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    The dying dinoflagellates particles is not likely...

    The dying dinoflagellates particles is not likely a good food source.
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    I am actually satisfied with your identification...

    I am actually satisfied with your identification in the first photograph. It is very characteristic of dino's! Hate this thread redirects aquarists to square one. The frenzy with running an ATS has...
  3. Thread: Red Sea NO3 PO4

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    Carbon source dosing is a valid method, and there...

    Carbon source dosing is a valid method, and there is a reason it did not work correctly.

    Rapidly changing filtration methods can have disastrous effects. A common complaint of carbon dosing is...
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    Re: Licensing ideas

    There are more than 7 million US Patents at this point with a small fraction actually protecting profitable ideas. Unfortunately I would have it manufactured high quality and expect a short product...
  5. Re: Algae scrubber in a mixed planted fresh water aquarium

    You can find N:P:K ratio roughly by looking up sears collins poor mans dosing drops. Dupla used to make a recipe for growing FW plants that was deformulated.

    One of the great aspects of FW...
  6. Re: help!! hammer coral and yellow tang sudden death!!

    You may want to review Coral Magazine next month.

    They are doing a poll of Deep Sand Bed with number of crashes. To me it is an unnecessary detritus sink. I do like remote refugiums still as they...
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    Re: The Great Algae-Light Source Experiment

    Here is a brief summary of Kessil on tailoring LED packaged lamps to grows terrestial plants. It is interesting ideal if it save watts.
  8. Thread: Green growth.

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    Re: Green growth.

    Screen got much greener this week, only where screen was lit from back and front. I cut light back to 12 hrs/day next week.

    I still have some lingering brown algae on top of sand. Hard to get...
  9. Thread: Green growth.

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    Re: Green growth.

    I'm getting green hair algae tufts on edge of spray bar already and on a few spots. The screen is usual brown except where it is lit front and back in middle. I'll post a picture end of week.
  10. Thread: Red Turf Algae...

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    Re: Red Turf Algae...

    Red Turf algae usually indicates low nutrients and bright lights with stable conditions.

    I had it before I ran a scrubber and after. It likes my system. Healthy turbos will eat my variety every...
  11. Thread: Green growth.

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    Re: Green growth.

    I upgraded my ATS this week.

    I added 2 more F24T5 Sylvania bulbs and I changed ATS pump from 45 watt pump to 65w Eheim 1260. I also changed sump pump from Eheim 1260 to Mag 18 which pushes limits...
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    Re: combining iron and two part dosing

    I had good results with a Precision Marine Calcium reactor. Dialing in should take 1-2 weeks with good equipment. I highly recommend kalk with it as SPS will respond well to high pH

    I never used...
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    Re: combining iron and two part dosing

    If your running a calcium reactor, there is no need to worry about 2 part much and the excess CO2 from reactor initially will be more than enough nutrients.
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    Re: Why use GFO instead of ATS?

    Best coral colors and best growth I have seen are on systems that either pour in home made phytoplankton or feed daily regardless of filtration used. Also best tanks I have seen are some of the less...
  15. Thread: Red Turf Algae...

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    Re: Red Turf Algae...

    I had what I thought were ideal conditions and red turf was present. Your variety is rather attractive though. I got medium large turbo snails and they devoured it!

    Nothing else worked and what I...
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    Re: Still getting dark algae.

    I think the more important question immediately is how much algae product and are nitrates dropping?
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    Adey - Dyanmic Aquaria Vol.3

    Are the updates in vol 3 worth the purchase price?

    Curious if anyone purchased this book.
  18. Re: Interesting video about increased CO2 effect on plant growth

    I just added a large desk fan pointed straight down. It has no chance of falling in as it is too big.
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  19. Re: Interesting video about increased CO2 effect on plant growth

    Alkaline solutions are different than freshwater tanks also in that they accumulate C02.

    That is why some use skimmer intakes through outdoor fresh air and others use CO2 air scrubbers as wet lime...
  20. Re: Could this be the perfect LED light for a scrubber?

    It is extremely difficult with chinese goods to determine the original manufacturer.

    Hydroponics hobbyists have been trying these for years, and it may be worth some time reading these reviews....
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    Re: What does ATS absorb?

    I have come across evidence that cyanobacteria consumes dissolved organics as well. It is primarily autotrophic but suspect is is not a black and white classification.
  22. Thread: H2O2 and an ATS

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    Re: H2O2 and an ATS

    Hydrogen peroxide is the simplest peroxide. It is an oxidizing agent like hypochlorite (bleach) or ozone. Strong enough doses will cause white spots on skin temporarily. It can not be used...
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    Re: What does ATS absorb?

    How is cyanobacteria classified?
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    Re: What does ATS absorb?

    Have you come across algae being able to remove organically bound nitrogen or phosphate?
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    Re: bacteria only scrubber

    Your thread caught my interest, because I live in Greensboro, NC. I was not aware of anyone running a ATS locally.

    I am aware of a few FOWLR with Live rock only and no skimmer in area.
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    Re: ATS with Bean Animal / Calfo 3-pipe system?

    It is OK, It's not clear because it is in parts. It's 24 x 22 x 12 and About 25 gallons. Rug makes it look more retangle.

    Back is herbie over flow that needs (2) 1.5" nipples slightly below...
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    Re: ATS with Bean Animal / Calfo 3-pipe system?

    https://picasaweb.google.com/116009627162912301444/Jul62011?authkey=Gv1sRgCK2At42ElcHQ_wE#5645936620884152882

    Got my sump finished this week with 1/2" cast scrap. Good enough for me!

    I went...
  28. Re: Elevated dissolved organic carbon and coral mortality.

    Your tank is yours. Not to be too obvious, but many successful tanks are hybrids of different defined systems.

    I do partial water changes. I do them because I feed heavily and have mulm settle...
  29. Re: Elevated dissolved organic carbon and coral mortality.

    Thanks for the reference to Lowher's work. I have not read it, but will likely get a copy.

    Rapid declines in corals are often related to local temperature spikes, and eutrophic conditions due to...
  30. Thread: Ammonia Scrubbers

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    Re: Ammonia Scrubbers

    Bioballs you see are referred to as packing material to help gas exchange as upward air flows against water trickling over large surface area. Idea would be to strip trace amount as it is generated....
  31. Thread: Ammonia Scrubbers

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    Ammonia Scrubbers

    I recently reviewed ammonia scrubbers commercially and thought about applications from aquariums. It caught my interest when TOTM on Reefcentral had a non-photosynthetic coral display with frequent...
  32. Re: how ATSs improve water clarity (warning: long and science-y)

    question for me?

    I got healthy diatom bloom on sand only as this set up is prone to it. New T5's and heavy scrubbing on screen fixed problem. I had aged bulbs and increased feeding of Elegant...
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    Re: who has gone the longest without a water change?

    I found I am adding 24 cups a year of sodium chloride due to two part recipe 1. This 53% by weight of two part salt mix.

    Not a natural process at all!
  34. Re: how ATSs improve water clarity (warning: long and science-y)

    Java Moss is a bog plant and is a a great filter in conditions that are not ideal for more sensitive plants. I know frog tanks use it as well as wet mats to reduce waste.

    I can only speculate that...
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    Re: who has gone the longest without a water change?

    Calculator doesn't account for salt losses splatter on wallboard either. In either case salinity will raise a bit.
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    Re: who has gone the longest without a water change?

    actually I made a mistake it is 45 ppt after 1 year not three assuming calculator is correct.
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    Re: who has gone the longest without a water change?

    Heres a php calculator for salinity increase.

    http://www.hamzasreef.com/Contents/Calc ... alance.php


    Three years without water changes using recipe 1a assuming 140 gallons and 125cc/day of...
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    Re: who has gone the longest without a water change?

    Keep in mind if you do two part or three part it might be necessary due to potential to increase salinity.

    CaCl2 + Na2CO3 will produce CaCO3 + 2NaCl. I use gallon with 2 1/4 cups of calcium...
  39. Re: What algae appears first when scrubber starts to weaken?

    My experience has been diatoms, but my tank experiences a lot of flow, an active decorator goby that tunnels, and a strong medium sized clam.

    Curious if others have seen something else...
  40. What algae appears first when scrubber starts to weaken?

    I realize this is an open ended question, and will vary in each tank, but I would like to know from people running a scrubber awhile.

    Thanks
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    Re: Choloroform For Gluing Acrylic?

    Chloroform and Methylene Chloroide are one chloride apart. Now I am not certain which one I used but maybe it was all the fumes.

    To thicken Methylene Chloride, just use fresh router chips and...
  42. Re: how ATSs improve water clarity (warning: long and science-y)

    I do have prior experience in Fresh Water planted tanks with only mechanical filtration. This is not to say I ran a turf scrubber. The emphasis of the display were on gardening and not on filtration...
  43. Thread: Tap water

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    Re: Tap water

    May be helpful to look at differences between diatoms, brown film covering sand and brown algae due sometimes to high nutrients or low lighting.

    Here is Dow Filmtec response to ammonia rejection...
  44. Thread: Algae in China

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    Re: Algae in China

    Ask the locals in that province where all the wildlife is and they say a euphemism,

    "they have gone to where the fresh air is"

    It is dead silent in the parks.
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    Re: Choloroform For Gluing Acrylic?

    I've used chloroform for acrylics as it is what I have from lab because I'm cheap.

    Chloroform is active solvent that is cut in Weld-On acrylic products with things like acrylic monomer, acrylic...
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    Re: ATS with Bean Animal / Calfo 3-pipe system?

    I have seen many examples of overflow to scrubbers but I don't care for them.

    I would reconsider running overflow through ATS since you went to so much trouble to make fail safe overflow, if I...
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    Re: ATS with Bean Animal / Calfo 3-pipe system?

    The labor was about 200+ I think. Not cheap but not expensive for welding. I'm sure I'll have it as an aquarium stand or shop bench forever though.

    Got acrylic doors installed now. Glad I chose...
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    Re: ATS with Bean Animal / Calfo 3-pipe system?

    Thanks!

    It cost 150 to powder coat since stainless is outrageous now. Some was scrap and unfortunately needed to buy full 20' stick 2" square tube. Don't even ask about that... It is angle cut at...
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    Re: ATS with Bean Animal / Calfo 3-pipe system?

    I am getting a custom tank finally and trying not to drill too many holes in a new tank. Thanks for info!

    I am making a modified Glass-Holes.com 3000 box inside tank. I will have it wide and long...
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    Re: ATS with Bean Animal / Calfo 3-pipe system?

    If second pipe is plumbed same ID or bigger and has a way to siphon then is can handle more flow than the standard in use overflow assuming that is fully blocked, with gate valve. It will likely...
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