Marty's Reef Tank

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nearly everything in my tank i bought as a frag. the duncans took September 2013.

SPS frags really depend on your levels etc. My nutrients were very low but i have always had my alk a little low. (just because i manually dose and didn't want such a swing) if you run your levels spot on you will get growth really quick. The seriatapora i have grows VERY quick as does my pocillopora, plating monti. red digitata.


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Reply #61

My stats are generally around

Mag 1350
Calcium 450
SG 1.026
DKH 10.2
Nitrate 5
Phosphate 0
PH 8.3



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Reply #63

look tip top to me mate. min usually run at

Mag always over 1500 i use all the 1ml solution when i test.
Calcium 435 - 450
SG 1.026
ALK 8 to 9dkh
Nitrate 0
Phosphate 0
PH 8.0 - 8.4 (depends on time of day)

not much different.

my current alk i now up to 5. shows how low it was.

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Reply #64

Thanks I could pull that other 5ppm out with changing more water but everything appears happy with it like that considering what I feed the fish on a daily basis it's not bad.

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Reply #65

Your alk was low mine dropped over a few days to 7 but soon buffered it back up and I'm buffering 0.3 per day now to keep it in check.

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Yea alk is very easy to dose up. But if sodium bicarbonate and it soon gets up. I am adding a teaspoon a day at the minute. And the corals are just adsorbing it. The colours are coming back though and things are looking happier. One piece I thought I lost looks to have some life. In gonna keep my eye see if I can pull it back.

I would be ok with it at anything under 5ppm. Wouldn't want it higher to be honest. Mine is so low as I leave some of the hair algae to grow and have some purple algae too so that absorbs the nitrates nicely. Makes the tank not look as clean but I'm happy :). Next step for me is to sump this tank and get rid of the zoas. Will then get an auto top up unit and a dosing pump.

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Reply #67

I use Red Sea B to buffer mine.

I am presently looking into dosing pumps the jaebo unit has been recommended quite a bit but I've also been looking at the TMC doser.

In the very near future I'm going to fit an apex controller so may wait till I get that and then get a doser that's compatable

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I'm so glad I have a sump it keeps my DT clutter free it took a fair bit of trial and error to tune the pipework so it's quiet and finally sussed it on the MK3 version as I call it on pipework. The pumps make more noise then the water entering my sump but then I have 2 x 75mm manifolds / baffles at the exit end into sump

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I'm gonna get a marine colour unit. Cheap as chips and heard very good things about them.

I used to used buffer solutions but cost a fortune. Just go to tesco and by bicarbonate soda (not baking soda) that's pretty much all that Red Sea one is with a bit of strontium in too. I would be better off just keeping. A monthly / biweekly water change in. Would be cheaper.

I ordered a load of bicarbonate from a place Mike said. I will need to look at getting some more. @iconica. Don't suppose you have the link?

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Reply #70

I religiously do a 50L change every Sunday as I believe that helps replace some of the trace elements.

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Reply #71

100% I too was a water change man. Just gets expensive and a pain. I now do it when I think I need to. At least once a month though I do 25l.

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Reply #72

I don't mind doing it takes about 20 mins to mix as I use a 7500LPH pump and I always have around 300L of RO at any one time stored as I supply water to brother inlaw and my dads marine tanks.

I also have a couple of people who buy RO of me that they use in there sensitive freshwater shrimp tanks as they know my water never has anymore then 2 TDS when stored which I think is acceptable it comes out the RO unit at 0.




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Yea happy days. I have 205l of RO too but after a few years of constant water changes became a drag. I've only not done them weekly in the last 2/3 months. Not caused any issues to be fair.

I may look at getting one of Gordon's auto water change gadgets. Make life a bit easier.

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Reply #74

I have been looking at them reef float units if that's what you mean.

They look good bits of kit but could not find any data on how long it takes to change the water.

Is there one available on wheels that would be a right result if there is.

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