Swayds Big Boy Reef

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by swayd, May 4, 2015.

  1. swayd

    swayd Guest

    Update!
    Everything is looking great. I am now dosing 30ml of alk and 35 ml or calcium. I also added a trachy I got yesterday! The colors are awesome.


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  2. swayd

    swayd Guest

    Just tested.
    Mag 1400
    Cal 340
    Alk 8
    I'm dosing 30ml of alk and 35ml of calcium. I'll be upping the calcium to 40ml tomorrow morning. Want calcium to hit 400.


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  3. swayd

    swayd Guest

    Dosed this morning so will see what my calcium level is tonight hopefully it starts to climb slowly.

    Forgot to mention that I picked up a nice 4" frag of Cali tort this week. Hopefully it does well.
     
  4. swayd

    swayd Guest

    Alright I'm stumped. Here are today's test results.
    Alk 11 dkh
    Cal 340
    Mag 1400

    Alk keeps rising and cal seems to be not going up. I'm at 30ml of cal a day and nothing. I'm going to start doing 20ml of Alk and 50 ml of cal and see where that takes me.


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  5. swayd

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  6. swayd

    swayd Guest

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    All photos under heavy whites except for last one. Using underwater case for iPhone so don't judge my crappy pics lol.


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  7. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Im liking thosegreen zoas. Pretty sure they're called Wows.

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  8. swayd

    swayd Guest

    Thank you, second or third pic?


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  9. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Second picture right above the red hornets
     
  10. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    Tank is looking great. I hope the doser helps out on getting the levels consistent.

    You might want to raise Magnesium to help prevent calcium precipitation. I had a lot of buildup when I was manually dosing alk a few times a week. Local conditions where Alk is too high also tend to cause precipitation, which makes it hard to raise the calc up.

    As of today, I'm dosing Alk (6ml) every hour and Calc every three hours (5ml). I'm using Kent calcium and dissolved baking soda (1tsp baking soda / 100ml).

    Using the two part dosing I've had my Alk at 9dkh and Calc at 440ppm without any variation for a month or so now. Good luck!
     
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  11. swayd

    swayd Guest

    Thanks man! It was nice meeting you and you're family! Thanks for the info as soon as I set it up I'll probably start to dose some mag and get it up higher.
    Oh and btw your tank is amazing!


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  12. swayd

    swayd Guest

    This right here is my pride and joy!!!! It's been building itself a nice base and is now starting to take off. Sorry I was too lazy to dunk my phone underwater today lol
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  13. swayd

    swayd Guest

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    Ok just took an underwater lazy mode is off lol.


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  14. swayd

    swayd Guest

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    Finally set up the doser! Hope this lasts a few months for me to save up for the new one! Oh yeah, I got some new acros this week hehe!


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  15. swayd

    swayd Guest

    Calcium is up to 440 now and I had an algae bloom yesterday causing my tank to be cloudy for a day. It's weird how I get like a monthly algae bloom causing a cloudy tank but only lasts one day. Other than that things are growing like crazy!!!


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  16. swayd

    swayd Guest

    So I went away on a short vacation for a few days and came back to a bunch of amazing growth! I had made a few frags before I left for vacation and they all seem to be doing great and growing! I have run out of calcium and need to get some asap and I also think I might dose less alk and to lower it to about 10 dkh. Pictures on Friday or Saturday since its back to 12 hour days!
     
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  17. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Running low on calcium can cause Alk to spike, since coral stops using the combination of both.
    So *temporarily* reduce Alk, but keep an eye on it, and remember the old setting.
     
  18. swayd

    swayd Guest

    Damn I knew I should have lowered it. I'm getting cal today so it only ran dry for 1.5ish days lol. Thanks for the heads up.


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  19. swayd

    swayd Guest

    Alk is now at 11Dkh and my LPS look a lot better. I recently acquired a no name chalice that has a lot of potential, a wet nipple chalice, a rainbow looking favia and a orange yuma from CRC for my bday. Also for my bday I got a gopro and cant wait to take some good vids for you guys, oh yeah and someone stole my car as well(PD has now found it). Other than that everything has been growing great and I have a few frags I have been healing for two weeks now.
     
  20. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Stole your car?! That sucks dude!

    What frags do you have growin out?
     

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