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  1. May 2019 Update Overall super happy with the...

    May 2019 Update

    Overall super happy with the tank, no deaths or losses, almost everything is growing and coloring well, and no algae issues except for a cyano outbreak I had in April due to...
  2. The flow on my screen is about enough to generate...

    The flow on my screen is about enough to generate a solid sheet of water falling off the screen when its clean, that doesnt last long though as the algae starts to grow. I would say my flow is...
  3. I also now have a youtube channel, Reef Nerd ...

    I also now have a youtube channel, Reef Nerd

    So far I have done 3 videos

    My T5 LED Hybrid Setup

    https://youtu.be/O7Frjsbk-qU

    My new acrylic ATO and Kalkwasser setup
  4. March 2019 Update This month I have -...

    March 2019 Update

    This month I have
    - installed an Avast Marine K1 Kalk Stirrer
    - upgraded my ATO reservoir to a 70L custom acrylic one inside a new cabinet next to my tank
    - added some new SPS...
  5. Its possible. Certainly moving in the right...

    Its possible. Certainly moving in the right direction, clean the screen off of the slime/brown algae too. Keep running 1 light and move the photo period to be reverse to your DT
  6. Yea that is not optimal... switch it to run at...

    Yea that is not optimal... switch it to run at night when your display lights are off. There are a few benefits to this including stablising your PH. Your theory on out-competing the DT doesn't work...
  7. Seems ok to me, maybe slightly higher flow than...

    Seems ok to me, maybe slightly higher flow than what I have... although I am no expert. That screen looks pretty full of slime algae... I am surprised that your screen hasn't grown green algae...
  8. Yea that is mostly slime algae, lightly brush it...

    Yea that is mostly slime algae, lightly brush it off.

    Maybe take a short video of it for a few seconds, and get SantaMonica's opinion on your flow rate.... I find it weird that you have that bit...
  9. I wouldn't say spotless, your not trying to...

    I wouldn't say spotless, your not trying to sterilize it.... just give it a light scrub.... the purpose is to remove the bulk of the buildup of brown algae which if left would fall off anyway back...
  10. I went and read you thread on your journey with...

    I went and read you thread on your journey with the Algae Scrubber. From what I can tell, basically yours is still only growing brown algae. The thing with the brown stuff is that it 'lets go' from...
  11. Mine went something like this with my tank which...

    Mine went something like this with my tank which was basically just finished cycling with minimal corals and fish at the time, my starting nitrates and phosphate were also super low as well. So your...
  12. Yeah the RAIN2 with 2 lights. Didn't get the 4...

    Yeah the RAIN2 with 2 lights. Didn't get the 4 light model as my tank is not heavily stocked with fish and not that big. The 2 light model is keeping my nitrates near 0 as it is and I think I feed a...
  13. So here is my first update for 2019. This...

    So here is my first update for 2019.

    This month I have
    - noticed better coloration and growth on my SPS, in particular check out the difference in the strawberry shortcake acro from my last...
  14. So here is my final update for 2018. Its been a...

    So here is my final update for 2018. Its been a great journey and my tank is about 8 months old now.

    This month I have
    - biggest change is adding a T5 fixture to my existing LED's so now I have...
  15. So I thought I would post an update. I now have 6...

    So I thought I would post an update. I now have 6 fish in the tank, 1 blue tang, 1 yellow tang, and 4 dispar anthias. In addition to the clam, coral banded shrimp, blood shrimp, snails and all the...
  16. So its been about a month and I thought I'd post...

    So its been about a month and I thought I'd post another update.

    Overall tank has been doing okay, my 72 day Ich fallow period has come to an end and I have finally added the only survivor, a Blue...
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    Got some examples of this? What liquid coral...

    Got some examples of this? What liquid coral products do you think are good? Should they be setup on a doser?
  18. Yeah thanks, I'll keep that up my sleeve if I...

    Yeah thanks, I'll keep that up my sleeve if I need it. For now it seems this weeks dose of 50grams of Kalk, 200ml of Vinegar and 25L of RODI seems to be meeting my demand.

    Sunday new batch of Kalk...
  19. Tested again last night, 48 hours post mixing my...

    Tested again last night, 48 hours post mixing my first batch of vinegar boosted Kalk

    Alk 7.3
    Ca 425
    Mg 1365

    Seems my Alk has gone from 7.1 to 7.3 (gone up) for the first time ever from...
  20. Pretty sure mixing baking soda (Sodium...

    Pretty sure mixing baking soda (Sodium bicarbonate) with kalkwasser (calcium hydroxide) will instantly give you precipitated calcium carbonate. Same reason why you cant mix standard 2 part solutions...
  21. My calcium drops too, just slower, I think its...

    My calcium drops too, just slower, I think its dropping roughly 3-4ppm per day. Everytime it drops below 400 I top it back up to around 420. I am manually dosing calcium chloride roughly once a week.
  22. Hey, It has been a few weeks and the ATS has...

    Hey,

    It has been a few weeks and the ATS has been going strong, averaging 50-60grams of squeezed algae a week after harvesting. My tank in general is doing fairly well too.
    ...
  23. Currently running a Nyos Quantum 120 Skimmer,...

    Currently running a Nyos Quantum 120 Skimmer, pretty dry setting on it, after about a week its collection cup is roughly 1/3 full.

    Also have a decent amount of marine pure blocks in one of the...
  24. My third cleaning of the screen was done last...

    My third cleaning of the screen was done last night, roughly another 50 grams of algae removed.

    I have found that for me it is easiest to wear rubber kitchen gloves and just use my fingers and the...
  25. I don't really want to feed more at this point as...

    I don't really want to feed more at this point as I believe the current feeding is sufficient for optimal fish and coral health

    Regarding Iron; does this suggest there is an Iron deficiency that...
  26. So it has been another week and I have now done...

    So it has been another week and I have now done my second major screen cleaning. This time pulled off close to 50grams of algae (water squeezed out).

    Not sure why the algae near the middle of the...
  27. I think my tanks looking pretty good right now,...

    I think my tanks looking pretty good right now, so wanted to share :)

    https://i.imgur.com/ky90nrD.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/Qxa9UIv.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/LV8Un37.jpg
    ...
  28. Lets hope so, I will post another full tank shot...

    Lets hope so, I will post another full tank shot in a few days, I have made a number of new coral additions lately and am expecting a bunch of Acans and another Goni to arrive shortly.



    On a...
  29. Did my first scrape off last night. After...

    Did my first scrape off last night. After squeezing out the water it was about 34grams. I mainly pulled the algae off with my fingers, then scraped it with the back side of a kitchen knife.
    ...
  30. Two days after turning on the second light, still...

    Two days after turning on the second light, still running the 18 hour on 6 hour off cycle, here's the growth

    https://i.imgur.com/bYaRAr5.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/9eN5ZDa.jpg

    Got some new...
  31. So one more week and here is how it is looking, I...

    So one more week and here is how it is looking, I still only have 1 light on, its shining on the side with the less filled section around the middle.

    At this point should I clean it off? What...
  32. So heres an update after week on what the screen...

    So heres an update after week on what the screen looks like

    https://i.imgur.com/BkXUdjE.jpg

    As you can seen there is some more different types of algae growing on it now, some red, dark green,...
  33. My journey with the Rain2 Algae Scrubber and my 80G Tank

    Hey

    So I setup a new tank nearly 3 months ago, its roughly 80G or 300L total water volume. I started with dry rock, cycled with Dr Tims and then added 2 small clowns and 2 Nassarius Snails....
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