KLEMS SCA 50g cube

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Klems, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    As long as the chaeto isn't dying and releasing nutrients back into the water and there is still room for growth, the more chaeto in there to grow, the faster the uptake should be.
  2. JVU

    JVU Supporting Member

    You need to have some room for the chaeto to grow so if it’s packed in there you should prune.

    With regard to the imbalance between N and P, growing just about anything like chaeto or bacteria (carbon dosing) will use up nutrients in proportion to the Redfield ratio of C/N/P (ie a lot more N than P). Also feeding puts those nutrients in your tank in about the same ratio. So you probably have an extra sink of N or extra P from something.

    You can get it back into balance by running GFO since it depletes P, or dosing N (stump remover). I personally wouldn’t mess with it unless you are having problems, though GFO is pretty straightforward.

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  3. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    Ok, I will trim a bit of the cheato and also add another tablespoon or two of GFO in my reactor next week.
  4. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    Added some extra GFO into the reactor on Thursday and as of today the PO4 is down to .086
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  5. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    SG- 1.026
    ALK- 9.1
    PO4- .046
    CAL- 460
    NO3- 4
    MG- 1420
  6. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    ALK- 9.1
    CA- 445
    PO4- .040
    NO3- 4
    MG- 1560

    Looks like things are staying nice and stable, even after switching to Fritz Pro salt from IORC.
  7. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Did you try to raise mag, or you think that’s from switching salts? Or test kit inaccuracy?
  8. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    I added some after the last test to ensure it stayed above 1400....but Fritz has a higher value of MG that RC out of the box
  9. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    Current water parameters
    ALK- 8.8
    PO4- .037pm
    NO3- 2
    CAL- 420
    SG- 1.026
    MG- 1300

    Adding some MG supplement to raise it up....other parameters seem good.
  10. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    what test kit do you use?
  11. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    Red Sea for MG
    Hanna for dkh and PO4
    API for CA
  12. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    Bangaii Cardinal fish loves to hang out in the RBTA....is this weird? IMG_20180430_110939263.jpg
  13. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    Mine do that as well. I thought it was weird, but I guess not.

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