Reefer 170 reborn

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  1. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    Also wondering is it make sense to seed some coraline algae? if so who can share some around Concord?

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  2. jepoy

    jepoy Supporting Member

    You can also go to an LFS and look for a snail with coralline. That’s how I got coralline introduced to my tank.

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  3. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

    I think that’s what a lot of reefers in the club chose to do. I still have some that I haven’t used up since I stopped doing water changes. I just keep it on hand for the just in case scenario.
  4. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    Thank you! What salt did you change to? I still have some IO RC but it has much higher Alk and I assume lower trace elements than Fritz.
  5. Solitaryensis

    Solitaryensis Supporting Member

    Nice aquascape!
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  6. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    This was made by Jester - I decided to skip the mess and order this aquascape from him. Judge by yourself!

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  7. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    Ricordias slowly recovering , zoas gone. Is this ric shows too much flow or not enough light?


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  8. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    Interesting - what can consume ALK in the new tank without hard corals? Coraline? My measurements shows 1dkh/day ALK drop, is it normal?
  9. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    Coraline, baby snails can suck up some serious alk, precipitation (is your sand getting some hard chunks)?
  10. Chromis

    Chromis Supporting Member

    From what to what? How are you replenishing it?
  11. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    2/15/18 - 7.0 - added tspn Seachem Reef Builder
    2/17/18 - 8.7
    2/23/18 - 6.7 - added tspn Seachem Reef Builder, raised KH to 9.2
    2/26/18- 7.0

    So, it's about 0.7 DKH/day drop in past 3 days. And I don't see baby snails or precipitation so far.
  12. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Running GFO?

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  13. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    No GFO, no activated carbon - only 2ml/day NOPOX, ans skimmer so far.
  14. Chromis

    Chromis Supporting Member

    I don’t think one tsp reef builder will raise your dkh that much, maybe sanity check it using a dose calculator like

    I would take your earlier measurement more seriously since you gave everything time to dissolve/equilibriate before measuring:

    2/17/18 - 8.7
    2/23/18 - 6.7

    That’s more like 0.3 dKh drop per day. Seems a little high to me if you don’t have a lot of calcifying critters - there may be a little precipitation, but not out of control.

    By the way if you want coralline to grow faster you should try to lower your Mg from >>1500, the times my Mg was that high I saw coralline crumbling off the back wall/rocks. Some people keep their Mg high as an algae deterrent though.
  15. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    I think my Mg test is wrong - it's RedSea test and I've heard it shows significantly higher values than the others. I will try to find Salifert kit around and re-check. Will see - first months can be really interesting in terms of chemistry :)
    I also double-check Seachem Reef Calc and it's about right ( considering precision of regular teaspoon I used) - for 35 gal water 1.5 tspn will raise Alk from 6.7 to 9 dkh
  16. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

    Are you testing your alk at the same time of day?
  17. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    almost same time - in the morning, before light start. Honestly there was 2 hours difference, than I added alk and re-tested in another 2 hours.

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  18. brohanus510

    brohanus510 Guest

    looks like its going well!
  19. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Looks like your tank is floating slightly above the stand. Does the cork sheet not run all the way to the edge?
  20. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

    It’s a wide-lens that makes it look floating, however the rubber sheet under the tank does’t run all all the way to the edge - its slightly smaller - maybe 1/16” or less:


    Not an Amano quality but still beautiful-looking IMHO

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