Andy's 85L Nano

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Reply #45

good find!  :grin:

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Reply #46

faaaaksaaake

After 6 months of silence, overflow has started doing this


For some reason the water level has dropped in the last stage of the overflow. Took it apart, can't see anything wrong. It's weird, almost like the water is draining too freely, where as normally the water is getting backed up a little bit.

My 3 year old did admit she had been behind the tank 'helping the wires' so god knows what shes done!  lol

On the plus side, the gurgling noise was so loud Wifey couldn't binge watch 50 episodes of "say yes to the dress" so every cloud, eh?  :D

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Reply #47

Why is it that as soon as I turn my back on the tank for a couple of days there's always a problem?!  lol

Had a great little break on the Essex/Suffolk border.  Campsite called Rushbank Farm where you can camp right on the river bank.  There's a nice little pub (the Anchor Inn) that you can paddle to 8D

Little 'un even managed to catch some fish with her net while we were on the way there:



But yeah something always goes wrong, and my bloody acros all striped at their bases.


Alk has gone from 7.5 to 8.3 while I was away, so I guess something meant they weren't calcifying at the normal rate and that resulted in the alk rising too quickly.

Temp and PH looked alright on the seneye, so god knows what went wrong.  Phosphate was 0 on the Hanna ULR 736 so maybe that's it.

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Reply #48

Quick update vid  :geek:



Everything is doing okay,  the acros which has STN are regrowing finally.  Wish I'd never put that seriatopora in there though,  grows like a weed.

Think I need a new camera though  :lol:

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Reply #49

Looks great.  Just the alk then?

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Reply #50

Thanks mate, I'm really not sure to be honest.  I must admit I hadn't done a water change for 6 months or so, maybe some pollution had built up in there.

I really need a bigger tank though, everything is stinging each other.  Bloody red mushrooms are the worst,  they're popping up everywhere and they kill SPS when they touch them  >:(  No idea how to get rid of the buggers.  Wonder if you can use aip-x on them?

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Reply #51

Good news and bad news.

Good news,  found a random load of zoas floating around.  Turns out it's a load of Green Bay Packers polyps.  Got them from ebay and they all melted 6 months ago, completely forgot I even had them. Must have survived under a rock somewhere?!

Haven't got a pic of them open yet, but here's the blob of 20+ polyps when I found them


Bad news, bloody acros have STN at the base again.  Guess it's alk again.  Just can't seem to get it sorted. 🤷‍♂️




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Reply #52

try to keep it steady more than raising it ( if thats what your currently doing ) could be that calcium and mag are slightly out causing the alk issues.

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Reply #53

try to keep it steady more than raising it ( if thats what your currently doing ) could be that calcium and mag are slightly out causing the alk issues.

Thanks mate.  I'm checking alk every day but will double check the others tonight.

I think the problem is, with only 85L of water,  even a small change to how much you feed the fish can cause a big problem when you've got SPS growing well and sucking up nutrients as soon as they're available.

I've also sent an ICP off to ATI last night in case the RODI setup is letting copper/zinc through again  >:(

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Reply #54

One thing i learnt when i had mine was not to chase numbers, but to keep them stable! I'm going to say its mag causing it.

This is a good overall read about the balance of the three :)
A Simplified Guide to the Relationship Between Calcium, Alkalinity, Magnesium and pH by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com

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Reply #55

Starting to get a bit hacked off with this now tbh

I've been monitoring alk and I don't think it's that. I've been checking it twice a day and it's been absolutely rock solid.

I just got my ICP test back from ATI. I've got a 90% good rating but still a few crap levels of pollutants again

These are the bad ones. Guessing the problem is zinc and copper (again). 


Wondering now if they're actually impurities coming in from the Red Sea A B + C as that's the only thing I'm still using in the tank.  Everything else (salt, powerheads, heaters + probe, pumps, skimmer, RO system, buckets) has now been changed.

In particular the Red Sea calcium has a lot of brown colouration and weird stuff that settles out at the bottom.

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Reply #56

Hi Andy , H ave you had the RO tested ? Maybe a HMA filter before RO may help

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Reply #57

Hi Andy , H ave you had the RO tested ? Maybe a HMA filter before RO may help

Alright Gav.

The RO is supposed to be tested as part of the ATI ICP, but for some reason they've missed it out.  Just sent their support an email so hopefully they'll sort it. 

I dosed Triton Detox last night to remove the copper, and I've picked up some polyfilter to hopefully remove any remaining zinc etc.

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Reply #58

ATI just sent me the RO test results.  All undetectable/zero, so it's not coming from my source water.



So still thinking it must be either some of the new equipment or the red sea foundation stuff.  I'll try and get a photo of my calcium stock solution later, it's got a big layer of brown sludge at the bottom.
Just wish there was a cheaper way of checking the levels.
Last Edit: Nov 28, 2018 12:26:44 pm by ajm83

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Reply #59

Hi mate,

Redsea Foundation A does not just contain Calcium, please see below:

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