.

Tank parameters are little bit off at the moment (Alkalinity and Calcium are ok but Magnesium, Iodine and Strontium are low (undetectable by salifert test kit)). I started this tank with Tropic Marin Reef actif salt and now started to replacing it with Dupla Premium Sea Salt. I hope the Dupla salt will correct the problem but meanwhile I have been dosing Magnesium and I will start dosing Iodine and Strontium as well.

Few soft corals

Got few soft corals from my friend few days ago. Species is still unknown to me but they look fantastic in my friends tank. I put them into Fluval edge and everything seems to be happy for now. Still in the testing phase of the new camera (sony a6000) (ok. its great). I have been testing third party lenses with adapters (Canon ef -adapter and M42 adapter for old pentax lenses. I have bought M42 asahi 135mm super takumar lens which quality is outstanding (with limitations). Also Canon EF-lenses are very good with this combination. Yongnuo smart adapter works but autofocus is unusable and the quality of the build (very loose EF-side mount (duct tape helps)) is not very good. Aperture control works fine in manual mode (which is enough for me).

But here are some images (Handheld: canon ef 100mm macro, yongnuo smart adapter, Sony Alpha 6000). (If you know the species please let me know)

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New camera

After a while (6 years or so) I decided finally to buy “home” camera. Photographs in this blog are shot with cameras borrowed from my workplace (ok. some of the photos were snapped with “home ixus”). So after reading reviews and playing with Samsung and Olympus CSC cameras I decided to buy Sony A6000. I must say I’m really impressed. The IQ is just right on the money and overall build quality and functionalities are very good.

I have only few lenses at the moment (Sony 50mm 1.8 oss and Sigma 19mm f2.8) but when the EF and M42 adapters come I can start exploring other lenses as well. I tried today some Canon lenses (L-series) with Metabones speed buster but the autofocus did not work very well. But here is few quick samples which I shot today with Sony lenses.

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On the reef tank side I have few problems with SPS corals turning brown. I have pumped up the light little bit to see if it helps. I have also problem with brown algae (new tank). Some reason the magnesium is on lower side but calcium and alkalinity are somewhat in ok range. Balling liquids are little bit tricky to set correctly because low amount of corals in this tank at the moment.

Here is the link for tank profile in Aquatic log (water measurements and other data)