Kessil

Ryan’s 40G first reef

Coral reefer

DBTC Officer
BOD
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
 

rdriggett

Supporting Member
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 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.
I use AFR to free up 2 other dosing heads for nitrate and aminos. It also is carbon dosing and keeping my nitrates very low without water changes. I'd rather precisely dose nitrate than have it perpetually climb until a WC.
 
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rdriggett

Supporting Member
Why carbon dose and dose nitrates? Don't those fight each other?
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.
 

rdriggett

Supporting Member
RIP to the first and only acro I’ve ever had encrust and color up. Urchin knocked it into some other sps which stung it to death.
I was so happy that I was able to color up a “high end” sps and keep it alive for months with good PE.
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rdriggett

Supporting Member
All has not been well in my tank over the last few weeks. Cloudy water despite doing WC and always running carbon. I either have Dinos or weird cyano (I think it’s dinos). So my sand looks terrible and my corals are mad. I’m calling it and returning my OG bounce because it never seemed happy in my tank (medium to low flow, 100-150 par). My clownfish still refuse to pair up but at least I rarely see aggression.
I need to get my dinos ID’d but I’ve been busier.
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rdriggett

Supporting Member
Params:
sG: 1.026 (Amazon finally delivered a not leaking 35ppt reference fluid so I could calibrate my cheap refractometer)
pH: untested
Alk: 11.5 (Not sure why its so high. My corals have seemed unhappy so maybe theyre growing slower and consuming less? I turned off my doser for the next few days until it drops to 9.5)
Calc: 390
Mag: 1400
No3: 3.1 (I dose 5ml a day but it must not be able to keep up at that level)
Po4: 0.265 (???? I dont dose phosphate. The only recent change is dosing RN phyto)
 

rdriggett

Supporting Member
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.
Sure looks a lot like cyano from here
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?
 
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