I’m going to switch to a lower alk salt! I was funds limited to reef crystals for a while. I’m thinking about Aquaforest Reef Salt. I like calc around 450 and mag above 1350 but I’d like to aim for 8 dkh. My lack of action isn’t a dismissal of the great help I’ve gotten on BAR.Still keeping the Alk higher than needed eh?
I know it’s been said, but all for reef isn’t your friend, and keeping all at 10 doesn’t really make sense to me.
To each their own
I'm not carbon dosing on purpose! AFR just happens to and I'd rather not switch. I have to counteract some of its carbon dosing effects with dosed nitrates to maintain 5-10ppm. So yes technically they do fight each other but the alternative is 0 nitrate.Why carbon dose and dose nitrates? Don't those fight each other?
The brs videos of the tank tests cover cyano pretty well. The answer is pods based on their research.Cyano for sure. Raise the nitrates, add a rock with live copepods from someone or get some from Reef Nutrition. It's more unsightly than bad and low nutrients let it outcompete other things.
The brs videos of the tank tests cover cyano pretty well. The answer is pods based on their research.
Cyano for sure. Raise the nitrates, add a rock with live copepods from someone or get some from Reef Nutrition. It's more unsightly than bad and low nutrients let it outcompete other things.
Thank you all! I've ordered a blend of pods and live phyto. So far, since it has become a problem the red stuff has only gotten worse. For several months I have always seen a little cyano on my pump's nem guards. Should I try chemiclean or just wait for it to go away by adding pods?Sure looks a lot like cyano from here
I know the Salifert Ca kit has cross interactions with Mg when it gets too high, so maybe your kit does too, plus test variability for a visual titration is going to be 5% or so I'd guess. So stop dosing Mg for a long time since your consumption of Ca seems to not have moved in a week. Also Ca and Mg are present in a much higher ratio than alkalinity, so you wouldn't see much of a dive even if there was enough growth to drop in that time. Phosphate could still be getting consumed by algae, corals, bacteria, then skimmed etc. This old article is a good background into what's happening for the major things you measure: https://reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-06/rhf/index.phpParams:
Mag: 1450 (IDK how it can climb without dosing lol, damn red sea test kit)
No3: 15.5 (Still dosing and its climbing so time to turn down the dosing)
Po4: 0.012 (I stopped dosing RN phyto this week but I'm unsure how it can drop from 0.265 to 0.012)