Diver's Paradise: Take Two!

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by FeliciaLynn, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Yep! Went from 0 anemones in the old set-up to now 12!
     
  2. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    I sure hope so too! Luckily the BTA's have their own island all to themselves, so they can walk all they want without bothering anything. They can't walk across sand, so they can't get off their island unless they go free floating. From what I've heard they'll only usually free float if they're really stressed. How are my clowns btw? I can come get them next weekend. I'm hoping they'll love the new BTAs.
     
  3. Spoon

    Spoon Guest

    Wow! Amazing! Especially for just a couple months progress. I am absolutely loving those rock flower anemones. I think this is the first I've seen them!

    And your rock has colored up nicely too! Any tips?

    :thumbup:
     
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  4. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thank you! Yeah, this tank has really come together quickly. It definitely doesn't always happen that way :)

    The rock flower anemones aren't very common in stores around here so I had to order them online. I'm hooked! They're so colorful and easy to care for. Other than the fact that they walk around like other anemones, so you have to leave them plenty of room away from other corals.

    My rock actually came all colored up like that. I ordered my live rock online from a company in Florida called KP Aquatics. They have a live rock farm in the Florida Keys and their rock is just amazingly colorful and full of life. Also, you can't beat the price! I got that super colorful rock for $5.60 a lb including the shipping. Their website is sealifeinc.net if you're interested.
     
  5. Spoon

    Spoon Guest

    @FeliciaLynn, what are your water params? Hope you don't mind me asking. I want something to shoot for. :thumbup:
     
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  6. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Sure! I don't mind at all!

    Salinity: 1.025
    Temperature: 78 F
    pH: ~8
    Amm.: 0 ppm
    Nitrite: 0 ppm
    Nitrate: I honestly don't measure nitrate unless something looks off or there seem to be excess nutrients in the system.
    Alk: 9.5 dKH
    Ca: 310 ppm (I've been working on raising this up a bit with dosing)
    Mg: 1440 ppm
    Phosphates: I don't measure this. The kits are just too hard to read. I only worry about it if there is nuisance algae. I run a reactor with GFO to remove phosphates in my sump.
     
  7. Spoon

    Spoon Guest

    Do you also dose to keep mg and alk levels up? Or is that simply from your salt?
     
  8. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    I have a doser that doses Alk every day. I have it set on a timer so it comes on and doses 3.3 mL at midnight and then 3.3 mL at noon and that keeps the Alk at around 9.5 dKH right now.

    Ca I'm dosing by hand every couple days because it doesn't drop nearly as quickly for me. The 310 ppm I measured recently was right before my next water change, so it had taken like 2 weeks to drop to that level.

    Mg I don't dose and my salt keeps in in range with my once every 2 week water changes.
     
  9. Spoon

    Spoon Guest

    Thanks for answering!! Very informative. I used to dose B-Ionic on my previous tanks. I'm trying to log what the people who have successful systems are using.
     
  10. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    You're very welcome! I use B-Ionic right now, but I'm thinking I may need to switch to something else since I go through alk a lot faster than the Ca portion. Since you have to buy B-Ionic as the set of two parts I end up with tons of extra Ca component.
     
  11. tr1gger

    tr1gger Keyboard Cowboy

    Kalk in the ATO!

    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/how-to-add-kalk-to-your-auto-top-off

     
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  12. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Yeah, I don't really want to deal with mixing Kalk and putting it in the ATO. I like using my dosing pump since its easier to figure out an exact amount. I'm thinking I'll get some powdered Sodium Bicarbonate when I run out of 2 part.
     
  13. tr1gger

    tr1gger Keyboard Cowboy

  14. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Yep! I could probably go to Costco or something and pick it up in bulk. The little grocery store boxes aren't going to be any cheaper than buying a bulk container from BRS or something.
     
  15. tr1gger

    tr1gger Keyboard Cowboy

    I buy the little box, bake it 1 hour at 400 and it will last me 1 month dosing VIA my ATO. $1.29
     
  16. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Good to know! Thanks for the info, Dan. So do you mix it up in bulk? I was thinking I'd mix up like a half gallon jug of it dissolved in RODI water so that I can use my doser. Mind telling me your process for mixing it up?
     
  17. tr1gger

    tr1gger Keyboard Cowboy

    It took a few weeks to figure out just how much all my corals take up. I am mixing 7 teaspoons for my 5g ATO jug. Lasts about 5 days. Keeps my alk in the 9.5 to 9.8 range. I also test the alk daily on my hanna checker to make sure I am on track for the day. If needed I can mix a tsp on the spot in a few cups of water and wait for it to mix clear. Add slowly over an hour or so.

    This is of course for my water volume and the pH difference could be a lot more in a smaller tank so just be careful!
     
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  18. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    I can't wait to see the video of the new clowns.
    Thanks for coming by
    Grow them...love them
    You are the only other person that they know
    :)
     
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  19. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thanks again for the clowns! They're acclimating now. I'll take good care of them :)
     
  20. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Thanks for the details, Dan! I'd have to make my solution quite a bit more concentrated since I'd rather use my dosing pump for it. I could probably just follow BRS's instructions for mixing up their bulk sodium bicarbonate and then use their calculator to get an idea of starting dose. The amount that gets topped off just changes so much day to day depending on the temperature, so I don't want to have to worry about it varying in the ATO. I also hate testing it everyday, so I want to just be able to dose an exact amount with the doser based on how much its decreases per day.
     

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