My First Reef: Redsea 525XL

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by roostertech, Aug 4, 2016.

  1. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    That's a poccilapora
  2. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Your 1st dosing schedule is for a 23:50 period n your 2nd is for 23.59. Will that cause the pumps to run at the same time occasionally? I don’t know but I think it will at least once in a while.

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  3. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Yeah i had the same thought, so I'll adjust it to
  4. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    Question, shouldn't you dose in the morning when your pH is at its lowest?
  5. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    I pretty much just let PH does its thing. Besides, each dose only blips PH by a tiny inconsequential bit anyway.

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  6. daddio

    daddio Supporting Member

    So by looking at your chart, you are best to dose between 3 AM and 3 PM?
  7. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I think constantly throughout the day is fine. Not sure if corals use it up only while getting light or not...
  8. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    But why even bother? It only spikes PH up by .05 for few minutes anyway.
  9. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Wow that's some low pH.

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  10. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Just dose whenever. It's so little so no point in worrying about it.

    Low pH but each tank is different. Sanjay Joshi mentioned that his tank pH hits 8.0 at its peak.
  11. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

    your pH makes me feel better about my tank's pH level.
  12. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Yep, possible that my calibration is off. But it moves properly according to daily cycle -> I can tell if something is out of wack. So I haven't bothered to figure it out.
  13. JVU

    JVU Supporting Member

    Um, I don’t agree that those extremely low pH reading are no big deal. Coral skeletons start to passively dissolve below 7.7 or so, and calcification of new skeleton is significantly limited at these low pHs as well. The given range of 7.6-7.85 is really too low if it is accurate and a world of difference from 8.0.

    I like Randy Holmes-Farley’s article on low pH:

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  14. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Yeah, my stony corals are growing strong that's why I said that my calibration is likely off. As long as the PH movement is consistent and coral grow it's all good :)
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  15. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    My clownfish "lives" in the back corner of the tank, where the nori clip is. So every feeding time she would try to fend off the "invaders" who are all much bigger than her.

  16. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    “Take that, you fox face”!
  17. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    I have multiple dosing issues that made my alk swing down into 5.8 multiple times in a span of 2 weeks. The sticks were not happy but all pulled through except for this colony of tenuis.

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    PH trend as alk recover from 5.x to 7.x

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    My snow polyps leather also went south but I can't figure out why. One part of it would start browning out and die. I tried cutting that part off then another area would start browning out.

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    Finally got around to giving my equipment a vinegar baths after almost a year of operation. The powerheads pump a ton more flow after the wash. My scoly wasn't too pleased. I ended up dropping power level a bit on the powerheads.

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  18. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    One of my Sestosa is STNing and I can't quite figure out why. It has been snuggling up to that Acan for a long time w/o any problem. On the other edge, it is slowly losing to the poker star but that side looks ok. My other Sestosas are fine.

    Params, alk 8.0, cal 380, mag 1300

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  19. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Wow that sucks. Yeah a lot of my sps starting to touch each other and the pocillapora keeps spreading all over like weeds.

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  20. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    That happens sometimes when they'll leave each other alone for months and then one day parameters go out of whack and one piece suffers and the other moves in. I've had that happen to my Tyree sunset and the palis grandis. The sunset used to cover an entire rock and the grandis grew next to each other without an issue. Alk dropped and the sunset didn't like it and lost all of its colors and receded. It's finally recovering after being a couple of months of being all white and then the brown phase. You can see that it's slowly trying to grow back in the direction of the grandis and where it's getting stung.

    Nail down your alk and the setosa should recover. They're pretty quick growers overall. The grafted one is slower growing and mine is started to fuse one of its branches to the Tonga which it grew into.

    What I'm more concerned with at the moment is the war on the borders between these two.

    Pink Floyd on the top and the BC Bubblebath Unicorn on the bottom. The unicorn likes to put down a massive base and has been slowly encroaching up to the PF. As you can see the PF has mesenterials out ready for the war. I hope they can find a medium somewhere where they don't overgrow each other. Otherwise, it's gonna be pulling that rock out and then cut down the borders and replanting them.

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