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Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by Eugene, Jan 20, 2018.

  1. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.
     
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    Nice aquascape!
     
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    Eugene Supporting Member

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    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

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

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  8. Eugene

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    Interesting - what can consume ALK in the new tank without hard corals? Coraline? My measurements shows 1dkh/day ALK drop, is it normal?
     
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    Coraline, baby snails can suck up some serious alk, precipitation (is your sand getting some hard chunks)?
     
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    From what to what? How are you replenishing it?
     
  11. Eugene

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    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.
     
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    Running GFO?


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  13. Eugene

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

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    I don’t think one tsp reef builder will raise your dkh that much, maybe sanity check it using a dose calculator like http://www.seachem.com/calculators.php

    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

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

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

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    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:

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    Not an Amano quality but still beautiful-looking IMHO
     

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