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Old 01/12/2018, 02:31 AM   #1
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My friend tears down his 500g mixed reef!

In todays Episode, I revisit Leo’s 500 gallon mixed reef tank. He is having an Aptasia problem that is so severe, he decided to replace all his live rock, clean out the tank, and aquascape the whole setup again. So I came by to see him go thru the process, check out his frag tank and office a bit, and reintroduce you to his COVE brand.

This is Part 1. Part 2 will show the aftermath and be more of a beautiful showcase episode.

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I am an American living in China. I have been able to bring my reef hobby with me, and set up a 800 Liter reef show tank in my office and a 60 gallons that is supporting a 2 anemone and a ribbon eel.

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Old 01/12/2018, 07:39 AM   #2
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Nice video... Not sure if I like the slanted front glass on the big tank.


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Old 01/12/2018, 07:55 AM   #3
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Lots of work Hope he gets his Aiptasia issue under control. Hard to do in such a large tank. They will come back thou.

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Old 01/12/2018, 09:15 AM   #4
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Man, I would try everything possible to control aiptasia before tearing down a 500 gallon tank. Filefish, raccoon butterfly, peppermint shrimp, injections, epoxy, laser, etc.


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Old 01/12/2018, 09:33 AM   #5
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I think you actually may be able to fit a little more self promotion on that post. Do you have a snap chat?

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Old 01/12/2018, 09:42 AM   #6
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I think you actually may be able to fit a little more self promotion on that post. Do you have a snap chat?

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Old 01/12/2018, 01:36 PM   #7
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Old 01/12/2018, 02:11 PM   #8
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nice looking tank!

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